Guide to Buying a Stairlift

Which is the stairlift best for your stairway?

Depending on the type of stairway you have in your home will determine the type of stairlift you require, curved or straight. The most simple stairlift to use and the most economical to buy is the straight stairlift. Straight stairlifts fit all staircases regardless of the steepness of the stairway or the number of steps.  They are easily installed and maintained. Curved stairlifts are comprised of multiple sections and sometimes must be tailored to accommodate unusual angles. Due to this complexity Curved Stairlifts are more expensive than Straight Stairlifts.

Suitable power supply

Most stairlifts will work from a standard 3-Pin Socket power supply with no specialist wiring required. However, if there is not a power source available close to the stairs you made need to arrange for one to be implemented by an electrician. Our stairlift surveyor will be able to advise you in this regard during your stairlift survey.

Weight capacity

Every stairlift will have a recommended maximum weight capacity as determined by the manufacturer. Most stairlifts will accommodate at least 120Kg which equates to almost 19 Stone. There are models of stairlift that can accommodate greater weight capacities up to 200Kg/31 Stone.

Simple controls

Stairlifts are easy and safe to use. There are simple controls on the chair itself as well as the option of having controls that are permanently fixed at the top and bottom of your staircase. Your implementation engineer will provide you with a full demonstration on how to use the stairlift.

Quality Aftercare

An important consideration when choosing a stairlift choice is length of warranty. Key questions to ask are:

  1. What parts of the stairlift are covered?
  2. How long does the service department take to respond to service request?

With Beechfield Healthcare you can rest assured that you are covered by a comprehensive parts warranty and a dedicated and compassionate service team.

Better Safety

Safety is an obvious concern when choosing a stairlift. It is important to ensure that the stairlift you choose has adequate safety features such as a seat belt, obstacle sensors, easy-to-use pressurised controls. It is essential that you thoroughly understand the various safety features included on the stairlift you choose.

Smoother ride

There are two types of stairlift driving systems. The ‘Rack and Pinion System’ and the ‘Cable System’. While cable drive systems can be slightly cheaper they generally provide a bumpier ride. The Rack and Pinion System provides a smooth ride and has a geared drive system that runs along a rack of teeth on the rail.

If you have any questions about selecting the most suitable stairlift for you and you home, please get in touch and one of our team will be glad to assist.


Feedback from Our Valued Customers

"I am so delighted with my new stairlift.  It has given me back my confidence and peace of mind when using the stairs.  Beechfield Stairlifts made the process very easy from the 1st call. And very competitive stair lifts prices too!"

Christine Barrett

Co. Dubin

"I would highly recommend Beechfield Stair Lifts, Enda gave me excellent advice and service, both before and after the work was completed. My life has really improved as a direct result of my stairlift, making my life more comfortable and my house became a home again."

Sheila Fitzpatrick

Co. Laois

“I wouldn't be without my Stair Lift, it has made a huge difference to my quality of life. Beechfield Stair Lifts provided assistance with grant paperwork, without Enda’s help and guidance it wouldn’t have been such a smooth process. The service was prompt and efficient and the...”

Mai Dunne

Co. Laois

"Just a quick note to say thanks to Enda and the team for a great job on my Stairlifts.   It has made such a difference to be able to get up the stairs safely".

Michelle Lewis

Edgeworthstown, Co Longford

"Very prompt and efficient service from beginning to end.  I am very pleased with my new stair lift and the whole process was much simpler that I thought it would be. If you need a stair lift got to the stair lift specialists". 

Elizabeth Bracken

Celbridge, Co. Kildare

“Thanks very much to Robert and the Beechfield team for the great service installing the stairlift in my mother’s home. I am happy to recommend Beechfield Stairlifts for quality and service, very little disruption was caused during the installation which was carried out to a very...”

Fergus Moran

Co. Limerick

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Beechfield Stairlifts, Maple House, Temple Rd, Leopardstown,
Co. Dublin, Ireland

Beechfield Healthcare, Clonminam Business Park, Portlaoise,
Co. Laois, Ireland

Phone Number:
LoCall 1890 989 353
Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri from 09:00 – 18:00
Saturday from 10:00 – 13:00