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Minivator Stairlifts

Minivator Stairlifts
  Minivator 1000 Stairlift

  Minivator 1000 Outdoor Stairlift
  Minivator 1000 Perch Stairlift
  Minivator 2000 Curved Stairlift
  Minivator 2000 Perch Curved Stairlift
  Minivator Simplicity Stairlift

  Minivator Simplicity+ Plus Stairlift
  Minivator Product Line


Straight Stairlifts
  Simplicity Straight
    Simplicity Features
    Simplicity Options
    Simplicity Specs

 Simplicity+ Straight
    Simplicity+ Features
    Simplicity+ Options
    Simplicity+ Specs

 Minivator 1000
    1000 Features
    1000 Options
    1000 Specs

 Minivator 1000 Outdoor
    Minivator 1000 OD Features
    Minivator 1000 OD Options
    Minivator 1000 OD Specs

 Minivator Perch
    Minivator Perch Features
    Minivator Perch Options
    Minivator Perch Specs


Curved Stairlifts
  Minivator 2000 Curved
    Minivator 2000 Features
    Minivator 2000 Options
    Minivator 2000 Specs

 Minivator Perch Curve
    Minivator Perch Curve Features
    Minivator Perch Curve Options
    Minivator Perch Curve Specs
Minivator Stairlifts
Lifting Expectations
If you have difficulty getting up and down stairs you are not alone. Every year thousands of people look for a solution to the problems posed by the diffi culty they have using the staircase in their home.

The decision to install a stairlift is sometimes a difficult one to take but when compared with the alternative of moving house, or living on one level of their house, many people have found it to be their preferred option.

The idea of selecting a stairlift and having it fi tted may be daunting at fi rst; however they can usually be fi tted in a couple of hours and this guide will help explain what you need to think about when choosing your Minivator stairlift.

We hope it will make choosing the stairlift that is right for your needs both now and in the future much easier.
Using a stairlift

Unless you know someone who is already benefi tting from using a stairlift you may be a little unsure of what is involved in owning and using a stairlift.

It is a popular misconception that stairlifts are fi xed to the wall. This is rarely the case with domestic stairlifts which are usually fi tted directly on to the staircase itself.

A stairlift has three basic components. Firstly, a track is fi tted to your stairs and a power pack (the drive unit) is fi tted to the track, this is the unit that will travel along the track, then the seat that most suits your needs is fi tted to the power pack.

All stairlifts are operated by a switch or toggle that is held in the direction of travel to make the lift move. When it is released the lift will stop moving. Whilst stairlifts are very simple to use they are mechanical devices and do require annual servicing and maintenance.
Choosing a stairlift to suit your staircase

Stairlift tracks fall into two basic categories: straight and curved; it can be a little confusing to know which type you need for your staircase.

Straight Stairlifts

Straight stairlift tracks can only travel in straight lines, they cannot turn a corner or go around a bend. Straight stairlifts are suitable for use where a stairlift only needs to travel in one straight line; for example from the hall to the landing as shown in diagram A.

Minivator offers a range of straight stairlifts to suit your needs: the Simplicity Series and the Minivator 1000 are detailed on pages 11 – 15.

Curved Stairlifts

Curved stairlifts have tracks that are specifi cally designed to suit staircases that turn corners or are spiral: the staircases shown in diagrams B, C and D are examples of the type of staircase that curved stairlifts can be used on, but there are many more.

All Minivator curved tracks are made to order following a survey of each individual staircase.

Minivator’s curved stairlift system is called the Minivator 2000. It is a versatile system with some of the tightest track bends available; it can accommodate a wide range of staircase confi gurations and will hug the edge of your staircase. The twin
rail system provides a safe and smooth ride and whilst available in two colours as standard, light grey or gun metal, it can actually be supplied in any colour to match your décor.

State of the art survey and manufacturing processes mean that Minivator routinely manufactures bespoke tracks in market leading timescales.


Straight Stairlifts and stair configuration

Straight stairlifts cannot travel around any bend or corner.

Ex:  Simplicity,  Simplicity+,  Minivator 1000

Curved Stairlift and example stair configurations
Minivator curved stairlifts can travel around corners, across intermediate landings and even up spiral staircases! They are designed for your individual staircase so you know the track will fit snugly while giving you a smooth ride.

Ex:  Minivator 2000
A stairlift that is exactly right for you

Staircase Survey
You do not need to worry about surveying your staircase, your Minivator supplier will do this for you. They will advise you of any adjustments required to fi t your stairlift (e.g. move a cupboard) and which is the best side of your staircase to fi t your Minivator stairlift.

Most staircase surveys are quick and easy to perform. If your staircase is more complex with intermediate landings, fan stairs or a spiral for example, the survey will be conducted quickly with Minivator’s eSurvey system. Minivator curved stairlift tracks are designed to suit your individual staircase so it is important the staircase is measured accurately to ensure your track is the best possible fi t for you and your staircase.

