Top Selling Lightweight Wheelchairs

Lightweight wheelchairs combine the function of a power or electric wheelchair with the portability of a rollator. They are lightweight (weigh a maximum of 20 pounds), smaller in size and compact when compared to a standard wheelchair. This makes them portable, especially the foldable models which get a further compact to be easily placed in a vehicle.

This lightweight mobility device has smaller rear wheels when compared to a standard wheelchair and thus cannot be self-propelled and needs to be pushed around by a companion. The handles placed at the top enable the caregiver to push the wheelchair. The brakes are on the chair handles or on the rear wheels. This adds to the safety feature wherein the caregiver exercises complete control over its movement.

The wheel size is at least 8 inches. Some models even have 12 inches rear casters for a smooth ride over rough surfaces.

A transport lightweight wheelchair has the same weight capacity as that of a standard wheelchair and can carry user weight around 300 pounds. Usually, two (2) distinct categories of users avail of this chair – a) those with a permanent mobility concern and cannot self-propel the wheelchair and thus need a caregiver to push it around, and b) those who need it temporarily and thus would not want to invest in a standard heavyweight wheelchair.

Some of the lightweight wheelchairs have a solid, one-piece bar footrest while others have an adjustable footrest or a removable and swing-away footrest. The later ones are very useful while folding the chair for its transportation.

Other features include – foldable back, added upholstery, removable arms, padded armrests, non-skid footplates, and back pocket.

Following are the top-selling lightweight wheelchairs one can pick from:

1. Drive Poly-Fly Lightweight Transport Chair Wheelchair

This is a unique combination of a self-propelled wheelchair and a transport chair. The quick release 24 inches wheels can be easily removed to transition from a wheelchair to a transport chair. The aluminum frame comes with two sets of brakes, one for use with a wheelchair and the other with transport chair. The backrest is foldable for easy transportation and storage. The other features of Poly-Fly Transport Chair include easy to clean nylon upholstery, swing away footrests, composite crack-proof footplates, heel loops and 8 inches casters for easy maneuverability on rough terrain.

Drive Poly-Fly Lightweight Transport Chair Wheelchair
Drive Cruiser III Light Weight Dual Axle Wheelchair

2. Drive Cruiser III Light Weight Dual Axle Wheelchair

Available in an attractive carbon steel frame with silver vein finish, it offers various arm styles and front riggings. The steel frame allows for custom back inserts and accessories. The precision sealed wheel bearings in front and rear ensure long lasting performance and reliability. The dual axle allows adjustment of seat height. Other features of Cruiser Dual Axle Wheelchair include, detachable flip back arms, swing away or elevating footrest, black nylon upholstery, and wheel locks.

3. Invacare 9000 XT Lightweight IVC Manual Wheelchair

A versatile and high-performance wheelchair, with no-flex wheels. The urethane casters allow a lightweight smooth ride. The user can avail a custom-fit because of the adjustable center of gravity. The dual axle allows it to be self-propelled or be propelled by a caregiver. 9000 XT Lightweight Wheelchair is available in a variety of frames, back styles and dimensions (width and depth).

 Invacare 9000 XT Lightweight IVC Manual Wheelchair
Drive Blue Streak Single Axle Wheelchair

4. Drive Blue Streak Single Axle Wheelchair

Drive Blue Streak Single Axle Wheelchair has a blue powder coated frame with a black cross brace for added durability. You can be assured of a smooth ride over most surfaces because of its solid rubber tires mounted on composite wheels. The other features include easy to maintain nylon upholstery and flip back padded desk arm.

5. Invacare IVC 9000 SL Lightweight Wheelchair

Available in a stylish carbon steel frame, the wheelchair is durable and long-lasting. Invacare 9000 SL Dual Axle Wheelchair allows for seat-to-floor height adjustment, makes it self-propelled or propelled by a caretaker. The urethane casters assure a smooth ride on all kinds of surfaces. The heavy-duty inner liners keep the seat and back from stretching. The space saver arms reduce the overall width, making it compact and portable.

Invacare IVC 9000 SL Lightweight Wheelchair
Invacare Tracer SX5 22 Inches Flip-Back Desk-Length Arms Wheelchair

6. Invacare Tracer SX5 22 Inches Flip-Back Desk-Length Arms Wheelchair

Featuring a carbon steel frame, a heavy-duty inner liner to keep the back and seat from stretching, this product is long-lasting. The urethane rear tires are mounted on no-flex wheels, for efficient performance in rough terrains. Dual-axle allows conversion to  hemi-height. Nylon upholstery gives added comfort. Invacare Tracer SX5 Chair is available in two (2) different sizes in terms of the user weight capacity – 250 lb. and 300 lb. Different arm styles are available – full-length fixed or adjustable height and desk-length fixed or adjustable height.

7. Drive Silver Sport 2 Dual Axle Standard Wheelchair

Featuring a variety of arm styles and front riggings, Drive Silver Sport Standard Wheelchair comes in an easy to maintain, powder coated, silver vein finish, and a steel frame for durability. The urethane tires are mounted on composite wheels for efficient performance on rough terrains. The embossed, vinyl upholstery is durable, lightweight and easy to clean. The backrest has a carry pocket for storage. Other features include padded fixed arms, push to lock brakes, and plastic footplates.

Drive Silver Sport 2 Dual Axle Standard Wheelchair

The lightweight wheelchairs are commonly used in a clinic or hospital setting. In a hospital, they are used to take the patient to different places within the facility, for medical tests or therapies. When a patient is ready to be discharged, he/she can be moved from the room to the exit using the lightweight transfer.

They also find their utility in homes where standard heavyweight wheelchairs with a wider base cannot fit in. Using the lightweight wheelchair, the user can go visit a doctor’s clinic or can go grocery shopping.

 

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