Motorized mobility scooters come in 3 wheel models and 4 wheel models.
Some mobility scooters are compact in size, designed for indoor use and/or for portability and travel. Other power scooters may be better suited for heavy-duty outdoor use as they are sturdy enough to travel over uneven and rugged terrain.
With all of these options in power scooter mobility, how do you know which motorized scooter is right for you?
Though most three wheel and four wheel scooters may be fine for either indoor use or outdoor use, the right scooter for you will be the one that benefits your personal mobility and matches your physical abilities.1
So Which is Better? A 3 or 4 Wheel Scooter?
A three wheel mobility scooter may be better for you if:
- Your scooter is for indoor use, or to navigate over smooth surfaces
- You need a scooter with a sharp turning radius for narrow spaces
- You are tall and need a little more leg room2
A four wheel mobility scooter may be better for you if:
- You prefer the weight distribution you get from a four wheel scooter
- The scooter is primarily for outdoor use, over rough terrain3
- You require a wider, sturdier and broader wheelbase
Additional 3 or 4 Wheel Scooter Considerations
Are 3 wheel scooters safer? By nature of their design, four wheel scooters tend to offer more stability over rough, outdoor terrain. However rider weight, scooter size and ease of operation are all crucial in choosing the right mobility scooter. Detailed product information is provided with every 3 wheel and 4 wheel scooter to help consumers make the best individual choice.
If you're looking for the scooter that's right for you, consider Hoveround. From sporty, travel scooters to bariatric and heavy-duty luxury scooter models, we offer a full line of personal mobility scooters for almost every need and any budget.
This article is for informational purposes only
1Safe scooter use requires upright posture, shoulder and hand strength, and some upper body mobility. Seek the advice of a physician or rehabilitation professional to find out if a scooter is appropriate for you.
2Location of front wheels on a 4 wheel scooter may be a drawback for taller individuals by decreasing the amount of available leg room.
3By nature of their design, four wheel scooters tend to offer more stability over rough, outdoor terrain.