Pride Jazzy Select 6 Review

The Pride Jazzy Select 6 is a sleek, power wheelchair based on the best-selling Jazzy Select Power chair. It is designed with comfort, safety and style in mind. Pride describes the Jazzy Select 6 as a “state-of-the-art life-enhancement device” for increasing mobility of semi- or non-ambulatory individuals. Compared with the Jazzy Select, the Jazzy Select 6 features dual in-line motors that improve range, acceleration and performance. It also has a narrower frame, Active-Trac suspension and solid drive wheels for a smoother ride and greater indoor maneuverability. The foot platform was redesigned in this model, and there is an option for elevated seating. It also comes with an easy access charging port. The Pride Jazzy Select comes with a 5-year limited warranty on frame and 13-month limited warranty on electronics and drive motors.

Accessories

The Jazzy Select 6 comes with several optional accessories. These include the arm mount saddlebag for storing items (small and large), cup holder, crutch and cane holder, elevated or swing-away leg rests, heel hoops, oxygen and walker holder, rear basket, weather cover, safety flag and a selection of cushions.

Operation

Before the Jazzy Select 6 can be operated, a mobility device expert must fit the power chair to the user and instruct him or her on its use. In some cases, the user must practice operating the power chair in the presence of a care professional or a trained family member. New users may need some practice to maneuver through different terrains.

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Specifications:

Weight Capacity:    300 lbs.
Base Weight:        100 lbs.
Seat Weight        42.5 lbs.
Seat Type:        High-back
Length:            35.6″ (front riggings not included)
Width:            23.5″
Turning Radius:        20.5″
Top Speed:        4 MPH
Ground Clearance:    2″
Maximum Range:    15 miles (one charge)
Suspension:        Active-Trac
Brakes:            Electronic regenerative disc
Drive Train:        2-motor, mid-wheel, inline
Colors:            Blue and Red

Wheels (Solid):

Drive:            10″
Caster:            6″ (front and rear)
Anti-tip:        6″ (front)

Battery:

Controller:        40 AMP PG GC
Battery Charger:    3 AMP (off-board)
Battery:          U-1 x 2

Consumer Reviews

Users with one month to over a year’s experience with the Jazzy Select 6 have mostly positive things to say about the device.

Pros:

Reviewers like that the power chair is reliable, sturdy (one user called it “rugged”), strong and capable of functioning in a demanding environment for long periods. Others like the ease of driving, maneuverability and comfort. One user praised the power chair for its tight-turning radius. Users can ride for a maximum of 15 miles just on one charge, and the battery holds up for a few days with average daily indoor use. The Pride Mobilities staff also gets points for helpfulness and friendliness from ordering to delivery and training.

Cons:

One user complained of cracked seats and a noisy motor that had to be sprayed with silicone. Others said that battery charging time is too long (12 to 14 hours), and that you need two sets of batteries for your device since you can’t use the chair when it’s charging. Batteries also burn out very quickly. A reviewer who has used the chair for 11 months complained of constant repairs on electronics, charger, controller and batteries. Another user with a foot deformity complained that the Jazzy Select 6 is slow, unstable and has serious design flaws in the seat, armrests and foot plate.

Verdict:

Overall, reviewers say that the Jazzy Select 6 is a reliable product with a sleek frame and tight-turn radius. It gets points for maneuverability, but the battery life can be short and takes a long time to fully charge—a problem for completely non-ambulatory individuals who rely on their chairs 24/7.

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