How Fast Do Stairlifts Go?

Stairlifts are great installations that can help you remain independent. But, if you are unfamiliar with this kind of mobility aid, you may be worried about the speed of the stairlift. Whether you’re considering a stairlift for yourself or a relative, you can rest assured that you won’t be sent speeding up the staircase!

Read on to learn more about stairlift speeds.

What speed does a stairlift go?

Don’t worry, stairlifts are designed to offer a comfortable ride that is controlled by the user. Most domestic stairlifts will go at a maximum speed of around 0.15 meters per second (0.34 mph) which is just a fraction of average walking speed and this ensures you feel safe at all times. Whichever stairlift you choose, you’re in for a gentle glide.

How is the speed controlled?

Stairlifts start gently and gradually build up a little bit of speed so you won’t experience any jerking or bumping. The user controls the stairlift using a small remote that is attached to the seat and if you have a curved stairlift the device will automatically slow down as it reaches a turn for added safety.

Are stairlifts safe?

All stairlifts are designed to be as safe as possible which means they are rigorously tested and designed to suit a range of users. You do not have to be in fear about whizzing up and down the stairs as stairlifts are there to assist you, not to make you feel worried or unsafe. When you go ahead with a stairlift installation you will be fully guided on how to use the device which will always be controlled by you.

At Alfix, based in Leamington Spa, we understand how frustrating it can be when you need extra assistance to move around your home. We offer a range of high-quality and affordable stairlifts so you can move between floors with ease. If you’re living with a long-term mobility condition or just need extra support, we have stairlift options to suit all requirements. Contact us today at 01926 334848 for more information.