Which? reveals three Best Buy mobility scootersWe test boot mobility scooters for the first time

10 May 2014

Mobility scooter in garden centre

Most shopping and garden centres allow mobility scooters 

Our brand new tests of boot mobility scooters have revealed three Best Buys and lower scorers you'll want to think twice about.

Boot mobility scooters are designed to be portable - you can fold or dismantle them to put into your car and use when you reach your destination. 

The best boot scooters are easy to get on and off, have clear controls and score highly for manoeuvrability. 

The worst boot scooters, however, are very heavy to lift - up to 1.5 times heavier than a 20kg luggage allowance for flying - and don't travel the distance promised by the manufacturer on a full charge.

To see which scooters topped our tests, head to our Best Buy mobility scooters. If you're not already a member, you can access these reviews by taking out a £1 trial to Which?

We've tested models from leading mobility scooter brands including Monarch Mobility.

New mobility scooter testing

Boot scooters are the most popular type of mobility scooter sold in the UK, so we selected the most popular models and put them through a series of tough tests in the Which? lab.

They come in two kinds - folding or dismantling. We found that all the scooters in one of these categories performed worst in our tests. Visit our reviews to find out which one.  

Each scooter is put through a combination of more than 500 technical tests and real-life assessments – only those that score the highest can become Best Buy mobility scooters.

Our reviews answer questions such as whether the scooter is light enough to lift, whether it feels stable and if it's worth buying.

Reviews and advice for independent living

Our reviews of boot mobility scooters are part of a brand new section on our website called Staying independent at home

It's packed with product reviews and advice to help you live independently at home, including on riser recliner chairs, easy to use home and technology products, such as washing machines, vacuum cleaners, TVs and laptops, plus stairlifts, bath aids, healthy eating and hearing aid providers.

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