Frequently Asked Questions on Transporters


What are transport wheelchairs intended for?

Transport wheelchairs are also known as companion chairs require a companion to push the user. These transporters are equipped with swing-away leg rests, fixed armrests, and side panels. These lightweight travel chairs are equipped with a small wheels that provide for easy maneuverability. They are a great option while travelling.

What features do travel chairs posess?
  • Transport chairs are lightweight and generally weigh between 18 – 29 lbs.
  • These wheelchairs are made up of durable lightweight aluminium.
  • Transport chairs have a seat width of 16” – 18” to fit through narrow doorways.
  • Small wheels of transport wheelchairs allow for great maneuverability.
  • The footrests flip for easy transfers.
  • Varied types of armrests provide the required support.

What is the difference between transport wheelchairs and standard wheelchairs?

The main difference between travel wheelchairs and standard wheelchairs is that the former are attendant propelled and the latter are self-propelling. Travel wheelchairs come with small wheels for maneuverability and standard wheelchairs come with large wheels with handrims for self-propulsion. Transport chairs are compact folding for storage.

How do you choose the correct transport chair size?

Transport chairs can be classified into:

  • Narrow – with 17” seat width for users under 120 lbs. 
  • Medium – with 19” seat width for users between 120 to 300 lbs. 
  • Wide – with 22” seat width or more for users over 300 lbs.
Are transport chairs foldable?

Yes, all travel wheelchairs fold compact enough to fit into any car!