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Different Types of Mobility Scooters

November 8, 2017 10:26:13 AM EST

Different Types of Mobility Scooters

When you’re having mobility issues, life can seem impossibly difficult. Things you once did with ease become a struggle, a burden, and it may seem easier to stay inside altogether. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Enter scooters.

Scooters give you the freedom to go where you want when you want.

Scooters give you back your mobility independence and allow you to do more on your own with less help from others. You’ll have more energy to enjoy activities again that were once stressful and draining, like shopping or walking your dog. With your new scooter, you can finally join your friends at the park, go to the grocery store without assistance, festivals, farmers markets, and more. You don’t have to wait for life to pass you by. A new scooter will help you get back to enjoying life.

How do I know which scooter is right for me?

There are so many kinds of scooters out there, it can be daunting to know where to start. We’ve put together this guide to help you understand the different types of scooters and which one might be right for you. Organized from smallest and most portable to largest and most heavy-duty, the different types of scooters are broken down for you.

But first...

A note about 3-wheel scooters vs. 4-wheel scooters: The general rule of thumb is that 3-wheel scooters have tighter turning radiuses and maneuver better in narrow spaces and sharp turns, whereas 4-wheel scooters provide more stability and evenly distributed weight. For folding and travel scooters, both can generally be used indoors and out, although 4-wheel scooters provide more stability than 3-wheel models when used outdoors. If you use a walking aid, such as a cane or a walker, 4-wheel scooters are recommended due to superior stability.

Read on to find out which type of scooter is right for you!


Folding Scooters

* lightweight * portable * compact *

Folding Scooters are ideal for people who can get around okay but have trouble walking long distances. These compact scooters simply fold when not in use, and some have a remote that do the folding for you. Some folding scooters disassemble into smaller, more lightweight pieces for easier transport. Folding scooters travel well and many are FAA approved for safe air travel.

Folding Scooters:

  • Fit easily in the trunks of most cars, SUV’s, and vans

  • Fold for easy transport

  • Allow you to travel when you might not otherwise

  • Are simple to operate

  • Cost less than mid-size and full-size scooters

  • Can often be taken on airplanes (check before buying)

  • Travel well on vacation and locally

  • Typically weigh around 50 lbs. fully assembled

  • Do not need a vehicle lift


Travel Scooters

* lightweight * portable * compact *

Travel Scooters are perfect for people who have trouble walking long distances and need something to help them get around either when traveling or on a regular basis for daily errands and shopping. Travel scooters disassemble into smaller, more lightweight pieces that fit easily into the trunks of most cars. The universal accessory hitch on the back of the seat allows for scooter accessories, like spacious  baskets, cane holders, and oxygen tank holders.

Travel Scooters:

  • Disassemble into smaller pieces for easy transport

  • Fit easily in the trunks of most cars, SUV’s, and vans

  • Allow you to travel when you might not otherwise

  • Cost less than mid-size and full-size scooters

  • Travel well on vacation and locally

  • Feature a universal accessory hitch for scooter accessories

  • Are easy to operate

  • Don’t need a vehicle lift


Mid-Size Scooters

* Durable * Comfortable * Dependable *

Ideal for full-time use, mid-size scooters offer extra comfort features, longer-lasting batteries, and more speed. Mid-size scooters are perfect for people who need help getting around on a regular basis and are looking for a full-time scooter. 

Mid-Size Scooters:

  • Are designed for full-time, regular use

  • Offer more advanced features for comfort and performance

  • Allow you to travel when you might not otherwise

  • Feature longer driving ranges and higher weight capacities than travel scooters

  • Travel well locally

  • Feature a universal accessory hitch for scooter accessories

  • May need a vehicle lift


Full-Size Scooters

* Heavy-Duty * High-Performance * Feature-Rich *

Full-size scooters offer more of everything - more speed, more bells and whistles, more comfort and performance features. Perfect for full-time outdoor use, full-size scooters can be used to get you from home to the grocery store and back.

