How to choose a stairlift

Expert Advice
Couple using stairlift The realisation that you need a stairlift may not be a particularly pleasant one, but sometimes it’s simply a necessity. Purchasing a stairlift can dramatically improve your quality of life and make you a whole lot more independent and much safer. However, we understand that this is not a particularly well-known subject and that you may have some questions before you decide on the model you want to buy. There are a lot of choices out there, but you will find that some models suit you better than others. So, allow us to offer some advice on how to choose a stairlift so that you can find the perfect match for you and lead a much simpler and better life in the future.

What to look for when buying a stairlift?

The first thing you should do before buying a stairlift is to get as much information about these products as humanly possible. If possible, talk to someone who already has one of these installed in their home and see what their experiences are. Have they chosen the model that’s just right for them? Have their needs changed since they bought it? You can really learn a lot this way. On the other hand, if you don’t know anyone with a stairlift, you don’t have to worry – at LOVE Stairlifts, we will explain everything you need to know about this subject. As a matter of fact, we can help you accurately assess all your needs and suggest which type of stairlift to go for from our huge range. Our Consultants will provide completely impartial advice on all kinds of details, from installation to funding, and hundreds of customisable options – so do call us if you need any information at all – we are at your full disposal! Generally speaking, however, there are four main things to be mindful of when choosing your stairlift. Let’s go over them one by one.

The shape of your stairs

Stairs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These include:
  • straight staircases
  • spiral staircases
  • staircases with a landing in the middle staircases that turn right or left at the end
  • outdoor/indoor staircases
Of course, their length also plays a role. The point is that the shape and size of your stairs matter because every stairlift is attached directly to them. Therefore, you need to find the right fit, see how easy it will be for you to get on or off it and make sure you can make the whole journey without any problems. The best way to do that is to contact LOVE Stairlifts and ask our experts for advice on the matter.

Who is the stairlift meant for?

It matters a lot who is using the stairlift. Are we talking about a tall person or a person of a slighter body frame? How heavy are they? Things like these have to be taken into consideration. Also, the user’s condition has to be taken into consideration as well – if they cannot bend the knees completely, this will certainly impact the amount of room they have while using the stairlift. It is also possible that it would be better for them to just stand upright while using the lift. In this case, the solution is to install a standing stairlift, perhaps even with a perch seat if the user finds that more comfortable.

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs can also be a factor in your decision. Even if you don’t need them, you need to think about your condition. Is it likely that at some point in the future you may find yourself using them? If so, building in a wheelchair platform would be a wise investment if your staircase is large enough to allow the platform to operate easily. Through-the-floor lifts are also an excellent solution. If you are already using a wheelchair, think about how easy it is for you to transfer from the wheelchair to the stairlift seat (armrests that can be raised one by one are very convenient in this situation). If this is not an option for you, the aforementioned platform or a through-the-floor lift will probably suit you best.

Safety

A product like this should be as safe as possible, and most of them have plenty of safety features that will keep the user protected at all times. For example, a stairlift can have sensors that stop everything if an obstacle appears on the stairs, and a safety belt also helps a lot. To make sure that your stairlift is safe enough to use, check whether it meets the European Standard BS EN 81-40. On the other hand, British Standard BS5900 governs the quality of through-the-floor lifts. Finally, you will also want to make sure you are dealing with a company with very high ethical and professional standards. LOVE Stairlifts meets all those criteria and will gladly help you find the right way of customizing your stairlift to perfection. Remember, if all of this is a bit overwhelming for you, just give us a call and you will get professional guidance from our expert Consultants.

How much do stairlifts cost?

The price of a stairlift can depend on several factors, but a new standard straight stairlift should set you back approximately £1,900. Curved stairlifts cost about twice as much, and outdoor versions are approximately 50% more expensive than a straight one installed indoors.

What is included in the price?

However, these prices can range quite a lot, especially in the case of an outdoor stairlift, depending on a multitude of factors. As mentioned above, the difference between a straight and a curved stairlift is quite significant, but various obstacles on the staircase can also increase the cost. It should be noted that new stairlifts usually come with a warranty that will last you at least a couple of years. Additionally, the installation and removal of a stairlift is free. For more information on this subject, please read our “How Much Does a Stairlift Cost?” article.

New or reconditioned stairlifts?

Because of the prices, you may want to consider investing in a reconditioned stairlift. These can cost less than £1000, which means that there is a considerable difference in price when compared to new products. However, if buying a reconditioned stairlift, you may want to avoid buying them from private owners because the dismantling process is not easy and should always be done by an expert. Look for companies that specialize in selling this type of product because they test each stairlift thoroughly and can even provide a warranty.

Can you rent a stairlift?

If you need a stairlift only for a short period of time because, for example, someone in your home is recovering from surgery or an elderly member of the family is coming to stay with you, renting a stairlift seems like the most reasonable thing to do. It makes no sense to buy and install something new if you are only going to use it for a few weeks or months. Stairlift rental cost goes up to £15 per week for a straight stairlift, while more complicated stairlifts can exceed that by quite a lot. Furthermore, you will also have to pay for the installation process, but this payment will also cover the removal and the servicing.

Let us help you choose the right stairlifts

As you can see, there is a lot to consider when deciding on the right stairlift for you. However, this decision-making process doesn’t need to be a big challenge – our experts will gladly discuss everything you’re considering with you and help you make the right choice. This can be done over the phone, but it is also possible for our staff to come to your home and conduct a detailed analysis. This assessment will take into consideration the physical condition of the stairlift’s user as well as the features of the home the user lives in to provide the best possible advice on how to proceed. At LOVE Stairlifts, we understand that purchasing something like this cannot be taken lightly, so we offer our full support to anyone who requires it. Call us for a full assessment of your stairlift needs!

Conclusion

No matter your physical condition, regardless of your financial situation, whether you need a used stairlift or a new one, there is a product out there that can satisfy your every need. It’s just a matter of finding it, and we are here to help you with that search by advising you and supporting you every step of the way. An assessment conducted by our experienced Consultants will point out all the most important details of a stairlift purchase to you and show you what would be the most suitable option for you and your home. This assessment can be made in whichever way is the most acceptable to you, and all LOVE Stairlifts employees abide by a strict code of conduct that makes sure every client gets completely impartial expert advice. So, if you find yourself in need of a stairlift and don’t know where to turn, contact us right away and we will immediately answer all of your questions.
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