Best Self-Propelled Wheelchairs in 2020



Drive Medical TR37E-SV Lightweight Steel Transport Wheelchair, Fixed Full Arms,17-Inch Seat Review:


This chair was a God-send, literally. After having purchased an electric wheelchair for Mom that was so heavy even her young driver struggled getting in out of the trunk, I found this model. Fortunately, this model's light weight does NOT mean low quality.

This chair is impressively solid, it's extremely comfortable to sit in, comes with a safety belt, and is actually a pleasure to push due to its smooth operation. As a further bonus, the only assembly required is attaching the footrest!

There are a number of similar chairs priced at 50% more, so we couldn't be more grateful to have found this one. Many thanks!



Drive Medical Lightweight Steel Transport Wheelchair, Fixed Full Arms, 19" Seat, Silver Review:


Perfect! This transport wheelchair has worked out great for my dad! It took my dad a while to accept that he now needs one when we take him out of the house and to places where more than a few steps is necessary. He doesn't walk very well anymore. The chair is very basic and compact, very lightweight, easy to fold and unfold, load in and out of the car, easy to push and especially a great fit (19") and ride for my dad! He's 5'10 and 160LBS. The best test-run was taking him to Disneyland and California Adventure and wheeling him in the chair the entire day!! We were all very pleased wit it. :)



Drive Medical Silver Sport 1 Wheelchair with Full Arms and Swing Away Removable Footrest Review:


This is the first time I have bothered to write a review here on Amazon, but I am so pleased with this product that I felt compelled to write this. I purchased this product for my wife after she fell and broke bones in her knee. She is using it to move around the house and we have also used it outside our home several times for doctor visits and one trip to the mall for her. I was somewhat skeptical of the quality because of the low price, but I must admit that this wheelchair has exceeded my expectations. It is sturdy and very well made. It arrived assembled with the exception of the footrests, which literally attached in seconds. The wheels are well constructed and it rolls silently, both inside our home (hardwood throughout) as well as outside on sidewalks, driveways etc. This chair is performing exactly as we had hoped. She has been using it for two weeks now on a daily basis. It also fits through the doorways in our home, and she is able to maneuver it around our kitchen island, in and out of the bathrooms, etc. She is very petite (95 pounds), so I can't speak to it's efficacy for someone heavier, but for us, it has been money very well spent.



Drive Medical Cruiser III Light Weight Wheelchair with Various Flip Back Arm Styles and Front Rigging Options, Flip Back Removable Full Arms/Elevating Leg Rests, Black, 20 Inch Review:


I have waited awhile to write this review as I wanted to give the chair a chance to have problems, My previous chair was bought through a medical supply company and was much... much ... more expensive. Originally, it also came with plastic foot rests and they broke when I was trying to transfer into the chair when I lost my balance. So, they replaced them with metal ones. My husband almost immediately switched the foot rests from the plastic ones to the metal ones from my old chair to this one. That being said... I knocked it down one star for not having metal footrests.

My previous chair had plastic wheel guards (the plates next to the top of the wheel on the seat). This chair had metal ones, which is much better as the plastic ones on my old chair broke and made the chair sound like I had a playing card in the spokes. I don't know about you all but I don't always want to sound like I am riding a motorcycle.

I have been very pleased with this chair for the most part. I mostly need it for longer walks. This chair does fold and the legs do raise. However, I find that the foot rests get moved up accidentally from time to time, although that is easy enough to fix. My previous chair's legs could not be raised.

This chair is lighter than my old chair. The seat is like a nylon fabric. My old chair was like a vinyl. I actually find the fabric more comfortable but do not expect it to be as long lasting. My previous chair's max weight load was 250lbs. So by the time, I was in it with my backpack onboard, and my 50lb son. My weight is 255-265lb depending on the day... I was well above the weight level and feared disaster. On this chair, the weight limit is much higher. I feel much safer when my son insists on riding on my lap and together we are under the maximum weight limit. My only complaint is that as it gets closer to the max weight limit, the wheels squeak.