Full-Size Scooters:

  • Are sometimes referred to as “heavy-duty” or “high weight capacity” scooters

  • Can be used as your main transportation vehicle due to its long driving range

  • Offer more advanced features for comfort, safety and performance

  • Feature a universal accessory hitch for scooter accessories

  • Offer more leg and foot room

  • Are ideal for outdoor use

  • Feature higher ground clearance

  • Come standard with illuminating lighting packages

  • Feature longer driving ranges and higher weight capacities than travel and mid-size scooters

  • Often feature full suspension for a smoother ride

  • Need a compatible vehicle lift for transport


Recreational Scooters

* Fast * Fun * Stylish *

Since recreational scooters are made to be driven for sheer pleasure, they offer faster top speeds and longer driving ranges than other types of scooters. Recreational scooters are perfect for people who want a more fun way to get the mail, “walk” the dog, or get around town.

RECREATIONAL SCOOTERS:

  • Are ideal for outdoor use

  • Offer more powerful motor transaxle

  • Feature longer driving ranges and faster top speeds

  • Are fun to drive and easy to operate

  • Need a compatible vehicle lift


Performance Scooters

* Powerful * Heavy-Duty * Luxurious *

Performance Scooters are ideal for people who want the most powerful, highest-performance recreational scooter. These fun-to-drive scooters are the fastest scooters on the market with the longest driving ranges. Upgrades like state-of-the-art MP3/stereo systems come standard on most performance scooters.

Performance Scooters:

  • Offer all the bells and whistles imaginable

  • Feature impressive incline-climbing capabilities

  • Are ideal for outdoor use

  • Offer upgraded motors for more power

  • Feature the longest driving ranges and fastest top speeds

  • Are fun to drive

  • Offer superior performance on uneven terrain

  • Need a compatible vehicle lift or trailer



If you have any questions about this blog, scooters, or your mobility independence in general, our Mobility Specialists are happy to answer any and all questions you have! Email us at info@TopMobility.com or call us at 1-888-364-3813.

Thanks for reading and we hope this information helps!


Posted in Informative By Jennifer Ayash

Get a 4-wheel scooter with a 3-wheel turning radius with the Jazzy® Zero Turn and Pride’s exclusive patent-pending, Zero Turn technology. Navigate tight corners and small spaces effortlessly with a 38” turning radius. Illuminate your ride with bright LED lighting. Dual motors and CTS suspension ensure a smooth and comfortable drive.


Features:

  • Charging port built into the tiller for easy charging
  • Contemporary new rim design makes the Jazzy® Zero Turn look as good as it drives
  • CTS suspension for comfortable long range use
  • Delta tiller, ergonomic wraparound handles enables easy-to-use left or right hand operation
  • Dual motors for added traction in rough terrain
  • Feather touch disassembly permits simple frame separation with only one hand
  • Front basket
  • Full LED lighting package for safe operation
  • Patent pending technology provides 4-wheel stability with 3-wheel turning radius
  • Under seat storage comes standard
  • USB charger built into the tiller for convenient charging of smart phones and portable devices
  • Your choice of six contemporary, interchangeable color shrouds

Posted in Product Spotlight By Jay Fares

Buying Guide for Lift Chairs

September 7, 2017 5:25:13 PM EDT

Cirrus Lift Chair by Golden Technologies *Chair shown is the Cirrus Lift Chair by Golden Technologies.

For people who have a hard time getting up out of their favorite chair, it can dampen the joy of said chair.  How can you truly enjoy your chair knowing that it will be painful when you want to stand up?  Enter lift chairs!  Lift chairs help people get up by leaning forward to help the person stand.  Lift chairs are designed to be comfortable while eliminating the painful part of getting up.  Now you can fully enjoy your favorite chair without worry! 

There are so many different kinds of lift chairs, it can be hard to decide which one will be best for your needs.  To help you decide which lift chair is right for you, we’ve put together this guide:


2 Position Lift Chairs: The most basic lift chair is a 2 position chair, which means it moves forward and tilts back to a maximum 45 degrees.  The 2 position lift chair is designed for users who don’t need a full incline and won’t be spending long periods of time in the chair.  This chair is good for people who just want to raise their legs a little and lean back while watching TV or reading a good book.

Positions: Sit, tilt. 2 position lift chair

See Top Mobility's selection of 2 Position Lift Chairs HERE.


