Best Wheelchairs: Self-propelled & Attendant in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 5, 2017
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BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Size
Seat Size
Weight Capacity
Weight
Comfort
Warranty
 
PROS

This wheelchair is extremely safe. Its adjustable anti-tip wheels are equipped with reflectors which make the chair well-visible in the dark.

CONS

The seat cushion might bend in the middle after a while.

OUR VERDICT

The Drive DeVilbiss wheelchair is super comfortable and fully customizable. It has a sturdy aluminium frame that can be easily collapsed for transportation. Once folded, it will take up very little space in your boot.

detailed parameters
Type

Self-propelled wheelchair

Size

63 x 103 x 93 cm

Seat Size

43 cm

Weight Capacity

115 kg

Weight

17 kg

Comfort

Sturdy, colourful aluminium frame;

Simple folding mechanism;

Half-folding backrest and removable arms;

Footrests swing in and out;

Padded desk-style armrests;

Rear stepper tubes with integrated height adjustable anti-tip wheels;

Chair is fitted with reflectors;

All-around solid, puncture proof Polyurethane (PU) tyres

Warranty

30 days

PROS

The chair has a soft nylon upholstery which is very durable, comfy, easy to clean, and breathable. The model is excellent for hot summer days.

CONS

The foot rests don't fold back.

OUR VERDICT

Classic and simple design without extra frills makes this wheelchair a good choice for both temporary and permanent use. The manufacturer offers it in 5 different colours to suit every taste.

detailed parameters
Type

Self-propelled wheelchair

Size

104 x 65 x 86 cm

Seat Size

44 cm

Weight Capacity

100 kg

Weight

17 kg

Comfort

Foldable;

Soft nylon seat and back upholstery;

Detachable swing away footrest

Warranty

30 days

PROS

The wheelchair is available with standard, narrow, and wide seats. So, it'll meet the needs of everyone (including bariatric users).

CONS

Front wheels might get stuck into gaps in the pavement. 

OUR VERDICT

The Days Escape Lite Attendant wheelchair is an excellent value for money. It is fully adjustable and collapsible for easy storage and transportation. The model comes in 5 colour options.

detailed parameters
Type

Attendant wheelchair

Size

99.5 x 56 x 75 cm

Seat Size

46 cm

Weight Capacity

100 kg

Weight

12 kg

Comfort

Folding frame and backrest;

Generously padded flame retardant upholstery;

Puncture-proof tyres;

Full-length armrest;

Height adjustable footrests are swing-away and detachable;

Heel cups on footplates;

Adjustable seat belt included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The ECTR01 model is one of the lightest options on the market. Weighing 11 kg only, it can withstand up to 115 kg.

CONS

Quite a hard impact due to the composite wheels.

OUR VERDICT

The Elite Care ECTR01 chair an ideal solution for small journeys to town. This attendant-propelled wheelchair is extremely light, portable, and easy to fold up/down.

detailed parameters
Type

Attendant wheelchair

Size

94 x 57 x 100 cm

Seat Size

48 cm

Weight Capacity

115 kg

Weight

11 kg

Comfort

Attendant handbrakes;

Puncture proof tyres;

Lightweight and foldable;

Half folding back mechanism


Warranty

30 days

PROS

Large and durable rear wheels ensure excellent passability on any surface. Plus, they are fitted with ergonomic handles for the maximum comfortable grip.

CONS

It's rather heavy.

OUR VERDICT

Like most Angel Mobility products, this wheelchair is very robust and well-built. It is portable and easy to dismantle. It will definitely fit into any boot. Ready to make your life more mobile?

detailed parameters
Type

Self-propelled wheelchair

Size

106 x 61/66 x 90 cm

Seat Size

46 cm / 50 cm

Weight Capacity

114 kg

Weight

18 kg

Comfort

Foldable;

Flip up removable footrests with heel rests;

Sport mag rear wheels;

Puncture proof tyres;

Padded arm rests for ultimate comfort; 

Durable vinyl seat; 

Rear storage pouch


Warranty

30 days

What is a Wheelchair

Injuries at work? Illnesses? Lifestyle? Terrible accidents? Nowadays, there are too many dangers causing partial or total disability. A wheelchair is a very thing that can significantly improve your life. On buying a wheelchair, you'll get an opportunity to continue doing the things you like. Yet, choosing the right wheelchair from tons of models available on the market can be a daunting task, that's why we have rounded up the best manual wheelchairs to make your choice easier.

