Choosing the Right Stairlift

Choosing the Right Stairlift:

You know, 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 Handicare, Meditek 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 do that, we’ve gathered together all the latest information on straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts and outdoor stair and chair lifts.

If you need advice on choosing the right stairlift, then be sure to read this page. Any queries at the end of it, feel free to use the contact form to the right.

Do you actually need a Stair lift?

The 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;

Three steps
  • 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?

Making sure that you choose the right Stair Lift

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 stair lift or a through floor one? Once you have made this decision there will still be many more follow. Each of these 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. This page will offer advice on some of the things you may wish to consider before installing a straight or curved stairlift into your own home or that of another family member.

Some of the questions that you should ask yourself after you decide you need a Stair Lift?

Which starlift?

The first choice that you and your family must make is whether you want to purchase a new stairlift. A manufacturer can tailor make it to your individual needs. Or would you prefer a reconditioned stairlift, which could be up to around 12 months old and will have been used before but had some of the parts such as the motor and seat replaced. Another option would be if you would rather have a second hand stairlift. An engineer will take this stairlift out of one building and installed it directly into another.

Choosing the Right StairliftAlternatively you could also choose a temporary model. You can easily remove these from your home when you no longer need them. There are also many options to rent a stairlift from as little as £10 per month. Individuals should definitely try rentals if they don’t feel they need a new one. Which option you choose is entirely up to you and will depend largely on the funds you have available to use. Just as importantly, you will need to be familiar with the specific needs of the person who will be using the stairlift. As this will also have a great influence on which stairlift is the right one to choose.

Tailored to individual needs?

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? Straight strairlifts go directly from one floor of a building to another. We fit a chair into them that practically folds away into the wall. However an engineer can install a swivel seat instead. The user would then find it much easier to get on and off the stair or chair lift. They may find that this is much more practical.

For anyone, getting a stairlift installed is a big decision. It can sometimes require a great deal of thought and planning. If you would like any help on choosing the right stairlift for yourself or your loved one, Stairlifts UK are here to offer free, impartial help and support.

Should you buy a Straight or a Curved Stair Lift?

Residential curved stairlifts are a necessity where your relative’s staircase has two turns or more. Where the staircase features a bend, you’ll also probably need a curved stair lift. If the staircase features a small turn say two or three steps at a 90-degree angle at the top of the stairs. You may not have to buy a curved stairlift.

Bridging Platform

Instead, your relative could have a bridging platform installed. This is a small folding wooden platform allowing your relative to transfer from the stairlift to the landing without the need for a curved stair lift. This can save a lot of money, as a curved stair lift is likely to cost at least £3,000. If your relative is not very steady or has vertigo or similar problems, a bridging platform won’t be suitable, though.

Two Straight Stair lifts

Another alternative to a curved stairlift is two straight stairlifts. Again, this will save a lot of money over a curved stair-lift. You might like to bear in mind though that, with two stairlifts involved, there’s twice the risk of something going wrong, and twice the cost of warranties and servicing. There’s also the issue of the delightfully named ‘mid-flight transfer’, a manoeuvre that’s not suitable for all users.

If you decide your relative needs a curved residential stair lift, bear in mind they’ll need to have their lift custom-built, which can take some time. If they’re impatient, you could try a reconditioned curved stair lift, which will be installed much more quickly and is much less expensive.

Things to consider about a Second Hand Stair Lift

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 used stair lifts. These are simply lifts that have been previously used by someone else.

They usually have all the benefits of a new stair lift, at a discounted price. Before a new owner buys one, they are restored and fixed up by the reseller to make sure that they are up to safety codes, and appropriate for someone new to use. Safety always comes first with this type of appliance. 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.

Installation Time

When it comes to installing second-hand stair lifts, this will be done with the same amount of care that would be put into a new one. You should still hire a group of professional engineers. They will ensure that the lift is fitted safely and securely. This holds true both for those straight lifts or curved ones. The curved will of course take a little bit more time to install, because they have to be adjusted to match the curves and turns of a windy staircase. Some can be battery operated, and some are electric. The ones that require electrical wiring will take longer to install, as well.

A few pointers

There are a few pointers to keep in mind if considering purchasing second-hand stair lifts. Most professionals recommend that you not buy any that are over 18 months old, because this is an industry that is constantly updating itself in technological innovations, and so to keep up to date with safety standards, its best to stay ahead of the curve with second-hand purchases. Additionally, you should make sure to get a one-year warranty at the very least on your purchase, in case there are any small mechanical issues that may come up in your older model.

Ask Questions!

Finally, make sure to ask a lot of questions about the stair lift before purchasing it. You may want to sit down with a professional in the field first and talk about your needs, so you know what questions to ask. Free assessments are usually available from all the major manufacturers and you are under no obligation to purchase.


The biggest benefit of purchasing second-hand stair lifts is the lower price. Having said that, you do need to weigh it against the additional research required to make sure that they are still up to par with safety codes and that everything is in perfect working order. Major manufacturers have all recognised the need to supply second-hand lifts to the market. They now ensure your stair lift is in perfect running order when it is installed. As a result, they have removed much of the worry about the condition of secondhand stairlifts.

Are you worried about costs?

Another option available for those who may struggle financial is the rental stairlift option. We understand that several thousand pounds is not within everyone’s budget and at, we offer the rental option for a more affordable way to meet the expense of mobility aids.

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. Do not worry that the equipment you will receive will be substandard either. Rental equipment is exactly the same as the reconditioned models which are for sale. 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. Contact us today to book an assessment.

Consider Stair Steady as an alternative to buying a Stair Lift

There are many people, for one reason or another, that find it difficult to travel up and down the stairs. However not all have a big enough budget to purchase a new stairlift, or sometimes even a reconditioned one.

The Stair Steady is a brilliant solution for people who have a tight budget but require that extra help in getting up the stairs.

What is Stair Steady?

Manufacturers made stair steady for those that may not be able to afford a stairlift. Also, individuals who are not disabled severely, enjoy using stair steady often. Such as individuals who can climb the stairs, but just find it an inconvenience. The device is attached to your wall and provides a rail for you to hold on to. Helping you climb the stairs with ease.

What is it good for?

Many elderly people who require help do not always necessarily require a stair lift. Stair Steady is another option which is there to help you get up the stairs with little effort. Often, elderly people can climb the stairs. However they’re left exhausted afterwards. This is a sign that they should definitely consider getting stair steady.

With the Stair Steady you can simply grab onto the rail and it helps you up. This makes the experience easier for the user and thus doesn’t leave them too exhausted.

The other great feature of the Stair Steady is that although making your life easier it gives you the exercise you need so as to keep your joints and muscles moving. This means that you can travel up and down the stairs again with little effort, but also still keep active and sustaining a good amount of energy.

If you want to know more about which stairlifts we recommend for your relative’s circumstances, get in contact with us just call 0800 080 7997 alternatively, you can email us at: or use our Free Stairlift Assessment Form on the right hand side.

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