I do not find wheeling it myself very comfortable and the leg extentions can make it hard to get into bathroom stalls without help. It seems to take more space. It fit through most standard doors but can be tricky in doorways that require turns immediately, because the legs do stick out a little more.

My husband says that this chair is easier to push than my old one.

I would indeed recommend this to a friend. The price of this chair is a quarter of what the medical supply place charged my insurance for my old chair.



Medline Lightweight & User-Friendly Wheelchair With Flip-Back, Desk-Length Arms & Elevating Leg Rests for Extra Comfort, Gray, 18" Seat Review:


My father is 80 years old but had a heart attack (and bypass surgery in April 2017) and had an active GI bleed. After his bypass surgery and a month in the hospital, he had issues walking which caused him to stay at home and not get out. My son and I purchased the wheelchair for my father and now he is active again. Please don't misunderstand, we don't turn him lose to roam the streets in his wheelchair, we use it when we go shopping, go to a baseball game -- basically things to get him out of the house. The wheel chair is very sturdy and easy to use. It's light enough that it can be easily stored in the back of my car and pulled out when he needs it. We were going to rent one, but if you look at the monthly charges, plus the insurance they force you to "buy" it was a better deal in the long term to purchase one. My father loves it and my son and I love it because I have my father back and my son has his grandfather back. If you are looking for a wheelchair -- this is the wheelchair that you want to get.



Drive Medical Blue Streak Wheelchair with Flip Back Desk Arms, Swing Away Footrests, 18 Inch Seat Review:


About three years ago, my mom bought me a Drive transport chair for what we thought was just a lingering, but short-term problem. Fast-forward to today, and my short-term problem is actually a degenerative neurological condition that affects so much of my life.
My shoulders are still on again/off again, but I am *tired* of *just* a transport chair and want to be able to move around on my own if I decide to wander off - and doing that easily isn't possible in a transport. So my desire to be able to move on my own PLUS larger tires on a standard wheelchair mean that going over little bumps or cobblestones sidewalks is easier. I checked out standard manual chairs at a medical supply store near the main hospital here, and found one that converts from manual to transport (also made by Drive), but this one actually makes more sense for me, and I'll tell you why. I've also included some pictures that may help you:

PRICE & AVAILABILITY:
The "transformer" chair (changes from transport to manual) costs around $700 locally. Online, it was around $300. I kept looking and decided that I could be just fine with this one at $103 despite the fact it looks like an electric blue (if you love blue, not an issue). It's actually not so electric bluish likes it look online - maybe in bright light, but I'm also not the one looking it all the time since I'm sitting in it. Plus, I could get it in two days at no extra charge assembled in the box. For the price, you can't beat it!

FEATURES I LOVE:
~I love, love, love the fact that I can push a button and lift the armrests and put them behind me so I can roll under a table more easily. Way easier than my transport. Also easier if I'm transferring to a booth in a restaurant. Lift the armrest and boom, I can slide into that booth instead of having someone assist me in standing up and sitting back down. Nice!
~Folds and unfolds easily - TIP: if you have trouble unlocking it, tip it slightly to the side and it opens just like that! I personally cannot lift in into a trunk of a car, but I CAN knock it with my knees into the backseat of my car, which is a bonus if I need to get out on my own. It's a bit of a struggle to get it out, but I can at least do it.
~Easy to maneuver, even for me. I have a ton of issues, and even though I will generally always have someone with me when I'm in this, I like that I can use this easily. If a bunch of us are together, then not one person is stuck with me (even though nobody has ever complained, I sometimes feel like I'm a burden). One handed turns? Yes. Quick stops? Yes. I like that it's just like my old bike. You can put a quick "spin back" on the wheels and bam, you stop. It has a GREAT turning radius. I've got one very narrow hallway and this fits just fine. I'm no speed demon through there, but I can do it. I have to back up and do a three-point-turn to get into the kitchen because of a hard 90 degree angle, but the cool thing is that *I* can do it myself. No more scooting myself across the floor by pushing my feet and then trying to swing myself through doorways by grabbing onto the walls. That's so cool.
~Brakes are solid. EDIT FOUR MONTHS INTO USE: I think I should note that I'm a native Floridian on the southwestern coast, so the only real grades I deal with are ramps. I have no idea how well these brakes hold on real hills. My husband has tightened the wheels down for me a few times since we've bought this END EDIT.
~Love the Allen wrench that's included if I need to tighten up anything on this chair.
~Also love the pocket sewn onto the back. I carry oxygen tanks with me, so I put things I need but don't need access to frequently in there. Consider that when you pack things into the pocket, because if you have a backpack, it may bounce into your back, and you don't want a bunch of awkward things in that pocket because it'll be uncomfortable.

