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If pain in your legs, back, or hips are making climbing stairs feel like a chore, then it’s likely that you’re familiar with the benefits of a stairlift. However, choosing the right chair or stairlift can feel daunting when you don’t know quite what to look for. You’ll want the best quality for the most reasonable price, but things like make, model and features all come into play. If you’re wondering what to look for when buying a stairlift then read on.



There’s no denying that stairlifts can feel like an investment. But when chosen wisely and used correctly, the right stairlift should last you a lifetime. An average straight stairlift can cost a few thousand pounds, so it’s wise to shop around to find the right one for you. However, the most important thing to bear in mind is to buy from a reputable, trusted company. Safe and reliable stairlifts require professional installation. While used stairlifts can be sourced online, you won’t get any guarantee from a private seller and may have an expensive repair bill if the lift breaks down or worse – becomes faulty and causes injury.
You can ensure you’re getting the very best service by having your stairlift installed by a reputable stairlift company. They’ll guide you through the process and give you plenty of opportunities to ask any questions or raise any issues before you ever spend a penny.

Size and type of stairlift

When determining the right stairlift for your home, a key consideration is what type of staircase you have. Straight stairlifts can be installed quickly with minimum fuss, as there’s no need to wait for any customized rails or fixtures to be made. Alternatively, if your staircase turns or bends, you might need a curved stairlift. This is still a straightforward process, however installation can take a little longer to carry out than straight stairlifts, due to the rail being made to fit the exact contours of your curved stairs.


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If you’re wondering ‘what should I look for in a stairlift?’ then the first question you need to ask is who will be using the stairlift? Next you need to consider their ongoing needs. Do they have a health condition that is likely to change in the next few weeks or months? Assess whether their condition is likely to require any specialized features. For example, a heavy-duty stairlift is ideal for heavier users, while a perched or standing stairlift seat is best suited for users who find it difficult to sit or bend down due to joint problems.
Stairlift modifications can be tailored to your specific needs, so always have your health requirements at the front of your mind and explore your options before deciding on your stairlift model. You can read more about ‘how to choose a stairlift without feeling overwhelmed’ in our handy article here.


Having the right stairlift installed can make a huge difference in a person’s life. If you want to learn more about Halton’s full range of stairlift options Speak to the friendly team on 0800 644 7766. We’ll be happy to discuss stairlift installation options in your area or arrange a no obligation home assessment at a date and time that suits you best.