Best Mobility Scooters

We compare mobility scooters to find the best based on price, maneuverability, and portability.
Best overall
Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller mobility scooter
Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller
  • pro
    300 lb. weight capacity
  • pro
    17-inch seat
Best heavy-duty scooter
Buzzaround EX Extreme
  • pro
    350 lb. weight capacity
  • pro
    18-inch seat
Best for budgets
Vive 3-wheel mobility scooter
Vive 3-wheel
  • pro
    265 lb. weight capacity
  • pro
    16.9-inch seat
Best all-terrain power scooter
Drive Medical Prowler mobility scooter
Drive Medical Prowler
  • pro
    500 lb. weight capacity
  • pro
    22-inch seat
Best power chair

The Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller has a little bit of everything. It’s sturdy enough for most passengers, but small enough to fit in the back of a compact vehicle.

But if the Go-Go Elite Traveller isn't your style, check out our other favorites. We found great options that provide more stability, match tighter budgets, suit larger riders, or cozy up to tables better than the competition. 



Compare the best mobility scooters 

Product
Best for
Price
Top speed
Turn radius
Heaviest piece
Battery life
Learn more
Best overall

4 mph.

33 in.

29 lbs.

12.4 miles
Best heavy-duty scooter

5 mph.

42 in.

46 lbs.

18 miles
Best for budgets

3.7 mph.

30 in.

29 lbs.

12.4 miles
Best all-terrain mobility scooter

7 mph.

69 in.

185 lbs.

23 miles
Best power chair

3.5 mph.

26 in.

37 lbs.

15.5 miles

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Electric mobility scooter reviews 

1. Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller: Best overall 

Best overall
Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller mobility scooter

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The Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller strikes a happy middle ground between portability, stability, and comfort. At 12.4 miles per charge, its battery life is modest, but it can safely get you through a day's errands.

Its speed tops at about 4 miles per hour—about average for an electric mobility scooter this size. It’s just slightly faster than the average walking speed too, so you can ride along your friends or family walking next to you.

pro
Pros
pro Tight turn radius
pro Delta tiller handles
pro Travel-friendly weight
con
Cons
con Low top speed
con Not suitable for over 300 lbs.

Compared to other mobility scooters, the Pride Go-Go Traveller has an impressive turn radius. You’ll only need 33 inches to make it around corners, which is enough for aisles in the library or grocery store, or getting around at home.

The Pride Go-Go Traveller can be transported in vehicles too. The electric scooter is 96 pounds when fully assembled, but it breaks into four lighter parts (the heaviest weighing 28 pounds). It might be too heavy to assemble on your own, but it’s quick work if you have help.

The Pride Go-Go Traveler has tiller handles that limit arm and wrist strain, so you won’t need to hold your arms out at a 90-degree angle to control the scooter.

It has a 300-pound weight capacity, but a narrow chair, so it’s not the best choice for larger passengers.

2. Buzzaround EX Extreme: Best heavy-duty scooter

Best heavy-duty power scooter

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The Buzzaround EX Extreme comes with either an 18-inch or 20-inch padded seat and can comfortably carry up to 350 pounds. But that’s just one of this heavy-duty scooter’s perks.

This electric mobility scooter can go up to 18 miles in one charge and its top speed is 5 miles per hour. With the speed and mileage this scooter gets, you can take it out to the park or the golf course. 

pro
Pros
pro 350-pound weight capacity
pro 18 miles per charge
pro 5-miles-per-hour top speed
con
Cons
con Hard to transport

Overall, the Buzzaround is best for outdoor use. It’s a large scooter, so taking it into tight indoor areas may present problems. But it’s well suited for open spaces like museums, malls, concert halls, and paved trails outdoors.

The biggest drawback to this heavy-duty scooter is its weight. Fully assembled, the Buzzaround weighs 155 pounds with one of its parts weighing up to 53 pounds alone. There's a 3-wheel version that's a smidge lighter, but that one's best for indoor use.

It’s heavy because it has larger components—including the motor, tires, amp controller—than many other electric mobility scooters. Because of its weight, it’s best to bring a portable ramp to load and unload the Buzzaround out of vehicles or ride it out of your house.

3. Vive 3-Wheel: Best for budgets

Best for budgets
Vive 3-wheel mobility scooter
Vive 3-Wheel
$799.99

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Whether it’s your next cross-country flight or errands across town, the Vive 3-Wheel scooter is a lightweight, practical travel companion.

It weighs 77 pounds fully assembled and breaks into four smaller pieces under 30 pounds each. But because it’s so light, it’s best for smaller passengers.

pro
Pros
pro Tight turn radius
pro Lightweight when fully assembled
pro Cheaper than most
con
Cons
con Low top speed
con Low weight capacity

The Vive 3-wheel has the tightest turning radius of the bunch. It only needs 30 inches (just over two feet) to make a complete U-turn. If you need a portable indoor scooter to get around your home, it’s nimble enough to get around shelves and corners inside.

It can travel 12.4 miles on one charge but only goes about 3.7 miles per hour. A long charge and slower top speed make this scooter better for crowds (like the airport). You can keep up with others at a walking pace and have enough charge to get through a spacious area (like the next terminal over).

