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When you need a stairlift for your home, you have a couple of choices – ‘should I rent or buy a stairlift?’. Depending on your personal circumstances, you’re sure to find a solution to meet your needs whether that’s buying a stairlift or stairlift rental.

Halton Stairlifts have been busy summarising the advantages and disadvantages of owning your stairlifts or hiring your stairlift. Once you have all the information you need, you’ll be able to weigh up the best option for you.


Should I Rent or Buy a Stairlift?


Here we compare the pros and cons of renting a stairlift vs buying a stairlift, to help you find the answer to the question ‘is it better to rent or buy a stairlift?’


The Advantages of Renting a Stairlift

  • Renting a stairlift can be an economical option, allowing individuals to make low-cost monthly payments to suit their budget.
  • You’ll be able to use models featuring the latest stairlift technology
  • A rented stairlift gives you the chance to ‘try before you buy’. This allows you to see how a stairlift will fit in with your home life before you commit to a long term purchase.
  • If you’re not expecting to need a stairlift for a long time, stairlift rental helps to provide a temporary solution. Hiring a stairlift is an ideal when you need an interim solution to speed up a hospital discharge, you have stairlift users visiting your home, you need temporary access to a commercial setting, or you’re expecting to make a physical recovery within a few weeks or months.
  • If you decide to keep your rental stairlift, Halton Stairlifts will sell it to you for a discounted rate.
  • Once you no longer need your stairlift, your rental fee covers you for removal.



The Disadvantages of Renting a Stairlift


  • If you need your stairlift for more than a few months, it’s likely to become less cost-effective.


Take a look at the Halton Stairlifts Guide to Hiring a Stairlift for more information. 


The Advantages of Buying a Stairlift


  • It is cheaper and more convenient option for moving between the floors of your home, compared to platform lifts and home elevators.
  • You will own your stairlift. When the stairlift is no longer needed you’ll be able to re-sell it.
  • You can have your stairlift delivered within 24 hours and fitted in around 2 hours
  • Your stairlift is likely to last over ten years with the correct usage and care.
  • Options to buy reconditioned stairlifts, like the Brooks slimline stairlift, or interest-free finance terms with Halton Stairlifts can help you to manage your stairlift budget more effectively
  • You’ll have the option to buy an extended warranty beyond the standard 12-month warranty to cover you for any servicing or repairs. This will help to keep your stairlift in the best condition.

The Disadvantages of Buying a Stairlift


  • Buying a new stairlift can be an expensive investment initially
  • Newer upgraded stairlift models may be released on to the market


How Much is it to Hire a Stairlift?


Hiring a stairlift will usually work out cheaper than buying a stairlift if you only need one for a few weeks or months. If you’re likely to need a stairlift for longer, then the cost of stairlift hire will be greater. Halton Stairlifts have a low fixed rental rate with no minimum term commitment.

Speak to the team at Halton Stairlifts about your stairlift rental and purchase options on 0800 644 7766, or get a quick quote for a new stairlift in just a few minutes.