When you’re in the market for a home stairlift, it’s easy to get bogged down by the wide array of different models from competing manufacturers.
There are various designs of stairlift rail, seemingly endless stairlift options, ‘luxury stairlifts’ available in a range of finishes and materials, or ‘new and unique’ stairlift solutions. It can all become very confusing… and it really doesn’t need to be.
The job of a stairlift is, as they say, ‘not rocket science’. It is to transport a person safely and comfortably up and down their stairs in their home. At Acorn Stairlifts we firmly believe that simple, proven, reliable and affordable solutions are the best. Finding these solutions has helped make Acorn a world leader in the manufacture, supply and continuing maintenance of home stairlifts.
At Acorn Stairlifts we manufacture and supply two stairlifts models – the Acorn 130 for straight stairs and the Acorn 180 for curved stairs. Both types are adaptable for almost all staircase settings, but we don’t go in for other frills and fancies. Our stairlifts come with everything you need and nothing you don’t.
We build around 70,000 stairlifts per year in our UK factories and supply them to around 80 countries around the world. Manufacturing at this volume and selling direct to the consumer means we can keep costs down and pass on those savings to our customers. We believe our stairlifts offer the best all-round value on the market today.
Both the Acorn 130 and Acorn 180 are the product of more than 20 years’ stairlift evolution. Acorn has pioneered new technology, including using powerful rechargeable batteries so your stairlift will still work in a power cut, partnered with ergonomic design which means we’re the first and only stairlift company awarded the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use commendation.
The Acorn 130 is the ultimate stairlift solution for straight staircases. It uses a single light-but-strong and unobtrusive straight stairlift rail which is secured to the stairs, not the wall. The carriage which rides on the rail is practical and comfortable, using neutral tones chosen to blend easily with most home decors.
It has a full range of essential safety features and a diagnostic display panel which alerts you to any minor problems, such as the carriage not being ‘parked’ on its charging points. When not in use, the carriage arms, seat and footrest all fold up neatly, its slimline design making it easy for others to use the stairs, even on a narrow staircase.
Simple modifications make the Acorn 130 adaptable to various settings, such as a short hinged rail section at the foot of the stairs which can be folded up where it might otherwise cause an obstruction. The Acorn 130 is also available as a fully weatherproofed outdoor stairlift and a version with an uprated carrying capacity of up to 25 stones is supplied for larger users.
The Acorn 180 uses a patented modular stairlift rail system which has slashed the waiting time for a curved stairlifts from weeks to just days – even next day in exceptional cases. This extremely versatile ‘FastTrack®’ system relies on a library of interlocking stairlift rail sections which are pre-selected and assembled on site to create a tailor-made curved stairlift rail in just a few hours.
Again, the single unobtrusive rail is fixed to the stairs, not the wall, and the stairlift carriage which rides on it shares all the same practical, ergonomic and essential safety features as our straight model. Like all Acorn Stairlifts, the 180 is supplied with two remote control handsets as standard, so it can be sent or summoned to where it’s needed.
Finally, for those who struggle to bend their knees we offer a modified carriage called the Sit-Stand stairlift. As its name suggests, it allows the user to either sit or stand, using the robust additional handrails for extra support. It’s ideal for settings where the stairlift might have multiple users with differing needs, such as a care home, and the modifications to our existing stairlift carriage are simple and cost-effective.