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Bariatric Transport Chair / Heavy Duty Transport Chair

A heavy duty or bariatric transport chair is a type of lightweight wheelchair, designed to support individuals who weigh over 300 pounds. A bariatric transport wheelchair is usually designed to be pushed by the caregiver; it is extremely difficult to self-propel it. Find lightweight bariatric transport chairs on AvaCare Medical now! Read more...

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Who Can Use a Bariatric Transport Wheelchair?

Bariatric transport wheelchairs should be used by any individual with a BMI of 30 or above. These heavy duty transport chairs are an excellent solution for any such person who is in need of a wheelchair for short outings. Bariatric transport chairs are also an ideal mobility aid choice for frequent travelers, since they are most often foldable, and are one of the lightest types of wheelchairs. 

The seat of a bariatric transport chair can be up to 30 inches wide, and is designed with extra space in the seat and frame to accommodate people weighing over 300 pounds. 

FYI: Heavy duty transport chairs are not meant to be used for long stretches of time; they are intended to transport the patient from one place to a location that’s nearby.

Benefits of Heavy Duty Transport Chair

Oftentimes, individuals who weigh over 300 pounds have a hard time finding products that are appropriately sized, and able to provide support effectively. A bariatric transport chair is designed for use by bariatric individuals; it is sized right, and has the proper weight capacity, and therefore, can provide dependable support and a comfortable ride. 

Another primary benefit of the heavy duty transport chair is that it is the most lightweight type of bariatric wheelchair one can find. Of course, there are heavier and more lightweight bariatric transfer chairs, but compared to bariatric wheelchairs, these will always be much easier to carry.

Bariatric Transport Chairs: What to Look for

So, you’ve decided to purchase a bariatric transport chair in order to procure the most comfort and most effective support from your chair. Before settling on a specific one, here are a few questions to ask yourself!

Is it Lightweight?

Since bariatric transport wheelchairs are most commonly used for short distances, they’re usually picked up and put away quite frequently. If you have a feeling that you’ll forever be folding up and unfolding your transport chair, take care to look for one that’s lightweight, so that it will be easier to put away and take back out. Most transport chairs are lightweight; that’s actually one of the main benefits of these chairs, but some will be heavier than others. Actually, bariatric transport chairs are often heavier than standard transport chairs; bariatric transport chairs can weigh between 20 and 50 pounds. This makes it all the more imperative to take note of the product weight. 

How Comfortable is It?

Comfort is important to everyone, but it is especially crucial for people who don’t have such a strong constitution. To prevent the user from getting sores or any other sort of skin ailment, it is important that the bariatric transport wheelchair be as comfortable as possible. Check what material the seat fabric is comprised of, and also be sure to look out for both armrests and legrests. 

Is it Easily Maneuverable?

Being that this is a Bariatric transport chair, it is probable that it will be a bit heavy. This is due to the fact that a heavy-duty chair is constructed from strong, heavy materials that are extremely supportive and durable. Since the bariatric transfer chair may be a bit on the heavy side, you’ll want to check reviews and make sure that even if it is nice and hefty, it is still maneuverable. 

Is it Durable?

Since the heavy duty transport chair will be used to hold someone who requires bariatric medical equipment, it needs to be very durable. You can get an idea of how durable the bariatric transport chair is by looking into its weight capacity, and checking out what the chair is constructed of. 

Is it Easy to Assemble?

If you plan on having someone come over to assemble it once, and you’re not looking for a portable option that is easy to assemble, you don’t need to think much about this option. However, if you do plan on packing the transport wheelchair in your trunk sometimes, it most probably will make life just a little easier if the transport wheelchair you choose is easy to assemble. 

Is it Compact?

It is an idea to check the weight of the heavy duty transport chair, because although it shouldn’t be too heavy, if you find carrying the chair around to be difficult, or you plan on using it often, you might as well find one that is as lightweight of a bariatric chair that is possible. 

Does it Have the Right Weight Capacity?

Although bariatric transport chairs are designed for use by bariatric individuals, even such people don’t all require the exact same weight capacity. Therefore, when looking for a bariatric transport chair, be sure to check how much the chair is able to hold. This way, you confirm before you buy it that it will support you effectively, and not be heavier than you need it to be. 

How Wide is it?

If you intend to use the bariatric transport wheelchair indoors, check the measurements of the chair so that you can be sure that it is narrow enough to fit through the doorways and hallways of your home. 

Can it Be Self-Propelled?

There is an option of getting a transport chair that can be propelled by the user or by the caregiver, since it has removable 24 inch back wheels. If you’d like to have the option of pushing your transport chair on your own, or if you’re on the lookout for a lighter wheelchair, this may be an ideal option for you. 


Now that you’ve read through these questions, you can finally sit down, make some searches, and then settle on a bariatric transport chair that is perfect for your needs! AvaCare Medical has a full selection of bariatric transport wheelchairs for you to choose from; there are ones with all different colors and features. 

If you have any questions about a specific bariatric wheelchair on our site, or you’d prefer professional assistance from an experienced AvaCare Medical customer care expert, simply call the customer care team at (877) 813-7799, send an email to info@avacaremedical.com, or chat with a care agent onsite.