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For those with difficulties getting around at home or in public, mobility scooters are the most popular way of helping them stay active and engaged in life. From simplifying shopping trips to making it possible to get safely from one room to another, mobility scooters make it possible to stay independent even when users are managing difficult health conditions that affect their mobility.
When deciding which mobility scooter is right for you or for a loved one, the first consideration is what it will be used for. For example, the type of scooter you'd buy for someone who will use it primarily indoors is vastly different from what would be necessary for long trips outside. Another factor to consider is weight and portability: will you need to be able to lift it into a van or other vehicle for transport?
Wednesday, June 23rd
Not many mobility scooter stores are created and owned by someone who actually uses one on a regular basis. Enter Go Mobility Scooters, started by friends Jeff and Eric; when Jeff used a mobility scooter for the first time, he felt a freedom and joy that he'd never experienced. The pair translated that experience into a mission of helping "as many people as possible go where they want to go and continue living the lifestyle they deserve."
Go Mobility helps make this possible by offering free shipping on everything they sell, from the lowest-priced scooter to the most expensive. They also offer a Lowest Price Guarantee: just call their toll-free number or fill out their online form, and they'll contact you within 24 hours with a better price. Finally, Go Mobility has a generous return policy; all scooters can be returned within 30 days of delivery, as long as it's in original packaging, with no damage, scratches, and so on. You will have to pay a 15% restocking fee, which is in line with the other stores that allow returns.
Most of the mobility scooter sites we reviewed expect that you're starting with an idea of the basic model you need. What if you don't? We think Go Mobility does a fantastic job of helping you figure it out. On their main scooter categories page, you can see an example of each type, along with a short summary of key characteristics. For example, they say that a 4-wheel travel scooter can typically carry users up to 325 lbs., are generally recommended for users under 5'10" and have a slightly bigger turning radius which makes them more difficult to use indoors.
You'll find that kind of detail for these categories:
Featured brands on the Go Mobility site are Invacare, Pride, EV Rider, Drive Medical, and FreeRider.
Once you've narrowed down the choices, you'll find clear, detailed information on the scooter's page. Make sure to click through the tabs toward the bottom; you'll see specifications, the owner's manual, videos, and any warranty information.
If there are any options, you'll see them when you click on the "Customize and Buy" button. All scooters come with a free charger and 12 A/H batteries, but you may be able to upgrade to an 18 A/H battery. You can also opt into an extended warranty; most of the scooters we looked at came with a complimentary 1-year, "No Worries Service Contract" that provides you with a technician visit for any problems that arise. Just make sure to read the manufacturer warranty details too, because that's how any required replacement parts are covered.
Go Mobility has an unparalleled reputation among mobility scooter stores. They're accredited with the Better Business Bureau and maintain an "A+" rating there, with only two customer complaints filed - and those were handled very courteously by Go Mobility representatives. We also encourage you to click on the blue Reviews button on the left side of the Go Mobility Scooters website, to see their most current customer comments. We were very pleased to see so many positive remarks, especially after people had a chance to use the scooters for a while and get help if there were any issues. Post-order customer service can be the Achilles' heel for many scooter companies, so it was refreshing to see that thus far, Go Mobility has been handling that very well.
In every aspect of the purchase experience, from getting the information you need to make a decision, to getting the best possible price, and then having access to knowledgeable, responsive representatives, this store is everything you could want. For all of these reasons, Go Mobility is our first choice for mobility scooters. They earn our highest rating.
SpinLife is the nation's biggest mobility scooter store. With headquarters in Ohio, this BBB-accredited company currently has an "A+" rating
You'll find their website very simple to use, allowing you to shop by the type of scooter or wheelchair you want, or by well-known brands like Pride and Drive Medical. You can also sort your results by weight capacity or price range. We found their prices to be on par with competitor stores.
Making their scooters even more affordable is a 110% price match guarantee, should you happen to find a particular model at a lower price on a similar website. Plus, you'll get free shipping on every order of $50+, which definitely includes all of the mobility scooters sold by SpinLife.
This is one of the few retailers that doesn't charge a restocking fee on scooters - but be aware that if you should order a power wheelchair, those do have a 15% restocking charge. In all cases, you can return your power scooter in unused condition and in original packaging within 30 days of delivery for a full refund.
One of the best features of this retailer is SpinLife University. There you'll find extensive, helpful information about how to choose the right power chair or scooter, important differences between different models, and even interactive images to make it much easier to understand all of the products they sell. If you've still got questions, you'll be able to reach a SpinLife specialist through their toll-free number, online via live chat, or through email.
We really appreciate SpinLife's dedication to individuals with mobility challenges: students who use power or manual wheelchairs and are students of a 4-year university or college can apply for a $1,000 scholarship or a $500 gift card.
SpinLife dropped a half-star in our rankings since our last review. Why? We found a number of complaints that described difficulties in getting scooters serviced after purchase. In all other regards, this store's reputation is intact: an A+ with the Better Business Bureau, a customer-friendly website, and true dedication to people with mobility challenges. But, those customer comments had to be taken into account when determining where to place SpinLife among companies selling mobility scooters.
On the whole, though, SpinLife has an excellent variety of mobility scooters, customer-friendly returns and price matching policy, and a very useful website full of information to help even the most novice shopper. We recommend that you consider SpinLife when deciding which mobility scooter to buy.
Easy Med Online isn't going to impress you with a fancy website: their blog link goes nowhere, and the site itself may not have been updated since it was last copywritten in 2010. Where they definitely will leave a good impression is with what they have to offer.
First, their selection is extensive. In the 4-wheel Mobility Scooters category alone, they carry more than 40 different models from brands like Drive, Golden, and Pride. Unfortunately, you can't sort through all of those options by anything other than name or price, so it'll take some time to browse around to find what you want.
Or, give their toll-free number a call, Monday through Saturday from 9a to 8p Eastern. We were very pleased to get an answer right away (on a Saturday afternoon, no less) from a helpful representative who quickly helped us narrow down the available mobility scooters to a handful of models that would meet our needs: another big plus offered by Easy Med Online.
That's the same number you'd need to call if you want to find out about special offers. Like some of their competitors, Easy Med Online reserves its best prices for people who get in touch with them, either by calling or by providing their email address. We don't like having to take that extra step to get a discount, but it's not uncommon in the mobility scooter industry.
When you do have a scooter in mind, be sure to scroll down to view any available accessories, battery options, and so forth. This is also where you'll select your shipping and delivery options: curbside, standard shipping is free on every mobility scooter, and you can get White Glove Delivery (assembly, set-up, etc.) for an extra charge (usually $150 to $200).
Another impressive perk offered by this store is a 12-month in-home service plan with every mobility scooter. Even if you move, their technician network operates in all 50 states, ensuring that you can get repairs done no matter where you are. Many of the scooters they sell have extended warranties available for purchase beyond that initial year of coverage.
Easy Med Online allows you to return your mobility scooter within 15 days of delivery. It has to be returned in new condition - no scratches or dirty wheels - in its original packaging. You should expect restocking fees up to 25%, depending on the manufacturer.
Finally, this retailer has a solid reputation, with an "A+" rating and accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. We weren't able to find very many customer reviews - positive or negative - outside of the testimonials on the Easy Med Online site, but a retailer that has zero complaints filed with the BBB in the last 3 years is worth looking at.
Once you get past the outdated exterior, you'll find that Easy Med Online is a reputable store for your mobility scooter purchase.
Medical Supply Depot was created in Brooklyn in 2005 by a volunteer EMT who saw that many service calls would have been prevented if the patient had been given access to affordable medical supplies. The store offers free shipping on most orders over $75 and a lowest-price guarantee.
If you are willing to give Medical Supply Depot your email address, you can probably get a discount of 5% on your order - though the pop-up offer we got said that there were certain conditions that apply to that discount.
To start shopping for a mobility scooter, you'll need to select among their categories:
Once you've clicked on a category, you can sort your results by brand, price, or subcategory. Medical Supply Depot carries approximately 30 different models of mobility scooters, from well-known brands like Drive Medical, Zipr, and Shoprider.
On each product's page, you'll find the typical details: features, specifications, and so on. If your scooter has any available options, such as color or seat width, you'll also see those on that page.
All of the scooters sold by Medical Supply Depot come with a 25% restocking fee, because you'll have to return them directly to the manufacturer. That probably means the same process applies if you need to make a warranty claim: in other words, there is no warranty offered specifically by this store, only what is offered by the brand. Because warranty issues are some of the most critical when making a major purchase, it would have been helpful to see links to the manufacturers' warranty policies in each mobility scooter's listing. Instead, only a few of the scooters included warranty details in the "Features" part of the product description.
This store has a good reputation. Medical Supply Depot had an "A+" rating as an accredited company with the BBB at the time of our review. We also found hundreds of positive reviews from customers - although it's worth pointing out that those reviews were generally from shoppers who used the retailer for much smaller items, such as incontinence pads or walking canes, not for mobility scooters.
Medical Supply Depot carries well-known brands of mobility scooters at prices that are comparable with other retailers, and their reputation is solid. We recommend that you consider them when making your decision about which scooter to buy.
