Getting up and down your stairs can be easily accomplished with a stair lift. It will allow you to take control of your stairs, giving your family members peace of mind, and giving you a greater sense of independence in the home you love.
A stairlift is a piece of assistive technology, consisting of a chair that carries you safely up and down stairs, on a rail that is secured to your stair treads. Stair chair lifts prevent falls, help avoid tripping hazards and remove the significant barrier of the stairs (whether straight or curved), so you can enjoy the full use of your home.
Does a stair lift take up much space?
Stairlift brands that have vertical rails allow for installation close to the wall. That means there is maximum free space on the stairs for other family members. The Bruno Elan stair lift installs the closest to the wall of any in the industry.
How is a stair lift powered?
Stairlifts are generally battery operated and work even during a power outage. They only require a standard wall outlet to accommodate the continuous charge battery.
How much does a stair lift cost?
New straight and curved stairlift prices vary depending on factors including the stairway configuration, length of stairway, type of stairlift, and power options. You can usually get a local free quote based on your unique home and needs. For a straight rail, I’ve seen prices range from $2,500 to $3,700. For curved, I’ve seen prices range from $7,000 to $25,000 depending on configuration.
Is a stair chair lift easily removed?
Generally, stairlifts can be easily removed if you are moving or no longer need it—often with little evidence the chair lift was ever there. Lifts are installed onto the stair treads, not the wall. No structural modifications are needed.
Is stair lift financing available?
Stairlifts are a great option to avoid the cost of remodeling or moving. They are not covered under health insurance or Medicare; however, many stair chair lift dealers offer financing plans.
Is there grease or gears exposed?
Bruno's chair lifts feature a sleek vertical rail with a covered gear rack; you don't need to worry about exposed grease attracting dirt, pet fur or children's fingers! There are other brands that don’t require grease, but the gears are exposed, so things such as pet fur can get caught in the gears.
Are used stair lifts an option?
Yes, but I would recommend only having a used stairlift installed by a certified dealer. Most dealers will not install a used chair lift if it’s over 5 years old.
Is it an option to rent a stairlift?
Experienced dealers will rent a stairlift, but keep in mind there will likely be an install fee. Usually an arrangement can be made if the chair lift rental can be turned into a purchase.
Here are some popular styles of stairlifts:
Bruno Elan Stair Lift
The Bruno Elan is the most popular American-made straight stairlift. Bruno's Elan is a mix of stylish design, high-quality functionality and ease-of-use operation. With a narrow vertical rail design, Bruno's Elan stair lift leaves plenty of open space on the steps for family members.
300 lb Lift Capacity (136 kg) | Limited Lifetime Warranty | Made in USA
Bruno Elite Curved Stair Lift
The Bruno Elite Curved stair lift is built specifically for your home. It delivers an unmatched smooth, quiet ride from start to finish. With Bruno's signature stairlift, the quality and comfort are second to none. Add power options to further customize your Elite curved stair chair lift to fit your lifestyle.
400 lb Lift Capacity (190 kg) | 5-Year Limited Warranty | Made in USA
Bruno Elite Straight Stair Lift
Quality, comfort and style come standard with an Elite stairlift. The Bruno Elite stair lift offers worry-free access and a premium design that seamlessly blends into your home’s environment. Consider options such as a power swivel seat and power folding footrest to customize your Elite stair chair lift to match your unique situation.
400 lb Lift Capacity (190 kg) | Limited Lifetime Warranty | Made in USA
Other things to consider when evaluating a stairlift and the answers you should expect:
- Did the dealer have a showroom to test a variety of stairlifts?
Good Answer: YES
- How smooth did the ride feel?
Good Answer: IT MUST BE SMOOTH. NO BUMPS.
- How experienced is the installer?
Good Answer: MUST BE OVER 12 YEARS
- Did the dealer show you various options to best fit your home?
Good Answer: YES
- Was the dealer able to provide you local references?
Good Answer: YES
- How much time will the provider be in your home installing the stair chair lift?
Good Answer: TYPICALLY 3-4 HOURS
- How soon can the provider install the stairlift when you are ready to make the purchase?
Good Answer: WITHIN 24 HOURS IF NECESSARY
If the above questions are answered appropriately, you are likely dealing with the best provider for a stair lift.