Choosing the Right Stairlift


There’s a lot of confusing and misleading information about stairlifts, or chairlifts. We find it all a bit worrying. That’s why we set up UK Stairlifts – to offer a selection of quality stairlifts plus impartial advice on buying stair and chair lifts, all in one place. If you’re looking for a stairlift for a loved one, UK Stairlifts should be able to point you in the right direction.

At UK Stairlifts, we’re partners with only the most reputable stair lift companies – the big names you’ll have heard of, like HandicareMeditek and Liberator, and which give warranties on new and reconditioned stairlifts.

The idea is that you provide us with all the information about your relative’s circumstances and we find the right stairlift supplier. Our position as partners to the top stair lift suppliers means our knowledge and understanding of the stairlifts market are second to none. Nobody is better-placed to help you buy a stairlift.

All the stairlift information we provide here is free; the only charge you’ll incur is when you buy a new or reconditioned stairlift. To help you decide which one is the right one for you, we’ve gathered together all the latest information on straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts, outdoor stairlifts, and more.

Let us guide you through the process with our information below, or you can get in contact with us just call 0800 080 7887 alternatively, you can email us at: or use our Free Stairlift Assessment Form on the right hand side.

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Do you actually need a Stairlift?

Choosing the Right StairliftThe very first question you will have to answer, is whether you actually need a stairlift. This is because buying a stairlift is a big investment. You don’t want to find out that you didn’t really need a stairlift after you have bought one. For example, you may discover that buying a stair steady may have been sufficient and cheaper. Thus, we recommend a few steps that you should take before deciding that you need a stairlift;

  • Browse our website. We offer lots of information about all types of stairlifts. It would be a good idea to read these pages, because this way, you can really see what the stairlift offers you. Thus, giving you the knowledge to make the right choice. For example you may think that a stairlift would benefit you, but your staircase is too complex to fit one in. However after reading these pages you would soon realize that engineers can install a curved stairlift to almost any stairlift.
  • Talk to someone who has bought a stairlift. Ask them whether it was the right decision and whether they are happier than they were prior to buying it. It should give you or your relative comfort talking to someone who has had first hand experience with chairlifts. If you don’t have anyone to talk to take a look at some of the people who we have had write to us.
  • Go for a test ride. You can find a local showroom need you. It is here that you can get hands-on time with a stairlift. After using it, you tend to know whether you need one or not. This is because if it feels much easier than walking up the stairs, then you probably need one.

If you decide that you do need a stairlift, then the next question you should ask yourself is, what stairlift is right for me? If however you have decided that you don’t need one after all, consider a stair steady. Read more about Stair steady further down this page.

Making sure that you choose the right Stairlift

Choosing the right stairlift for yourself or a loved one can be a stressful time. There are so many things to consider. Do you need a straight stairlift, a curved stairlift, or a through floor one? The right choice will depend upon which style of stair or chair lift will suit the user best. However, it will also depend on how much money you can afford to spend. Let us guide you through the process of deciding which stairlift is the best for you.

Which style will fit your staircase?

The starting point would be to establish what staircase you are looking to add a stairlift to. This is the easy part, because the decision is already made by the nature of your staircase.

If your staircase is straight, then you can buy a straight stairlift which is much cheaper than a curved one. However if it is curved, then you will need to spend a little extra. A third option would be a through-floor lift. They can be installed in almost any house, because these go through the upper floor. Please note that these cost more than both straight and curved stairlifts, but are ideal for those who are wheelchair bound. This doesn’t mean that everyone who uses a wheelchair has to get a through-floor lift. For example, some disabled lifts can help individuals climb a few stairs if this is all they need.

Which option is best for you financially?

Which option is best for you financially?If you and your loved ones are on a budget but still need the helpful services of a stair lift in the home, then you may want to look into the possibility of reconditioned or rental stairlifts.

A reconditioned stairlift could be up to around 12 months old and will have been used before. However it has some of the parts such as the motor and seat replaced. Reconditioned stairlifts are many people’s favourites because they offer all the features of a new stairlift, but for a discounted price! Resellers always make sure that they adhere to the safety standards and that all the features still work. They are obliged to let you know if they don’t. It is for this reason it is always advisable to purchase a second-hand stair lift from a manufacturer or professional to makes sure your stair lift is safe and in good working order.

Another option that may save you a lot of money is a rental stairlift. Rates start from between £10-£37 per week depending upon the equipment you require. Additionally, as well as affordability, the rental option is a great solution for people who do not require mobility lifts for a long period of time. Rental schemes can help with rehabilitation for people who may have temporarily become less able. Also, those who rent properties where permanent change is not an option would also benefit. Furthermore, the rental payments include service and maintenance costs so you will always have peace of mind that your equipment will be in full working order.

Alternatively, you may just want to buy one outright. This means that you can customize it exactly how you want it, and it also gives you that extra piece of mind that it is 100% safe. However this will cost more, so it is down to personal preference whether you think these advantages are worth the extra finance.

What additional features are necessary for you?

Once you have considered which option will suit you best financially, you may then want to think about the ways that your straight or curved stairlift can be tailored to meet the needs of the person or people who will be using it most. If their mobility issues are likely to change or worsen over time, then you may also want to plan for the future when selecting a stairlift. An individual has to think thoroughly into the users needs like this when choosing a stairlift.

For example, would you or your loved one prefer to sit or perch on the stairlift seat? Will the users be operating it by themselves? If so would they be more comfortable using buttons or a joystick or toggle controller? Would they prefer a seat that practically folds away into the wall or a swivel seat instead?

If you have decided you don’t need a Stairlift, consider Stair Steady

You may have decided that you don’t want/need a stairlift after all. For example, you may just think that your mobility issues aren’t too severe. However, that doesn’t mean you have to struggle, you can use a stair steady which is massively cheaper, and can be all the help you need.

The device is attached to your wall and provides a rail for you to hold on to. Helping you climb the stairs with ease. It is usually used by those with very mild mobility issues. A good indicator of whether you need one or not is just to simply ask yourself if you are tired after using the stairs. If you avoided using the stairs all together, then this can make your body weak. It is a good idea to work your legs a little bit now and then.

Hopefully you now have sufficient information to help you choose the right stairlift. If you still have any further questions, just call 0800 080 7887 alternatively, you can email us at: or use our Free Stairlift Assessment Form on the right hand side.