Handicare Stairlifts Review

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Founded in 1986 by three men with a vision to discover and innovate a better method of care, Handicare is a company devoted to providing answers and solutions to problems of mobility. 

Handicare’s global headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, while its north North American headquarters and manufacturing facility is situated in St. Louis, Missouri. This North American headquarter has local offices all across the United States and Canada responsible for the supply and distribution of mobility aids in Canada and the United States.

In addition, Handicare also has an extensive distribution network throughout the United States and Canada made up of authorized local dealers, all to ensure that quality mobility aid service is never far away from you. Handicare’s global presence also includes countries like Italy, Spain, France, Germany, etc.

Handicare offers mobility aids and solutions such as stairlifts, vehicle accessibility equipment, and solutions, as well as aids for transfer, lifting, and repositioning. The focus here will be on Handicare’s stairlift product line.

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Handicare offers a variety of straight and curved stairlifts for use indoors and outdoors that are not as pricey as you may expect and yet still offers you more flexibility than you think.

Handicare 1000 Straight Stairlift

Built for ease and highly customizable to the owner’s preference, the Handicare 1000 straight Stairlift is available in various colors. It has an array of quality features that ensure safe and convenient use of the stairlift every time.

 Key Features

  • Seats

Handicare offers two-seat type options; the Smart seat and the Perch seat.

  • The Smart seat

The Smart seat was designed based on the understanding that every individual has their own set of requirements and preferences to ensure a pleasant and safe trip on a Stairlift every time. The Smart seat, therefore, is Handicare’s most versatile design with a variety of options and upgrades for consumers. The Smart seat offers features such as

  •  The Perch Seat

Designed to permit the use of the stairlift without being completely seated because it is less deep as well as steeper than a standard seated system, the Perch seat is the perfect option for people with limited flexibility in their hip or knee, and people for whom sitting and getting up is accompanied by pain. When using the Perch seat, you’re virtually standing, supported by the half-seat design. The Perch Seat is also ideal for tight stairwells where regular stairlift seats cannot prevent contact of knees with banister of opposite rail. 

Other features of the Handicare 1000 straight Stairlift include:

  • Slim Anodized aluminum track
  • Smooth start and stop
  • Battery-powered
  • Diagnostic display
  • Safety sensors on the power pack and footplate.
  • Height, width, and depth are all adjustable.
  • Arm spacers are available as an option to provide a perfect fit for every rider.
  • Easily upgraded to a powered swivel or attach a body harness
  • The seat is resistant to water, easy to clean, and sturdy.
  • The Handicare 1000 is also available in various weight capacities with the larger Handicare 1000 XL and 1000 XXL stairlifts that also have motorized swivel chairs having weight capacities of  350 and 440 lbs, respectively.
  • Key lock

Pros

  • Slim track design ensures the stairlift does not constitute an obstruction to other people using the stairs.
  • Batteries guarantee the use of stairlifts in power outage conditions.
  • Smooth start and stop
  • Safety sensors help detect obstructions on the stairs and bring the stairlift to a gentle stop to avoid collision.
  • Water-resistance is a plus
  • Diagnostic display facilitates easy monitoring of Stairlift condition.
  • Key lock prevents unauthorized use. 

Cons

  • It can only be used on straight staircases.
  • No remote controls

Handicare 1100 Straight Stairlift

The Handicare 1100 is an improvement on the 1000 straight Stairlift with the following key features:

Key Features

  • 309 lbs weight limit.
  • Slim, foldable design
  • Continuous charging
  • Safety sensors
  • Smooth start and stop
  • Adjustable footrest
  • Swivel seat
  • Diagnostic display
  • Key lock
  • Battery backup

Pros

  • The stairlift has Four  brush heads that continually keep dust and hair away from the rail
  • Slim track design ensures the stairlift does not constitute an obstruction to other people using the stairs.
  • Battery backup guarantees the use of the stairlift in power outage conditions.
  • Safety sensors help detect obstructions on the stairs and bring the stairlift to a gentle stop to avoid collision.
  • It also has a manual emergency stop.
  • Diagnostic display facilitates easy monitoring of Stairlift condition.
  • Key lock prevents unauthorized use. 

Cons

  • It can only be used on straight stairs
  • There are other stairlifts with higher weight capacities in the market
  • No remote controls

The Handicare Xclusive Stairlift

The Handicare Xclusive Stairlift is a consumer favorite, inexpensively mixes stylish look with cutting-edge technology.

