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5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Transport Wheelchair

5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Transport Wheelchair

Now that you have decided to find the right transport wheelchair for your loved one you are likely wondering what it is that makes for a top-choice purchase. Transport wheelchairs distinguish themselves from standard wheelchairs by being significantly lighter and featuring a collapsible frame for easy transportation. You will want to keep your eye out for these five pointers that are sure to help you make an informed decision at the point of sale.

1. The Right Seat Size

The right seat size makes all the difference in the world in terms of comfort. Transport chairs are typically sold in three different sizes—narrow, medium, and wide—which helps you figure out the correct seat size for you. Narrow chairs have a seat width of 16” while medium ones boast 18” and wide ones are 20”. The right seat size adds comfort and function, so this should always be at the top of the list.

2. Lighter is Better

You may be surprised to know that regardless of the size, some transport chairs can weigh as little as 15 lbs. which is great for movement and transportation. For the companion, a lighter chair is comfortable to push, and while transport chairs are typically designed for shorter distances, this is still a great feature to look out for.

3. Safety Features

Safety features are many, and you should ensure that they are all present in your purchase choice. Seatbelts are always included in transport chairs as are brakes. Some transport wheelchairs can be fitted with hand-brakes and alarm systems that put control in the hands of the user. Some items are sold separately, but you want to be sure that all safety questions are answered. The best transport wheelchair is the one which puts safety first.

4. Convenience and Accessories

You should be aware of some wonderful features that transport chairs can come equipped with such as removable armrests for easy transport in and out of the chair. The removable armrests can also make it easier to get through doors and narrow spaces. Seat cushions and back cushions are sold separately but are a welcomed addition every time. Cupholders and bags can be fitted into the transport chair for convenience.

5. Cost and Durability

You cannot put a price on the safety of a loved one, but you still want to make a smart purchase that you feel satisfied with. Transport chairs can range from $200 to $2000 or more; your choice will depend on your budget, how many features you are interested in, and how often the chair is expected to be used. Learning about the products and having the patience to choose the right one is vital.

A Bright Future is Ahead

The best transport wheelchair out there is the one that gives your loved one maximum comfort and safety, and you, the peace of mind of knowing that. Being a wheelchair user does not mean the end of the road for a life filled with experiences and activities; a bright future is ahead; this is only the beginning.


Here are some of our recommended transport wheelchairs:


1) Ultra Lightweight S-Ergo 115 Transport

The Ergonomic series provides the perfect shape to fit the human body to relieve pressure, increase stabilization, weight distribution and lower the risk of pressure sores and scoliosis. The high strength frame weighs only 22 lbs. (w/out footrests) and the chair features AEGIS anti-bacterial upholstery to prevent the spread of germs. The 14" rear wheels are flat-free high profile polyurethane wheels, making it easier to push and more stable than most transport chairs' wheels. The backrest easily folds for transportation and storage and it also features a pouch for carrying small items. A 1/4" thick silver colored anti-bacterial cushion is standard, it is odor and stain resistant and is machine washable.

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2) Duet Transport Chair and Rollator

The Duet has locking flip up armrests and a flip down footrest to aid the user while the Duet is used in the transport chair mode. A safety lock release is used to store the arms and a velcro strap is used to store the footrest while using the Duet for ambulation. Combines the features of a rollator or transport chair in one unit. The tool-free two positions contoured padded back rest is reversible depending on whether you are using the Duet in an ambulatory or transport chair mode. Comfortable padded seat with a large under seat pouch for safe storage of personal items. Inside the pouch is a handle to aid with the folding. The folding frame has a lock out feature to insure the unit stays open while in use and insures the unit will stay folded during transport.

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3) Lightweight Aluminum Transport Chair

Drive Medical's Aluminum Transport Wheelchair weighs a mere 19 pounds, making it one of the lightest chairs on the market. It's available in 17" and 19" seat widths and comes with swing-away footrests, heel loops, padded armrests, and rear wheel locks.

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4) T-2700 Transport with Removable Armrests

The T-2700 Transport Chair from Karman Healthcare features detachable desk length armrests, removable swing-away footrests, padded breathable nylon upholstery and 8″ x 1″ solid casters. The frame is made from durable lightweight steel and comes in an attractive black powder coated finish. Comes standard with a click strap seat belt.

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5) Medline Hybrid 2

The Medline Hybrid 2 is a standard wheelchair and transport chair in one. Included in the price is a set of 24" rear wheels for self-propel use and 8" rear wheels for companion use. The wheels remove with just the push of a button, making it quick and easy to change your needs.

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