Best Wheelchair for Elderly Review


Are you a senior with mobility issues?

If so, then your “golden years” probably aren’t as golden as you’d like them to be. A great, high-quality wheelchair can help with that, but there’s a catch: Not all wheelchairs are created equally.

If you don’t select the one that best suits your needs, you’re going to be underwhelmed in the best case, and outright disappointed in the worst.

Not to worry! We’ve scoured the ‘net on a quest to find the best wheelchair for elderly people, and we’ve identified a clear winner.

We’ll introduce you to it in-depth in just a moment but before we do, we'll give you a high-level view of the winner and the other top contenders that made our short list. If for whatever reason, our top pick doesn’t meet your needs, one of these others is almost certain to.

Selection Criteria

So, what does the “best” wheelchair for the elderly look like? What features does it boast?

Those are both fair questions, because of course, everyone’s needs, tastes, and preferences are different.

We’ve tried to take all the major factors into account (the most common needs, the most sought-after features, etc.) to create a composite to work from. But obviously, your specific needs may vary so our top pick may not be the best fit for you. That’s okay and to be expected, which is why we’re presenting our top pick, along with several other worthy competitors.

Based on our research, we’ve broken the best wheelchairs for elderly people into two major groupings: Manual wheelchairs and Powered wheelchairs, and have listed them separately in the tables below.

Manual Wheelchairs vs Powered Wheelchairs 

If you have a reliable assistant, or still have good upper body strength, then a lightweight (or ultralight) manual wheelchair is a great option. It’s also the recommended choice if your needs are relatively short-term (i.e., you suffered from an injury which has left you temporarily in need of a wheelchair, but as soon as you’re fully mended, you’ll be able to get along just fine without it).

If you can’t afford an assistant, don’t have a family member you can count on to help you, or if your need for a wheelchair is not short-term, then a powered wheelchair is a much better choice.

Karman S-305 Ergonomic Wheelchair with red frame facing right
Karman XO - 202 electric wheelchair facing left

Other Considerations

Beyond that though, we also looked at factors like:

  • Overall level of comfort
  • The number of adjustable features, allowing you to customize the chair to your specific needs
  • Ease of operation
  • “Extra” features such as tilting or standing that either increase your comfort or help you get in and out of the chair

Other Types of Wheelchairs

There are many other factors besides these that we could have considered, such as bariatric chairs, active chairs, ergonomic chairs, and reclining chairs for those who have to spend most, if not all their time in wheelchairs. But these subsets are best suited for their own, independent articles, so did not play a role in our selection criterion for this piece. Although we did select one winner from each of those categories for inclusion.

Wheelchairs vs Transport Chairs

Also, we aren’t covering transport chairs here. While these are functionally similar to wheelchairs in most respects, they represent a large and varied enough category that they warrant their own treatment separately.

If you’re curious as to the difference between a wheelchair and a transport chair, it can be summed up by saying this:

A manual wheelchair has two modes of operation. You can sit in it, and an assistant can push you to where you want to go, or you can grab onto the rear wheels and propel yourself where you want to go. 

That’s not the case with a transport chair. The rear wheels are too small to be easily reached by someone sitting in the chair, and as such, the only way you can get around is with the aid of an assistant pushing you.

With all that in mind, let’s take a closer look at our winners!

Best Manual Wheelchairs for the Elderly Comparison Table

Before we go into detail, here's a chart summarizing our research and conclusion on these five outstanding products:

BEST MANUAL WHEELCHAIRS FOR THE ELDERLY

Karman S-305 Ergonomic Wheelchair in silver color facing right

Karman S-305

Foshan Ergonomic Lightweight in black color facing right

Foshan Ergonomic Lightweight

Medline K4 wheelchair in black color facing right

Medline K4 Basic

Karman LT-980 Ultralight wheelchair in burgundy color facing right

 Karman LT-980 Ultralight

Drive Medical Cruiser X4 wheelchair in black color facing right

Drive Medical Cruiser X4

Price

$$$$$

$$$$

$$

$$$

$$

Seat Width

16” or 18”

18.2”

16”, 18”, 20”, or 22”

18”

18”

Seat to Floor

18”, 19” or 20” Adjustable

20.5”

20”

20”

20”

Chair Weight / Max Weight

29 lbs. Can support up to 250 lbs. of weight

37.5 lbs. Can support up to 285 lbs. of weight

33 lbs. Can support weight up to 300 lbs. of weight

24 lbs. Can support up to 250 lbs. of weight

39 lbs. Can support up to 250 lbs. of weight

Extras

Removable anti-bacterial seat and back cushions, quick-release wheels, height-adjustable armrests

