When you or your loved one has to consider purchasing a mobility scooter, this can be a very stressful time. Unlike other everyday purchases, a mobility scooter is somewhat of an investment. You want to get something that will last a long time and won’t need to be replaced over and over again. I’ve personally had to struggle with this stress and it usually ends up lasting until you find a scooter that’s just right for you or your loved one.
That’s why we have looked at everything on the market and found some of the best mobility scooters for 2020. They’ve got great battery life, they’re comfortable, and they’re sure to get the rider around with comfort and ease.
The first thing my mother and I noticed about the Drive Medical Scout scooter was that it has a pretty nice design. You can choose between three colors and the whole thing is very sleek and nice. I especially like that it comes with 4 wheels. This makes it a bit harder to turn, but it’s nearly impossible to tip over. So if you or your family member is worried about falling over and you don’t mind taking a little longer to turn, you should definitely consider getting a 4 wheel scooter. I know that was something we were really worried about. My mother had seen one of her friends fall off of a 3 wheel scooter and it was very difficult for her to get back up.
When I first purchased this scooter for my mother, I was impressed with the battery life. We’ve tried cheaper scooters in the past and the batteries just don’t last. And since replacements can sometimes cost more than the scooter itself, we figured it was about time we splurged.
This scooter can also be disassembled pretty easily to fit in a car. The pieces were a bit heavy so make sure you have someone who can lift heavy objects for you (tell them to life with their legs as well!).
Overall, we really enjoyed this scooter, but would have preferred to have something that was a little lighter. But that problem was rectified by the next scooter…
Vive’s 4 Wheel Mobility Scooter is pretty similar to Drive’s. We found the design to be pretty much the same, but with slight tweaks that made it our preferred mobility scooter. First, it was available in blue, which wasn’t a color offered for the Drive Medical Scout. It was also much easier to get into the car. The pieces were lighter so we didn’t have to worry about any hurt backs. Like pretty much every 4 wheel scooter, there was a little difficulty turning, but it seemed to be a little easier than in the Drive Medical Scout. While these look like small changes, they made all the difference when it came to choosing our preferred scooter.
We also found that the battery was great and honestly, the customer service was amazing too! We had some questions about the scooter and Vive was quick to respond and super friendly! I’ve found that Amazon customer service can be a little hit-or-miss so finding someone who was happy to help us out was super refreshing. Especially when you’re trying to purchase a scooter for parent or grandparent. It’s hard enough to sift through reviews and deal with terrible customer service when you’re shopping for yourself, but that problem becomes all the more stressful when shopping for someone you love. We really appreciated the help Vive was happy to give!
Finally, here’s a 3 wheel scooter for people who want something that’s easy to turn.
Because my mother and I were worried about her falling over, we were much bigger fans of Vive’s 4 wheel scooter, but nevertheless, we still could appreciate how well-made this one is.
Since this was a scooter from Vive, the battery was just as good as the 4 wheeled model. We also found it super easy to transport- it was probably the easiest out of all the scooters we tried. It was super lightweight and could be taken out and put away with ease. We also really liked the front lights and the reflectors on the back. That little bit of extra safety was much appreciated- especially when my mother needed to get around at night; she could see and others could see her!
My mother did have some issues with falling over, but over time, she did figure out how to balance to minimize these accidents; however, we did notice that the clearance on this scooter is really low. That makes it harder to go over certain doorways which amplifies the risk of her falling over.
But while this scooter didn’t necessarily meet our needs, it’s great for other people who want to get around quickly and safely! Especially once you learn how to keep your balance while using it.
If you’re looking for a great 4 wheel scooter, I would have to go with Vive’s 4 Wheel Mobility Scooter. Any seller that provides great customer service gets extra points in my book- especially when you’re dealing with something as important as getting someone a mobility scooter. I also think Vive’s attention to detail gives it a leg up over the Drive Medical Scout. While the designs are pretty similar, I find it’s a bit easier to transport the Vive. The parts are lightweight and can be assembled and disassembled at will. All-in-all, it’s a wonderful scooter for the price and will last you or your loved one a long time.