There are many types of mobility scooters out there - each suitable for different people and needs. In this guide, we’ll break down the size and weight of small, medium and large mobility scooters to give you an idea of what one you should be looking for.
- Lightweight & foldable
- Weight capacity of 21-stone
- Average width between 18 - 20 inches
As expected, small mobility scooters are the smallest and most lightweight scooters out there. They are typically easy to fold up and dismantle, which makes them an ideal choice for travel - whether you’re on a family day trip or even going abroad.
It’s important to note that they typically have a range of around 10 miles, so if you are travelling, make sure it has been charged the night before to avoid any unexpected breakdowns.
The weight capacity will vary depending on the mobility scooter, however, most small scooters will have a weight capacity of 21-stone, which makes them suitable for most people. Despite having a lightweight frame (18-20 inches width), they are stable when used on public flat paths and slopes, and have a speed limit of 4mph which makes them illegal to drive on the road (unless the pathway has been blocked off).
The Monarch Air Mobility Scooter weighs only 14.75kg making it the lightest 4-wheel boot mobility scooter that money can buy. With a weight capacity of 125kg, it can support most people and is designed for lightweight & reliable travel.
- Heavier than small scooters
- Weight capacity of 21 to 25-stone
- Travel range of 20 miles
Medium scooters are larger than small scooters and smaller than large scooters… or in other words, the perfect choice if you’re after a durable and outdoor-travel-friendly way to get around.
With a higher weight capacity of between 21 and 25-stone and an increased mileage of around 20 miles, they are ideal for anyone looking for a sturdy travel-safe solution that can handle multiple days out without needing to recharge.
Whilst they are bulkier and not great in indoor spaces, they excel in the great outdoors where you have less tight corners to operate and more space to roam around.
- Heaviest type of mobility scooter
- Weight capacity of 30-stone
- Travel range of 30 miles
- Travels up to 8mph - Classified as road legal
Large scooters are more durable and heavy compared to smaller scooters, being able to support the weight of up to 30-stone, making them ideal for bariatrics. Similar to medium-sized scooters, they are ideal for operating outdoor spaces as they have a 30-mile range until needing to recharge.
With a speed limit of 8mph, they are classified as Class 3 road-legal vehicles which means you can drive them on the road. (Please note that whilst you do not need a driver’s license to drive a class 3 scooter on the road, you are required to register with the DVLA).
As they are made for the road, they include road-legal lights and indicators for maximum safety. These are the ideal choice for anyone looking for a reliable mobility aid that will act as their main source of transportation.
The Drive Royale 4 Heavy Duty Sport Mobility Scooter is a state-of-the-art mobility vehicle designed for long-distance usage. With a highly powerful 1500W motor, it can last for up to 37 miles on fully charged batteries, and with a canopy over the top, you’ll stay protected from the outside elements.
Size & Weight FAQs
How wide does my doorway need to be?
The required width of your door will depend on your scooter size; small scooters average between 18-20 inches wide, medium scooters average between 22-24 inches wide, and large scooters average between 28-32 inches wide.
The average width of an interior door width is 28”, with exterior doors being 36” wide. If you have a small or medium-sized mobility scooter, it should be fine to store in your home without it getting stuck. If you have a large mobility scooter, your interior doors should be at least a few inches wider than the scooter to ensure you can move it through at an angle.
What happens if I exceed the weight capacity of my scooter?
It’s not advisable to exceed the weight capacity of a mobility scooter. If you do exceed the weight capacity, it can result in damage dame to the frame, motor, battery and tires, leading to performance problems such as being unable to reach high speeds, inability to climb inclines and failure to start.