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Stairlifts Vs. Home Elevators: Which One Should You Choose?

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Should you install stairlifts or a home elevator? Compare the two home devices.

If you’re looking for lifts and elevators, you might wonder which will best work for you between stairlifts and home elevators. It may be overwhelming to weigh the pros and cons of two equally valuable options and make an informed choice.  This article gives a factual and honest comparison between stairlifts and home elevators.


Stairlifts are powered lifting chairs that go up and down a rail attached to the stair treads. Because of their designs, stairlifts are often referred to as stair gliders or chairlifts. Installing straight stairlifts is usually a simple task that a technician can take a day to accomplish. However, the setup may take slightly longer if your stairs are curved. Additionally, chairlifts are way much affordable if compared with home elevators. In fact, with $2500, you can order and install one. For these reasons, stairlifts can provide a quick and cost-effective remedy for upper and lower floors movement. 

Most chairlifts are made of aluminum or steel. They comprise a seat, arm and footrest, and chain conveyor system that propels the lift up and downstairs. 

Here are the pros and cons of stairlifts.


  • Cost-effective
  • It takes a short time to set up
  • It does not necessitate remodeling
  • It’s a quick way to fix mobility challenges


  • Users should get themselves on and off the stairlift
  • Carries less weight
  • Adds little value to the home
  • Few models available in the market

Home Elevators

If any of your family members use a wheelchair, then a home elevator may be the right option for your home. However, you must be prepared to dig deeper into your pocket and wait for some time for installers to institute the elevator fully. Despite the high cost of installing home elevators, they are an added advantage to your house.   

In addition, elevators come in a wide range of varieties that you will quickly get one that meets your needs. Moreover, home elevators can go several floors up and carry considerable weight. 

The following list is the pros and cons of home elevators:


  • Can carry big and heavy luggage such as wheelchairs, groceries, and laundry
  • Having them is an added advantage
  • Most elevators are available in a variety of designs and models
  • Transport both people and luggage


  • It takes time to install
  • Installation is expensive
  • Require planning on the design, location, etc.
  • Necessitates construction

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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