FEATURES THAT COULD BE IMPROVED:
~If it could be a little lighter, it'd help someone like me when I'm on my own. But it's 40 pounds. It can't get whole lot lighter than that for a chair like this.
~The wheels could roll a little more smoothly, but I'll take this because I've been in the transport my mom bought me three years ago. I think that the reason it's 40 pounds is also because the wheels are lightweight. And that's why the wheels sometimes feel a little choppy depending on terrain. EDIT FOUR MONTHS AFTER PURCHASE I do sometimes have trouble getting traction with one side on slick surfaces. It's as if the left wheel can't maintain contact with the ground, so if this continues, I'm contacting Drive END EDIT.
~It's snug for the cushion that I have. I have a nice gel seat that fits my transport perfectly, but not this one. I have to wedge it in the seat, and when I lift up the armrests, it's okay. When I put the armrests back down, I have to fidget with the cushion. It's not a big deal, but I did lose about an inch of width in the seating area - I think I was under the impression that my transport was the same width and depth, so that's my fault for not checking. I think most seat cushions will be a tight fit so if you're buying this as a new chair, you'll want to check the seat cushion you have or are planning to buy. This would not be comfortable to sit in for long periods of time without a cushion, by the way.
~The blue streak is SHORTER than my old chair, too. The reason this is an issue is that the back of the top part of the seat fabric hits my back (I'm 5 foot, one inch) at a different height than the transport, and if the O2 backpack straps slide toward me, it makes for an uncomfortable ride. So I have to make certain that the backpack handles stay on the handlebars, which leads me to the next thing that could be improved: the handlebars.
~The handlebars do not come out as far as the ones on the transport chair. It's not an issue for the people who push me, but if you hang a lot of stuff on the back of your chair, you might find that the straps start to dig into your back. Plan for that if you're out on a long haul.
~You'll want to air it out because the smell is a little offputting at first. Chemical offgassing is definitely a thing, but I think this aired out after about a day on the lanai.

OVERALL:
I really do like this chair. If I could afford to shell out the $2K for this one Smart Chair - Electric WheelchairSmart Chair - Electric Wheelchair, I would, but I can't. So this one is it for me for now. I included some pictures so I hope that helps anyone looking for a chair. If I need to come back to edit this review, I will.



Drive Medical Blue Streak Wheelchair with Flip Back Desk Arms, Elevating Leg Rests, 18 Inch Seat Review:


About three years ago, my mom bought me a Drive transport chair for what we thought was just a lingering, but short-term problem. Fast-forward to today, and my short-term problem is actually a degenerative neurological condition that affects so much of my life.
My shoulders are still on again/off again, but I am *tired* of *just* a transport chair and want to be able to move around on my own if I decide to wander off - and doing that easily isn't possible in a transport. So my desire to be able to move on my own PLUS larger tires on a standard wheelchair mean that going over little bumps or cobblestones sidewalks is easier. I checked out standard manual chairs at a medical supply store near the main hospital here, and found one that converts from manual to transport (also made by Drive), but this one actually makes more sense for me, and I'll tell you why. I've also included some pictures that may help you:

PRICE & AVAILABILITY:
The "transformer" chair (changes from transport to manual) costs around $700 locally. Online, it was around $300. I kept looking and decided that I could be just fine with this one at $103 despite the fact it looks like an electric blue (if you love blue, not an issue). It's actually not so electric bluish likes it look online - maybe in bright light, but I'm also not the one looking it all the time since I'm sitting in it. Plus, I could get it in two days at no extra charge assembled in the box. For the price, you can't beat it!

