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Best Portable Wheelchair Ramps

Portable wheelchair ramps fit curbs, stairs, and even vehicles. We dive in and compare our favorites based on weight capacity, portability, and more.
Written by | Updated August 21, 2020
Best overall
EZ Access Wheelchair RampEZ Access Singlefold Portable Ramp
  • Available in 7 ramp lengths
  • Supports up to 800 lb.
  • Available in 7 ramp lengths
  • Supports up to 800 lb.
Best for small inclines
Prairie View Industries wheelchair rampPrairie View Industries Portable Singlefold Ramp
  • Weighs only 15 lb.
  • Includes carrying handle
  • Weighs only 15 lb.
  • Includes carrying handle
Best for narrow entrances
HOMCOM portable wheelchair rampHOMCOM Lightweight Aluminum Ramp
  • Folds to fit vehicles
  • Fits entrances up to 28 in. wide
  • Folds to fit vehicles
  • Fits entrances up to 28 in. wide

The bottom line: EZ Access is a lightweight ramp that handles heavy loads 

Portable wheelchair ramps are helpful for people who use mobility devices like wheelchairs, scooters, canes, or walkers. They can be installed in your house or come on errands with you around town. 

Frustratingly, many businesses and homes aren’t fitted for wheelchairs or scooters, so it’s good to have your own ready to go. 

The EZ Access wheelchair ramp is sturdy enough to hold 800 pounds, but lightweight enough to stow in a van or other vehicle. Its center hinges allow the panels to separate so you can fit it easily into small spaces or create a ramp to narrow entrances. You can get the EZ Access in seven sizes, each as lightweight and sturdy as the next.

Best portable wheelchair ramps 

Compare wheelchair ramps

Price
Maximum capacity
Ramp weight
Maximum length available
Non-slip surface
Best overall
Best for small inclines
Best for narrow entrances
Best for large inclines
Best for travel
EZ Access Prairie View Industries HOMCOM Titan Drive Medical
EZ Access Wheelchair Ramp Prairie View Industries wheelchair ramp HOMCOM portable wheelchair ramp Titan wheelchair ramp Drive Medical wheelchair ramp
$177.99 $174.99 $124.99 $169.99 $158.45
800 lbs. 800 lbs. 600 lbs. 600 lbs. 600 lbs.
20 lbs. 15 lbs. 32 lbs. 34 lbs. 24 lbs.
8 ft. 5 ft. 10 ft. 10 ft. 6 ft.
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*Amazon.com price as of 08/21/2020 at 09:28 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

Our approach 

We started our search for the best portable wheelchair ramps by looking at common problems wheelchair users and their caregivers face. For example, some ramps are too wide to fit into vans. Or they’re too short and create a steep, dangerous slope. 

We also took a close look at common features like non-slip surfaces, portability, and weight capacity. The more weight a ramp could handle while staying portable, the better. Larger ramps can support enough weight to carry a heavy-duty electric wheelchair or scooter. 

When we ran into questions about the products, we sought out customer service reps (shout out to CJ from Prairie View Industries for helping us.) To learn more about our review process, check out our methodology page. 

Portable wheelchair ramp reviews 

1. EZ Access: Best overall 

Best overall
EZ Access Wheelchair Ramp

EZ Access

The EZ Access wheelchair ramp is sturdy enough to hold 800 pounds but light enough to weigh only 20. It can break out into two parts for narrower entrances and fold for easy storage. 

The EZ Access Portable Ramp comes in seven sizes, from as short as 2 feet (great for kitchen or bathroom entrances) to 8 feet (suitable for multiple stairs). 

The company offers accessories like a top lip extension that sits the ramp onto the surface, creating a smoother ride for you. But the ramp already has transition plates built in to make it easier to use. 

Generally, the EZ Access ramps are at their best under 7 feet long. The 7- and 8-foot models may be too large for many vehicles even when folded up. They also lack the non-slip surface found in the smaller versions. 

