Taller people often struggle to find things that fit properly. From clothes to cars, it seems that most things are designed for average size people. Well, being a tall mobility scooter user is no exception. Hence our article for the best mobility scooters for tall people.
You may find that the unit is too small for you or the seat may not go high enough, which eventually will lead to your knees sticking out, or the center of gravity might be so high that the scooter does not feel stable.
Therefore, basing your decision only on price or a couple of cool features could be a mistake because there are specific features that you want to consider as a taller person namely: height, length, power, maneuverability and stability.
While many other qualities of a mobility scooter can improve the quality of life of the user, if these listed features are not present, the driving experience may not be as comfortable.
Best Mobility Scooters For Tall People
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Here are a few things to look for if you are tall:
If you have longer legs look for a scooter length of at least 5 inches. Luckily, most scooters are about this length. You also do not want your knees to hit the handles, therefore you want a scooter with an adjustable tiller.
From the seat to the deck should be at least 20 inches. This is almost right for a person 6 feet tall so that their feet can comfortably sit on the deck. Many scooters have seat to deck measurements that only go as high as 18 to 19 inches.
If the height is too short, your knees will be in the air or out on the sides. Just as a reference, the average dining room chair is 17-20 inches from the seat to the floor.
Look for scooters equipped with anti-tip wheels attached to either the front or the rear wheels, which will prevent a tipping accident.
Look at the turning radius specifications. The smaller the turning radius the better. There are a couple of four-wheel scooters that do better in this feature than the three-wheel scooters.
You also want to have better than average ground clearance. A scooter should have at least 3 inches of ground clearance. This is important for taller or heavier people, as it is quite frustrating to get high centered, which happens when the chassis of the wheelchair gets stuck on uneven ground, or on any obstacle on the road with the wheels raised off the ground or unable to gain traction.
Adequate Power: -
Look at the range of the battery (the miles per charge), the higher the better. The speed of the scooter will also give you an indication of its power. The scooter should have adequate weight capacity, at least 50 pounds more than you weigh. If lower it will affect the scooter’s power performance.
Here are four mobility scooters that are appropriate for people taller than 6 feet.
1. Drive Medical Phoenix HD 4-Wheel Heavy Duty Scooter
The Phoenix HD4 is a heavy-duty mobility scooter with a weight capacity of 350 pounds and a maximum climbing angle of 6 degrees.
It comes with a comfortable two-tone upholstery seat that is height adjustable and swivels for easier entering and exiting from the mobility scooter.
The seat has a fold down backrest. The armrests also adjust up and down, and the tiller adjusts forward or backward making it easier to achieve the desired sitting position.
It has a floor to seat height of 20 – 22 inches, depending on the model you choose; is 41.5 inches long and 22.5 inches wide.
It has a ground clearance of 3.75 inches, maximum range of 15 miles, a top speed of 4 mph and a turning radius of 54 inches.
The front wheels are 9x3-inches and have flat free anti-tip non-marking tires. The four-wheel design coupled with the anti-tip tires contribute to the overall stability of this scooter.
The base weight is 77 pounds - it can be disassembled quickly and easily with the heaviest piece weighing 46 pounds.
It also comes with a headlight for better illumination at night or in the evening.
It runs from two 12Vx20Ah quick connect batteries. Each battery weighs 31 pounds and can be charged with a 1.5A offboard charger. The control panel is ergonomically designed, and the brakes are electromagnetic.
This Drive Medical mobility scooter comes with interchangeable color panels in red and blue and a large plastic carry basket for storing your personal belongings.
- The seat has a fold down backrest. The armrests also adjust up and down
- Lightweight and easy to place into a car
- A powerful headlight for better illumination at night or in the evening
- Comes with a large plastic carry basket for storing your personal belongings
- A weight capacity of 350 pounds
- Besides the basket, has limited extra storage space or secured containers
- Due to small battery size, has more less range than larger models
- No headrest
2. EV Rider Transport Plus Folding Mobility Scooter
The EV Rider Transport Plus is a folding mobility scooter with a weight capacity of 250 pounds. It has a 13-inch-high seat, a cushion to deck measurement of 14 inches and a cushion to floor measurement of 20 inches.
The maximum tiller height is 37 inches, and the floorboard is 19 inches long by 13 inches wide. The deck is 6.5 inches from the ground.
It has an overall length of 36 inches and a width of 21 inches. It is foldable for easy transportation and is perfect for an active tall traveler.
This EV Rider mobility scooter has a ground clearance of 2.4 inches, a turning radius of 32 inches, a maximum speed of 4 mph, and a maximum driving range of 15 miles.
The front and rear tires are solid rubber, while the rims are cast aluminum in the front and ABS plastic at the back. It has anti-tipper wheels at the rear making this scooter very stable.
