Top Tips for Taking Care of Your Manual Wheelchair

fancy manual wheelchair

Your wheelchair takes care you, but are you taking care of it? With the right care and maintenance, your wheelchair will provide you with years of use and a smoother ride.

The level of care and maintenance your manual wheelchair will need will depend on: how often you use it, and how rough the roads or pathways are where you ride your chair.

But as a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to follow the maintenance schedule below.


If you use your wheelchair on a daily basis, there are a few things you’ll want to do every day to keep your chair running smoothly. These include:

  • Cleaning off dirt and grime from the wheelchair frame. Use a damp (not soaking wet) cloth for this job.
  • Check the tires to make sure that they’re still firm. Your wheelchair’s tires should be very hard when you press on them. If they’re not, use a bicycle pump to add air.

Keep your wheelchair stored in a safe place where it won’t get wet. If you can, try to keep dirt and water out of the wheel bearings.


Set aside time once a week for the maintenance and care of your wheelchair. Don’t worry, this process won’t take long, and it’s worth the time to make sure that your chair is in tip-top shape.

  • Check the rear wheels to make sure they’re spinning properly. If your back wheels are wobbling or making unusual sounds, the ball bearings may need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Check the brakes. Brakes can become inefficient if they’re poorly placed, tire pressure is off, or they’ve been incorrectly adjusted.
  • Using a wrench, tighten any parts of the wheels that may feel loose.
  • Check all of the tires for punctures and to ensure that the tread isn’t worn. If you find something stuck in your tire, like a nail, don’t pull it out until you’re ready to fix the tire. You may need to take the chair to a bike shop for a patch.
  • Check the front wheels to make sure that they spin properly. If they’re not, you may need new bearings.
  • Check the front forks to make sure they’re moving from side to side properly. They should not be hitting the footrests. If they’re wiggling a lot, use a wrench to tighten them. Don’t overdo it, or the forks may not turn easily.
  • Clean out dirt or hair from the 4-wheel axle housings using a damp cloth with a few drops of oil.
  • Check the spokes of the back wheels. Use a wrench to tighten any loose spokes, and replace broken ones.
  • Clean the chair’s frame and seat using a mild detergent.

It’s important to keep your wheelchair as clean and dry as possible. Let’s go over the cleaning process step-by-step.

  • Disassemble the chair by taking off the seat and back cushions as well as any other fabric components of the chair.
  • Use a can of compressed air (the kind used to clean keyboards and other electronics) to spray dirt out of the crevices of the chair. The compressed air can help remove hair and dirt that may be impacting your chair’s mobility.
  • Fill a bucket with warm soap and water, and grab some microfiber towels. Dunk the towels in the water/soap mixture, and gently wipe down every surface of the chair, including the seat and back rest.
  • Use a separate damp towel to clean the wheels. Don’t forget to wipe down the spokes and between the spokes.
  • Remove bolts with grease or dirt build-up, and clean them with a wire brush.
  • Use a clean towel to dry the wheelchair frame, wheels and bolts.
  • You may also use a special tire cleaner to improve the shine of your wheels.
  • You can apply Scotchgard to your chair cushions to help prevent stains and tears.
  • Reassemble the chair, and make sure all components are dry before storing it away.


Monthly maintenance is important. Some of the most important tasks include:

  • Checking arm rests, hand rims and leg rests for sharp edges or rough spots. These can cause injury to yourself or others. If you have any rough or sharp areas, file them down to make them smooth again.
  • Wax the frame of your wheelchair to make it easier to open, close and clean.
  • Check all of the screws and bolts on your chair. If you find any that are loose, tighten them with a wrench or screwdriver. Check each part after tightening to make sure that your wheels spin freely and that your steering is still smooth.
  • Inspect the frame of your chair, and look for any cracks or dents. Cracks can be particularly troublesome because they can cause your frame to break. Depending on the severity of the crack, it may be able to be welded together.
  • If the chair’s ball bearings aren’t factory sealed, take them out. You’ll need to clean them, dry them, and then apply new grease. This step is important because if water gets into the bearings, it can cause them to rust and your chair to ride rough.