User Assessment
Your Minivator supplier will wish to conduct a User Assessment at the same time as conducting the Staircase Survey.

During this assessment some measurements may be taken to ensure the stairlift chosen is suitable for you. There will also be some simple questions to see which would be the best side to place the controls, what sort of seat belt would best suit the user/s and to ascertain which features would be required now and in the future.

The assessment is non-intrusive and whilst it is preferable that this is conducted in advance the non-availability of the user will not prevent the supply of a stairlift as long as someone will undertake to provide the information on the user’s behalf.

Minivator stairlifts are designed to cater for a wide range of abilities and carry a series of adjustments (e.g. seat height) that can be performed during installation to tailor the stairlift to suit the user as required.


eSurvey for Minivator

Most Minivator dealers use the Minivator eSurvey system for surveying curved
staircases. This specially developed electronic system maximises the accuracy
of a curved staircase survey whilst minimising the time needed to carry it out.
Cards are placed on and around the stairs and photographed. Our specialist software
measures these images to create an accurate 3D model of your staircase so the track is
designed to fi t your staircase perfectly.
Do you need a hinged track?

In order for the seat to get low enough for the user to sit on it is necessary for the track to extend beyond the staircase to the hall fl oor. Some houses will have a doorway close to the bottom of the stairs and the track may intrude across this. In these circumstances a hinged track should be fi tted. This means that the track can be folded away from the doorway giving clear access.

Manual Hinge

The Minivator Simplicity, Simplicity+ and 1000 are available with a manual hinged track. This means you will need to raise and lower the track manually. The gas strut assisted hinge is designed to make manual operation as easy as possible.

Powered Hinge
The Minivator 1000 and the Minivator 2000 are both available with an automatic hinged track. When operating the stairlift from the toggle, the hinge will lift/lower automatically.

When the stairlift is not in use the hinge is folded by holding a button on the remote control which means you do not need to move the track yourself. When the button is pressed your stairlift moves up the track and parks, the hinge section then moves automatically leaving the doorway clear.

Hinge tracks should always be raised when users go to bed, particularly if they are enabling access to the front door of a property or creating an obstacle for other users of the household.


Manual Hinges can be lifted when the stairlift is not in use.
Powered Hinges are operated at the touch of a button from upstairs or down to move the track away from doorways.
Minivator’s remarkable Slide Track!

The Slide Track is a ground breaking solution available only from Minivator for use with a Simplicity or Simplicity+ straight stairlift. This unique solution removes the need for a hinge, instead the track moves up the staircase at the same time as the seat is moving, leaving the doorway at the base of your stairs unobstructed.

Similar to a powered hinge, the Slide Track works automatically when the toggle or remote control is activated.

A Slide Track is slightly shorter than the length of your staircase. When you start to travel up the staircase the track will move with you. The track will reach the top of your stairs before the stairlift, it will stop whilst your stairlift continues on its journey to the top where you can safely dismount. When you come downstairs the track will travel down with you so you can dismount safely at the bottom.

The Slide Track is fi tted with safety sensors at either end, these will halt the track if it encounters an obstacle during use. Your stairlift will continue to move towards the obstacle if desired where, if safe to do so, you can remove the obstruction and continue your journey. Alternatively the track and stairlift can be moved away from the obstruction. The Slide Track also offers safety benefi ts over a traditional hinged system by removing any risk of an object becoming caught in the hinge.


The Slide Track moves away from or towards the hall fl oor as you travel up or down.
The Slide Track moves towards or away from the landing as you travel up or down.
Minivator Stairlift Features

Swivelling your Stairlift Seat
When you arrive at the top of the stairs you will need to swivel your seat round so that you exit onto the landing safely.

Manual Swivel
If you have a manual swivel you will fi nd a handle at either side of the seat. By pressing either handle down, or pulling it up*, you can swivel the seat around to face the landing, where it will lock in place, allowing you to dismount safely.

* The Simplicity swivel operates by pressing down only.

Powered Swivel
If you choose the powered swivel option the swivel is operated by continuing to hold the toggle when you arrive at the top of the staircase. The seat will move automatically while the toggle is activated. Our powered swivels have a manual override
for emergency release to improve stairway access if required.

Folding your footplate
The footplate and seat can be folded up to increase available space leaving the staircase as clear as possible for
other users.

Manual footplate
Lifted and lowered by hand, manual footplates are fitted with an easy fold mechanism that minimises the strength
required to fold the footplate up or down.

Powered Footplate
If you choose the powered footplate option it will remove the need for you to bend down to fold or unfold the footplate. You can choose to have a footplate that folds automatically when the seat is folded and unfolded, or that is operated separately to the seat by a switch in the seat arm so you can raise and lower the footplate whilst seated.

