The HomeGlide Extra stairlift for straight staircases is our go-to lift and why?  Because our customers love it and our engineers love it too.  It’s easy to install, very reliable and we have a stock of them on the shelf in our warehouse ready to go – what could be easier!

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HomeGlide Extra

What does the HomeGlide Extra look and feel like?

The HomeGlide Extra has a sleek and elegant design.  It has been designed with great engineering, it’s reliable, comfortable and very easy to use.  It also comes in a choice of optional upholstery colours (although all our models in stock are neutral beige which is what we find is the most popular colour, however, we can order you a different colour in specially).

How does it work?

Like all stairlifts, the HomeGlide Extra works by pressing a joystick or rocker switch control which is located on the end of the chair arm.  You need to keep a light but constant pressure on the control and the product will automatically stop at the top or the bottom of the stairs when it comes to its parking position.  The joystick works in the up and down direction, of course, so you would press the joystick in the direction you wanted to travel – up or down.

Each model has a swivel chair, which means when you get to the top of the stairs the chair will turn onto the landing so you can get off safely.  The standard model has a manual swivel chair which is like an office chair that turns around.  There is a lever at the side of the chair which you press to release the swivel mechanism and manually turn the chair yourself.  There is an optional extra Powered Swivel chair instead of a manual standard version and this works by keeping your finger pressed on the joystick control and the chair will automatically turn at the top of the stairs.

Each model comes with a call/send control which is a remote control that you can use to bring the lift to you.  So if it is parked at the bottom, press the up button on the remote control and it will come upstairs ready for you to use.  This is particularly handy if there is more than one person needing to use the lift.

The lift needs to be parked at the top or bottom of the stairs at all times on a charge point to stop the batteries running flat (unless you have a powered hinge track at the bottom of the rail, you’d park on the nearest park point just up from the folding rail).

How does it fit in my home?

If you are thinking of the practicalities of fitting one in your home you will be wanting to know what is involved.  The rail is the only thing that is attached to your stairs (not your wall) and you will usually see around 4 brackets or rail legs that will attach it to your stairs.  There will be screw holes that can be screwed directly into your steps through your carpet.  Because the screw holes are so small, generally should the lift need to be removed in the future, the carpet pile would usually hide the holes.

The carriage part of the lift is then loaded onto the rail and the chair is fitted to the top of the carriage.

We have included further technical information at the bottom of this page for reference on its approximate dimensions.

How long does it take to fit?

We have some new models in stock in our warehouse, so fitting can be very quick.  If you need one fitting urgently we may even be able to fit the same-day or next-day depending upon our engineer’s work schedule.  Usually, the installation would be within days and we would agree a convenient day and time with you.

It will take one engineer around 3-4 hours to correctly install this product to a high standard of workmanship and to give you a thorough handover demonstration and test drive making sure you are comfortable with its use before he leaves.

What do I need to do to buy one?

You can call us to organise a free Home Assessment Visit from one of our surveyors to come along to visit you in your home, measure up the stairs and assess your requirements.  Because there are different options and variations of this particular model, he can assess and price it up according to your needs.

In all cases, we need to have a power supply that feeds power to the lift.  It may be that you have one close by that we can use, but if not we have qualified electricians that we can organise to fit one for you and included it in our job.  This power supply provides a trickle charge to the lift to charge up the large batteries inside the carriage and keeps it powered ready for use.

How do I maintain my product?

From us, this product comes complete with a 2-year warranty and one annual service*, with the option to extend the warranty/servicing for up to 5 years from the date of installation.  An annual service is recommended every year to make sure your product is working at it’s best, is all safety checked and kept clean and lubricated.  A quick wipe over of the seat, carriage and rail with a damp cloth each week will prevent any dust or animal hair build up inside the carriage.

*for private customers excludes local authority customers who have their own warranty requirements.

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Description

HomeGlide Extra – Summary Key features:

  • The standard model has a manual swivel seat and manual footrest linkage lever which folds the footrest when not in use.  You can also fold back the armrests and seat base. (*please note that the seat now comes with straight and not curved armrests)
  • There are charge points at the top and bottom of the track to park and charge.
  • The HomeGlide Extra has a Manual Swivel seat with swivel lever on both sides of the chair or an optional Powered Swivel seat, so you can turn the seat at the top of the stairs and safely get off.
  • Easy-to-use joystick or rocker switch control on the end of chair arm, leaving armrests clear to support you getting in and out.
  • Remote controls at top and bottom of stairs to bring the it to you whenever you need it.
  • Wipe clean upholstery available in cream, brown, blue, green, grey and red.
  • Battery operated, so your lift works even in the event of a power cut.
  • Safety edges are on the footplate and carriage, so it will automatically stop if it meets an obstruction on the stairs.
  • Clip safety belt to secure you in the seat when in travel.

HomeGlide Extra – Technical Specification:

Weight Limit:  19.6 stone / 125kg or Heavy Duty option 23 stone / 146kg

Overall Dimensions: Width of stair lift when folded up 380mm and when unfolded 632mm

Chair Dimensions:  Seat height (from footplate to top of seat) 472mm; Height from floor to top of footrest 115mm; Width of seat between armrests 467mm; Depth of seat 408mm

Staircase Dimensions:  Fits staircases 740mm wide and over; space needed at bottom of stairs to park the chair 654mm

The HomeGlide Extra is manufactured by Access BDD and is sold through their dealer network

Testimonials:

“I can’t think of anything that would improve the service you offer, 1st Choice give marvellous service.  It has been a real pleasure dealing with everyone in your company as they have all been helpful and friendly.

Mrs Alsop, Bradford-on-Avon