Changes in mobility can dramatically affect the way you live your life, but it doesn’t have to force you out of your home. Installing a home elevator or stairlift can allow you to be where you love, and still move around the house with ease. We have compiled a list of what we think are the best home elevators on the market.
Inclinator Cable Drum 500#
Number five in our list of best home elevators is the Inclinator Cable Drum 500#. Inclinator is the oldest Home Mobility Solutions company in the country and created the original design for the electric stairlift. Inclinator offers dozens of ways to customize your in-home elevator, including cab sizes, drive systems, and various cosmetic options. You can even add a telephone in your Inclinator elevator! This in home elevator can be installed into an existing home, or it can be seamlessly added into construction plans for a new home, but either way the Cable Drum 500# requires a shaft. The endless options to customize your Inclinator elevator makes it easy to seamlessly blend the elevator into your home décor.
The Inclinator Cable Drum 500# is a perfect option for people who want a conventional elevator, but don’t have enough space in their home for one. The Cable Drum 500# has a footprint of only 12 sq ft. and features a patented monorail system that is designed to be as space efficient as possible, as well as a self diagnostic microprocessor to let you know if any issues arise with your elevator. This system can also be installed either inside your home, or in an external shaft added to the outside of your home.
Stiltz Trio Alta
Our number four pick for best home elevators on the market is the Stiltz Trio Alta. This model is one of the most popular elevators that HomeLift installs, and it’s not hard to see why! The Stiltz Trio Alta looks like something off of the Star Trek Enterprise. The Trio Alta is a “shaftless” elevator, so it has a uniquely designed, self supporting structure that uses two parallel, vertical rails that support the entire load of the lift. The elevator’s motor is contained and concealed seamlessly on top of the elevator cab, removing any need for an external machine room. This futuristic design in conjunction with the fact that the Trio Alta does not require much electricity keeps this elevator as one of the quietest in the market. The design for the Trio Alta allows for quick installation and an elevator that can fit almost anywhere in your home.
Stiltz Trio Alta is a great elevator for almost any home environment, it is compact with a footprint of about 13.5 sf, but still has enough space to accommodate a wheelchair comfortably. The modular design for the Trio Alta allows for installations that can be completed in as little as a single day, and this model can fit almost anywhere in your home. The Trio Alta also comes standard with two remote controls that can be used to operate the elevator allowing you to call it, send it away, or even use it to help move furniture between floors.
Symmetry Inline Gear Drive
Our number three pick for best home elevator is the Symmetry Inline Gear Drive elevator. This elevator is unique because it does not require a machine room, which is a good option for homeowners that have limited space in their home. While The Inline Gear Drive Elevator doesn’t come with the need for a machine room, it does include all of Symmetry’s standard “exclusive” features, such as emergency battery operated lowering and energy efficient LED lighting. The Symmetry Inline Gear Drive elevator provides a spacious and luxurious car for you to travel around your home in style, with the convenience of being able to install it wherever you want.
The second best home elevator on the market is the Cambridge Heritage. This is one of the stealthiest home elevators on the market. With the endless ways to customize this elevator in conjunction with it’s near silent hydraulic drive, this elevator is so discrete you could almost forget you even have one! The Heritage is designed to look like an intentional feature in your home, but hiding behind what may look like a closet door is actually a state of the art home elevator.
The most interesting feature that comes included with the Heritage any Cambridge elevator is their Remote Monitoring System. This unique feature monitors the functionality of your elevator system and alerts both you and HomeLift to any issue that your elevator may have. This makes it much easier to stay on top of preventative maintenance, and in the long run can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs down the road.
Coming in at our number one spot for best home elevators is the Symmetry Hydraulic Elevator. Symmetry boasts that their elevators are “the most customizable on the market,” and as far as we can tell its true! Symmetry allows you to customize everything from the panel styles to the operation panels, and even the metals used in the hand rails. The Symmetry Hydraulic elevator offers a wonderful balance of quality, safety, and quiet operation. They also come equipped with emergency, battery operated lowering, and it can accommodate up to six stops within fifty feet of travel, and is equipped to handle up to one thousand pounds. These elevators offer a three-year warranty for parts, travels at 40 feet per minute, and have a carrying capacity of 1000 lbs.
We have decided to rank the Symmetry Hydraulic at number one and the Symmetry Inline at number three on our list for a couple of reasons. While the Inline is very space efficient, its Hydraulic counterpart is substantially quieter. For those that are sensitive to background noise, having the hydraulic drive can make owning a home elevator a more pleasant experience. They are priced similarly, which makes the hydraulic elevator the more favorable choice if all other factors are the same.
Home elevators can be an elegant solution to the challenges that come with impaired mobility. Choosing the right elevator can make navigating your home an enjoyable, luxurious experience. If you’re interested in installing any of these elevators in your own home, or if you have questions on what would be the right elevator for you, give us a call and one of our team members would be delighted to help you.