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How to Choose a Manual Wheelchair

How to Choose a Manual Wheelchair

If you find yourself or a loved one in need of a manual wheelchair, you will find the best selection here at Spinlife! There are many types of specialized wheelchairs available, but for now let’s talk about the most popular categories - Standard Wheelchairs, Lightweight Wheelchairs and Heavy-Duty Wheelchairs.

So how do you choose one over the other?

Standard Wheelchairs are the lowest priced wheelchairs, and Spinlife has models starting at only $119.00. They are very basic chairs, sized to fit average people, up to 300 pounds. These chairs are made of sturdy materials for durability, and generally weigh between 38 and 42 pounds They fold when they are not in use, and are fairly heavy if you want to put them in the trunk of a car for transport.

Lightweight Wheelchairs offer lots more options, making them more user (and caregiver) friendly! They still accommodate a person up to 300 pounds, but the chairs weigh between 27 and 37 pounds (the weights tend to go down as the prices go up!) That’s because they are made with more sophisticated materials that weigh less, but cost more. If you will be using your new wheelchair on a daily basis, or over a long period of time the investment will give you a chair that is easier to push, and lighter weight to take places. You can choose the types of wheels and tires, upholstery features, back rest features if you want to. Many Lightweight chairs can be ordered in custom colors, too!

Heavy Duty Wheelchairs range from a 300 lb. capacity up to 700 pounds.  They have heavy- duty reinforced frames, and all the component parts are tested for the maximum durability. As you would expect, Heavy Duty chairs will start at $279.00 and go up from there. You can choose your seat width on Heavy Duty chairs, with models offering from a 20 inch seat all the way up to 30 inches wide. If you need that higher weight capacity and wider seat, just remember these sturdy chairs are going to weigh between 38 and 98 pounds

Our Product Specialists are here to help you make the best choice for your individual situation! Give us a call at 1-800-850-0335.



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