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Folding Wheelchair

What is a folding wheelchair?

A folding wheelchair can be used in exactly the same way as a standard wheelchair, with the fundamental difference being that the user can fold it up when not in use.

The primary advantage of this is that it reduces storage place around the home or building and also allows for the chair to be folded to fit more easily in vehicles, allowing the user to access the community with greater ease.

You can also find a cheap electric wheelchair which is also great when going on holiday, especially abroad when users are required to access alternative modes of transport such as planes.

Foldable wheelchairs come with an array of features and can be attendant propelled, self propelled or even powered (assisted by a battery for the wheelchair user to operate themselves without the need to turn the wheels manuall

Topics and products covered on this page

Our Number 1, and best rated, folding wheelchair

Why we rated this the best

  • This chair is extremely lightweight, weighing in at just 11.6kg,
  • The seat is 20″, allowing for the larger wheelchair user to be comfortable,
  • The footrests swing away easily, ensuring a more compact storage arrangement,
  • The chair back has a storage pocket, allowing for the storage of items whilst on the move.

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This is rated our best value for money folding wheelchair

Days Escape Lite Aluminium Wheelchair

What you need to know

  • The frame is composed of aluminium, making it lightweight and easy to move,
  • The footrests are height adjustable, adding to user comfort levels,
  • An adjustable seat belt is included for those with decreased postural control or for when on uneven terrain,
  • The complete chair comes with a one year warranty and the frame itself has a 2 year warranty.

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The best of the rest

Lightweight Aluminium Self Propel Wheelchair

What you need to know

  • The chair width is measured at 18″ and is therefore suitable for most average sized wheelchair users,
  • This can be used as both an attendant propelled and self-propelled lightweight folding wheelchair, allowing for greater independence,
  • Very robust considering that it weighs just 8.5kg in carrying format,
  • The footrests can be adjusted into 5 different positions without the need for tools, allowing for greater flexibility and comfort.

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Lightweight deluxe folding transit travel wheelchair 

What you need to know

  • The brakes can be used by the attendant as both slowing brakes (for example when on a slope) and locking brakes for parking,
  • Desk-style arms are padded for extra comfort,
  • A lightweight travel bag is included, making this product ideals for transportation and holidays,
  • Folding wheelchair reviews identify this chair as very quick to assemble.

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Lightweight folding self propel wheelchair

What you need to know

  • Multiple seat widths are available, therefore suiting a wide range of wheelchair users (prices may vary),
  • A lap belt, heel straps and calf straps are all included, ensuring greater safety as well as comfort,
  • The rear wheels are quick release, allowing for easier assembly/ disassembly and storage,
  • Can be adjusted to an from self propel to attendant propel mode with both attendant slowing and parking brakes.

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Aluminium folding transit travel wheelchair

What you need to know

  • Allows for a user weight of up to 18 stone, therefore include heavier users can buy this product with confidence,
  • Stylish design with black upholstery and sharp blue metal work,
  • Adjustable brake system for attendants allowing use of brakes for slowing or for parking,
  • Footrests swing out and are height adjustable, therefore allowing for both safety and comfort.

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Folding self propelled wheelchair with quick release wheels

What you need to know

  • A very stylish product with the metalwork finished in bold red colour,
  • Armrests both flip up and remove, allowing for ease of storage and accessibility when needed,
  • This model allows for elevated leg rests as an option if required,
  • Rear wheels are quick releasing, allowing for it to be folded into smaller spaces for storage

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Who would use a folding wheelchair?

Most wheelchair users can benefit from a folding wheelchair. Folding electric wheelchairs will appeal more however to users who access the community regularly.

The fact that the chair will fold up easily allows for more flexible transportation and a folded wheelchair will fit easily into most car boot spaces. The main appeal to all users of folding wheelchairs is that when the user is not in their chair, the chair can be stored away snugly, allowing more for more space to be utilised around the home.

Folding wheelchairs today can be from extremely lightweight material, allowing for the user to be able to fold and stow the wheelchair without assistance on many occasions.

What to look out for when buying a folding wheelchair?

It can be hard to determine what is the best electric wheelchair. The main questions to ask prior to purchasing a folding wheelchair are where will it be stored, how often will it need to be folded down and who will be folding it down?

If the chair is needing to fit into a small space (for example, the boot of a hatchback car) then the chair will need to fold down at all available hinges, including the back and not all folding lightweight wheelchairs do this.

When considering how often it will need to be folded down and by who, take the weight of the chair into consideration.

Nowadays, even some of the heaviest all-terrain powered wheel chairs fold down but this will be no use to the user if they are need to fold it down themselves and can not manoeuvre it to do so.

How much does a folding wheelchair cost?

As with any product, prices will very depending on the specification. A lightweight, occasional use, travel wheelchair can be purchased new for around £50. At the opposite end of the scale, you could expect to pay up to £3000 for an all-terrain powered folding wheelchair.

The price you pay will ultimately be determined by the type of folding chair that you require.

The following reviews will allow you to explore the best lightweight folding wheelchair on the market.

A helpful video for you

Want to learn more? Well here is a useful video that provides you with more useful information when looking to make a purchase.

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Rob Atherton

Rob Atherton

Rob writes and edits the content produced by the rest of the team. He has a degree in History from Leeds University and has producing, reviewing and editing the site since 2016

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