Stairlift Comparison Guide

Straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts offer valuable independence in the home as they give householders access to all floors. Ransome Mobility sell a wide range from leading manufacturers such as Minivator, Freelift, Home Adapt and Access BDD. In addition, Ransome Mobility sell reconditioned straight stairlifts and provide stairlift rental.

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Ransome Mobility is an independent stairlift supplier. This means we are not tied to any one manufacturer and so will recommend the best stairlift to suit a customer’s particular requirements.

Here we review and compare leading makes of straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts.

Simplicity

The Simplicity Straight Stairlift is safe, comfortable and offers good value for money. It has a toggle feature which is simple to operate even for those with limited mobility in their hands or arthritic fingers. Just point the toggle in the direction you want to go and the chair will take you there. The foldaway seat, arms and footplate comes as standard and is a great space saver.

Pros

  • Offers great value for money
  • Easy to use toggle control
  • Foldaway seat, arms and footrest
  • Two remote controls
  • Continuous charge point so batteries will charge in any position
  • Manually operated foot rest and swivel seat Key switch
  • Compatible with a powered track or manual hinge to clear doors and hallways

Cons

  • It is a simple model without some of the enhanced features that other models provide

Simplicity Plus

The Simplicity Plus Straight Stairlift offers a simple and effective way to get up and down stairs. It features the easy to use toggle control and offers additional feature options such as a powered swivel seat, powered footrest riser, perch option and manual hinged or slide track to clear hallways and doors.

Pros

  • Continuous charge
  • Choice of manual or powered folding footplate and swivel options
  • Retractable seatbelt
  • Simple to use left or right hand toggle
  • Two remote controls
  • Fully adjustable seat height
  • Key switch
  • Compatible with slide track or manual hinge track

Cons

  • It can only be used on straight staircases
  • It can only be used by people who weigh up to 19 stone

Minivator 2000 Curved

The Minivator Curved stairlift is a reliable, easy to use stairlift with a simple toggle control which can be placed to suit left or right hand users. It has two remote controls and a key switch to prevent unauthorised use. The foldaway seat, arms and footrest helps save on space.

Pros

  • Can be used on a tight internal bend
  • Has a perch option
  • Can be supplied in a range of colours to suit your decor
  • It can be installed internally or externally on your stairs to enable the best use of space.
  • Manual swivel seat for easy dismounting
  • Twin rail system sits snugly to the wall
  • Safety feature to stop it going over the recommended speed
  • Automatic hinge option

Cons

  • Twin rail system – maybe a little more cumbersome than other lifts with a single rail track

Minivator 1000 Straight Stairlift

Minivator stairlifts have a good reputation in the industry and this is a good all round choice for a straight stairlift. It has the simple to use toggle which is suitable even for people with limited dexterity. It also has a fully adjustable seat height and can be operated by more than one person as it has two remote controls.

Pros

  • Top of the range Minivator straight stairlift model
  • Sleek and slim line with ultra slim folding unit
  • Hidden track
  • Has a weather-proof version for outdoor use
  • Option of manual or powered swivel seat
  • Safety key switch
  • Charges anywhere along the rail
  • Available with a perch option
  • Option of a power hinged track
  • User weight up to 21.5 stone (although heavy duty option for up to 25 stone available)

Cons

  • More expensive than other more basic models

Homeadapt Elite Straight stairlift

This is classically designed stair lift which blends perfectly with your home. The rail is attached to the steps rather than the walls to save on space. It is available with a range of optional extras such as a generous seat capacity. To make it easier to get on and off, the chair can turn the corner at the top or bottom of the stairs.

Pros

  • Good for staircases where space is at a premium
  • Generous seat size
  • Weight capacity of up to 30 stone
  • Options of a powered swivel seat and extra large seat.
  • Mid park and charge station so user can leave the chair on the landing
  • Suitable for homes with more than one storey
  • Safe and reliable ride.
  • Visually coded diagnostic panel

Cons

  • Does not charge anywhere along the rail
  • More expensive than other straight strairlifts

Homeadapt Elite Curved Rail

The Homeadapt Elite Curved offers a safe and easy glide up and down stairs and around corners or curves. The rail is attached to the steps rather than the walls so it saves on space and can be installed as close as 178 mm to the wall in your home. It is suitable for homes with more than one storey.

