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Stairlift vs. Home Elevator: Which One Is Best for Your Home?

If you or a loved one have trouble getting up and down the stairs, then stairlifts and home elevators can be great options to improve mobility and independence. Both of these types of assistive technology can make a home safer and more accessible, but the right one for your home depends on your health condition and your home’s layout and design.

In this article we’re comparing stairlifts and home elevators, including the pros and cons of each option. We’ll also address the various types of stair lifts and types of home elevators, as well as the estimated costs of these accessibility features.

Types of Stairlifts

The most basic types of stair lift is a straight stairlift that runs along a straight rail and has a seat attached. These stairlifts are budget-friendly options that are easy to install. But if you have curved stairs in your home, you will need a curved stairlift to fit the shape of your staircase. Other types of stair lifts that you can use at home include standing stairlifts for very narrow staircases, vertical lifts that move through an opening in the floor or ceiling, and outdoor stairlifts for the stairs on the exterior of your home.

Pros and Cons of Stairlifts

Stairlifts, like the Bruno lifts that we proudly sell at Dermer Stairlifts & Mobility, are logical choices for many people who have mobility challenges because they are affordable, quick to install, and don’t take up a lot of space. Our stairlifts operate quietly and are available in various sizes to meet your needs. The cost of a new stairlift with installation typically runs between $2,000 and $5,000. Some people find it difficult to find options that fit very narrow sets of stairs.

Types of Home Elevators

There are also several types of home elevators that you can install in your home to improve your mobility. One common type is a hydraulic elevator that has a machine room in the basement and a manual lowering system in case of an emergency. Traction elevators are electric elevators that utilize a counterweight to keep the cab suspended in the elevator shaft. Other types of home elevators are the pneumatic lift elevator that uses a vacuum to move between floors and an overhead winding drum elevator that is installed into the roof. The home elevator cost largely depends on the type of home elevator installation that is required.

Pros and Cons of Home Elevators

Many people enjoy home elevators because they can be decorative, come in a wide range of designs and increase the resale value of a home. However, they are considerably more difficult to install than types of stair lifts, they are often more than double the price of a stairlift, they take up more space, and they can sound noisy while in operation. The average home elevator cost is between $10,000 and $20,000 depending on whether you have a hydraulic or pneumatic elevator installed. Also, keep in mind that home elevator installation may take several weeks, leaving upper levels of your home inaccessible for longer periods of time.

Choosing the Right Option for You

Cost, installation time, appearance, space noise, and maintenance are all factors to keep in mind as you’re making a decision between a stairlift and a home elevator. At Dermer Stairlifts, we understand that everyone’s mobility situation is unique, and we’re here to guide you to the very best products to suit your needs.

The important thing to remember is not to delay installing a stairlift or home elevator, because waiting too long can result in devastating falls that may be painful, costly, and debilitating. Contact us for a free no-pressure, no-obligation home estimate today to see if one of our stairlifts is right for you or your loved one.