As someone needing a wheelchair for the first time in their life, I had no idea where to start. For weeks all my internet history was me searching the lightest, most durable, and cheapest wheelchairs in the UK. And I quickly became aware there are very few in depth wheelchair reviews out there 😂
My first wheelchair was bought when benefits were messing us about and we had no income. With asking my parents to pay us some money they owed back, we were able to buy an extremely cheap wheelchair. Say hello to the dark destroyer, who cost £59:
DD was pretty damn crucial in paving the way to us getting out the house again.
DD taught me that a wheelchair saved me pain & energy on days that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to manage. It showed us how much a chair helped in terms of my safety. But there were huge drawbacks with DD, too –
- It was so heavy I could only self propel a few feet unless we were on optimal flooring (the shiny, hard supermarket floor!)
- We removed the footrests to make the hefty beast lighter, but due to the bad design that left annoying spiky bits of metal that everybody kept catching themself on!!
- It was very cumbersome & hard to move; Lyle really struggled to push me on anything but the flattest surfaces & getting me over curbs was out of the question
Introducing the Excel G Lite Pro wheelchair
This was my big purchase when two different benefits paid us a total of 18 months back payment 😉
The excel G cost us £229, and it’s a work of art. There is *so* little wrong with this beauty!
For starters, he (yes, I’ve named my chair & given it a gender 😆) weighs just 7kg. 7kg.
The difference between the weight of this chair and my last is mind blowing. I can lift Raptor with ease. He can also be tipped (for getting over steps or curbs) SO easily. We tried to illustrate that in this video:
In addition, the wheels sit much further forwards and the chair’s seat is almost at the same height as the wheel. That means it’s extremely comfortable to self propel, & takes much less energy to move myself.
With my last chair, when I pushed myself I had to bend my shoulders way back & stick my elbows right out. For someone with hypermobile joints and generic chronic pain, this isn’t good 😅 Here I am pushing DD
And here I am pushing Raptor 😍
The other thing I should mention is comfort. Not only is the padding that comes with this chair comfortable, but you can raise/lower the arm rests, and the footrests.
The fact the arm rests go down means the chair is designed to fit under tables & desks. For safety, the chair has a seatbelt which fastens around the waist, & breaks to lock each rear wheel. If you have somebody pushing the chair, there are rear pedals for them to push down on to aid in tipping the chair to get over steps/curbs/potholes.
Finally, let’s cover how easy it is to transport the chair. The chair folds in the usual fashion; you hoik the sides & it folds in on itself, to probably less than half the width. In addition though (& this is really cool for fitting in small cars), each wheel pops off with one push off a button!
The one negative I can even come up with in regards to this chair, is its width. The chair comes in 3 different seat widths. I got the 18″ seat, which is the same as my last chair – however the Excel G Lite Pro is wider overall. My other chair can fit through my front door, this one can’t. It can fit through my kitchen door though.
Not much of an issue, but worth mentioning 🙂
In conclusion, this chair is AMAZING!
For a fairly- cheap-but-good wheelchair, I cannot recommend this enough.
It’s bIggest attribute has to be it’s weight, or lack thereof. I struggled to find ANY chairs that were even within 2kg of this chair’s weight, & feeling the difference in person in terms of ease of movement, its incredible.
But aside from the lightness, this chair feels like it was designed by someone who understands what people need/want from a wheelchair. So far, I cannot fault it, & this is the best £229 I’ve ever spent 😂