Colonial Medical is one of just a handful of companies that actually maintains a warehouse of medical equipment. In business since 1984, the company currently has an A+ with the BBB and is a name to trust when deciding where to buy a mobility scooter or other medical equipment.
The online store is fairly basic. When looking at scooters, you can sort by price, name, or rating. The site doesn't make it easy to go directly to the types of scooters you want, such as 3- or 4-wheel models, so be prepared to spend some time looking for the right one out of the 22 mobility scooters they carry.
When you click on a scooter, you'll be able to see at a glance what to expect in terms of options, specifications, and price. Almost all of the scooters ship for free, and all of the ones we considered came with a lifetime warranty. We would like to see Colonial Medical provide more details on that warranty: does it come with in-house repairs or any other features?
It's also important to note that mobility scooters are strictly non-returnable, unless it is received as defective or damaged in some way. You would need to contact Colonial Medical's customer service department right away if that's the case.
Although we found a few complaints about ordering issues, most of those were several years old. This makes us think that part of the reason this store has such a solid rating with the BBB is because they've made improvements over the last few years.
Overall, Colonial Medical has an adequate selection of mobility scooters, and we like the idea of making such a major purchase from a company that has proven itself as reputable for over 30 years.
Over the past few years, CWI Medical has more than doubled their selection of mobility scooters. While their selection still consists of a single brand, Drive Medical, they now carry 16 different styles ranging from 3-wheel transportable models to heavy-duty 4-wheel options.
They've also improved their website functionality. Before, there was no way to sort through the scooters they sell. Now, you can look on the left side of the page and sort by 3-wheeled, 4-wheeled, or heavy duty. You can also sort your results - or all of the available models - by price; that feature is accessible on the right side, above the list of products that match your criteria.
When you find a mobility scooter that interests you, be sure to scroll down for all of the information related to the product. There's a description of features, a tab for more technical specifications such as scooter weight and maximum user weight, and so on. A few of the scooters carried by CWI Medical also have verified customer reviews, which can give you an even better picture of how they work in real life.
Shipping costs are average. On all orders over $599, the fee is calculated at order checkout; on an order of the lowest-priced mobility scooter, you'd pay $62.91 for delivery via FedEx Ground.
You may be able to save money with a discount offer; when we visited the CWI site, we got a pop-up giving us $5 off with a coupon code. CWI Medical also has a customer rewards program; once you register for an account, you'll automatically earn 2% back on every $10 you spend. That might make it worth it to buy your mobility scooter first, and then place a second order for any accessories you need (or vice-versa).
Unfortunately, this store's return policy has not changed. Power Scooters are still non-returnable if you've assembled them. You are only eligible for a refund within 30 days if your scooter is unassembled, and you'll be charged a 15% restocking fee if the box has been opened. There was no mention of any warranty coverage.
CWI Medical has a good reputation, with an "A+ rating and accreditation by the Better Business Bureau. Shoppers are also happy with the overall experience of buying from this store.
We're happy to see all of the improvements that this retailer has made: expanded inventory, easier-to-use site for shopping, and product reviews to help guide customers in choosing the right mobility scooter. But, with such a limited return policy and a selection with only one brand of scooter, CWI Medical still doesn't compete with the highest-ranked stores in the industry.
Hoveround has been a well-known name in the mobility industry for more than 25 years. Their products include power wheelchairs, scooters, and stair lifts, all sold direct to consumers from their headquarters in Florida.
Not sure what product is the best fit? You can answer a brief survey that will guide you to the mobility solution that might work best. Or, if you already know that you want a scooter, you'll find them under the Mobility Solutions heading. Hoveround carries a total of 12 scooters, 3- and 4-wheel options in travel and heavy-duty styles. The site doesn't give you a way to sort through the scooters by features, so you'll need to browse awhile to find out more about each model.
When you've selected a scooter that interests you, you'll find very detailed information - including downloadable owner's manuals and spec sheets. Unlike some of Hoveround's competitors, they don't seem to give you options for customizing their mobility scooters' seat width/height, color, and so on.
If you are getting your Hoveround scooter through Medicare or private insurance, you'll get free delivery and in-home training by Hoveround employees - known as White Glove Delivery. On the other hand, if you're paying privately, you'll still get standard shipping for no extra charge, but you'll need to pay for the White Glove Delivery if you want it.
Hoveround doesn't tell you what their return policy is for mobility scooters - if there is one. They only specify what to expect when buying two models of their power wheelchairs. You do get a 14-month "Peace of Mind Warranty" on their scooters - but again, good luck finding a description of what that entails.
