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Compare Stair Lifts for Homes

Those who have trouble using the stairs because of limited mobility or a disability can greatly benefit from the installation of a stair lift. To help those who may be interested in a stair lift, we've done research to help you compare both straight and curved lifts from the top manufacturers in the industry.

Below are charts that will make it easy to do a comparison. Lifeway does not offer all models shown below as we are a Bruno Diamond Dealer and typically recommend Bruno models for their quality, vertically designed rail, warranty coverage, and large volume of positive customer reviews. Some of the products listed were used only as a comparison to the stair lifts that we do offer in our service areas.

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

If you are interested in a FREE stair lift assessment, please call us at (860) 292-1111.

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?          


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 Lifeway Mobility. 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 indoors and outdoors in both residential and commercial settings. Lifeway Mobility is a Bruno Diamond stair lift dealer, which means that we finished in the top 3% of Bruno stair lift sales across North America. Lifeway Mobility Chicago is proud to be Bruno’s only stairlift diamond dealer located in the greater Chicago area!

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


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, Lifeway Mobility only offers Harmar’s stair lifts to customers across the Midwest & Northeast regions of the United States.

Harmar-Straight-Stairlift  Harmar Curved Stairlift


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


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

Handicare Simplicity Stairlift     Handicare-Freecurve-Stairlift

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