In a Nutshell:

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

Customization options
Ease of Use
Comfort
Performance

Overall Rating

4.3/5

Benefits

  • Comfortable ride
  • Great handling
  • Well-designed and built to last
  • Stylish and sporty look
  • Customizable
  • Adjustable features

Drawbacks

  • Difficult to disassemble
  • 15 miles range per charge
  • Pricey
Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair
4.3

Recommended For: Users who love the outdoors and would not mind the heavy weight of the chair.

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Is a mobility issue keeping you from enjoying life to the fullest? Do you consider yourself a relatively “hands-on” person? Are you looking for an electric wheelchair that will increase your freedom and mobility while allowing you to indulge your hands-on personality?

The more of those questions you answered in the affirmative, the more you will love the Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair.

Make no mistake: Drive Medical is one of the top companies in the mobility industry, making superb products. Read this post for more information on their wheelchairs. This one is no exception, but as good as it is, this chair isn’t going to appeal to everyone. It would probably be a mistake to call it a niche product, but people indeed tend to have strong opinions about this model – they either fall in love with it at first sight and ride it, or they loathe it. There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of a middle ground.

The Titan placed a solid third in our recent roundup review of the best electric wheelchairs on the market today, and with good reason. It’s an exceptional piece of equipment. However, it is not a perfect chair, and it does have some shortcomings and limitations you should be aware of.

Not to worry. In the following sections of our Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair review, we’ll give you the inside scoop on everything the Titan can do, the kind of person it’s most likely to appeal to and let you know what it’s not so good at. So you’ll have all the information you need to decide if this one is the “right” model for you.

Ready to take a closer look? Read on!

Key Features of the Titan Front Wheel Drive Electric Wheelchair

At first glance, you might mistake the Titan for a small-footprint riding lawnmower. It somehow manages to convey that image while retaining a surprisingly sporty look with its swiveling Captain’s chair and red accents.

At second glance, of course, it becomes obvious that it’s not a riding lawnmower, and its design is interesting enough to draw most people in to have a closer look. While we’d hesitate to call it a beautiful chair, it is rather striking in an odd sort of way and, in our view, one of the better-looking chairs on the market today.

Even better, it’s offered by Drive Medical, one of the best-known companies in the mobility industry, so if you opt to purchase one, you know you’re getting quality. You know that if there’s a problem, you can rely on the company’s exceptional post-sales support to take care of it.

Chair Specifications

It’s not just fun to look at, though. Underneath its interesting exterior, there lurks a serious piece of engineering. Here are the basic stats on the Titan:

An Image Sample of Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair Upper-Side Angle View
  • Dimensions: 40” x 24” x 23”
  • Top speed: 4 MPH
  • Maximum Range: 15 miles
  • Turning Radius: 25”
  • Max recommended slope: 6 degrees
  • Seat to Floor Height: 20.5” – 23” (user adjustable)
  • Front wheels: 10”
  • Rear Casters: 6”
  • Total weight: 158 pounds
  • Max supported weight: 300 pounds

Adjustability & Comfort

The Titan Front Wheel Drive is highly adjustable, so you can do a great deal of fine-tuning to make it a perfect fit. Adjustment options include:

  • The height of the Captain’s chair
  • The angle of the seat (you can swivel the chair, then lock it into position)
  • The armrest height
  • The armrest width
  • The armrest angle
  • The footplate height
  • The footplate depth
  • The footplate angle
  • The position of the joystick controller
  • And the angle of the seat’s recline!
An Image Sample of Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair Left Side Angle View

The only chair we’ve found that offers more adjustment options is the Karman XO-202, which costs several times more than this one. So, if adjustability matters to you, there’s much to like here.

Comfort-wise, it’s a mixed bag. The Captain’s chair is certainly comfortable and perfectly adequate for short to medium-duration sitting, and the presence of the headrest and the fact that the seat reclines mean that you could even take a short nap in the chair if you wanted to.

If you have to spend all day in the chair, though, as the day grinds on, you’re going to find yourself wishing the padding was a bit thicker on both the seat and the seat back. Much beyond six hours or so, and you’re going to be ready to get out of it and sit someplace else for a while.

A Few Words About Portability

This is a heavy chair weighing 158 pounds. Fortunately, you can disassemble it without tools if you need to take it somewhere.

An Image Sample of Height-adjustable Swivel Seat Features Fold-down Backrest
An Image Sample of Adjustable-Length Controller Mount

Unfortunately, unless you’ve got a lift or a truck or van with a ramp, you have to disassemble it if you need to take it somewhere, and that’s a bit of a process. If you like taking stuff apart and putting it back together again, this won’t feel like a negative. If you don’t, you’ll despise it, probably enough that it’ll prompt you to buy a small, lightweight transport chair for use away from home.

An Image Sample of Flat-Free, Non-Marking Tires
An Image Sample of Easy Free Wheel Operation

Even when you complete the disassembly, you’re still left with components weighing more than fifty pounds, so odds are, you’ll need some help storing it in whatever vehicle you’re transporting it in. Once broken down, you won’t have much trouble finding places to put it, although all the pieces probably won’t fit in the same place (no way you could get all the components into the trunk of a full-sized sedan for example, but if the back seat is available, then you could put the rest there). 

