The Difference Between Traditional Wheelchairs and Powerchairs

Here at Assurance Mobility, we want our clients to be able to choose from a wide selection of tools in order to aid their day to day living. After all, society is continuing to implement more wheelchair accessible facilities, however it is important that the different types of chairs are taken into consideration too. Read on as we go over some of the differences that can be seen between traditional self-propelled wheelchairs and motor-driven powerchairs…


In order to fully understand the difference between a wheelchair and a powerchair, it is important that manufacturers and readers recognise the intention of the user. After all, the type of disability that a person has often determines the type of mobility tool they will require as traditional self-propelled wheelchairs are often used by those are able to retain strength in their upper arms. On the other hand, powerchairs are typically required by those with full-body conditions instead.


Since a powerchair relies on a motor in order to move around, they must be charged regularly. As a result, they often come with a significantly higher upfront cost in comparison to traditional wheelchairs. On the other hand, self-propelled wheelchairs are more frequently manufactured and are easier to obtain which makes them cheaper and easier to maintain.


The implementation of the motor technology in a powerchair means that the mechanical components must be inspected for safety and reliability on a routine basis in order to ensure that the users are not put in harm’s way and this can make them a high-maintenance investment in comparison to self-propelled alternatives. With this said, traditional wheelchairs tend to have a much lower lifespan and require components like wheels and seating to be regularly replaced.

There are a wide range of disabilities that must be taken into consideration when it comes to the development of accessibility tools like wheelchairs. In addition to this, the disabled community also have preferences which means that some individuals may prefer the speed and agility of a motor-driven chair whilst others like the traditional value of regular wheelchairs. Here at Assurance Mobility, we stock a wide range of different options including an ultra-light wheelchair, an all-terrain Rollz motion wheelchair and a G-Max quick-folding powerchair. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the team today!