Last week, we did a post about how difficult it is to find stylish walking sticks and crutches. We thought that that was a challenge but then we tried to find stylish mobility scooters!
Companies building mobility scooters have to work not only to create a practical, functioning machine but also to make something that is stylish enough to overcome the stigma that has, until recently, come with the idea of using a scooter. For all the bog-standard mobility scooters, many of which seem to have been transported from the eighties, there are also many new scooters out their, with an eye on design and style. We’ve had a look around to try and find the most trendy options on the market:
It’s been described as the Harley Davidson of mobility scooters and you can see why. It looks just like one of those classic, massive motorbikes but with a more comfortable chair!
Tim Ross, TGA Supersport‘s sales manager, told the Guardian that his products are for ex-bikers or for “someone who doesn’t want to be told: ‘Right, you’re old, you’re disabled, so get a red scooter. It’s a little bit modern, it’s a bit funky.” This is exactly the sort of thing we are looking to feature on this list, so it’s a great place to start.
The scooters are very capable of taking on tougher off road journeys, if that’s something you’re looking to do. The Supersport’s upholstered adjustable seat and large wheels ensure a comfortable ride on trips of up to thirty miles.
The Supersport is a great scooter for motorbike enthusiasts. It’s available at TGA Mobility at a starting price of £3995.
Tzora’s Titan 4 is quite a cool, futuristic looking scooter. The look durable and practical but, at the same time, as if someone in the design process actually thought carefully about how the product was going to look.
These scooters are also very maneuverable and portable. They can be collapsed and folded to fit into a train, car or plane (although it isn’t clear where the seat then goes).
Tzora are based in Israel. Their scooters are distributed in the UK by Grace In Age Ltd. who don’t appear to have a website. Grace In Age’s contact details are available on the Tzora site. To find out prices you need to contact them.
These two scooter designs from Electric Mobility are both quite popular but are rather different to each other.
The Rascal Vision is a big, modern statement vehicle with all the features a modern user could need. There’s an LCD screen on the handlebars and even a USB port for your SatNav or iPod. The LCD dashboard offers “easy to read feedback, ambient temperature display and full diagnostic functions” making it a great option for people interested in technology.
It’s a real big beast of a machine costing £3,249 at Smart Scooters.
The Rascal Balance is really quite different. It’s a smaller, lighter and more basic machine. But there’s something quite nice and sort of retro (as opposed to just plain old) about it. As a three wheel scooter, it’s also slightly more maneuverable than a four wheeler.
It’s also available at Smart Scooters for £2,140.
Often, to keep dry in the rain, when you’re on a mobility scooter, you have to massively compromise your style. But with these scooters you can keep the rain out without having to look bad. At least, you will avoid looking like this:
Traveso’s cabin scooters encase the driver in a fully waterproof pod. This seems like a particularly good idea in the UK where it rains all the time. The scooter is made from materials that won’t rust. It also has windscreen wipers, wing mirrors and lockable doors which can be taken off in the summer (if we’re lucky enough that it stops raining then). The pod design also means that you don’t have to have a shopping basket hanging off the scooter. On the other hand, they do attract a fair amount of attention.
These cabin pod scooters are available, in silver, from £3,749 at Discount Mobility Direct. If you want a red or blue model, prices vary a bit more. If you do want a choice of colours then Wheelie Good Mobility may be a good place to take a look at.
This is possibly the lightest of all the lightweight scooters that can be dismantled to fit into a car boot. There’s so little of it that you almost wonder where they’ve managed to fit the all the machinery in.
In terms of style, it’s pretty basic but sometimes that can be an overlooked virtue in design. What they seem to have done is to just keep it as simple and stylish as possible. Steve Hughes, commercial director of Roma Medical, says: “We want people to feel that they are going to have some fun with it.”
They’re very good value, costing £535 at Mobility Scooters Plus.
Mark Hermolle, managing director of Kymco Healthcare, said in the Guardian that “Scooters are an extension of yourself. Just as you think, ‘I can either buy an ugly suit or a smart one’, the same is true of scooters. People take pride in these products. They don’t want to look as if they are driving around on an old bread bin.” Now, that’s the sort of person that you want to have in charge of designing mobility aids! Someone who understands how people feel about them.
The Kymco Midi XLs are really cool. The way that they curve back towards the driver and the paneling on them makes them look a bit like Vespas. They have a basket for storage on them but it isn’t sticking out in an obvious, unsubtle way. They’re not clunky or awkward but are rather sleek and trendy.
Kymco make another similar scooter called the Maxi XL. However, this one is a little bit larger and bulkier which we feel makes it a little less stylish.
They do have a slightly strange name – are they Midi or XL? It really doesn’t matter.
We found the Kymco Midi XL for £1395 at Mobility Shops.
These scooters have a really interestingly futuristic design – they look like space bugs. They come in a really nice range of metallic colours. They have an LCD screen which the manufacturer claims will provide you with everything you might need, at the touch of a button. Suspension and cushioned seats make the ride as comfortable as possible.
Mobility Shop lists the TGA Vita 4 at £3295 but also says that you can call for best price.
These scooters don’t actually seem to be available for purchase yet. They’ve been a long time in the making, with the first signs of Honda working on a mobility aid coming some years ago. We’ve now been through two stages of Honda scooter, the first being the Monpal ML200, which was followed by the super modern EV-Monpal Scooter. The EV-Monpal has been called the “next generation” of Honda scooters but, as far as we can see, we haven’t really experienced the first generation yet.
We decided to include the Honda designs on our list because, although they don’t appear to be available yet, you can be sure that when they do come out it will be a big deal. Honda have such a strong record of stylish and functional products that their scooters may be worth the wait.
We hope there are some good ideas for scooters in our list to reach out to a variety of different people. One thing we would say is that, if you are looking to buy one of these, it’s probably a good idea to look around and research where the best price can be found and to check that they can cater to your specific needs. These things can change all the time.
Have you seen any other quality, stylish mobility scooters around? Please, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re always looking for more trendy mobility aids.