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Best Folding Mobility Scooters

Which people are folding mobility scooters good for?
Folding mobility scooters are good for people who want to move around easily and want a scooter that’s easy to carry. In these cases, a folding mobility scooter is the best choice.

Auto Folding mobility scooters are great for people who weigh under 300 lbs. and an even larger selection of models can be found for users under 200 lbs. This is because in order to keep them lightweight, their frames aren’t as strong as non-folding models and so they typically have less weight capacity. If you require a scooter that can carry more than 300 lbs.,  heavy duty mobility scooters are an excellent option; the only trade-off is that these models are not foldable, but they can be disassembled for easier transport.
Range and Speed of Folding Mobility Scooters. Folding mobility scooters will generally not go as fast as other mobility scooters. Where fast mobility scooters might go up to 10 mph, these scooters, especially ultra lightweight folding scooter for adults will usually top off at 6 mph, or even as slow as 4mph. With a smaller, lighter frame, top speed is minimized to increase safety.
Storage and transport of mobility scooters folding models
The idea behind these models is ultra compact storage and transport. Say you live in a small, compact retirement living apartment and need somewhere to store your scooter so it doesnt get in the way when not in use – these foldable mobility scooters are perfect for this, since they fold down to incredibly compact sizes.

Another scenario where compact size comers to the rescue is during travel – if you dont want or your vehicle can’t support a scooter carrier or lift, an electric scooter folding mechanism will help you get the scooter down to a size so compact, it will fit in the trunk of any car – even a compact city car or sedan!

These scooters are great for people who are always on the move or love to travel. They work like regular scooters, but you can fold them up when you’re not using them or when you’re transporting them. There are two types: the manual folding scooters and the auto folding mobility scooters. So, you just need to decide if you want to fold it yourself or let the scooter do it for you.
Cheap folding mobility scooter models
Cheap folding mobility scooters can be hard to come by. Foldable scooters are generally more expensive than their non-folding counterparts. However, in this range, we have tried to offer the best prices possible online with all scooters listed at MAP (minimum advertised price), as set by each manufacturer and supplier. Our cheapest foldable scooter electric model is the EV Rider Transport Plus Lightweight Folding Mobility Scooter, at $1,599 instead of the manufacturer’s recommended $1,998.

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Electric Foldable Scooter Purchasing Guide

This guide is designed to walk you through everything you need to know about these versatile and convenient mobility aids. Starting with a basic understanding of what a folding mobility scooter is and how it differs from standard scooters, we cover the various types available, including manual and auto-folding models. You’ll discover the numerous benefits these scooters offer, helping you determine the best folding mobility scooter for your specific needs.

We’ll also talk about why these scooters are so useful and how they can make life easier. If you’re wondering which folding scooter is the best for you, we’ve got that covered too. Plus, we’ll guide you on how to pick the right electric foldable scooter.

Sometimes things might not work right with your scooter, so we’ll show you how to fix common problems. We’ll also share tips on how to take care of your scooter after you buy it. It’s important to know about warranties, how we send the scooter to you, and the rules of buying one, so we include information on all that.

And if you have more questions, we have a section where we answer the most common questions people ask about these scooters. This guide is made to give you all the details you need in a simple and easy way, so you can feel good about choosing the right scooter.

What is a Folding Mobility Scooter?

A folding mobility scooter is a motorized transport device designed to help people with mobility challenges, which can be easily folded for storage or transportation. 

Some of these foldable electric scooter models have two wheels that are stuck together at the front, and two separate wheels at the back. Even though they have four wheels in total, they act like a 3-wheel scooter. This setup lets them turn really tightly, which is super handy in places with not much space. But, they might feel less stable than scooters that have four wheels spaced out.

Most of these folding scooter models are best for flat places like shopping centers or smooth sidewalks.  They don’t go super fast, and they don’t go super far without needing to charge the battery again. If you’re mainly looking to use your scooter for shopping trips, folding mobility scooters are great, but we also have electric shopping cart choices that might fit your needs even better. Also, folding scooters might feel bumpy on rough roads because many of them don’t have suspension, which makes rides smoother. There are a few special ones that work well on all kinds of roads, but not many. If you reside in an area with uneven or challenging road conditions, you might need an all-terrain mobility scooter instead.

