Everybody looks for something different in an electric wheelchair: some people want something with a long range for outdoor use, some want one that allows them to work at a desk easily, some need one that folds down into a car boot, and some people just need one that works well in a tight spot. If your bathroom or hallway is small and you need a powerchair to get around your house, then the size of turning radius is going to be one of the most important factors.
We sell almost 40 different models, so to save you looking up the turning radius in the specs of each, here we order our top models, which all have a turning radius of no more than 68cm. Some wheelchairs have a turning radius of over 4 feet (120cm) so don’t waste time reading these reviews, instead pick one of these. To calculate the full size of the turning circle, ie the turning diameter, multiple the turning radius by 2.
Under 50cm Turning Radius Electric Wheelchairs
Just two models have a turning circle under 50cm, and both manage 46cm:
46cm: The Titan Powerchair is a front wheel drive powerchair that comes in classic red and black. Fully adjustable with a sturdy footrest, this is a perfect chair for the home, and has the smallest turning radius of all our powerchairs.
46cm: The Pride Jazzy Select 6 Electric Wheelchair is the only other chair with a turning radius under 50cm. It is a mid-wheel drive chair that are designed for the best manoeuvrability.
50cm-59cm Turning Radius Powerchairs
This range has the largest variety of electric wheelchair, with mostly rear-wheel and mid-wheel drive options.
50cm: The CareCo Easi Go Electric Wheelchair is a popular indoor powerchair. It is a rear wheel drive chair with a tight turn and comes in blue or red. The wheels are small and tyres smooth, so is best suited to home use and shopping. It breaks down into several parts for easy transport.
51cm: The Pride Jazzy Select Electric Wheelchair is another mid-wheel powerchair. Again, great for indoor use and has a large comfy chair a 15 mile range. The mid-wheel is large with good grip, so suitable for outdoor / pavement use.
52.8cm: The Pride Jazzy Air 2 comes with a lifting seat that is ideal for those occasions when you want to be level with people standing. An excellent choice for working and shopping. The rising seat is also useful in the home to help reach items from shelves.
56cm: The Pride Jazzy Select 6 Ultra Electric Wheelchair is a mid-wheel drive powerchair with a rising seat
58cm: The Roma Sirocco Electric Wheelchair is a rear-wheel drive powerchair with a very right turning circle. Described by one customer as “Very manouverable in a restricted area”
58cm: The Roma Marbella Electric Wheelchair is the last of the powerchairs in the sub 58cm category. It is good for both indoor and outdoor use, so makes a perfect all-round powerchair.
60cm-68cm Turning Radius Powerchairs
60cm: The Fenix Powerchair is a great everyday powerchair with 4 wheels that are almost equal sized. It can be taken apart for easy travel and is similar to the popular Kymco K-Chair. It as a staggering 15km range too.
63cm: The Pride Go Chair Electric Wheelchair is a rear-wheel drive chair with excellent padding. Very sturdy with a weight capacity of 136kg (21 1/2 stones). All this with a tight turning circle.
63cm: The I-Go Zenith Pro has a high back and is front wheel drive, making it great for indoor use and for sitting for long periods. It also has a 24km range.
65cm: The Pride Fusion is the perfect choice if you like to snooze in your powerchair, and also if you need help getting up from your chair – it comes with tilt and recline (both manual and powered options are available.
66cm: The Travelux Quest Electric Wheelchair is great as a travel powerchair as it breaks down into four parts. It has a 14.5km range and There’s also a handy shopping basket below the seat. With a top speed of 3mph it is a little slower than others.
67.5cm: The I-Go Crest CSS Suspension Powerchair is a compact and sturdy chair with excellent suspension. The largest turning circle in this selection, but a fantastic chair at an excellent price.