Invacare Action 5 Rigid

The Action 5 Rigid is an entry level active rigid wheelchair, suited in particular to those who are new to wheelchair use. Highly adaptable, it can be configured precisely to your needs and then modified as your skills develop. A "Junior" version for children is also available.

Product Description

Rigid Frame

The box frame provides a high level of rigidity, reducing energy lost to "flex" in the frame compared with a folding wheelchair. It is also 1.5 kg lighter than the Action 5 Folding, meaning less effort is expended on pushing the weight of your wheelchair around. With the wheels popped off, and backrest folded down, the Action 5 Rigid remains transportable, able to fit easily into the back of most cars.


The strength and robustness of the frame makes the Action 5 Rigid a great partner for a handbike attachment, such as the Alber E-Pilot. Use of a handbike tends to really put your wheelchair through its paces, which is why a rigid box frame is the best option for them.


The Action 5 has a wide selection of post-supply adjustments, allowing it to be adjusted to fit your improving balance as you gain in confidence. The set-up and seating of the chair can be tweaked, including centre of gravity, seat height, backrest height and angle, and far more. The modular design also allows more significant adaptations further down the line if needed.

Seating and Options

Like all wheelchairs in the Action range, the Action 5 Rigid has highly configurable seating, which is made to measure in your size. All aspects of the seating can be chosen, from the backrest upholstery to sideguards and armrests; more clinical seating including pressure cushions and Matrx posture-supporting backrests can be fitted too. Both a lighter fixed front frame and swing-away legrests (good for forward transfers) are available.

The Rigid has a sleeker profile than the Folding equivalent, and can be customised with a choice of sporty, stylish and practical castors, wheels, handrims and tyres. The frame can be painted in a colour of your choice, and set off with a choice of three accent colours (silver, light blue, purple). Our favourite combinations are a white frame with purple accents, and a black frame with blue highlights.

Junior version

An Action 5 Junior Rigid variant exists for younger wheelchair users. Available in paediatric seat widths, it also has the option for adjustable seat depth - ideal for growing children, so they don't outgrow the wheelchair.

Our Verdict

We like the Action 5 Rigid - it sits opposite Quickie's Life R (or Life R Teens for the Junior version), and offers the same performance at a slightly lower cost. It doesn't have the same level of personalisation when it comes to appearance - the Life can have a sportier look, but it is still well worth considering.

Key Features

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    Ideal first wheelchair
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    Adjusts to improving wheelchair skills
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    Works well with handbikes
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    Junior version

Our Service

We passionately believe we provide a level of service above and beyond other retailers that gives you real value for money. Our in-house experts can provide you with impartial advice on the right wheelchair for you, and none of our staff are on commission.

All aftercare is carried out by our experienced specialists, with a fleet of mobile engineers, and a fully stocked workshop at our HQ - we don't get a third-party company to carry out our work. In the unlikely event your wheelchair needs to come back to us for repair, we will provide you with a loan active wheelchair from our fleet to keep you mobile.

Try This Wheelchair

Our Chessington Showroom is stocked with a wide range of wheelchairs for you to try out and compare, and our product specialists are on hand to answer all your questions, and carry out a full assessment. Visiting our Showroom allows you to see the widest possible range of products before making your decision on which wheelchair to buy.

We are also able to carry out home assessments and demonstrations - please call us to book one in. A home consultation comes with the benefit of trying out a wheelchair around the environment in which you will be using it.

Product Specification

Weight10.8kg / 1st 10lb
Crash TestedYes
Frame MaterialAluminium
Max Seat Depth50cm / 19.69in
Max Seat Width53cm / 20.87in
Min Seat Depth35cm / 13.78in
Min Seat Width30.5cm / 12.01in
Weight Capacity130kg / 20st 7lb
Transport Weight6.8kg / 1st 1lb
Active Wheelchair TypeRigid Wheelchair


£1,288 exc VAT / £1,545.60 inc VAT

Active wheelchairs are built to order following an assessment with one of our Prescriptive Assessors. They are available with a wide range of customisation options, from wheels to seating to style upgrades, and these can affect the price - our Prescriptive Assessors will run through all the options at your assessment. As a general guideline, we find most people will spend around an additional £500 - £1,500 on customisation options on active wheelchairs; however it is possible to get a fully functioning and desirable chair at the base price!

People purchasing active wheelchairs will normally qualify for zero-rated VAT. If the person using the wheelchair has a permanent disability, terminal illness or chronic sickness then they will be eligible for 0% VAT. Our Prescriptive Assessors will be able to answer any questions you may have about VAT.

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