What Are The Top 5 Stairlifts For Older People?

Stairlifts can be life-changing for older people who have limited mobility as a result of general ageing, illness or injury.

There are many benefits to installing a stairlift in the home including restored confidence for those who are prone to falls, being able to maintain independence in the home and safety.

We understand that it can be difficult to decide which stairlift to go for, particularly when there are so many different options to choose from. So, to make your life easier, we have shortlisted 5 highly recommended stairlifts available to buy in the UK below.

Top 5 Stairlifts...

1. Acorn 130 Straight Stairlift

Cost: Dependant on personal requirements and staircase configuration. All Acorn Stairlifts are tailor-made for the customer. Please fill out Acorn Staircase's free quote form for a quote. The starting cost is around £2,200.

Max weight capacity: 159kg


  • Suitable for indoor staircases
  • Next day installation available
  • Smooth start and stop mechanism allowing effortless gliding up and down the stairs
  • Fits quickly and easily to the stairs rather than the wall
  • Low running costs
  • Folds away when not in use
  • Optional hinged rail designed to eliminate any opstructions
  • Safety features including seat belt, diagnostic display and back up battery

2. Handicare 1100

Cost: Dependant on personal requirements and stair configuration but start at £1,434. Contact Handicare on 01384 912 033 for more details.

Max weight capacity: 140kg


  • Has the slimmest rail on the market
  • Compact design which can be folded when not in use
  • The seat swivels at the top landing ensuring that you can get on and off with ease
  • Comes with safety sensors which will stop the lift if there is an obstruction
  • Non greased rail due to patented technology
  • 4 quiet and reliable motors due to patented 4 wheel drive technology

3. Stannah - The Siena

Cost: Dependent on the length of track, style of chair and customisable features but starts at £2,000

Max weight capacity: 160kg (straight stairs) or 120-135kg (curved stairs)


  • Ideal for straight rails and modular or custom made curved rails
  • Wide range of woven or vinyl upholsteries
  • Available in 2 seat widths
  • Folds away neatly when not in use
  • Fitted to the stairs rather than the wall
  • Manual and powered swivel seat options

4. thyssenkrupp Home Solutions S200

Cost: thyssenkrupp base their prices on a number of factors including personal requirements, the staircase configuration and customisations. Contact thyssenkrupp on 0800 783 9551 for more details.


  • Modern and timeless design with no mechanics or cables on show
  • Choice of fire resistant, moistureproof upholstery
  • You can opt for manual or automatic folding of the stairlift
  • Operated with a unique flip-up joystick
  • Foam padded seat and backrest

5. Bruno - Elite Stair Lift

Cost: From £2,395

Max weight capacity: 190kg


  • Luxurious design
  • Multiple optional extras to choose from
  • Runs smoothly and quietly
  • Continuously charges the unit anywhere on the rail
  • Offset swivel seat, flip up arms and a folding footrest/seat


Acorn 130 Straight Stairlift/180 Curved Stairlift Handicare 1100 Stannah - The Siena thyssenkrupp Home Solutions S200 Bruno - Elite Stair Lift
Cost From £2,200 From £1,434 From £2,000 N/A From £2,395
Max weight capacity 159kg 140kg 160kg N/A 190kg

Are you looking for a care service? Get in touch for free help & advice!

Share this article