The Best Mobility Scooters

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It’s common for seniors to face a decrease in mobility as they age. Many factors can contribute to this change, including arthritis and osteoporosis, cognitive disorders like Parkinson’s disease, or cardiopulmonary conditions. One thing is certain, though – most seniors still want to lead active lives that involve moving throughout their homes and public places. Mobility scooters are helpful devices seniors can use to maintain an active lifestyle in a safe, stress-free way.

There are a variety of mobility scooters available, ranging from simple, compact models to fully-loaded vehicles. The type of mobility scooter you purchase will depend on various factors, including where and how you plan on using your scooter, your specific mobility needs, and your budget. We reviewed many models to put together this list, which features three- and four-wheeled models, as well as mobility scooters specifically designed to be easily transportable.

It’s important to consult with your physician when deciding if a mobility scooter is right for you. Mobility scooters are motorized vehicles, and a physician can help you determine whether or not a scooter suits your needs and if you are healthy enough to operate one. Please note that price and availability are subject to change.

The Best Mobility Scooters

Mobility Scooter Price Key Features Top Speed Product Weight Turning Radius
Zip’r Roo 3-Wheel Mobility Scooter $749.99 -Easily transportable

-Lightweight frame

-Affordable option

3.7 mph 90.2 lbs 31.5 inches
Zip’r Roo 4-Wheel Mobility Scooter $799.99 -Lightweight frame

-Four anti-tip wheels

-Easy disassembly

3.7 mph 90.2 lbs 31.5 inches
Zip’r 3-Wheel Traveler Mobility Scooter $799.99 -Tight turn radius

-Height adjustable seat

-Flat-free wheels

4.25 mph 99 lbs 25.4 inches
Zip’r 4-Wheel Traveler $849.99 -Stable wheelbase

-Four-wheel configuration

-Swivel seat with adjustable height

4.25 mph 104.8 lbs 37 inches
Zip’r 3-Wheel XTRA Mobility Scooter $849.99 -Tight turn radius

-Extendable wheelbase

-Plush seat

4.25 mph 103.9 lbs 25.8 inches
Zip’r 4-Wheel XTRA Mobility Scooter $899.99 -Extendable wheelbase

-Plush seat

-Metal storage basket

4.25 mph 109.7 lbs 38.9 inches
Zip’r Breeze 3-Wheel Heavy Duty Mobility Scooter $1,699.00 -Comfortable adjustable seat

-Weight limit 300 lbs

-Fastest Zip’r model

4.5 mph 181.6 lbs 31.5 inches

Budget Scooters (Under $1,000)

1. Zip’r Roo 3-Wheel Mobility Scooter

Price: $749.99

The Zip’r Roo 3-Wheel Mobility Scooter is a lightweight and easily transportable option for seniors on the go. Whether you need a scooter for your travels or a trip to the grocery store, this TSA-approved scooter can be disassembled into five pieces for simple transport. The double 12V 12AH rechargeable batteries provide a driving range of up to 12.4 miles after being fully charged by the off-board 2-amp charger. The smaller size of this scooter allows for easy maneuverability in tight spaces, and the three flat-free tires make for a sturdy and reliable ride.

Key Features:

  • Top speed of 3.7 mph
  • Drive range of 12.4 miles
  • Weight capacity: 265 lbs

2. Zip’r Roo 4-Wheel Mobility Scooter

Price: $799.99

The Zip’r Roo 4-Wheel Mobility Scooter is another model in the Zip’r Roo line, offering a sturdier ride with four points of contact on the ground. This scooter also disassembles into five manageable pieces for travel and is a relatively lightweight option for low-stress transport. Although the lighter frame makes it easier to carry, it only allows for a max weight capacity of 265 pounds. Flip the scooter on with the ignition switch, and adjust speeds effortlessly with the speed knob. This model comes equipped with a horn, headlights, and a removable front storage basket.

Key Features:

  • Lightweight frame
  • Top speed: 3.7 mph
  • Weight capacity: 265 lbs

3. Zip’r 3-Wheel Traveler Mobility Scooter

Price: $799.99

The Zip’r 3-Wheel Traveler Mobility Scooter is a great mid-range model offering higher top speeds and a thicker seat for a fast and comfortable ride. Rider’s feet straddle the wheelbase on either side of the battery for a greater sense of stability, and the swivel seat with foldable arm rests provides an easy way on and off the scooter. This scooter is outfitted with three flat-free anti-tip wheels with a decent ground clearance of 2.5 inches. As with the other Zip’r models, the 3-wheel Traveler can disassemble into five pieces, making it easy to bring wherever it’s needed.