Ergonomically designed seat, rugged construction, anti-tipping design, washable seat cushion

Height adjustable seat back, quick release wheels, carbon steel frame w/chrome plating, nylon seating

Height adjustable armrests and footrests, small storage pouch in the back, anti-tipping as an optional add-on

Height adjustable seat back, adjustable seat depth, adjustable front wheels, quick release wheels, elevating leg rests

Pros

Ergonomic design of seat, wheels, and armrests

Ergonomic seat design, anti-tipping design, height adjustable armrest, storage compartment

Well-designed manual wheelchair that has the basics covered. Overall best value for the money

Reasonably priced, lightweight, portable, and can handle a variety of terrain.

Incredibly low-priced and surprisingly full-featured. Of special value to people who require elevated leg rests

Cons

Pricey

Seatback too low for extended sitting

Not good for long-duration sitting

Not as good (or as flexible) as the K4, and not good for long-duration sitting

Not quite as durable or well made as its more expensive cousins

Best Manual Wheelchair for the Elderly - Top Pick

A smaller image of Karman S-305 Ergonomic Wheelchair in silver color.

Karman S-305 Ergonomic Wheelchair

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

Ergonomic design of seat, wheels, and armrests

CONS

Pricey.

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Runner Up

A smaller image of Foshan Ergonomic Lightweight in black color.

Foshan Ergonomic Lightweight

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Ergonomic seat design, anti-tipping design, height adjustable armrest, storage compartment

CONS

Seatback too low for extended sitting

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Second Runner Up

A smaller image of Medline K4 in black color

Medline K4 Basic

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Well-designed manual wheelchair that has the basics covered. Overall best value for the money

CONS

Not good for long-duration sitting

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Also Great

A smaller image of Karman LT-980 Ultralight in burgundy color.

 Karman LT-980 Ultralight

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Reasonably priced, lightweight, portable, and can handle a variety of terrain.

CONS

Not as good (or as flexible) as the K4, and not good for long-duration sitting

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Also Great

A smaller image of Drive Medical Cruiser X4 in black color

Drive Medical Cruiser X4

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Incredibly low-priced and surprisingly full-featured. Of special value to people who require elevated leg rests

CONS

Not quite as durable or well made as its more expensive cousins

More Specifications...

Top 5 Manual Wheelchairs for the Elderly In More Detail

Our Top Pick: Karman S-305 Ergonomic Wheelchair

Karman S-305 Ergonomic Wheelchair

Adjustability and Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

Summary

4.6

The Karman S-305 Ergonomic Wheelchair is a fantastic design. It’s pricey but well worth it, and not to be missed! Recommended for people with long-term mobility issues.


If you have a short-term need for a wheelchair, some other model will probably be a better overall “fit” despite this one’s quality.

This, in our view, is the best wheelchair for elderly individuals who have a reliable assistant to help them get around when they’re too tired, or if poor health prevents them from operating the chair on their own.

It’s a masterpiece, as manual wheelchairs go, because unlike many other models on the market today, it’s highly adjustable, which means you can tweak it until it’s a perfect fit.

Karman S-305 Ergonomic Wheelchair with silver frame facing right

In addition to being able to order the chair in two different seat widths (16” or 18”) you can also adjust the seat to floor height in a range from 18” to 20”, and the height of the armrests. 

On top of that, the seat, armrests, and wheels are all ergonomically designed, so it’s not only surprisingly comfortable, but it’s also incredibly easy to use.

Crafted from high-quality materials, it’s rugged and durable while maintaining a relatively lightweight (just 29 pounds!), which makes it easy to transport, and the quick-release wheels make it even easier.

Even better, the seat back and cushions are relatively comfortable and covered with easy to clean anti-bacterial material.

All in all, this is a superb general-purpose wheelchair, excellent for people who only need to use it occasionally or moderately. If you’d be spending extended periods of time in your wheelchair, you may want to consider a reclining wheelchair for the added comfort, but for everyone else, this is the gold standard, in our view.

The only real downside is its price, but this is definitely a case of getting what you pay for. The ergonomic design and relative comfort don’t come cheap, but if you have a long-term need for a mobility device, and you don’t have to spend every hour of every day in it, this model is hard to beat.


