Stair Lift Pricing Guide 2023: How Much Does a Stair Lift Cost?

Call now for a free no-obligation quote!

Quick delivery. Rentals Available.

Design your stairlift, get a quote or buy online.


Stair Lift Cost & Pricing: A Complete Guide to Stair Lift Pricing in 2023

stannah stairlifts prices and buying process

There are several important questions to consider when choosing a stair lift (sometimes called a chairlift), from the many stair lift types available, for you or a loved one. The right stair lift is the one that lets you live in the home you know, love and enjoy. It removes the difficulties posed by stairs and gives you a safe, reliable alternative to expensive options, such as remodeling your home, installing a residential elevator or entering an assisted living facility or even a nursing home.

What determines the cost of  a stair lift?

stairlift home installation

Although stair lift prices vary greatly, knowing the typical cost factors can help you make a more informed decision. The price of a stair lift is mainly dependent on the type of stair lift you choose and the configuration of your staircase. The price of a stair lift can depend on several factors, such as:

Do your stairs turn?

The biggest determining factor in pricing a stair lift is whether or not your stairs take a turn. We use a standardized rail cut to the appropriate length for straight-run staircases, but stairs that turn require a custom-designed curved rail to fit the different bends and shapes of these staircases. The rail is a crucial component of the stair lift and cannot be substituted, so it has to be custom-made. Because of this, curved stair lifts are generally more expensive than straight-run stair lifts.

How long is your staircase?

The length of the rail is another important determining factor for pricing a stair lift. While most staircases are between 12 and 15 steps up, the longer the flight of stairs, the more the stair lift will cost.

Do you want the stair lift to park around a corner?

If you want your stair lift to park around a corner or somewhere away from the stairs, extra rail will increase the cost of your stair lift.

What stair lift options do you need?

While Stannah stair lifts come with many useful features as standard, upgrades like the powered swivel option will increase the price of your stair lift.

What is the average cost of a stair lift?

stairlift for churches

At this point, you might be thinking, “Great, but how much is this going to cost?” Stair lift installation costs are an important factor in the decision-making process. While there is a lot of information to consider, this guide from Stannah will help answer some of your most pressing questions on stair lift prices. We’ll start by clarifying the factors that can affect the cost of your stair lift, starting with the shape of your stairs.

Average Cost of Stair Lifts

Straight Stair lift Price Range Custom Curved Stair lift Price Range
$3,400- $5,500 $8,800+

Request an exact quote

straight stairlift price

Straight Stair Lift Cost

A straight stairlift average cost is between $3,400 – $6,500. Many customers choose an option in the $4,000-$5,000 range, while others opt for a reconditioned preowned stair chair lift model or take advantage of Stannah’s short term rental program. Some potentially important features affecting your stairlift price can be a fold-up retractable rail for stairs with a door at the bottom or a powered swivel seat to make it easier to get off at the top landing.

View our straight stairlift range.

stairlift for curved stairs price

Curved Stair Lift Cost

Curved stairlifts costs vary from $8,800 – $15,000, but it’s important to note that these are custom models and the price depends on your stairs. While pricing for straight stairlifts is fairly standard, stairs that turn can be a bit more complicated. Each stairlift must be custom designed for the unique staircase it will be installed on. By customizing our curved rails, we ensure that your lift hugs each turn, making for a smoother and more comfortable ride. Curved stairlift pricing really depends on the shape and length of your stairs. For an exact quote, you’ll need to make an appointment for a free estimate from one of our stairlift advisors.

To see more about what we have to offer, view our curved stairlift range.

Outdoor Stair Lift Cost

Outdoor stair lift prices are much closer to the cost of indoor straight models than custom-curved stair lifts. Typically, outdoor stair lifts cost around $6,000. The length of your stairs can affect pricing, but typically, outdoor stair lifts don’t offer many additional options. Instead, they come with robust safety features and weather-protective covering as standard. see our outdoor stair lifts.

Ultimately, the biggest determining factor in pricing a stair lift is whether or not your stairs take a turn. Straight run staircases use a standardized rail, cut to the appropriate length. Stairs that turn require a custom-designed curved rail to fit the different bends and shapes of these staircases. While other elements factor in, stair lift type is the biggest factor in determining cost.

The Stannah Stair Lift Difference

What you get when you buy a Stannah Stair Lift

When you purchase a stair lift from Stannah, you’re getting the full package. We don’t send you a stair lift in a box and expect you to figure it out. We take care of our customers. The quote you’ll receive is firm, all-inclusive and includes:

  • Professional Installation
  • Extended Warranty
  • All Necessary Features & Options

There are no hidden fees with a Stannah stair lift. When you call our office, someone will always pick up the phone and answer your questions. We proudly stand by our customers, our stair lifts and our reputation.

