Hoveround Alternatives - The Different Options

Dec 06, 2020 0 comments Abby Haukongo
Hoveround Alternatives - The Different Options


Are you looking for an alternative to a Hoveround? There are a lot of power wheelchairs that are cheaper, equal in powerful features, and some that are superior to the quality Hoveround offers. Although Hoveround might have been around for quite some time, they do not offer anything substantially superior to what the market has to offer and have not done so for a while.

All of the non-heavy duty Hoveround power wheelchairs, including the Hoveround LX-5, the Hoveround MPV5 and the Hoveround FWD power wheelchairs can easily be compared to other products on the market with the same features. The Hoveround models mentioned above are mid-sized power wheelchairs. While Hoveround claims that their products are exceptionally maneuverable, their main selling point is their Round for a Reason design, which is basically a round power chair base designed that way to reduce damage to walls and furniture.

There are a few power wheelchairs that can unquestionably match all the features that the Hoveround wheelchairs have to offer. In this case we are going to look at the Hoveround MPV5, as it is the most popular one amongst the three. Some of those that come to mind are the: 

Hoveround vs Power Wheelchair Comparison Chart


Manufacturer Hoveround Pride Mobility Drive Medical Golden Merits Health Shoprider
Model MPV5 Go Chair Titan LTE Literider Envy P321 Jimmie
Weight Cap. 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs 250 lbs
Turning Rad. 22.7 inch 25.4 inch 20 inch 28.5 inch 30.30 inch 15.5 inch
Max. Range 12 miles 8.5 miles 19 miles 15.5 miles 9 miles 10 miles
Top Speed 4 mph 3.7 mph 4 mph 3.5 mph 4 mph 3.7 mph
Ground Clea. 2.5 inch 1.7 inch 2.5 inch 2.5 inch 1.8 inch 2 inch

Main Hoveround Features

Let us take a look at the distinguishing features of the Hoveround wheelchair, the MPV5 to be precise. The MPV5 is a lightweight portable wheelchair with normal standard features like those of the five power wheelchairs mentioned above:

300 lbs weight capacity.

maximum speed of 4 mph

12-mile battery range

22.7 inch turning radius

2.5 inch ground clearance

It has a flip up footplate and adjustable armrests. The seats come custom with inner springs and a charger is provided to recharge the battery.

Though these are features for the Hoveround MPV5, these features are almost standard with the other two Hoveround power wheelchairs.

The biggest difference amongst the three is that the Hoveround FWD has higher features with a 4.2 mph maximum speed, a 24 inch turning radius and a 3.6 inch ground clearance.

1. Pride Go Chair vs Hoveround MPV5


The Go Chair by Pride Mobility is one of the popular power wheelchairs on the market today. It is easy to transport, meaning that it can easily be disassembled and re-assembled again. The design is also very compact.

No tools are needed to disassemble this unit, and it can easily be taken apart in just a couple of seconds. When disassembled, the heaviest piece weighs only 36 lbs, which can easily be picked up and carried to a vehicle without assistance.

Although this wheelchair is lightweight, its weight should not be taken for granted. It is still a very powerful machine.

Just like the Hoveround wheelchairs it has a 300 lbs weight capacity, with an 8.5 mile battery range and a maximum speed of 3.7 mph. It has a turning radius of 25.4 inch, allowing for easy turning in tight areas or small spaces.

With a ground clearance of 1.7 inches, this unit is well above the ground, and allows you to have comfortable rides on bumpy surfaces.

The Pride Mobility Go Chair is made with durability in mind, therefore the materials used in production exceeds industry standards.

Extra features include a very handy under seat storage area to keep your personal belongings safe. The seat is a 5-point swivel seat with a latch release.

It also comes fitted with an 18-amp battery and has adjustable armrests. The footplate is large for comfortable riding and the unit comes equipped with a 60 inch lap belt.

2. Drive Titan LTE vs Hoveround MPV5


This device by Drive Medical is a lightweight power chair that can be disassembled whenever you want to store it or load it into a vehicle for transportation.