The Transport Plus weighs 46 pounds excluding the batteries and the seat. It is operated through two standard 12V12AH batteries with an optional 25.2V11.5AH Li ion battery pack.
It has a digital wig wag throttle control panel and comes in four different colors: blue, copper, plum and red.
- A turning radius of 36 inches, making it a good choice for tight places
- Lightweight at only 46 pounds once taken apart
- Anti-slip wheels to keep you safe even in bad weather conditions
- Takes up little space when folded together
- A weight capacity of 250, making it a bad choice for larger individuals
- No dedicated storage space
- Not ideal for driving over rough terrain like thick grass, sand and gravel
3. Golden Technologies Companion Mid 3-Wheel Scooter GC240
The weight capacity on the Companion Mid 3-wheel scooter is 350 pounds. It has a foldable stadium seat and comes with a slide seat mechanism to slide the seat forwards or backwards, creating more room for the legs.
It has a delta tiller with an auto lock tiller pin. The tiller also has an easy reach adjustment lever. The height of the scooter from the ground to the top of the seat is 23 – 25 inches.
The seat has 3 seat height positions, with each position adding an increment of 1 inch to the height of the scooter. The length and width dimensions are 42.25 and 23.5 inches, respectively.
It has a ground clearance of 3.75 inches, a turning radius of 37 inches, a maximum speed of 5.3 mph and an operating range of 19.9 miles.
The tires are black, non-scuffing and high profile, and are mounted on strong steel rims. The front tires are 9 inches in diameter and the rear tires 10.75 inches. It also has rear anti-tippers which are 3 inches in diameter. The anti-tippers give stability to this scooter as they prevent it from tipping over.
This unit can be disassembled, and when disassembled, the front half of the scooter weighs 45 pounds with the rear half weighing 48 pounds.
For illumination in the evening or at night, it comes with adjustable LED headlights and bright taillights. The battery weighs 21 pounds per pack and can be charged with the on tiller charging port.
There is also a removable shopping basket with a handle for your personal belongings.
As optional items the Companion 3 can be enhanced with the following:
- an arm bag that fits on the armrest
- a cup holder that fits on the armrest
- a rear basket to fit on the universal mounting bracket
- a cane holder tube to fit on the universal mounting bracket
Golden Technologies offers lifetime warranty on the frame and 1 year on the battery.
The Companion 3 comes in the following colors: red and blue.
- Capable of handling weight up to 350 pounds
- Foldable stadium seat that slides forwards and backwards
- Easy reach and adjustable delta tiller designed for comfort in mind
- 3 seat height positions with easy adjustment options
- An operating range of 19.9 miles
- Limited storage space with only a front basket
- 3 wheel scooter which can be slightly less stable than 4 wheel models
- No option for adding a canopy overhead
4. Pride Mobility Go-Go LX With CTS Suspension 3-Wheel Scooter SC50LX
The Go-Go LX power chair has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. It comes with a compact foldable 17x17 inch seat with armrests, made from vinyl covered molded plastic.
It has an ergonomically designed delta tiller with wraparound handles that let you handle the scooter with one hand while you rest your wrist.
This unit has a seat to ground height range of 20.75 to 22.25 inches and is 41 inches in length.
It has a ground clearance is 0.75 inch and it runs at a maximum speed 4.4 mph. It has a tight turning radius of 44.75 inches and a driving range of 8 miles per single charge.
For tires the Go-Go LX comes with Pride Mobility’s exclusive black non-scuffing tires. The front tires are 2x8 inches while the rear tires are 2.5x8 inches solid. The wheels are equipped with anti-tip wheels which give it overall stability in case it tips over.
It comes with Comfort Trac front and rear suspension for a smooth ride over uneven terrain.
It disassembles into 5 lightweight pieces, with the heaviest piece weighing 37 pounds, and comes standard with LED lighting for illumination at night.
It uses 2 x 12V12Ah batteries, each weighing 9 pounds each. The charger port is located on the tiller and allows for onboard and offboard charging.
As an accessory it has a front basket for storage of personal belongings.
This 3-wheel scooter comes in a range of six colors: blue, black oryx, orion yellow, pearl pink, red and sunburst orange.
- Disassembles into 5 lightweight pieces with the heaviest part weighing only 37 pounds
- A carrying capacity of 300 pounds
- Ergonomically designed delta tiller with wraparound handles that let you handle the scooter with one hand
- Comes with Comfort Trac front and rear suspension for a smooth ride over uneven terrain
- A tight turning radius of 44.75 inches
- Due to its lightweight, this model has only a range of 8 miles per charge
- Limited storage space
- No option for adding a canopy
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