Buyer's Guide to Wheelchairs

Improve mobility and comfort for you or your loved one.

There are many types of wheelchairs available online. In this short guide, we will help you in the right direction in deciding which wheelchair may be right for you and know what are the key differences between the most popular wheelchairs.

Do I need a wheelchair?

If you cannot walk a few steps without being assisted then you may need a wheelchair, you may also need a wheelchair if you are struggling to walk long distances.

If you are struggling to walk it is always best to discuss with your local doctor to see if a wheelchair would be suitable for you.

Key differences between the different types of wheelchairs?

Manual wheelchair

Manual Wheelchairs

 

  • Also known as self propeller wheelchairs
  • Can be operated by the user or a carer
  • Have large wheels on the back and small on the front
  • Collapsible, transportable & easy to use

Transit wheelchair

Transit Wheelchairs 

 

  • Also known as transport wheelchairs 
  • Cannot be operated by the user only pushed by the carer
  • Easier to push 
  • Have four small wheels
  • Easy to transport and take on the go with you in the car

 

Convertible wheelchair

Convertible Wheelchairs

 

  • This device can be used as a transit wheelchair or as a walker
  • It's a very modern piece of equipment where you have two in one
  • Cannot be operated by the user when used as a wheelchair, the user needs to be pushed by the carer
  • Easier to push 
  • Has four small wheels
  • Easy to transport and take on the go with you in the car

 

Recliner wheelchair

Recliner Wheelchair 

 

  • It's a very modern type of equipment
  • Must be pushed by the user or the user can be pushed by the carer
  • Easier to push 
  • The backrest can be reclined with the help of a motor
  • Easy to transport 
  • Removable padding for easy cleaning

Please note
The electric function is only to recline the seat for comfort.

Things to consider before purchasing a wheelchair

  • Seat size
  • Your body measurements
  • Weight of wheelchair
  • Capabilities and types available
  • Break system
  • Removal, swing-away or fixed footrest and armrest
  • Accessories needed

How to maintain a wheelchair

  • Check the tyres every month (pressure & wear)
  • Check your brakes are in working condition frequently 
  • Check every 3 months that the nuts & bolts are all secure
  • Wipe down with a damp cloth to keep it in good condition once a month depending on how frequently it gets used

We hope that the short guide above will help you in the right direction to find you or your loved one a wheelchair, it is always best to talk to a medical professional before purchasing a wheelchair as each case is different. If you have seen a wheelchair on our site feel free to get in contact. We would love to help out as best as we can.

*This guide is opinion based and should not to be used as medical advice. Please consult with a medical professional before purchasing products from our store as they know best.

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