When you fold these scooters, they get really compact. This makes it easy to put them in a car or find a spot for them at home.

What is a Mobility Scooter?

A mobility scooter is a powered device, similar to a motorized wheelchair but configured like a motor-scooter.

These are designed specifically for individuals with disabilities or medical challenges. It’s powered by a battery and has a seat, handlebars, and wheels. People use it to get around, like going to the store or visiting friends. It helps them do things they want without getting tired or needing help. It’s easy to drive, and it gives them the freedom to move around on their own.

Best Folding Scooter

When we talk about which is the best folding scooter, we need to differentiate between mobility scooters and recreational folding scooters for non-disabled or mobility challenged people. Since we do not sell the latter class of scooters, we can’t give our opinion about the best one.

However, from a mobility scooter perspective, the best folding scooter is the EV Rider Transport 4AF if choosing from automatic folding models. The EV Transport scooters are extremely lightweight at the same time as folding automatically.

If choosing manual folding models, the best folding one is the eFoldi Lite. Its quality is unparalleled, and as the best foldable scooter for seniors, it is extremely stable and lightweight at only 37.5 lbs, battery included.

Differences Between Standard and Folding Mobility Scooters

Standard and folding mobility scooters both help people move around easier. The main thing about electric foldable scooter models is that they can be folded up. Some folding scooters can be manually folded by hand, while others use a button to fold automatically. Because they can fold, you can put them in the back of a car or tuck them in a corner when you’re not using them. They are also usually lighter, and many times you can even take out the battery to make them even lighter. Some folding scooters are made of one piece, and some come in two parts to help with folding. That’s why you’ll never find a folding two-seater; if a 2 seater mobility scooter is what you’re looking for, we have a full collection dedicated to that. For a full guide, you can read our blog about two seater mobility scooter.

Standard mobility scooters, on the other hand, are bigger and don’t fold. They are made for everyday use and are strong. But, if you want to take them somewhere, it can be a bit harder because they are bigger and heavier. So, if you’re a person who likes to travel or if you don’t have a lot of space at home, a mobility scooter foldable might be better for you.

Types of Folding Mobility Scooter

Manual Folding Mobility Scooter

Manual folding button

This is the kind of scooter you fold up by yourself, just like you would with a regular chair or stroller. It’s simple to use and might weigh a little less because it doesn’t have extra parts for automatic folding. It’s usually a bit cheaper too. If you’re okay with folding it on your own and want to spend less money, this type is a good pick.

Auto Folding Mobility Scooter

Enhance Mobility Mojo Remote Control

This scooter folds up all on its own with just a push of a button. It uses a special battery-powered system to handle the folding. Some of these automatic folding mobility scooter models even come with a remote control, so you can fold them from a distance, while others have a button right on the scooter itself. This is super handy for those who might struggle with folding things manually. While it might be a bit pricier due to its advanced features, many users prefer it for its convenience and ease of use. If you need a folding scooter that weighs 50lbs and below, we also have a collection of ultra lightweight folding scooters for adults, offering even more convenience and portability.

Benefits of Folding Mobility Scooters

The benefits of folding mobility scooters are vast:

Easy to Move 

You can fold it up and carry it with you, whether you’re going by car, bus, or train. This means you can easily take your folding electric scooter wherever you go.

Space Saver 

When you fold it up, it takes up very little space. That’s a win if you’re tight on storage at home or on the go.

Boosted Independence 

It’s like having a personal freedom ticket. You can zip around on folding electric scooters without needing someone’s help.

No Special Transport Needed 

You don’t need to get a bigger car or a special taxi to transport it.

Cost-Effective 

These scooters are often cheaper than the regular bulky ones, which means you save money.

Holds Its Value 

If you ever think of selling it, they’re quite in demand because of all the handy features.

Eco-Friendly 

These scooters are electric, so they don’t harm the environment.

What is the Best Folding Mobility Scooter?