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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to pull apart
  • Capable of supporting 800

Cons

  • Harder to transport in larger sizes
  • Lacks non-slip surfaces in larger sizes

Find a ramp that fits your needs

Ramps that are 4 feet long and over are best for curbs and steps. Ramps over 5 feet can handle steeper inclines and vehicles.

2. Prairie View Industries: Best for small inclines 

Small inclines
Prairie View Industries wheelchair ramp

Prairie View Industries

Prairie View Industries specializes in mobility ramps of all types, so it’s no surprise they earned a top spot in our lineup. The portable ramp weighs about 30 pounds at its heaviest. It also comes with a padded handle to make toting it easier. 

The Prairie View Industries portable access ramps are the only ones we saw that don’t offer options longer than 5 feet. Generally, the longer the ramp, the higher the incline it can handle. 

Its short size isn’t a total disadvantage though. Access ramps this size are ideal for home entrances, sidewalk curbs, or small stairs. And while the Prairie View Industries ramps are shorter, they’re also easier to carry and take with you to errands and appointments. 

But, heads up, the weight capacity for this ramp changes based on the type of mobility device your loved one uses. If they use a single-axle wheelchair, the PVI ramp can handle up to 400 pounds total. If they use a double-axle wheelchair, the ramp can handle 800 pounds.

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Pros

  • Friendly customer service
  • Carrying handle

Cons

  • Not long enough for exiting vehicles

Our customer service experience

While we were researching Prairie View Industries, we noticed some disclaimers about weight capacity differing between mobility devices. So we hopped onto PVI’s customer chat and asked away.

The rep who helped us explained quickly and clearly that this difference is due to weight distribution. If you use a single axle mobility device, your weight is more concentrated in one spot.

We love it when companies give quick and clear answers.

3. HOMCOM: Best for narrow entrances

Narrow entrances
HOMCOM portable wheelchair ramp

HOMCOM

Tiny boutique doors and narrow bathroom entrances can’t stop the HOMCOM portable wheelchair ramp. It measures 2 inches thinner than the standard 30-inch ramp, which is sometimes too wide even for minivan sliding door entrances. HOMCOM helps you move through narrow thresholds and entrances. 

The HOMCOM ramp folds up into four compact panels. With the handles on the side, you can carry it like a suitcase from your vehicle to the curb. 

If you’re looking for a ramp for a loved one like a parent, it also stores neatly in closets or the garage for when they visit. 

The hinge in the middle also adds a slight angle to the ramp, making it a little more flexible for stairs or oddly shaped obstacles. 

The HOMCOM ramp can hold up to 600 pounds and comes in sizes between 2 and 10 feet long. And while it’s pretty portable, the larger ramps will be tricky to take with you while folded up. These are best for long walkways or specialized vans.

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Pros

  • Fits small entrances
  • Folds to fit into vehicles
  • Comes in sizes up to 10 feet

Cons

  • Larger ramps are hard to store

4. Titan: Best for high inclines

High inclines
Titan wheelchair ramp

Titan

Titan wheelchair ramps come in larger sizes from 5 to 10 feet that make them better for steeper inclines. If you or your loved one has several steps leading up to your home, a Titan access ramp is a good choice. 

It weighs around 34 pounds, but like the Prairie View Industries model, its weight capacity changes based on the type of mobility device you use. If you use a two-axle wheelchair or scooter, the Titan can handle up to 600 pounds. But it can only take 300 pounds for single-axle devices. 

Like the HOMCOM wheelchair ramp, the Titan folds into a suitcase design for easier transporting. Just be careful of the edges. One user enjoyed the Titan for its lightweight design and portability but warned others about the sharp metal under the ramp. 

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Pros

  • Compact folding design for traveling
  • Available up to 10 feet
  • Best for steeper inclines

Cons

  • Has sharp edges
  • May be heavy for some users
  • No ramps under 5 feet

5. Drive Medical: Best for travel

Best for travel
Drive Medical wheelchair ramp

Drive Medical

Heading on a trip soon? The Drive Medical wheelchair ramp is the only one in our lineup that comes with its own carrying case. The other ramps we found have strong nylon handles to make toting the access ramp easier, but Drive Medical takes it to the next level.