Every 4-6 months, you’ll want to perform a few special maintenance tasks. These include:

  • Checking the seat fabric for rips or sags. If the fabric is worn or torn, it’s time for a replacement. Sagging and tears in the seat can actually lead to pressure sores, so it’s important to repair or replace damaged fabric as soon as possible. And if you’re using a foam seat, check to make sure that it’s still firm. Foam wheelchair cushions can also sag and cause pressure sores.
  • Take the time to oil the center and bottom of the x-brace with machine oil (medium-weight). You’ll also want to oil other pivot points on the chair.

If you plan to store your wheelchair for a long period of time, make sure that it’s covered and left in a dry place that is protected from the sun and fluctuating temperatures. When you’re ready to use your chair again, make sure that you go through each of these checklists to ensure everything is working as it should be.

Making Your Home Wheelchair Accessible in Four Easy Steps

elder man pushing a wheelchair

One of the most difficult life changes that I personally dealt with when I was in a wheelchair was traversing my own home. Cabinets are too high to reach, doors are barely wide enough, you can’t just get into the shower, and forget about sitting at a countertop.

The world isn’t designed with wheelchair accessibility in mind.

However, you can easily make your home wheelchair accessible through simple home improvement projects.

Making Your Home Wheelchair Accessible One Step at a Time

Improvements, such as lowering countertops or cabinetry, are costly, and these are more intense improvement projects. You’ll want to start slowly, making the improvements that will have the biggest impact on a person’s quality of life first.

A general rule of thumb is to tackle the following tasks to make your home wheelchair accessible.

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1. Tackle Steps and Stairs First

A person needs to be able to enter their home before anything else is done. You’ll need to incorporate ramps to allow a person to enter the home on their own. If steps exist, ramps need to be put in place.

Outdoor entry may require:

  • Modular ramps that are designed to meet the immediate needs of the users. Customizable, these ramps are made with aluminum and help a person go up multiple steps without issue.
  • Custom ramps are able to accomplish the same goal as a modular ramp, but these ramps are specifically designed for the user. Rails may or may not be in place, and the ramp may be made with concrete or wood.

Once the person is able to enter the home, it’s time to look for any thresholds, stairs or steps that may them from going through the home.

Small thresholds are easy to overcome with threshold ramps. These small ramps will be placed near very small thresholds that may be 0.5 inch or 6 inches. Aluminum threshold ramps are ideal on the higher end, but rubber ramps are also good because they’re heavy and durable. Weight doesn’t matter as much with these ramps.

Large sets of stairs will require a different approach.

Ramps will not be suited for indoor staircases because the gradient will be too drastic. Stair lifts will be the ideal solution for indoor staircases. These lifts can be costly, but they’re easy to install. All that’s required is a few bolts and an electrical outlet for most modern stairlifts.

But this is a job that’s best suited for a handyman or a professional installer.

2. Doorways Come Next

Now that a person can traverse the home, it’s important that the doorways are wide enough for a wheelchair. A person that has some mobility, and can use a walker, cane or crutches, will often be able to wheel up to the door and proceed through it with their mobility device.

But a person that is wheelchair-bound and cannot use a mobility aid will want to have the doorways expanded.

A few things to consider are:

  • Width should be a minimum of 32 inches
  • Doors should be easy to open with easy-to-use doorknobs
  • Space to maneuver should be provided near the doorway

A person may be able to swing the door open, but they will need to position their wheelchair to do so. You’ll want to make sure that there’s room for the wheelchair on the left or right side of the door so that the individual can confidently open and close the doors in the home.

3. Moving to the Bathroom

A wheelchair-friendly home means having a bathroom that is able to easily be entered and traversed. This may be difficult when the bathroom is narrow, and significant work may be needed to allow for enough space for a wheelchair.

This means expanding the door’s width and also making sure that the space to the toilet and shower is wide enough.

