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Guide to buying a stair climber

A stair climber is a relatively unknown choice when it comes to getting up and down the stairs safely.

It always requires a second person to guide it – so for some that may rule it out straight away, but if that is not a problem for you, we recommend you have a home visit and see one in action – it’s quite a revelation, as we found out when we tested them!

A stair climber has a distinct advantage because it is portable so you can use it outside the home, or when visiting others.

Types of stair climber

There are two main types of stair climber. One comes with an integral seat and the other is designed to have a wheelchair attached. Both use a sophisticated brake system to remain safely on each step, as the wheels power up or down to the next step to continue your journey – all without damaging your stairs in any way. A stair climber always needs to be operated by a capable second person, they do not need to be strong, as the stair climber does all the lifting, but they must be steady on their feet to be able to guide the stair climber and be able to use the simple controls.

Integral seat stair climber

Stair climbers with integral seats are suitable for people who need assistance when climbing stairs. The seat is compact and there are steerable front wheels, so it’s incredibly easy to manoeuvre in small spaces and on narrow staircases.

  • Always needs to be operated by a second person
  • Dismantles easily for travel
  • Compact integral seat is perfect for narrow stairs
  • Suitable for most types of staircase
  • Battery needs to be regularly recharged
Wheelchair stair climber

These stair climbers are designed to attach quickly to a wheelchair. There is no need to transfer to a separate seat, as the stair climber carries you up the stairs whilst you are seated in the comfort of your wheelchair.

  • Always needs to be operated by a second person.
  • Dismantles easily for travel
  • Simple to attach a wheelchair
  • Suitable for most types of staircase
  • Battery needs to be regularly recharged

What will a stair climber cost?

To purchase:

Our partner Baronmead’s price for either an integral seat stair climber or one that attaches to your wheelchair is fixed at £4,995

Key factors that affect cost

  • 24 month warranty included in the price
  • Annual service is recommended at an additional £250
  • Included in the cost of the wheelchair compatible stair climber is a new Invacare wheelchair
  • Training at your home for up to four people is included in the price
  • Vat exemption for most users
To rent:

Stair climbers can be rented from our partner for up to 2 months for £1,750. This may be an option if you are not sure how long you will be needing the stair climber.

Key factors that affect cost

  • Training at your home for up to four people is included in the price
  • Vat exemption for most users

Checklist for choosing a stair climber:

Get more information.

Get a brochure to look at in the comfort of your own home. If you have questions talk directly to our partner or call Spring Chicken and we’ll be glad to help.

Call Spring Chicken and talk to us on 01865 339366 or email us at customerservice@springchicken.co.uk

Arrange a home visit.

If you use our partner you can book and enjoy a home demonstration knowing that you are under no obligation to buy.

The home demonstration will take around 1 hour.

Have the person who will operate the stair climber with you – they need to be there to feel confident that they can guide the stair climber and operate the controls

Discuss which purchasing option best suits you, whether you’d prefer to rent or buy

You will be given a written confirmation of the price, warranties etc

Review your quote.

As our partner has fixed prices your quote will be simple depending on the purchasing route you have chosen.

Details of your warranty and service options.

There is no obligation to buy.

Take as much time as you need, when you’re ready to go ahead, just call up.

If you don’t wish to pursue a stair climber just let our partner know and they will not call you again.

Get you stair climber delivered.

It can take between 3-7 days for your stair climber to be ready from the time you call to confirm you wish to proceed.

You need to make sure that all the people who will be operating it are there on delivery day to be trained, delivery and training will take up 90 minutes.

Training for up to 4 people is included in the price.

The engineer will spend as much time as you need showing you how to use it. They will only leave when you tell them that you feel fully confident and all your questions have been answered.

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