Whether you have received a payout or are looking to purchase a powerchair yourself, finding something that meets your needs and fits your budget is key.
Power wheelchairs are very versatile. There are lots of models and add-ons, meaning there is a wide price range. Costs start from around £5,000 and can go up to £30k+.
In some ways, it’s very similar to buying a car. The price depends on the different makes, models, and specs you choose.
In this guide, we will look at the factors that affect cost. By the end, you should feel confident about finding the right powerchair at the right price!
Factors affecting powerchair price
There are five key factors that affect the cost of a power wheelchair.
1) What make do you want?
This is usually the first decision people make, and it is the first thing that affects the price.
Let’s go back to our car example. Often, you will have set your mind on a Ford over a BMW before deciding exactly what features you want.
So, why does this impact price?
Manufacturers with a good reputation for reliability and quality cost more.
However, this can save you money in the long-term. You’re likely to have fewer repair costs over the years. Plus, there’s often added bonuses like warranties.
We recommend investing in higher quality. For a start, high-end powerchairs usually have more customisation options. So, it’s far easier to personalise the chair to your individual needs. Plus, you’ll be using your powerchair every day. It is crucial for your posture, comfort, social activities, and travel. So, it is well worth investing where you can.
That’s why we specialise in Permobil powerchairs. We find that they offer our clients the best quality, performance, safety and function, whilst still having enough models to suit different budgets.
2) What model do you want?
Back to our car analogy…Choosing your powerchair model is like deciding between the Ford Focus or Ford Fiesta.
For powerchairs, the first big question is whether you want a front-wheel, mid-wheel, or rear-wheel drive model. You can read our Power Wheelchair Comparison Guide to learn more about the difference between these three model types.
Generally though, there are affordable, mid-range and high-end options for each.
It is the speed, power, and functionality of a powerchair model that has more impact on price.
Comparing powerchair specifications
We recently wrote an in-depth comparison of Permobil M3, M5, F3 and F5 models – take a look for a side by side comparison of the specs.
Comparing specifications like this is a great way to get an idea of relative costs.
For example, M3 and M5 are both mid-wheel powerchairs. However, the M5 has a higher range, top speed, and better suspension than M3. This means that the standard M5 model would be more expensive.
Additional features will also increase costs. For example, The F5 Vertical Stand offers an advanced standing function. So, this powerchair costs more than a standard F5 model.
When comparing power wheelchairs, it is really important to think about what features you need to reach your goals.
Don’t let a higher overall price put you off if a chair has the potential to help you live more independently. There are always options – you could arrange payment plans or seek out charitable funding. We’re always more than happy to give advice if cost is a barrier!
3) Any complex seating or control requirements?
The great thing about power wheelchairs is how adaptable they are to meet different individual needs. However, customisation does come at extra cost.
In our experience, the improvement these customisations have on quality of life is well worth the investment.
Advanced controls, such as eye gaze or chin control, gives people their independence back.
We’ve worked with clients to help them learn to drive and steer by themselves. For many, it’s the first time they’ve been able to use their powerchair without assistance from family or carers!
One of our clients, Lauren, regularly shares her experiences with her powerchair on Twitter if you want to see how advanced controls work in everyday life.
A powerchair does far more than help you get from A to B – it must support proper posture!
Ramsey, our in-house power wheelchair specialist, has worked in posture management for over 15 years. So, he’s always able to recommend the right seating setup, supports, belts, and cushions to help you maintain proper posture.
Posture is important for health as it ensures that the bones are well aligned, and tension in the muscles and ligaments is distributed well. Over time, poor posture when sitting can lead to pain, spinal deformities, and problems with breathing and eating.
So, investing in the right seating system for you is vital.
4) How much personalisation do you need?
For many power wheelchair users, it is important their chair reflects their personality. After all, if you’re going to use something every day, it helps if you like the look of it!
When working out your budget, factor in any additional accessories or personalisation you may want.
Our powerchairs are available in over 7 different colours – customise to suit your preferences!
Plus, we can provide a range of accessories for both style and function. Here are some popular choices:
- USB port – to charge your phone on the go
- Phone/table holder – ideal for school or work
- Lighting kits – great for night driving or just for added flair
- Cupholders and detachable tables – for convenient eating and drinking
Contact us for full details on accessories and options.
5) Watch out for consultation costs
Some power wheelchair suppliers will charge a fee for the initial consultation. At Innova, this service is free.
Powerchairs are bespoke. So, there’s typically some adjustments needed after the initial assessment. You might need a tweak to the seating system or to reposition the controls for easier use – learn more about the ongoing process in our guide to powerchair assessments.
If you’re supplier charges for this and you’ve not factored it into your budget, the costs can quickly build up!
That’s why ongoing reviews are part of our after-sales process. Any costs will be made clear upfront. No surprises. That way, you can focus on enjoying your new powerchair and getting the most of it. Not spend your time worrying about hidden costs!
To summarise, there are 5 key factors to consider on powerchair price – make, model, seating and control, personalisation, and consultation costs. A power wheelchair is an investment. But there are options to suit different price point and the long-term benefits are well worth the cost!
Book a free assessment to choose your specification and get a quote: