How much is a knee scooter?

If you’re considering purchasing a knee scooter to help with the daily demands of life, this post provides information on what’s available to you.

Medical scooters and/or knee scooters may not seem like much on the outside, but they can hugely transform a person’s life.

Whether you’ve sustained a lower leg injury or are recovering from foot surgery – mobility scooters are worth their weight in gold to help you get out and about.

Perhaps you’ve not had experience with a mobility scooter before. Such medical equipment can be a big investment, that’s for sure.

The task can seem daunting, particularly if you need clarification on what model to go for, which additional features you need, or even the best knee scooter for your needs.

Stress no more! I’ll share a commentary in this post to ensure the best options for mobility scooters are available to you.

Whether you opt for hand brakes, pneumatic tires, an extra knee pad here and there, or whatever personal items you require to get you moving.

Feel confident in your choice when you know a good option is tailored to your lifestyle expectations.

Independent lifestyle

The first thing to ask yourself is whether a knee scooter is the best solution for you.

A medical doctor should advise and guide you in your decision-making.

Depending on your physical abilities, a comfortable alternative could be an all-terrain knee walker or even a walking aid, such as a cane or walking stick.

I say this because any form of physical exercise benefits the body, significantly reducing risks of venous clots (DVT), heart disease, and strokes, to name a few.

If you can be a touch more physically mobile, do it!

Things like grocery shopping or running errands – if you can do it weight-bearing (i.e. walking), you’ll dramatically improve and help maintain your overall cardiovascular health.

Now, of course, cases such as post-surgery recovery or certain knee injuries mean you can’t be mobile, which is where mobility scooters come in.

Read on to discover the different types of scooters and options available. I have a post right here, about the options I recommend.


Terrain models of mobility scooters

Terrain scooters are designed for use on various surfaces – from rough to smooth. These are ‘sit on, ride on’ mobility scooters that tackle all sorts of challenging terrain! Think muddy paths, going into shopping centers (where the floor is slippery), or even just getting to the end of the road you live on.

They’re designed for outdoor use and are much larger than your average knee scooter.

The top-of-the-range models tend to come with parking brakes, pneumatic front wheels, and even a thumb release lever (if required). 

Slippery surfaces are no match for a terrain scooter, as the tires tend to have a fantastic grip as standard.

Of course, terrain scooters vary hugely in terms of cost to purchase. 

It often depends on the brand name and/or where you buy it from.

There is always the option of buying one second-hand if finances are an issue, or why not consider scooter rentals? Consult your medical provider, who can advise you on the best way forward.

Knee rollers as an alternative

Have you thought about a knee roller, perhaps?

These are excellent mobility devices if used correctly, especially for short-term use. For example, they can help heal a broken foot or sprained ankle by allowing the injured lower leg to be raised yet still standing on the uninjured leg, meaning you support yourself independently (aiding you with walking).

They’re helpful for foot injuries which may benefit from being elevated to allow proper rest and recovery while still allowing you to be mobile with the other limb.

Perhaps the most famous roller is the Roscoe Knee Scooter. It’s worth looking into if you’d like to try one, and as with other mobility solutions, you can hire them for far less cost than buying one.


Pricing and Other Considerations

Much of the concern when it comes to mobility products is the price. So what is the investment to you? And will that investment pay off in terms of usage and longevity?

One thing to mention is that a good insurance company *should* help with funding costs if it’s covered under your medical policy, so do look into this as an option.

Another thing to note is the size of a mobility device – either a scooter or a knee roller. Where will you store it? They should be kept dry due to their electrical parts, so undercover in the house is best.

Also, what is the weight capacity? You do need to be aware that certain mobility devices have weight limits. Again, check the manufacturer’s instructions.

Ensure you research all options available to you, from the size, price, and design to rentals or purchasing it outright.

Lastly, to answer the initial question of how much a knee scooter is, you’d be looking at anything between $80 – $500, perhaps even a touch more.

Mobility scooters are far more, in the realms of $700-$2000 +.

I hope you find this post helpful. Thanks for reading!

About the Author

Hi there! I’m Dr. Keagen Hadley, OTD, OTR/L. Straight out of the University of Mary, I’m all about blending my know-how in knee health, well-being, and medical technology. As a licensed occupational therapy doc, I’m here to translate complex concepts into clear, actionable insights – whether it’s knee care or groundbreaking healthcare tech.

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