The best folding mobility scooter is the EV Rider Transport 4AF

EV Rider Transport 4AF Front-Side ViewEV Rider Transport 4AF FoldedEV Rider Transport 4AF Full Side View

It has four wheels which makes it really stable, something not every scooter has. It’s not heavy, weighing only 51.8 lbs. You can fold it up easily with just one button. Plus, you can choose from three eye-catching colors: Blue, Red, or Gold.

Smallest Mobility Scooter

Many people decide to purchase a folding mobility scooter because it is also the smallest mobility scooter. Think about it – even models that disassemble for easy travel are not going to be anywhere near as compact as mobility scooters that fold. A folding model can have seriously compact and tiny dimensions when folded down, small enough to fit in the trunk of even a tiny car or a space between a bedroom closet and a wall.

Two points are important to note when it comes to small-sized mobility scooters. The first is to clarify whether you’re looking at its size when not in use or its size when in use. Most people are looking for a small mobility scooter for storage or transport, and in that case, a scooter is not in use when you need it to be compact, which makes a folding scooter perfect.

Some people, however, are looking for a small mobility scooter because they need to get through narrow doors or need to be able to turn tight corners. If they need a small mobility scooter when in use and having a small folded size is not helpful. Although it is often the case that scooters that are very compact when folded are also very small when unfolded, this is not a guarantee and should not be taken as a rule of thumb. We aim to provide you with the dimensions of the scooter both when it’s in use and when it’s in its folded state to help people seeking small mobility scooters, whatever their needs may be.

See this table below for some comparisons:

Product Name Product Image Product Link Folded Dimensions Unfolded Dimensions
   EV Rider Gypsy EV Rider Gypsy Q2 Red View Product 25″ x 16.5″ x 11″ 36″ x 16″ x 36″
   EV Rider Transport M EV Rider Transport M Purple View Product 28.7″ x 16.5″ x 16.5″ 33.8″ x 16.5″ x 32.8″
   eFOLDI Lite The image depicts the eFOLDi Lite Mobility Scooter. It is a compact, black-colored scooter with a large, cushioned seat and a backrest. The scooter has three wheels: two larger ones at the back and a smaller one in the front. The front of the scooter features a long, adjustable handlebar column with grips, and there appears to be a control mechanism on the handlebars. The design is sleek and modern, emphasizing portability and convenience, likely designed to be lightweight and easily foldable for storage and transport. View Product 26″ x 22″ x 15″ 46″ x 22″ x 37″
   EV-Rider Transport AF+ EV Rider Transport AF Travel Mobility Scooter View Product 30” x 16.5″ 17.7″ 33.5″ x 16.5″ x 33.5″
   EV-Rider Transport 4AF Gold Color of EV-Rider Transport 4AF Folding Lightweight Travel Mobility Scooter View Product 30” x 16.5″ x 17.7″ 33.5″ x 18.3″ x 33.5″
   eFOLDI Explorer Afiscooter eFOLDI Explorer Foldable Ultra Lightweight Mobility Scooter View Product 26″ x 22″ x 16″ 48″ x 22″ x 33″
   Enhance Mobility

Transformer 2

Enhance Mobility Transformer 2 Red Color View Product 18” x 22” x 25” 38″ x 18″
   Shoprider Echo Red Color of Shoprider Echo Folding Lightweight Folding Mobility Scooter - FS777 View Product 18.5″ x 17.5″ x 29.7″ 39.5″ x 17.5″ x 35″
   EV Rider Transport Plus EV Rider Transport Plus Blue View Product 31″ x 21″ x 18″ 36″ x 21″ x 37″
   Journey Health So Lite A blue Journey Health & Lifestyle So Lite mobility scooter with a black seat, silver handlebar with a headlight, a black front basket, and four black wheels. View Product 39″ x 21″ x 17″ 39.5″ x 21.5″ x 37″
   EV-Rider Teqno View Product 32” x 24″ x 20″ 36” x 24″ x 35″

Another factor to keep in mind is weight. The smallest mobility scooter in dimensions, that is to say, the most compact scooter, is not necessarily the lightest one on the market. It is true that generally the more compact the scooter and the smaller it is, the lighter it is, but this is not a hard rule. For example, the most lightweight mobility scooter we sell is the eFOLDI Lite at 37.5 lbs. However, the most compact one is EV Rider Gypsy at 46 lbs. Clearly, the more compact one in this case is heavier than the lightest one, which is slightly larger.

