Before we take a look at these Extra Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters For Obese People and overweight persons, I want to ask you a simple question. How much would a high weight capacity scooter improve your quality of life?. Wait before you answer, let me tell you.
Answer: There is no rating high enough to truly represent the vast improvement in happiness and freedom a scooter can provide. Correct!.
Unfortunately the stigma attached with being an overweight or heavy person cruising around on a mobility scooter is too overwhelming for many big people. Well out in public anyways. Humans have and always will be nasty to others that are not like them. It’s something us larger folk deal with on a daily basis.
But when it comes to having the opportunities to live life as a ‘normal’ person would, mobility should be your number one priority. Being kept down because taking outdoors walks or even going to the mall is too hard on the muscles, joints and overall body just leads to more sheltered living and even depression. If you want the freedom to do the things your body won’t allow you to do, then a heavy duty mobility scooter may be your answer.
A mobility scooter is great for the plus size people who love to be active but struggle to maintain the fitness level to achieve such tasks. A scooter can help us big Guys and Gals get out and see more of the world, instead of being trapped indoors.
With that in mind I say who cares what the ‘normal’ people think when they see a fat Guy on a scooter. If I want to go for a scoot down in the park I will dammit!. If I want to flaunt my big body on a treadmill followed by a relaxing session on a heavy duty Hammock I will!…. But lets not get too carried away right now… So lets have a look at the available high weight capacity mobility scooters suitable for overweight and obese people.
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Highest Weight Capacity Mobility Scooters
For obese people that weigh up to 500 pounds, the choices can be quite slim, especially buying online. However, the four scooters below are in the range of 400 to 500 pound capacities. Click on the link to each scooter to learn more about them.
300 Lbs Capacity Mobility Scooters
We think the Spitfire Scout 4 Wheel is classified as an entry level 300 pound mobility scooter that’s an Ok price. It’s a great portable scooter for overweight people up to 300 lbs looking to get out and about for the simpler things in life.
As this scooter is more affordable when compared to some top end scooters, don’t expect to take it on a 4wd adventure. The hard plastic wheels are ideally suited to pavement and can go on gravel/dirt when needed. As this scooter has 4 anti tip wheels, I rate it as one of the more stable travel scooters.
The scooter comes with a chargeable battery (Yes charger should be included), which the specifications say it should last 8 hours of drive time between charge. However always take into account the terrain and sloping conditions as this can chew up the battery more. Can the Spitfire Scout 4 Wheeler survive a trip to the mall?.
Yes without a doubt, I would go as far as saying you will end up broke in the Mall before your scooter looses charge. Another great thing about this scooter and taking it to the mall is that the padded armrests actually move completely out of the way. So you can easily reach over and grab any items you wish without the hassle of an armrest in the way. Plus the arms outwards to cater to us bigger people.
Can this scooter handle those pesky speed bumps? The Spitfire Scout has one of the biggest clearance areas for a scooter of this price. Depending on the height of the speed bump you can generally tackle a 3″ bump with ease. But it’s important to always take it easy and go slow over any bumps in the road.
Width Of The Scooter
As for dimensions the 2 most important things to look at are the seat width and overall width of the mobility scooter. The seat has a 16.5″ width which is not the widest by any stretch of the imagination. But as the scooter is only rated to 300 pounds, I would assume most people around 250 pounds would be able to fit comfortably.
The total with of the scooter is 21.5 inches. This is very important if you will be using a scooter to go between door frames. So even with a 24″ bathroom door frame this scooter should fit between the frame with minimal problems. However as the turning radius on this scooter is just under 56 inches don’t expect to be pulling off 90 degree turns if you have doors frames close together to try squeeze between.
As for portability I think this scooter is amazing. If can be easily taken down into 5 separate parts to be packed in the trunk or back seat of most cars. This is great for long road trips or holidays and because the 5 individual parts aren’t too heavy, it’s not such a hassle putting it back together either.
Overall I find the Spitfire Scout 4 Wheel Scooter to be well suited to the overweight person who needs an affordable scooter not intended for heavy duty usage. One could spend hundreds and even thousands more dollars on a higher end model with a only a few extras more.
In saying this the Spitfire scout can handle most accessories as well including the ability to upgrade the battery for extended travel time which is hard to find on a scooter of this price tag. It’s extremely quite to operate, rather comfortable and does it’s job very well. Our recommended buy for any person under 300 lbs.
Spitfire Scout 4 Wheel Assembly/Dissembling
Watch first hand how easy the Spitfire Scout 300 lbs mobility scooter really is the disassemble and assemble. While it is a video from the UK, it’s a similar if not the same US model. The video is short and quick to the point. If portability, high weight capacity and quality is what you’re after, the Spitfire should satisfy your needs.
The 3/4 Wheeler 400 Pound Rated Mobility Scooter
The 400 pound weight capacity mobility scooter I would consider to buy is the Pioneer III 3 wheel electric model. The only thing I would be wary of is that it has only 3 wheels compared to 4. So if you’re a little like myself and balance is an issue, perhaps stay clear of 3 wheelers as they can tip easier.
However, a 4 Wheel Version (400 Lbs Capacity) is also available. I do think the Pioneer III is of higher quality and more of a heavy duty scooter to what maybe expected. It’s a scooter that looks and feels like it may be by your side for many many years.
View Our Recommended Mobility Scooters For Obese People
Video recap breaking down the 3 scooters available for the big and heavy people recommended by us.