What Is a Bariatric Mobility Scooter?

Mobility scooters are a lifeline for many, offering independence and the ability to participate more fully in everyday life. However, for people with a higher weight capacity, standard mobility scooters may not be suitable. This is where bariatric mobility scooters come in.

Discover all you need to know about this type of mobility scooter.


The Basics of A Bariatric Mobility Scooter

A bariatric mobility scooter is a type of scooter specially designed to support heavier users. The term ‘bariatric’ means ‘relating to the treatment of obesity’, so they are essentially heavy duty mobility scooters made for those who need extra strength and width to accommodate their body size and weight.

Who Are Bariatric Scooters Designed For? 

Standard mobility scooters generally have a maximum user weight of 18-21 stone (250-300 lbs or 114-136 kg), although some Class 3 scooters accommodate slightly more. Bariatric mobility scooters are typically designed for people who weigh over 25 stone (350 lbs or 159 kg). 

However, those with broader body frames that require additional seat width and taller individuals who need extra legroom can also benefit from bariatric models.

Why Are Bariatric Mobility Scooters Necessary?

A Bariatric mobility scooter is a vital mobility aid that offers larger individuals a safe and comfortable means of getting around. Exceeding the weight capacity limits of a mobility scooter can damage it and, worse still, lead to falls or collisions.

Bariatric scooters prevent safety hazards like:

  • Instability: Too much weight raises the centre of gravity, making the scooter far more prone to tipping over, especially during turns or inclines.
  • Reduced braking power: Braking performance deteriorates when brakes must stop more momentum than intended, increasing the risk of falls and collisions.
  • Mechanical failure: Overloaded components like motors, gears, and axles can overheat, spark, or break, leaving the user stranded.
  • Premature wear: Standard scooters worn beyond capacity will experience faster corrosion, cracking, and fatigue issues requiring repair or replacement.


Key Features of A Bariatric Mobility Scooter

A bariatric mobility scooter has several defining features that distinguish it from standard models. These include:

1. Increased Weight Capacity

The main feature setting bariatric scooters apart is their high maximum user weight. A heavy duty mobility scooter, they can typically support weights from 25 to 45 stone (350 to 630 lbs or 159 to 286 kg). Some models offer even higher capacities; however, always check the exact weight capacity to confirm the scooter meets your needs.

2. Enhanced Stability and Durability

Bariatric scooters are built with heavy-duty materials and often have a broader base to increase stability. This design helps prevent tipping and ensures the scooter can handle uneven terrain more effectively. The metal frame and chassis have reinforced welded joints and thicker tubing designed to handle heavier loads without buckling or bending.

3. Powerful Motors and Batteries

Bariatric scooters are equipped with more powerful motors and larger batteries to efficiently transport a heavier weight. This ensures they can maintain a good speed and cover longer distances on a single charge compared to standard scooters.

4. Reinforced Tyres and Suspension

These scooters often come with reinforced, pneumatic tyres and upgraded suspension systems to handle the additional weight. This feature not only contributes to the scooter’s durability but also enhances ride comfort over various terrains.

5. Wider and Deeper Seats

To ensure comfort and accommodate a larger body size, bariatric scooters come with wider and deeper seating options. These seats are also reinforced for additional support and may include features like adjustable armrests, swivel capabilities for easier access, and padding for extra comfort.

6. Adjustable Components

Many bariatric mobility scooters feature adjustable components to better fit the user’s body and preferences. This includes adjustable tillers, seat heights, and armrest widths. Such adjustments contribute to a more comfortable and customised riding experience.


Types of Heavy Duty Mobility Scooter

Bariatric mobility scooters come in 3- and 4-wheel models to suit different needs. Generally, a 4 wheel option is preferable for its stability:

3-Wheel Bariatric Scooters

With two rear wheels and one front wheel, these scooters are highly manoeuvrable for shopping and indoor driving. Their turning radius is excellent, allowing tight cornering.

Examples of leading 3-wheel bariatric scooters include:

  • Pride Mobility Maxima 3-Wheel
  • Drive Medical Phoenix HD 3-Wheel
  • Sterling Elite 2 Plus

4-Wheel Bariatric Scooters

4-wheel bariatric mobility scooters are exceptionally stable, typically equipped with two larger rear wheels and two smaller front wheels. The extended wheelbase prevents tipping, so they are suitable for outdoor driving and can safely accommodate higher weight capacities.

Some popular 4-wheel bariatric mobility scooters include:

  • Drive Medical Cobra GT4
  • Shoprider Cordoba
  • Pride Mobility Maxima 4-Wheel


A6 Mobility Shop: Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters

By removing weight limitations, these heavy duty mobility scooters give many the freedom of independence and mobility they deserve. As mobility specialists with over 30 years of experience, A6 Mobility Shop understands how the right mobility equipment can transform lives.

We offer an exceptional range of new and preloved mobility scooters, including bariatric models, from trusted brands like Pride Mobility and Drive Devilbiss. Our friendly and helpful staff can properly assess your physical needs, weight, height, and lifestyle to recommend the most suitable model.

For further information about our bariatric and heavy duty mobility scooters, give us a call at 0161 429 6000. Alternatively, speak to us in person and test-drive our scooters by visiting our Stockport showroom.

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