This Vive scooter has a lower weight capacity than the other electric scooters we chose, but it can hold up to 265 pounds.

4. Drive Medical Prowler: Best all-terrain scooter

Best all-terrain mobility scooter
Drive Medical Prowler mobility scooter

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The Drive Medical Prowler is the workhorse of the bunch. Its pneumatic tires, front and rear wheel suspension, and high ground clearance make it suitable for uneven terrain other scooters can’t touch. 

Unfortunately, its size makes it tough to travel with and maneuver indoors.

pro
Pros
pro 23 miles per charge
pro 22-inch padded captain’s chair
pro 7-miles-per-hour top speed
con
Cons
con Not portable
con Not suitable for small indoor areas
con Wide turn radius

If you have a gravel driveway, ride on grass, or need a higher clearance scooter to get inside, a tough scooter like the Drive Medical Prowler can handle it. 

All these power features make the Drive Medical Prowler the biggest scooter in our lineup. It’s a quality outdoor mobility scooter, but it’s not as portable. It can help you get around the garden in your backyard or the trail near your neighborhood with ease. 

The Prowler weighs 256 pounds fully assembled with the heaviest piece weighing in at 185 pounds. But it doesn’t break down into many smaller pieces, so you’ll have to lift most of the scooter to load it into a vehicle. It's a two-person job at the very least.

The other great thing about the Drive Medical Prowler is that it can carry up to 500 pounds and has a 22-inch adjustable captain’s seat, making it a smooth, comfortable ride for larger passengers.

5. Golden Technologies LiteRider Envy: Best power chair

Best power chair
LiteRider Envy
$1,599.00

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Golden Technology's LiteRider Envy is comfy, adjustable, and very agile. It's the odd duck in our round-up since it's technically a power chair, but it's worth considering this design if you spend a lot of time at a table or desk. 

pro
Pros
pro 15.5 miles per charge
pro 20-inch stadium-style chair
pro Tight turn radius
pro Numerous accessories available
con
Cons
con May be difficult for some to steer
con Basket may be difficult to reach

Instead of a basket out in front, the LiteRider Envy's basket is under the seat. This may not be convenient if you have poor flexibility or balance and can't reach underneath you easily. The other dexterity concern involves speed control and steering. Instead of easy-to-grip tiller handles, the LiteRider has a joystick-like LiNX controller on the arm.

The LiteRider Envy's specs compare favorably to our top picks with a 300-pound weight capacity, 20-inch seat, and 15.5-mile battery life. 

You can buy all kinds of accessories for the LiteRider Envy, including a seat belt, cup holder, oxygen tank holder, and fittings for other mobility gear like your cane, walker, crutch, or quad cane. 

Final word 

We chose the Pride Go-Go Traveller as our top pick because it hits the sweet spot between durability and portability with its high weight capacity and lightweight parts.

But there’s no one-size-fits-all pick for these devices. It’s important to keep your preferences and lifestyle in mind during your search.

Mobile scooters FAQ 

Three- and four-wheel scooters generally have the same features, but four-wheel scooters tend to be more sure-footed. They can handle uneven surfaces and usually carry more weight than three-wheeled scooters. They’re also more expensive on average. 

It depends on how often you use your scooter and how long you ride it. But generally, we recommend charging it every two to three days. 

Not unless you’re traveling long distances. Most scooters have a top speed between four and eight miles per hour, enough to travel short distances like down the block or around the grocery store. If you’re taking your scooter into a crowded area, you’ll also want a slower scooter to avoid running into others. 

But if you want a fast ride, look for all-terrain scooters. Some can reach speeds up to 15 miles per hour (about a four-minute mile). 

  • Distance vs. battery life: The more you use your scooter, the longer it should run per charge. 
  • Terrain: Most scooters can handle indoor surfaces and pavement. But if you travel over uneven surfaces, you’ll need higher ground clearance.
  • Weight capacity: Factor in your weight plus any cargo you’ll take with you like backpacks, purses, groceries, or other items. 
  • Portability: If you plan to take your scooter in the car with you, be sure you can lift it or use a ramp to get it in and out of the vehicle.

It depends on your personal mobility. Scooters are best for people with limited mobility who can still walk, board, or exit a scooter. Electric wheelchairs are designed as a more long-term solution.1 

Before you choose a mobility device, discuss your options with your doctor. They can help you match the right device to your lifestyle. 

How we reviewed the best mobility scooters

We focused on mobility, portability, and comfort to find the best power scooter.

We also looked into features like top speed and battery life, since they determine how far you can travel and how often you’ll have to charge your electric scooter.

Portable scooters have lighter pieces and stow safely in small sedans and SUVs. The more portable your scooter, the easier it is to get around town or go on vacation.

Whether you spend hours or minutes in your scooter, you want a comfortable ride. We looked at features like weight capacity and chair type to find scooters that deliver the smoothest, comfiest rides.

Learn more about our approach to reviews like this one from our methodology page.

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Sources

  1. Becca Kaye, Avacare Medical, “Power Scooters Versus Electric Wheelchairs,” April 2019. Accessed July 21, 2022.

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Cathy Habas
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