Key Features:

  • Weight capacity: 265 lbs
  • Top speed: 4.25 mph
  • Adjustable comfort swivel seating

4. Zip’r 4-Wheel Traveler Mobility Scooter

Price: $849.99

The Zip’r 4-Wheel Traveler Mobility Scooter is the larger, sturdier version of the 3-Wheel Traveler. The straight-forward controls allow users to easily drive the scooter with the front control panel, where they can check their battery level and adjust speed or direction with the turn of a knob or push of a button. Although slightly heavier than the 3-wheel version, this scooter can be disassembled into five separate pieces for easy transport. A plush seat and four flat-free anti-tip tires provide a comfortable, reliable, and safe ride with a driving range of up to 12 miles.

Key Features:

  • Driving range: 12 miles
  • Sturdy four-wheel base
  • Weight capacity: 265 lbs

5. Zip’r 3-Wheel XTRA Mobility Scooter

Price: $849.99

The Zip’r 3-Wheel XTRA Mobility Scooter offers unique features, as suggested by its name. Most notably, users enjoy an extended wheelbase designed to provide extra foot room on their scooter. This 3-wheel model weighs in at 103.9 pounds, with a top speed of 4.25 miles per hour. Not only does the XTRA provide more foot room, but the scooter also offers an impressive turn radius of 25.8 inches. Riders will be able to maneuver in tight spaces like grocery store aisles and make sharp turns easily. The sturdy metal storage basket on the front of the scooter allows riders to store items while they ride.

Key Features: 

  • Top speed: 4.25 mph
  • Weight capacity: 265 lbs
  • Tight turn radius

6. Zip’r 4-Wheel XTRA Mobility Scooter

Price: $899.99

The Zip’r 4-Wheel XTRA Mobilty Scooter is the 4-wheel model within the XTRA series. Riders will have a comfortable ride in the 16-inch padded seats. As with the 3-wheel version, this scooter is also equipped with an extended wheelbase for even more leg room than the standard models. The 4-wheel XTRA scooter can disassemble for easy transportability, dividing the 103.9-pound weight across five separate pieces. This model also has a small turning radius for tight turns and a 2.5-inch ground clearance for unlevel terrain. The 12V 14AH rechargeable batteries have a drive range of 12 miles on a full charge.

Key Features:

  • Top speed: 4.25 mph
  • Weight capacity: 265 lbs
  • Extended wheelbase

Other Scooters To Consider (Over $1,000)

7. Zip’r Breeze 3-Wheel Heavy Duty Mobility Scooter

Price: $1699.99

The Zip’r Breeze 3-Wheel Heavy Duty Mobility Scooter is the company’s best-selling heavy-duty scooter. With a top speed of 4.5 miles per hour, the Breeze is the fastest mobility scooter offered by Zip’r. The scooter can travel a notable driving range of up to 20 miles on its two 12V 35AH rechargeable batteries. The 18-inch supportive plush seat provides a comfortable and adjustable ride for users weighing up to 300 pounds. The larger size of this scooter doesn’t impact its transportability, as it can disassemble into five pieces and fit into standard-size vehicles. The control panel is equipped with enhanced features such as headlights, battery range, and even turn signals.

Key Features:

  • Top speed: 4.5 mph
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • Plush 18-inch adjustable seats

8. Cobra GT4 Heavy Duty Power Mobility Scooter, 22″ Seat

Price: $4,849

The Cobra GT4 Heavy Duty Power Mobility Scooter provides users with cutting edge technology and high performance. Safety features include seat belts, dual rear mirrors, anti-tip wheels, turn signals, and hazard lights. Ergonomic delta control handles enable users with limited hand dexterity to operate the scooter with ease. Maneuver over uneven surfaces with a stable four-wheel configuration and 7-inch ground clearance for up to 35 miles per charge.

Key Features:

  • Top speed: 10 mph
  • Turning Radius: 82”
  • Ergonomic delta control handles

9. Phoenix 4 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooter

Price: $1,599

Phoenix 4 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooter

The Phoenix 4 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooter is one of the only travel scooters on the market that provides a weight capacity for individuals greater than 300 pounds, with a max capacity of 350 pounds. It easily disassembles into four pieces for effortless transport. The 20AH batteries can be charged via the charging port or offboard for a driving range of up to 15 miles per charge. Four non-tip wheels and a 3.75-inch ground clearance give users a gentle ride in outdoor terrain.

Key Features:

  • Top speed: 4 mph
  • Turning radius: 54 inches
  • Quick and easy disassembly

10. Ventura 4 Wheel Scooter with Folding Seat

Price: $1,699

Ventura 4 Wheel Scooter

The Ventura 4 Wheel Scooter is an upgrade from a standard compact travel scooter. Thick padded seats and armrests are adjustable and foldable for transportability. Double 20AH rechargeable batteries give users a 15-mile driving range per charge at a top speed of 5 miles per hour. Users will feel safe and comfortable with the scooter’s anti-tip wheels, ergonomic controls, and adjustable tiller. Bring personal items with you wherever you go using the detachable front basket with flip-down handle.