That’s to say that it’s a bit of a challenge to move from Point A to Point B. It’s not an insurmountable problem, to be sure, but be aware of that fact before you make a go/no-go decision on this model.

On-Board Storage & Extras

Here’s where we’re a bit disappointed. The Drive Medical Titan Power Chair offers tons of fabulous extras and add-ons, but none come standard on the chair except for the safety belt

Given the price of the chair, we would like to have seen at least some of the “extras” included as standard features, but here are some of the goodies you can order at the point of sale:

  • A swing-away joystick/controller arm
  • Elevating leg rests
  • An oxygen tank holder
  • A crutch or cane holder
  • A backpack to drape over the back of the seat
  • Seat covers
  • A cup holder
  • A small armrest bag for additional storage
An Image Sample of Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair Oxygen Tank Holder

Some of these items, we can completely understand being optional (crutch/cane holder and an oxygen tank), but others, like the two storage options and the cup holder – would have been nice to include on the base model, and they wouldn’t have increased the price much.

An Image Sample of Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair Elevating Leg Rests
An Image Sample of Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair Seat Cover
An Image Sample of Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair Drink Holder
An Image Sample of Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair Crutch_Cane Holder
An Image Sample of Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair Armrest Bag

We like that the chair offers two different storage options, standard or not. One of our biggest pet peeves is the absence of a storage device that can be easily accessed by the person sitting in the chair, so kudos to Drive Medical for offering the armrest storage bag. It’s a solid addition, even if you have to order it special at the point of sale.

Outstanding Indoors and Out

Although the Drive Medical Titan Front Wheel Drive Electric Wheelchair has smaller drive wheels than the Cirrus Plus (10” versus 12”), it has them on the opposite way – the big wheels (12”) are in the front, while the small 8” casters are in the back. You wouldn’t think so, but front-wheel drive makes a huge difference in tackling outdoor terrains, and despite having slightly smaller than average drive wheels, there’s not much the Titan can’t handle.

An Image Sample of Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair Controller Functions

Technically, it’s only rated to handle a six percent slope, but once those front wheels dig in and start working, it can easily handle a steeper incline than that (although we don’t officially recommend it—stick to the manufacturer’s suggestions where that is concerned!).

Even better, it has a tight 25” turning radius, so when you’re using it indoors, it can navigate even cramped spaces with relative ease, and the motor is more than powerful enough to navigate even the most challenging indoor terrains.

We’re not saying it’s impossible to get the Titan stuck somewhere (indoors or out), but you’d have to work hard at it. 

If there’s a downside here, it is the fact that the Titan suffers from the same limitation that the Cirrus Plus does – a max range of just fifteen miles. Plenty of other chairs on the market today far exceed this, so be sure to keep a watchful eye on the battery power gauge, or else you might not be able to make it home.

If you do run out of juice, you can free the wheels so the chair can be pushed manually, but be aware that there are no handles on the back, so it’s going to be a tough slog to get it home that way, both because of the lack of handles and the chair’s total weight. It’s certainly possible, but it’ll be an unpleasant experience for whoever’s doing the pushing.

Pros & Cons of the Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair

As you can probably tell if you’ve read to this point, we like the Titan and all it offers. To summarize the glowing praise, we’ve given it in the sections above, our favorite features are these:

PROS

  • It’s a comfortable ride. The swiveling Captain’s chair gives you an excellent perch from which to view your surroundings, and many features can be adjusted and fine-tuned to maximize your comfort.
  • It handles like a dream, both indoors and out.
  • It’s well-designed and well-built. With proper care and maintenance, the Titan will last you a long, long time.
  • It’s got a wonderfully sporty, stylish look.
  • You can customize it with many options at the point of sale.

CONS

  • It’s a beast to take apart for transport, which is very inconvenient unless you’re a hands-on kind of person and don’t mind the time it takes to break the chair down and put it back together when you get where you’re going.
  • It’s got a relatively limited range (15 miles, max, on a single charge)
  • Although we do love all the things you can add to the chair at the point of sale, given the Titan’s price, we’d prefer that at least some of them come standard.

Final Thoughts on Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair

Personally, we love the Titan. It’s not quite as good as Drive Medical’s Cirrus Plus electric wheelchair, but those two chairs are aimed at different market segments. Fans of Titan would be bored to death with the Cirrus Plus, and fans of the Cirrus Plus would be decidedly unimpressed with what the Titan has to offer.

We recommend it without hesitation…for the right user. Just be sure you read this and other Drive Titan Power Chair reviews closely to be sure you are that user. If you are, you’re going to love the Titan. You’ll probably wish you’d settled on a different model if you’re not.

In our view, the “right” user is someone who:

  • Has a long-term mobility issue (probably too expensive to be a good fit for someone with a short-term issue unless you’ve just got piles of spare cash lying about)
  • Plans to use it mostly at home (indoors or out) and wants a tough, agile chair that can get in and out of tight spaces with relative ease
  • Or, if you take it on the road, a hands-on kind of person who doesn’t mind the labor-intensive breakdown and reassembly process

If that sounds like you, the Drive Medical Titan Power Wheelchair is the chair you desire.

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