FEATURES I LOVE:
~I love, love, love the fact that I can push a button and lift the armrests and put them behind me so I can roll under a table more easily. Way easier than my transport. Also easier if I'm transferring to a booth in a restaurant. Lift the armrest and boom, I can slide into that booth instead of having someone assist me in standing up and sitting back down. Nice!
~Folds and unfolds easily - TIP: if you have trouble unlocking it, tip it slightly to the side and it opens just like that! I personally cannot lift in into a trunk of a car, but I CAN knock it with my knees into the backseat of my car, which is a bonus if I need to get out on my own. It's a bit of a struggle to get it out, but I can at least do it.
~Easy to maneuver, even for me. I have a ton of issues, and even though I will generally always have someone with me when I'm in this, I like that I can use this easily. If a bunch of us are together, then not one person is stuck with me (even though nobody has ever complained, I sometimes feel like I'm a burden). One handed turns? Yes. Quick stops? Yes. I like that it's just like my old bike. You can put a quick "spin back" on the wheels and bam, you stop. It has a GREAT turning radius. I've got one very narrow hallway and this fits just fine. I'm no speed demon through there, but I can do it. I have to back up and do a three-point-turn to get into the kitchen because of a hard 90 degree angle, but the cool thing is that *I* can do it myself. No more scooting myself across the floor by pushing my feet and then trying to swing myself through doorways by grabbing onto the walls. That's so cool.
~Brakes are solid. EDIT FOUR MONTHS INTO USE: I think I should note that I'm a native Floridian on the southwestern coast, so the only real grades I deal with are ramps. I have no idea how well these brakes hold on real hills. My husband has tightened the wheels down for me a few times since we've bought this END EDIT.
~Love the Allen wrench that's included if I need to tighten up anything on this chair.
~Also love the pocket sewn onto the back. I carry oxygen tanks with me, so I put things I need but don't need access to frequently in there. Consider that when you pack things into the pocket, because if you have a backpack, it may bounce into your back, and you don't want a bunch of awkward things in that pocket because it'll be uncomfortable.

FEATURES THAT COULD BE IMPROVED:
~If it could be a little lighter, it'd help someone like me when I'm on my own. But it's 40 pounds. It can't get whole lot lighter than that for a chair like this.
~The wheels could roll a little more smoothly, but I'll take this because I've been in the transport my mom bought me three years ago. I think that the reason it's 40 pounds is also because the wheels are lightweight. And that's why the wheels sometimes feel a little choppy depending on terrain. EDIT FOUR MONTHS AFTER PURCHASE I do sometimes have trouble getting traction with one side on slick surfaces. It's as if the left wheel can't maintain contact with the ground, so if this continues, I'm contacting Drive END EDIT.
~It's snug for the cushion that I have. I have a nice gel seat that fits my transport perfectly, but not this one. I have to wedge it in the seat, and when I lift up the armrests, it's okay. When I put the armrests back down, I have to fidget with the cushion. It's not a big deal, but I did lose about an inch of width in the seating area - I think I was under the impression that my transport was the same width and depth, so that's my fault for not checking. I think most seat cushions will be a tight fit so if you're buying this as a new chair, you'll want to check the seat cushion you have or are planning to buy. This would not be comfortable to sit in for long periods of time without a cushion, by the way.
~The blue streak is SHORTER than my old chair, too. The reason this is an issue is that the back of the top part of the seat fabric hits my back (I'm 5 foot, one inch) at a different height than the transport, and if the O2 backpack straps slide toward me, it makes for an uncomfortable ride. So I have to make certain that the backpack handles stay on the handlebars, which leads me to the next thing that could be improved: the handlebars.
~The handlebars do not come out as far as the ones on the transport chair. It's not an issue for the people who push me, but if you hang a lot of stuff on the back of your chair, you might find that the straps start to dig into your back. Plan for that if you're out on a long haul.
~You'll want to air it out because the smell is a little offputting at first. Chemical offgassing is definitely a thing, but I think this aired out after about a day on the lanai.