3 Position Lift Chairs:  The 3 position lift chairs recline more than the 2-position chairs and can be positioned anywhere between the straight position to an almost full recline.  These chairs are good for people who want to recline a bit more while relaxing in their chair.

Positions: Sit, tilt, recline. 3 position lift chair

See Top Mobility's selection of 3 Position Lift Chairs HERE.


Trendelenburg Position Lift Chairs: The Trendelenburg position means the feet are elevated above the heart, and the heart is elevated above the head.  These lift chairs are ideal for users with edema, swelling, diabetes, congestive heart failure, neuropathy, and blood circulation disorders.  The Trendelenburg position alleviates pressure from body fluids and can help prevent varicose veins.  It can also help users with circulation in the legs and reduce swelling.  These lift chairs have 2 motors, allowing you to control the backrest and ottoman separately.  Trendelenburg lift chairs have multiple positions, including the Trendelenburg position.  These chairs are good for people who will be spending a lot of time in the chair.

Positions: Multiple, including Trendelenburg position. Trendelenburg position lift chair

See Top Mobility's selection of Trendelenburg Position Lift Chairs HERE.


Zero Gravity Position Lift Chairs: The zero gravity position is the most neutral body position because weight distribution is equal throughout the body, alleviating pressure on the joints, neck, and back.  These lifts chairs offer multiple positions and can relieve stress on the body.  The zero gravity position was found by NASA to help astronauts endure the sudden and intense increases in gravity during takeoff.  By placing them in this position, the weight is redistributed equally throughout their body, allowing the stress of takeoff to be distributed safely through their bodies.  These lift chairs have 2 motors, allowing you to control the backrest and ottoman separately.  These chairs are good for people who will be spending a lot of time and/or sleeping in the chair.

Positions: Multiple, including Zero Gravity position. zero gravity position lift chair

See Top Mobility's selection of Zero Gravity Position Lift Chairs HERE.


Infinite Position Lift Chairs: The infinite position lift chairs recline fully and often offer both the zero gravity position and the Trendelenburg position (check before buying).  These chairs have 2 independent motors that allow the user to control the footrest separately from the backrest and can be used comfortably for sleeping.  This chair is good for people who will be spending a lot of time in the chair.

Positions: Multiple, sometimes includes Trendelenburg and/or Zero Gravity positions. infinite position lift chair

See Top Mobility's selection of Infinite Position Lift Chairs HERE.


Additional Features: Some lift chairs offer heat and massage options to sooth aching muscles and reduce stress.  When looking at lift chairs, check the specifications to see if it is offered with that particular chair.  Massage and heat features can be found on all types of lift chairs from the most basic 2 position all the way to Zero Gravity.  


Before You Buy: (1) Check that the lift chair you are interested in can carry the weight capacity you need it to.  There are different sizes of chairs designed to hold certain weight capacities.  Many chairs offer small, medium, and large, so if the chair you like doesn’t fit your size, check to see if it offers different options. (2) Lift chairs usually specify which user heights are suitable for that particular chair.  Pay attention to the height range and be sure your chosen chair is appropriate for your height.  (3) Customize your lift chair to suit your needs.  Choose the right color and fabric for you and your space.  Lift chairs offer many, many different fabric and color options to match your living room and lifestyle!

 

Happy shopping!

 
Posted in Informative By Jennifer Ayash

What is a Lift Chair

August 18, 2017 12:58:24 PM EDT

What is a Lift Chair?

A lift chair is a chair designed specifically for people who have trouble sitting down and/or getting up out of their favorite chair due to arthritis, surgery, aging, back pain, pregnancy, injury, and/or joint pain.  

See Top Mobility's wide selection of lift chairs HERE.

lift chairs, Golden, Power Cloud PR-512*Chair shown is Golden Technologies Daydreamer Power Pillow Lift Chair PR-630 

Basically lift chairs are recliners that also tilt forward to help a person get in and out of the chair.  Lift chairs have a mechanism that allows them to help guide the user in and out of the chair in a controlled manner either by a remote or the simple push of a button.  When the user wants to sit down, they push the button and the chair leans forward to allow the person to gently lean against the chair while still standing.  Push the button again and the chair automatically moves into the sitting position, allowing the user to move with the chair as it gently guides them to the seated position.  The remote can be beneficial for users who want more control as they sit or stand.  

