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Compare Stair Lifts for Straight and Curved Staircases

Posted on by Eric Rubel

Lifeway's stair lift comparison charts will help you compare the features and options of stair lifts from some of the most well-known manufacturers in the industry. The models featured below are the straight and curved rail stair lifts that Lifeway offers to those living in the greater Chicago area. While there may be a few more manufacturers that offer stair lifts to customers across the U.S., we feel that the ones we offer are the best available based on quality, warranties, and reliability. Please note that there may be some features and options that were not included in the chart. If you are interested in a FREE stairlift assessment, please contact us.

Compare Straight Stair Lifts

Stairlift Model Elan Elite Simplicity 1000 K2
Photo of Stairlift Model Bruno Elite Stairlift Handicare Simplicity Stairlift Handicare 1000 Stairlift Savaria K2 Stairlift
Manufacturer Location USA USA UK UK China
Weight Capacity 300 lbs. 400 lbs. 310 lbs. 350 lbs. 350 lbs.
Hidden Gear Rack on Rail Track Yes Yes No No No
Charges Anywhere on Track Yes Yes Yes No No (Available as Option)
Adjustable Seat Heights Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Seat Belt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Obstruction Safety Sensors Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seat Swivels Full 90° at Top Landing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty -- Major Components (Motor & Gearbox) Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 36 months
Warranty -- Parts 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 3 years
Rail Distance from Wall 5” 6” 6 ¼” 6” 9”
Space Between Armrests 20" 20 1/4" 19" 19" 21"
Average Speed 18 ft/min 25 ft/min 24 ft/min 24ft/min 15 ft/min
Painted Rail No No No No Yes
Manual Folding Rail  Available   Available  Available   Available   Available 
Power Folding Rail   Available  Available N/A   Available  N/A 
Upholstery Choices  No Yes  No Yes  No 
Power Swivel Seat  Available  Available N/A  Available  N/A 
Power Folding Footrest Available  Available  N/A  Available  N/A 
Larger Footrest N/A   Available  Included Included  N/A

For more information on any of the straight stair lifts featured in the chart or a for a FREE in-home assessment, please contact us today!

Compare Curved Stair Lifts

Manufacturer Hawle-Stairlift-Logo Harmar Stairlift Logo
Stairlift Model Elite CRE Freecurve H10 Helix
Photo of Stairlift Model Bruno-Curved-Stairlift Handicare-Freecurve-Stairlift Hawle-Curved-Stairlift Haramar-Curved-Stairlift
Manufacturer Location USA Europe Europe USA 
Weight Capacity 400 lbs. 275 lbs. 350 lbs. 350 lbs. 
Rail Type Solid steel rail Single, tubular style steel rail Double, tubular style steel rail Double, tubular style steel rail
Hidden Gear Rack on Rail Track Yes No No No
Warranty - Major Components (Motor/Gearbox/Rail)  Motor: 5 years     Gearbox: 5 years    Rail: 5 years  Motor: 10 years     Gearbox: 10 years    Rail: 2 years  Motor: 5 years     Gearbox: 5 years    Rail: 2 years   Motor: Lifetime     Gearbox: Lifetime    Rail: Lifetime
Warranty -- Parts 2 years 2 years 2 years  2 years
Warranty on Labor    (Provided by EHLS)  1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Rail Distance from Wall or Obstruction 7-9" 7-9" 6.3-9" 7-9" 
Average Speed 25 fpm 21.5 fpm 19.7 fpm 20 fpm
Max Rail Length Not Specified 115 ft. 131 ft. 164 ft.
Arm Width 18-23"  22-23 19-23"  23.6"
Min. Staircase Width 31" 27 1/4" 30" 31" 
                                                                                  STAIR LIFT OPTIONS  
Power Folding Rail   N/A Available   N/A  N/A 
Rail Overrun for Top/Bottom Park Positions Available Available            Available             Available
Rail Paint Color Options Available Available            Available              (Indoor Only) Available
Upholstery Choices  Available Available Available  Available 
Power Swivel Seat  Available Available Available  N/A 
Power Folding Footrest Available Available Available N/A
Larger Footrest Available Available N/A N/A
Seat Style Choice Yes - Standard or Lg. Yes N/A  N/A
Bottom Rail Low Intrustion N/A Available Available Available

Lifeway will make a strong effort to update and make any necessary corrections to the chart on a monthly basis. If you would like more information or are interested in a free assessment, please feel free to contact us today!

Overview of Stair Lift Manufacturers

Bruno Independent Living Aids

Bruno is the most trusted stair lift manufacturer in the industry, and usually, the number one option recommended by EHLS. Bruno has been a family-owned business for over 30 years with their headquarters is located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. As seen above, Bruno offers two different straight rail stair lift models and one curved rail model. Their straight and curved Elite models can be installed in indoor and outdoor applications. EHLS is proud to be Bruno’s only stairlift diamond dealer located in the greater Chicago area!

Bruno-Elan-Straight-Stairlift        Bruno-Elite-Curved-Stairlift


Handicare is headquartered in Sweden and offers a number of other accessibility solutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. EHLS has been proudly offering Handicare products to Chicago area customers over the past several years, including Handicare’s new Freecurve stairlift.

Handicare Simplicity Stairlift     Handicare-Freecurve-Stairlift


Savaria offers a variety of accessibility solutions for home use and commercial applications. In addition to stair lifts, Savaria manufacturers a range of wheelchair lifts, home elevators, LULA elevators, and vehicle lifts.

Woman Riding Savaria K2 Stairlift     Savaria K2 Stairlift at Bottom Landing


Hawle, which is also know as Precision,  is a German-based manufacturer that offers curved rail stair lifts in North America and Europe. The Hawle HW10 is unique because it can accommodate steeper staircases and spiral staircases. Hawle also offers many more design and color options than the other curved rail stair lift manufacturers listed in the chart above.

Hawle Curved Stair Lift   Hawle-Curved-Stairlift


Harmar, which is headquartered in Sarasota, FL, offers a variety of accessibility solutions. Their products are distributed through a number of dealers in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Currently, EHLS only offers Harmar’s stair lifts to its Chicagoland residents.

Harmar-Straight-Stairlift  Harmar Curved Stairlift

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