Rigid wheelchairs are more efficient for a client that self-propels and are thus typically suitable for more active users. Non-rigid (i.e. folding) chairs lose much of the energy from a wheel push to flexing and are often heavier and consequently harder to propel as a result of moveable parts and heavier components. Since the rigid chair has fewer movable parts, most of the energy from the wheel push is transformed into forward motion. Usually a rigid wheelchair will be easier to push than a folding wheelchair.
Folding wheelchairs are typically easier to transport than any other wheelchair. Almost any vehicle can transport a folding wheelchair. By removing the wheels and leg rests, and folding the wheelchair, it can be made very compact. Folding wheelchairs normally come with back cane push handles to allow a companion to push or assist in pushing the client.
Tilt-in-Space Wheelchairs are designed to enable more complex clients to be properly seated. Correct seating encourages proper positioning and pressure relief. Tilt-in-Space chairs are not typically foldable, creating issues with transportation. Most clients who require positioning and pressure relief cannot typically self-propel. Consequently, the majority of Tilt-in-Space wheelchairs are not able to be self-propelled or have not been engineered to maximize that potential.