Stair Lift Reviews

Before you buy a home stair  lift  it is essential that you first review the stair  lifts  on the market. You’ll soon find that stair  lift  prices vary a great deal, but be wary of using a stair  lift  price as the main yardstick in choosing one; a cheap stair  lift  can be a good deal for the customer or it can be an expensive mistake.

The home stair  lift  market has grown significantly in the past few years. Many people with mobility problems are finding out that installing a handicap stair  lift  is cheaper than they thought and is certainly cheaper than the expense of moving house or hiring home help, not to mention the psychological and emotional benefits of reclaiming the upstairs of one’s home. What follows is some advice on buying a stair  lift  and stair  lift  reviews of the most popular models.

But choosing the best stair  lift  for one’s home can be problematic with so many stair chair  lifts  on offer. You need to be careful and to take your time when choosing a home stair  lift . You should always seek professional advice before you buy a stair  lift . Don’t just talk to stair  lift  suppliers; talk to your community occupational therapist or friends who might already have a handicap stair  lift  in their home.

You should also look at as many makes of stair  lifts  and talk to at least 3 different dealerships. Talking to a dealer is important; don’t buy from a dealer on the internet if they don’t also have a phone number – if you have any problems later, chances are you won’t get any answers back by email. If you can, go in person to a stair  lift  showroom and try out the chairs yourself. Try to go with a relative of friend.

There is a growing, and worrying, trend for home stair  lifts  to be sold without any installation. The buyer is told that self-installation is easy and can be done by anyone with basic DIY skills. However, AMEA (Accessibility Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) and the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) strongly advise against self-installation of a home stair  lift . A reputable stair  lift  supplier will insist on doing the installation.

Also, remember to ask about warranty and after sales service. A reputable dealer will offer both; look for a dealership that offers 24/7 telephone support so that you’ll get instant help when you need it.

Here are some brief stair  lift  reviews of some leading makes.

The Summit Stair  Lift 

This is a low cost home stair  lift . The company only makes straight stair  lifts . The Summit chair  lift  is made to be a no-frills but reliable handicap stair  lift . It uses technology that is now considered old-fashioned by most leading stair  lift  manufacturers; it uses a cable system rather than rack and pinion to drag the chair along the track, and the Summit stair  lift  is mains powered rather than battery powered. Other manufacturers switched to rack and pinion battery powered stair  lifts  because they give a smoother ride. You do get basic safety systems with the Summit stair  lift  such as a sensor on the footrest to detect obstacles, a seat belt and cable tensioning. Won’t you won’t get the more sophisticated safety features offered by other manufacturers. All in all, the Summit stair  lift  is for those on a small budget.

The Acorn Stair  Lift 

Acorn makes only straight stair  lifts . Currently you can buy the Acorn Superglide stair  lift . This home stair  lift  uses a modern rack and pinion drive system and is powered by DC 24 volt rechargeable batteries. The home stair  lift  also comes with two wireless remote controls with send/call features. You get safety sensors on both the footrest and carriage that will immediately stop the chair should any obstacle be encountered on the stairs or track. What sets Acorn apart is that they make a perch stair  lift , which is ideal for those who have trouble bending the knees or for staircases that are narrower than normal.

The Stannah Stair  Lift 

This is a UK stair  lift  manufacturer that now exports to over 40 countries. Quite simply, Stannah stair  lifts  are the best on the market. Stannah make both straight and curved stair  lifts . The Stannah 120 stair  lift  has two models; the Solus (a very contemporary design) and the Sofia (for those who prefer a more traditional look). With a Stannah home stair  lift  you get many features as standard but the company also offers optional features that other manufacturers don’t. Stannah stair  lifts  aren’t the cheapest on the market, but it makes the best handicap stair  lifts .

There’s no doubting the benefits of installing a home stair  lift . But choosing a home stair  lift  that best suits your needs takes patience and thought. Don’t ever be rushed into buying a handicap stair  lift  – reputable dealers will never put you under pressure to buy.