In our review, you'll find both self-propelled and attendant-propelled models. Self-propelled wheelchairs have large back wheels with handles that allow users to propel the chair by themselves. Of course, this type of wheelchairs gives more freedom, however, it is more tricky to pack into the boot of a car. Attendant-propelled models have smaller back wheels, thus, they are light and easy to transport. Still, they should be pushed by a caregiver.

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What Features to Compare

Type

As we have already mentioned, there are two main types of standard wheelchairs: attendant-propelled and self-propelled.

  • Attendant-propelled or dependent mobility bases have a small diameter of both front and rear wheels. Such wheelchairs may look and function like strollers, though, should be pushed and controlled by a caregiver standing at the rear.
  • Self-propelled manual wheelchairs enable users to push themselves on their own. They are fitted with larger rear wheels for propelling. Riders can self-propel using either both legs, both arms, or one arm/one leg. All self-propelled chairs can be customized for users' needs.

Tech Features

Choosing a wheelchair, the first thing to consider is its weight capacity as the chair should be strong enough in order not to deform or break under a user's weight. Yet, if a person's weight exceeds 220 pounds, it is necessary to purchase a wheelchair with a reinforced frame. But the stronger the frame is, the heavier the wheelchair is. Also, you should take into account the width and depth of the seat since these parameters determine how comfortable the seat will be. For example, if a plum person sits in a narrow wheelchair for a long time, it will lead to poor blood circulation, and vice versa, if a slim person gets a wide chair, it may result in poor fixation and spinal problems. Finally, don't forget to check the total size and weight of a wheelchair. For comfortable moving around the house, choose the model according to your hallways and doorways.

Conveniences

First and foremost, the seat should be comfortable. That's why, wheelchairs usually come with soft armrests, footrests, and headrests. For instance, footrests are a great aid for swelling legs, armrests give the opportunity to relax hands after a long trip, while a headrest provides stability and comfort to a head. Many manufacturers also equip chairs with some extras like pockets, cup holders, additional cushions, etc.

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Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare XSAWCSP18BLST

So Comfortable

The Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare Enigma Aluminium Self-Propelled wheelchair is one of the most comfortable models out there. It features a deluxe seat and comfy back cushions. Plus, this wheelchair has flip-back armrests for superior comfort. If needed, the armrests can be easily removed. The seat itself is 45 cm wide; it's pretty comfy, but still, we recommend you to get an extra lumbar support if you're planning long trips. The chair is also available in a bit wider option (50 cm). The rims are convenient to grip and propel.

This wheelchair is well-balanced and sturdy. It moves smoothly on almost any surface. The chair comes well-packed and is easy to assemble - all you have to do is attach the footrests. This wheelchair is also very easy to dismantle and get into your car boot. At 17 kg, it is pretty lightweight, so taking the wheelchair in and out of your car won't be a backbreaking process. This model is very manoeuvrable and can pass through narrow doorways with ease. Overall, if you need something for permanent indoor and outdoor use, the Drive DeVilbiss XSAWCSP18BLST model is a great pick.

Review of Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare XSAWCSP18BLST Self-Propelled Wheelchair

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare XSAWCSP18BLST
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare XSAWCSP18BLST
 

Pandamoto Self-Propelled Wheelchair

Excellent for Short Journeys

This Pandamoto Wheelchair is a brilliant choice for brief shopping trips, doctor's visits, and small journeys around the town. Its steel frame is reasonably light (17 kg) yet durable with the maximum weight capacity of 100 kg. The chair is ergonomically designed and can be easily collapsed to fit in your car. It folds almost flat and takes minimum space, allowing you to load more extra stuff in the boot of your car.

