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For Buffalo residents with mobility issues, going up and down the stairs at home can be difficult. A motorized stair lift, with a chair that moves along rails, helps these individuals live independently. The Buffalo News has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing customer reviews, stair lift selection and local availability of 21 businesses and choosing eight favorites from the top stair lift companies in Buffalo.

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Types of stair lifts in Buffalo

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There are several types of stair lifts available to Buffalo residents. The right stair lift for your home depends on the type of staircase, whether you are placing the stair lift inside or outside, and specific individual needs.

  • Straight chair lifts: Straight stair lifts are designed for a straight flight of stairs. These chair lifts can be installed on either side of a staircase. Straight stair lifts are readily available, the quickest to install and the least expensive type of stair lift.
  • Curved chair lifts: Curved stair lifts are built for curved stair cases. They are capable of making turns and navigating landings. Curved stair lifts are customized for your staircase and are significantly more expensive than straight chair lifts.
  • Outdoor stair lifts: If you have stairs leading to a patio, porch, deck or dock, an outdoor stair lift can add accessibility. These stair lifts are built to withstand the elements and come in both straight and curved variations.
  • Perch stair lifts: Also called standing stair lifts, perch stair lifts allow individuals to stand on a platform while moving up and down the stairs. These stair lifts are ideal for those who have trouble moving from a standing to sitting position and vice versa.

In addition to coming in different types, stair lifts have features such as seat belts, adjustable seats, safety sensors and backup power. Convenient features include power-adjustable seats and footrests and powered folding rails. Some stair lift companies in Buffalo also give customers options for colors to match a home’s decor.

How much do stair chair lifts cost in Buffalo?

The cost of a stair lift in Buffalo ranges from $2,000 to $10,000 or more, depending mostly on whether the stair lift is straight or curved.

Straight stair lifts are often the most affordable option, costing anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. Curved chair lifts are custom-built for your staircase, so they cost considerably more. Stair lift features also affect price.

Most companies in Buffalo include the cost of installation and a warranty with the purchase of a stair lift. Some companies offer financing programs to qualified buyers. Don’t forget to check about any current promotions or discounts. If the cost of a stair lift is out of your budget, you can also consider used stair lifts or rentals.

Buffalo stair lift FAQ

How much weight can a stair lift hold?

Each stair lift has a maximum capacity — typically between 300 to 400 pounds. If you need further support, there are models that have higher weight limits.

Are stair lifts tax deductible in New York state?

It may be possible to deduct the cost of a stair lift from your taxes if you buy it for medical reasons. Talk with a tax professional for further information.

Can you rent stair lifts in Buffalo?

Yes, some companies in Buffalo provide stair lift rentals. This is a good option for people who only need a temporary solution.

How long does it take to install a stair lift in Buffalo?

Once your stair lift is ready for installation, it takes anywhere from a few hours to a full day to installl, depending on the complexity of the stair lift and staircase. In general, the process to install a straight stair lift is much faster than setting up a curved stair lift.

Buffalo stairway lift company information

Stannah Stairlifts

Stannah has been in business for over 150 years and has installed over 750,000 stair lifts. It sells straight, curved and outdoor stair lifts. Stannah offers a free in-home stair survey to help you choose a product and provides a no-obligation quote. Installation takes less than one day and has no extra charge. Rental options are also available from Stannah.

Stannah Stairlifts Learn More (617) 855-1809

Bruno Independent Living Aids

In addition to its straight, curved and outdoor stair lift products, Bruno Independent Living Aids also provides commercial stair lifts and vertical platform lifts for the home. All products have rechargeable batteries. The company’s dealers typically offer financing options. Free stair lift quotes are available. Bruno Independent Living Aids products come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Bruno Independent Living Aids


Handicare manufactures outdoor, straight and curved stair lifts for the home. The company has multiple models to choose from in each stair lift type. Different color options help customers match the stair lift to their home. Interested customers can download a free brochure and request a free quote. Handicare offers a warranty on all products.


StairLifts Buffalo

StairLifts Buffalo offers same-day installation and a seven-day trial on its straight stair lift products. It also offers curved and outdoor stair lifts. Customers enjoy a lifetime warranty along with a 100% money-back guarantee. The company offers free measurement and estimate consultations. StairLifts Buffalo serves all of Western New York.

StairLifts Buffalo

Sheridan Surgical

Sheridan Surgical provides Buffalo residents with a variety of in-home medical and assisted living products, such as curved and straight stair lifts for both indoor and outdoor staircases. Stair lifts come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Sheridan Surgical serves Western New York from 4513 Bailey Ave., Buffalo, NY 14226.

Sheridan Surgical

Hart Medical Design

Hart Medical Design specializes in customized and straightforward chair lift installations in the Buffalo and Rochester area. The company offers free in-home assessments and estimates, along with a one-year full-service and parts warranty on stair lifts. The veteran-owned business also provides installation services for other accessibility products. Hart Medical Design is located at 1810 Military Road, Ste. 100, Kenmore, NY 14217.

Hart Medical Design

Kolt Access & Lift

Kolt Access & Lift provides in-home assessments and full installations and maintenance for straight and curved stair lift products in the Buffalo area. After installation, the team will make sure that you and your family understand how to properly use and maintain your stair lift. Kolt Access & Lift is located at 435 Lawrence Bell Drive, Ste. 1, Williamsville, NY 14221.

Kolt Access & Lift

Access Elevator

Access Elevator is a dealer of Stannah stair lift products. For 50-plus years, the company has helped Buffalo families with home accessibility solutions. It offers outdoor stair lift products along with in-home devices such as platform lifts. Access Elevator’s local office is at 2851 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14227.

Access Elevator