OVERALL:
I really do like this chair. If I could afford to shell out the $2K for this one Smart Chair - Electric WheelchairSmart Chair - Electric Wheelchair, I would, but I can't. So this one is it for me for now. I included some pictures so I hope that helps anyone looking for a chair. If I need to come back to edit this review, I will.



Drive Medical Blue Streak Wheelchair with Flip Back Desk Arms, Swing Away Footrests, 20 Inch Seat Review:


About three years ago, my mom bought me a Drive transport chair for what we thought was just a lingering, but short-term problem. Fast-forward to today, and my short-term problem is actually a degenerative neurological condition that affects so much of my life.
My shoulders are still on again/off again, but I am *tired* of *just* a transport chair and want to be able to move around on my own if I decide to wander off - and doing that easily isn't possible in a transport. So my desire to be able to move on my own PLUS larger tires on a standard wheelchair mean that going over little bumps or cobblestones sidewalks is easier. I checked out standard manual chairs at a medical supply store near the main hospital here, and found one that converts from manual to transport (also made by Drive), but this one actually makes more sense for me, and I'll tell you why. I've also included some pictures that may help you:

PRICE & AVAILABILITY:
The "transformer" chair (changes from transport to manual) costs around $700 locally. Online, it was around $300. I kept looking and decided that I could be just fine with this one at $103 despite the fact it looks like an electric blue (if you love blue, not an issue). It's actually not so electric bluish likes it look online - maybe in bright light, but I'm also not the one looking it all the time since I'm sitting in it. Plus, I could get it in two days at no extra charge assembled in the box. For the price, you can't beat it!

FEATURES I LOVE:
~I love, love, love the fact that I can push a button and lift the armrests and put them behind me so I can roll under a table more easily. Way easier than my transport. Also easier if I'm transferring to a booth in a restaurant. Lift the armrest and boom, I can slide into that booth instead of having someone assist me in standing up and sitting back down. Nice!
~Folds and unfolds easily - TIP: if you have trouble unlocking it, tip it slightly to the side and it opens just like that! I personally cannot lift in into a trunk of a car, but I CAN knock it with my knees into the backseat of my car, which is a bonus if I need to get out on my own. It's a bit of a struggle to get it out, but I can at least do it.
~Easy to maneuver, even for me. I have a ton of issues, and even though I will generally always have someone with me when I'm in this, I like that I can use this easily. If a bunch of us are together, then not one person is stuck with me (even though nobody has ever complained, I sometimes feel like I'm a burden). One handed turns? Yes. Quick stops? Yes. I like that it's just like my old bike. You can put a quick "spin back" on the wheels and bam, you stop. It has a GREAT turning radius. I've got one very narrow hallway and this fits just fine. I'm no speed demon through there, but I can do it. I have to back up and do a three-point-turn to get into the kitchen because of a hard 90 degree angle, but the cool thing is that *I* can do it myself. No more scooting myself across the floor by pushing my feet and then trying to swing myself through doorways by grabbing onto the walls. That's so cool.
~Brakes are solid. EDIT FOUR MONTHS INTO USE: I think I should note that I'm a native Floridian on the southwestern coast, so the only real grades I deal with are ramps. I have no idea how well these brakes hold on real hills. My husband has tightened the wheels down for me a few times since we've bought this END EDIT.
~Love the Allen wrench that's included if I need to tighten up anything on this chair.
~Also love the pocket sewn onto the back. I carry oxygen tanks with me, so I put things I need but don't need access to frequently in there. Consider that when you pack things into the pocket, because if you have a backpack, it may bounce into your back, and you don't want a bunch of awkward things in that pocket because it'll be uncomfortable.