What is the smallest mobility scooter?

The smallest mobility scooter we sell when folded is the EV Rider Gypsy at 25″ x 16.5″ x 11″. The smallest unfolded mobility scooter when in use is the EV-Rider Transport AF+ at 33.5″ x 16.5″ x 33.5″.

Choosing The Right Foldable Electric Scooter

Picking the right foldable electric scooter is important. It’s like choosing a pair of shoes – you want it to fit you and your needs perfectly. Here are some simple tips to help you find the best one:

Think About Where You’ll Use It

Will you be using it mostly indoors, outdoors, or both? Some electric folding scooter models are better for smooth surfaces like inside a mall, while others can handle bumpy paths. If you plan to buy a scooter that will be mainly used outdoors on different kinds of paths, our outdoor mobility scooters blog has the best options for you.

Check the Wheels

If you prioritize a sharper turning radius, go for a 3-wheel design. For more stability, especially on uneven surfaces, 4-wheel folding scooters for handicapped persons are ideal.

Look at the Battery Life

If you’re planning to use your scooter for longer trips, you’ll want one with a good battery range. Check how far the foldable electric scooter for adults can go on a single charge.

Weight Matters

Some scooters are lighter than others. If you travel often and will be lifting it into a car or onto public transport, you might want to consider travel mobility scooters, as these models are often lighter and more portable.  Also, check if the battery is removable – taking it out can make the scooter even lighter to lift.

Comfort Is Key

Test out the seat and handlebars. Make sure they’re comfortable, especially if you’ll be sitting for long periods. If you want to be comfortable riding on all kinds of roads, you can check out our blog on the best all-terrain mobility scooters. It’ll show you scooters that are built to give you a smooth and steady ride on any surface.

Check the Folded Size

How small does the scooter get when you fold it? Make sure it’ll fit in the spaces you want to store it, whether it’s a car trunk or a closet at home.

Budget

Like anything, there’s a range of prices. Decide what features are most important to you and find a scooter that fits your budget. Remember, sometimes you might be paying for brand name or fancy features you don’t really need.

Folding Mobility Scooter Reviews and Recommendations

It’s always a good idea to see what other users say and see folding mobility scooter reviews. Besides reviews, also ask friends or members of online communities for their thoughts and experiences.

Another good piece of advice is not to limit reviews research to that particular product – look up the companies reviews in general and see if most customers are happy with the general service.

Limitations and Disadvantages

One limitation of folding mobility scooters is that they aren’t ideal for conditions like strong wind, cold, or intense sun. For those kinds of weather, a mobility scooter with roof is highly desirable for extra comfort and protection. You can check out our blog about the 4 Best Canopy and Fully Enclosed Mobility Scooters for 2023 for top recommendations.

Another downside of folding mobility scooters is that they usually have very low ground clearance, like 3 inches or less. If you need a scooter that sits higher off the ground to go over bumps or uneven roads, we have mobility scooters with high ground clearance for that.

Key Considerations for Selecting the Ideal Electric Scooter Foldable

Choosing the right folding mobility scooter is really important. Here’s a guide to help you pick the best one, focusing on what’s most useful and comfortable for you:

  • Easy Folding System
  • Affordable Price
  • Lightweight Design
  • High Weight Capacity
  • Wide and Comfortable Seat
  • Adjustable or Removable Armrests
  • Long Battery Life
  • Safe Top Speed
  • Compact Size
  • Simple Controls
  • Safety Features
  • Good Warranty and Support

Troubleshooting a Foldable Mobility Scooter

Having trouble with your foldable mobility scooter? Don’t worry. Here are some common problems and ways you might be able to fix them:

Scooter Doesn’t Start

  • Battery: Make sure it’s charged. If you haven’t used the scooter in a while, the battery might be empty.
  • Wires: Make sure no wires are loose or broken.

Battery Doesn’t Last Long

  • Too Much Charging: Don’t leave the battery charging for too long. It’s not good for it.
  • Old Battery: Batteries get old. If yours is not new, maybe it’s time to get a replacement.

