How Much Does a Stair Lift Cost?
People often ask us, “how much does a stair lift cost?” The answer is, it depends. There are several factors that determine the price of a stair lift, including the make and model of the stair lift, whether the stairway is straight or curved, whether you buy a new or refurbished unit, and where you purchase the unit from.
Stair Lifts for Straight vs. Curved Staircases
There are two types of stair lifts that are offered in the market. The most common type is a straight stair lift, which comes with a standardized straight rail that can fit most straight staircases. The other option is a curved stair lift, which has a rail that is custom built for staircases that have curves, turns, or intermediate landings. Both types of stair lifts can be installed both indoors and outdoors. If you are looking for a stair lift for a straight staircase with no turns, you are going to pay less than if you need a stair lift for a curved staircase or a straight staircase with a landing.
Straight Stair Lift Pricing:
The cost of a new stair lift for a straight staircase typically costs around $3,000 (plus installation), but we do often offer a significant discount on that price.
Curved Stair Lift Pricing:
If you have a curved-rail staircase or a straight staircase with a landing, the stair lift track must usually be custom-made to fit your staircase, which means the cost will be significantly higher, between $9,500 and $16,000 installed.
New vs. Certified Pre-Owned Stair Lifts
A pre-owned straight rail unit will likely start at around $2,200 installed. This can vary based on the make, model, and condition of the stair lift. Choosing a used stair lift rather new a new option can save you up to $1,000.
If you have a curved staircase, you may have difficulty finding a pre-owned stair lift since the track must be custom-made for each individual staircase.
Purchasing a Stair Lift Through a Dealer vs. Online
You may be able to find new stair lifts listed online for considerably less than the prices listed here. However, this often does not include the cost of delivery and installation, which are typically included when sold by reputable dealers.
Some online stair lift providers market do-it-yourself installation as a way to save money. However, most quality stair lift manufacturers such as Bruno and Stannah do not recommend DIY installation and sell only through certified dealers. Although many stair lifts are simple in operation, the installation of each is a thorough and sensitive practice. Our technicians are professionally certified to ensure that all installation and service jobs are of the highest quality. Additionally, Lifeway is both a licensed and insured company – something the larger companies and internet dealers can’t say.
While it is a cost-saving measure, self-installation can put you, your family, or your home in harm’s way. The Accessibility Equipment Manufacturers Association (AEMA) provides the most knowledgeable information on stairlifts and residential elevators. Read why it strongly advises against a self-install of any stairlift or residential elevator product. Your safety could be at risk!
In addition, it can be difficult to find reliable service for stair lifts purchased online or from manufacturers that advertise on late-night TV. Local dealers, such as Lifeway, provide ongoing service for all stair lifts that are installed.
Stair Lift Payment Plans and Rentals
If you’d like a new stair lift but paying the entire cost upfront is a stretch, some providers offer monthly payment options for qualified buyers. Lifeway Mobility currently offers a Bruno Elan straight stair lift for as low as $49.50/month and a Bruno Elite for as low as $57/month.
If your needs are temporary, some providers have rental options for straight rail stair lifts. Monthly rental rates start at $115/month plus a one-time installation and removal fee (service if/when needed is included). The lift must be rented for a minimum of three months.