Know Your Numbers — A Stairlift Price Comparison for 2021 - Updated

Posted by Mobile Stairlift on Jul 15, 2020 7:57:57 AM

There are no set-in-stone stairlift prices — the final price depends on your unique circumstances and your home’s staircase structure. That said, it can be difficult to know which stairlift is right for you and your personal situation, increasing the chances of unnecessary expenditure.

To ensure you’re fully informed before you commit, let’s dive into the different types of stairlifts, their respective costs, and which one is right for you:


Perched/standing stairlifts

This type of stairlift is ideal for people who can walk to the stairs unaided and remain upright as it descends or ascends. Of course, a rider isn’t expected to support their entire body weight — extra security is provided by a raised or ‘perched’ seat, a non-slip footplate, and armrests for stability as they’re transported between floors.


Stairlift prices:

  • A standing stairlift for a straight staircase will cost between $2,000 and $5,000, depending on the length of the staircase.
  • At the high-end of stairlift prices, a perched stairlift for a curved staircase will set you back in the region of $8,000 and $14,000. This is because it requires a significant amount of customization to ensure the fit is right.


Before we move on — a brisk interjection! We’ve compiled a handy resource that covers the stairlift landscape in 2021, from types of stairlifts, their features, and maintenance and servicing. You can read our in-depth article about all things stairlift here.


Straight-seated stairlifts

The most common stairlift for domestic mobility between one or many levels, this stairlift is for people who cannot walk without assistance and require the help of a caregiver, or have difficulty standing for long periods of time. A straight-seated stairlift lift uses tracks or rails to move between floors, and is the easiest of the mechanized devices to install.


Stairlift prices:

    • Between $2,000 and $5,000 for interior straight-seated stairlifts — if an engineer needs to make changes to your staircase it will take longer and be more expensive.
  • Because of factors such as climate, outdoor stairlift prices are slightly higher than their interior counterparts, ranging from between $3,500 and $6,000.

If you’d like to know more about this type of stairlift, you can dive into our comprehensive article about the stairlift landscape.


Curved-seated stairlifts

The prices for a stairlift that rides a curved rail system are higher because there is a significant amount of pre-production that needs to be done before it can be installed. This is because the design and structure of curved staircases vary greatly, and a qualified technician will have to devise a rail system that maps to the specifications of a particular set of stairs.


Stairlift prices:


  • Owing to the extra development time needed, costs can start at $10,000 and rise to $15,000 and above.


Stairlift rental

Renting a stairlift is a great choice for those who are temporarily disabled, relocating, or visiting friends and family for a few weeks. The most common rental is a straight stairlift, as the requirements for installation are minimal. Renting for curved staircases is more expensive and customization-heavy, which is why many suppliers don’t offer them.



  • Between $200 and $500 for a straight stairlift.
  • $1,500 to $5,000 for a pre-owned stairlift.
  • You may be required to pay a deposit, a monthly fee, and for installation costs. This pushes the price up to between $800 and $14,000.


If you’d like to know more about stairlift rental, we’ve written a comprehensive comparison between stairlift rental and purchase here.


Mobile stairlifts

A mobile stairlift is a lightweight, portable device that doesn’t require preinstalled railings or tracks, and can be easily set up and maneuvered by a caregiver. Our Mobile Stairlift product offers greater accessibility to people with disabilities, while simplifying the transport process for caregivers and loved ones. It functions as both a temporary solution for those who are recovering from a short-term injury, and a long-term answer for people with disabilities who want greater accessibility in their homes. 



  • Our line of mobile stair lifts have prices that will range from $600 - $5000+ as they are designed with different features at different price points so you can be confident in getting the right model for you and your needs! Check out our line here. Additionally, please contact us if you would like assistance picking out the right one for you!

To learn more about what makes the Mobile Stairlift special, please visit our product page. If you’d like more information on weighing up the costs of mobility aids, see this blog post or get in touch with one of our consultants here.

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