In a Nutshell:
Nimble on challenging terrains as it is when navigating tight indoor spaces and offered by an industry leader with world-class support—the Jazzy 1450 is hard to beat! Great for anyone in need of a well-priced indoor/outdoor mobility aid.
Ease of Use
Is your mobility issue getting in the way of enjoying life the way you used to? Are you ready to do something about that?
If so, there’s great news – you can! You don’t have to live with your limitations. Today’s technology makes it possible for even people with serious mobility issues to get out there and enjoy everything life has to offer.
In this review, we’re going to take a closer look at the Jazzy 1450 Power Chair offered by Pride Mobility.
Pride Mobility is among the most respected players in the mobility industry. The Jazzy 1450 won top honors as the best indoor/outdoor mobility aid in our recent roundup review. In the following sections, we’ll show you why we think it’s the best chair in its class and one of the best mobility aids on the market today.
Even if you ultimately decide that some other model is a better fit for you, we think you’ll agree, this is an amazing, versatile, well-built machine. Let’s take a closer look at what it can do.
An Overview of the Pride Mobility Jazzy
The first impression you get when you see the Jazzy 1450 is that it’s a big, sturdy, dependable machine. At second glance, it looks a bit like a luxury riding lawn mower, minus the cutting deck.
It also looks like it’s a lot of fun to ride around in, with the Captain’s chair sitting high off the ground, giving you a clear field of vision whether you’re indoors or out. It’s all that and more.
Here are the basic stats of the chair to give you a better sense of what the 1450 is all about:
A Few Notes About the Jazzy 1450
There are a number of things to talk about here:
First, as you may have guessed by looking at the seat dimensions and the weight limit, this is actually a bariatric chair. We regard that as a good thing, even if you’re not big and tall, because it allows you to add storage bags behind the seat and port a wide assortment of gear with you wherever you go.
Second, it’s a front-wheel drive machine. Combined with its impressively sized 14” drive wheels, the Jazzy can easily power over even steeply sloping ground.
This is (somewhat) offset by its low ground clearance, which means it may struggle over certain obstacles like rocks and downed limbs. Still, it’s powerful enough to handle most of the terrains you’re likely to encounter around your property, at parks, or on well-marked hiking trails, making it versatile.
Pair that with its tight turning radius, which makes it a dream to handle indoors, and you have the makings of a rock-solid machine.
Lest you think we think the 1450 is perfect, there are a couple of things that left us underwhelmed. We already talked about the low ground clearance in our Jazzy 1450 review, which means that this isn’t the machine you want if you plan on tackling particularly challenging terrains. Its top speed is nothing to brag about, being a modest four miles per hour.
The range is okay for home use or a day at the park, but if you plan to take this model camping, you’ll probably want to bring some solar panels with you to give it a charge at some point to help extend that.
Adjustable and Comfortable
While it’s possible to buy a machine with more adjustment options available, the Pride Jazzy 1450 Power Wheelchair has the “Big Three” covered, allowing you to adjust the height of the headrest, armrests, and footrest. This gives you enough adjustment options that you can optimize your new ride for your personal comfort.
Pair that with the fact that the Captain’s style seat is generously padded, and you end up with a chair that offers a smooth, comfy ride.
Note, however, that the seat on the 1450 doesn’t recline, so the more hours per day you spend in the chair, the more your body is going to protest. The adjustment options that are available don’t lend themselves particularly well to being in the chair all day, but if your needs are such that you spend six hours or less per day in it, you won’t have any difficulties at all.
Storage, Customization Options, and Extras
Okay, this is a weak spot in the Pride Mobility Jazzy 1450 Power Chair’s design. In terms of options, you get to pick the color, and there, you’ve only got two choices: Red or Blue. That’s it. That’s the extent of the customizing you can do to this machine at the point of sale.
Sadly, this machine doesn’t come with any sort of onboard storage either. The good news is that the 1450 will readily accept most third-party aftermarket enhancements.
While the company itself doesn’t offer you anything in the way of extras, you can turn this into an opportunity, buying anything you want and need once you’ve had a chance to use your chair for a while and get a sense of what would make it better.
Although there’s nothing to speak of in the way of extras, one final thing to point out here is that the 1450 comes standard with a safety belt and anti-tippers. We regard both of these things as essential, especially in a mixed-use (indoor/outdoor) machine.
What About Portability?
Another weak point in the design is the 1450’s relative lack of portability. Given its size, it’s not going to fit in any trunk, hatchback, or SUV. Your options for transport are:
Anything less than one of those, and the Jazzy is staying home unless you opt to drive it to wherever it is you want to go, which is doable, but given its low top speed and modest range, it would be quite an undertaking.
Note: Given the size of this mobility scooter, it is NOT public transportation friendly. When Astrik Lott brought this to our attention in the comments section, we wanted to be sure to include it as a formal part of the review!
Very Easy to Use
Pride does a great job with the control systems on all their models, and the 1450 is no exception. It might take you five minutes to learn the basics and another five or ten minutes to acclimate yourself with the handling, but after that, you’ll be maneuvering your new mobility craft like a pro.
Pros & Cons of the Jazzy 1450 Power Wheelchair
As you can see, there’s a lot to like about the 1450. It’s a solid machine that will meet almost all of your needs. Sure, there are a few weaknesses in the design (the seat doesn’t recline, only 1.5” of ground clearance, no extras on offer), but few people would describe any of them as deal breakers.
What you have then in the 1450 is a surprisingly inexpensive, well-built mobility aid offered at a spectacular price by one of the best, most respected companies in the industry. What’s not to like about that?
Jazzy 1450 Review Conclusion
We stand by our decision to give the Jazzy 1450 top honors as the best indoor/outdoor power chair on the market today. Its feature set offers tremendous synergy, which makes it a capable machine on most of the terrains you’ll encounter at home, on your property, and at local and state parks.
While not a perfect machine, it’s designed to appeal to a broad swath of the market and offers tremendous value for the money. Highly recommended.
References & Resources:
- Jazzy 1450 Power Wheelchair User Manual.
- Pride Mobility Products Corp., Official Brand Website.
- Power Wheelchairs, Silver Cross.
- Considering a Power Wheelchair? – What You Need to Know, INVACARE.
- The Power Wheelchair: What the Spinal Injury Consumer Needs to Know, MSKTC.