Key Features:

  • Top speed: 5 mph
  • Turning radius: 54”
  • Folding 18 inch seat

11. Phoenix 3 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooter

Price: $1,338.95

The Phoenix 3 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooter is a higher-end compact scooter that still provides easy transportability along with advanced comfort and ergonomic features. It can be disassembled into four pieces and comes with a flip-down seat. A “finger pull” throttle makes it easy to control your speed while holding onto the handles. Users can navigate close quarters indoors with its compact size. The scooter’s two 20AH batteries can be charged off board and provide 15 miles of driving range.

Key Features:

  • Top speed: 4 mph
  • Maximum drive range: 45 miles
  • “Finger-Pull” throttle for easy operation

12. ZooMe Auto-Flex Folding Travel Scooter

Price: $2,824

The ZooMe Auto-Flex Folding Travel Scooter weighs in at only 60 pounds due to its aluminum alloy frame. This scooter provides a highly transportable option for users with its light weight and manual-release triggers, allowing the scooter to be folded up instead of disassembled. Users will feel stable on a variety of terrain types with the scooter’s four-wheel configuration. The adjustable seat and tiller create a custom ride for individuals of all heights.

Key Features:

  • Top speed: 4 mph
  • Turning radius: 47.2”
  • Lightweight aluminum alloy frame

13. Spitfire Scout Compact Travel Power Scooter, 3 Wheel

Price: $1,107.74

Spitfire Scout Compact Travel Power Scooter, 3 Wheel

The Scout Compact Travel Power Scooter is a three-wheel scooter that provides mobility on the go at an affordable price. This scooter can be disassembled into five pieces, making it easy for users to load into a vehicle and take it wherever they need to go. The compact size of the scooter allows for nimble maneuvering indoors down narrow aisles and around obstacles. The two quick-connect 12AH rechargeable batteries provide a driving range of 9 miles per charge.

Key Features:

  • Top speed: 4.25 mph
  • Turning radius: 45.5”
  • Quick connect batteries

14. King Cobra Golf Vehicle Executive Power Scooter, 4 Wheel, 22″ Captain Seat

Price: $6,412.95

The King Cobra Golf Vehicle Executive Power Scooter is an attractive, high-performance option for individuals who want all the bells and whistles. Although designed as a personal golf vehicle (PGV), this scooter is a great outdoor option with its 8-inch ground clearance, hard-top canopy, and 6-inch turf tires. The King Cobra PGV is fitted with built-in cup holders, a USB charging port, a storage compartment, and one-touch tiller adjustment. Two 75AH rechargeable batteries provide up to 35 miles of driving range per charge.

Key Features: 

  • Top speed: 10 mph
  • Turning radius: 83”
  • Hard Top Canopy and Golf Bag Attachment

15. ZooMe Flex Ultra Compact Folding Travel 4 Wheel Scooter

Price: $2,174

ZooMe Flex Ultra Compact Folding Travel 4 Wheel Scooter

The ZooMe Flex Ultra Compact Folding Travel 4 Wheel Scooter weighs in at only 58.6 pounds, making this a lightweight ride. Users can get up to 13 miles of driving range per charge with the double 10AH rechargeable batteries. Made with the ZoomMe “Flex” feature, this scooter folds up for easy transportability with a single motion fold and unfold. There’s no worrying about assembling or disassembling pieces when you’re out and about with this scooter – just fold and go.

Key Features: 

  • Top speed: 4 mph
  • Turning radius: 53”
  • Lightweight and portable

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get a 3 or 4 wheel scooter?

The type of scooter you choose should suit your needs. A three-wheel scooter usually has smaller seats and less foot room, but they are able to maneuver well indoors with a tight turn radius and provide an overall compact design. The four-wheel configuration is going to be a steadier ride with more foot room, larger seats, better outdoor function, and improved hill-climbing capability.

What is the average speed of a mobility scooter?

The average speed of a mobility scooter is 4 miles per hour, and lower price point scooters rarely exceed 5 mph. Of course, there are other options for individuals who would like something faster or slower.

Do I need a license to drive a mobility scooter?

No. You do not need a license to drive a mobility scooter. However, if you’re driving a scooter that is considered a recreational vehicle and exceeds the average 3-5 miles per hour, you will need to check with your local state and federal laws.

How do I choose a mobility scooter?

A mobility scooter should fit and serve your personal lifestyle. Think about where you plan to use the scooter the most. Will you be using it indoors, outdoors, or both? Consider what kind of seat, controls, and fit would meet your needs. Do you want the leg room and stability of a four-wheel scooter or will a compact three-wheel scooter work better? Also, think about transportability and if you will need to fit it into a vehicle.

Can Veterans get free mobility scooters?

Veterans who have the medical need for a power wheelchair or scooter may be eligible to receive one free of charge through grant funding. If a veteran is interested in getting a free mobility scooter, they should contact their local mobility clinic to set up an evaluation appointment with a therapist.