Acorn is one of the leading players in the stairlift industry. It holds a wide range of products ranging from indoor, outdoor, straight and curved ones. Its cheap and high quality stair lifts come with lifetime warranty.
Where to buy:
Acorn equipment is of the highest quality and usually does not come cheap especially for newer models. However, bargain and cheap Superglide models can still be found in the market. These used lifts are still in operational condition and of high quality. Sometimes, in the local distributor warehouse sale, you can find good condition and used stair lifts and also purchase Acorn lift parts such as circuit boards, joystick parts and batteries. The savings from these discounts can be significant as branded devices usually cost a few thousand dollars. It is advisable to make a purchase during promotions. You can also buy it online in major furniture retailers. Please have the measurements of your staircase so the manufacturers can build the stairlifts to scale.
The models under that are straight include the Superglide 12o, Acorn has different series name to identify stair lifts for different purposes. Straight chairlifts are the easiest and fastest to install as it only requires a straight landing point. The Superglide 120 specifications are: DC power supply, joystick operation. Read our reviews here.
Acorn installation review:
The Superglide 120 is easy to install as this is a straight model. This is recommended for domestic users who have straight stairways. It requires a flat landing providing it enough space to dock the chair. Users can request to extend the track depending on the length of the stairs. Installation time usually takes 1 day and will be a minor retrofitting to the stairs. There is no hacking or drilling as feared by most home owners. Basically, the track is installed at the side of the staircase where the track needs to be installed. A normal wall power outlet is enough to supply power for the stair lift operation.
However, things are not so straightforward if you were to install the curved ones. The Acorn 80 series refers to the curved lifts. These curved editions are for more complex staircases, curved and odd shaped ones. Installations usually require a site survey by engineers who will need to make certain measurements so as to customize the accordingly.
Acorn are powered by DC batteries. These are rechargeable stairlift batteries and stays charged as long as the power is plugged into the wall electrical point. DC power supply runs on direct current and are smooth and very quiet. They are also maintenance free and charged by a 15V AC step down transformer. The silent and smooth operating environment is advantageous for domestic use. As it runs on rechargeable batteries, it remains operational in the event of a power blackout. DC power also ensure smooth movements of the device with soft starts and stops instead of jerking motions. Users will feel safer and more stable while seated on it. Sudden jerks can cause unease in the users and in extreme cases, causing users to fall off the seat.
Acorn lifts have 8 rollers compared to 6 on other competitors. The extra rollers give it the edge as more contact area with the stairs ensures better control and smoother ride. The double tube rail system is unique to Acorn and is another example of Acorn’s commitment to give its users the smoothest, quietest and safest ride quality.
Being committed to safe rides, Acorn have built in a good array of safety features. These are electrical and mechanical parts in the braking systems and also sensors to detect operating limits. These safety features ensure their will not be uncontrolled movements such as ascend and descending of the stair lifts. The sensors will make sure the speed is at a comfortable level and there will be soft landings at both ends of the track.
The joystick control is easy to use and easily learned by first time users. Acorn lifts can be controlled by mechanical joystick or infrared remote controls. The remote control is useful in a building with more than one dedicated users.
Users can choose to have swivel seats, these come with locking catch to ensure seats are in the correct position before users mount or dismount. The sensors will also ensure the seat is in a correct position before operating.
The surfaces such as footrest and carriages have built in sensors that will stop operations in the event of an obstruction or collision.
Sometimes, users may not be able to identify the problems when the equipment malfunctions. This is where the diagnostic digital display comes in handy as it highlights any problems to the users through a large information digital display.
Different models of Acorn are briefly described below:
This is the straight version that that is used in homes where staircases are straight. This is the basic Acorn model that is popular and commonly found in homes.
This is a curved model for staircases which are narrow and curvy. As the curved tracks are installed in sections, staircases with different degrees of curve will not be difficult for installation. However, it is advisable to arrange for a check on site for engineers to assess the stairway before proposing the correct curved lifts to construct. Click here for more details.
Acorn Sit and Stand:
This model is for elderly or handicapped users who are unable to sit on chairs while being transported. Some users are unable to bend their knees. This is an extension of the 120 series but with an additional grip for standing users.
For users who have trouble with bending their knees and for homes with narrow staircases, the Perch models will be the most appropriate to have. It has a streamlined profile and fits to the stairs instead of the walls. It does not take up a lot of space and easily folded and tucked away when not in use.
If you wish to install lifts outdoors, then the Outdoor versions may meet your requirements. It is weather proofed and can withstand weather from the heat of the summer to the cold of the winter. It has been tested in the North American and European climate.