Bruno Stairlifts
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Bruno Stairlifts Review

Bruno was founded by a US Veteran with the goal of being a leading provider of solutions for an independent lifestyle. In addition to stair lifts, Bruno designs and builds scooter/wheelchair lifts for homes, businesses and vehicles. Their stair lifts and other mobility products are sold, installed and serviced by factory-trained local dealers.

Whether the stairs are inside or outside the home, Bruno makes stairlifts to accommodate every configuration of curved or straight staircases. Bruno’s unique vertical stairlift rail system allows for maximum open space on the steps, and multiple stairlift options are available to accommodate the individual user’s needs.

Pros
  • ISO 9001 Certified
  • Indoor and outdoor stairlifts
  • Global brand known for quality and safety

Cons
  • No online purchasing from Bruno website
  • No DIY installation, must pay an installer

Bruno Stairlift Models

All Bruno stairlift models feature a chair attached to a rail that is secured into the stairs. When the rocker switch on the chair’s armrest is pushed, the stairlift travels up and down the steps. Bruno straight stairlifts use a vertical anodized aluminum rail; whereas, Bruno curved stairlifts feature a custom-made, vertical e-coated steel rail for stability and a precise fit. For details about how stairlifts work, see our Stairlifts Buyer’s Guide.

Bruno stairlifts are powered by two twelve-volt batteries, allowing the stairlift to operate in a power outage. While in a parked position at the end of the rail, Bruno curved stairlifts are automatically recharging their batteries. Bruno straight stairlift models were the first stairlifts in the industry featuring charge strips along the entire rail which enable the unit’s batteries to constantly charge no matter where the unit parked.

All Bruno stairlift models are equipped with standard safety features including obstruction sensors that stop the lift if the chair hits an object on the steps and a seat belt to secure the user in place.

Bruno Stairlift Models
Models Features
Elan Straight Stairlift
Indoor
Bruno’s most popular straight stairlift, with a 300 lb – lift capacity, features a vertical rail that allows the stairlift to be installed close to the wall for maximum open space. Folded rail and other power options available.
Elite Curved Stairlift
Indoor
Custom hand-built rail for precise fit, and smooth, consistent ride. High performance with stylized look offers 400-lb lift capacity. Select power options to customize the Elite curve to your needs.
Elite Straight Stairlift
Indoor
Luxury quality chair with extra padding and a higher backrest that provides ergonomically-correct comfort. Vertical rail installs close to wall installs. Multiple fabrics, colors, and power options. 400 lb lift capacity.
Elite Curved Outdoor Stairlift
Outdoor
Curved rail custom built to exact specifications of stairs. Engineered to withstand harsh weather – performance tested from 0⁰ F to 125⁰F. Cover provided with stairlift.
Elite Outdoor Stairlift
Outdoor
Marine-grade vinyl padded seat and arms and waterproof cover for weather protection. Anodized aluminum rail with covered gear rack. 400-lb lift capacity.

Bruno Stairlifts Costs and Warranty

Bruno straight stairlifts have a limited lifetime warranty. Curved and outdoor models come with a comprehensive five-year limited warranty on components and two years on parts. You may get additional warranty coverage through the authorized Bruno dealer or installer.

The cost of a Bruno stairlift varies depending on the custom configuration and dealer. According to a HomeAdvisor survey, where over 167 consumers were asked about their stairlift purchase, the cost of a stairlift in the United States runs between $3,000 and $10,000. The price depends on the model, the rail length, upgrades, and state permitting requirements (businesses). A straight stairlift can cost between $2,000 and $5,000 and a curved model from $8,000 to $10,000. High-end customized stairlifts cost up to $15,000. The average labor cost for installation is $70 per hour, and electrical work should be around $300. Call your local government office to discuss building permits.

Bruno stairlifts

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How Bruno Stairlifts are Installed

Bruno dealers are factory-trained to ensure professional installation of your lift. It takes an average of two-to-three hours to install a straight stairlift. A curved stairlift takes longer to install based on the complexity of the curves and length of the stairlift rail.

