In a Nutshell:

Handcrafted, custom-made goodness. This AJ’s Beach Cruzr is a solid, versatile design, offered by a group of people who are both passionate about what they do and committed to giving you their best. Recommended for anyone looking for a robust, one of a kind motorized beach wheelchair, as opposed to a mass produced, mass marketed product.

Customization options
Ease of Use
Comfort
Performance

Overall Rating

4.1/5

Benefits

  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Good range
  • Hand-built
  • Customizable

Drawbacks

  • Limited customer support
  • May not appeal to everyone
  • Not portable
AJ's Beach Cruzr Electric Wheelchair
4.1

Recommended For: Anyone looking for a robust, one-of-a-kind motorized beach wheelchair, as opposed to a mass-produced, mass marketed product.

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Is your mobility issue getting in your way and preventing you from enjoying activities you once took for granted?  

It can be both painful and annoying. Bad enough that you can’t move around as well as you once did, but then, to add insult to injury, feeling as though life is just leaving you behind? 

Not good, and if that describes you, then you’ve probably been looking for something… some technology to help you get out of the house and start living life to the fullest again. Preferably something you can use alone, without help, so you don’t have to rely on an assistant to go where you want.

With fond memories of the beach on your mind, you may have hit the internet searching for a great, motorized beach chair. The problem is that few big-name brands make such things, which tend to be expensive. Fortunately, there’s an answer to that!

Since the big-name brands have mostly steered clear of the motorized beach wheelchair market, many small, hungry companies have moved in and started making these kinds of products. Buying from a tiny company can be scary and carries certain risks and uncertainties, but our goal is to help you cut through the clutter and find the right chair.

If you’re in the market for a unique, highly customizable, go-anywhere motorized beach chair, we think you’ll love AJs Beach Cruzr. No, it’s not perfect, but it placed a respectable fourth in our list of finalists for the best motorized beach chair for sale today, and for the right kind of user, this chair is close to perfect. 

Are you the right kind of user? The perfect match for this particular chair? Read on, and let’s find out!

  • Click here to find our roundup review of the top all-terrain wheelchairs in the market today.

Key Features of AJ’s Beach Cruzr

Homespun. Homemade. Those are the first words that will probably pop into your head when you see the Cruzr, and that’s accurate. Hotshot Products (the makers of AJ’s Cruzr) is a tiny company based in California. These products are literally handcrafted, one at a time, in the owner’s garage. You can read about their other models in our Hot Shot Products wheelchair reviews.

Reading that will put some people off right away — and that’s understandable. But, we hope you’ll stick with us and finish reading this AJs Beach Cruzr review because even though these chairs don’t come rolling out of a robotic assembly plant — and in some respects, precisely because of that — there’s a lot to like here.

The guys at Hotshot Products are passionate about what they do and their exceptional craftsmanship. Sure, these chairs don’t have the same level of polish as a mass-produced line, and each one is different from all the others they make, but then, they’re making your chair for you to your exact specifications. What’s not to like about that?

Although we’ll provide a few baseline stats for the Cruzr below, nothing is set in stone here. If you need a wider or deeper seat or any other perk or extra added to the design, these guys are willing to accommodate you. Treat the chair’s basic stats below as more of a general guideline.

Chair Basic Specifications

An Image of Specification Section of AJ’s Beach Cruzr Electric Wheelchair
  • Seat Width: 19”
  • Seat Depth: 19”
  • Height of the seat back: 22”
  • Overall Dimensions range from 28.5” to 40” wide and 48” long
  • Chair Weight: 275 pounds (with batteries)
  • Maximum supported weight: 300 pounds
  • Top Speed: 6 MPH
  • Maximum Range:  Varies, but the standard is 15 miles
  • Zero-degree turning radius!!

The Cruzr is made from T6 aircraft-grade aluminum and can support a maximum user weight of 300 pounds. All the hardware is stainless steel, which is as good as or better than what you’d get if you bought a mass-produced product. 

A Few Notes

We’ll have more to say about the features and functionality in the following two sections, but for the moment, we want to focus your attention on a few things here:

  • The range is good, especially given the weight of the chair. Fifteen miles on a charge should allow you to spend the whole day at the beach and recharge the batteries while sleeping.
  • We were a little underwhelmed by the max supported weight, but again, if you’re heavier than that, call the guys at Hotshot Products, and they can reinforce the frame appropriately to accommodate you. You should understand that this will probably reduce your range somewhat.
  • The most noteworthy thing is that it can turn on a dime, making it a surprisingly nimble machine. Granted, it’s still not an indoor use chair, but once you’re a deft hand at the controls, you can maneuver nicely in almost any outdoor space.

Adjustability & Comfort

In addition to being a rugged and capable little machine, it’s also highly adjustable, and that’s before we talk about any custom features you may want to add.

It comes with a safety belt standard, the armrests are independently adjustable and removable for easy transfer into and out of the chair, and the leg rests (or footplate, as you prefer) are adjustable and removable, too. 

It gets better. The Cruzr’s standard configuration has a manually reclining seat, although this can be motorized, giving you an automatic, controller-driven recline function. Sweet! We’ll discuss that in the next section if you want more options and adjustability!

