If you have limited mobility, getting a stair lift installed can be a great modification to your home. You can maintain your independence, and live in your house for as long as possible. There have been plenty of studies about the benefits of independent aging! But it can be daunting to consider all your options, when there are so many stair lift manufacturers to choose from.
Acorn is one of the busiest stair lift companies in the world, and has a good track record. They claim to have installed over half a million lifts in homes in 80 countries. Acorn is a UK-based company with US headquarters in Orlando. They have lift engineers and in-home surveyors situated all over the country.
Acorn keeps its product line simple with three types of stair lifts: straight, curved and outdoor lifts. The company manufactures and installs every
Acorn Stair Lift P
The Acorn 130 Straight
The Acorn 180 Curved-rail stair lift is customized to fit a curved stair case with turns and landings. The curved rail is constructed in pieces that fit together – it doesn’t come in one solid piece.
The Acorn 130 Outdoor stair lift gives you access to steep driveways, porches and decks, and onto private docks and jetties. It has a weatherproof cover, and is designed to be resistant to cold, sun, and rain. It has an automatic brake feature that stops the chair if there are any obstructions or debris on the track.
The indoor lift models can also have a perch seat instead of a normal seat, for people who don’t want to have to bend their legs. This is also a great option for very narrow staircases, that can’t accommodate the 29” or so that a normal stair lift requires.
All Acorn stairlifts are designed to be attached to the stairs themselves, and not the wall. There’s no messy, inconvenient remodeling of your home at all!
Acorn Lift Features
Acorn stairlifts are design with modular interlocking rails, that fit together to follow the angles of your staircase. This system can be put together and installed in a few days. A full-length custom rail that needs to be manufactured to measure can take weeks.
Each Acorn stair lift is fitted with a seat belt, so you can buckle up for safety. The seat area has a footrest safety buffer, which is designed to stop the stair lift on the track if there are any obstacles.
The lift won’t start moving if the seat is not correctly aligned. There is also a speed governor mechanism and safety gear that will get you up and down the stairs in a smooth and controlled motion.
Straight indoor and outdoor lifts can carry up to 280lb. You can order a customized straight lift that carries up to 350lb, at an extra cost. Curved lifts carry up to 265lb maximum.
All three lift models run on DC power. If there is a power outage, the backup rechargeable battery kicks in, so you won’t be trapped on the stairs.
Another useful feature of these lifts is the call-and-send mechanism, which uses two infrared remote controls to call and send the stairlift up and down the stairs.You can “park” it out of the way when not needed, and then bring it to you when you want to use it.
Here you can see the dimensions of the lift and seat at a glance:
Height of Seat
Overall depth (from wall)
Overall depth (when folded)
Straight lift (inches)
Straight Perch lift (inches)
Curved lift (inches)
Curved lift (inches)
Outdoor lift (inches)
Outdoor lift (inches)
Acorn Stair Lift Prices
Stair lift manufacturers don’t generally advertise their pricing online, for the simple reason that each staircase is different. An assessor will have to come to your home to give you a proper quote.
You can expect to pay the least amount of money for a standard, no-frills straight stair lift, for a relatively short staircase of 12-14 steps. You’ll pay more for a curved lift, an outdoor lift, or a lift with extra weight capacity.
Below is the range of Acorn stair lift costs you should expect to budget for:
Straight indoor lift
Curved indoor lift
Straight outdoor lift
Curved outdoor lift
$2,000 - $5,000
$3,500 - $6,000
Pros and cons of Acorn stairlifts
- Quick to install
- Ease of Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation
- Reliable help desk year-round
- Weight limits at 280 and 350 pounds are lower than other manufacturers
- Battery to be purchased separately
- No warranty for battery cells
Acorn accreditation and warranty
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) gives Acorn Stair lifts an A+ rating. Acorn has a 4.8 out of 5-star consumer rating on the BBB website. Most complaints about the company are made by family members wanting refunds after the primary user passed away, or went into a senior care facility.
Acorn lifts are covered by a 12-month manufacturer’s warranty. Lots of users are tempted to fix the lift themselves, if they are good with tools. Don’t be tempted, however, if your lift is still under warranty, as you won’t be covered. If the lift has stalled the reason is generally a flat battery, but it’s best to call a professional for any other issues.
Acorn is a reputable company and their lifts are some of the most reasonably-priced in the marketplace. The company does its own installations nationwide, so you don’t have to hassle with a third-party installer.
If you’re a bariatric lift user, the weight capacity of Acorn lifts might not be sufficient.
While the 350lb weight capacity upgrade will suit most users, a larger requirement means you should probably look elsewhere.
Acorn’sinnovative FastTrack® stairlift rail system allows them to install curved stairlifts within days of your purchase. This is faster than other stair lift manufacturers, so you can enjoy the mobility benefits of a stair lift as soon as possible.
If you want luxury features such as high-end fabrics or styling, or lots of motorized and automatic features, these lifts probably won’t satisfy your needs. However, Acorn stair lifts are a perfectly decent and good-looking choice, if you’re happy with a standard model. Extra bells and whistles required? Keep shopping around!