Hard to believe, but the world’s first ever self-propelled wheelchair came onto the scene more than 150 years ago. Over countless generations, wheelchair technology has evolved practically beyond recognition.
Today, self-propelled wheelchair standards have never been higher. Manufactured from lightweight yet durable materials, modern wheelchairs also excel in comfort, practicality and convenience.
Extensive efforts are being made by leading manufacturers to keep overall wheelchair weights to the bare minimum, for the benefit of those using them. There is no shortage of fantastic lightweight wheelchairs to choose from, but which is best?
If you are looking to pick up a sub-15kg wheelchair for yourself or for a loved one this year, which models have received the highest ratings from experts and users alike?
1. Ultra-Lightweight Self-Propelled Wheelchair
Part of the super-popular Enigma wheelchair range, the Ultra-Lightweight Self-Propelled Wheelchair delivers exactly as it promises. The lightweight aluminium frame ensures maximum durability and can support users up to 18 stone, from a chair that weighs in at just under 12kg. The 24-inch rear wheels feature pneumatic tyres for a smooth ride, while the desk-style backrest provides the ultimate in day-long comfort. The Ultra-Lightweight Self-Propelled Wheelchair can also be folded down to an extremely compact size for convenient storage, and is by far one of the most cost-effective self-propelled wheelchairs in its class.
2. Rehasense Icon 35 Lightweight Folding Wheelchair
One of the lightest all-purpose wheelchairs money can buy right now, the Rehasense Icon 35 Lightweight Folding Wheelchair has been meticulously designed to keep its weight and folded size to the bare minimum. It can carry riders as heavy as 20 stone, yet weighs a total of just 8.2kg. The Rehasense Icon 35 Lightweight Folding Wheelchair features solid wheels to the front and back, eliminating the risk of punctures from the equation. The economic seat has been designed to ensure maximum use of comfort, while the built-in carry handle makes it even easier to transport and store away. Where convenience and portability are a priority, the Rehasense Icon 35 Lightweight Folding Wheelchair really is in a league of its own.
3. Dash Stowaway Lightweight Wheelchair
The Dash Stowaway Lightweight Wheelchair boasts a maximum rider weight capacity of 17.25 stone while weighing in at just 12.3kg. The Dash Stowaway Lightweight Wheelchair has been designed to combine the rugged durability of a conventional wheelchair with the flexibility and portability of a lightweight chair. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and features a unique folding mechanism for quick and easy storage. The large 17″ wide seat and nylon padded back upholstery ensure day-long comfort, and the attractive blue finish is both elegant and eye-catching.
4. Rehasense Icon 35 Luxury Lightweight Folding Self-Propelled Wheelchair
Another winner from the market leaders at Rehasense, the Icon 35 Luxury Lightweight Folding Self-Propelled Wheelchair has been designed to bring a touch of luxury and sophistication into every ride. The dynamic seat and backrest feature additional padding for unrivalled comfort, with a strong focus on pressure relief for long-term use. The Rehasense Icon 35 Luxury Lightweight Folding Self-Propelled Wheelchair has a maximum rider weight capacity of 20 stone, yet the whole thing weighs in at just 8.5kg. It can also be folded down to a compact size in seconds, and features a built-in carry handle for added convenience.
5. The Escape Lite Lightweight Wheelchair
Available in a wide range of colours, the Escape Lite Lightweight Wheelchair can also be picked up with a 16, 18 or 19-inch wide seat. Ultra-lightweight and fantastically portable, the Escape Lite Lightweight Wheelchair weighs just 11.5kg and it can carry users as heavy as 15.75 stone. The full-length armrests are a particularly nice feature, which combines with the luxuriously padded upholstery for day-long comfort.
6. The Escape Lite Self-Propelled Wheelchair
Last but not least, the Escape Lite Self-Propelled Wheelchair is simply the self-propelled version of the chair above. Weighing in at a slightly heavier 15kg, the Escape Lite Self-Propelled Wheelchair features a higher maximum rider weight capacity of 18.75 stone and a seatbelt for improved user safety. The quick release rear MAG wheels feature puncture-proof tyres, and the easy folding action makes it the perfect choice for taking on longer trips away by car or public transport.