Scooter Goes Slow

  • Too Heavy: Make sure you’re not carrying too much weight on the scooter.
  • Rough Roads: These scooters are best on flat roads. Folding mobility scooters typically don’t have suspension so bumpy or hilly roads can slow them down. For more information on scooters that offer a smoother ride on uneven terrain, check out our best mobility scooters with suspension blog.
  • Inclines: On steep hills or inclines, folding mobility scooters may struggle or slow down due to their limited motor power. For more consistent speed and reliability on steep paths, check out our selection of mobility scooters designed for steep hills.

Hard to Fold or Open

  • Something’s in the Way: Make sure nothing is blocking the scooter from folding.
  • Needs Oil: Sometimes, parts get stuck because they need some oil.

Buttons Don’t Work

  • Check Connections: Make sure the buttons are connected well to the scooter.
  • Old Buttons: If you’ve had the scooter for a long time, maybe the buttons are just old and need replacing.

Scooter Makes Noise

  • Stones or Dirt: Check if anything is stuck in the wheels.
  • Tighten Things Up: Sometimes, parts get loose. Tightening them can help.

Problems with Wheels

  • Air: If your scooter has tires like a bike, make sure they have enough air.
  • Straighten Out: If the scooter doesn’t go straight, you might need to adjust the wheels.

Brakes Don’t Work Right

  • Look at the Brakes: See if they look broken or worn out.
  • Make Them Tighter: Some scooters let you change how tight the brakes are. Look in the manual to see how.

If you try these tips and still have issues, check the scooter’s manual. You might also find helpful troubleshooting tips there. If that doesn’t help, contact the manufacturer or the place where you bought the scooter. They can often assist you. And always remember, regular check-ups can help keep your scooter in top shape.

Maintaining Your Foldable Scooter Post Purchase

Taking care of your foldable scooter after buying it is very important. Proper maintenance ensures your scooter remains in top condition, giving you a reliable and long-lasting mobility tool. The best foldable scooter for seniors – the eFoldi Lite and other quality models are under great warranties for a year, but that does not mean you should ignore these points even in the first year.

Here are some simple steps to keep your scooter running smoothly:

Regular Cleaning

Make sure to wipe down your scooter after use, especially if you’ve been out in dusty or wet conditions. This helps prevent dirt buildup and potential damage.

Battery Care

Always ensure your battery is fully charged, but avoid overcharging. If your scooter won’t be used for an extended period, remove the battery and store it in a cool, dry place.

Tire Inspection

Check the tires regularly for any signs of wear, tear, or punctures. Keeping them inflated to the correct pressure also ensures a smoother ride.

Lubrication

Occasionally lubricate moving parts like hinges or joints. This keeps them from wearing out quickly and ensures easy folding and unfolding.

Storage

When not in use, store your scooter in a dry and sheltered place to prevent damage from the elements.

Remember, a little care goes a long way in extending the life of your scooter. And if you ever run into any challenges with your foldable scooter, know that we at Heavy Duty Mobility are committed to supporting our customers at every step. Whether it’s a pre-sale inquiry or post-purchase assistance, we’re here to help. If there are issues or any concerns with your scooter, don’t hesitate to reach out. We will work with you over the phone, or, depending on your scooter type and its associated warranty, we can send out a technician to address your concern. Your satisfaction and peace of mind are our top priorities.

Warranty, Shipping Policy, Terms & Conditions

Folding Mobility Scooters With The Best Warranty

Folding mobility scooters come with two types of warranties: parts and in-home service. 

The kind of warranty you get depends on who makes the scooter. Some brands, like Afiscooter/Afikim and Merits, will offer in-home service where a technician will come to your home to fix the scooter. Other brands, like EV Rider and Enhance Mobility, only offer a warranty on the parts, meaning they’ll send you the replacement part if something breaks, but you might have to fix it yourself or hire someone to do it.