Foshan Ergonomic Lightweight Wheelchair

Foshan Ergonomic Lightweight Wheelchair

Adjustability and Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

Summary

4.3

A sturdy, robust chair, ergonomically-designed for added comfort, but better suited for indoor use. Foshan Ergonomic Lightweight Wheelchair is recommended for anyone looking for a mostly-indoor use chair.

We were honestly surprised that an off-brand made our list of finalists, and even more surprised that the Foshan ranked so highly. But, it really is a superb design, and one of the best wheelchairs for elderly people on the market today.

It’s not quite as good as our top pick but it holds up reasonably well against it, and does a couple of things that the Karman Ultralight can’t do, in addition to being offered at a significantly lower price.

It’s quite sturdy, with the frame constructed of aircraft aluminum, but somewhat heavier than our top pick, weighing in at 37.5 pounds. The extra weight makes it slightly more difficult to transport, but it still won’t present a significant challenge for most people. The upshot is that the added weight allows it to support up to 285 pounds, versus the 250-pound max weight of our top pick.

Unfortunately, while it does have some adjustable elements (most notably the armrests), it’s not nearly as adjustable as our overall winner, both the seat width and height being entirely static (although it should be noted that the seat width is marginally wider at 18.2” than the widest configuration of our top pick).

Our favorite aspect of the design is that the seat cushion and backrest are both machine washable, which makes keeping the chair clean and ready for use a snap. It’s also got decent treads on the 20” rear wheels, which, combined with its anti-tipping technology and slightly wider design makes it capable of navigating over a variety of terrain surfaces, including uneven outdoor surfaces.

Right side of a folded Foshan Ergonomic Lightweight wheelchair

In addition to that, the durable footrests swing away, enabling the person using the chair to pull up quite close to tables, so you don’t have to miss out on family dinners and the like.

Unfortunately, the seatback’s height is not adjustable and is relatively low, so while it’s fine for short-duration sitting, if you are in the position of having to spend most of your days confined to a wheelchair, this one probably isn’t going to be a good fit for you.

Overall, it’s an excellent model, with some very attractive features. The flip side is that it’s also somewhat less flexible, and as such, it won’t appeal to quite as broad a segment of the market as our top pick.


Medline K4 Basic Wheelchair  

Medline K4 Basic Wheelchair

Adjustability and Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

Summary

4.2

A fantastic chair, offered by one of the most respected names in the industry. Basic yes, but with a few surprising features that will leave you smiling. The Medline K4 Basic wheelchair is recommended for anyone. In our view, this is the best value on the market today.

The K4 basic is an amazing, basic wheelchair. Besides being incredibly inexpensive, it’s extremely durable, being crafted from carbon steel (with chip-resistant chrome plating which enhances the aesthetic), and thus, capable of supporting more weight than most of the chairs it competes with (300-pound capacity, versus the 250-pound capacity of our top pick). 

In addition to having tons of configuration options available when you order, both the seat back and the armrests are height-adjustable, giving you a staggering array of configuration options.

Cool side feature – the standard seat to floor height is 20”, but you can adjust the height of the front wheels if you like, which lowers the seat height to 18”. Note, however, that this may cause performance and handling issues over rough terrain, or even over plush carpet.

An image of Medline K4 in black color.

All things considered then, the Medline K4 is not only a rugged little chair but has enough in the way of configuration options that it’s useful and appealing to a wide range of potential users.

The chair weighs in at 33 pounds, is collapsible, and has quick-release, dual axle wheels, so transporting it from one place to another shouldn’t present much of a challenge for most people.

Although the seat and seat back are both covered with breathable nylon and offers fairly comfortable seating, this model isn’t really designed for long-duration seating. If you find yourself in need of a great, well-priced wheelchair to help you over a short-term disability, or if you only need to be in your wheelchair for a few hours a day, it’s perfect.

On the other hand, if you use a wheelchair for most of the day, every day, this one probably isn’t a great fit, despite its outstanding price.


Karman LT-980 Lightweight Wheelchair

Adjustability and Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

Summary

4.1

A good, well-designed chair, ideally suited for indoor use. Karman LT-980 Ultra Lightweight Wheelchair is recommended for anyone whose 6’ or shorter looking for a cost-effective, mostly indoor use wheelchair.

The Karman LT-980 is functionally similar to the Medline K4 but is more lightly built. It weighs only 24 pounds with a maximum supported weight of 250 pounds versus 33 pounds with a maximum supported weight of 300 pounds for the K4.

