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What To Look For In Stairlifts

Aug 17, 2007
When purchasing stairlifts, there are a lot of things that you have to look for to make sure that you are getting a good bargain.

For one, it would be cost and time effective to purchase a product that has infrared remote control.

Secondly, you would no doubt want your stairlifts to have easy controls, like a joystick, for example.

Thirdly, users or passengers would no doubt have a more comfortable time using the stairlifts if there are power swivel seats and footrests.

The swivel seats are both for safety and comfort. When there's no one around to help a person get up or down from the stairlift, the swivel seat would make such movements easier of course.

Footrests are for those with bending problems.

A diagnostic digital display for the stairlift would also be considered helpful. Safety cut out sensors for stairlifts can also set your heart at ease about the safety of the people who are going to use it.

And definitely, you must make sure that the braking system of the stairlifts can be done either electronically or mechanically - after all, you never know when something bad could happen that would require you to make an emergency stop.

But beyond that, here are the key features to look for when you're considering purchasing stairlifts:

Lifetime Warranty
Anyone who doesn't want a product that comes with lifetime warranty either has to have his head checked or he's simply richer than Croesus. Or Bill Gates. (Wait... I take that back since I believe Bill Gates is smart enough to still want products that come with lifetime warranty)

Needless to say, there are stairlifts that come with lifetime warranty so better choose that than others.

Brand And Quality
The purpose of the stairlift is to make ascending and descending of stairs easier and safer for the invalid. Surely, when you purchase a stairlift, you wouldn't want it to become the very reason an accident happens and due to poor quality?

Since the well-being of a person is at stake here, we advise you to stick to stairlifts made by accredited companies.

Drive Types
There are stairlifts with either of the following drive types: chain, screw, cable or rack and pinion.

Guess which one most people prefer to use? That's right.

Most people go for stairlifts with rack and pinion drive types because not only is it safer, it runs more smoothly too - no jarring movements when the stairlift starts and stops moving.
About the Author
The author is a certified physiotherapist and lives in Germany. He has put together a website about stair lifts at http://www.treppenlifte-treppenlift-treppenlifter.de
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