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Stair Lift Comparison Guide

Compare Straight Stair Lifts

Here is a comparison chart of some of the most popular straight stair lifts sold in North America. Some models offer additional options and features not listed here.

 Savaria
K2
Handicare
1100
Acorn
130
Bruno
Elan SRE 3050
Harmar
Pinnacle SL600
Stannah
Siena
Savaria K2 Stairlift
Capacity350 lb (optional 400 lb)309 lb300 lb (optional 350 lb)300 lb350 lb350 lb
Retractable seat beltyesyesyesyesyesoptional
Folded width10.75"12.6"12.25"12"10.5"13.5"
Arm width16"-19.5"17.7"17.5"20.25"20"19.5"
Driverack and pinionmultidrive friction systemrack and pinionrack and pinionnylon polymer helical worm gearrack and pinion
Diagnostic displayLED lightsdigitaldigitalnoLED lightsdigital
Standard color/finishwhite with beige seatwhite with beige seatwhite with beige seatwhite with grey seatoff white with beige seatwhite and ivory seat
Parts warranty3 years2 years1 years2 years3 years2 years
Company headquartersNorth AmericaEuropeEuropeNorth AmericaNorth AmericaEurope
Maximum Travel32'22'33'19' 8"70'39'
Notablevery compact designconstant charge, no gear rackgenerally not sold through dealerscovered gear rackno grease or lubricant required for trackfootrest folds with armrest and seat

These stair lifts all have a nominal (average) speed of approximately 15–20 ft. per minute. All units feature an aluminum rail that is mounted to the stair treads. Optional flip-up rail is also available for these stairlifts. Allow several hours for installation.

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Straight Stair Lift Manufacturers

SAVARIA | Straight Stair Lift Manufacturers
In business since 1979, Savaria is one the top accessibility companies in the world. They make the K2 straight that boasts the slimmest folded profile on the market, great for narrow stairs like those in older homes. The K2 plus has a 400 lb capacity.

Handicare Stair Lifts
Handicare makes over 40,000 stairlifts a year and operates manufacturing facilities in several countries. They have a strong reputation for quality and innovation in stairlifts. They became a division of Savaria Corporation in 2021.

Acorn Stair Lifts
Known for selling directly to consumers rather than through local dealers, this company’s head office is in the U.K. They specialize in stair lifts.

Bruno Stair Lifts Logo
A solid company with a good reputation in home access products. They make straight stair lifts that are suitable for outdoor applications as well as for inside the home.

Harmar Stair Lifts
Newer to the industry than Savaria and Bruno, they have been in business since the late 90s and they currently make several models of straight stair lifts.

Stannah Stair Lifts
With its headquarters in the UK and founded in 1867, Stannah has produced many stair lifts for the European market, but has a smaller presence in North America.

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Compare Curved Stair Lifts

Here is a comparison chart of some of the most popular curved stair lifts sold in North America. Some models offer additional options and features not listed here.

 Savaria StairfriendHandicare Freecurve classicAcorn
180
Bruno EliteHarmar HelixStannah Starla
Savaria Stairfriend Curved Stairlift
Capacity 350 lb275 lb266 lb400 lb350 lb300 lb
Seat swiveltoptop
toptop
top
top and bottom
Folded width16.63"16.5"
Varies*16.75"
16"16"
Arm width 18.25" - 21.5" (L seat)17.1" - 18.3"19"17.75"-21.75"20.5"- 23.6"19.3"
Rail typecustom bent twin steel tube railsingle tube railmodular aluminium railcustom bent flat steel railcustom bent steel railcustom bent twin rail
Diagnostic displayLED lightdigitaldigitaldigitalstatus lightdigital
Standard color/finishwhite with beige seatoff white with 3 seat colour optionswhite with beige seatwhite with grey seatbeige or black with beige seatwhite with beige seat
Parts warranty3 years2 years1 year2 years2 years2 years
Minimum track to wall6"6.8"7"7.5"4.7"6"
Company headquartersNorth AmericaEuropeEuropeNorth AmericaNorth AmericaEurope
Notablefits closely to wall, choice of seatmultiple rail colors and seat options
hidden gear track
footrest lever
custom colors and fabrics availableseat load sensor

These stair lifts all have retractable seatbelts.

*Acorn does not list the distance from the wall, which varies due to their modular track system.

Curved Stair Lift Manufacturers

Savaria Stair Lifts

Savaria is well known for wheelchair lifts and home elevators, and they now offer a double rail curved stair lift that can achieve a tight fit to the wall. They manufacturer the custom rail in North America in 2 facilities.

Handicare logo
Handicare, a division of Savaria, makes 2 designs of curved stairlifts, one of them is the single rail design which some people prefer for the look. They offer an innovative app to show you what the lift will look like on your stairs before its manufactured. They recently announced they will build curved stairlifts in North America.

Acorn Stair Lifts
Acorn is a U.K.-based company well known for straight stair lifts. Their curved lift uses a unique modular system that eliminates the need for custom manufacturing, however it may not fit the staircase as well under certain circumstances.

Bruno Curved Stair Lift
Bruno is a well-regarded company. Their curved stair lift uses a single tall flat rail system that can sometimes have limitations when installed close to the wall. Bruno makes curved stair lifts for outdoor applications as well as indoor.

Harmar Stair Lifts
Harmar is newer compared to other companies in the industry, founded in the late 90s. They currently make a curved stair lift model with custom bent steel rail.

Stannah logo
Stannah is a UK-based company that specializes in stair lifts and is well respected in the UK. Their curved stair lifts are known for quality but they are made in the UK and must be air shipped to North America, which can add cost and time.

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