Where to Buy Bruno Stairlifts

You can buy Bruno stairlifts from an authorized dealer in your community. To find an authorized dealer in the United States or Canada, visit Bruno’s website. If you need to find a Bruno Stairlift dealer outside of North America, there’s a form you can complete and submit on the website. You can also request a stairlift quote on the Bruno website.

Bruno Stairlift Complaints

Bruno Independent Living Aids is rated at nearly 5 out of 5 stars with 930 reviews on ConsumerAffairs. Customer feedback frequently mentions the quick installation process and how well the stairlift improved mobility. Reviewers often spoke highly of the authorized dealers as being friendly and professional. Bruno has an “A+“ rating with the Better Business Bureau, though the six customer reviews to date average 1 out of 5 stars. Bruno resolved or offered to resolve each complaint, even contacting dealers to get customers the resolution they desired. On TrustPilot, Bruno scores a 9.6 out of 10 stars across 548 customer reviews.

Bruno Stairlifts Q&A

  • Can I install a Bruno stairlift myself?
    Only authorized dealers and technicians can install Bruno stairlifts. There are no DIY options available at this time.

  • Bruno Elite Curved

    Elite Curved, Source: Bruno
  • Does insurance cover some of the costs for Bruno Stairlifts?
    Most health insurance plans don’t cover the full cost of buying and installing stairlifts, and Medicare provides no coverage. See How to Pay for Aging in Place Home Remodeling for tips on making a stairlift affordable, and ask your Bruno dealer about financing.

  • Can you order Bruno stairlifts online?
    New Bruno stairlifts must be purchased and installed by a local authorized Bruno dealer. Most Bruno dealers will not install a stairlift not purchased from them, so ordering them online is not recommended. In addition, by using a dealer, a trained specialist is able to properly measure the steps and also determine if any options are needed to customize the stairlift based on the individual user’s capabilities.

  • Are Bruno stairlifts permanent?
    Since Bruno Stairlifts are not permanently installed and do not require home modification, you can remove them from your home if they are no longer needed.

  • Will Bruno stairlifts work in a power outage?
    Bruno models operate on battery power that are being continually charged via a wall outlet. If the power goes out, the stairlift is then able to operate from the battery power.

Conclusion

When you’re in the market for mobility equipment such as a stairlift, it’s essential to choose the highest quality and safest product possible. Bruno Independent Living Aids has been in business for more for 35 years, stands by its products, manufactures all their lifts in the United States and carries leading industry certifications for safety. Consumer reviews indicate that Bruno stairlifts are reliable and the company listens to customers.

If you are interested in learning more about a stairlift from Bruno, give them a call (877) 718-1244 or visit their website.

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Recent Reviews

January 14 2020 6:05PM

Had Access stair-lift for 17 years. Extremely comfortable chair and easy to use. Replaced with Elan, disappointed and upset. Installer 1 kid, very nice but needed more help. Track way into stairs, past previous one. Chair functions, but terrible. VERY slim seat, afraid of sliding off, 5"2" petite. Feels like sitting on metal, NO padding. Arms curve out SO far my arms can't rest on them so difficult to hold lever. Extremely slow and not told how to use. Track so far past bottom step interferes with wheelchair on ramp. Altogether not anything I expected.

Read multiple reviews that were good. Would have had tech remove completely but he was firm that other seat options available. UNTRUE now stuck with nearly unusable lift. Would almost rather crawl UP AND DOWN..I LIKED IT BEING AMERICAN MADE BUT COMPANY HAS A long WAY TO GO. REALLY CHECK THIS OUT PRIOR TO PURCHASE. GOOD POINT (1), IT IS QUIET. If tech had not assured me of different seat options would not have kept. Anyone want a good deal?

Gigi M.
Burnsville, MN
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