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Bruno Stair Lifts: The Essential Guide | 2019
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Stair Lifts: The Essential Guide

How to Choose the Best Stair Lift

Stair lifts provide an easy, cost-effective solution to climb your stairs without struggle or discomfort. Using a stairlift is a simple way to stay in the home you love. In stair lift reviews, Bruno customers frequently say their stair lift has been a "godsend".

Read Stair Lifts: The Essential Guide to help answer your stair lift questions and find the best stair lift for your home and needs.

We are here to serve you and your family, so please contact us if you have additional questions or would like to schedule a free stair lift consultation!

Stair Lift Types

Stairlift Types

Common Applications

Straight Stairs going to up to a second story or down to a basement
Curved Staircases that features bends, curves or landings
Outdoor Stairways to porches, patios, decks or piers
Commercial Businesses, churches, schools or public spaces

Straight Stair Lifts

Straight stairlifts are commonly installed in a home to restore access to an upstairs bedroom or downstairs laundry room. Choose from Bruno’s two indoor straight stairlift models: the highly-popular Elan and the luxury-performance Elite.

Both Bruno indoor straight stair lift models offer superior Made in America quality, including unique vertical rail design, easy exit offset swivel seat, two wireless remote controls, obstruction safety sensors and more. The Elan offers a 300-lb lift capacity; the Elite carries up to 400 lbs. In addition, the Elite seat features a highly cushioned chair with a curved, high backrest for unmatched comfort. 
bruno elite straight indoor stair lift in a house entryway

A notable benefit of Bruno’s unique vertical rail design is it allows Bruno straight stairlifts to install within 5 inches of the wall. That means there is plenty of open space on the steps for other family members, pets and guests to easily pass the stairlift. Fold up the armrests, seat and footrest when the stairlift is not in use and it becomes even more compact.
 


Curved Stair Lifts

Most staircases accommodate a straight rail stairlift, but curved rails are also available. Bruno’s curved stairlift rails are custom-made in Wisconsin to ensure a precision fit to each unique staircase. The vertical rail flows perfectly into every corner, creating a graceful appearance and extraordinary smooth ride.
bruno elite curved indoor stair lift at the top of a staircase

Bruno’s unique vertical rail also hides the gear rack for a clean look that limits the ability of dirt to accumulate in moving parts. To ensure a precision fit, your local Bruno dealer will take photos of your stairs and the measurements will be translated into drawings by Bruno engineers, and fabricated into the rail by Bruno’s highly-skilled welders and fabricators. 

Many manufacturers use modular curved rails because they can be installed quickly. Bruno chooses to custom-craft our curved stairlifts as we believe they give our customers the highest-quality solution long-term. While a custom stairlift rail takes longer to fabricate, the ride and beauty are worth the wait. Because a Bruno curved rail is created to the exact specifications of your stairs, the rail fits tightly into every corner to create maximum open space on the steps. In addition, there are fewer joints – and Bruno engineers can determine the best placement of the joints – to create an incredibly smooth ride from start to finish. 

Bruno’s Elite curved stairlifts feature a 400-lb lift capacity, generous padding and a stylized appearance that blends in with your home. The Elite stairlift’s seat and footrest height and armrest width are adjustable based on your individual needs.  When not in use, the Elite’s seatbelt retracts to keep it neatly out of the way. And in addition to plush padding, the Elite stairlift feature a high, curved backrest for ergonomic comfort.

Talk to your Bruno dealer about the option to lengthen your custom-curve rail to wrap around the top and/or bottom of the staircase landing. Some people choose the option of a “rail overrun” in order to have the chair park in a position away from the steps to create additional open space on the steps, to allow for exit farther away from the steps or to park the stairlift in a less visible position. 
 


Outdoor Stair Lifts

Bruno also offers outdoor stair lifts – in straight and curved models - suitable to withstand the elements and offer an alternative to steps leading to decks, front doors, lake, etc.
side by side image of two different Bruno outdoor stair lifts

Bruno’s outdoor stairlifts are engineered to withstand elements. Marine-grade vinyl padded seat, durable outdoor paint on all steel surfaces and a weather-proof cover helps keep the stairlift performing in harsh climates. Performance tested to 0⁰ F to 125⁰ F, Bruno outdoor stairlifts feature a 400-lb lift capacity and a five-year Gold Warranty on major components. 
 


Commercial Stair Lifts

In addition to residential stairlifts, Bruno manufacturers a commercial Elite stairlift model suitable for use in places of worship, schools and businesses. Codes and permitting vary by community, so please check with your local Bruno stairlift dealer for more details on how to make your building accessible and ADA compliant.

Stair Lift Components

Components

Details

Rail Aluminium or steel track upon which the chair glides
Chair Includes the user seat and the "carriage", which connects to the rail and houses the motor.
Power Source AC-powered (wall outlet) battery charger

Rail

Rail design varies greatly with each manufacturer, but all chairlifts glide up and down stairs on a rail. Bruno’s exclusive vertical rail design is one of several best-in-class features of Bruno stairlifts. 

The rail's vertical design - which is the best in the industry - maximizes available space on the staircase while providing an exceptionally smooth ride. Additionally, the gear rack is covered to allow for a clean, sleek appearance and reduced exposure to dirt, dust and grease.
bruno elite stair lift half way up its rail on a staircase

Chair

The stair lift chair provides a comfortable, customizable way to get up and down the stairs. Bruno stair lift seat heights are adjustable on all models and the Bruno Elite features adjustable arm width.