Most of the things the LT-980 can do, the K4 can do better, which may make you wonder why we included it on our list at all. 

Two reasons: First, this is a great option for shorter people or people who have limited upper body strength; and second, the LT-980 handles slightly better on a broader range of terrains than the K4 does.

On the other hand, the K4 is less expensive, and on the whole, more customizable, more configurable, and built on a sturdier frame (the K4 being fashioned of carbon steel vs. high-grade aluminum for the LT-980).

Both are about the same in terms of overall comfort and are ideal for short-term sitting. As with the K4, if you are confined to a wheelchair permanently, you’re probably going to want a more robust solution, but if you only need a wheelchair for a few hours a day, or to help you get through a particular, short-duration medical issue, it’s a great choice.

Mostly, it comes down to what you want in the chair. While it’s true that most people would probably find the K4 to be a better fit, the LT-980 does appeal to a strong niche market, and again, for shorter people who have limited upper body strength, it’s the superior choice, even if it’s slightly more expensive. It’s definitely worth a look, and in our view, this list wouldn’t be complete without it.

A folded view of Karman LT-980 Ultralight Wheelchair in burgundy color.

Drive Medical Cruiser X4

Drive Medical Cruiser X4 

Adjustability and Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

Summary

4.1

The Drive Medical Cruiser X4 Wheelchair is a very good, highly customizable light duty wheelchair, offered for a song. Recommended for anyone who needs a light duty wheelchair for short to medium-duration seating. Anyone who’s on a budget. Designed primarily for indoor use.

Although we regard the K4 as the best value overall, where manual wheelchairs are concerned, the Cruiser X4 deserves a mention, and not just because it’s the lowest-priced wheelchair on our list.

An image of Drive Medical Cruiser X4 in black color.

As you can see from the summary chart, it’s basically in line with the others on our list, although it’s not quite as durable or well-made as our other finalists. That’s a design decision though, and not a true failing. When you’re looking at budget-priced chairs, it’s understood that sacrifices will have to be made somewhere, and it’s usually in the areas of durability and longevity.

At first glance, it appears to be a fairly tough customer. After all, it’s made from a combination of carbon steel and aluminum (which explains why it’s heavier than some of our other models), but we’ve read more than a few user complaints about the quality of the welds.

As to the weight, at 39 pounds, it’s the heaviest chair on our list, and as such, the least convenient in terms of folding and transporting it. Even so, it’s not excessively heavy, so you shouldn’t have much difficulty in that regard.

This chair has a lot more going for it than just its modest price tag though, and in particular, we were drawn to it for two reasons: 

  • First, because it’s got fully adjustable leg rests, which is critical for people who suffer from certain medical conditions, including things like edema, phlebitis, or varicose veins.
  • Second, it’s the only chair on our list of finalists that allows you to adjust the seat depth. In fact, most of the features on the chair are adjustable, although making those adjustments is a bit cumbersome. Even so, you can adjust the seat height, backrest height, and armrest height, and the height of the front casters, in addition to the other things we mentioned earlier.

On top of that, the Cruiser X4 offers a second cross-brace for the seat, which provides a bit more stability, and is covered with flame-retardant breathable nylon, which is surprisingly comfortable.

It should also be noted that this model is incredibly friendly to aftermarket additions like custom seat cushions. So, if you’re not satisfied with the comfort level of the base model, you can make your own additions later, though this will predictably raise the total cost of ownership. Even so, such enhancements can be made piecemeal, and as your budget allows.

Finally, and we recognize that this comes down to personal preference, but we love the fact that it’s got full-length padded armrests, rather than desk length. It’s a small thing, but they’re just more comfortable.

A side view image of Drive Medical Cruiser X4 wheelchair.

The one thing it doesn’t do very well at is handling outdoor or uneven terrains. The rear wheels just aren’t built for it, and if you venture away from flat, level, hard surfaces, you’re in for a challenge and a fairly uncomfortable ride.

As with most of the chairs on this list, it’s less than ideal for long-term sitting, but great for occasional use and short duration seating. So unless you’re confined to your wheelchair permanently, it’s a solid option and well worth a look.


Best Electric Wheelchairs for The Elderly Comparison Table

Before we go into detail, here's a chart summarizing our research and conclusion on these five outstanding products:

Best Electric Wheelchair for the Elderly - Top Pick

A smaller image of Karman XO-202 wheelchair.