This portable model can serve as a self- and attendant-propelled chair since it's equipped with dual brakes for self-rides and back handles for caregivers. Featuring comfortable dual-foot rest and detachable swing-away footrest, the wheelchair allows you to change your feet position, thus, preventing the stagnation of blood in lower limbs. Also, it has soft padded armrests for ultimate comfort.

The Pandamoto wheelchair boasts comfy nylon upholstery which is very durable and easy to clean. There is a pocket on the back of the chair, which is handy for storage of travel essentials. On top of that, the wheelchair comes with a seat belt for extra safety.

Review of Pandamoto Self-Propelled Wheelchair

Pandamoto Self-Propelled Wheelchair
Pandamoto Self-Propelled Wheelchair
 

Days Escape Lite Attendant

Extra Assistance

This lightweight wheelchair is an attendant-propelled model perfect for hospital appointments, general home use, day outs, nips to the shops, and for small travels. This small companion will make the life easier for you and your loved ones, since it's very easy to push and lift. The wheelchair has swivelling front casters and small manoeuvring rear wheels. They are fitted with reliable puncture-proof tyres that move gently and smoothly on any surface and are great for getting up and down kerbs. The cable handbrakes (both regular and parking brakes) on top are easy to operate via the levers.

The chair can be easily tilted backwards thanks to the durable levers built into the base of the frame. The frame itself is made from solid yet lightweight aluminium, which makes it easy for attendants to manoeuvre around obstacles such as door sills and curb edges. The wheelchair weighs just 12 kg and is extremely easy to lift in and out of vehicles. Due to two straps on the seat edge, the folding will be a hassle-free process.

Both the seat and the back rest are super soft, so you won't need to buy an additional cushion. The chair comes with padded armrests and swing-away adjustable footrests to provide users with comfort and practicality.

Review of Days Escape Lite Attendant Propelled Transit Wheelchair

Days Escape Lite Attendant
Days Escape Lite Attendant
 

Elite Care ECTR01

Ultralight Wheelchair

The Elite Care ECTR01 wheelchair is one of the lightest models on the market. At 11 kg only, it's extremely portable and easy to use. This attendant chair is ideal for those who do not need a wheelchair to use all the time but just need a model for occasional use. Of course, it works fantastically for "getting you from the car to the hospital" as well as for small trips. We would like to note that it moves smoothly on the pavement and in/out of shops but is not so great on bumpy surfaces or gravel. Completed with puncture-proof tyres, the wheelchair is very strong, robust and requires low maintenance.

The attendant brake system works amazingly. Once the handbrakes are engaged, the wheelchair will stay stable even on a steep slope. The chair is very convenient to collapse. Caregivers should just push the two sides together and the chair will become super flat. The footrests are also very simple to pop on and off by hand. So, if you're hunting for a light, portable, and functional model, this Elite Care wheelchair is your choice.

Review of Elite Care ECTR01 Folding Transit Travel Wheelchair

Elite Care ECTR01
Elite Care ECTR01
 

Angel Mobility AMW0046BF

Superior Mobility

This stylish self-propelled folding wheelchair can really make a big difference to your mobility. It is perfect for temporary use both indoors and outdoors. Additionally, it's fitted with special handles for extra assistance in difficult situations.

The chair is supplied already assembled, so it's ready to go out-of-the-box. Its sporty-style wheels boast solid rubber tyres that prevent punctures. The swivelling front casters and sturdy rear wheels ensure excellent manoeuvrability and good stability on any surface. The chair rotates 360 degrees pretty well and easily fits into tight spaces.

The super-strong steel frame weighs 18 kg, which is a good weight for self-propelling. The chair has a vinyl seat providing maximum comfort and breathability. The item also comes with flip up removable footrests and padded armrests to help you find an appropriate position. The Angel Mobility wheelchair has a foldable design and can be collapsed in seconds for transportation. So, it's a must-have option for those who love active pastime.

Review of Angel Mobility AMW0046BF Self - Propelled Lightweight Folding Wheelchair

Angel Mobility AMW0046BF
Angel Mobility AMW0046BF
 
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Publish Date: 2017-09-01 14:29:56