A few additional projects to undertake are:

  • Install grab bars near the toilet and in the shower as needed.
  • Add a toilet riser to make transfers off and on to the toilet easier.
  • Install a shower chair for users who cannot stand up.

If you want to go the extra mile, you may want to allow the wheelchair to enter under the sink. This will allow the person to easily wash their hands, but this can be a significant investment.

A person that can stand or will put their feet on the floor during a transfer will also appreciate a non-slip surface. Flooring that provides traction offers the utmost safety and will prevent accidental slips and falls.

4. Bedroom Accommodations

You should have at least once bedroom in the home that is truly wheelchair accessible. This bedroom will be the place where the person lays their head down at night and can be confident in their ability to reach their clothes, alarm clock and any other items they need.

A few things to consider are:

  • Nightstands where the person can keep all of their essentials in easy-to-reach places.
  • Closet spaces and shelves need to be lowered to allow for easy reaching.
  • Dressers need to be the appropriate height with enough space for a person to open and close them while seated.

As a person settles into their room, make sure that you ask them if there are any changes that would make life easier. Something as simple as lowering a light switch can make a world of difference for someone in a wheelchair.

Finally, it’s time to take an assessment of the rest of the home. Pots, pans, and dishware should be, when possible, within easy reach. You’ll want to move furniture or remove furniture to allow the person to move around the home easily.

If possible, keep the person’s bedroom on the first floor to eliminate the need of going up and down the stairs.

Over time, assess the home and make any additional improvements that will make life in a wheelchair more accommodating. Making your home wheelchair accessible is a process that will take time, and when in doubt, you can ask a physical or occupational therapist to assess the home to determine what other changes may be necessary.

What’s the Best Manual Wheelchair? Our 5 Picks

man pushing a wheelchair

Unlike their motorized counterparts, manual wheelchairs must be propelled by you – the user – or a companion. Many people prefer manual to electric wheelchairs for both temporary and long-term use. On reason is there’s no need to worry about drained batteries or dead motors. Also, because they have only a few working parts, manual wheelchairs tend to be more durable and reliable than motorized chairs.

With that said, not all manual chairs are made with the quality and safety you’d expect.

What’s the best wheelchair? We share our five picks.

ModelWeight CapacityWeightMore Information
Drive Medical Blue Streak
Drive Medical Blue Streak
up to 250 pounds41.2 pounds
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McKesson Standard Wheelchair
McKesson Standard Wheelchair
up to 350 pounds40 pounds
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Drive Medical Viper Plus

Drive Medical Viper Plus wheelchair
up to 300 pounds32 pounds
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Drive Medical Cruiser III

Drive Medical Cruiser III wheelchair
up to 350 pounds36 pounds
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Medline Lightweight

Medline Lightweight wheelchair
up to 350 pounds36 pounds
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1. Drive Medical Blue Streak Wheelchair

Drive Medical Blue Streak Wheelchair with Flip Back Desk Arms
Drive Medical Blue Streak Wheelchair

Drive Medical’s Blue Streak is one of the best wheelchair models under $120. It may not come with all of the bells and whistles of higher-end wheelchairs, but it has everything you need to get around quickly, safely and comfortably.

Three sizes are available:

  • 16”
  • 18”
  • 20”

Swing-away footrests make it easy to get in and out of the chair, and the open 20” x 26” seat gives you plenty of room. Detachable desk arms give you customizable support, and the nylon seat is easy to clean.

The durable tires have a push-to-lock feature for added safety. Drive Medical also includes a calf strap as well as a storage pocket for convenience.

The design of this model is both user- and caregiver-friendly, which makes this a versatile wheelchair.

The two sides of the chair push together for easy portability and storage. Weighing just 41.2 pounds, this wheelchair is lightweight, foldable and can easily be taken wherever you go.

The only real complaint with this model is that the seat is rather thin. You may want to buy some wheelchair cushions if you plan to use this chair for long periods of time. Otherwise, it’s easy to operate, it’s sturdy, and it’s easy to operate.