Parking and calling your stairlift
All Minivator stairlifts come with two remote controls as standard, so you can have one upstairs and one downstairs. This means you can send your stairlift up and down the track without having to sit on it. This not only allows you to park at the top or bottom of the stairs, it is ideal for multi-user situations as your stairlift can be called between levels, just like an elevator.
The benefi ts of a Minivator Stairlift

Minivator Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and installers of stairlifts and we have helped thousands of people regain their independence by providing safe and reliable solutions to the diffi culties posed by stairs at home. At Minivator we know staying in their home can mean the world to some people and we are proud to have helped so many people overcome the problems they had climbing up and down stairs.

When you choose a Minivator stairlift you are not only selecting a model that complies to British and European standards, you are also choosing an ISO Quality approved supplier who conforms to the ethical business practices required by both the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA), whose code of practice is approved by the Offi ce of Fair Trading, and the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA). You have the peace of mind of knowing your stairlift has been made by a respected, reputable company with a tried and tested reputation for safety, reliability and innovation.

All Minivator stairlifts are designed with the user in mind. We have drawn on feedback from users, healthcare professionals and our substantial experience to develop a range of stairlifts to suit different users’ needs and budgets too.

Some stairlift users may have limited dexterity or painful conditions such as arthritis; Minivator’s signature operating toggle
minimises these problems by making our stairlifts easy to use. The toggle can be fi tted on whichever side of the stairlift is easiest for you to operate.

All that you need to do to use your Minivator stairlift is to press or hold the toggle in the direction you wish to travel and your stairlift will transport you smoothly and safely.

Minivator offers features such as a powered swivel seat and powered folding footplate; these can make using a stairlift even easier by allowing you to operate these functions at the touch of a button rather than manually – and battery back-up means they will still work in a power cut. Even if you don’t need them now, they may be something you will benefi t from in the future.
Safety as standard

All Minivator stairlifts have safety sensors on the power pack and footplate; these are designed to stop the lift if it meets any obstruction. Once stopped it can only be moved in the opposite direction to the obstruction. All Minivator stairlifts have a diagnostic display so that you can monitor the status of your stairlift, e.g. a safety edge has been activated.

Your stairlift will also come with a seat belt as standard for additional peace of mind. Our easy release retractable seat belt gives the added fl exibility of allowing you to fasten it to one side or centrally, whichever is easier for you or other users.

Easy to use

All Minivator stairlifts are operated by pressing or holding the large, robust toggle switch in the direction of travel. Located at the end of the seat arm it can be easily operated by the hand or arm and leaves the arm rest clear to provide unhindered support when getting on or off the seat.
Straight Stairlift

If you do not require powered options, and you have a straight staircase, the Simplicity offers you a safe and cost effective way to overcome the challenge of climbing your stairs.

The upholstery is available in Sand coloured wipe clean fl ame retardant fabric.

The Simplicity footplate and seat swivel are manually operated. The Simplicity comes with a clip seat belt as standard.

The Simplicity Series track offers a continuous charge function meaning that the lift can be parked on any part of the track when it is not in use. This means you do not need to worry about where you leave your lift on the track as the batteries will charge in any position.

The Simplicity can have a manual hinge or a Slide Track if required.


Min – max overall footplate to seat: 390 – 560mm
Width of seat at widest point: 480mm
Min folded intrusion: 285mm
Max user weight: 140kg/22st
Max user weight with Hinge/Slide Track: 120kg/19st
Straight Stairlift

For those requiring powered options, the Simplicity+ is a stylish solution to overcome the challenges of climbing straight stairs. It combines the continuous charge track of the Simplicity with the seat of the Minivator 1000 which means it is available in a  selection of six colours.

The Simplicity+ offers the choice of manual or powered folding footplate and swivel options.

The Simplicity+ is compatible with the powered Slide Track or manual hinge system so if you have a doorway close to the bottom of your stairs the Simplicity+ offers you a choice of solutions to prevent the track from causing an obstruction.


Min – max overall footplate to seat: 420 – 530mm
Width of seat at widest point: 460mmMin folded intrusion: 350mm
Max user weight: 140kg/22st
Max user weight with Hinge/Slide Track: 120kg/19st
Minivator 1000
Straight Stairlift

For those looking for minimal track intrusion into the staircase, the Minivator 1000 offers one of the slimmest straight stairlift tracks on the market. Available in a choice of six upholstery colours, it can be supplied with optional powered features to fold the footplate and to swivel the seat at the top of the staircase to allow for ease of exit.

The slim line aluminium track has a hidden rack which offers two park points (as standard) which charge the
batteries at the top and bottom of the stairs. The Minivator 1000 boasts our heaviest weight capacity at 160kg/25st.

