In a Nutshell:
The Advantage LX is an amazingly well-designed, budget-priced wheelchair. Recommended for perfect for anyone on a budget, weighing up to 300 pounds.
- Very good, basic, no-frills wheelchair
- Offered by a good, well-respected company
- Sports mag wheels for a vaguely sporty look
- Everest and Jennings is known for standing by its products
- Not expensive
- Not terribly adjustable
- Doesn’t feature bold design flourishes
Is money tight at your house? Are you in the market for a decent wheelchair that’s rugged and robust enough to be used every day and yet, light enough that it wouldn’t be impossible to take it on the road with you when you travel?
Finding a wheelchair that checks all those boxes (cheap, well made, relatively light) can be a daunting challenge, and the search can be a frustrating one. We totally understand, and that’s exactly why these reviews were written.
If you answered yes to the questions above, this Graham Field Advantage LX review would make you smile. While we readily admit that the Advantage LX has its limitations, it packs a tremendous amount of value into a very modestly priced package and is a good option for a lot of people.
Is it right for you?
In the sections that follow, we’ll do a deep dive and explore everything this chair is capable of. As part of that, we’ll also be sure to talk about its shortcomings and limitations in unflinching terms, so you’ll have all the information you need at your fingertips to answer that very question. If that sounds good to you, read on, and let’s take a closer look.
An Overview of the Everest and Jennings Advantage LX Wheelchair
We admit here in our Graham Field Advantage LX review that this chair is about as conventional as it gets. That’s not a bad thing, and in fact, most budget chairs are designed along the same lines. When price matters, you don’t want to spend money on an Avant Gard design that may or may not be a hit. You want to stick to the basics, and that’s what the designers have done here.
The only nod to style is the presence of mag wheels on the chair, which we have to admit, do look pretty good, especially given the modest price of the chair.
Before we talk about more than simple aesthetics, though, let’s begin by reviewing the core stats that define the chair. Here are the basics:
- Overall Product Dimensions: 28.5” (W) x 32” (D) x 37” (H)
- Seat Dimensions: 20” (W) x 16” (D) (Note: The company also offers this chair with a 16” or an 18” seat width if one of those would provide a better fit for you. If you order one of those variants, the width of your chair will be reduced by a corresponding amount (the chair with the 18” seat is 26.5” wide, and the chair with the 16” seat is 24.5” wide)
- Chair Weight: 40.2 pounds
- Maximum Supported Weight: 300 pounds
These numbers are pretty much what you’d expect for a low-priced, conventionally designed chair, which is to say that they fall in line with almost everyone else’s numbers.
There’s not much to talk about here.
Even if you order the widest seat available, the chair will (just barely!) be able to squeeze through a standard-width doorframe, which is a very good thing.
We do love that this model is available with three different seat size options. That’s not something you always find on chairs built for the value segment of the market, and the fact that Everest & Jennings gives their customers options is something we love.
The weight limit is average and is robust enough that the chair will accommodate about 95% of the market, and the weight is likewise average.
When we’re evaluating wheelchairs, one of the things we look for is the total weight because that has a direct correlation to how well-suited a particular model is for travel.
Lighter chairs are just easier to travel with. Our (admittedly somewhat arbitrary) cutoff for what makes a good travel chair is 40 pounds. If you’re over that line, you’re not a very good travel chair. If you’re under that line, you are in our book.
This chair is one-fifth of a pound over the line. That’s close enough that we’re willing to say it’s right on the line.
It’s an okay travel chair, but not a great one. If weight really matters and you’re looking for something as light as possible for travel, it’s certainly not hard to find another option that weighs less. On the other hand, if it’s not that big of a deal, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a lighter chair offered for less money.
Ultimately then, it comes down to how much shaving extra pounds off the wheelchair frame is worth to you.
Adjustability and Comfort
There’s not much to talk about in this section. The Everest and Jennings Advantage LX only has one adjustable feature. The swing-away leg rests can be adjusted for length. The seat sits 19.5” off the ground and is static. There’s no height adjustment on offer here.
While that’s a bit disappointing, it’s also not a huge surprise on a modestly priced chair like this. Kudos to Everest & Jennings for giving customers at least one adjustable feature on this design.
Comfort-wise, the chair fares somewhat better, featuring padded armrests. When you place your order, you can choose between full-length or desk-length arms. Mostly, this choice comes down to how you see yourself using the chair.
If you’re buying a chair because you need something you can spend several hours a day in, then you probably want full-length arms for maximum comfort.
If you’re buying a chair you want to be able to work from, then desk-length arms will serve you better because, combined with the swing-away leg rests, they allow you to roll right up to your desk and start working without having to transfer to your desk chair.
If you want to enjoy a meal with family and friends, desk-length arms are probably the right choice for you. You’ll be able to swing the legs away and roll right up to the dining table without having to transfer to a different chair.
