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People usually buy a stairlift when they’re finding climbing stairs a challenge. Whilst painful leg joints are one of the major reasons people invest in a stairlift, problems with balance are another factor. That’s why it’s important that users know the answer to the question ‘how fast do stairlifts go?’

With fears of whizzing up and down the stairs and around bends, many people worry that their stairlift will travel too quickly. Here we try to reassure anyone concerned about riding their stairlift that it will move at an appropriate rate. It will also always be controlled by you, so if you need to stop for any reason, you can. You’ll gently arrive at the top or bottom of the stairs without feeling like you’ve been on a roller coaster.

How Fast Do Stairlifts Go?


New and reconditioned stairlifts move very slowly. On average, a stairlift will travel around 0.15 meters per second (0.34 mph). Stairlifts move at a low speed so that users feel safe and comfortable as they move up and down the stairs. In total, an average straight staircase journey can take around 30-60 seconds to complete.

The Halton Stairlifts Straight Stairlift video gives you a good idea of how long a typical straight stairlift journey will take.



Can you Speed Up a Stairlift?


Stairlifts move within a range of 0.15 and 0.34mph. They start off slowly and gradually reach ‘full speed’ so that the user enjoys a smooth ride. So while it is possible to speed up a stairlift, the fastest speed is equivalent to a slow walking pace.

Curved stairlifts will also slow slightly when they reach a bend or turn to make the journey as pleasant as possible.

If you’d like to find out more about the range of straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts available at Halton Stairlifts, call 0800 644 7766 to speak to a member of our expert team. Or arrange your FREE home assessment with one of our surveyors to get all the advice you need with a no-obligation quote.