The Minivator 1000 can be combined with a powered hinge solution to prevent the track from obscuring any doorway at the base of the stairs.


Min – max overall footplate to seat: 430 – 530mm
Width of seat at widest point: 460mm
Min folded intrusion: 410mm
Max user weight: 160kg/25st
Max user weight with Hinge Track: 137kg/21½st

It isn’t only stairs inside the home that cause problems for some people. Steps up to a porch or front door can be equally diffi cult to climb.

The Minivator 1000 Outdoor stairlift is fully waterproofed and designed to overcome the problems caused by external straight runs of stairs.

Like all Minivator stairlifts the outdoor model has a key switch to prevent unauthorised use of the lift, which means it can be isolated when not in use.

Supplied with UV protected Slate Grey upholstery the Minivator Outdoor stairlift also comes with a waterproof cover to keep it protected from the weather so it is always ready for use.


Min – max overall footplate to seat: 450 – 570mm
Width of seat at widest point:
440mm (+50mm with arm spacers)
Min folded intrusion: 387mm
Max user weight: 160kg/25st
Perch Seats
Straight and Curved Stairlifts

If you have restricted movement in the knee or hip joints you may fi nd sitting painful. In these situations a perch seat may be the solution.

A Perch seat means that the user is almost in a standing position when they are using the lift. There is a shortened seat and retractable seat belt which provide a stable support area for users to ‘perch’ on.

Perch seats are available on the Minivator Simplicity+, 1000 and 2000 lifts.

Upholstery is available in a choice of six colours.

Your Minivator supplier will be able to advise you which seat is most suited to your needs.


Min – max overall footplate to seat is dependent on the
model chosen but the max would be 850mm (Minivator
1000 straight) or 875mm (Minivator 2000 curved)
Width of seat at widest point: 460mm
Min folded intrusion is dependent on the model chosen
but the maximum would be 410mm
Max user weight, Simplicity+: 140kg/22st
Max user weight, Minivator 1000: 160kg/25st
Max user weight, Minivator 2000: 137kg/21½st
Minivator 2000
Curved Stairlift

The Minivator 2000 curved track system is tailored to your individual staircase, ensuring the best fi t possible. Optional powered features to fold the footplate and to swivel the seat at the top of the staircase to allow for ease of exit are available.

The twin rail system, designed for a stable and smooth ride, is supplied in light grey or gun metal as standard; Minivator also offer special orders so the track can be fi nished in any colour to suit your décor.

The track can be designed to take you from the ground fl oor directly onto the landing level, to suit your needs exactly.

The Minivator 2000 can be combined with powered automatic hinge solution to prevent the track from obscuring any doorway at the base of the stairs.


Min – max overall footplate to seat: 480 – 625mm
Width of seat at widest point: 460mm
Min folded intrusion: 400mm
Max user weight: 137kg/21½st
Max user weight with Hinge Track: 137kg/21½st
Your questions answered

For many people making the decision to have a stairlift installed can be a daunting one. We have answered a few of the more common questions below. If you have further questions your Minivator supplier will be happy to answer these, no matter how small. Don’t worry, it is unlikely you will be the fi rst person to ask!

Will I need to redecorate once my stairlift is installed?
Your new stairlift will be fi tted to your staircase, not your wall so in most cases the answer will be no.

In some instances you may need to have a handrail moved or a window sill reduced in order to avoid clashes with you new stairlift, in which case some minor re-decoration may be needed after the lift is installed.

How long does it take to install a stairlift?
The complexity of your stairlift will determine how long it takes to fi t your lift, however most lifts will only take between two to four hours to install.

What happens if there is a power cut?
There’s no need to worry. Your Minivator stairlift is operated by batteries, these re-charge when your Stairlift is left on a charge point. This means your stairlift will continue to work if the power supply is interrupted for a limited number of trips. The Simplicity Series stairlifts will charge wherever they are left on the track.

What happens if I leave my stairlift off charge?
Audible and visual signals will alert you that your lift is not on a charge point. The power supply to the stairlift should remain switched on at all times. If stairlift batteries are allowed to go completely fl at they may need to be replaced.

What if I want to have a new carpet? Your stairlift can be removed and refi tted to allow for the laying of new
carpets. Many stairlift suppliers offer removal and re-installation services.

How long will I have to wait for my stairlift?
This will depend on which Minivator lift you order. Minivator understands the difference a stairlift can make to your quality of life which is why we offer the shortest market lead times possible.

Also available from Higher Elevation - Bath Bliss

Bath Lifts to suit most straight baths.

Please be aware that actual colours may vary slightly
from those shown. All information is provided in
good faith but does not constitute a guarantee.
Minivator Group reserves the right to alter designs and
specifications without prior notice.