Mobility solution companies are everywhere. There are many companies out there offering mobility solutions that include stair lifts and bathroom aids. What if your problem is getting around and you just need a good power chair? Power chairs, often referred to as electric or powered wheelchairs, have become a hot commodity over the last 30 years. One company that is well-known companies is Hoveround.
Hoveround offers power chairs, along with other mobility devices. While EasyGo Mobility offers a unique type of power chair that can fold in half. EasyGo customers have found that EasyGo power chairs are much more convenient to use and more practical than those sold by Hoveround. Let’s take a dive into the many ways Hoveround and EasyGo are similar, and different, and which one offers the most for their users.
How Are They Alike?
EasyGo power chairs and Hoveround power chairs are both joystick-controlled battery-operated power chairs. Power chairs offered by both companies are known for their tight turning radius. This makes both of them ideal for indoor and outdoor use. They both offer cushioned seats and cushioned armrests with wide foot plates. Both EasyGo and Hoveround offer a manual brake release allowing the power chairs to be pushed manually. Despite both being considered power chairs and having a few similarities, Hoveround and EasyGo are different in many ways.
Hoveround has been a household name for almost 30 years. When you hear the name, it brings us back to the commercial showing two Hoveround users sitting in their chairs answering the narrator’s question, “Which power wheelchair got you to the Grand Canyon?”. They answer back “Hoveround!”.
Hoveround offers 5 models of power chairs. Each power chair they offer holds a max weight of at least 300 lbs. In exchange for a higher weight capacity, each Hoveround chair weighs well over 150 lbs. This makes it less practical for travelling. Some models of Hoveround do fold but require some disassembly first. Depending on the model, the seat may be removable from its base, or it may fold down. Hoveround batteries tend to be on the larger and heavier side. And, offer up to a 15-mile driving range on a single charge, depending on the model.
Hoveround power chairs are front-wheel drive. This helps pull the chair over obstacles but sit low and does not offer much ground clearance. The driving wheels of Hoveround are pneumatic which can offer a smooth ride. However, pneumatic wheels can puncture and go flat. Hoveround power chairs can go on a plane but due to their size and weight, they would need to be checked in and stored with the cargo on the plane.
Overall, while Hoveround power chairs offer a high weight capacity, thickly cushioned seats, and easy maneuverability, they are not very ideal for transport and travel. They can be heavy to lift, they do not offer much of a folding function, and can sometimes need to be disassembled to be transported. Not to mention that Hoverounds cost $3,000 to $5,000 on average.
EasyGo Mobility offers 2 models of power chairs, the Standard and the Elite. Both chairs operate using a joystick that is mounted on the armrest of the rider’s choice. The joystick is collapsible and is interchangeable between armrests. Both chairs are also foldable and do not need to be disassembled to fold or load into your vehicle. Simply fold in the anti-tipping wheels, fold down the backrest, pull the cord and pull the chair towards you to fold and lock. To unlock is just as easy; locate and pull the red and black lever to the left of the battery and open your chair until it clicks. Unfold your backrest and anti-tipping wheels and you’re all set to go!
EasyGo power chairs are among the lightest power chairs available in the U.S. The Standard power chair weighs 51 lbs. including the battery. The Elite power chair weighs 56 lbs. including the battery. When it comes to the weight capacity for EasyGo power chairs, the Standard holds a max weight of 250 lbs. while the Elite holds a max weight of 264 lbs. Both chairs can be folded and unfolded in less than 30 seconds. The lithium-ion battery of the EasyGo power chairs weighs only 6 lbs. and can be charged directly through the port in the back of the battery or through the port under the joystick. Just like the Hoveround, EasyGo batteries can also drive up to 15 miles on a single charge. Since the Standard and Elite power chairs use the same battery, the 15-mile driving range applies to both chairs. In addition, the battery is easily accessible under the seat at the front of the chair and can be quickly and easily removed and reinstalled in a matter of seconds.
The wheels used by both models of EasyGo power chairs are solid flat-free wheels. They offer a smooth ride without the risk of a punctured or flat wheel. The Standard power chair drives on 10-inch rear driving wheels while the Elite sits a bit higher with 12-inch rear driving wheels. Both EasyGo chairs come standard with foldable anti-tipping wheels and a zipper storage pouch on the back of the seat. EasyGo power chairs are FAA and TSA approved and can be driven through the airport to your plane before being folded and stored at the front of the plane. This makes EasyGo power chairs ideal for travelling. EasyGo power chairs come fully assembled and require no additional assembly when received.
Both EasyGo and Hoveround offer great mobility solutions that will help give you your mobile independence back. When you consider the big differences between what each company has to offer, it makes choosing between them a bit easier depending on what you are looking for. Hoveround power chairs support a higher weight capacity than EasyGo. It is also a much heavier chair that makes transport difficult presenting a challenge when you want to be mobile outside of the house. EasyGo comes in a smaller package and does everything Hoveround can do with the addition of folding and unfolding for easy transport. They weigh significantly less making them easier to take wherever you want to go. If you want to gain back your mobility and the mobile independence to be able to go where you want to go without hassle, EasyGo is the way to go. Thank you for choosing EasyGo.