No one could argue that mobility scooters aren’t a godsend, allowing people with a mobility-related disability to remain independent as they transport themselves from A – B. Transporting mobility scooters, on the other hand, can be a painful experience, especially if you’ve got a large deluxe machine. Fortunately, many of the modern, lightweight travel mobility scooters provide comfort, safety and support while being able to fold up quickly and easily and stored conveniently out of the way.
We take a look at some of the best folding mobility scooters for adults in the UK.
Luggie is perhaps the leading name in folding mobility scooters with a unique mechanism that allows users to fold up their scooters with one hand. The scooters also fold up into small luggage sized packages that can be wheeled around for easy portability and storability. There are three models.
Luggie Folding Mobility Scooter
The Luggie Folding Mobility Scooter doesn’t simply fold away – it folds in several ways so you have options when it comes to fitting your scooter into very tight spaces, like the boot of a Smart car. It’s so lightweight and portable that you can take your scooter on all types of public transport, including the bus and even air planes. Once it’s folded, it’s no more difficult to carry than luggage with wheels; in fact it’s the same size. The Luggie’s high-tech battery is the same type that is used in electric cars, so reliable performance is a given. It has a range of 11 – 12 miles, a maximum weight capacity of 250lbs (113kg) and weighs less than 52lbs (23.5kg).
Recommended retail price is £2394.
Luggie Elite Folding Mobility Scooter
Luggie’s Elite Folding Mobility Scooter offers all the great features of the standard model but with a little bit extra, such as a greater carrying capacity: 294lbs (133kg). It also has a bigger adjustable seat, bigger battery and motor and an LED battery display so you always know how much battery life the scooter has left. Extra safety features include speed control and intelligent braking. The Elite folding scooter also has rear wheel drive. The bigger size doesn’t even affect the total weight, which remains below 52lbs (23.5kg).
Recommended retail price is £2874.
ECO Luggie Folding Mobility Scooter
Released in 2015, the ECO Luggie Folding Mobility Scooter is the new kid on the block. It has exactly the same easy folding mechanism as the other Luggie travel scooters, as well as most of the other features that make Luggie so great. Its eco-friendly lead acid batteries have a range of 8 miles (13km) and it can carry up 252lbs (114kg). As with the other scooters in this range, it weighs less than 52lbs (23.5kg).
Recommended retail price is £1914.
Pride is one of the most respected names in mobility products. The company boasts a range of quality mobility scooters, and the best in its travel range include:
Pride Go Go Elite Traveller 4 Travel Mobility Scooter
Pride’s Go Go Elite Traveller 4 Travel Mobility Scooter is considered one of the most convenient of the portable models thanks to its lightweight component parts and the ease with which it can be dismantled. The scooter consists of 5 parts that are easily put together and taken apart. The Go Go Elite Traveller 4 Travel Mobility Scooter is also a powerful machine capable of travelling up to 10 miles (16km) on a fully charged battery (with the option to upgrade to a bigger battery for a range of 13 miles (21km)) and has a maximum speed of 4mph (6.4kph). The battery can be charged while out of the scooter. In terms of comfort, you get an adjustable padded swivel seat, height adjustable armrests, adjustable tiller and 19” Solid tyres for stability and control.
Maximum user weight is 275lbs (125kg) and the maximum scooter weight is 80lbs (36kg).
Recommended retail price is £1655, but if you look around you can find some great deals that allow you to get more than 50% off.
Pride Go Go Elite Traveller 3 Travel Mobility Scooter
Pride’s Go Go Elite Traveller 3 Travel Mobility Scooter is much like the Traveller 4 model, except that it has three wheels instead of four and doesn’t allow for off board charging. It’s equally comfortable and offers the same driving capability in terms of range and speed. There is also an upgraded model with a more powerful battery: Pride Go Go Elite Traveller Plus 3 Travel Mobility Scooter. The 17A/H battery increases the range from 10 miles (16km) to 13 miles (21km).
Recommended retail price is £1525, but if you look around you can find some great deals that provide discounts of up to (and sometimes in excess of) 50%.
TGA is well-known for its superb range of mobility scooters that ranges from small and lightweight to large and super-deluxe. You can see an example of the comfy TGA mobility scooter above. Some of its best portable mobility scooters include:
Minimo is one of the lightest and most easily transportable mobility scooters available. It folds up with one quick one-handed movement and can easily fit into the boot of a car or a cupboard for out-of-the-way storage. You can choose between two batteries, depending on the kind of range you’re looking for. Bear in mind that while the lithium battery will take you further, it will also put a bigger dent in your wallet. It weighs less than 60lbs (26.6kg) and can accommodate drivers of up to 253lbs (115kg). It has great manoeuvrability and can virtually corner on a dime, so it’s ideal for shops that have relatively narrow aisles.
Recommended retail price is £1995.
Do generations improve over time? Buddy strongly suggests that they do. Buddy is a third generation TGA portable mobility scooter, which doesn’t just offer fold up convenience but is also stylish, comfortable and far-ranging, with a range of 12 miles (19km). The aluminium frame makes it incredibly lightweight and it comes with two easy-to-transport options: a folding mechanism so it can fit into a standard car boot and a dismantling mechanism so you can fit your mobility scooter into an even smaller car boot. It has a sturdy wheelbase and large tyres for stability and comfort and the battery can be charged on and off board. It comes with front and rear lights, folding armrests, a horn and an automatic braking system and automatic parking brake.
