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How To Choose The Best Wheelchair Ramp | A Buyer's Guide

Man in wheelchair reading a book

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Wheelchair ramps help to boost independence and quality of life for those with reduced mobility.

For many able-bodied people, it's hard to imagine what it's like to worry about getting in and out of restaurants, public transport or public bathrooms—things that are often taken for granted.

There are many different options out there, but choosing the right ramp for you or your loved one shouldn't be a headache. This guide will help you find the best wheelchair ramp for your needs. 

What To Consider When Buying Wheelchair Ramps

Where do I need a wheelchair ramp?” 

That's the first question you'll need to ask yourself when you're shopping around. The most common places that require a ramp are doorways, steps, and vehicles for safe and easy access. 

For permanent ramps that will be used around the home (such as doorways, steps, and sliding doors), we recommend a sturdy rubber threshold ramp.

For portable ramps that will be used around the home or for vehicles, we recommend a lightweight material like aluminium. One of the most important things to look for in a portable ramp is ease of movement. Always check whether you're able to carry it and that it fits nicely in your vehicle.

Okay, so that's the short answer. There are still a few more things to look out for.

What To Avoid When Buying Wheelchair Access Ramps

Avoid making a purchase without knowing your ramp height, length, weight capacity and width requirements. These will vary depending on your wheelchair size and the height of the step - and it's important you get this right to ensure your ramp is practical and safe in years to come.

Avoid ramps that don't have a good grip surface, such as non-slip tape. This will help you feel safe and secure when using the ramp and prevent any injuries. 

Once you've decided on a ramp, consider how you will install it. For example, large rubber threshold ramps can be quite heavy, so it's best to avoid setting them up on your own and get help from an expert. 

Now you know what to look for and avoid, let's break down the different types of wheelchair ramps.

Types Of Home Wheelchair Ramps

Portable Wheelchair Ramps


PVI Aluminium Solid Threshold Ramp leaning up against a brick step on a house porch


Portable wheelchair ramps are a great option for those who need a little more freedom. They're often made from lightweight materials without sacrificing durability. Aluminium access ramps are perfect if you need to use your ramp in a range of different places. Portable ramps come in folding, non-folding, and telescopic options for easy access.

Folding Portable Ramps are a popular choice, as they can easily be set up, used, and stored. They come in a bi-fold option (folds down to half its width) or a multi-fold option (folds down to half its width and length). They're great for manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and scooters. 

Heeve Portable Ramps Heeve Lightweight Folding Aluminium Wheelchair Ramp

Non-Folding Portable Ramps are lightweight and easy to set up. These are a great choice for navigating small steps. For larger steps or vehicles, we recommend a folding or telescopic ramp, as this will allow you to have a longer ramp length. 

Heeve Van & Vehicle Ramps Heeve Solid Non-Folding Aluminium Wheelchair/Walk Ramp

Telescopic Ramps are perfect for wheelchairs, mobility scooters, tri-walkers and rollators. They have an adjustable length depending on the situation, and they're easy to store when not in use. If you like the sound of a telescopic ramp, you should always check that both the front and rear wheels of your wheelchair fit on the ramp at the same time (for more information on this, get in touch).

Heeve Lightweight Telescopic Wheelchair Ramps & Carry Bag  being used by a man pushing another man in a wheelchair up concrete steps outside


Threshold Wheelchair Ramps 


Heeve Solid Rubber Wheelchair Threshold Door Ramp With Winged Edges on house porch entry


Threshold ramps help to boost independence around the home. They're often bulky and heavy, making them a great long-term solution. Threshold ramps are often used in doorways, bathrooms, and showers and to go over sliding door rails. 

Threshold ramps come in a range of shapes and sizes and are suitable for scooters, rollators, and pedestrian traffic.

We recommend choosing a rubber threshold ramp, as these are highly durable. There are also aluminium, plastic, and carbon fibre options. Threshold ramps can be moved if needed, but if you want to move them regularly, it's best to go with a portable mobility ramp. 

Van & Vehicle Wheelchair Ramps


Heeve Aluminium Multi-Fold Super-Grip Wheelchair Ramp on a van with a man pushing a wheelchair


If you need to get your wheelchair or mobility scooter into a vehicle, then this section is for you. Ramp Champ offers a selection of telescopic wheelchair ramps, folding wheelchair ramps or permanent van ramps. You can't go past aluminium when choosing a van and vehicle ramp.

Telescopic Wheelchair Ramps are lightweight yet incredibly durable. They conveniently fold away so you can store them when they're not in use. Remember, for telescopic ramps, make sure both the front and rear wheels fit on the ramp at the same time.

Folding Wheelchair Ramps are a popular vehicle option. They're often longer than a non-folding ramp (and a longer ramp is ideal for larger heights, like from the ground to a van). Folding ramps come in a bi-fold option (folds down to half its width) or a multi-fold option (folds down to half its width and length). They can also be stored easily.

When it comes to getting into and out of your vehicle, the gradient is often quite steep due to the change in height.

For this reason, wheelchairs getting loaded and unloaded often need to be unoccupied. If you're looking for an option where the wheelchair can be occupied, we have some permanent ramps that will do the trick, like the WM System.  

Installing a permanent Van And Vehicle Ramp saves you time and physical labour. If you or your loved one regularly uses a vehicle, this could be a good option to consider. Permanent vehicle ramps usually support more weight than portable ramps, although they can't be moved from place to place. 

Custom Made Wheelchair Ramps


Heeve Recycled Rubber Wheelchair Threshold Door Ramp on an internal house step with a man in a mobility scooter about to go down the ramp smiling


There's a huge range of mobility scooter ramps and access ramps here at Ramp Champ, but if you're looking for something tailored to your needs, why not request a custom ramp? Our custom rubber threshold ramps are a popular option for builders, occupational therapists, and those who need a specific size.

Our custom rubber threshold ramps are made to order. We make these right here in Victoria using recycled truck tyres (an extra bonus for the planet!).

Although pre-made ramps are a little more cost-effective, by choosing a custom-made ramp, you can rest assured you're getting exactly what you need. Plus, you can grab a free, no-obligation quote.

Are you still weighing your options? Can't decide between a portable threshold, vehicle, or custom-made ramp? Contact us, and we'll walk you through the process.


Hi Graeme,

We currently do not have a showroom however, our sales experts can help you find the most suitable product for your application. Usually, with a three-wheeled scooter, a wide folding ramp would be best. Please send an email to or call our hotline 1300913047 for more information.

Ramp Champ,

Where can I inspect a scooter ramp to suit a VW Caddy,I am getting a three wheel motorcycle type scooter

Graeme Sheppard,

Where are u located?
Wondering if I can arrange pick up
Also some pricing of the ramps?

Rae Avery,

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