Savaria Stairlifts Review

Savaria Stairlifts

4.6/5
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Savaria started as a small company focused only on the production of wheelchair lifts. In 1989, the current CEO of Savaria, Marcel Bourassa discovered the company, judged that it had the potential for growth into a dependable market leader in the mobility aids industry, and purchased it. Upon purchasing Savaria, Michael Bourassa shifted his focus to expanding the company’s product line by acquiring more companies that specialized in the production of a particular kind of mobility and accessibility aid such as Concord Elevator & Van Action as well as Liberty Motor Co & Viewpoint Mobility. This has enabled Savaria as a whole to become a company that can confidently assure customers of high-quality stairlifts of every kind because it possesses specialization in the manufacture of every kind of stairlift.

Now, Savaria has become a household name associated with the provision of quality mobility and accessibility aids. Savaria is currently a leading manufacturer in the mobility and accessibility aids industry thanks to Marcel’s guidance. For over 30 years, Savaria has distinguished itself with the production of quality and affordable stairlifts coupled with friendly and efficient customer service.

Savaria is a large company boasting over 1500 employees with nothing less than thirty staff devoted to constant research and innovation towards the improvement of currently existing products and the creation of new ones all to ensure a perfect blend of optimum comfort and maximum safety of seniors.

Savaria has its headquarters located at Laval, Quebec in Canada and stores all over Canada to ensure you have easy, convenient access to high-quality mobility and accessibility aids. Savaria also has a global reach with manufacturing plants in North America, Europe, and China that are responsible for meeting the mobility and accessibility needs of countries all over the world across continents.

In 2014, Marcel Bourassa created the Bourassa Savaria Foundation to give back to mobility-challenged individuals.

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PRODUCTS

Over the years, Savaria has amassed an impressive product line featuring mobility aids such as Home Elevators, Vertical Platform Lifts, Inclined Platform Lifts, Commercial Elevators, Stairlifts, the M-1504 material lift as well as patient handling products, automotive accessibility products, commercial accessibility products, and other home accessibility products.

This article focuses on the review of stairlifts manufactured by Savaria and without further ado, let’s get right into it.

The Savaria K2 Stairlift

The Savaria K2 stair lift is a straight stairlift designed specifically for straight, narrow staircases. 

Key Features

  • Ultra-slim build.
  • Rack and pinion drive system
  • Smooth start and stop
  • Backup Batteries
  • LED status indicator light
  • Safety sensors
  • Swivel and Lock seat feature
  • Flexible Configuration
  • Two Remote Controls
  • Master shutoff feature
  • 350lb weight capacity

Optional Features: Rail extension brackets, Continuous charge system, flip-up rail for bottom landing (max capacity 300lb with use of flip-up rail), emergency stop button, and radiofrequency remote controls.

The stairlift is also available as an outdoor model that is suitable for use in moderate climates. The outdoor model has the following additional features 

  • Stainless steel rack and support legs
  • Zinc hardware for rust resistance
  • Water-resistant seat with cover and clip seatbelt
  • Improved battery capacity for long-lasting charge in variable temperatures.

Pros

  • The backup batteries guarantee the availability of the stairlift for use in the event of a power outage.
  • LED status indicator lights make problems with stairlifts easy to detect
  • Obstruction sensors on the stairlift detect the presence of obstacles on the stairs and bring it to a gentle stop to avoid collision with detected obstacles.
  • Features such as swivel and lock seat, retractable seat belt, and anti-slip footrest also help to ensure user safety.
  • Infrared remote controls can be used to control the movement of the stairlift.
  • The stairlift seat is comfortable and durable.
  • The stairlift’s flexible configuration means that it can be installed on either side of the staircase depending on customer preference.
  • Stairlift installation is fast.
  • The Master shut-off feature helps you save electricity and battery life by turning off the stairlift automatically if it has not been used for an extended amount of time.
  • Its ultra-slim design guarantees that it will not be an obstacle or a risk factor for tripping since once folded, there will be enough space to allow convenient usage of the stairs by others.
  • The ultra-slim design also makes it a perfect candidate for the narrowest of staircases.