Lift chairs provide mobility independence.  With lift chairs, users don’t need the assistance of a caregiver when they want to sit down or stand up.  This frees up the time of the caregiver to do other important things around the house without worry, and it gives the user a sense of freedom to be able to sit and stand as they please.

Lift chairs reduce the risk of injury.  People with limited mobility can injure themselves by sitting or standing too fast, losing their balance, or moving a certain way that can aggravate an already-existing injury.  Lift chairs assure the user and their loved ones that they will be able to sit and stand with support, giving them more control and balance.

Lift chairs are made for comfort and ease of use.  Because of this, they are often more comfortable than their regular recliner cousins!  They are generally more spacious than regular recliners and many lift chairs offer premium fabrics that are designed to match any living room while retaining a soft-to-touch feel.  Some lift chairs are designed for sleeping and provide extra support and comfort options.

Lift chairs offer multiple positions to accommodate all types of users.  There are many kinds of lift chairs, ranging from the basic 2 position chair (straight up and slight recline) to the Infinite position chair that offers multiple options from straight up to the Trendelenburg position (feet higher than the head), which is beneficial to users with neuropathy and other circulation issues.

Ultimately, lift chairs are designed to make life easier.  And for people with pain or limited mobility, they really do.

To see Top Mobility’s full selection of lift chairs, click HERE.


Posted in Informative By Jennifer Ayash

Enjoy the Sun in the Shade

August 4, 2017 11:14:08 AM EDT

Looking for a little relief from the hot summer sun while you drive your scooter here, there, and everywhere?  

We’ve got two great options for you this summer, and we’ve added two new YouTube videos on how to unbox and install both.  The Umbrella Assembly offers shade at an angle and includes a FREE patriotic umbrella.  The SunShade Canopy offers shade with more coverage and includes a Candy Apple red cover.  One of the main differences between the two is that one attaches to your scooter’s tiller (Umbrella Assembly) and the other one attaches to your scooter’s universal accessory hitch (SunShade Canopy).  


 


If you’re looking for just a little shade to keep your eyes out of the sun and want to be able to control the angle of coverage, the Scooter Umbrella Assembly Holder is perfect for you. If you’re looking for more body coverage and don’t want to mess with the angle changes, then you might prefer the SunShade Canopy.

To read more about the Umbrella Assembly, click HERE.  To read more about the SunShade Canopy, click HERE.

If you’re not sure yet, check out our YouTube videos for more information.  To watch the Umbrella Assembly video, click HERE.  To watch the SunShade video, click HERE.


Enjoy the shade!

Posted in Informative By Jennifer Ayash

The sleek and sporty EForce1 powerful recreational scooter will ease your day-to-day challenges of limited mobility. The EForce-1 is the perfect way to enjoy your active lifestyle, while still looking stylish, even if you need a little assistance getting around.

This isn’t just some average lightweight scooter: It's Powerful.

The EForce1 can reach 12 mph, travel up to 15 miles on a charge and even handle up to 325 lbs.

The best part of the EForce1: It's Portable.

Meaning taking it anywhere is as easy as it is to fold. In just four easy steps, the compact scooter folds into itself and fits in most automobile trunks and all vans, SUVs and trucks.

With the EForce1, you’re on your way. You’re headed to the next challenge.


Features:

  • Easy to fold. No tools required.
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Frame weight only 53 lbs.
  • Front and rear suspension
  • Adjustable steering column and seat accommodate any body type without compromising comfort or safety.
  • Easy folding allows scooter to fit into most automobile trunks and all SUVs, vans and trucks.
  • Front wheel motor; no belts or exposed parts improves steering of the Scooter.
  • Front and Rear Disc Brakes – strong stopping ability on wet surfaces or declines.
  • Padded seat for a comfortable ride.
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery can reach up to 15 miles per charge
  • Control Panel & 3 speeds for all situations, forward and reverse, battery indicator and forward/reverse functionality.
  • Cruise control setting allows rider to relax over longer distances of travel.
  • Safety Horn & LED front light
Posted in Product Spotlight By Jay Fares