Unfortunately, the leg rests come up short here. While they are swing-away and removable, they don’t come with calf pads or a calf strap, making the chair fine for shorter durations. If you plan on spending the better part of every day in this model, then your legs will probably be uncomfortable by the end of the day.
The upholstery is sturdy, breathable nylon, which is comfortable enough. Again, if you’re planning to spend longer periods in the chair each day (say, longer than 4 hours at a stretch), then the nylon alone probably isn’t going to be enough, and you’ll likely want to invest in some additional padding.
Fortunately, there are tons of great options available from a wide range of third-party vendors, so you’ll be able to get exactly the level of comfort you desire. Even better, given the extremely low price of this chair, you’ll probably have enough money left over after purchasing the chair to do that!
Extras and Options
We didn’t have any expectations of finding extras on offer where the Graham Field Advantage LX wheelchair was concerned. Extras and options are among the first things on the chopping block when it comes to designing a low-priced chair.
Shockingly, this model does offer something a little extra, though, in the form of a small chart pocket behind the seat!
Relatively few wheelchairs offer built-in storage. We’re not sure why. It’s an easy addition that everybody seems to want, but few companies bother. We’re very glad Everest & Jennings bothered.
It’s a good addition.
Sure, sure, it’s not very big, and you’ll likely invest in some additional storage capacity anyway, but another kudos to the design team for taking the time to include a bit of storage. That’s fantastic, especially on such a low-priced model.
That’s literally the only extra there is, though. If you want to trick your chair out with other goodies, you’ll have to turn to the aftermarket to do that. There are dozens of possibilities here, and since the Advantage LX is designed along purely conventional lines, just about every aftermarket enhancement you can dream of will work with this chair, giving you the freedom to customize to your heart’s content!
Portability & Ease of Use
The Everest & Jennings Advantage LX wheelchair is strictly average in this category. It’s not horrible, and it’s also nothing to write home about. It handles well on flat-level surfaces because that’s what its default wheels are optimized for.
Take this chair into a park or on a nature trail, and it’s a disaster. If you’re planning to use it in that capacity, you’ll need to upgrade the wheels first. It’s just that simple. That’s not a bug; that’s a feature. It’s baked into the design, just as it is with most of the chairs on the market today.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s also right on the line between what we consider a good and not-so-good traveling chair.
Forty pounds is a fair amount of weight to have to sling into and out of your trunk. If you’re up for that challenge, you won’t find this chair to be problematic.
When collapsed down, the Advantage LX is only 12” wide, so it’s easy enough to store in the available trunk space of most full-sized sedans, and you won’t have any difficulty at all if you have a hatchback, van, truck, or full-sized SUV. Ultimately then, it comes down to the weight of the chair and how confident you are that you’ll be able to heft 40 pounds into and out of its storage spot when you’re traveling.
In terms of air travel, lighter is always better. If you’re looking for a chair specifically to take with you when you’re traveling by air, then you’re almost certainly going to want to look at some other option. It’s well worth saving your money and spending a little more to get a lighter chair for air travel.
Pros & Cons of Everest and Jennings Advantage LX
This is a very good, basic, no-frills (well, one frill, if you count the spiffy chart pocket!) wheelchair.
It doesn’t cost a lot of money, it’s not terribly adjustable, and it doesn’t feature any bold design flourishes that make it stand out, but it gets the job done. It’s also offered by a good, well-respected company.
In many ways, then, it’s a lot like most of the other value-priced wheelchairs on the market today. In our view, though, it does manage to rise above the pack in a couple of different ways.
It does sport mag wheels, which gives it a vaguely sporty look. Everest and Jennings is a well-respected company that stands by its products and will help you if something goes wrong with the chair, and the Advantage LX does manage to bring one little “extra” to the table, despite being a budget-priced chair.
While those things might not be earth-shattering, they’re not nothing, either.
Graham Field Advantage LX Review Conclusion
It’s virtually impossible for a budget-priced chair to rise to greatness, and the Advantage LX didn’t. Then again, it didn’t need to. As mentioned in the previous section here in our Graham Field Advantage LX review, it’s a very good, basic design, offered for a song.
While it’s certainly not hard to find a lighter, more robust, more versatile, and adjustable chair on the market today, it would be difficult to find one that’s offered for about the same money as the Advantage LX. This little chair might be basic, but it packs a tremendous amount of value into its frame. We recommend it.
References & Resources:
- Graham Field, Official Brand Website.
- Fitness Advice For Wheelchair Users, NHS.
- It’s Not Inspiring When Wheelchair Users Stand Up, Healthline.
- How to Interact With a Person Who Uses a Wheelchair, wikiHow.
- How to Interact With a Person Who Uses a Wheelchair – Health – Nairaland, Nairaland.