Sunrise Medical Quickie Rumba (Old Model) Review

When  I was looking for a powerchair in 2008,  I narrowed down my choices and it was a choice between the Invacare Mirage or the Quickie  Rumba by Sunrise Medical. I wanted something that would be value for money and compact but strong.  So, let’s get down to reviewing this chair. This is what the basic chair looks like:



The batteries are 50AH.


The only motor speed for this chair is 6KM/ h


The colours are pretty standard ones and I thought the black paint looked elegant and stood out well. When I bought the chair, the black was a new colour option. Other colours are red blue and silver.


The Rumba has grey tyres and there are no mud guards on the frame  to protect them. I have pneumatic tyres.


There are no armrest options and the armrests on the chair are a standard shape

Armrest Pads: 

The armrest pads are quite wide but they are made of a hard material. Good for positioning but not so much for comfort (for me at least).


Footrests are standard and swing-away.


Standard seating or anatomic seat  and back (Optional)


Standard swing away mounted (comes with the chair) VR2 control without seat/ lighting control buttons

Chin control.



Crutch Holder

The chair does NOT come with a seatbelt.


Despite this, I hope my review gives you a good overview of what I thought of the chair.

The Rumba  is very compact. It is a Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) chair and has a curb climber as standard. This is another reason I chose it over similar models at the time which charged separately for the price of the curb climber. With the curb climber, the Rumba can go up an obstacle of 10cm. Without that, this is reduced to 5cm approximately.

The Rumba is a foldable chair, so good for example when traveling in a car for those who can drive and are comfortable and stable on a car seat.  I sat in it on car journeys. I bought a solid seat for the frame as separate instead of the standard sling seating. I used the chair with the Jay 3 Deep Shoulder Height backrest. It copes well on slopes and going up and down curbs (with the curb climber).

There is 30° backrest recline and the option of elevating footrests, but these features are manual only and not electric. There is no seat tilt or raiser. I did not find this chair too comfortable despite my seating and bought my current chair which has electric positioning features.

That said, the Rumba got me from A to B well within the power of a charge and I would recommed it as a chair for someone who does not require electric positioning features (electric tilt/ recline etc). Mine is still looking OK in terms of the condition of the frame and in a decade I have changed the batteries and tyres a few times and had a new anti tip wheel and armrest.  The motors still have some  power in them so I use the chair as a spare. I used my own padded seatbelt.


Unexpected Control Problems

I recently bought new batteries for my old wheelchair which I have had for 9 years. The motors work fine, but I was shocked to discover the control wasn’t working properly. I have had control blips before, but this one has us stumped.

The chair is a Sunrise Medical Quickie Rumba which is one of the brand’s older models, too. In fact, I was checking the powerchair range the other day when I found a communication notice from Sunrise Medical UK saying the chair has been discontinued because of lack of popularity of the model but that the  spare parts will be available for the next 5 years, so that means we should be safe and able to get parts until 2022.  There’s another chair which is marketed as the Rumba Modular which is basically the model of Rumba I have but with more part options- electric elevating footrests, and more control options for example.

The Rumba is quite compact and is a Rear Wheel Drive wheelchair which means it’s hard to manouvre in small spaces.  At least the motor is still working.

When we realised the problem, we gave it a 24-hour charge which was what the people from the wheelchair shop advised, but the problem continued. We checked all the comnnections, but nothing.

Luckily, Alfredo is a great “handyman” but on this occasion we’ll have to see what the technician says, too. I’ll keep you posted!