Read what our customers are saying about us.

How to Buy a Stair Lift

Stannah makes the stair lift buying process easy. We’ll answer your questions, survey your stairs and give you an exact price quote that includes installation. You can also buy or rent online.

You may still be considering some alternatives to purchasing a stair lift. While each option comes with its own advantages and drawbacks, a stair lift is by far the most cost-effective option if you want to maintain the full use of your home.

Buy or Rent your stairlift online today

Stannah buy a stairlift icon step 1

Step 1

Tell us a little about your home

Stannah buy a stairlift icon step 2

Step 2

Choose from our range of features and finishes

Stannah buy a stairlift icon step 3

Step 3

We’ll give you a fixed price quote today

Stair Lift Financing Options

Stannah offers a number of financing options to help make getting a stair lift easier. Whether you’re interested in renting or purchasing a stair lift, our team can help you find a price point that will work for you. Our professional advisors have the experience and local knowledge to offer you the best stair lift model at the best price. Call today to find out which government programs help pay for stair lifts and learn about Stannah’s pricing and financing options.

Can I rent a stair lift?

In most cases, yes, you can. This is something you should talk to a Stannah specialist advisor about during your stair survey. If you’re only going to need your stair lift for a short amount of time, it could be the most cost-efficient way of giving you or your loved one freedom of movement while your (or their) mobility is restricted.

When you rent a Stannah stair lift, you’re sure to get:

  • Professional installation
  • Any maintenance required for the duration of your rental
  • Free removal

We or our trusted dealers will be there for you for as long as you need us. Talk your options through with your advisor – they’ll take the time to understand what you want and need, and will be able to answer all your questions. However, in the meantime you can find out more about renting a Stannah stair lift here, or give us a call to speak to one of our friendly advisors.

Stair Lift Pricing vs. The Cost of an Assisted Living Facility

If you’re considering a Stannah stair lift, you’re probably wondering how much it will cost to install one. For many, the choice comes down to buying a stair lift or entering an assisted living facility. At first glance, the cost of a Stannah stair lift may seem high, but not so high when compared to the average cost of an assisted living facility in your state.

When you consider the long-term costs of assisted living, a Stannah stair lift is not only more affordable, but you get to stay in the home you love, navigating your stairs in comfort and safety. When it comes down to it, a stair lift allows you to stay in your home and navigate your stairs with confidence and ease—all at a lower price point. Below, you can find the average monthly cost of an assisted living facility in your state.

Assisted Living Facility Costs vs the Costs of a Stair Lift

The average assisted living facility costs $4,300 per month and that’s before any additional expenses like medication or medical care. That works out to $51,600 per year! A Stannah stair lift costs about $4,000 (for a standard model), which means that over five years, you would spend less than half as much on a Stannah stair lift than you would on assisted living facilities—and that’s not even counting the fact that once you have your new stair lift installed, there are no further maintenance costs associated with it.

Why Buy a New Stair Lift vs. Buying One Used?

Stannah is proud to offer certified, reconditioned stair lifts to our customers. Reconditioned stair lifts provide financial savings while maintaining the same quality and safety features you expect from Stannah. But there are a few differences.

Reconditioned Stair Lift Pricing

Reconditioned stair lifts typically cost around 80% of the price of a new stair lift. Straight rails are fully refurbished, along with the chair and carriage, before being re-fitted for your home. But, because they are custom-made for each individual staircase, a new curved rail is always required; only the chair and carriage can be refurbished for curved stair lift models.


Perhaps the biggest difference is the warranty. A reconditioned stair lift carries a one-year warranty that covers parts and labor, while a brand-new Stannah carries a two-year warranty. Extended warranties on other key components, such as the motor and rail, may also vary depending on the reconditioned model you choose. If you know that you will only need your stair lift for a short time, it might make more sense to buy a used model. You can save on the initial purchase, while still taking advantage of Stannah’s limited warranty.

Ready To Get Started?

Once you’ve looked around our website and seen some of our models, a Stannah consultant can provide an accurate quotation for your stair lift during a free home visit. This will include all preparation work and installation, expert aftercare and advice, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you won’t have to worry about the stairs. There’s no pressure to buy, but we’re here to help answer your questions and ensure you get all the information you need.

Want to learn more? Contact us and we’ll schedule you for a free in-home evaluation. You’ll receive an exact price quote and answers to all your questions.