Reviews on the business and their mobility scooters are very mixed. We found a lot of praise for how Hoveround helped customers choose the right product for their needs and navigate all of the paperwork necessary to get their scooter covered by Medicare. The company has an "A+" rating with the Better Business bureau, and you'll see lots of five-star Google reviews at the bottom of the Hoveround site.
But, we also found more than a few reviews that complained about the post-purchase experience - but you won't see those on the Hoveround site, because they only show the top comments. Looking at the actual Google reviews and other places, dozens of customers said that the batteries don't last nearly as long as expected. Others described having to wait weeks to get replacement parts, leaving them with no working scooter in the meanwhile. And, more than a few people said that they had to wait 30 minutes to an hour on hold in order to speak with someone in customer service.
Hoveround might be a good choice if you want a company that is knowledgeable in working with private insurance and Medicare to get your mobility scooter at little to no cost. But, you should expect it to be challenging to connect with this retailer if you need service after your purchase.
As you can tell from the name, All Electric Scooters focuses on mobility scooters and their related accessories, like ramps, lifts, and trailers. In business for nearly two decades, this NC-based retailer carries scooters manufactured by AmeriGlide, Golden, and Pride.
The site is not the most polished in the industry; we spotted some broken links and images, and the navigation isn't the smoothest. You'll need to have an idea of what type of scooter you want in order to start browsing your options: Travel, 3-Wheel, 4-Wheel, or Heavy Duty.
Once you've selected the scooter type, you'll get a list of the available models in that category. Although there's no way to sort them by price or features, you can click the checkbox next to the models that interest you and then select the Compare button at the top. That will allow you to compare them side-by-side in terms of their specifications.
After you add a mobility scooter to your cart, you can select the options you want: everything from color to seat width/depth/type.
You'll notice that many of the mobility scooters have a button that says, "Get a special offer for this item." If you want to get a discount, you'll have to enter your email address for a code to apply to your order.
On some of their products, All Electric also offers a 200% Lowest Price Guarantee. This applies to adult mobility scooters, vehicle lifts, and scooter accessories, either within 10 days of your purchase or prior to placing an order.
You'll also get free shipping and free batteries on all mobility scooters. That could be a significant savings compared with some of the competition.
This retailer might seem familiar, if you've browsed the others in our review: All Electric Scooters is a sister brand of US Medical Supplies, owned by the same parent company. This means that both businesses share a "B" rating with the Better Business Bureau. You might not think a "B" grade is bad, but when it comes to the BBB it typically means that there have been unresolved issues.
What are some of those problems? We found quite a few complaints that talked about extremely late delivery (over a month after ordering), defective products, and concerns with installation/assembly of larger items like scooters and wheelchair lifts. What was more troubling was the tone of All Electric Scooters' customer service representatives: defensive, curt, and even dismissive. We're not sure why they claim to have "top-rated customer support" when what we've seen is anything but.
That negativity matters, because most of their mobility scooters have an in-home warranty. Can you trust them to service your scooter in your home if they're so unfriendly to their customers?
All Electric has some perks that are attractive, like the 200% Price Match and free shipping on all scooters, but they come up short when it comes to treating their customers well after the purchase.
US Medical Supplies has been in business since 2004 and is headquartered in Raleigh, NC. This store offers a good range of mobility scooters:
The easiest way to sort through the options is to use the Scooter Wizard on the right side of the page. You can specify what kind of suspension your mobility scooter should have, the user weight capacity, and some of the desired features (e.g. captain's chair, lights, flat-free tires). Alternately, if you already know what style of scooter you need, you can click on that category right on the main page.
We like how each product has a tab for Available Options, next to the Product Description and Product Specs. Do you want a scooter that's Candy Apple Red or Viper Blue? How about an extra-wide seat? You'll be able to select those here, and you'll see which options are included for no extra charge vs. those that will cost you extra.
In order to get the best price on your scooter, you'll have to contact US Medical Supplies: you'll see "Special Offer" buttons throughout the site, inviting you to provide your email address or call their toll-free number to find out what you'll pay. That seems like an unnecessary hoop to jump through.
US Medical Supplies gives you free shipping (in the lower 48 states) on all scooter orders. They also offer a Low-Price Guarantee: if another vendor has the same item at a lower price, they'll either match the price when you order, or they'll refund 110% of the price difference within 10 days of your purchase. Unfortunately, this perk may not apply to your scooter; according to their Guarantee page, you'll have to look for an image of a woman holding a "Low Price Guarantee" sign to know if your item is eligible, and most of the scooters we saw didn't have that.
