We get a lot of queries about what would be the ideal wheelchair material to go for while purchasing one for the specific use. While we are always prompt in answering, it is only human that we end up missing out some detail or the other or end up engaging in a long discussion. It is for this reason that we thought that we would write a blog which will explain all of this in detail.

While we have tried answering the things in the best-detailed way possible, in case you feel that there is something else you want to know, well we are just a call away!

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Plastic

Plastic Material for Wheelchair
Material StrengthDecent material strength, Malleable and hence do not break
Usage TerrainSmooth and Plain Surfaces Within Residential Complex
Usage PurposeFor Basic Usage, Every Once in a While
Cost of WheelchairThe basic wheelchairs starts at about ₹30000
Material LifetimeWears and Tears Fast so Would Depend on the Extent of Usage
Material maintenanceVery Low

Chrome Plated Steel

Chrome Steel Material for Wheelchair
Material StrengthHigh Material Strength, Light Weight, Make Good Portable Chairs
Usage TerrainCan be Used Across All Terrains
Usage PurposeFor Indoor as well as Basic Outdoor Usage
Cost of WheelchairThe Basic Wheelchairs Starts at about ₹7000
Material LifetimeEasy to Maintain, Corrosion and Abrasion Resistant
Material maintenanceHardly Required. Avoid Chemicals Which Could Damage the Coat

Painted Mild Steel

Painted Mild Steel Material for Wheelchair
Material StrengthGood Material Strength, Not Brittle & Hence Good for Portable Chairs
Usage TerrainCan be Used Across All Terrains
Usage PurposeConstant Use, can be used as Shower Commode Wheelchair with Some Caution
Cost of WheelchairThe Basic Wheelchairs Starts at about ₹3000
Material LifetimeLasts Longer if Used with Caution for Environments Causing Corrosion
Material maintenanceHardly Required. Avoid Chemicals Which Could Damage the Coat

Coated Mild Steel

Coated Mild Steel Material for Wheelchair
Material StrengthHigh Material Strength, Not Brittle Hence can make Foldable & Portable Chairs
Usage TerrainCan be Used Across All Terrains
Usage PurposeConstant Use, can be used as Shower Commode Wheelchair with Some Caution
Cost of WheelchairThe Basic Wheelchairs Starts at about ₹7000
Material LifetimeLasts Longer than Painted Mild Steel if Used with Caution around Aquatic Areas
Material maintenanceHardly Required. Avoid Chemicals Which Could Damage the Coat

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Material for Wheelchair
Material StrengthConsiderably High Material Strength, Heavier in Weight, more Sturdy
Usage TerrainCan be Used across All Terrains, High Shock Resilience Too
Usage PurposeBest for Constant Mobility and as Shower and Commode Wheelchair
Cost of WheelchairThe Basic Wheelchairs Starts at about ₹4000
Material LifetimeLasts Longer than Painted & Coated Mild Steel even with Rough Usage
Material maintenanceHardly Required. Only for the Dust and Debris.

Carbon Fibre

Carbon Fibre Material for Wheelchair
Material StrengthVery High Material Strength, Lighter in Weight than Steel and even Plastic in Some Cases, more Sturdy.
Usage TerrainCan be Used across All Terrains, High Shock Resilience Too
Usage PurposeFor high Functional usage such as Aeronautics, Frequent Movements, Athletic & Sport Purposes
Cost of WheelchairThe Basic Wheelchairs Starts Upwards of ₹1 lakh
Material LifetimeInfinite, Literally No Conceivable Damage Can ever Happen
Material maintenanceBarely Required.