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How Much Does a Wheelchair Cost?

The price of wheelchairs usually ranges from a few hundred dollars into the thousands. The cost of the wheelchair is higher if you choose a top brand or a chair with advanced features, such as manual versus electric. If you’re in the market for a wheelchair, you’ll need to understand your specific needs for buying that product. Doing so provides you with a more accurate cost estimate.

Here are a few things you should know about the cost of manual and electric wheelchairs:  

Price of Manual Wheelchairs

A manual wheelchair is a device that an individual must move on his/her own and without the assistance of an electrical source. This wheelchair can either be self-propelled, which requires the user to move forward or backward using their limbs, or companion-propelled, which requires another person to push the device.  

Manual wheelchairs fall under several categories, including:

  • Lightweight – Wheelchairs weighing less than 30 pounds (great for travel)
  • Ultra-lightweight – Light, high-performance wheelchairs ideal for active users aged 20 to 60
  • Heavy-duty – Intended for users weighing more than 300 pounds
  • Sport – Wheelchairs designed for use on the tracks, courts, or beaches
  • Bathroom – This type of wheelchair has a seat opening, which enables users to toilet themselves while staying on their seat.
  • Reclining – Lets the user recline on their chair (perfect for those who spend all their time sitting)

The price of a manual wheelchair depends on many factors, such as:

  • Accessories that are included with the purchase of the device
  • Additional features of the wheelchair
  • The material used to create the frame and the components

Low Price – Lower costs wheelchairs range from $100 to $300 and are relatively inexpensive compared to their electric alternatives. These chairs, however, have less features and accessories for comfort and mobility. Its important to take note of the riders needs when choosing a low price wheelchair to ensure that it fits the riders requirements.

Medium Price - Wheelchairs on the medium price points have more features, often lighter in weight, and are usually of higher quality than low-level priced chairs. The estimated cost is $300 to $500.

Higher Price - The wheelchairs found in higher price point categories (beyond $500). Though expensive, the benefits and quality of the chair is unmatched to low cost options. These chairs are often lighter weight and constructed with materials and additional addons that can last decades.  

Cost of Powered Wheelchairs

The price of an electric wheelchair: a powered chair propelled using an internal power source and an electric motor, varies tremendously. It starts at around $3,000 and can go as high as $13,000 on 1800Wheelchair.

This type of wheelchair may cost thousands of dollars, but it offers numerous benefits to the rider. An electric-powered wheelchair makes it easy for individuals to navigate any indoor or outdoor obstacles. With just a joystick, users can quickly move forward, backward, and navigate side to side. Powered wheelchairs are excellent choice for individuals that are looking for a chair long-term.

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