Chair lift pricing varies by model, features, the type of stairs you have – straight, curved, L-shaped – your specific needs, where you are located and shipping requirements. Here are some good budgetary tips to consider when shopping for your chair lift. Financing can be available for the right person or use case.
Is the chair lift for a straight or curved staircase?
A chair lift for straight stairs is usually priced between $3200 to $4200, which should include installation and a long-term warranty with at least 5 years coverage over the mechanical parts. That chairlift price should cover 16 feet of rail, the chair and chassis, and 2 remote controls. The weight limit, motor size, and quality of the chair will impact the final cost. Many times, the cheaper chair lift price will come with a very small motor that will struggle at high speeds. The weight limit may be 300 pounds but the motor is only 1/8 horse power, which will burn out quicker to carry that weight. A larger motor will make your chair lift more reliable, last longer, and smoother to ride.
A curved stair lift is custom built for your staircase and includes a chair that needs to level itself automatically at every angle of your stairs and landing. The correct curved chairlift price will vary based on the number of curves and complexity of curves on your stairs. A stairlift for stairs with a single curve and landing costs $9,000 to $11,000. If your staircase curves at each stair it is called a large radius curved chair lift. This type of lift can be $12 to $15,000 in cost.
As always, the quality of the lift is important, as many of the curved stair lifts will require a service call each year to keep the chair in optimal performance condition. This service call ranges from $200 to $700 per year. We have seen some stairlifts only last 1-2 years before needing to be replaced. The best stairlifts are built to last 10-20 years and provide reliable use without service calls and charges.
Related: See the pros and cons of 2 straight versus 1 curved stair lift.
Would you consider a new or used or reconditioned chair lift?
A used or reconditioned lift can save you money if it is reliable. A reconditioned stair lift should be about $1000 less than a new straight stair lift including the installation and warranty. One cannot buy a used curved stair lift because the rail will likely not fit your staircase. Most of the price of a curved stairlift is in the custom rail, and to get another rail made would be as much as a new lift altogether.
Our used chair lifts include a 30 day labor warranty vs. the new lift that has a 1 year labor warranty. A used chairlift should be less than 5 year old and be quality checked by a reputable dealer. Many stair lifts are sold on websites like Craigslist, but there are 2 problems. The rail is cut to fit the stairway of the home it came from, not the staircase in which it it to be installed. If your stairs are longer or taller than the other staircase, this chair lift rail will not fit on your stairs. You can always cut a rail shorter, however, it can be expensive and sometime impossible to order a new rail when needing to make it fit longer stairs.
- Will the used stair lift be reliable enough for the length of time required? The older the lift, the more service it will require to keep it running.
- Some stairlifts are manufactured to only last 2 to 3 years and unfortunately, many of these end up for sale on the internet. Some of these brands include Ameriglide, Summitt, Acorn, TK Access, Meditek, and Easy Climber.
- Most stairlifts will only fit on 1 side of the stairs. If you want to install the lift on the other side of stairs, you are out of luck.
Learn more about why choosing a Bruno stairlift from Accessible Systems is a smart choice for you and your loved ones.