Best Wheelchairs: Self-propelled & Attendant in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 25, 2019
Physiological or physical illness? Injury? Disability? Recovery period? To become more mobile and independent, there is no better way out than trying a wheelchair!  ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Size
Seat Size
Weight Capacity
Weight
Comfort
Warranty
 
PROS

The sides can be lifted back to allow the chair to fit under the table in restaurants or cafes. Also, the chair boasts an attendant slowing handbrakes.

CONS

The belts on footplates become loose over time. 

OUR VERDICT

The Elite Care ECSP01-18 is easy to set up from a car to the pavement and then go over a variety of surfaces including rocky paths and badly-made ramps. It's really easy to push for a carer or to self propel.

detailed parameters
Type

Self-propelled wheelchair

Size

93 x 64 x 106 cm

Seat Size

46 cm

Weight Capacity

115 kg

Weight

14.5 kg

Comfort

Quick-release rear wheels;

Attendant slowing handbrakes and locking parking brakes;

Flip-up removable arms;

Removeable and swing away legrests;

Added lapbelt for safety;

Easily removable seat cushion and padded backrest;

Calf support strap;

Solid puncture-proof tyres;

Fold-down backrest

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This model is fitted with solid 20-cm front castors and quick-release rear wheels with puncture-proof tyres. So, it works well on most surfaces around the city.

CONS

Instructions could have been clearer.

OUR VERDICT

The Angel Mobility AMW001S chair is a very good purchase for occasional use. It's not a tank capable of rolling over rough terrain but a decent, budget-friendly model for city pavements.

detailed parameters
Type

Self-propelled wheelchair

Size

94 x 64.8 x 109 cm

Seat Size

46 cm

Weight Capacity

114 kg

Weight

13.3 kg

Comfort

Quick-release rear wheels;

Puncture-proof tyres;

Independent brakes on each rear wheel;

Handlebar brakes;

Swing away removable footrests;

Quick-release rear wheels with puncture-proof tyres;

Fold-down backrest;

Seat belt;

Heel-loops;

Double cross brace

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

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

The wide seat, back, and sides are lined with wear-resistant vinyl fabric, which is leakproof and very easy to clean. Also, the model comes with a maintenance kit.

CONS

The armrests could be longer. 

OUR VERDICT

This is a sub £100 wheelchair that boasts a handy one-piece folding design, meaning there is no need to remove any parts to collapse it. An excellent choice for individuals with temporary limited mobility.

detailed parameters
Type

Self-propelled wheelchair

Size

90 x 60 x 105 cm

Seat Size

46 cm

Weight Capacity

100 kg

Weight

11 kg

Comfort

One-piece folding design;

Handlebar brakes and parking brakes;

Folding footrests and folding handlebar;

Padded armrests;

Hard-wearing wipe down vinyl;

Rear seat storage pouch

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Elite Care ECSP01-18

Light and Maneuverable

The Elite Care ECSP01-18 is currently causing ripples across the market with its array of safety features, light weight, and relatively low price.

To begin with the main highlight, the chair boasts attendant slowing handbrakes that are not typically found in similar self-propelled wheelchairs. The addition of these brakes on the handles gives a feeling of extra safety when going up and down slopes. You really feel that you're in control.

With that, the chair is sturdy enough to go smoothly over a variety of surfaces. It's very light and easily flexes over rough ground which is particularly useful when going over rocky paths and poorly-made pedestrian ramps.

The wheelchair in question has a standard-sized seat (46-cm width) allowing you to pass through the average shop or home doorways without catching the frame. At the same time, the seat is very comfy. Plus, the detachable cushion adds even more comfort for longer journeys.

What we also liked about this product is that it's light enough to lift into the boot of a car easily. And since the wheels can be removed and the handles tucked down, it's very compact for storage or transportation even in an extra-small car. That is to say, it can be taken into pieces quickly and go back together within a couple of minutes.

To sum it all up, the Elite Care ECSP01-18 is easy to set up from a car to the pavement and then go over a variety of surfaces including rocky paths and badly-made ramps. It's really easy to push for a carer or to self propel.

Review of Elite Care ECSP01-18 Lightweight Folding Wheelchair

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Angel Mobility AMW001S

For Occasional Use

If you have occasional mobility issues and look for a self-attendant chair to take it with you for shopping or recreational trips, you should seriously consider the Angel Mobility model. It's not the smoothest or the sturdiest one, but it's light and respectable for its price.

The wheelchair has a lightweight frame made from durable aluminium. It comes collapsed and assembled apart from the footrests and wheels. The wheels can be attached easily with the slight press of a button on the hubs. When needed, you can take off the wheels and footrests, fold the seat back, and collapse the chair to stow it in your boot. This will take you no more than a couple of minutes.

Being foldable to a super-compact size, the chair is an ideal model to take in a car, cab, bus, train and the like. It really holds up well with travel.

The chair itself is very comfortable and easy to manoeuvre. Each handle has an independent wheel brake. Hence, driving this chair will become second nature for you after a short while.

What we also found appealing about this chair is that all catches used for securing all the parts are simple latching mechanisms that don't require much physical effort.

On the whole, we dare say this chair is a very good purchase for occasional use. It's not a tank capable of rolling over rough terrain but a decent, budget-friendly model for city pavements.

Review of Angel Mobility AMW001S Lightweight Folding Wheelchair

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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 Lightweight and Foldable Frame

 

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 flat immediately. The footrests are also very simple to pop on and off by hand.

So, if you are on the lookout for a light, portable, and functional model for occasional trips around the city, this Elite Care wheelchair is your choice.

Review of Elite Care ECTR01 Folding Transit Travel Wheelchair with Handbrakes

 

Angel Mobility AMW1863SP

Little Helper

If you are not tied to a wheelchair for your whole life and need just a temporary vehicle, the Angel Mobility AMW1863SP may fit the bill. It's a sub £100 product that offers everything people with temporary limited mobility may look for.

It has modest dimensions and is definitely smaller than most of the wheelchairs you may see all around. Naturally, the smaller size also adds to the lighter weight. At 11 kg only, the chair is extremely easy for getting it in and out of a car or bus.

Take note that the rear wheels of this model are also a bit smaller compared to normal self-propelled wheelchairs. Yet, we found this a double-edged sword. Apart from reduced speed, the wheels make the chair more compact when folded up. Hence, you'll be able to store the wheelchair next to your table in a restaurant without it getting in someone's way.

Another strength of the wheels is that they are made with solid tyres, not inflatable. Therefore, you'll never need to worry about punctures and waste time on inflating the tyres.

Lastly, we were impressed by the quality of the construction. The chair feels secure and looks nice with the anodised aluminium metalwork and solid black upholstery. And the padded seat, backrest and armrests are comfortable enough for long trips.

To recap, the Angel Mobility AMW1863SP is a good wheelchair that boasts a handy one-piece folding design, meaning there is no need to remove any parts to collapse it. An excellent choice for individuals with temporary limited mobility.

Review of Angel Mobility AMW1863SP Ultra lightweight Folding Wheelchair

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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 can 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 more lightweight and easier to transport. Still, they should be pushed by a caregiver.

If you had a small injury of your lower limbs and now just need to relieve stress while walking, crutches may come in handy.

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 customised 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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Publish Date: 2017-09-01 14:29:56