If you’re on a tighter budget and need a durable, portable, sturdy wheelchair, Drive Medical’s Blue Streak is a great option.


  • Affordable
  • Multiple size options
  • Push-to-lock feature for safety
  • Can be self-propelled
  • Folds up for easy storage and portability
  • Detachable desk arms and swing-away footrests


  • Thin seat (you may need a wheelchair cushion for comfort)

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2. McKesson Standard Wheelchair

McKesson Standard Wheelchair
McKesson Standard Wheelchair

McKesson’s standard wheelchair features a classic design with swing-away footrests, a 20” seat and a 350-lb weight limit.

The carbon steel frame adds to the durability of this chair, and the embossed vinyl upholstery is both aesthetically appealing and easy to clean.

The urethane tires are mounted onto composite wheels for a smoother ride over most surfaces. The 8” casters at the front of the chair are also adjustable in three positions.

Push-to-lock wheel brakes add to the safety of this chair, and the dual axle allows for easy transition to hemi-level seat height. The padded desk arms are also easy to remove and are positioned to fit comfortably at a desk or table.

The McKesson standard wheelchair is a great option for anyone who wants a comfortable seat, durable frame and a higher weight capacity.


  • High weight limit
  • Comfortable seat
  • Sleek and durable frame
  • Smooth ride over most surfaces
  • Push-to-lock wheel brakes
  • Padded, removable desk arms
  • Dual axle


  • No information on whether this model folds up

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3. Drive Medical Viper Plus

Drive Medical Viper Plus GT Wheelchair
Drive Medical Viper Plus GT Wheelchair

Drive Medical’s Viper Plus wheelchair is ultra-light (32 lbs.) and portable thanks to its aluminum frame. Heavy-gauge nylon upholstery adds comfort and durability. It’s also easy to clean, and includes hook-and-loop fastener straps.

The Viper Plus has seat rail extensions as well as extendable upholstery. This allows you to adjust the seat to your liking:

  • Seat depth can be adjusted from 16” to 18.”
  • Back height can be adjusted from 17” to 19” in 1” increments.
  • Back angle can be adjusted from 5-degrees to 20-degrees.

The dual axle allows for a wide range of seat-to-floor height options, and the over-center cross brace eliminates the need to have seat guides.

The Viper Plus has quick-release, 24” Mag-style wheels with precision wheel bearings for added durability and reliability. Urethane tires and caster wheels at the rear of the chair allow for a smoother ride and better performance.

For even more customization, the Viper Plus offers adjustable caster forks with three height adjustments. The swing-away footrests are adjustable as is the anti-tipper and the push-to-lock wheel locks.

With a maximum user weight of 300 lbs., the Viper Plus can accommodate most users with ease. And the customization features make this model ideal for people who want a truly custom fit.


  • Multiple adjustable features for a custom fit
  • Swing-away footrests and flip-up armrests
  • Dual axle
  • Comfortable, breathable nylon upholstery
  • Foldable for easy portability


  • No information on whether the wheelchair folds up for storage

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4. Drive Medical Cruiser III

Drive Medical Cruiser III lightweight wheelchair
Drive Medical Cruiser III Lightweight Wheelchair

The Cruiser III from Drive Medical features a foldable carbon steel frame with a silver vein finish for a sleek look. Weighing less than 36 lbs., this chair is easy to take with you on the go.

This model comes in three sizes and styles:

  • 16,” 18,” and 20”
  • Flip Back Removable Adjustable Height Desk Arms/Elevating Leg Rests, Flip Back Removable Adjustable Height Desk Arms/Swing Away Leg Rests, and Flip Back Removable Full Arms/Swing away Footrests

We’re going to discuss the 20” chair with the flip back removable arms and swing-away footrests.

This model has built-in seat rail extensions as well as extendable upholstery that allows you to adjust the seat depth from 16” to 18.” The padded armrests add comfort, but can also be removed for convenience. The dual axle design allows for easy transition to hemi-level.

