How Much Does an Electric Wheelchair Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 14, 2018

Unlike a manual wheelchair, an electric wheelchair is a great option for those who want to maneuver in tighter areas without using their arms.

With so many features, options and brands available, the prices can greatly vary.

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How much does an electrical wheelchair cost?

The cost of an electric wheelchair will depend on the size, the model, weight capacity, accessories, retailer and the accessories added to the purchase.

A folding electric wheelchair, for example, can cost $1,000 to $3,000, while a wheelchair designed for indoor use can cost $1,000 to as much as $4,000.  A combination wheelchair that is designed for inside and outside can cost $1,200 to as much as $7,000.  In the end, be prepared to spend $2,000 to as much as $10,000+ for a power wheelchair.  Just like a car, the costs can depend on the brand, features, power and the type.

High-tech electric wheelchairs that climb stairs, curbs and glide through tough terrains can cost upwards of $30,000.

We researched some brands online and included the prices we were quoted in the table below:

DescriptionPrice Quoted
- Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
- Turning Radius: 31.5"
- Driving Range: 15 miles
- Features: Foldable chair and flat free tires
$2,000
- Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
- Turning Radius: 25.4"
- Driving Range: 9 miles
- Features: One-hand disassembly
$1,500
- Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
- Turning Radius: 26"
- Driving Range: 16 miles
- Features: Underseat storage basket and no-scuffing tires
$1,500
- Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
- Turning Radius: 29"
- Driving Range: 7 miles
- Features: Folds quick and is lightweight
$2,200
- Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
- Turning Radius: 29"
- Driving Range: 12 miles
- Features: Easy to use joystick and foldable compact lightweight design
$2,000
- Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
- Turning Radius: 22"
- Driving Range: 12 miles
- Features: Elevated seat adjustment with maximum stability for non-elevated positions
$4,000

We also researched some of the top power wheelchair brands and included the price range inside our table below:

BrandPrice Range
CTM Homecare$1,500 to $2,500
Drive Medical$1,500 to $3,500
Golden Technologies$1,400 to $4,500
Heartway USA$1,500 to $3,500
Merits Health USA$1,200 to $3,100
Pride$1,400 to $3,700
Shoprider$1,400 to $3,400

1800Wheelchair.com had 20 listings at the time of this writing, with 12 of the 20 retailing for $1,900 to $2,900.

MobilityScootersDirect.com, another online electric scooter retailer, allows you to break down the costs by category, brand, weight, price range and travel range.  For the most part, regardless of the categories chosen, the prices ranged anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500.

On Amazon.com, the best-selling electric wheelchairs retailed for $1,500 to more than $2,500.




Electric wheelchair overview

There are a variety of electric wheelchairs on the market, including a portable, center-drive, front wheel drive and rear wheel drive.  A travel wheelchair is designed for portability; they tend to work well in crowded spaces such as an apartment or shopping mall.  These models can be disassembled by removing the seat, base and the battery pack.  A center-drive wheelchair will usually need an accessible van to transport, and out of most models, this type tends to be the most maneuverable.  A front wheel drive model will have a larger wheel toward the front, while a rear wheel, on the other hand, will have a larger wheel attached to the back.

When choosing an electric wheelchair, there are three common types of batteries commonly available: a wet, gel or AGM.  A wet battery will need to be filled with distilled water and are prone to leakage, whereas a gel battery will contain no liquid and won’t leak.  An AGM battery has an absorbent glass that is sandwiched between the plates which help prevent damage from vibration and jarring.

A basic electric wheelchair, regardless of the brand, will include a chair, armrest, footrest, tires, motor, battery and device to maneuver it.  Most brands will also contain some type of basket or area in the front to carry personal belongings/items.  Premium features can include a neck rest, lift device and extra batteries.

Reputable brands will often include a limited warranty that lasts upwards of five years.

What are the extra costs?

If purchased online, additional shipping fees can apply due to the weight.

Replacement batteries in the future can cost $100 to $400, depending on the type and brand.

A portable multipurpose wheelchair ramp can cost $800 to $1,000, depending on the ramp length and capacity.

A power chair lift, without professional installation, can cost about $2,000 if you were to install it on the back of your vehicle.  A utility ramp, which simply extends from the back of the vehicle, on the other hand, can cost $300 to $500.

A cover, if not included with the purchase, can cost $75 to $115.

Tips to know:

Medicare Part B won’t cover a power wheelchair if it’s being used for leisure or recreational purposes.  Before Medicare considers coverage, you must first meet with a doctor to help review your needs and decide if a wheelchair works best for your situation.  If so, your doctor will be able to medically a scooter and confirm you’re able to operate it for your condition.  As long as you can’t operate a manual wheelchair inside your home, there’s a good chance it will cover it.  MedicareInteractive.org goes into detail, explaining what you need to do in order to have the wheelchair covered.

How can I save money?

Talk with your insurance company to see if they cover wheelchairs.  Depending on your policy, they may cover a portion.  If you are looking for a new policy or want to switch, consider browsing through hundreds of policies for free at eHealthInsurance.com.  As long as you have a doctor’s note and a diagnosis, you may find you will not have a hard time getting coverage.

If you do not have the money to purchase a power wheelchair and you are not covered by your insurance, consider renting a power wheelchair until you’re able to come up with the funds.

Compare at least three to five retailers, both in person and online.  Regardless of where you purchase, make sure that you that you look for special promotions and the reputation of the retailer.

If you are having a hard time affording your wheelchair, look for low-income organizations in your area.  Contact your local hospital’s social worker or talk with the county’s health department to see if they can help point you in the right direction.

Consider purchasing a slightly used wheelchair to save up to 40 percent. On eBay.com, at the time of this publishing, we were able to find hundreds of scooters in great condition for less than $600.


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Average Reported Cost: $850

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  1. Amir (Irvine,  California) paid $850 and said:

    Power wheelchairs and manual ones are available starting $800.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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