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Comparing Dumbwaiters With Home Elevators

Comparing Dumbwaiters With Home Elevators

Today, we’ll be showing you all of the differences between dumbwaiters and home elevators.

Some people might look at dumbwaiters and home elevators and think that size is the only difference between them. This is far from the truth, however. Each of them has many differences that can influence which one you should install in your home. Today, we’ll be showing you all of the differences between dumbwaiters and home elevators.


Dumbwaiters and home elevators provide profoundly different purposes for your home. Starting with dumbwaiters, they are better-suited for people who need to move many different items up and down the stairs at a time. You might be carrying firewood, heavy household appliances, laundry, or shopping bags, among other things. Dumbwaiters are not for use by people. 

Home elevators, on the other hand, will be better if you simply need to get yourself to the different levels of your house.

Weight and Size Capacity

The size of home elevators versus dumbwaiters is profound. Home elevators tend to be the more sizable of the two. With that said, it all depends on how many people are likely to use the elevator. The fewer people who need to use the elevator, the smaller it is allowed to be.

Dumbwaiters, generally, are the more compact variants andtake less space in your home.

Which is Better for You?

While both dumbwaiters and home elevators have their merits and drawbacks, one of them will ultimately prove to be more favorable for your situation.

To help you come to a decision, we recommend bringing in the help of an elevator installation company. Professionals have been working on people’s properties for years, and they will know what the best type of unit for your usage needs and home will be. Just be sure you select a company that has years of experience and plenty of positive reviews. You want to be sure that the company you pick is trustworthy.

Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For over a decade, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

Get in touch with us! Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8 am -5 pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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