This power wheelchair is also very light and the heaviest piece weighs just 39 lbs. Both the battery and chair are detachable making travelling easy with this unit.

Disassembly is a breeze, and no tools are needed to break this power wheelchair down. When disassembled it is comprised of only 4 pieces, the base – which totals two pieces – the seat and the battery.

The Titan LTE has a 300 lbs weight capacity, a maximum speed of 4 mph, a very tight turning radius of only 20 inches, a driving range of 19 miles – one of the best so far – and ground clearance of 2.50 inches.

This power wheelchair is one of those with features that surpasses those of the Hoverounds, and equals the Hoveround FWD.

The Titan LTE comes equipped with Bluetooth electronics for ease in troubleshooting and diagnosing issues.

It also come with armrests than can be flipped back and can be adjusted in height, width, and angle.

One aesthetic feature of the Titan LTE is that it comes with interchangeable red and blue panels.

3. Literider Envy vs Hoveround MPV5


The Literider Envy is a product by Golden Technologies, one of the best and most well-known wheelchair manufacturers in the USA.

This wheelchair has a very stylish tubular design unique to the Literider line of products and comes equipped with a dynamic Linx joystick controller making riding this unit simple and reliable.

The seats are cushioned, and the unit has an increased back height of 17 inches offering you contoured support, allowing you to sit in comfort for a long period of time. 

The Literider Envy comes with two 22 amp batteries offering a driving range of 15.5 miles on a single charge before needing to recharge.

This unit can also very easily be disassembled for transportation. When disassembled, the heaviest piece is only 37 lbs.

It has a turning radius of 28.5 inches, for maneuvering in small spaces and around tight corners.

Just like the Hoveround power wheelchairs, it also has a 300 lbs weight capacity.  This unit also offers a maximum speed of 3.5 mph and a ground clearance of 2.5 inches.  

4. Merits P321 vs Hoveround MPV5


The Merits Health P321 is a compact and lightweight power wheelchair, that is easily disassembled for easier transportation.

Unlike the Hoveround machines its heaviest piece weighs only 35 lbs and the entire unit weighs an impressive 99 lbs.

Its armrests are height and width adjustable, the seats are padded, and the footplate can also be adjusted to your liking and comfort.



It boasts a weight capacity of 300 lbs with its deluxe version, an impressive top speed of 4 mph, a 9 mile driving range, and a turning radius of 30.30 inches.

With a ground clearance of 1.80 inches you will enjoy a comfortable and smooth ride well above the ground.

This unit has a wireless electronic connector and easily fits into the trunk of a car when disassembled. The P321 is made from strong steel and has a limited lifetime warranty.

5. Shoprider Jimmie vs Hoveround MPV5


The Shoprider Jimmie power wheelchair is a lightweight, portable unit. It can be disassembled in a matter of a of seconds.

When disassembled it comes apart in 3 easy to manage pieces to be transported in a vehicle.  This unit has also been approved for airline travel.

This chair is equipped with a high efficiency, in-line motor, making your ride as smooth as possible. The seats are padded with extra cushions and there is a seat belt for added safety.

The Jimmie has a 10 mile battery range, a weight capacity of 250 lbs, a turning radius of only 15.5 inches, -it offers the lowest turning radius thus far-, with a maximum speed of 3.7 mph.

This unit is a rear wheel drive unit and has an adjustable seat height and armrests that are width, height and angle adjustable.

The footrest is removable but can also be folded up and has full function angle, width and height adjustment.


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If you are more interested and looking for other related articles, our staff compiled a great list of articles like Top Folding Power Wheelchairs of 2021. and our Electric Wheelchair vs Mobility Scooter guide and have had some great feedback on those articles as well.

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Abby Haukongo

Abby Haukongo is a key contributor at Electric Wheelchairs USA, known for her deep knowledge in the powered mobility sector. Her expertise in internet technology and content creation enhances her ability to cover trending topics in this niche. Abby's unique blend of technical acumen and industry insights makes her an invaluable asset, providing readers with well-informed, relevant content on the latest developments in powered mobility.

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