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
|Photo of Stairlift Model|
|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|
|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|
|STAIR LIFT OPTIONS|
|Manual Folding Rail||Available||Available||Available||Available||Available|
|Power Folding Rail||Available||Available||N/A||Available||N/A|
|Power Swivel Seat||Available||Available||N/A||Available||N/A|
|Power Folding Footrest||Available||Available||N/A||Available||N/A|
Compare Curved Stair Lifts
|Stairlift Model||Elite CRE||Freecurve||H10||Helix|
|Photo of Stairlift Model|
|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.|
|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|
|Power Swivel Seat||Available||Available||Available||N/A|
|Power Folding Footrest||Available||Available||Available||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!
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.
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.
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.
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.