Making sure you get the right one from the start means you can relax in the knowledge you have the best possible solution that will stand the test of time.
What should you look for in a stairlift?
Once you’ve made the decision to get a stairlift, the next step is choosing the right model for you. The type of stairlift you purchase will depend on whether you have a curved or straight staircase but also remember that different products offer different features that could be of real benefit to you. For example, if your balance is not the best you should look for models that allow the footrest to be folded via a link to the arm or seat, or even better via an automatic button in the arm, rather than having to bend down. Make sure the sales consultants explain any features fully so you can properly compare models.
Straight or curved stairlifts
Do you know anybody that owns a stairlift? If so, talk to them – their experience could prove useful. What do they like about their stairlift? What would they change? You may find some of our customer testimonials and customer letters useful as a starting point.
New or reconditioned? Rent or buy?
Quality stairlifts can be refurbished and offer great value. If you are considering a refurbished stairlift make sure you understand where the stairlift has come from and how it has been refurbished, for example, will it have new batteries, has it been serviced, will you get a comprehensive year’s warranty?
You may also consider renting a stairlift if you are recovering from an injury and only expect to need a lift in the short term. Rental agreements should cover the cost of installation, servicing and removal in the set up fees and monthly charges.
Renting a stairlift Reconditioned stairlifts