If you’re looking for sturdy no-nonsense hand controls then this review which takes a look at MPS Monarch may well be what you’ve been looking for. Find out more below.
Just to quickly start off with, MPS and Monarch are essentially two names for the same company so when I put the two together don’t be confused in thinking they’re two separate entities because they’re not.
MPS has been in the industry for over 40 years and they provide reliable and good quality hand controls. Now I’m certainly not going to sit here and tell you they’re the ‘best’, because they’re not, and if you want the best then I’d suggest taking a look at Menox/Viegel hand controls. However they’re the best compromise in terms of price and quality.
The ‘best’ are called that because their controls can do a little extra and go above and beyond what is necessary. This creates a safer and more pleasant driving experience, but this is ultimately at a much increased price.
MPS Monarch Hand Controls on the other hand provides 90% of the core capabilities at perhaps 15-20% of the price. They’re much cheaper and achieve everything that’s required of them, certainly not the best – but you’re saving significant amounts of money.
There are mechanical and non-mechanical hand controls depending on how much you want to spend and what exactly you need. Their mechanical linkage certainly reduces the amount of effort that driving actually takes, so ultimately for a lot of people this is certainly very beneficial. When you’re looking at designs which have this they can be far more expensive. This is ‘cheap’ mechanical linkage. It doesn’t come looking quite as aesthetically pleasing as (admittedly) their competitors. The chain lines do get in the way of your legs/feet whereas their expensive competition don’t, and they aren’t as well made – but ultimately you’re still getting most of the advantage at far less of the price.
MPS Monarch Hand Controls for Cars also stock standard hand controls, push/pull or push/rock which don’t have mechanical assistance. These are around 300-400 dollars and unlike their expensive rivals they’re far more portable, they can be taken off and added at a whim. They’re far more solid in design than Drive Master hand controls, and what’s more is they offer a large degree of flexibility in how you’d like yours to be customized.
Some people would much rather prefer to have a long horizontal handle – however others much prefer to have a spherical knob. Some prefer their handle vertical, or at an angle, or with padding – perhaps they want these additions for their spherical knob. What MPS Monarch Handicap Hand Controls for Disabled Drivers does is allow a much greater freedom of choice in picking what’s comfortable for you – at a reasonable price.
Now ultimately as much as I go on about Menox being the best, their designs which cost 2,000-2,200 dollars are simply out of the price ranges of a lot of people. Most people want to find that perfect medium – a good quality product which is reasonably price. In this respect I think you’re onto a winner with MPS because you just need to take a look at their reviews and you’ll see that most people see them as a very good choice.
There are some conditions in which I wouldn’t recommend buying them however. Firstly if you’re strong and fit but don’t necessarily have much money then you can purchase Drive Master’s hand controls. These are a little flimsy, non-mechanical and require more effort – but you’ll save around 100-200 dollars and potentially more if you can get them second hand.
If you have use of one of your legs and want to use either the acceleration/brakes – which is more than understandable because it’s far easier to drive with one leg and your arms than just your arms, then I would suggest GuidoSimplex. In my opinion they’re the best for catering to more specific ailments, and if you need just a brake handle than they can offer you the best at good prices. If you want an acceleration wheel or perhaps an acceleration button then again they’re the best. Their prices for these individual parts obviously varies, but they’re generally similar in price to a complete set of hand controls and considering you wouldn’t be using half of them as well as that you’re getting a superior product than to me it’s a no brainer.
If you’ve got a lot of money to spend – or simply want to splash out on a safer and more relaxing driving experience then I would recommend Menox/Viegel. Their hand controls are much better than MPS Monarch Driving Controls for the Disabled and their reviews and specifications demonstrate this. They’re easier to work from an effort perspective; this increases the driver’s safety and by extension creates a far more relaxing driving experience.
I think that ultimately for most people these are a good option, and I think the specific groups I’ve mentioned above are far more the minority as opposed to the majority. Looking at a MPS Monarch Hand Controls Comparison against their competitors I’d place them as solid, sturdy company to choose from. They have absolutely a lot of experienced and dedicated workers, the know their stuff, they provide decent hand controls at reasonable prices and a good customer service which makes them a very popular choice for an awful lot of people.