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Best Mobility Scooters for Seniors in 2021

Our experts have researched 20 mobility scooter brands and recommend 10 of the best options for seniors.

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Top 10 Highest Ranked Mobility Scooters in 2021

Mobility scooters transform lives. For example, seniors who used to depend on others to go a few blocks down the street may be able to get to the store by themselves after purchasing a mobility scooter. Likewise, the scooters enable many seniors to travel far and wide with easy folding or disassembly for cars, planes and cruise ships. Of course, there are a decent number of mobility scooter companies, and taken all together, the list of offerings can overwhelm. Here’s a look at 10 brands to keep in mind as you shop. At the end of this article is an overview of factors to think about before purchasing and whether Medicare is likely to contribute toward the cost of your scooter.

How We Chose Our Top List

Scoot into freedom and mobility with our top 10 mobility scooter list. In creating this resource, we laid the pros and cons on the table, and researched features and tech, quality, value, pricing, and so much more. You’d be hard pressed to find a more comprehensive resource anywhere online. So if you’re searching for a mobility scooter for yourself or a loved one, rest assured you’re in the right place.

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What Are Mobility Scooters?

 Mobility scooters are similar to power wheelchairs and motor scooters. They look more like motor scooters but are targeted toward people who might otherwise use power wheelchairs. In fact, the scooters are more fun than power wheelchairs and come across as less “medical.”

Mobility scooters are often called electric scooters or power-operated vehicles, and their users must have some degree of upper-body strength along with some shoulder and hand strength. The scooters are available in various forms. For example, some types are designed for outdoors use on bumpy terrain, for both indoor and outdoor use, for shopping or for portability to make travel via planes and cars easier.

Mobility scooters have handlebars and up to five steerable wheels. A middle-of-the-line scooter should be capable of traveling 5 to 7 mph. Check out the following list for factors to consider when comparing scooters.

  • Intended use: Some users need scooters for home and office use as well as for outdoor use. Some are designed for heavy-duty outdoor use only, some are portable/travel-friendly, while others are for luxury consumers. There are also bariatric scooters for larger consumers. It’s vitally important to find a scooter that matches your needs.
  • Turning radius: The tighter/smaller the radius, the more likely the scooter may work for inside your home or for navigating small stores.
  • Driving range: How far can the scooter go on a single charge? For many people, most any driving range may do, but higher-end ranges are important for folks who need to travel several miles or more to get to town.
  • Speed: Some scooters go barely more than 3.5 mph, while some travel at a speedy 14 mph or even faster.
  • Weight capacity: How much weight can the scooter hold? The scooter must be able to handle not only the user’s weight but also the weight of anything the user brings.
  • Inclines: It’s important to have a scooter that can handle any hills or wheelchair ramps that you plan to use.
  • Battery charge time: Some scooters may take as long as eight hours to charge.

What are the Benefits of a Mobility Scooter?

 Mobility scooters are a tremendous asset for seniors who cannot walk for long periods of time or who experience joint pain such as that from rheumatoid arthritis. Similarly, mobility scooters help their users conserve energy, so the scooters are popular among people on oxygen.

The scooters enable many seniors to remain relatively mobile and independent. In fact, some people who start using mobility scooters find themselves capable of doing more than they have in years.

How Much Do Mobility Scooters Cost & Does Medicare Pay?

New mobility scooters cost anywhere from about $600 to a high end of about $7,000. Many users can buy a good-quality, comfortable scooter with a decent number of features for about $1,400. Mobility scooter warranties tend to not be transferrable, applying only to the original owner. You can get a used scooter for a few hundred dollars, but approach this market with caution.

Medicare Part B covers 80 percent of the Medicare-approved cost of a mobility scooter, but the criteria for approval are strict. Users must have a doctor’s order specifying medical need, and they must be unable to do activities of daily living such as bathing or dressing themselves even with a walker, cane or crutch. Their homes must also provide ample space for scooter maneuvering.

Many retailers offer payment plans when you buy mobility scooters of any brand. For example, if the Pride Raptor costs $2,279 at a certain store, you could expect monthly payments as low as $146.24. However, always check to see what comes with the price. In general, it includes free shipping within a few days, in-home service and a limited warranty. Travel-size scooters are more likely to ship the same day via FedEx or UPS. For medium-size and larger-size scooters, your freight carrier may need to contact you to arrange a specific delivery time for when you’re home. A larger scooter or a scooter with optional or customized features takes longer to prepare for shipping, and international shipping and shipping to locations such as Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands may not be available.

Also check each retailer to see what its return policy is. In general, your item should be in its original packaging and have no scratches (still be in new condition). In fact, you often need to contact the retailer first to obtain a return authorization. Customers are usually responsible for paying for a scooter to be shipped back to the retailer.

To keep your scooter in as good shape as possible and to reduce maintenance costs, read your owner manual and ask the retailer for the best way to care for your scooter’s battery. Protect your scooter from elements such as rain or snow (buying a weather cover for a couple of hundred dollars could save you a lot in the long run!). Clean dirt from your scooter before it can accumulate too much, and do quick surface cleans regularly. Check your battery, tire treads and wheel bearings every once in a while.

Insurance can be a smart option for mobility scooters. It may cover serious repairs, theft, breakdowns, accidental damage and third-party issues such as a collision with a pedestrian. It’s possible your home, renter’s or car insurance may cover the scooter already, so ask your provider. Otherwise, you should be able to obtain coverage for about $50 to $60 a year.

Mobility scooter batteries may last as long as three years, but if you use them heavily, count on a lifespan that falls between one year to 18 months. Insurance and Medicare Part B might cover the cost of replacement batteries, and out of pocket, a scooter battery tends to cost about $99 up to about $200, sometimes more.

If your scooter needs repair, an authorized provider from the manufacturer should be able to service it. Sometimes, insurance or Medicare Part

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