Buying a wheelchair for the first time and want to increase your knowledge? This article covers many of the topics you should consider in relation to your own requirements, the types of wheelchairs available and the range of prices on wheelchairs you can expect to pay.
When thinking about wheelchair pricing, your initial thought might be…how much does an average wheelchair cost?
Your specific health needs along with where and how often you plan to use your wheelchair will influence the type of wheelchair you buy. Let’s look at the considerations you should have before buying a wheelchair, we’ll also touch on the accessories and wheelchair power add-ons that could influence the price of a wheelchair.
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There is a lot to consider when selecting a wheelchair that meets your needs especially when buying for the first time, but also when upgrading your wheelchair. This is a very important purchase.
Or are you planning on being adventurous, get out into the countryside and the network of wheelchair friendly bridle paths? In which case you may need an active user wheelchair. Think through your requirements thoroughly before that all important shopping trip.
Doing your own research is a great start but, when it comes to making a purchase decision discuss your requirements with an expert such as a specialist retailer or an occupational therapist.
Prices on wheelchairs can range from a few hundred pounds to several thousands.
So, what influences the price of a wheelchair? Like many significant purchases…specification, features and brands all dictate the final wheelchair pricing.
Manual wheelchairs can cost as little as a few hundred pounds whereas electric wheelchairs can cost up to £15,000.
Active user wheelchairs usually have an extensive range of optional features and to a greater extent you build your own price.
Be clear about the features you are wanting but be aware that with more features the cost will go up accordingly.
A basic manual wheelchair is relatively inexpensive compared to higher specification products. When comparing basic
manual wheelchair to either lightweight or electric chairs they are less sophisticated in terms of materials, they have fewer components such as a motor, and as such they are cheaper.
But as previously mentioned it all comes back to your requirements. Below are the main wheelchair options available
Ultra-lightweight wheelchairs are often constructed of aluminium, but high-end models often feature titanium, or carbon fibre. Easily manoeuvred light and compact to fold away when traveling. Weight as little as 9kg depending on brand and model. Better models provide seating that provides pressure relief, reducing the chances of sliding down the seat.
Prices come in at between £500 and £900 for ultra-lightweight wheelchairs.
Not quite as lightweight as the Ultra chairs but folds up for travelling more easily than a standard chair and will include some features.
A lightweight aluminium frame at around 10kg, while retaining its strength and durability. Flip back armrests, easy cleaning detachable upholstery and quick release wheels, along with slowing brakes are features available on lightweight chairs.
These chairs typically weigh around 10kg with a maximum user weight of approximately 110kg model dependent.
Lightweight wheelchair prices between £450 and £500.
Bariatric wheelchairs are designed specifically to support the heavier bariatric users and as such the basic materials are substantial and reinforced. These chairs are substantial, reinforced and weight bearing and appropriately proportioned in terms of the seat depth and width compared to a regular sized manual wheelchair.
These chairs larger and less compact when stowed due to the heavy duty materials needed to support bariatric users.
Bariatric wheelchairs are priced at between £1,000 and £2,500
Many if not most are customisable in terms of seating systems and features. Lighter weight versions are available. Batteries are of course rechargeable.
Indoor electric wheelchairs are designed to provide manoeuvrability in tight spaces. As with most electric chairs there is a range of additional features that are generally available depending on the brand and model.
Features can be as sophisticated as an active height feature, allowing you to elevate the seat to make eye contact with people and the ability to tilt forwards when elevated to reach for objects adding to your independence.
Again, features influence prices and electric indoor wheelchairs will cost between £1,500 and £5,000.
Extended battery range and large tyres among other features means the restrictions are lifted when exploring the great outdoors.
Both seated and stand-up outdoor electric wheelchairs are available costing anywhere from £1,500 to a not insignificant price of £6,000.
Benefiting from cutting-edge technology to provide users with the best on-the-go experience maximising your independence and mobility with a super lightweight chair. Don’t be confused between active user chairs which support active lifestyles and sport wheelchairs used for wheelchair rugby, basketball court, tracks etc.
Active user chairs use cutting-edge technology and materials to make sure that anyone who uses them are getting the best experience. Making the most of your independence and mobility is the goal of active user chairs.
With super lightweight materials such as carbon fibre, the chair is as light as 3. 5 to 4kg!
Prices…well the sky is the limit as active user wheelchairs can be bespoke to a very high degree but expect a price range of between £1500 and £7,000 as a base before customisation.
Before features…building materials are important.
What is the wheelchair made from? This contributes to the final price. The lighter the materials the higher the component cost.
Even before you add a power to the equation the aspects of a chair that dictate how manoeuvrable it is such as the wheels and the chassis will also add to the price i.e. the easier it is to handle the more sophisticated the product and the higher the price.
Moving on to electric wheelchairs. As you can imagine the fact these chairs are power assisted adds to the price. Batteries, brakes, is the wheelchair designed for outdoor use as well as indoor.
Also, how configurable the chair is to your requirements. Your wheelchair should be as unique and personal as you and your requirements.
Choosing the right chair and accessing the right advice is hugely important as your choice influences your mobility. The right choice of chair to the specification you need will make a huge difference to your mobility and independence.
It also must match your wallet.
|Ultra-Lightweight||9kg – £500 to £900|
|Lightweight Wheelchairs||10kg – £450 to £500|
|Bariatric Wheelchairs||12kg – £1,000 to £2,500|
|Electric Wheelchairs (indoors)||23.5kg – £1,500 to £5,000|
|Electric Wheelchairs (outdoors)||28kg – £1,500 to £6,000|
|Active User Wheelchairs||3. 5 to 4kg – £2500 to £7,000|
When looking at wheelchair pricing, it is important that you do your own research and carefully think through your health & lifestyle requirements.
If available involve your occupational therapist. Buy from a specialist and they will be able to give you advice.
As you can see wheelchairs range in price enormously and the more features you add the greater the cost. But above all make your wheelchair purchase on the understanding that the chair you buy will significantly define your mobility.
Visit our showroom or contact us, our wheelchair expert will be happy to talk you through what type of wheelchair is ideal for your requirements and price range.
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