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How much does a stair lift cost?

Stair lift costs range from $2,000 to over $14,000

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by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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Stair chair lifts cost from $2,000 to more than $14,000 depending on the length of the stairwell, the stairwell shape and equipment features.

Prices for straight stair lifts (i.e., lifts for straight stairwells with 12 to 14 steps) range from $2,000 to $5,000. Costs for curved stair lifts, which are designed for stairwells that turn, range between $5,000 and $14,000. High-end models typically include convenience features, such as adjustability and remote controls, that raise the price.

Compare stair lift prices

Stair lift cost varies by the type of stair lift. The most significant factor in stair lift cost is whether your staircase curves.

Expect extra features to come with additional costs. Stair lifts have many possible add-ons, such as automatic fold-up, power-folding rails, swivel chairs, remote control and adjustable seats. Stair lifts with convenience features cost at least several hundred dollars more.

TypeCost
Straight stair lift$2,000 - $5,500
Curved stair lift$5,000 - $14,000
Outdoor stair lift$2,500 - $12,000

How much does it cost to install a stair lift?

The installation process typically costs between $500 and $2,000, depending on the complexity of the system and stairwell, but companies usually include the installation cost in the price of a stair lift. Buying and installing a stair lift costs anywhere from $2,000 to $14,000.

Installing a stair lift yourself saves money, but we recommend using a professional who is familiar with the brand and model to install the stair lift. A mistake on your part could lead to a malfunction or accident.

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Stannah StairliftsLearn More
  • Straight stair lifts cost $2,800 - $5,000
  • Curved stair lifts cost $8,500 - $14,000
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Bruno Independent Living AidsLearn More
  • Straight stair lifts cost $3,000 - $4,500
  • Curved stair lifts cost $9,500 - $12,000-plus
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Handicare Call Now Toll Free (888) 981-0267 Learn More Visit website
  • Straight stair lifts cost $2,000 - $5,000
  • Curved stair lifts cost $5,000 - $10,000-plus

Stair lift cost FAQ

How much does it cost to rent a stair lift?
Stair lift rentals cost between $80 and $600 per month, depending on length of staircase, the included features and whether the staircase is straight or curved. Renting a stair lift often requires a fee for installation and removal — typically between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars.
How much does a used stair lift cost?
Used stair lifts typically cost $500 to $1,000 less than brand new stair lifts. The least expensive used stair lifts cost around $2,000.
Does insurance cover stair lifts?
Insurance companies do not typically cover the cost of stair lifts, but some may provide assistance if you can prove that a stair lift is medically necessary.
How much does stair lift maintenance cost?
Maintenance or repair service for your stair lift generally costs between $100 and $250 per visit.
Do stair lift companies offer financing?
Some stair lift manufacturers and sellers offer financing options to pay for a stair lift. Ask about financing programs when you receive a quote.

Bottom line

Stair lifts cost between $2,000 and $14,000 to purchase and install. Compared with the cost of living in an assisted living facility or nursing home, which is in the hundreds or thousands of dollars, the cost of an in-home stair lift is reasonable. Yearly maintenance costs are minimal, and many companies offer financing plans to help customers afford this mobility-enhancing equipment.

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Sandi Pope previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an advocate for environmental and social change and believes information access is a human right. As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, she seeks to provide consumers with the necessary information needed in making life-altering decisions.