Mobility scooter or powerchair – which is better?

Mobility scooter or powerchair – which is better?

Mobility scooter or powerchair – which is better?

For many of our customers dealing with mobility issues, one of the first decisions they need to make is whether to buy a powerchair (that is, a motorised wheelchair) or a mobility scooter. At first glance, there does not seem to be much that separates them, aside from size and style, but there are more differences than you would think.

As the Wirral’s foremost supplier of both mobility scooters and powerchairs, we have put together the following list of pros and cons for both types of transport, to give our valued customers a good starting place for making that decision.

Mobility scooters

Mobility scooters are battery-powered vehicles, controlled by the user thanks to a handlebar with switches attached for acceleration and so on. They are equipped with a built-in chair for ease of use and comfort.

Pros of mobility scooters

Mobility scooters are simple to operate, even if you have never ridden one before.

Scooters are designed to be used outdoor and can handle difficult terrain with few problems. This allows users to cover greater distances and uneven surfaces that would otherwise cause them severe problems on foot.

Mobility scooters have a variety of different sizes and shapes, meaning there is sure to be one that meets your specific needs.

Cons of mobility scooters

First, there is the matter of storage – you need to know that your mobility scooter will fit through your doorway, or you will need a shed or garage to keep it in.

Second, mobility scooters normally have a generous turning circle, so they are tricky to manoeuvre in a tight space.

Third, despite be mobility devices, these scooters need a certain level of physicality to operate safely. If you have poor arm and trunk strength, you may find you have problems controlling a mobility scooter.


Unlike mobility scooters, powerchairs are normally either via a joystick or by a console of touch controls mounted into the armrests. This makes powerchairs a strong choice for people with more significant mobility issues.

Pros of electric wheelchairs

Powerchairs are great for customers with both reduced mobility and body strength. Controls are designed and positioned in such a way as to be operated with minimal movement or effort.

Like manual wheelchairs, powerchairs are easily customised to complement the customer’s specific needs regarding postural support and comfort.

Powerchairs have a similarly tight turning circle as manual wheelchairs, making them easy to manoeuvre, whilst still being able to handle rough terrain outside.

Cons of electric wheelchairs

The controls of a powerchair are more sensitive to the touch than those of a mobility scooter, so it can take longer to master.

Powerchairs are not really designed with long journeys in mind, and are not always the most comfortable option over long distances.

Get in touch

Whichever mobility device you think is best for you, you’ll find an extensive selection here at the Easi-way Mobility showroom in Bromborough. Give us a call on 0151 346 1186 to arrange a free demonstration, or for more advice on making the right choice.