Cons

  • The stairlift can only be used on straight staircases
  • The maximum weight capacity is 350lbs (300 using the flip-up rail).
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The Savaria K2 Plus Straight Stairlift

The Savaria K2 Plus straight stairlift is Savaria’s heavy-duty and commercial straight stairlift that has a weight capacity of up to 400lbs

Key Features

  • Heavy-duty capacity (can lift to 400lbs)
  • Two-seat options ( the Plus and the L seat)
  • Backup battery
  • Two radio frequency call stations
  • Rack and pinion drive system
  • Swivel and Lock seat feature
  • Safety sensors
  • Smooth start and stop
  • LED status indicator lights
  • Master Shut Off
  • Continuous charge feature
  • Stainless steel rack.

Optional features include Right or left-side installation, Two-seat options, Rail extension brackets, and the Flip-up rail.

Pros

  • The backup batteries guarantee the availability of the stairlift for use in the event of a power outage.
  • LED status indicator lights make problems with stairlifts easy to detect
  • Obstruction sensors on the stairlift detect the presence of obstacles on the stairs and bring it to a gentle stop to avoid collision with detected obstacles.
  • Features such as swivel and lock seat, retractable seat belt, and anti-slip footrest also help to ensure user safety.
  • Two-seat options are available to provide the best stairlift riding experience for customers.
  • The stairlift’s flexible configuration means that it can be installed on either side of the staircase depending on customer preference.
  • The Master shut-off feature helps you save electricity and battery life by turning off the stairlift automatically if it has not been used for an extended amount of time.
  • Higher weight capacity than the K2 Straight stairlift.
  • The stairlift can be used for both residential and commercial applications.
  • The stairlift’s vinyl seat is durable and easy to clean
  • The stairlift also folds away when not in use.

Cons

  • Flip-up rail inclusion reduces maximum weight capacity to350lb
  • Cannot be used on narrow staircases as it may serve as an obstruction
  • The maximum weight capacity overall is 400lbs
  • No remotes
  • LED diagnostic lights are not available for Canadian commercial units.
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The Savaria Stairfriend Stairlift

The Savaria Stairfriend stairlift is designed for use on curved stairs as well as stairs with multiple landings.

 

Key Features

  • Backup Batteries
  • Smooth start and stop
  • Overspeed governor and obstruction sensors
  • Custom-built
  • Rack and pinion drive
  • Twin steel tube rail
  • Led Status indicator lights
  • Radiofrequency remote controls
  • 350lbs weight capacity.
  • Synthetic leather seat

Optional features include Seat choice, 90º or 180º parking, top or bottom overrun, keyless access, emergency stop button, extra-long seat belt, and 5-point harness.

 

Pros

  • Can be used on both straight and curved staircases as well as on staircases with multiple landings
  • The stairlift is suitable for both residential use and commercial use.
  • The backup batteries guarantee the availability of the stairlift for use in the event of a power outage.
  • LED status indicator lights make problems with stairlifts easy to detect
  • Obstruction sensors on the stairlift detect the presence of obstacles on the stairs and bring it to a gentle stop to avoid collision with detected obstacles.
  • Features such as swivel and lock seat, retractable seat belt, and anti-slip footrest also help to ensure user safety.
  • Two-seat options are available to provide the best stairlift riding experience for customers.
  • Radiofrequency remote controls can be used to control the movement of the stairlift and can be used to call stairlift to whatever level it is needed
  • Because the stairlift is custom-built, it will always be a perfect solution to your curved stairlift needs.

Cons 

  • The maximum weight capacity is 350lbs
  • No outdoor adaptation for this stairlift model
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COSTS

Straight stairlifts are cheaper than curved stairlifts. Outdoor stairlift models are also expected to be more expensive than their indoor counterparts.

The Savaria K2 stairlift and the Savaria K2 plus stairlift usually have a starting price within the range of $2,999-$3,600. The Savaria Stairfriend for curved staircases has a starting price in the range of $8,800- $10,400.

It is important to note however that prices of the stairlifts will vary depending on your local dealer and the inclusion of optional stairlift features.

Overall, Savaria has a very good stairlift product line and the stairlifts are available at pocket-friendly prices. The lack of outdoor stairlift options however is a downside to Savaria as your solution to your mobility and accessibility needs. On the other hand, the stairlifts Savaria has for sale are definitely top quality and will give you value for your money.

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