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Acorn Stairlifts Fact of the Week—Our Top-Notch Technology and Stand-Out Stairlift Safety Features

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Welcome back to our segment of Acorn Stairlifts fact of the week!

This week, we will be diving into some of the stand-out stairlift features that make Acorn so special, separating us from the chairlift crowd and allowing us to soar above all other companies in our industry.

Our Acorn Stairlift Fact of the Week

All models of Acorn stairlifts utilize only top-notch technology, equipped with stand-out stairlift safety features.

Here at Acorn Stairlifts, we don’t just aim to level with your mobility needs or stairlift expectations—We strive to surpass them with only the best stairlifts and service.

This also means that we are constantly tracking the latest technology trends, continuing to innovate and improve upon our current stairlift models.

What Are Some of Acorn’s Stand-Out Stairlift Safety Features and What Do They Do?

Here are just some of Acorn’s stand-out stairlift safety features, as well as some online stairlift resources designed just for our customers to make your stairlift experience even easier and more enjoyable:

Reliable backup battery

Early stairlifts drew power directly from the main source, but Acorn pioneered the use of powerful rechargeable batteries located in the stairlift carriage. They are automatically recharged whenever your stairlift is ‘parked’ at the top or bottom of the stairs.

This means our stairlifts will still operate, even if there’s a power cut or if a safety ‘trip switch’ is activated in your fuse box. Because the power comes from the batteries and not the main supply, your Acorn stairlift will keep running, and you’ll never be stranded on the stairs. These batteries make our stairlifts very economical to run, only drawing main power to ‘top up’ the batteries as needed.

Smart Stairlift Sensors

In order to ensure a safe, smooth, uninterrupted ride on your stairlift, it is important that all obstructions on the stairs are removed beforehand.

However, in the case that there is an obstruction left behind, Acorn stairlifts are equipped with multiple sensors fitted to the footrest and carriage itself.

Children and pets often leave things on the stairs that you may not notice that your stairlift will detect.

Your stairlift’s sensors automatically cut off power if they detect any obstruction in its path of travel, such as anything inadvertently left on the stairs.

Even if you accidentally drop something while riding on the stairlift, such as a handbag or walking stick, your stairlift will sense these objects.

The moment your sensors detect any obstacle blocking the way, they will automatically bring the stairlift to a smooth stop. Once the obstacle has been removed, the stairlift’s journey can be safely resumed.

Simple Diagnostic Display

All of our stairlifts come with a helpful diagnostic display as a norm, which can be found on the stairlift carriage. The following display panel shows you the current status of your stairlift. However, it can also alert you to any potential problems. For example, you could run into being alerted for some of the following reasons:

  • The programmed stopping position has been overrun
  • Not ‘parking’ your stairlift on a charging point when not in use
  • The seat is not properly in the traveling position
  • When the leveling system is overreacting

Between reading the display and referring to our user guide, you will be able to diagnose any minor faults. You'll rectify many of them through your own stairlift troubleshooting.

Lockable Swivel Seats and Secure Safety BeltsAcorn Stairlift Safety Features

Our motto at Acorn is always safety first.

This is why all of our stairlifts are equipped with a convenient swivel seat that allows users to safely and easily enter or exit the chair.

This swivel seat is operated by a lever and designed to lock securely into the straight or swiveled position so it stays firmly in place while you’re in motion, mounting, and dismounting the stairlift chair.

The large, easy-to-use paddles that operate its lockable swivel function are located on both sides of the seat so you can use whichever hand you prefer, easily operating the stairlift, even if you have Arthritis.

Once turned, the swivel seat also acts as a safety barrier at the top of the stairs.

Additionally, all of our stairlifts are also equipped with a simple, easy-to-use, retractable safety belt, which works just like the one in your car and ensures that the stairlift user is securely buckled in any time the stairlift is in motion.

Convenient Folding Footrest and Optional Stairlift Hinged Rail

If others living in (or visiting) your home will be going up and down the stairs on foot, then you need to consider their safety too. Trying to squeeze around a bulky stairlift could make them more likely to lose their footing on the stairs, especially if the staircase is narrow.

For everyone’s safety, all Acorn Stairlift carriages have arms, seats, and footrests that fold up neatly out of the way when not in use. This makes our stairlifts among the slimmest profile models on the market.

In some settings, the bottom of a straight stairlift rail (at the foot of the stairs) might cause a trip hazard where it protrudes into a passageway.

To overcome this, Acorn offers the option of a short-hinged section at the foot of the rail, which can be manually or electrically folded up out of the way when the stairlift is not in use.

Acorn’s Online Stairlift Resources Made Simple

Acorn Club

The Acorn Club is the ultimate hub for your personal stairlift. It is a one-stop shop for all stairlift-related information.

Through this unique customer portal, you will be able to access all your important documents, keep track of your stairlift's history, troubleshoot minor issues, and get in contact with our support staff. Join the club today to discover the benefits that owners from all over the world have found.

To learn more about Acorn Club, click here.


Acorn is proud to launch the ground-breaking StairSafe monitoring system for your Acorn Stairlift. This one-of-a-kind, additional feature will monitor the activity of your stairlift, providing you and your family with peace of mind.

The StairSafe system consists of a small module installed in your Acorn Stairlift which monitors the location, journey, and usage.

All this data feeds back to StairSafe HQ, where if an error is detected, we'll notify you.

StairSafe can ease some worries about safety and the possibility of having to pay for maintenance.

To learn more about StairSafe, click here.

Why Is It So Important for Acorn to Keep Up with the Latest Technology Trends?

Acorn Stairlifts aims to be a pioneer in the stairlift industry, always striving to stay ahead of the pack.

This is why it is so important to us to keep up with the latest technology and safety features—We do this because we want to be able to look our customers in the eye and tell them that they are getting the safest and highest-quality stairlift with full confidence.

However, even while keeping up with the latest technology trends, Acorn also continues to keep our customers’ user experience front of mind.

We understand that despite technology constantly evolving to become more complicated and advanced, the user experience should always stay simple, straightforward, and stress-free.

This is why Acorn Stairlifts strives to keep all of our stairlifts functions and online resources intuitive and simple to use. Our chairs should never cause any confusion or frustration instead of the confidence and peace of mind that was intended. 

Allow Acorn to handle the complicated part—All you have to do is strap in, relax, and enjoy the smooth ride.

Claim Your Free No-Obligation Stairlift Quote Today

If you or a loved one struggle to use the stairs or find yourselves avoiding them altogether, a stairlift will help you rise above these obstacles, granting you full access to the home you love in one seamless, sweeping motion.

Acorn Stairlifts strives to lift your life so that you will never have to sacrifice the things you love because of mobility issues.

Don’t miss out on giving your life a lift—Start enjoying freedom in your home and reclaiming your independence.

Click here to claim your free, no-obligation quote and learn how you can take the first step towards reaching new heights in your life today.

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The Arthritis Foundation's Ease-of-Use Commendation

We are proud to be the very FIRST stairlift company to earn the Arthritis Foundation's Ease-of-Use Commendation. It is yet another effort that continues to prove that Acorn Stairlifts is a pioneer in the industry, always striving to stay ahead of the game, and to help our customers by providing the absolute best solution for their needs.

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