 Karman XO-202

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$

PROS

This motorized wheelchair offers just about every bell and whistle imaginable and has an impressive 25-mile range per charge

CONS

Costs as much as a good used car.

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Best Value

A smaller image of Drive Medical Cirrus Plus in black.

Drive Medical Cirrus Plus

RATING

PRICE

$$

PROS

Superb, yet simple design, offered by one of the finest companies in the industry

CONS

Somewhat disappointing maximum range (fifteen miles max)

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Second Runner Up

A smaller image of Drive Medical Titan Front Wheel Drive

Drive Medical Titan Front Wheel Drive

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Exceptionally well designed and offered by a respected brand known for producing durable, long-lasting equipment

CONS

Noisy recharger. Several user complaints about the LED indicator lights being too bright. Underwhelming 15 miles per charge range

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Also Great

A smaller image of Foldawheel PW-1000XL

Foldawheel PW-1000XL

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Rugged, durable, and incredibly well designed.

CONS

Disappointing range, just 6 miles on a single battery. The chair can hold up to three batteries (must be purchased separately) which will triple the range.

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Also Great

A smaller image of Forcemech Voyager

Forcemech Voyager

RATING

PRICE

$$$

PROS

Outstanding value for the money. Capable of handling just about any terrain.

CONS

Has some design issues that haven’t been ironed out yet. Mostly annoyances, but nothing deal breaking

More Specifications...

Best Electric Wheelchairs for the Elderly

A smaller image of Karman XO-202 wheelchair.

 Karman XO-202

A smaller image of Drive Medical Cirrus Plus in black.

Drive Medical Cirrus Plus

A smaller image of Drive Medical Titan Front Wheel Drive

Drive Medical Titan Front Wheel Drive

A smaller image of Foldawheel PW-1000XL

Foldawheel PW-1000XL

A smaller image of Forcemech Voyager

Forcemech Voyager

Price

$$$$$

$$

$$$

$$$

$$$

Dimensions

48” x 31” x 40”

42.5” x 28” x 36”

40” x 24” x 23”

36.2” x 35” x 23.6”

35” x 37” x 24”

Seat To Floor

25”

18.5”

18”

18.5”

18”

Chair Weight / Max Weight

110 lbs. Can support up to 300 lbs. of weight

97.2 lbs. Can support up to 300 lbs. of weight

158 lbs. Can support up to 300 lbs. of weight

57 lbs. Can support up to 330 lbs. of weight

46 lbs. Can support up to 265 lbs. of weight

Extras

The only model on our list that offers Stand-up functionality. Optional storage pouch, food tray and cup holder, comfortable gel cushions (memory foam), everything’s adjustable

Generously padded seat and seatback. Storage pouch behind the seat, seatbelt, solid steel construction, calf straps and heel loops, anti-tip wheels. Max speed 5mph.

Impressive 25” turning radius, anti-tip wheels, no-tool disassembly for transport, 125-degree reclining seatback, adjustable headrest

Quickfold system allows you to fold the chair for transport in two seconds literally. Simple controls, storage basked offered as an extra, can hold up to three batteries

Up to 25 miles on a charge, comes with two batteries. Max speed 4mph.

Pros

This motorized wheelchair offers just about every bell and whistle imaginable and has an impressive 25-mile range per charge

Superb, yet simple design, offered by one of the finest companies in the industry

Exceptionally well designed and offered by a respected brand known for producing durable, long-lasting equipment

Rugged, durable, and incredibly well designed.

Outstanding value for the money. Capable of handling just about any terrain.

Cons

Costs as much as a good used car.

Somewhat disappointing maximum range (fifteen miles max)

Noisy recharger. Several user complaints about the LED indicator lights being too bright. Underwhelming 15 miles per charge range

Disappointing range, just 6 miles on a single battery. The chair can hold up to three batteries (must be purchased separately) which will triple the range.

Has some design issues that haven’t been ironed out yet. Mostly annoyances, but nothing deal breaking

Top 5 Electric Wheelchairs for The Elderly in Detail

​Karman XO-202

Adjustability and Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

Summary

4.6

The Karman XO-202 Electric Standing Wheelchair is a top of the line, cutting edge electric wheelchair that can do it all, offered by a legend in the industry.


Recommended for anyone who needs a full-featured electric wheelchair that also offers stand-up capabilities…provided that you can afford it.