FEATURES THAT COULD BE IMPROVED:
~If it could be a little lighter, it'd help someone like me when I'm on my own. But it's 40 pounds. It can't get whole lot lighter than that for a chair like this.
~The wheels could roll a little more smoothly, but I'll take this because I've been in the transport my mom bought me three years ago. I think that the reason it's 40 pounds is also because the wheels are lightweight. And that's why the wheels sometimes feel a little choppy depending on terrain. EDIT FOUR MONTHS AFTER PURCHASE I do sometimes have trouble getting traction with one side on slick surfaces. It's as if the left wheel can't maintain contact with the ground, so if this continues, I'm contacting Drive END EDIT.
~It's snug for the cushion that I have. I have a nice gel seat that fits my transport perfectly, but not this one. I have to wedge it in the seat, and when I lift up the armrests, it's okay. When I put the armrests back down, I have to fidget with the cushion. It's not a big deal, but I did lose about an inch of width in the seating area - I think I was under the impression that my transport was the same width and depth, so that's my fault for not checking. I think most seat cushions will be a tight fit so if you're buying this as a new chair, you'll want to check the seat cushion you have or are planning to buy. This would not be comfortable to sit in for long periods of time without a cushion, by the way.
~The blue streak is SHORTER than my old chair, too. The reason this is an issue is that the back of the top part of the seat fabric hits my back (I'm 5 foot, one inch) at a different height than the transport, and if the O2 backpack straps slide toward me, it makes for an uncomfortable ride. So I have to make certain that the backpack handles stay on the handlebars, which leads me to the next thing that could be improved: the handlebars.
~The handlebars do not come out as far as the ones on the transport chair. It's not an issue for the people who push me, but if you hang a lot of stuff on the back of your chair, you might find that the straps start to dig into your back. Plan for that if you're out on a long haul.
~You'll want to air it out because the smell is a little offputting at first. Chemical offgassing is definitely a thing, but I think this aired out after about a day on the lanai.

OVERALL:
I really do like this chair. If I could afford to shell out the $2K for this one Smart Chair - Electric WheelchairSmart Chair - Electric Wheelchair, I would, but I can't. So this one is it for me for now. I included some pictures so I hope that helps anyone looking for a chair. If I need to come back to edit this review, I will.



Medline Ultralight Transport Wheelchair with 19” Wide Seat, Folding Transport Chair with Permanent Desk-Length Arms, Red Frame Review:


We purchased this for my 89 year old father who is losing strength in his legs and can't walk for long distances. He's in the early to middle stages of dementia and it's important for him to be included in regular activities like grocery shopping, trips to the movies, museums with the great grandchildren etc. because the varied input of places outside the home stimulate his mind and time with familiar folk helps him stay in a positive frame of mind. Since he can't navigate the motorized carts at the grocery store and you cannot rely on various other venues having wheel chairs for you to borrow, we decided to get something that we could easily bring along wherever he goes with us.

This transport chair is perfect! It is MUCH lighter than any of the conventional wheel chairs I looked at when visiting a used medical equipment thrift store the next town over. And, after looking at various transport chairs available there and here on Amazon, it was clear that this chair is also quite a bit lighter than other transport chairs I considered. The difference in weight is important to me because I have arthritis in my lower spine and and hands, this limits the amount of weight I can lift - especially a lift & twist movement such as needed when pulling large items in and out of the trunk of a car. The substantial difference in weight between this very sturdy transport chair and regular wheelchairs (with the big wheels adding much to their total weight) is quite significant. I am grateful for the light weight every time I go to put this very sturdy transport chair in my car. Frankly, the light weight & sturdy construction alone were worth the investment in this chair, but it has other features that we've come to appreciate.

