Have a read of our breakdown on the differences
If you are looking for a mobility scooter which comes apart to fit into the boot this is the category for you. Portable mobility scooters typically have a top speed of 4 MPH carry at least 18 stone and go between 8 and 15 miles on a charge.
They are ideal for taking with you for day trips out in the car or for zipping around your local shops.
If you don’t need the mobility scooter to be portable you can get bigger pavement scooters which have the advantages of carrying more weight, bigger batteries and even advance features such as oil-dampened suspension for a smoother ride.
Bigger batteries mean the scooter can go further on a charge typically between 15 and 30 miles at 4 MPH.
If you want to go onto the road or need to carry more than 25 stone, you’ll need an 8 MPH road scooter.
These come fully equipped for long-distance travel, including indicators, full lighting packages, mirrors and usually the comfort is exceptional with larger seats, bigger tyres and all-around suspension.
You can expect to get a range of up to 35 miles.
Folding scooters can be more convenient than the take apart boot scooters.
They often fold automatically at the press of a button. They are designed to be pulled along like a suitcase making them ideal for trips abroad through airports and are usually easier to handle on coach trips.
The majority of the folding scooters have new lithium batteries which are lighter than the lead-acid batteries typically found on boot scooters. This keeps the weight down considerably.