Help Choosing the Right Wheelchair Lift

As a stair lift is often a life changing and important investment, you need to make sure you have all the facts before making your purchase. In this article we will discuss the different stair lift options available and show the key benefits of a range of models including platform lifts, wheelchair lifts, incline lifts, auto lifts and elevators.


Platform Lifts

A platform lift provides affordable accessibility to people who have difficulty uses staircases. A platform lift sees a fully enclosed shaft form an L shape with enough room to place a wheel chair. This L shaped platform then moves up and down the shaft as a normal lift would.



  • Relatively low cost compared to conventional lift
  • No requirement of lifting beam
  • Quiet and economical

Inclined Lifts

An inclined lift is the ideal access solution if the building in question cannot accommodate a vertical lift. An inclined lift can come in two models, a straight rail that goes up straight flights of stairs or alternatively curved rail models can be sourced too.


  • Provides access where a lift cannot
  • Folds away neatly when not in use
  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
  • Easily incorporated into any building with minimal work required.

Wheelchair lifts

Wheel chair lifts are similar to platform lifts but with more capabilities. Many come with emergency back up systems in the event of a power failure, can be designed to hold more than one wheel chair and can be fitted to a wall or free standing so can be used in a variety of locations.


  • Gives access for disabled people where stair lifts or platform lifts could not
  • Can look style and attractive and in keeping with a buildings style
  • Offer a smooth and quiet ride
  • Option to lift multiple chairs at once.

Auto lift

Auto lift stair lifts see a chair already attached to a motorised system that moves it up and down the stairs. This method is perfect for somebody who doesn’t require a wheelchair but still has problems accessing staircases.


  • Provides cost effective stair lift access
  • Easy to install
  • Chair provided


Like an auto lift, an elevator is a great method of giving access to those who may not be in a wheelchair but still struggle with stairs. An elevator is a good choice for helping people with limited movement in busy areas where an individual stair lift may not be appropriate.


  • Costly but quick to use
  • Can house multiple users at the same time
  • Elevators make staircase access uniformed for those with mobility issues and those without.

As this article has shown, choosing there are many different items to consider when deciding which level access lift is best for you. We hope that the information in this article will help you to move in the right direction.