Key Features

  • 285lbs weight capacity
  • Continuous charging
  • Slim, foldable design
  • Safety sensors
  • Smooth start and stop.
  • Two remote controls
  • Manual emergency stop
  • Swivel seat
  • Key lock
  • Backup batteries

Pros

  • For added comfort, the seat and seat back are more expansive, with a rounded front.
  • Soft-touch controls are simple to use and long-lasting.
  • The seat upholstery can be removed and washed.
  • Slim track design ensures the stairlift does not constitute an obstruction to other people using the stairs.
  • Battery backup guarantees the use of the stairlift in power outage conditions.
  • Safety sensors help detect obstructions on the stairs and bring the stairlift to a gentle stop to avoid collision.
  • Remote controls can be used to call stairlift to wherever it is needed.
  • The swivel seat feature helps to ensure safety when getting on and off the stairlift.
  • Diagnostic display facilitates easy monitoring of Stairlift condition.
  • Key lock prevents unauthorized use. 

Cons

  • It can only be used on straight staircases
  • 285lbs weight capacity is on the small side when compared with some competitor products.
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The Handicare 2000 Curved Stairlift

The Handicare 2000 curved Stairlift is an excellent choice of stairlift for people with spiral stairs in their home and those with a landing or bend.

Key Features

  • The seat is available in the Smart, Simplicity, Perch, and Style options. The Style Stairlift combines the 2000 curved track system with optional motorized features such as folding the footrest when not in use and the swivel seat option, while the Simplicity option does away with most of the powered options and keeps to the basics.
  • Multiple story installation
  • Slim, foldable design
  • Safety sensors
  • Smooth start and stop.
  • Manual emergency stop
  • Swivel seat
  • Key lock
  • Backup batteries
  • 255 lb (115 kg) and Heavy Duty: 302 lb (137 kg) weight capacity.
  • Twin Rail System
  • Continuous charging
  • Remote controls
  • Diagnostic display

Pros

  • The seat upholstery can be removed and washed.
  • Slim track design ensures the stairlift does not constitute an obstruction to other people using the stairs.
  • Battery backup guarantees the use of the stairlift in power outage conditions.
  • Safety sensors help detect obstacles on the stairs and bring the stairlift to a gentle stop to avoid collision.
  • Remote controls can be used to call stairlift to wherever it is needed.
  • The swivel seat feature helps to ensure safety when getting on and off the stairlift.
  • Diagnostic display facilitates easy monitoring of Stairlift condition.
  • Body harness for added security.
  • A variety of seat options help to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Key lock prevents unauthorized use.

Cons

  • There are stairlifts with larger weight capacities in the market.
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The Handicare Freecurve Curved Stairlift

 The Handicare Freecurve Stairlift has a single rail design that ensures it is the optimal choice for all kinds of staircases, including narrow staircases.

Key Features

  • Seat

   The Freecurve Stairlift seat is available in three seat options.

The Alliance seat: The Alliance seat can be adapted for small riders, has a turn and go option that is perfect for narrow staircases, has an active seat that helps users when they’re sitting in and standing up from the stairlift, and it is also illuminated in dark condition to prevent it from being a source of tripping accidents.

The Elegance Seat: It combines all the features of the alliance seat with a stylish design and extremely soft upholstery for maximum comfort.

The Classic Seat: Handicare designed this seat in collaboration with physiotherapists and occupational therapists to ensure optimal comfort and ease. It also has all the features listed for the Alliance seat.

   Other features of the Freecurve Stairlift include

  • Single tube rail
  • Slim and foldable design
  • Active seat feature
  • Charging stations at top and bottom of stairs
  • Swivel seat
  • Smooth start and stop
  • Safety sensors
  • Battery backup
  • Ergonomic Joystick
  • Diagnostic display
  • Multiple story installation
  • 275 lb weight capacity

Pros

  • The turn and go feature is perfect for narrow staircases
  • Multiple seat type options
  • Slim track design ensures the stairlift does not constitute an obstruction to other people using the stairs.
  • Battery backup guarantees the use of the stairlift in power outage conditions.
  • Safety sensors help detect obstacles on the stairs and bring the stairlift to a gentle stop to avoid collision.
  • The swivel seat feature helps to ensure safety when getting on and off the stairlift.
  • Adaptable with optional powered features.

Cons

  • No remote
  • There are stairlifts with higher weight capacity available
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Outdoor Options

Handicare also offers the 1000 straight Stairlift and the 2000 curved Stairlift in outdoor models (seat options inclusive). The outdoor models are resistant to weathering and can be installed wherever you need, such as on the porch, the deck, or even in the garden.

For both indoor and outdoor models, Handicare offers Stairlift seats in various colors such as cocoa, sapphire, jade, ruby, and slate.

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COSTS

Handicare offers straight stairlifts at a starting price range of $2,500 to $5,000, while Handicare’s curved stairlifts have a starting price range of $6190 to $8590. Prices may, however, rise to as much as $10,000 depending, of course, on the inclusion of optional features and Stairlift model chosen. One should always comparison shop to get a better idea on pricing; to help you out you can see the best stairlifts in Canada here.

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