Stair Lift Reviews
What stair lift factors need to be considered in reviewing stair lifts?
Stair Lift Cost - Cost for a stair lift can be a major factor. However, for the past number of years, the cost of a stair lift has remained quite stable. Prices for a straight stair lift range from about $1700 for a do-it-yourself model to about $3500 for a deluxe model installed by an experienced technician.
Stair Lift Reliability - Most stair lift manufacturers will not honor the stair lift warranty unless their products are installed by a trained dealer. If you choose to install the stair lift yourself then you will need to make sure that the manufacturer warranty is in place for the model you are considering.
Length of Time on the Market - If a stair lift model has been recently launched by the manufacturer, it would be best to consider this factor and select a stair lift that has been on the market for at least two years. It is common for new stair lift models to take about 18 months to iron out the kinks and it may undergo numerous tweaks during that time.
Cable, Rack and Pinion or Other Drive System - There are manufacturers and dealers that have an extremely negative opinion about cable drive systems. This does not make sense for a number of reasons. The most obvious being that most common elevators in malls, office buildings or institutions are successfully driven by cable systems. Rack and pinion does require lubrication and can be subject to noise issues. The bottom line is that both systems work well and one does not have a distinct advantage over the other. If a dealer is bad mouthing a drive system, it is usually because they have a hidden agenda.
Local Installation - It is clearly an advantage to use an experienced local stair lift installation company to have your stair lift safely installed. Having said that, if you live in a rural area or are a do-it-yourself type person, then there is nothing wrong with considering installing the stair lift yourself.
The following stair lift chart is a summary of stair lift review feedback from hundreds of stair lift clients.
Deluxe Straight Stair Lifts
|Model/Mfgs||Harmar SL600||TK Citia Excel||Handicare 1000||Stannah 400||Bruno Elite|
|Weight Capacity||350 lbs||300 lbs||302 lbs||300 lbs.||400 lbs|
|Seat Hgt at Bottom||23"-27"||23"-27"||21-25.5||19"-24"||19"-24"|
|Motor||1/8 HP||1/2 HP||1/2 HP||1/3 HP||HP|
|Drive||Rack & Worm Gear||Rack & Pinion||Rack & Pinion||Rack & Pinion||Rack & Pinion|
|Slope Capabilities||25° - 45°||25° - 45°||30° - 56°||24° - 52°||22° - 45°|
|Curved Track Available||No||No||No||No||No|
|Track Distance From Wall||7.50"||8.75"||5.5"||8"||NA"|
|Folded Chair from Wall||11"||15.25"||15.5"||12.9"||12"|
|Seat Swivels At...||Top and bottom||Top and bottom||Top||Top||Top|
|Key Feature||Worm rack.||Swivels at top and bottom, remote call sends||Power folding track, swivel & footrest available.||Continous charge. Arm to footrest link for folding.||Soft start and stop.|
|Battery Option||Yes||Both AC & DC||Yes||Standard||Standard|
Curved Stair Lifts
|Model/Mfgs||Handicare Freelift||Sterling 2000||Stannah 260||Stair Climber|
|Weight Capacity||275 lbs.||302 lbs.||265 lbs.||285 lbs|
|Seat Hgt at Bottom||22"||22.75" - 27.75"||25"|
|Motor||1/2 HP||24 v DC Battery||115 V|
|Drive||Rack & Pinion||Rack & Pinion||Rack & Pinion||Traction control|
|Slope Capabilities||0° - 51°||Maximum 56°||24° - 52°||0° - 35°|
|Curved Track Available||Yes||Yes||No||No - Works on straight stairs|
|Track Distance From Wall||7.75"||4.5" min.||7"||Portable|
|Folded Chair from Wall||13"||15.5"||14"||Not applicable|
|Maximum Travel||100'||70'||?||23 floors on single charge|
|Seat Swivels At...||Top for manual swivel||Top||Top||Not applicable|
|Key Feature||Programmable speed and seat swivel during travel||Power hinge and folding footrest option. Power swivel. Tightest inside turn.||Lift can be set to stop and start where you want. Seat, armrests and footplate fold.||Attaches to most standard manual wheelchairs. Transports wheelchair users up or down stairs|
|Soft Start||Yes||Yes||Yes||Not applicable|
Basic Straight Stair Lifts
|Model/Mfgs||Harmar Alpine||Sterling 950||Bruno Elan||Summit / Ameriglide|
|Weight Capacity||300 lbs||302 lbs||300 lbs.||300 lbs|
|Seat Hgt at Bottom||23" - 26"||17.5" - 19.5"||23.5" - 26.5"||24"|
|Motor||1/2 HP||1/2 HP||HP||1/3 HP|
|Slope Capabilities||25° - 50°||25° - 50°||22° - 45°||30° - 45°|
|Curved Track Available||No||No||No||No|
|Track Distance From Wall||11"||6.5"||
|Folded Chair from Wall||15.25"||11"||12"||13.75"|
|Seat Swivels At...||Top 45° and 90°||Top||Top and Bottom||Top and Bottom|
|Key Feature||Rack and pinion drive.||Only 11" out from wall. Zero overhang available. Diagnostic display. Unit is constant charge.||Arm width adj. 17" - 21" and swing out for easy transfer||5 yr. warranty. Extremely reliable.|
|Battery Option||Standard||Yes||Standard||Yes AC or DC|
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