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We Review The Best Self Propelled Wheelchairs

April 03, 2019 -
pink wheelchair by seaside

There are so many types of self-propelled wheelchair for so many uses that finding the perfect one for you isn’t always straightforward. On top of finding the right wheelchair itself, there are also a wide range of suitable accessories to offer further assistance. To help you make sense of it all, here’s a rundown of a few specialised wheelchairs and some accessories to fit different lifestyles.

Wheelchairs for Active Lifestyles

Being wheelchair bound doesn’t automatically mean a person has to limit their lifestyle. Fortunately, there are wheelchairs that are designed for all kinds of hobbies and routines. So, what is the best self propelled wheelchair for you?

Outlander All-Terrain wheelchair

Outlander All-Terrain: The is designed to be able to handle rough ground that a standard self-propelled wheelchair would find insurmountable. This all terrain outdoor self propelled wheelchair has chunky tyres, a robust frame, and can be dismantled making it perfect to explore areas like countryside trails and non-local destinations that require it to be packed away in a car. These features may be practical, but the most appealing thing about the Outlander folding wheelchair, is that it’s fun to use. It’s low weight and compact size makes it incredibly agile and more than just a means of transport.

Lightweight Wheelchairs

Lightweight chairs are easier to propel and also easier to lift. Here are our best lightweight self propelled wheelchairs:

CareCo Ergo Pro Self Propelled Wheelchair: The Ergo Pro isn’t as rugged as the Outlander but its strengths lie elsewhere. As the name alludes to, it's an ultra lightweight self propelled wheelchair.

On a level surface like in a shopping centre or concrete streets theErgo Pro excels. The perfect wheelchair for those with outgoing, social lifestyles.

X8 High Active: For those who rarely stay in one place and have the busiest of lifestyles the X8 High Active is well-suited. The core focus is quick and convenient portability and the X8 achieves this as it can be taken apart in moments.

There are button releases for the wheels, a lever release for the footrests, and it’s a simple case of removing the cushion and pulling the seat up to fold it flat. You won’t waste a moment when it comes to packing and unpacking the X8 for travel.

A Wheelchair for Overweight and Obese

CareCo Explorer Heavy Duty: For larger people with obesity issues this heavy duty self propelled wheelchair is perfect. It has a maximum user weight of 200kg (32 stone) so can support most poeple. The carbon steel frame provides strength without compromising weight. The CareCo Explorer Heavy Duty can also be folding for easy transport.

CareCo Evolution Wheelchair

Wheelchairs for Assisted Lifestyles

I-GO Airrex: Some wheelchair users may require a chair that is attendant assisted. These travel wheelchairs are ideal for those who require some additional help. Self-propelled chairs come with additional handles for assistants so act as a transit chair too.

Wheelchair Accessories

Clever Suitcase Ramp

CareCo Wheelchair Seat Belt: This wheelchair seat belt is ideal for something like the Outlander All-Terrain, it will hold you in place as the chair scrambles over bumps and divots.

CareCo Wheelchair Bag: This wheelchair bag is great for those who travel frequently, for business or leisure. The copious storage and smart exterior makes it an excellent multipurpose accessory.

Wheelchair Ramps: You will almost definitely need at least one wheelchair ramp plus a threshold ramp. These ramps are essential for gaining access to any home that has not been built with accessibility in mind. Small threshold ramps are often enough to get over doorways, but full ramps are needed if there are steps, and are usually needed to get over patio doors. They can also be used to ride into vans.


Swift Travel Chair with Bag: The Swift Travel Chair with Bag is one of the most convenient attendant controlled travel chairs. The very low carry weight of 7.5 kg makes pushing and lifting the chair a much easier task for the attendant. This practicality is taken even further thanks to the addition of a storage bag, reducing the amount of fumbling around while trying to hold the folded chair.

CareCo Mobility Poncho Unsleeved: This wheelchair poncho can keep you dry in the variable British weather. The unsleeved design fully covers you and is ideal for an attendant controlled travel wheelchair. Head over to our wheelchair shop to see our entire range from all brands, or take a look at just our CareCo Self-Propelled Wheelchairs here.

Will Harrison
Will Harrison

Will Harrison is the founder of CareCo. He has worked in the mobility industry his entire life and grown CareCo from a grassroots business in his family home to the UK's leading mobility retailer with nationwide mobility showrooms and operating in the global market.

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