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The Best Electric Wheelchairs for 2024, according to Nurses and Therapists

The Best Electric Wheelchairs for 2024, according to Nurses and Therapists

From high-power models to lighter, more portable rides, our top picks are from brands including Titan, Vive and Jazzy.


Electric wheelchairs have made big technological strides in recent years, becoming more accessible for users who want more independence and mobility than traditional wheelchairs can provide. And those are just two of the benefits, experts say.

"A power wheelchair can minimize a person's risk for falls, can assist in energy conservation and can preserve shoulder integrity should there be issues with strength or pathology such as rotator cuff injury," says Jillian Cacopardo, clinical coordinator for Connecticut-based Gaylord Specialty Healthcare's Wheelchair Clinic.

Around 5.5 million people in the U.S. rely on wheelchairs to assist with daily activities, according to the Department of Transportation. While traditional wheelchairs require physical strength and effort from the user or a caregiver, electric wheelchairs are a motorized option for those who may not be able to maneuver a manual wheelchair. They also get users from point A to point B faster.

To better understand the different types of electric wheelchairs and their features, we spoke with mobility experts, including senior care and wheelchair experts, to learn more about what makes an electric wheelchair excellent (and safe). We combined these findings with hours of research to compile a list of the best electric wheelchairs for 2024.



Cost: $1,799 | Range: 12.4 miles | Foldable: Yes | Weight capacity: 300 lbs. | Turning radius: 19.7 inches | Max speed: 3.7 mph | Seat width: 18 inches | Seat depth: 17.7 inches | Comfort features: Cushioned seat, padded armrests, under-seat storage, headlight, flip-up footplates

There's a lot to love about this electric wheelchair, especially when it comes to travel. The Reyhee Superlite is a 3-in-1 chair that can be used as a manual, electric or combination wheelchair. The dual controls allow the user or a companion to operate the chair — a convenient feature for those who may need more assistance.

This isn't the fastest option on the market, with a top speed of 3.7 mph, but it's still quick enough for most travel needs. The battery lasts for up to 12.4 miles on a single charge. Other noteworthy features include a cushioned seat, padded armrests and two storage compartments (one under the seat and another below the left armrest).

Weighing just 44 pounds, it's one of the lightest and most maneuverable electric wheelchairs. It folds easily to put in a car's backseat or trunk, or for use on public transportation. Users agree —one reviewer said, "We were in need of a lightweight wheelchair since most that are available weigh more than my dad can handle. The motor is smooth, and the controller is responsive. Folding it and putting it in the car was a breeze."


Written by Lindsay Modglin
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