Stairlifts Harwich

The most popular styles of chairlift: straight and curved. While straight stairlifts travel in one straight line, curved ones can turn around corners. Curved ones are much more expensive than their straight counterparts.
Harwich, Felixstowe, Ramsey, Priory Heath has a variety of chairlift manufacturers to meet your requirements.

These include

  • Acorn
  • Stannah
  • Companion
  • Brooks
  • Platinum Stairlifts
  • Bruno
  • Thyssenkrupp
  • Oto Lift

From Acorn's reliable and simple chairlift to more customisable models with automatic options, there is a solution for all.

Reconditioned stairlifts tend to be cheaper than buying new. Buy a reconditioned stairlift from a trusted brand to ensure quality and safety. All good reconditioned stairlift companies in Harwich will provide installation services, simplifying the process. It's a good idea to ensure the purchase of a recon lift includes at least a one-year warranty for peace of mind.
To get a stairlift, you must have your home surveyed by a stairlift surveyor. Installation services are available from all stairlift companies, making the fitting process as easy as possible.
Generally, stairlifts don't require building work since they attach to the stairs rather than to the wall. Installation usually takes around half a day if everything goes well.


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Curved Stairlifts

A curved stairlift is typically needed in situations where a staircase has curves, bends, or multiple landings. Unlike straight staircases that can be accommodated by a standard straight stairlift, curved staircases require a specialized curved stairlift due to their unique shape.

Curved stairlifts come with a higher price tag compared to straight stairlifts due to the intricate design needed for navigating turns. Unlike straight staircases, curved ones vary in shape, requiring a custom-built rail that adds to the overall expense. While the starting price for curved stairlifts is typically around £3,850, additional charges will apply for multiple bends and stops along the staircase.

Below are some popular brands of curved stairlifts:

  • Acorn 180
  • Handicare 2000
  • Stannah 260
  • Platinum Ultimate
  • Thyssen Flow 2
  • Thyssen Flow X

staircase types for curved stairlifts

Straight Stairlifts

A straight stairlift is likely right for your home if your staircase goes in one direction without bends or curves. You may need two straight chairlifts if you have two straight staircases linked by a platform. This can only work if you're able to walk between the stairlifts by yourself. Getting a curved stairlift could be a better option if this is problematic.

The starting price for a brand new straight stairlift is around £1,950. Because they have a pretty simple design, straight chairlifts cost less than curved stairlifts. Additional features like a powered hinge rail and a powered swivel seat will cost more.

Here's a selection of straight stairlift models you may want to investigate:

  • Handicare 1100
  • Handicare 1000
  • Brooks Lincoln
  • Stannah 600
  • Platinum Horizon
  • Access BDD Homeglide
  • Thyssen Levant / Thyssen Comfort
  • Acorn 130

Because of their more straightforward design, straight stairlifts are quicker and easier to install than curved ones. It often takes half a day, at most, to fit a straight stairlift in your property.

Staircase types for straight stairlifts

Outdoor stairlifts

Are you finding steps to your home a challenge? Consider fitting an outside chairlift. Whether to reach your property unassisted or parts of your garden that bring you joy, an outdoor chairlift can be an excellent investment. Stairs can pose a significant risk for individuals with limited mobility or balance issues. Outdoor stairlifts offer a secure and stable mode of transportation, reducing the chances of falls or accidents that can lead to injuries.

An outdoor stairlift will cost in the region of £2,400, but this differs depending on factors like length of rail and design of your stairs. Stairs with turns will cost more.

External stairlifts are pretty much identical to indoor stairlifts, but include waterproof components to make them suitable for outdoors. When you aren't using your outdoor chairlift, a weatherproof cover can provide extra protection from nasty weather.

If your property is near the coast, your external stairlift is more likely to suffer environmental damage. Salt in the sea air can corrode parts of the stairlift over the years.

Narrow Chairlifts

If your stairs are particularly narrow, look for a stairlift designed for tight spaces. Collapsible parts and compact designs mean your stairlift can be minimal in size and fold out of the way when not in use.
An excellent stairlift for narrow stairs is the Thyssen Flow X. The Flow X stairlift is designed to work on stairs as narrow as 610mm. The carriage automatically swivels to get the chairlift user through the smallest sections on your staircase without hitting anything.
Another option to look into is a perch stairlift. When using a perch stairlift, you partially stand but with a seat to lean on. Although, it may not be suitable if you have minimal mobility, which makes partially standing tiring or unsafe.


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Heavy Duty Stairlifts

If you're concerned you might exceed the max weight limit of a traditional stairlift, there's specific stairlift manufacturers who manufacture a HD version.

The highest weight capacity for straight stairs is the Handicare 1000 XXL, with a maximum weight capacity of 31 stones. It styles a wider seat, larger base, and extended armrest to keep you comfortable. For curved staircases, you can choose the Bruno Elite stairlift, which can carry up to 30 stones, or the Platinum Ultimate, with a weight capacity of up to 25 stones.

If you're at the top end of these maximum weight limits, a Through-Floor-Lift (TFL) is the alternative. When the lift is parked on the ground floor, the top is designed to be strong enough to become part of the floor above.

While it's true TFL's come with a higher price tag, starting at £11,500, they can be a transformative investment that has the potential to significantly improve one's quality of life.

Reconditioned chairlifts Harwich

If you're on a limited budget, you might want to consider a second-hand stairlift. Finding a reconditioned stairlift for your straight staircase is usually uncomplicated. Shortening an existing straight stairlift rail to fit your stairs is easy enough to do. Pre-used curved stairlift rails are not easy to re-fit as they are manufactured to a specific staircase. The solution is to buy a new custom-made curved rail to suit your staircase then use a pre-owned, refurbished, curved stairlift carriage.

It might be cheaper to purchase a stairlift second-hand in Harwich than buying a new one. Getting a pre-owned stairlift from a private seller may seem like a froogle choice, but it’s typically problematic and fraught with risk. Unless you’re a trained stairlift technician, buying a used stairlift from a reputable company is a better option.

A refurbed chairlift should also come with a one-year guarantee, meaning you're protected if it breaks down within the first year of it being fitted.