Lightweight wheelchairs are portable and compact, easy to manouvre and transport, ideal for whether in your house or out and about, as they can easily be folded and carried in and out of a vehicle.
They are ideal for everyday use for the elderly or less mobile, giving you your freedom and independence to help manage your daily activities, and can have a positive effect on your mental and physical wellbeing.
They can help aid or speed up recovery from illness or a physical accident or operation. The Best Lightweight Wheelchairs 2021 come in lots of different shapes, sizes and specifications, so there is a wheelchair to suit everyone’s needs.
Has a range of 8 miles ( 4 miles per battery ) which gives you piece of mind when out and about.
Suspension is a little basic so may be uncomfortable if you are travelling on uneven surfaces.
The seat can feel a little tight and compact if you are a larger user.
The Pride Mobility i-Go Folding Portable Powerchair is a unique folding powered wheelchair, featuring lightweight Lithium-ion batteries, and weighing under 20 kg, which can easily be transported around.
The super-light yet durable frame and ultra-compact size make it ideal for those needing a highly portable powerchair.
This durable ultralight transport wheelchair weighs less than 6Kg ( 15 Ibs ) which is great when you are out and about.
The stylish compact designed chair folds up easily for travel and storage with little effort.
Available in a range of attractive different colours this wheelchair will suit everyone.
This chair is really compact, sturdy and easy to foldaway.
Ultra lightweight wheelchair weighing less than 6 kg means less strain on you when carrying or transporting around.
Responsive brakes that means the wheelchair is secure when you stop.
The armrest angle at the end of the chair supports makes it easier to get closer to the table when eating.
The cup holder is a useful addition.
The solid wheels can make the chair a little uncomfortable, but an extra thick padded cushion support can help.
The size of the seat is small for a taller person with longer limbs.
The best thing about the Medline Ultralight Transport Mobility Wheelchair is that it is a great lightweight transport chair, and is ideal for someone who needs to move the wheelchair in and out of vehicles and take from place to place.
The Invacare Lightweight Aluminium Transit Wheelchairis the basic-entry level wheelchair in the Invacare manual range. The lightweight aluminium construction of this transit wheelchair makes it easy to manoeuvre, even for an elderly carer, as well as providing a wheelchair that is easy to fold and transport.
The lightweight aluminium construction makes it easy to manoeuvre and transport.
The concertina folding design makes folding the chair away quickly and simply effortless.
The footrests swing away and are also removable which makes transferring off / on the wheelchair a lot easier. In addition, you are less likely to catch your foot or leg on them.
Has a comfortable fixed long pad armrest to support you.
Has a maximum load user weight of 100 Kg (15.7 Stones ).
Attaches easily to a supermarket trolley when you are out and about shopping.
The seat size may be a little small for the larger user who may benefit from using a bariatric wheelchair.
The Invacare Lightweight Transit Wheelchair has been designed with manoeuvrability and quality in mind. It has been constructed to an excellent standard and is packed with a host of useful features; including cable brakes for maximum convenience, a built-in lap belt for added safety, swing away footrests for easy access and exit of the chair, concertina folding frame, and half folding backrest for easy storage and transportation.
The Drive Medical ultra lightweight wheelchair is an excellent design, and great value for money. Comes in 3 parts and assembles in 30 seconds. My husband says it's very lightweight and he's delighted with the quality.
Exactly as described. Perfect packaging. Arrived on time. Update from courier was most helpful. Recipient is absolutely delighted and at a very good price too.
A lovely chair and so easy to fold and is only the size of a suitcase when it is folded. Great for travelling with especially on air flights. Would recommend.
Shirley M Neal
Things to Consider Before Buying a Wheelchair
1. What features do I need ?
You need to consider your own personal circumstances before purchasing. Consider not just your own health needs now but what might change in the near future.
Is your physical health likely to deteriorate , or improve in the next few months and years which may influence your choice in wheelchair ?
Are you able to transfer independently in and out of the wheelchair, or do you need assistance ?
Are you physically able to self propel the wheelchair, or do you need someone to push the wheelchair ?
Consider your size and weight. This can have a bearing on the size of wheelchair you will need. Check that the maximum user weight is okay for you to use. Also, the seat should be between 1 to 4 cm wider than your hips.
2. Do you need easy access and portability ?
If you need to fold it up regularly, look for a lightweight folding wheelchair that folds up without tools and that takes up little space when stored.