The Mag-style wheels are maintenance-free, and the 8” casters at the front of the chair can be adjusted in three positions. Sealed wheel bearings at the front and rear allow for added durability, and the push-to-lock wheel locks add to the safety of the chair.

The design of the frame eliminates the need for seat guides, and also allows for customized back inserts and accessories.

The Cruiser III is easy to fold up for storage or portability, and its durable design makes it a great option for most users. It’s difficult to find any information on weight limits, but many users say that it can support at least 300 lbs.


  • Lightweight and portable
  • Multiple style and size options
  • Adjustable features
  • Dual axle
  • Folds up for easy storage and portability


  • No reliable information on the wheelchair’s weight limit

Click here for more information on the Drive Medical Cruiser III

5. Medline Lightweight and User-Friendly Wheelchair

Medline Lightweight and User-Friendly Wheelchair
Medline Lightweight and User-Friendly Wheelchair

Medline’s lightweight wheelchair features comfortable (and easy to clean) nylon upholstery and a generous 18” wide seat. The chair is lightweight and has a 300 lb. weight capacity.

Removable, flip-back desk arms make it easy to sit at tables and desks, and to transfer to other seats. Elevating leg rests help alleviate pressure, prevent swelling and also improve the comfort of this chair – especially during long trips. The backrest and armrest are both adjustable for customized support and comfort.

The maintenance-free Mag-style wheels are smooth rolling and flat-free. An arm drive attachment allows for easy, independent movement. Medline’s chair also folds up easily for transport and storage.


  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable and easy to clean
  • Elevating leg rests
  • Maintenance-free wheels
  • Foldable for easy storage
  • High weight limit


  • Not many adjustable features

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These five manual wheelchairs are durable, easy to use and comfortable to sit in. Most are foldable for easy transport and portability. Many also have adjustable features that allow for a more customized fit. These models come in varying price ranges and options to suit your needs and your budget.

Best Transport Wheelchairs For Ease of Travel

If you are looking for a wheelchair that is easy to fold up and move around, then a manual one like the some of the ones above aren’t what you are looking for. There are plenty of lightweight or transport wheelchairs that are much easier to lug around with you while you are on the go. We have reviewed a few that we recommend here: TOP 3 LIGHTWEIGHT WHEELCHAIRS – LIGHT AND AFFORDABLE

Choosing the Best Type of Wheelchair For Your Needs

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Choosing the best wheelchair for your needs requires a complete understanding of the types of wheelchairs available. You can have a wheelchair custom-made, but this is a costly option that is only a must in select circumstances: a wheelchair that accounts for a bed sore, for example.

Types of Wheelchairs Available

Lightweight Wheelchair

Fly Light wheelchairLightweight wheelchairs (you can see our favorites here) weigh between 20 and 35 pounds. Light in weight, these wheelchairs are durable enough for daily use, but they’re meant to be easy to transport. These options often fold, and they’re what most users would want in a wheelchair that they plan on traveling with.

You can fold many of these chairs up and place them in the trunk of a car.

Caregivers helping you with a lightweight wheelchair will struggle less with moving or picking up the chair.

You’ll find ultra-lightweight models that can weigh as little as ten pounds, but they have a very high price tag. Lightweight wheelchairs are ideal for anyone that:

  • Travels
  • Can walk, but not walk long distances

Lightweight wheelchairs have lower weight limits than a heavy-duty model, so a user that is heavier may need to choose a heavy-duty or bariatric model.

Sport models that are lower to the ground and designed for the sports enthusiast are also available. These chairs are often lightweight, but they’re built for speed. Users that want to play basketball or enter the special Olympics often have sport models because they’re designed for speed.

Heavy-Duty Wheelchair

bariatric wheelchairHeavy-duty wheelchairs are also called bariatric wheelchairs, and these models are meant for heavier adults that still want to be independent and mobile. These models are designed to be:

  • Wider
  • Heavier

The added width accommodates the user’s size and allows the wheelchair to hold more weight. Bariatric wheelchairs can hold users that are 250+ pounds, but there are other models that can hold users of 400+ pounds.