This chair is nothing short of amazing. In addition to being the only chair on our list that offers stand-up capability, which is critical for those with long-term mobility issues, just about every aspect of the chair is adjustable or customizable on order. For instance:

  • You can select from a 14”, 16” or 18” seat width at the time of your order
  • You can select from an 18”, 19”, or 20” seat depth at the time of your order
  • The concave armrests flip back and can be adjusted
  • Both the footrest height and angle can be adjusted
  • It features surprisingly comfortable memory foam padding in the seat and seatback
  • The upholstery is breathable nylon
  • And on and on and on….

In addition to that, it comes with knee support, chest support, leg straps and a seat belt, and has a top speed of five miles per hour, plus it can travel an impressive 25 miles on a single battery charge. As we said, this chair does it all.

There’s just one major problem. The Karman XO-202 costs about four times what every other chair on our list of finalists costs. You can literally buy a great used car for the money you’ll spend on it, which, unfortunately, puts it out of reach for many potential users.

An image of Karman XO - 202 in stand up position.

While the XO-202 is superb, the reality is that not everyone is going to need all the features it has to offer. If you do, it’s well worth spending the extra money and is likely to be the last wheelchair you’ll ever need. If you don’t, then you’re almost certainly better off to get one of the lower priced models on our list of the best electric wheelchair for elderly.


​Drive Medical Cirrus Plus 

Adjustability and Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

Summary

4.5

A superb, rugged design, offered by one of the best in the industry. The  Drive Medical Cirrus Plus Electric Wheelchair is recommended for anyone, but especially anyone with a long-term mobility issue. Best in value and a game changer!

Drive Medical is one of the most respected names in the industry and is a major player in both the manual and motorized wheelchair market. While they offer several models, in our view, the best of the lot is the Drive Medical Cirrus Plus.

It looks more or less like a deluxe manual wheelchair, with the battery and motor tucked under the seat and simple joystick control. It offers a generously padded seat and seat back, and in our view is the most comfortable of the motorized wheelchairs on the market today.

It’s also got a storage pocket on the back of the seat, which is where wheelchairs usually provide storage. The problem is that this is a highly inconvenient location. If you’re sitting in the chair, it’s just not possible to access whatever you’ve got in the storage compartment.

It’s less of a problem on manual wheelchairs because you may have an assistant pushing you, and the assistant can easily pull whatever you need from the storage pocket. On a motorized wheelchair though, you’re not going to have (or need) an assistant, so if you need anything, you’re either going to have to get help to get it or get out of the chair.

An image of Drive Medical Cirrus Plus storage pocket located at the back.

Despite its solid steel construction, the Cirrus Plus is lighter than you might think, weighing in at 97.2 pounds. While that’s light as motorized wheelchairs go, it’s still heavy enough that you’re likely to require assistance when loading it for transport.

Although modestly priced, you’ll find no shortage of customization options. Just about everything is adjustable to one degree or another, including the fact that you can adjust the tension of the seatback, an option most other chairs don’t give you.

It’s an incredibly capable chair, and is, in our view, the best value on the market today. If you’re looking for a capable motorized wheelchair, and you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on it, this is the one you want.


​Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair

Adjustability and Customization

Overall Comfort Level

Versatility

Ease of Use

Summary

4.3

The Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair is a rugged, durable, long-lasting design, and a solid performer, indoors or out. Recommended for the Titan is designed to appeal to a certain kind of user. Be sure to read its capabilities closely before making a purchase decision.

A larger image of Drive Medical Titan Front Wheel Drive

Drive medical dominates our list of motorized wheelchairs with the addition of the Titan Front Wheel Drive. This model is a real workhorse, as comfortable indoors as it is out. In fact, if you plan on using your wheelchair mostly outdoors, this model is probably superior to the Cirrus Plus.

Both are capable of handling a variety of outdoor terrains, but the Titan’s design makes it slightly superior to the Cirrus in that regard, although, with its impressive 25” turning radius, the Titan can navigate tight in-home spaces with ease too!

It’s got a top speed of four miles per hour and a maximum range of fifteen miles per charge. The joystick controls make the chair easy to operate, and it boasts an adjustable seat height, removable footplates that can be height, depth, and angle adjusted, and a swiveling, Captain’s style chair.

At 158 pounds, it’s the heaviest chair on our list, but it’s surprisingly easy to transport, thanks to its excellent design, which allows it to be disassembled into smaller, lighter pieces without using any tools. A superb all-around chair you won’t be disappointed with.


​Foldawheel PW-1000XL ​

Adjustability and Customization