Each person and home is different. These are some of the common comparison points for stair lifts. Not all of these points will be important to you. A free in-home consultation by a factory trained chair lift expert can help you decide which stair lift system is best for you
- Minimum Width of track / Track intrusion into staircase
- Min. Width of folded seat and footrest
- Min. Width of open unit in riding position
- Call/send controls - Wireless or Hard-wired
- Fold up Arms - Standard or Optional - Fold-up arms are especially important if you use a wheelchair
- Width of seat between the arms
- Seat back height - may be important if you are tall
- Typical overrun of track at top landing - note that there are ways to shorten this
- Weight Capacity
- Higher Weight Capacity options available
- Travel limits
- Track color
- Seat color options
- Key lock - Standard or Optional
- Drive System
- Adjustable Seat height or Fixed
- AC powered or DC Battery powered
- Does the unit charge anywhere on the track or does it have to be on stations? If it has to be on stations, it is easier to miss the station and not charge your batteries. If you get a folding track however, there must be only charging points.
- Cost of Replacement Batteries? Can you replace the batteries yourself? Cost of service call to replace the Batteries?
- Average number of trips on the Battery charge without power. This will vary based on the weight of the user and the length of the track.
- Swivel at the top landing only or both landings
- Available options - such as Folding or Sliding track, Power Seat swivel, Power Footrest fold, Grocery Basket
- Parts Warranty - typically three different warranties: General Parts Warranty, Battery Warranty, Drive System Warranty
- Labor Warranty - this is actually provided by the installing company, not the manufacturer.
- Extended Labor Warranty Available
- Is 24 / 7 Repair Service available? How much is the extra fee for after hours service?
- Manufacturing location
- How long will it take to get the lift installed?
- Is a permit required? In Georgia, a state elevator permit is required for every residential chair lift installation.
- Is the installing company certified or licensed to do this type of work? (not required in all states)
- Does the installing company have liability and workers comp. insurance?
- Does the offered price include installation, freight, any required permits, and measuring service?
- How often is Preventative Maintenance recommended and what is the Cost? This is from the installing company, not the manufacturer.