Do I Need a Stairlift, a Stair Climber or a Home Lift?

So what will it be a Stairlift, a Stair climber a Home Lift? What is the difference? What do I need to consider? These are all pertinent questions and should all be fully considered before choosing what's right for you.

We at Springchicken have navigated this market place for several years now. So we have put together this useful guide to make you life just that little bit easier.

It seems that for many of us when we find ourselves thrust into this world, it can be confusing just knowing where to start. Luckily we have done that for you with our useful guides.

Stairlift world

A stairlift is a well-known way of staying independent in your home when you start to find that getting up the stairs is not as easy as it used to be.

Do I need a Stairlift, a Stair Climber or a Home Lift?

A stairlift is attached to a rail that is fixed to your stairs with minimum home adaptation. Most stairlift companies can fit a stairlift in less than a day minimising any inconvenience.

The world of stairlifts offer many different options so you can tailor the perfect solution that fits your needs. So once you have decided that a stairlift is what you need, follow our simple guide to ensure you ask all the right questions and choose the right provider.

At Spring Chicken we have researched the market to help you decide whether a stairlift is right for you. 


  • Use alone if you can get on and off by yourself.
  • Can be installed in just a few hours.
  • Easy and comfortable to use. 


  • Virtually no resale value and can cost to get it removed.
  • On view in your home.

Why not read our Guide to buying a Stairlift

Stair Climber world

 A stair climber is a less known solution to getting up and down stairs. It is a portable trolley fitted with rotating wheels so that it can be guided up or downstairs. The advantage of a stair climber is that you can take it with you wherever you go in the knowledge you'll be able to get up just about any stairs. 

This can be a perfect option for you if you have a temporary disability or are recovering for an accident. However, be sure to take into account considerations like cost and future proofing your investment. We have put together some quick pros and cons that should help you decide.


  • No installation required.
  • Portable so can be used outside of the home.
  • Can be used with a wheelchair.
  • Has a resale value. 


  • Always needs a second person to guide the stair climber.
  • The battery needs to be regularly recharged.

Why not read our Guide to buying a Stair Climber

Home Lift world

A home lift seems like a luxury you couldn't afford.

You'd be surprised, we certainly were! These through-floor lifts can be fitted just about anywhere in your home, with a minimal amount of building work required. A home lift is attractive, discreet and quiet. 

Modern home lifts vary in style and size but can be adapted to blend in with your home decor. Due to the nature of the home lift it is imperative that you plan for any future mobility requirements.

It is important to choose your home lift supplier wisely as they can be a valuable asset in helping you choose and design your new lift.


  • Carries up to two people (and a pet or vacuum cleaner, if required!)
  • Takes seated and standing passengers.
  • Can add value to your home. 


  • Takes between 3-12 weeks from order to be made and installed.
  • Is the most expensive option to combat the stairs!

Why not read our Guide to Buying a Home Lift

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Pink Staircase Image jplenop from Pixabay

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