3 wheels vs 4 wheels
19 Sep 2019
We often get asked which is best between a three and four wheeled mobility scooter. The answer? There is not a better one. Each offers something different for the user, therefore your needs will decide which option will work best for you.
Three wheeled mobility scooters are often chosen by those who need to navigate tighter spaces as they offer a much smaller turning circle and are a lot more manoeuvrable than their four wheeled counterparts. This makes them ideal for those who live in areas with tight alleyways or even narrow turnings in the building the scooter will be stored. Another benefit of a three wheeled scooter is for those who are taller or have longer legs. It will not have as front a front shroud over the wheel arches meaning you have additional room to stretch out your legs.
This manoeuvrability does come at a price however, as the narrow frame takes away from the stability of the machine, which is often why people will go for a four wheeled product. The stability helps most people to feel more comfortable as well as offering a considerably safer ride as the scooter gets faster. There are 8mph three wheeled scooters, but it is a lot more common to see people using a four wheeled option when traveling on the road as they are by far more popular due to the safety and stability, this is especially prevalent when outdoors or when being used on uneven ground or rough terrain, where a three wheeled scooter would struggle.
The only way to ever really know which is the best option for yourself is to try them and see what feels most comfortable for you and the environment in which you will be using the scooter. This is one of the reasons we offer home consultations across London and the South East of England to help ensure you get the perfect mobility product for you.