People often ask us, “how much does a stair lift cost?” The answer is, it depends. There are several factors that determine the price of a stair lift, including the make and model of the stair lift, whether the stairway is straight or curved, whether you buy a new or refurbished unit, and where you purchase the unit from.
Stair Lifts for Straight vs. Curved Staircases
If you are looking for a stair lift for a straight staircase with no turns, you are going to pay less than if you need a stair lift for a curved staircase or a straight staircase with a landing.
The cost of a new stair lift for a straight staircase starts at $3,300. If you have a curved-rail staircase or a straight staircase with a landing, the stair lift track must usually be custom-made to fit your staircase, which means the cost will be significantly higher, between $9,000 and $16,000 installed.
New vs. Refurbished Stair Lifts
A new straight rail stair lift with 14 feet of track will typically cost between $3,300 and $4,000 including installation when purchased by an experienced provider.
A refurbished straight rail unit will likely start at around $2,000 installed. This can vary based on the make, model, and condition of the stair lift.
If you have a curved staircase, you may have difficulty finding a refurbished stair lift since the track must be custom-made.
Purchasing a Stair Lift Through a Dealer vs. Online
You may be able to find new stair lifts listed online for considerably less than the prices listed here. However, this often does not include the cost of delivery and installation which is typically included when sold by reputable dealers.
Some online stair lift providers market do-it-yourself installation as a way to save money. However, most quality stair lift manufacturers such as Bruno and Stannah do not recommend DIY installation and only sell through certified dealers. In addition, it can be difficult to find reliable service for stair lifts purchased online or from manufacturers that advertise on late-night TV.
Stair Lift Payment Plans and Rentals
If you’d like a new stair lift but paying the entire cost upfront is a stretch, some providers offer monthly payment options for qualified buyers. Lifeway Mobility currently offers a Bruno Elan straight stair lift for as low as $49.50/month and a Bruno Elite for as low as $57/month.
If your needs are temporary, some providers have rental options for straight rail stair lifts. Rates can vary but often cost between $115 to $220 per month plus a one-time installation and removal fee.