Steel construction allows for added weight to be held, but it makes the wheelchair heavier. The heavier weight makes the wheelchair difficult to pick up, so a van that has wheelchair straps is ideal.

Seat material may also have added support to allow for a more comfortable time in the wheelchair.

The main difference between heavy-duty models and lightweight models is that this model is:

  • Wider in size, making it more difficult to fit in some doors.
  • Accommodates higher weights
  • Meant for users that need to use a wheelchair most of the time

Bariatric wheelchairs also have accessories that can make the life of the user safer. These models may have anti-tip bars, attachments, adjustable arms and adjustable foot rests to name a few.

Transport Wheelchair

transport wheelchairTransport chairs are the ideal choice for someone that has a caregiver to help them around and is suffering from limited mobility. Transport chairs can’t be operated by the person sitting in them, so they allow for an easy way to keep a patient immobile, too.

Transport chairs can be lighter than 15 pounds, and they are easy to fold.

Folding these chairs down is easy, and they will fold to nearly flat in size, so they’re very easy to transport. The light weight design makes this the ideal choice for anyone that:

  • Can’t propel themselves
  • Has a caregiver that pushes their wheelchair
  • Travels often and needs an easy means of transport

There are times when a transport chair is the optimal choice even if a person can propel themselves. A long-distance trip that requires someone else to push is often easier because the transport chair is very light.

When a person is sick or in the recovery process, transport chairs offer an essential means of transportation.

A person that is permanently in a wheelchair will often benefit from having a traditional wheelchair alongside a transport chair. One of the key most important things to remember is that a transport chair can hold more weight in many cases. A lot of these chairs are built to accommodate users that are 400 to 450 pounds.

They’re a great choice for quick and easy transport.

Reclining Wheelchair

Medline reclining wheelchairReclining wheelchairs (you can see our favorites here) allow for maximum adjustment. These wheelchairs allow for body positioning adjustments that other wheelchairs don’t offer. A user can be tilted back, and this is a lot more than just about comfort.

The ability to recline backwards offers several benefits:

  • Reclining allows for added comfort and ease of activity
  • Body weight pressure is adjusted, reducing pressure sores
  • Circulation is improved, allowing for less swelling and symptoms of edema
  • Transfers from a reclining wheelchair are easier than in a standard wheelchair
  • Certain forms of medical treatment are easier when the patient is reclined

Reclining wheelchairs can be propelled by the user, but the back rest is higher. These wheelchairs have quick handle adjustments, making it easy to recline and return the wheelchair back to its normal position.

Weight capacity and seat width vary, so keep this in mind when choosing the right wheelchair for your needs.

Motor-powered Wheelchair

electric wheelchairMotor-powered or electric wheelchairs have a battery that powers them. Heavy-duty in design, these wheelchairs are very heavy. You’ll find that the only way to transport these wheelchairs is with a van, but they’re the best option for anyone with very limited arm function.

There are also specialized models that can be completely controlled by the user’s breath.

Electric wheelchairs do need to be recharged, so the main disadvantage is that these wheelchairs can die on the user. There are a lot of moving parts, so the chair will require more maintenance and upkeep.

Moving the wheelchair manually may be possible with a caregiver if the battery dies, but it’s an impractical option to move the chair manually otherwise.

The weight limit of these chairs varies, so make sure the model you choose is able to accommodate your weight if you’re a heavier user.

2-in-1 Models and Options

There’s a new trend in wheelchairs, and this is the 2-in-1 transport wheelchair. You’ll find a few models that can be used as a transport wheelchair and a rollator. What makes this a great option is the quick ability to switch between a chair and a rollator.

A user that has difficulty walking long distances may benefit from these chairs.

Transport is easy, too.

Lightweight and transport wheelchair models are also available. This combo allows for a chair that’s easier to transport and lighter than a heavy-duty chair. But these 2-in-1 models are also heavier, so that’s their main drawback.