Pros

  • Good for staircases where space is at a premium
  • Generous seat size and weight capacity of up to 30 stone
  • Visually coded diagnostic panel to make maintenance easier
  • Options include powered swivel seat and linked footrest
  • Compatible with a powered hinge track if necessary
  • Simple to use toggle operating switch
  • Two remote controls
  • Comfortable ride

Cons

  • More expensive than other curved stair lifts due to its load capacity

Van Gogh Curved Stairlift

This model runs almost silently and has an attractive slim line design that allows for ample space for other stair users. It features a simple to operate joystick control for left or right handed users and is built for even the most complicated of stairs. The lift can travel downwards at 45 degree angle to make it easier for those with limited flexibility in their knees

Pros

  • Suitable for narrow staircases
  • Works for many complicated and steep staircases and has a variety of rail design options
  • Ideal for people who have difficulty bending their knees
  • Comfortable and slim line design
  • Simple to operate joystick
  • Fits to internal or external bend of stairs
  • Independent key switch
  • Two remote controls

Cons

  • Lead time is a little longer than some other models

Flow 2 Staircase

This is a great stairlift for people who have unusual shaped staircases or those with narrow stairs or stairs with more than one landing. Neat and slim rail design and has an easy to operate joystick which can also act as a safety key switch. Additional feature options include the advanced ride monitoring system which turns the chair as it moves and is suitable for narrow staircases.

Pros

  • Slender and discreet
  • Can be used on straight spiral and other difficult staircases
  • Can be used for stairs as narrow as 61 cms
  • Option of Advanced Ride Monitoring System
  • ‘Drop nose option’ so it does not block doors at the bottom of the stairs
  • Choice of three joysticks
  • Joystick can also act as a key switch
  • Battery powered
  • Obstruction sensors

Cons

  • Lead time is a little longer than some other models

Homeglide Straight Stairlift

This is an attractive, easy to use and cost effective stairlift designed in conjunction with ergonomic experts, stairlift owners and international user focus groups. It is easy to operate, discreet and simple to install. It comes with the option of a power hinged track, so it does not get in the way of a door or passageway.

Pros

  • Two remote control handsets
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Weight capacity up to 21.5 stone
  • Simple to operate joystick for left or right hand users (choice of three options)
  • Joystick also used as a key switch
  • Seat to footrest link available
  • Option of a manual or powered swivel seat to make it easier to get on and off
  • Pressure sensitive edging for automatic stop in even of obstruction

Cons

  • One choice of seat colour

Homeglide Extra Straight Stairlift

Winner of the Rehacare Design Awards 2008/2009 for the innovation in stairlift design, This is an attractive stairlift with all the benefits of the Home Glide straight rail but with additional options. It offers greater comfort and security with curved arm rests that snugly fit around the body during movement. It also features an additional weight capacity of up to 23 stone.

Pros

  • Powered swivel seat
  • 23 stone weight capacity
  • Linked foot rest
  • Choice of six colour upholstery choices
  • Low footrest height to make mounting and dismounting easier
  • Three choices of joystick which also works as a key switch
  • Two remote controls
  • Battery operated

Cons

  • Charges at the bottom or top of the rail – but not anywhere along the rail

Platinum Curved Stairlift

The Platinum Curve Stairlift offers quick installation and delivery to avoid lengthy waiting times. It is a modern stairlift design which is ideal for most curved staircases and accommodates bends and landing. It has a built in safety brake and pressure sensors that stop the lift if it meets and obstruction.

Pros

  • Fast installation and low cost stairlift
  • Battery back-up so can be used in event of a power cut
  • Smooth, quiet and comfortable ride
  • Key switch
  • Easy to use joystick and remote control to call the lift
  • Swivel seat
  • Footrest
  • Fully adjustable seat height

Cons

  • Twin rail system – maybe a little more cumbersome than other lifts with a single rail track

About Ransome Mobility

Ransome Mobility is a family run company and our clients include private individuals as well as healthcare professionals, housing associations and social care services. We have years of experience in the mobility industry and offer high standards of customer service. As an independent company we are not tied to any one particular product or manufacturer, so our service is designed specifically with your needs in mind.