The ramp weighs about 24 pounds. The case not only makes it easier to carry—it keeps the ramp free of dust and water that could damage it. 

This is good news because this Drive Medical ramp doesn’t come with the traditional non-slip surface seen in other portable wheelchair ramps. 

Instead, the Drive Medical Portable Ramp has perforated slots to keep the water out. This makes it a good choice for outdoor access, but proceed with caution after a storm. 

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Pros

  • Carrying case included
  • Perforated slots to keep water out

Cons

  • No non-slip surface

How to choose your ramp 

Choosing the right access ramp requires a little physics. But don’t worry, it’s not rocket science.

Rise vs. Length 

The golden rule for choosing a ramp is one foot of ramp for every one inch of incline. So a two-foot ramp would do nicely for a one-inch incline. That pans out to about 4.8 degrees for a 1:12 ratio of ramp. 

Simply put, the steeper the incline, the more ramp you’ll need. 

If you aren’t sure where to start, we found an incline calculator to help you out.

2-foot ramp4-foot ramp6-foot ramp8-foot ramp10-foot ramp
3-inch incline7.2 degrees3.6 degrees2.4 degrees1.8 degrees1.4 degrees
4-inch incline9.6 degrees4.8 degrees3.2 degrees2.8 degrees1.9 degrees
5-inch incline12.0 degrees6.0 degrees4.0 degrees3.0 degrees2.4 degrees
6-inch incline14.5 degrees7.2 degrees4.8 degrees3.6 degrees2.9 degrees
7-inch incline17.0 degrees8.4 degrees5.6 degrees4.2 degrees3.3 degrees

Measurements suggested by EZ Access. Found on page as of 08/21/20. 

Weight capacity

Weight capacity is also important for choosing the right wheelchair ramp. You’ll want a ramp that can support your weight and the weight of the mobility device like a scooter or wheelchair, especially for steeper inclines. 

Electric scooters, power wheelchairs, and standard wheelchairs can weigh up to 250 pounds. The number of axles can also affect weight distribution. 

For example, two-axle wheelchairs might weigh more, but they distribute your weight more evenly across the ramp. 

You’ll also want to account for any cargo you’ll have with you like bags, backpacks, or groceries.

Final word

A portable wheelchair ramp should be sturdy but not so heavy that you can’t move it anywhere. Ramps that fold up or come apart will be the easiest to take with you from place to place. 

We like the EZ Access ramp because it comes in a variety of sizes, folds easily, and can separate the panels—all while supporting up to 800 pounds. 

That said, we recommend consulting a doctor or physical therapist before purchasing a portable wheelchair ramp. Some access ramps may be better suited for certain types of scooters or wheelchairs.

FAQ 

Can a mobile scooter work with a wheelchair ramp?

Yes. The access ramps we’ve chosen work for scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, and canes. The important factor is you find a ramp that supports your weight plus the weight of your mobility device. 

How long should my portable ramp be?

It depends on where you’re trying to go. Generally, the higher the pitch, the longer the ramp you’ll need. If you have to clear several stairs to get into your home, you may need a longer wheelchair ramp to get inside on your own. 

Do portable wheelchair ramps work in vehicles?

Yes, but unless you have a specially designed van or vehicle, we recommend using them for an unoccupied mobility device. 

Portable wheelchair ramps are best for curbs, stairs, and thresholds, not vehicles. But they can be helpful for getting a mobility device out of a vehicle safely and then transferring the rider into the chair or scooter. 

Disclaimer

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Written by Katie McEntire

Katie McEntire has tested home security systems in her own apartment, installed GPS trackers in her own car, and watched her cat, Toki, nap all day through a live nanny cam feed. As an expert reviewer, she believes that firsthand experience is the best way to learn about new products (even if it requires being the guinea pig). She specializes in pet safety and DIY security and has contributed to publications like DigitalCare.org and TechGuySmartBuy. Learn more

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