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Comparing Home Elevators with Dumbwaiters

Comparing Home Elevators with Dumbwaiters

If you’re looking for ways to make your home more accessible, you might well want to consider installing either an elevator or a dumbwaiter.

If you’re looking for ways to make your home more accessible, you might well want to consider installing either an elevator or a dumbwaiter. The former can (as you’re likely aware) transport people and bulky/unwieldy items between landings, while a dumbwaiter likewise carries things = —but not people—up and down to different floors. Both systems add value to your living space and improve safety during your daily routine, and each one has their own unique benefits.


Read along below for some help on deciding which is the better option for making home life that much easier.

Dumbwaiters: A Smart Way to Transport Household Items

Dumbwaiters are an excellent choice if you need to transport items that are a burden to carry, e.g., bulk quantities of household supplies, groceries, boxes of paper records, and the like. By putting these items in a safe and reliable lift system, you can promptly forget about the nagging possibility of pulling out your back in the act of awkwardly lugging this and that, or, heaven forbid, falling down the stairs in the process.


Dumbwaiters come in an array of sizes to accommodate your home’s available space. They can be installed at custom sizes up to 24 x 24 x 24 inches, providing you with plenty of space to transport all general what-have-you. The device’s small configuration allows you to access your stuff without having to strain your bod.. 

Elevators: A Safe and Easy Staircase Alternative

Residential elevators are significantly larger than dumbwaiters, and can carry a few people at time from point A to B; there’s an obvious benefit here for those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Simply put, an elevator in your home means a safer alternative for disabled persons, the elderly, and, well, -anyone, really.


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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    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
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