Weighty Matters – How to select the best wheelchair by your weight range

When you it comes to selecting a new wheelchair, you’ll want to make sure that the model you choose is fit for purpose, comfortable and will meet your needs for many years to come.

Most wheelchairs come with a weight range guide to ensure that the owner has the right amount of support, posture control and comfort that’s perfect for their weight.

Read on for some expert tips on selecting the best wheelchair by your weight range.

Allow some leeway

Many health conditions can cause fluctuations in weight, so make sure that the wheelchair you use has a little leeway should you gain weight.

If your weight range is at the top end of the guide suggested for a particular model of wheelchair, then it’s a good idea to select another chair that can allow for extra weight if you think that gaining weight might be a possibility in the future.

This way, your new wheelchair will still be comfortable and fit for purpose for many years to come.

Lightweight chairs

For those with a smaller frame, lightweight wheelchairs are a good option as they are made of innovative lightweight materials such as aluminium and carbon, making them easy to move and manoeuvre. They also require far less effort to propel or push.

Height is important

When choosing a wheelchair, the height of the person is also important. For tall wheelchair users, a higher back for better support of the spine is necessary, as are larger and longer foot rests if they perhaps have bigger feet and longer legs.

Balance and breakage

For larger wheelchair users, it is essential that you choose a wheelchair that offers stability and balance for your frame. Distribution of weight is important for the overall balance of the wheelchair, so speak to an experienced member of the MobiQuip team who will be able to give you some recommendations on the best wheelchairs based on your weight.

They will also advise you on some of the more robust wheelchair models to ensure that the chance of breakage is minimised.

Alternatively, you can use our online search function that show the best wheelchairs based on weight. Click here to select your weight range and our website will provide you with a selection of models suitable for your use.