One important feature of this transport chair, besides the light weight, is that it was engineered to fold up very compactly. This means it's easy to fit in the back seats or trunks of smaller cars, and be easily loaded/unloaded by smaller statured people (like Dad's home helper who is about 5' 2"). In addition, the steps for folding or unfolding it are simple and easy to do (even for those with arthritic hands like mine). I really have come to appreciate the obvious thought and care that went into designing this transport chair.

Although we keep the manual tucked in the convenient pocket on the rear side of the seat's backrest (so it'd be easy to find when someone new is handling the chair, like family members taking Dad on a special outing or a substitute caregiver), most people never even bother to read even the simple instructions). For example, folding it up involves basically three basic steps: 1. Lift off the two foot rests, 2. Unlatch the "handlebars" (what you push the chair with) & fold them down, 3. Pull up the seat in the middle - one hand each on the front & back. To set it up is essentially the reverse. Since we got it several months ago, no one who has loaded in its compact state has had any trouble with figuring out how to set it up for usage, and having done that, had no trouble folding it up to stow in the car.

There are other features of this chair that are important to know about. For example, the adjustable foot rests were included in the price we paid (unlike some of the cheaper, heavier transport chairs) - and do NOT just assume that heavier weight means sturdier!). Adjustability is very important, no matter the height of the person who will be seated in it. Another is the way the armrest angle off towards the front of chair. This feature allows you to roll the chair in closer to a table than other designs, which makes it much easier to reach your dinner plate, drinking glass and utensils at a restaurant. Once close in, set the easy to use foot brakes to keep the chair in place.

That reminds me of some important safety practices that we always impress on anyone who's taking Dad out with his chair - and you might want to also, no matter what chair you choose: Always set the foot brakes when parking the chair (such as at a restaurant or the movies). Also, before someone gets in or out of the chair, make sure the brakes are set and that the footrests are swung back out of the way (on the sides of the chair.)

I should point out that, as a transport chair, it is specifically designed for someone who will have an attendant of some kind to push him/her about at all times. This makes it's function different from a traditional wheelchair where the person in the chair can move themselves along using the circular grips on each wheel. It's an important difference in functionality that must be considered at the outset. If a transport chair is what you need, I can honestly say that we have been really happy with this transport chair and hope that this review makes clear the reasons why.



Drive Medical Blue Streak Wheelchair with Flip Back Desk Arms, Elevating Leg Rests, 20 Inch Seat Review:


About three years ago, my mom bought me a Drive transport chair for what we thought was just a lingering, but short-term problem. Fast-forward to today, and my short-term problem is actually a degenerative neurological condition that affects so much of my life.
My shoulders are still on again/off again, but I am *tired* of *just* a transport chair and want to be able to move around on my own if I decide to wander off - and doing that easily isn't possible in a transport. So my desire to be able to move on my own PLUS larger tires on a standard wheelchair mean that going over little bumps or cobblestones sidewalks is easier. I checked out standard manual chairs at a medical supply store near the main hospital here, and found one that converts from manual to transport (also made by Drive), but this one actually makes more sense for me, and I'll tell you why. I've also included some pictures that may help you:

PRICE & AVAILABILITY:
The "transformer" chair (changes from transport to manual) costs around $700 locally. Online, it was around $300. I kept looking and decided that I could be just fine with this one at $103 despite the fact it looks like an electric blue (if you love blue, not an issue). It's actually not so electric bluish likes it look online - maybe in bright light, but I'm also not the one looking it all the time since I'm sitting in it. Plus, I could get it in two days at no extra charge assembled in the box. For the price, you can't beat it!