The stair lift carriage is the workhorse of the entire stair lift system, housing all the primary components necessary for functionality, including the motor, gearbox and batteries.
man lifting the armrest of a bruno elite curved stair lift seat

Power Source

A regular 120v household outlet charges the battery of stairlifts when they are not in use, and the battery provides reliable power to send the stairlift up and down the rail.  While most stairlifts are recharged only when sitting at the bottom or top of the steps, Bruno straight stairlifts feature a continuous battery charging system that charges anywhere – no matter the position on the rail. This advanced stair lift charging system eliminating the possibility of unknowingly draining the battery.

Stair Lift Features

Features

Benefits

Folding Seat/Footrest Seat & footrest fold up, maximizing space when parked
Swiveling Seat Seat swivels & extends away from stairs for safe entry & exit
Adjustable Chair Chair height & armrest widge can be adjusted to best fit the user
Seat Belt / Safety Sensors All Bruno stair lifts come standard with an easy-to-use seat belt & safety sensors
Remote Controls Remotes help users move the stairlift up and down the rail

Folding Seat / Footrest

Bruno stair lifts come standard with a folding seat and footrest, which provides maximum space when the stairlift is parked. A power option that automatically folds the footrest when the seat is lifted is available on indoor stair lift models.
bruno elite curved stair lift stowed and parked at the bottom of a staircase

Swiveling Seat

When a Bruno stair lift stops at the top of your staircase, its unique offset-swivel seat rotates and extends away from the steps. In addition to generous seat padding, Bruno Elite stairlift models also feature armrest padding for increased comfort.
Bruno Elite stair lift seat swiveled at the top of a staircase

Adjustable Chair

Bruno stair lift chairs have adjustable seat height and armrest width to increase comfort for individual user needs. The Bruno Elite stair lift seat is 17.5" deep and padded with premium materials for an exceptional ride. 

Seat Belt / Safety Sensors

Bruno stair lifts come standard with industry-leading safety features. An automotive-grade seat belt helps keep riders secure, while the footrest and carriage feature several pressure-sensitive obstructions sensors.
woman sitting on bruno stair lift buckling a seatbelt

Remote Controls

Bruno stair lifts come with two ergonomically-design remote controls. These easy-to-use remotes allows users to "call and send" the stair lift chair up and down the rail, making a multi-user home more accessible.
woman's hand holding a bruno stair lift remote control

Stair Lift Power Options & Customization

Customization

Description

Manual & Power Folding Rail Folding rails are ideal for keeping high-traffic walkways clear when the stair lift is not in use.
Power Swivel Seat The seat rotates and extends away from the staircase with the press of a button.
Power Folding Footrest The footrest folds automatically when the seat is lifted into a stowed position.
Larger Seat Pad & Footrest Bruno Elite stair lifts offer larger seat pads and footrests that are both wider and deeper than the standard options
Custom Fabric & Colors Several customer colors and fabrics are available for Bruno Elite models to personalize your stair lift

Power Folding Rail

Power Swivel Seat

Power Folding Footrest

Custom Fabrics & Colors

red Bruno Elite curved stair lift at the bottom of a staircase

Stair Lift Warranty

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Bruno straight indoor stairlifts are backed by the most comprehensive manufacturer warranty in the stairlift industry.  Each Bruno indoor straight stairlift includes a lifetime warranty on major components for the lifetime of the Bruno stairlift as long as the original purchaser owns the stairlift. In addition, there is a two-year warranty on all components and 30-days of labor coverage for any manufacturing defects after installation by an authorized Bruno dealer.

5-Year Gold Warranty

Bruno curved and outdoort stairlifts includes a 5-year warranty on major components, as long as the original purchaser owns the stairlift. A two-year warranty covers all other components and any manufacturing defects after installation by an authorized Bruno dealer are covered with 30-days of labor coverage.

Stair Lift Prices

Stair Lift Type

Price Range

Straight $2,800 - $4,000
Curved $9,500 - $12,000+
Outdoor $4,000 - $12,000+
Commercial $4,000 - $12,000+

How Much Do Stair Lifts Cost?

Stair lift prices vary depending on a number of different factors, such as:

  • The model and brand you choose
  • The staircase configuration in your home
  • Any power or custom options you select
  • Where you live (goods/service tend to be more expensive in very rural/urban settings)
  • Whether or not your state/provice requires a permit or inspection

Stair Lift Reviews

Which Stair Lift Has the Best Reviews?

Bruno stairlifts have the most independent third-party reviews and the highest total review rating. Reviews for Bruno stairlifts can be found on both Consumer Affairs and Trustpilot, two of the most-trusted review platforms on the internet.

We encourage anyone interested in purchasing a stair lift to read the reviews from verified Bruno stairlift customers before making their purchase decision. Bruno is proud of our 9.7/10 average stair lift review rating and appreciate our customers from around North America who have taken the time to share their stories and experiences with other interested buyers.
 

 Consumer Affairs

About Bruno Stair Lifts

Made in America

All Bruno stairlifts are engineered and manufactured in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Over 80 percent of Bruno’s entire supply chain for stair lifts is American! That’s important because it helps Bruno more tightly control quality. Bruno is also an ISO 9001 Certified designer and manufacturer. That designation ensures Bruno is committed to standards of workmanship that are documented and repeatable to ensure consistently high-quality processes.

The Bruno Family

Accessibility is personal to the Bruno family. In addition to the third generation of Bruno family members working at the company, Bruno President Mike Bruno’s daughter has a mobility challenge and a stairlift is used in their home. Having a family member with mobility challenges gives the Bruno’s unique insights on how people with limited mobility use stair lifts and how they positively impact their lives.

Dealers Who Understand Your Needs

Bruno uses local authorized dealers to sell, install and service our stair lifts.  All dealers are factory-trained to safely and precisely install Bruno stair lifts. Because our authorized dealers are small business leaders located in your community, they are there for you before the sale --and years into the future. Many also employ Aging in Place specialists and are highly knowledgeable about a wide range of home accessibility topics in addition to stair lifts.
 
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