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Lightweight wheelchairs typically weigh 35 pounds or less, making them an ideal choice for users who lead active lives and frequently travel. These manual wheelchairs can be lifted into the back of a car, van, or bus with little effort, and their reduced overall size makes them easier to maneuver indoors. Also known as “light wheelchairs,” these devices have lightweight frames and can support weight capacities anywhere from 250 to 350 pounds.
In general, lightweight models are narrower than bariatric or traditional wheelchairs. Their smaller width allows them to comfortably fit through doorways and hallways in older homes, as well as in other tight spaces like hotel rooms, elevators, and cruise ship cabins.
Despite their smaller size and lightweight frame, these wheelchairs are still exceptionally durable and are usually constructed from either aluminum, titanium alloy, or carbon steel. Lightweight models feature the same sturdy design as standard wheelchairs, allowing them to provide a smooth ride in both outdoor and indoor environments.
Scootaround has a wide range of lightweight wheelchairs for sale, including models from popular manufacturers like Drive Medical. If you want to learn more about the options we have available, you can either shop online, call 1-844-664-7467, or email [email protected]. We look forward to assisting you!
Finding the ideal light rigid wheelchair for your needs can be a tricky process. Do you need a chair that folds? Do you have a particular brand in mind, such as Drive Medical? What weight capacity does the wheelchair need to hold? Whatever you’re looking for, our team can help you find the right chair for your unique needs.
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So, what features should you be looking for in a lightweight wheelchair? Below, we’ve outlined a few key things to take into consideration before taking the leap and purchasing a chair.
Size: on average, light wheelchairs have a width of around 25 inches, with most models folding down to a size of 12 inches or less. Be sure to review the full product specs prior to purchasing.
Weight Capacity: most lightweight wheelchairs have a weight capacity of around 300 lbs. However, this number can range from 250 to 350 lbs depending on the model.
Strength: many modern wheelchairs sport a titanium alloy or carbon steel frame. This gives them superior strength while remaining lightweight.
Comfort: the majority of wheelchair seats are made of nylon or vinyl. Depending on the user, we may recommend purchasing wheelchair cushions for added support. You should also take into account the seat depth and seat width, as a wheelchair that is too wide or narrow will be uncomfortable.
Portability: all lightweight wheelchairs are highly portable and nearly every model either folds or collapses for better transportability.
Chair weight: lightweight wheelchairs usually weigh between 20 and 40 lbs depending on the model and its features. Be sure to review the full product specs prior to purchasing.
Leg Rests: leg rests and footrests offer added comfort and support for the user. Most leg rests have the ability to swing out of the way to make it easier to sit down in the wheelchair. Many chairs also come standard with a removable footrest(s).
Armrests: while all wheelchairs have armrests, many newer models come standard with flip-back armrests or removable armrests for additional versatility. Removable armrests make it easier for the user to get in and out of the chair.
Wheels: the chair’s rear wheels will have a big effect on the overall stability and traction of the wheelchair. Most rear wheels are either rubber or semi-pneumatic, and while most wheelchairs have maintenance-free wheels, others will need to be repaired or replaced occasionally as they wear down.
Yes. As long as you qualify, Medicare can help provide partial coverage for a lightweight wheelchair.
Most lightweight wheelchairs have an overall width of 22” to 30”, with seat widths ranging from 16" to 22”. In general, wider wheelchairs can support higher weight capacities.
The weight of a lightweight wheelchair varies by model, but they will typically weigh around 20 to 40 lbs. This is significantly less than a standard or heavy duty wheelchair, which can weigh up to 70 lbs or more. In general, heavier wheelchairs will be able to support higher weight capacities.
Light wheelchairs can cost anywhere from $150 to $1000 or more depending on the make and manufacturer, but most models are priced between $350 and $450. This cost will go up for users who require add-ons such as a wheelchair cushion or seat belt. Check out our wheelchair buying guide for more information.