Choosing Between Folding and
Non-Folding Mobility Scooters:
A Comprehensive Guide

Mobility scooters have revolutionized the lives of millions with mobility challenges, offering newfound freedom and independence. In the United States alone, over 16 million people rely on mobility aids.

This guide aims to simplify your decision between folding and non-folding mobility scooters, ensuring you find the best fit for your lifestyle.

Folding Scooters: Features and Benefits
Non-Folding Heavy-Duty and Full-Size Scooters
Take-Apart Scooters: A Third Option
Power Wheelchairs: An Alternative
3-Wheeler Vs. 4-Wheeler Scooters
The Benefits of a Folding Mobility Scooter
Choosing the Right Mobility Scooter
Experience Unmatched Freedom and Convenience
with the ATTO folding mobility scooters. Our range of folding mobility scooters are the perfect marriage of advanced engineering and sleek design.

Folding scooters, as the name implies, can be folded for easy storage and transport. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, and travel.

  1. Sturdiness: Designed for comfort and durability. May be a good choice for individuals weighing more than 400 lbs.

  2. Limited Mobility: Limited for outdoor use and often not suitable for indoor environments. Mostly, you can drive them only on roads and not on sidewalks. Since you can’t just put it in your car and go to a mall or a restaurant for example, you can only drive them where you live, what is also called “good for last mile”.

  3. Storage Requirements: Needs more space, such as a garage.

  4. Insurance Considerations: Might require insurance for use.


Non-folding scooters, typically heavy-duty or full-size, offer a fixed frame. They're more suitable for outdoor use due to their larger size and require dedicated storage space like a garage.

Take-Apart Scooters: A Third Option. Take-apart scooters offer another choice that includes disassembling for transport and storage. However, they can be cumbersome to disassemble and reassemble, and they often have a heavier build. The chair and steering come off, but the frame and battery remain as one heavy piece to lift. Additionally, they can have poor ground clearance and are not available in very attractive designs. batteries are always removable on these SC

For those seeking a different mobility solution, power wheelchairs are a viable option. They are especially suitable for those who need additional support. Some are well designed, can fold and be somewhat lightweight. However, power wheelchairs do come with the stigma of disability attached to them and some may want to feel young, vital, and confident that they are still independent and mobile, no matter their age. In this case a mobility scooter, especially a well designed one, may be a more suitable option.

The number of wheels on your scooter impacts stability and maneuverability, unless they use advanced engineering and safety features like in the ATTO family of scooters, solving the stability issues. ATTO’s patented design includes placing the rear wheels behind the seat and has a wider wheelbase, creating a triangular base for safety.
This also means you never have to worry about your scooter tipping back.

Three-wheelers offer greater agility in tight spaces but might have stability concerns. Four-wheelers provide enhanced stability but are bulkier and better suited for outdoor use.

Folding scooters tand out for their adaptability and ease of use. They're perfect for travel, easy storage, and versatile use in various environments. This adaptability significantly improves the quality of life, allowing for a more active lifestyle.

Key benefits include:

Key aspects include:

Can fit into car trunks and is suitable for public transport. Some models are even airline-approved.

Ideal for small spaces, folding into compact sizes.

User Friendly 
Designed for easy folding and unfolding, often in simple steps.

Lighter than non-folding scooters and maneuvrable, perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.

When selecting a mobility scooter, consider:

  1. Portability: is a hallmark of folding scooters, catering to the travel enthusiast with ease. These scooters are not only compact enough to fit in your car trunk but are also generally accepted on most forms of public transportation. What's more, some unique models are even cleared for airline travel, making them the perfect companion for air and cruise voyagers. Their lightweight design further amplifies this portability, making them a breeze to handle and maneuver.
  2. When it comes to folding scooters, you have two primary types:
    Auto Folding Scooters: With just a button press, these scooters fold automatically. However, they are known for their susceptibility to mechanical issues over time. Plus, they fold into one piece, which can be very heavy and challenging to lift.
    Manual Folding Scooters: Most of the scooters when folded, remain in one heavy piece. The ATTO scooter is different. Unique in its design, it can be separated into two lightweight parts, simplifying the lifting process. The manual easy folding design also reduces the likelihood of mechanical complications, offering a more reliable and user-friendly experience.
  3. Weight Capacity: Ensure it supports your weight plus any additional items.
  4. Smallest part’s weight: Ask yourself if you can lift the scooters into your car trunk for example, otherwise, it is not really portable for you
  5. Seating Comfort: Look for adjustable and comfortable seating. Some mobility scooters come with features such as swivel seats, height adjustment, and armrests, helping to customize and enhance your experience. Ask yourself how much legroom you have, you don’t want your knees being out of the scooter bumping corners.
  6. Maneuverability: Consider your daily environment and choose a model that navigates it effectively. Consider the ground clearance - higher ground clearance means more terrains and possibilities. Folding scooters are a good choice if you want to do daily errands, and drive inside and outside, and if you also love to travel, this is the logical choice.
  7. Battery Range: Ensure it meets your daily mobility requirements. If you love to travel, you need a scooter that offers an extensive range.
  8. Ease of Use and Safety: Opt for intuitive controls and advanced safety features such as automatically slowing down around sharp turns or going downhill. These features mean you can rest assured of your scooter’s safety and maneuverability.
  9. Style and looks: While many scooters focus primarily on functionality, style often takes a backseat. However, if you're looking for more than just a means to get from point A to B and desire a scooter that enhances your sense of style and makes you feel sleek and youthful, it's worth seeking out a model that blends high-end design with performance.

The ATTO SPORT Portable Mobility Scooter, for example, has a well-thought-out design to meet everything you need in a mobility scooter. It has the following modes:

Drive mode - to zoom around in. Compact to full size in 10 seconds flat! Easy to drive, maneuver in tight spaces, and great for indoor or outdoor use.

Compact mode - easily folds into the size of a suitcase, so you can stow it away in your trunk, put it in your overhead luggage bin on an airplane, and more.

Trolley mode - turn your scooter into a trolley in seconds, and easily wheel it to your next destination.

Split mode  - split the scooter into two lightweight parts, making it easier to put it in any car trunk, and even in the airplane’s overhead compartment.