On-Board Storage & Extras

This section is a bit of a surprise, and we mentioned that fact in another product review we did for the same company on the Beach Cruzr 4 2. On the face of it, there’s not much to see here because the company doesn’t offer a standard collection of extras and add-ons.

An Image of Right Front View of AJ’s Beach Cruzr Electric Wheelchair

Since they hand build each machine, they work with their customers to identify their wants, needs, and preferences and try to incorporate just about anything you’re looking for into the design.

Some of the more common requests they get are:

  • A customized storage compartment for outdoor gear
  • A cup holder
  • Oxygen tank or cane holder
  • A canopy (or umbrella holder) to keep you in the shade
  • Quick-release wheels, which make switching from beach tires to all-terrain tires a simple proposition
  • And so on…

This, however, is far from an exhaustive list. If you want to see something added to your perfect motorized outdoor wheelchair, they’ll do everything they can to make that happen!

An Image of Back Side View of AJ’s Beach Cruzr Electric Wheelchair

Color Options

In addition to that, the chair is available in pretty much any color you want. The ones listed explicitly on the site’s product page are:

  • Red
  • Blue
  • White
  • Yellow

But again, they’re totally up for doing a custom paint job for you. The same thing holds for upholstery and padding. They can make it happen if you want a hydrophobic seat cushion, memory foam, or anything else.

Wheels

As for the wheels, Hotshot Products made a very savvy move here, using standard Rolleez beach tires, which makes replacing them when it’s time a simple proposition. All that to say, this chair is as comfortable and adjustable as you want to make it.

Not Terribly Portable

As awesome as the company is when it comes to working with you and accommodating your requests, they don’t do one thing well, and that’s portability.

As we mentioned at the start, this is a brutishly heavy chair, and it doesn’t collapse at all, so getting it from Point A to Point B is going to be a bit of a challenge and will require one of the following:

  • A wheelchair-accessible van with a ramp
  • A flatbed pickup truck with a ramp
  • Or some lift for the back of your car

This isn’t the chair you want if you have a little hatchback or an SUV (unless you also buy a lift, which will add to your total costs) because it just doesn’t fit those vehicles. It’s a weakness, to be sure, but it’s not a deal breaker for most people.

A Slight Learning Curve

The Cruzr learning curve depends on what extras and options you add. The controls of the baseline model are simple and intuitive, and if you’ve used a riding lawn mower with a zero-point turn radius, you’ll feel right at home in the Cruzr.  If not, it’ll take a few minutes of practice to master. Once you do, you’ll be all set!

Not for Indoor Use

Given the weight and width of the chair, even with the zero-point turning radius, this isn’t a chair that’s good for indoor use, especially with those comically large beach tires.

An Image of Right Side View of AJ’s Beach Cruzr Electric Wheelchair

Get yourself a spare set of wheels (all-terrain), though, and you’ll find that the “Beach Cruzr” can actually go almost anywhere you’d care to take it. Bring a few solar panels for on-the-go charging; you could easily take this chair camping. 

Pros & Cons of AJs Beach Cruzr

We really like this chair. Not only did it place a respectable fourth in our recent roundup review, but it also won best overall value, and we stand by that. What it lacks in polished aesthetic makes up for quality craftsmanship and almost infinite customization possibilities. 

Having said that, there are a few reasons you might opt for some other model or brand:

  • Made by a tiny company. While we haven’t heard a single customer service complaint, the bottom line is that only a handful of people work at this company, which places apparent constraints on what they can and can’t do. This isn’t that company if you’re looking for robust, 24/7 customer support.
  • If you don’t like the homemade aesthetic and want something a little more polished, we personally love it, but we understand that not everyone will feel the same.
  • You might not know what you want until you’ve used it for a while. One of the advantages of buying a chair from a big, established company is if you buy the base model and then discover later that you want something else added, doing that is usually relatively easy. Although you can customize this model to your heart’s content, once you take delivery, unless you live in California, getting the chair back to Hotshot Products for additional customization will be a daunting task. That’s off-putting for some.
  • Finally, there’s the lack of portability to consider. While the chair is exceptionally well-priced, investing in a lift to move it around will increase your total cost of ownership.

We don’t regard any of those as deal breakers, but some might.

As to what you’ll like best about the model, that’s easy. You can get exactly the outdoor beach chair you’ve always wanted, with just about every extra bell and whistle you can imagine. And, since each chair is hand-built, you’ll have a truly one-of-a-kind creation when you take delivery. How cool is that?

AJ’s Beach Cruzr Conclusion

AJ’s Beach Cruzr is a great chair, no matter how you slice it. While it may look a bit unpolished, looks can be deceiving. The guys at Hotshot Products are exceptional craftsmen who are passionate about their work.

The only people we can imagine who might balk at buying the Cruzr are those put off by its homemade aesthetic or who would struggle to deal with its lack of portability. We highly recommend it for everyone else—it’s a tremendous value.

Recommended Reading

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Beach Cruzr 4 2 Two-Seater Electric Wheelchair Review

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