Elevators, Stair Chairs, Wheelchair Lifts: Choosing the Right Product for You

From stair chairs to elevators, there are many kinds of lifts you can choose for your home. Each one has its own pros and cons, and the key is to do your homework beforehand. Here’s how you can choose the right product for your needs and budget.

Stair Lifts

These are motorized chairs that are mounted to the home’s staircase, allowing elderly residents and those with mobility issues or disabilities to safely reach the upper level or even a basement. It’s quick installation process – usually taking just one day, unless it’s a curved stair lift, which will take longer.

This is a good option for you if your home can’t structurally support the weight and operation of an elevator. Plus, a stair lift is more affordable. You can fold up the footrest, arm rest and seat when not in use, to add extra space for others to walk up and down the stairs.

Stair lifts are not recommended for those who use a wheelchair and have trouble transferring. However, it is a good choice for older adults who need a little extra assistance in getting up and down stairs on a regular basis.


While an elevator is more expensive and requires construction, it’s the safest and most convenient option for those who want to navigate between floors of a home. Elevators add value to a home, with push-button operation making travel easy and fast. It’s also the safest accessible solution for those who use a wheelchair, as it has a higher weight capacity and plenty of room to accommodate mobility devices.

It can also be convenient for busy households who need extra help carrying groceries, luggage, holiday decorations and sports equipment between floor levels.

Wheelchair Lifts

Wheelchair lifts are similar to stair lifts in that they can lift the user, externally, from one level to another. The only difference is that this type of lift has a large area and flat surface to accommodate a wheelchair. The user does not have to get out of their wheelchair to access the lift, which is a huge safety and practicality consideration. Wheelchair lifts can either be exposed or contained with short walls.

We know it can be overwhelming choosing the right product for your home and your needs, but with a little research, you can be sure to make the right decision.

To learn about the many products we offer, from elevators to parts, contact us at Mowrey Elevator today or browse our website. We can help you make the best choice between wheelchair lifts, stair lifts and elevators for your safety and convenience.