How Much Do Stair Lifts Cost?

July 9, 2021

Stairlift costs vary widely depending on where you live, the manufacturer, model, your needs, and the options you choose. To help you determine how much a stairlift will cost, we gathered some figures to show you what drives up the price of stairlifts. We’ve included estimates for the cost of installing a stairlift and maintaining one.

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Stairlift Costs Start with Choice of Base Model

A basic, straight stairlift is usually priced in the $2,000 to $5,000 range. Higher-end models typically average around $5,000 to $7,000. Curved stairlifts average around $7,500, but the price can go up to $10,000 and higher depending on the complexity of your staircase. If sitting causes you a great deal of discomfort, look into standing stair lifts. These stairlifts safely move you up and down stairs without a seat and typically cost $3,000 to $5,000.

Of course, buying a stairlift with more features costs extra, but is often worth the price if the lift will be used multiple times each day.

Cost of Stair Lift Types
Stair Lift Type Price
Battery-operated stairlift $2,000 to $3,000
Straight stairlift $3,000 to $5,000
Electric stairlift $3,000 to $5,000
Curved stairlift $10,000

Convenience Features Can Increase Stairlift Costs

Many stairlifts include comfort and convenience features, but whether a feature is standard or optional, it may affect the final price. While swivel seats, safety belts, and a battery backup usually come standard, the features and upgraded stairlift technology below will add to the stairlift’s cost:

  • Lift-up footrests
  • Lift-up armrests
  • Speed control
  • Seats that tilt or perch
  • Fold-up rails (manual or automatic)
  • Stairlifts that curve away from the staircase when parked

Beyond convenience, features affecting the cost of stairlifts can be based on how customized your stairlift rail needs to be. Consider things like:

  • Outdoor stairlift: Stairlifts rugged enough to withstand the weather outdoors start at $5,000.

  • Customization: Curved stairlifts are custom made to your staircase and are more expensive to manufacture, so the cost is passed on to you.

  • Number of steps: If your staircase has more than 14 steps, a longer rail length is required which increases the price.

  • Weight requirements: Basic and mid-priced stairlifts usually have a weight limit of 200 to 300 lbs. If you need a stairlift to carry more weight, you will likely have to buy a heavy-duty model, which start at around $4,000.

What is the Cost of Installing a Stairlift?

Some stairlift retailers include the cost of labor to install the lift in the price tag, and a qualified dealer or manufacturer representative will install the stairlift for you. Installing a stairlift yourself is usually not a good idea due to safety concern so be sure yours is installed by a trained professional. The cost of the stairlift installation could tack another $2,000 onto the price of the lift.

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The installation process usually takes approximately three to four hours to complete. Curved lifts are pre-measured and custom fitted, so you’ll need to add the additional time for a more complicated installation (likely taking over three hours.)

The installation cost varies depending on the dimensions and size of the lift, how it is installed, and if there is an electrical outlet nearby. If you do not have an electrical outlet near the top or bottom of the stairs, you will need to have one installed by a licensed electrician. A qualified electrician charges approximately $65 to $95 per hour. The job should take about two hours to complete.

Stairlift Maintenance and Repair Costs

Yearly maintenance checks: To keep your stairlift safe and in good working order it is a good idea to arrange an annual maintenance check. A qualified dealer or manufacturer’s representative will come by to perform routine maintenance to make sure your lift is in proper working order. A yearly maintenance charge will run $100–$200, or approximately $70 per hour. Check your owner’s manual to see when your stairlift is due for service.

Some retailers provide a yearly lift maintenance program, which requires an annual fee for regular lift service. Some maintenance programs also offer a 24-hour emergency service. Ask your dealer or manufacturer for details. If your lift is still under warranty contact the original dealer or installer for service, or call the manufacturer.

Cost of batteries: A stairlift backup battery automatically charges on the rail. Your service technician will check the battery to see if it needs replacement. If so, a new battery will cost in the range of $15 to $25.

Bottom Line

For many seniors, climbing stairs can become difficult as they age. A stairlift will help your loved one maintain their mobility and independence in the years ahead.

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