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Compare the Top Stair Lifts for Homes

Below are comparison charts of the top straight and curved stair lifts that are offered in the industry. Lifeway does not offer all models shown below—we are a Bruno Diamond Dealer and typically recommend Bruno models for their quality and reliability.

Please note that there may be some features and options that were not included in the chart.

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Compare Straight Stair Lifts

Manufacturer Bruno Bruno Handicare Handicare Savaria Acorn
Stair Lift Model Elan Elite Simplicity 1000 K2 130
Stair Lift Image Bruno Elan Bruno Elite Handicare Simplicity Handicare 1000 Savaria K2 Acorn 130
Manufacturer Location USA USA UK UK China UK
Weight Capacity 300 lbs. 400 lbs. 310 lbs. 350 lbs. 350 lbs. 300 lbs.
Hidden Gear Rack on Rail Track            
Charges Anywhere on Track         (available as option) Top or bottom only
Adjustable Seat Heights            
Seat Belt            
Obstruction Safety Sensors            
Seat Swivels Full 90° at Top Landing            
Warranty on Major Components (Motor & Gearbox) Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 36 months 1 year
Warranty on Parts 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 3 years 1 year
Rail Distance from Wall 5" 6" 6 ¼" 6" 9" 9–10"
Space Between Armrests 20" 21 ¾" 19" 19" 21"  
Average Speed 18 ft/min 25 ft/min 24 ft/min 24 ft/min 15 ft/min 24 ft/min
Painted Rail            
Rail Width Less Than 2.5"            
Manual Folding Rail            
Power Folding Rail            
Upholstery Choices            
Power Swivel Seat            
Power Folding Footrest            
Larger Footrest            

Compare Curved Stair Lifts

Manufacturer Bruno Handicare HAWLE Treppenlifte Acorn Harmar
Stairlift Model Elite Curved Freecurve H10 180 Helix
Stair Lift Image Bruno Elite Curved Handicare Freecurve Hawle Treppenlifte H10 Acorn 180 Harmar Helix
Consumer Affairs Star Rating 4.9/5 4.6/5   1.9/5  
Manufacturer Location USA Europe Europe UK USA
Weight Capacity 400 lbs. 275 lbs. 350 lbs. 265 lbs. 350 lbs.
Rail Type Custom-built, solid steel rail Custom-built, single tubular steel rail Custom-built, double tubular steel rail Modular rail, extruded aluminum Custom-built, double tubular steel rail
Warranty on 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: 1 year Gearbox: 1 year Rail: 1 year Motor: 2 years Gearbox: 2 years Rail: 2 years
Warranty on Parts 2 years 2 years 2 years 1 year 2 years
Warranty on Labor (Provided by Lifeway) 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Gear Rack on Rail Track Covered Exposed Exposed Exposed Exposed
Rail Distance from Wall or Obstruction 7-9" 7-9" 6.3-9" 13.25" 7-9"
Average Speed 25 fpm 21.5 fpm 19.7 fpm 19 fpm 20 fpm
Max Rail Length Not Specified 115 ft. 131 ft. Not Specified 164 ft.
Arm Width 17.5-23" 22-23.5" 19-23" 19" 23.6"
Min. Staircase Width 31" 27.25" 30" Not Specified 31"
Folding Rail          
Rail Overrun for Top/Bottom Park Positions          
Rail Paint Color Options     Available (indoor only)    
Upholstery Color Choices          
Power Swivel Seat          
Power Folding Footrest          
Larger Footrest          
Seat Style Choice Standard or large   1 standard style seat   1 standard style seat
Can Be Installed Outdoors?          

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