FEATURES I LOVE:
~I love, love, love the fact that I can push a button and lift the armrests and put them behind me so I can roll under a table more easily. Way easier than my transport. Also easier if I'm transferring to a booth in a restaurant. Lift the armrest and boom, I can slide into that booth instead of having someone assist me in standing up and sitting back down. Nice!
~Folds and unfolds easily - TIP: if you have trouble unlocking it, tip it slightly to the side and it opens just like that! I personally cannot lift in into a trunk of a car, but I CAN knock it with my knees into the backseat of my car, which is a bonus if I need to get out on my own. It's a bit of a struggle to get it out, but I can at least do it.
~Easy to maneuver, even for me. I have a ton of issues, and even though I will generally always have someone with me when I'm in this, I like that I can use this easily. If a bunch of us are together, then not one person is stuck with me (even though nobody has ever complained, I sometimes feel like I'm a burden). One handed turns? Yes. Quick stops? Yes. I like that it's just like my old bike. You can put a quick "spin back" on the wheels and bam, you stop. It has a GREAT turning radius. I've got one very narrow hallway and this fits just fine. I'm no speed demon through there, but I can do it. I have to back up and do a three-point-turn to get into the kitchen because of a hard 90 degree angle, but the cool thing is that *I* can do it myself. No more scooting myself across the floor by pushing my feet and then trying to swing myself through doorways by grabbing onto the walls. That's so cool.
~Brakes are solid. EDIT FOUR MONTHS INTO USE: I think I should note that I'm a native Floridian on the southwestern coast, so the only real grades I deal with are ramps. I have no idea how well these brakes hold on real hills. My husband has tightened the wheels down for me a few times since we've bought this END EDIT.
~Love the Allen wrench that's included if I need to tighten up anything on this chair.
~Also love the pocket sewn onto the back. I carry oxygen tanks with me, so I put things I need but don't need access to frequently in there. Consider that when you pack things into the pocket, because if you have a backpack, it may bounce into your back, and you don't want a bunch of awkward things in that pocket because it'll be uncomfortable.

FEATURES THAT COULD BE IMPROVED:
~If it could be a little lighter, it'd help someone like me when I'm on my own. But it's 40 pounds. It can't get whole lot lighter than that for a chair like this.
~The wheels could roll a little more smoothly, but I'll take this because I've been in the transport my mom bought me three years ago. I think that the reason it's 40 pounds is also because the wheels are lightweight. And that's why the wheels sometimes feel a little choppy depending on terrain. EDIT FOUR MONTHS AFTER PURCHASE I do sometimes have trouble getting traction with one side on slick surfaces. It's as if the left wheel can't maintain contact with the ground, so if this continues, I'm contacting Drive END EDIT.
~It's snug for the cushion that I have. I have a nice gel seat that fits my transport perfectly, but not this one. I have to wedge it in the seat, and when I lift up the armrests, it's okay. When I put the armrests back down, I have to fidget with the cushion. It's not a big deal, but I did lose about an inch of width in the seating area - I think I was under the impression that my transport was the same width and depth, so that's my fault for not checking. I think most seat cushions will be a tight fit so if you're buying this as a new chair, you'll want to check the seat cushion you have or are planning to buy. This would not be comfortable to sit in for long periods of time without a cushion, by the way.
~The blue streak is SHORTER than my old chair, too. The reason this is an issue is that the back of the top part of the seat fabric hits my back (I'm 5 foot, one inch) at a different height than the transport, and if the O2 backpack straps slide toward me, it makes for an uncomfortable ride. So I have to make certain that the backpack handles stay on the handlebars, which leads me to the next thing that could be improved: the handlebars.
~The handlebars do not come out as far as the ones on the transport chair. It's not an issue for the people who push me, but if you hang a lot of stuff on the back of your chair, you might find that the straps start to dig into your back. Plan for that if you're out on a long haul.
~You'll want to air it out because the smell is a little offputting at first. Chemical offgassing is definitely a thing, but I think this aired out after about a day on the lanai.

OVERALL:
I really do like this chair. If I could afford to shell out the $2K for this one Smart Chair - Electric WheelchairSmart Chair - Electric Wheelchair, I would, but I can't. So this one is it for me for now. I included some pictures so I hope that helps anyone looking for a chair. If I need to come back to edit this review, I will.