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Stair Lift Comparison Guide

Compare Straight Stair Lifts

Here is a comparison chart of some of the most popular straight stair lifts sold in North America. Some models offer additional options and features not listed here.

 Savaria
K2
Bruno
Elan
Harmar
SL400
Stannah
Siena
Acorn
130
Sterling
Simplicity
Savaria K2 StairliftBruno Elan StairliftHarmar SL400 StairliftStannah Siena StairliftAcorn 130 StairliftSterling Simplicity Stairlift
Capacity350 lb
(300 lb for stairs steeper than 45 degrees)
300 lb302 lb300 lb280 lb309 lb
Seat swivel at top and bottomtop onlytop onlynooptional top onlytop onlyyes
Retractable seat beltyesnonoyesyesno
Flip up rail optionyesyesnoyesyesyes
Folded width10.75"12"13.6"15.5"12.25"
Arm width20"20"19"19.5-21.2"NA19"
Driverack and pinionrack and pinionrack and pinionrack and pinionrack and pinionrack and pinion
Diagnostic displayLED lightsnononoyesno
Standard color/finishoff white with tan padded seatbeige with beige seatoff white with beige seatoff white with beige seatbeige with tan seatbeige with sand seat
Parts warranty3 years2 years3 years2 years1 years2 years
Company headquartersNorth AmericaNorth AmericaNorth AmericaEuropeEuropeEurope
Notablevery compact designadjustable seat heightcovered gear rackcustom order different seat fabricsgenerally not sold through dealerscontinuous charge

These stair lifts all have a nominal (average) speed of approximately 15–20 ft. per minute. All units feature an aluminum rail that is mounted to the stair treads. Allow several hours for installation.

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Straight Stair Lift Manufacturers

North America-based Manufacturers

SAVARIA | Straight Stair Lift Manufacturers
In business since 1979, Savaria is one the top accessibility companies in North America. They have several models of straight stair lifts including a new one called K2 that boasts the slimmest folded profile on the market, great for narrow stairs like those in older homes.

Bruno Stair Lifts Logo
A solid company with a good reputation in home access products. They make straight stair lifts that are suitable for outdoor applications as well as for inside the home.

Harmar Stair Lifts
Newer to the industry than Savaria and Bruno, they have been in business since the late 90s and they currently make several models of straight stair lifts.

Europea-based Manufacturers

Acorn Stair Lifts
Known for selling directly to consumers rather than through local dealers, this company’s head office is in the U.K. They specialize in stair lifts.

Stannah Stair Lifts
Highly regarded in the U.K., Stannah has produced many stair lifts for the European market, but has a smaller presence in North America.

Handicare Stair Lifts
Another Europe-based company that sells stair lifts under different brand names including Sterling in the U.S.A. This company makes other types of daily living mobility aids as well.

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Compare Curved Stair Lifts

Here is a comparison chart of some of the most popular curved stair lifts sold in North America. Some models offer additional options and features not listed here.

 Acorn
180
Savaria StairfriendBruno EliteStannah StarlaSterling 2000Harmar Helix
Acorn 180 StairliftSavaria Stairfriend Curved StairliftBruno Elite Stair LiftStannah Starla Stair LiftSterling 2000 StairliftHarmar Helix Stair Lift
Capacity 265 lb350 lb400 lb300 lb254 lb, optional 302 lb
330 lb
Seat swivel at top and bottomtop onlytop onlyoptional powered at top only
top only
top only
top only
Retractable seat beltyesyesyesyesyesyes
Folded width13.25+"15.5"16.75"
16"
15.75"
14.37"
Arm width 19"21.5" (L seat)21.75"19.3"18"23.6"
Rail typeflat, modular systemtwin steel tube, custom bentflat steel, custom bentdouble steel rail, custom bentdouble steel rail, custom bentdouble steel rail, custom bent
Diagnostic displayyesyesyesnoyesno
Standard color/finishoff white with tan seat
off white with beige seatbeige with beige seatoff white with beige seatlight or dark gray with brown seatbeige with beige seat
Parts warranty1 year3 years2 years2 years2 years2 years
Company headquartersEuropeNorth AmericaNorth AmericaEuropeEuropeNorth America
Notablemodular rail pieces are joined together
close to wall fit possible, choice of seatchoice of seat fabric, choice of seat
choice of seat fabric
choice of 6 seat upholstery colors
new model, not well tested yet

Curved Stair Lift Manufacturers

North America-based Manufacturers

Bruno Curved Stair Lift
Bruno is a well-regarded company. Their curved stair lift uses a single tall flat rail system that can sometimes have limitations when installed close to the wall. Bruno makes curved stair lifts for outdoor applications as well as indoor.

Savaria Stair Lifts

Savaria is well known for wheelchair lifts and home elevators, and they now offer a double rail curved stair lift that can achieve a tight fit to the wall. They also claim to have industry-leading production time for custom-made rail.

Europe-based Manufacturers

Handicare logo
Handicare is a European company that sells its curved stair lifts in North America under the brand name Sterling. They are known for their handy additional features of a power swivel seat and footrest; although for some, these added features add more service calls in the future.

Stannah logo
Stannah is also a U.K.-based company that specializes in stair lifts and is highly regarded in Europe. Their curved stair lifts are known for quality but they are made in the U.K. and must be air shipped to North America, which can add cost and time.

Acorn Stair Lifts
Acorn is a U.K.-based company well known for straight stair lifts. Their curved lift uses a unique modular system that eliminates the need for custom manufacturing, however it may not fit the staircase as well under certain circumstances.

Hawle Treppenlifte
Hawle
stair lifts are made in Germany and not as well known in North America. They offer a choice of colors and fabrics for an additional cost, and claim to be able to meet the design requirements of steep spiral stairs.

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