Refer to the folding scooter warranty table below:

Brand/Make In Home Warranty Parts Warranty 1st Year Cost 2nd Year Cost 3rd Year Cost
AFISCOOTER YES 1 YEAR FREE FREE $199
EV RIDER NO 1 YEAR
MERITS YES 1 YEAR FREE $258 $474
ENHANCE MOBILITY NO 2 YEARS FREE FREE

Folding Mobility Scooter Shipping Policy

At Heavy Duty Mobility, we prioritize transparency and efficiency in our shipping process. We proudly offer free shipping for most products within the contiguous USA, with select models and outlying locations subject to additional charges. 

After your purchase, we’ll promptly send an email containing a tracking link, allowing you to monitor your scooter’s journey. Remember to inspect your delivery upon arrival, and for any concerns or assistance, both pre-sale and post-sale, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 1-888-233-5563. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we’re here to ensure a smooth experience every step of the way.

Folding Mobility Scooter Terms and Conditions

Upon purchase, a full refund is granted if orders of folding mobility scooters are canceled within 24 hours, assuming the item hasn’t shipped. Post-24 hours or after shipment, returns are valid within 14 days of delivery, but conditions apply, such as the scooter being unused and a 20% restocking fee. Regarding warranties, they vary by manufacturer but typically address faults and malfunctions. While some warranties cover parts, others provide in-home servicing. Customers might undergo troubleshooting sessions, and fraudulent claims could void the warranty or incur additional charges.

Folding Electric Scooter FAQs

Does Medicare pay for scooter?

Yes, Medicare does pay for regular electric scooters if your doctor says it’s necessary for your health.

But it’s important to understand that they might not cover every type, especially fancy ones like the ones that fold. If you want Medicare to help with the cost, you can’t use simpler things like canes or walkers, you must have trouble with regular wheelchairs, and you need to be safe using the foldable scooter for adults. Even if all these things are true, Medicare still doesn’t guarantee they’ll cover it.

How to fold a mobility scooter?

You fold a mobility scooter by adjusting and collapsing its parts into a compact form. 

Here are the general steps:

  1. Turn off the scooter and remove the key.
  2. If your scooter has a seat that rotates, make sure it’s facing forward.
  3. Lower the seat to its lowest position.
  4. If the scooter seat is removable, lift it straight up and off the scooter and set it aside.
  5. Fold down the tiller (the scooter’s steering column) by loosening or unlocking any knobs or levers that hold it in place.
  6. Depending on the scooter model, you may need to fold or collapse the armrests.
  7. Check for any additional folding points or levers that need to be engaged for complete folding.
  8. Gently push or fold the scooter into its compact form.
  9. Make sure all parts are securely locked in place to prevent them from opening unexpectedly.

Always check your mobility scooter’s user manual for specific instructions, as the process can differ by model and brand.

How much is a folding mobility scooter?

A folding mobility scooter typically costs between $1500 to $3000.

Prices might vary based on brand and features.

What is the lightest auto fold mobility scooter?

The lightest auto fold mobility scooter is the EV Rider Transport AF, which weighs 49 lbs with its 25.2V 11.5Ah Li Ion Batteries.

What is the best lightweight foldable mobility scooter?

The best lightweight foldable mobility scooter is the EV Rider Transport 4AF. 

Unlike many scooters, it has 4 wheels for extra stability but still stays light at 51.8 lbs. It folds compactly with just a button and offers colors like Blue, Red, and Gold.

What is the lightest folding mobility scooter?

The lightest folding mobility scooter is the EV Rider TranSport M.

It only weighs 42 lbs, including battery weight, which is really light! This makes it super easy to fold up and take with you. Even though it’s light, it still has a lot of great features. It has a special battery that’s okay to take on airplanes. The scooter is easy to fold up, so you can bring it on trips or store it without a problem. It’s designed to be simple to use, but also very handy for everyday or travel use.

What is the smallest folding mobility scooter?

The smallest folding mobility scooter is the EV Rider Gypsy Q2 4-Wheel Mobility Scooter. 

With an overall length of 36″, a width of 16″, and a height ranging between 28″ to 36″ depending on tiller adjustments, it’s designed for compactness. What truly emphasizes its portability is its ability to fold down to just 25″ in length, 16.5″ in width, and a mere 11″ in height, making it exceptionally travel-friendly. 

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