Maximum user weight is 220lbs (100kg) and the maximum scooter weight is 80lbs (36kg).
Recommended retail price is £1895.
The Eclipse is the newest product in TGA’s foldable mobility scooter range and offers outstanding comfort, style and manoeuvrability. All of the features have been designed ergonomically to ensure not only maximum comfort but also healthy posture. As with many of the other mobility scooters in TGA’s range, it can be folded up or disassembled with only one hand and its modular design allows it to be stored in tight spaces for maximum portability. The tyres are wide and puncture proof and you can choose between standard batteries with a range of 9 miles (15km), and heavy duty batteries with a range of 18 miles (29km). The mobility scooter weighs only 98lbs (45kg) in total and can carry a maximum weight of up to 291lbs (132kg).
Recommended retail price is £1695.
If you like the idea of a folding mobility scooter with rear wheel drive (RWD) then this Superlight is for you. The RWD gives the 3-wheeled scooter the ability to drive as well on grass and gravel as on smooth pavements, asphalt and shop tiles. The comfy swivel seat adjusts forwards and backwards so that you can find the perfect position for your size and the folding armrests allow you to get on and off without navigating any obstacles. It dismantles quickly and easily fits into most car boots. Fully charged standard batteries give you a range of 12 miles (19km) with heavy duty batteries will take you up to 16 miles (25km). Batteries can be charged on and off board. Front light and LED rear lights are standard.
The RWD Superlight mobility scooter is not as light as some of the other travel scooters available, coming in at 119lbs (54kg) and can carry a maximum weight of 242lbs (110kg).
Recommended retail price is: £1895.
Shoprider is another well-known and trusted brand in the mobility market, with a wide range that extends from large luxury models to compact folding scooters.
Shoprider Paris Travel Mobility Scooter
The Shoprider Paris Travel Mobility Scooter contains all the great features of the Cameo model, only slightly bigger for greater range and greater comfort. The scooter can be dismantled into 4 pieces that can be transported without hassle. The padded seat is height adjustable, as are the armrests, which also fold out of the way so you can get on and off your scooter easily. The 4 wheels are ‘anti-tip’ for extra stability. It has a range of approximately 15 miles (24km), a maximum carrying weight of 294lbs (135kg) and weighs 56kg (123lbs).
Recommended retail price is £1999.
Kymco has a global reputation for excellent quality products that include mobility scooters for people with a range of disabilities.
Kymco Mini LS Travel Mobility Scooter
The Kymco Mini LS Mobility Scooter boasts front and rear LED lights that are specially designed to put as little strain on the battery as possible. It has a range of 15 miles (24km) on a fully charged battery and comes with puncture-proof tyres with the option to upgrade to sport wheels so that you can take your mobility scooter off road. It has a maximum carrying capacity of 294lbs (135kg) and weighs 119lbs (54kg).
Recommended retail price is £1895.
Tzora has a range of three and four-wheel collapsible scooters that are lightweight, ergonomic and designed for use indoors and outdoors.
The Tzora Titan can be folded or disassembled quickly and easily without you having to bend or put exert yourself in any way. It folds up into a handy portable size that can travel on most modes of transport. It has a range of 15 miles (24 – 25km) and a maximum speed of 7mph (11kmh). It has a maximum carrying capacity of 300lbs (136kg) and weighs a maximum of 159lbs (72kg).
Retails for approximately £1400.
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Electric Mobility has a great range of portable mobility scooters, including the Rascal Liteway 8 Mobility Scooter which has a split frame so it can fold up easily. It has a suspension system, which makes all travel super-comfortable. It has a range of up to 24 miles (38km) and weighs 117lbs (53kg).
Recommended retail price is £3825.
Pro Rider has a range of affordable, lightweight folding mobility scooters, including the Easy Fold and the Freedom mobility scooters.
Recommended retail prices range from £798 – £1178.
Van Os has one of the biggest and most comfortable portable travel mobility scooters in the UK – the Travelux Supernova 8 mph Mobility Scooter. It boasts a suspension system and the option to upgrade to a super comfortable Captain seat. Front and rear lights and indicators keep you safe on the road. It has a range of 16 miles (25km), can carry up to 326lbs (148kg) and weighs 127lbs (58kg).
Recommended retail price is £2999.
Roma Vegas 2 comes with adjustable armrests and comfortable leg room. One of the selling points is the seat, which swivels and is fully adjustable for greater access and control. The seat also boasts a handy pocket for carrying essentials and light shopping. The LCD control panel also makes controlling the scooter easy. It breaks down into 5 parts which are easy to transport, the battery can be charged off-board and its range of 8 – 10 miles (12 – 16km) and maximum speed is 4mph (6kmh). It has a maximum carrying capacity of 300lbs (136kg) and a maximum weight of approximately 120lbs (54kg).
Recommended retail price is £1800 – £1900.