In the event that none of the wheelchair options can accommodate your size, the best option is to have a custom chair created. A physical therapist or you doctor can also recommend the best wheelchair for your needs.

Medline Excel Reclining Wheelchair Review

Medline Excel Reclining WheelchairMedline’s Excel reclining wheelchair offers an affordable, durable reclining wheelchair that adds to the user’s mobility without costing a fortune in the process. The good news is that Medline knows that users aren’t created equal, so they offer four different seat width options:

  • 16″
  • 18″
  • 20″
  • 22″

While the width of the seat changes, each chair allows for the same great features.

Medline Excel Reclining Wheelchair Features

  • Width: 16″ – 22″
  • Weight Limit: 300 pounds
  • Back Height: 22″
  • Angle adjust back
  • Reclining back option
  • Removable armrests
  • Elevating leg rests
  • Removable leg rests
  • Folding frame type
  • 90-degree to 140-degree recline
  • Carbon steel frame

Medline Excel Wheelchair

Medline’s Excel reclining wheelchair lineup allows for a lightweight (47 pound) folding wheelchair that adds to the user’s mobility and aids in comfort. The chair’s back can be reclined to allow for easy feeding or relaxing.

Users can have their legs elevated to allow for better bloodflow and to allow for swelling relief or help for people recently having their leg put in a cast or splint.

When reclining, a quick-adjust handle allows the user to recline the chair 90-degrees to 140-degrees for maximum comfort when sitting. The chair comes at a standard desk length and has removable armrests to allow for an easier time placing the wheelchair under a table or surface.

Carbon steel is used on the frame along with chip-resistant chrome to keep the chair looking sleek for years to come.

Vinyl is used for upholstery to allow for a durable, long-lasting surface that remains clean and bacteria-free. If the user needs to enter an automobile or the wheelchair is not in use, it can be folded up for storage. The chair is just 13″ wide when folded, so it will fit in even the smallest trunk of a car or in the backseat. If you are looking for a regular lightweight wheelchair, you can see a few that we recommend here.

The seat depth is 17″ to allow for tall and short users to comfortably sit in the wheelchair.

A cushion may be required if sitting in the chair for extended periods of time. While comfortable, the padding is thin to allow for the chair to fold up to just 13″ in width.

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Questions About the Medline Excel Reclining Wheelchair

The most common questions among users are:

  1. Can the headrest be removed? The headrest is fully detachable.
  2. Do the leg supports fold? The leg supports will pivot to the side to allow the user to enter the chair unhindered.
  3. Does the top of the chair be removed? The extended backrest can be removed to allow the wheelchair to be placed in an automobile with greater ease. The manufacturer recommends removing the headrest, armrest and back during storage to reduce space requirements.
  4. Does the chair fit in a normal-size car? Remove the appropriate pieces, and the wheelchair will fit in most autos.
  5. Can a person over 300 pounds use this chair? The chair is rated at 300 pounds. Any user in excess of 300 pounds is using the Medline at their own risk.

Users have a lot to say about the Medline Excel reclining wheelchair. The pros and cons of this chair are the most commonly praised or discussed features.


  • Adjustable back allows for added comfort during extended use
  • Sturdy construction and easy to maneuver
  • Removable headrest and armrest allow for customization


  • No front back adjustment control limits mobility

The wheelchair allows users to push the chair on their own. When mobility is of the utmost importance, it’s essential to be able to propel the wheelchair on your own. There are brakes that allow the chair to remain steady.

Users who want to be able to recline on their own will note that the handle to recline is only on the back of the chair, so it’s impossible to recline on your own.

A lack of a front recline lever is for safety reasons so that a user doesn’t get stuck in the reclined position. When it comes to comfort, the chair allows for a lot of detachable pieces to customize the chair as much as possible.

You can even remove the back rest when storing the chair.

Durable and long-lasting, this is a great chair when comfort and mobility are a person’s top priority. With numerous width options offered, the Medline Excel wheelchair offers options for wider users despite having a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds.

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