Blue Streak is a technically competent wheelchair but not one of Drive’s best options. It is provisionally recommended for users up to 250 pounds, but Drive makes better models in the same price class.
* Note regarding Brand Reliability: This metric is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.
Are you looking for a sporty, decent-looking wheelchair, offered at a price you can afford? Do you want something that’s light enough that taking it with you on trips isn’t out of the question? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then your search may have led you to consider the Drive Medical Blue Streak.
In our view, this chair is proof positive that even when Drive swings and misses, they still wind up producing a pretty good wheelchair.
We admit early on here in our Drive Medical Blue Streak wheelchair review that this isn’t one of the company’s strongest models. The odds are that if you wind up buying one, you’ll be doing it mostly because of its somewhat sporty look. In terms of capabilities, Drive makes better models than this, offered for about the same money.
If you’re on the fence and haven’t quite decided which way you want to go, read on. We’ll tell you everything this chair gets right, and we won’t pull any punches when it comes to outlining why this isn’t one of Drive’s better options.
An Overview of the Drive Medical Blue Streak Wheelchair
We’ll start by saying that the Blue Streak is a fairly conventional wheelchair. There are no massive departures in design here, but Drive did do two things in a bid to give this model a sportier look: They spruced it up with a snazzy blue coat of paint, and they installed black mag wheels on it, which look great with the blue paint job.
That said, this isn’t exactly the Ferrari of wheelchairs. It’s not hard to find models that are significantly better looking.
You’ll pay a premium for those designs, but it is certainly doable. Still, if you’re on a budget and looking for a sporty option, this one’s certainly good-looking enough to grab your attention.
Before we say more than that here in this section of our Drive Medical Blue Streak wheelchair review, let’s pause for a moment to look at the core stats that define the model.
After all, most people buy a wheelchair primarily for function, not form, so here are the basics:
- Overall Product Dimensions: 24” (W) x 42” (D) x 36” (H)
- Seat Dimensions: 18” (W) x 16” (D)
- Chair Weight: 41.2 pounds
- Maximum Supported Weight: 250 pounds
As you can see, this isn’t a huge chair. It’s narrow enough that you won’t have any difficulty navigating through a standard-width doorframe, but you won’t have a lot of room to spare either, so watch your knuckles.
The seat is well-sized, but note that you don’t get any options here unlike many of the models Drive makes. If an 18” wide seat won’t work for you, then this isn’t the chair you want. You won’t have an opportunity at the point of sale to specify some other seat size configuration.
The weight isn’t awful, but it’s heavier than we like to see, especially if you mean to take the chair with you on the road. We regard anything 40 pounds or less as being a good weight for a travel chair, and this model comes in a shade over that.