May 20, 2024 | Terry Smith

Stryker Prime TC Transport Chair vs TransitFlow Portering Chair – An Honest Comparison

In this article, we compare the TransitFlow Portering Chair with the Stryker TC Transport Chair, taking a deep dive into their differences, similarities, and pros & cons. Hopefully, this will help you get a good understanding of the chairs and help in your decision-making process.

Comparison Table

  Stryker Prime TC Transport Chair TransitFlow Portering Chair
Safe working load 226.8kg 200kg (250kg version available)
Footrest style Folding Sliding
Armrest style Folding Folding
Padded seating as standard? No Yes
Stackable design? Yes Yes
Central braking? Yes Yes


What is the Stryker Prime TC Transport Chair?

As we’ve come to expect from Stryker, the Prime TC Transport Chair is a modern-looking but functional product, designed to enable patients to be transported easily and safely around a hospital. 

Pros of the Stryker Chair

  • Modern design – The attractive design of the Stryker Prime TC will bring a touch of modernity to your hospital.
  • Large rear wheels – The chair is always in a braked position until the push handle is depressed, helping to prevent falls and making it easier for porters to operate. 
  • Folding armrests – This feature allows side access and easy transfers for patients, porters, and nursing staff, and is easier to operate compared to drop-down armrests. 
  • Power-washable design – Excellent for infection control, the Stryker chair is power-washable.

Cons of the Stryker Chair

  • Too leant-back – We’ve had feedback that the design of the seat is too leant-back, which can make transfers difficult for patients.
  • Plastic seat as standard – To accommodate the power-washable design, the Stryker chair comes with a plastic seat as standard, which can be uncomfortable for patients. However, a padded seat is available as an optional extra.
  • Wide footrests – The folding footrests are rather wide, which, needless to say, is not ideal for frail patients or patients wearing hospital gowns.

Is there a bariatric version of the Stryker Chair?

No, Stryker doesn’t make a bariatric version of their portering chair. 

What options are available for the Stryker Chair?

  • Leg supports
  • Upright O2 tank holder
  • Chrome-plated, 1” (2.5 cm) thick IV pole
  • IV pole topper available in six colour options
  • Foley bag hooks
  • Padded seat
  • Lap belt


What is the TransitFlow Portering Chair?

Designed for hospital use, the TransitFlow Portering Chair blends modern design with robust functionality and enables patients to be transported safely and comfortably in situations where a patient stretcher is unnecessary.

Pros of the TransitFlow Chair

  • Modern & attractive design – The attractive design of the TransitFlow will bring a touch of modernity to your hospital
  • Folding armrests – This feature allows side access and easy transfers for patients, porters, and nursing staff, and the folding design is easier and quicker to use compared to drop-down rests 
  • Sliding footrest – The auto-locking sliding footrest is an easier alternative to folding footrests and can be stood on with the chair tipping, allowing easy transfers.
  • Large rear wheels – 300mm rear wheels allow the chair to be more easily pushed compared to chairs with small wheels and castors.
  • Integrated document and belongings holders
  • Nesting feature – Encourages tidy storage and maximises storage space.

Cons of the TransitFlow Chair

  • IV Pole isn’t fixed – This could lead to the IV pole going missing or being displaced easily. There is also an option of purchasing the TransitFlow with a fixed IV pole to remedy this issue.

Is there a bariatric version of the TransitFlow Portering Chair?

Yes, the TransitFlow Bariatric has a safe working load of 250kg.

What options are available for the TransitFlow Portering Chair?

  • IV pole (removable or fixed)
  • Anti-static system
  • Anti-theft system
  • Accessory basket
  • Cylinder holder
  • Leg rest
  • Coin lock (for coin or specific token)
  • Wall fixation
  • Bag hooks


Which portering chair should you choose?

Which chair you decide to go for will depend on your specific needs and requirements, but hopefully, this article has served to explain some of the key differences between each portering chair and educate you as to what to look for.  Ultimately the best judge for this is you though, and there’s no better way to form a judgement than to try the equipment in your hospital.

Felgains are exclusive suppliers of the TransitFlow Portering Chair, and we offer the option for you to trial it in your hospital – please get in touch with us to arrange. 



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