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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Manual Wheelchair

If you or a loved one needs a wheelchair, you may be wondering what the best option for you is. There are many different wheelchairs that you can choose from, including manual wheelchairs. This blog post will discuss everything you need to know about buying a wheelchair. We will cover the benefits of getting a manual wheelchair, what to look for in a lightweight wheelchair, and how much they cost. We will also discuss who should use a wheelchair and when it might be time to think about using one.

What is a manual wheelchair?

A manual wheelchair is a chair that is propelled by the person using it. They are typically lighter than electric wheelchairs and can be easier to maneuver. Manual wheelchairs also tend to be less expensive than electric wheelchairs. These chairs come in many different styles, including sports wheelchairs, beach wheelchairs, and everyday use wheelchairs to fit almost anyone's style and use.

What are the advantages of using a manual wheelchair?

There are many benefits to using a manual wheelchair. For starters, they are much less expensive than power wheelchairs. Manual wheelchairs also offer superior maneuverability and allow the user to be more independent, even indoors in small spaces.  Depending on the individual using the wheelchair, a manual wheelchair may also be pushed by a caregiver when needed.

Easier to travel with

Those looking for lightweight wheelchairs will love that today's technologies allow for stronger and lighter wheelchairs that can be folded tighter for travel.  Because of this, people who use manual wheelchairs can travel with ease, knowing that their chairs will not be a burden.

Folds uptight

The great thing about manual wheelchairs is that they can be easily folded up and transported in a car trunk or storage closet. This makes them perfect for those who are always on the go.


Another advantage of manual wheelchairs is that some models are very lightweight, making them easy to push and maneuver, even for those with limited upper body strength.

How much do manual wheelchairs cost?

A manual wheelchair will cost between $200 and $600. However, some high-end models can cost up to $1000 or more. This is just for the wheelchair. Many retailers will allow you to add features and accessories that could drive the price higher.

Who should use a manual wheelchair?

Manual wheelchairs are most often used by people with lower-body disabilities who can self-propel using their arms. If you or someone you know suffers from lower leg disabilities, paralysis, or any condition that limits your mobility, then a manual wheelchair may be a good option.

How do I know what type of wheelchair is best for me?

You need to understand your needs and try and match a chair that can fulfill those needs the best. Next, always check the size of the chair that closely matches your body and weight.  It is also a good idea to look for websites that review mobility aids.  These sites can shed light on what to look for and what others are saying about a particular model chair. 

You do not want a chair with a large seat width that you would slide around in when sitting. On the other hand, you will not want to sit in a too-small seat. Both of these scenarios would cause an uncomfortable time while using a wheelchair.

Understanding weight capacities

Most manual wheelchairs have a weight capacity of 250-300 pounds. If you weigh more than that, it is best to get a bariatric wheelchair with a higher weight limit that can accommodate people up to 700 pounds.

When looking at the chair's materials, always choose a wheelchair that has an aluminum or titanium frame. These types of materials are much lighter in weight and will not rust over time.

The seat's upholstery should be a durable fabric that can be easily wiped down so you can keep the seat cleaner easier with less work.

Invest in the right accessories

No matter what kind of wheelchair you purchase, there are certain accessories that you should always invest in to make the chair more comfortable.

Wheelchair gloves

These include a good pair of gloves, which will help you grip the wheels and push yourself around while protecting your hands resulting in longer push times.

Wheel locks

Wheel locks are an essential safety feature, and they can also be used to keep your wheelchair from rolling away when you're not using it.

Wheelchair cushion

Another essential accessory is a wheelchair cushion, which can help you stay comfortable and prevent pressure sores. The wheelchair cushion is one of the first things we recommend wheelchair users purchase.

Do you need a wheelchair ramp?

Another vital accessory to invest in is a wheelchair ramp. Ramps can make it much easier to get in and out of your home and navigate any steps or curbs that you might encounter while out and about.

Final thoughts

Now that you know what to look for when purchasing a manual wheelchair, it's time to decide. Be sure to consider all of the factors we've discussed, from cost to weight to who will be using the wheelchair. With all of this information in mind, you should be able to find the perfect manual wheelchair for your needs.

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