If access in and out of your property is difficult, or from room to room, then folding or removeable footrests are a good idea.
3. The weight of the wheelchair
When you consider the weight of your wheelchair you are looking at the total weight. This is the frame structure weight and then the extra weight of different components on top ( such as back support and seat cushion ).
Many of the lightweight wheelchairs are made of aluminium, which, with its high strength and light weight make it an ideal choice for the frame structure.
Something to consider when looking at the wheelchair weight is the number of detachable parts it has. Most wheelchairs have detachable footplates, but some also have removeable arms and wheels. This can greatly reduce the weight of the wheelchair.
Benefits of using Lightweight Wheelchairs
Easy to lift and carry – normally around 8 – 14 Kg. ( compared with a standard wheelchair around 20 Kg )
Lightweight aluminium design makes it easy to fold away and store.
Easier access room to room indoors and when out and about.
Sturdy, durable frame with good support.
Great aid for keeping your independence.
They generally have larger specialized wheels that are easier to turn, which means a lot less effort and energy needed to manouvre.
Different Types of Wheelchairs Available
Wheelchairs were first invented in the 1700s and were incredibly heavy and difficult to manouvre.
Nowadays, with modern technology and advances in design todays wheelchairs are both sturdy and lightweight. So, what’s the different options available to you when buying a wheelchair.
Folding Wheelchairs or Rigid Wheelchairs
Folding Manual Wheelchairs are an especially useful mobility aid for both the elderly and disabled users. They traditionally have a ‘cross-brace’ design or ‘X’ shape where the wheelchair folds in half as the sides of the chair are brought together.
More recently a ‘scissor brace’ frame has been designed which allows the wheelchair user to fold and unfold the chair from the front and back of the chair.
Benefits of a Folding Wheelchair
The main benefits of a foldable wheelchair is that they are generally cheaper than rigid wheelchairs, and are easier to store and transport.
They can easily fit into the boot of a car, a small closet, a store room or anywhere where space is an issue for the user. They tend to be easier to fix complex seating systems on and fold up into around 10″ – 12″ in size.
Due to the flexibility of a folding wheelchair, all 4 wheels maintain contact with the ground even over rough or uneveb surfaces.
On folding wheelchairs you are able to adjust the foot placements, whereas on rigid wheelchairs they are in a fixed position which makes transferring on and off the wheelchair difficult.
Rigid Wheelchairs The rigid wheelchairs will not fold from side to side, and are simpler in design with fewer moving parts.
Benefits of a Rigid Wheelchair
Usually, but not always, they are lighter than folding wheelchairs, and tend to have a more solid framework.
They have folding backs, and the rear wheels can be removed easily when you need to transport the wheelchair.
The rear wheels can be easily be removed with quick release axles.
They are simpler with fewer parts to wear out.
They can be configured to better fit the user with a vast range of seat widths, seat depths, seat heights, seat angle, back heights, back angle and wheel position.
Self Propel or Attendant Propelled Wheelchairs
Self Propelled As the name suggests self propel wheelchairs are propelled by the user and have larger rear wheels making the chair easier to move. The larger wheels makes getting up and down steps or kerbs a lot easier and safer, but you need good upper body and arm strength to move about.
Attendant Propelled These wheelchairs have smaller rear wheels which are often rimless and are designed that someone pushes the wheelchair for you. Also known as transit wheelchairs.
Wheelchair accessories help you stay comfortable in your wheelchair, whether you are sheltering from the rain with a poncho, keeping your feet warm, or sitting on a comfortable pressure cushion.
Many of the safety accessories and aids available such as the leg lifter and safety belt, are simple and affordable ways to protect you from injury and discomfort whilst using your wheelchair.
Here’s a selection of a few accessories which may come in handy : )
This is a well made bag and fits on the back of the wheelchair well. Its waterproof with plenty of compartments and zip closures.
Best Lightweight Wheelchairs 2021
For many elderly people wheelchairs are a great mobility aid to increase your freedom and independence. When you have a wheelchair visiting friends and attending social activities are all possible to do.
Lightweight wheelchairs are useful even for those who struggle with their mobility, but are perhaps too proud to use one, and can be especially helpful when walking any distance outdoors. A wheelchair is a great way to reduce the risk of falls transporting you safely over ground that is often uneven, wet, muddy, or is on an incline.
Hopefully you will find a lightweight wheelchair that suits your needs, however, should you need any further help or advice please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to help.