If you've looked at the other stores in our review, you might think that this retailer looks familiar: US Medical Supplies is owned and operated by the same parent company as All Electric Scooters. Both stores share a BBB rating of an unimpressive "B" - in school, a "B" grade is pretty good, but in the business world it indicates that there have been issues worth noting.
In reading through the customer reviews and complaints at the BBB, we weren't impressed with the way US Medical Supplies' representatives responded: often with a tone that was argumentative and definitely not "the customer is always right". Those complaints frequently mentioned very late delivery (more than a month after placing an order), faulty products, and poor assembly/installation of large-ticket items.
That lackluster approach to customer service matters, especially since US Medical Supplies' mobility scooters typically come with a free 1-year in-home parts and labor service contract. What good does that perk do if the service itself is poor?
This retailer's return policy on mobility scooters is vague at best. Their policy states that you'll pay a $50 cancellation fee if you cancel your order before it ships, but it doesn't say specifically what happens if you receive your scooter and want to return it. The most closely-related product they sell is a power wheelchair; the return policy for those, for any reason other than defects or damages, gives you 10 days to decide, a $100 outbound freight charge, and a 15% restocking fee.
While we like the selection and site functionality that US Medical Supplies offers, we're less than impressed with their customer service, vague policies, and the requirement to contact them for the lowest prices. We think you'll probably have a better overall experience with a mobility scooter retailer that has a stronger reputation.
Heartland America has been in business for more than three decades, specializing in offering discounted products across a broad range of categories. Reputation-wise, they've got an A+ and accreditation from the Better Business Bureau, which is a good sign.
But, with respect to mobility scooters, this store is extremely limited. At the time of our review, Heartland America only carried two scooters, neither of which looked to be particularly durable or fully-featured. Each one sells for $749.99, and when we visited there was a shipping discount that brought the delivery cost down to a still-spendy $84.99.
Both scooters come with a limited 6-month warranty, but the retailer doesn't specify how they service the scooters for those repairs. And, should you want to make a return, there's no guarantee that mobility scooters are included in Heartland America's 30-day policy. You'll also be required to cover the return shipping costs, which are likely to be expensive.
Unfortunately, Heartland America's long history as a company doesn't make up for the fact that they have a disappointing selection of mobility scooters that won't meet most people's needs. We're sure you'll have a more satisfying shopping experience with one of the higher-ranked scooter stores in our review.
And, of course, you'll need to keep in mind the needs of the person who will be using the mobility scooter; factors like size, ability to use one or both hands, and other personal characteristics can impact which scooters are a good match.
Because so many of the industry's top retailers of mobility scooters have online stores, you can easily find the right one without even leaving home. For people with challenges getting around, this is a huge plus. As you consider which store to use for your scooter investment, here are several factors to bear in mind:
TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Mobility Scooter stores available today. We hope these reviews help you find the right mobility scooter to maintain your active, healthy lifestyle!
From the first wheelbarrow-type devices to the lightweight, folding metal wheelchairs invented in the 1930s, wheelchairs had one thing in common: they all required some sort of manual propulsion, either by the person seated in the chair or by a helper. Even the most technologically advance manual wheelchairs require a certain amount of upper-body strength and digital dexterity.
More recently, technical developments in battery and propulsion systems have made possible motorized wheelchairs and scooters. Now even people with limited upper-body strength or manual dexterity are able to take themselves from point A to point B with perhaps only limited assistance. Motorized wheelchairs and mobility scooters provide a level of independence to people who are unable to propel themselves in a manual wheelchair or who might require a wheelchair to travel over terrain that would be challenging in a manual wheelchair. And using a mobility scooter or powered chair instead of a cane or walker might actually help prevent further injury from falls.
Whether the reason is age, illness, or injury, with a motorized wheelchair or scooter you don't need someone to push you around. These devices now allow you to:
In addition, compact and maneuverable powered wheelchairs can help you get around your own home, with minimal structural adaptation. With a tight turning radius and no handlebars, a powered wheelchair allows you to pull right up to a table or counter with ease.
A mobility scooter is most helpful for a person with conditions such as coronary or lung problems, arthritis, weight issues, and so on who can still stand and walk a few steps, sit upright without support, and steer with the handlebar controls. When mounting or dismounting from a mobility scooter, being able to turn the seat right or left makes it easier to step on or off than having to move the foot rests on a conventional wheelchair.
Mobility scooters do not look like wheelchairs; they can look way cooler. You can find models that are styled after spiffy Italian scooters in bright colors, or black and chrome motorcycle-styled "choppers." Current battery technology allows for a range of 15-20 miles before requiring a recharge. And in general, mobility scooters are cheaper than powered wheelchairs. You can also get scooters that are easy to transport, folding small enough to fit in the trunk of a car.
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