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The Bruno Elite SRE-2010 is a well-designed and full-featured straight stairlift to help anyone with limited mobility gain access to the upper floors of a house. With seven different upholstery options, this stairlift complements a wide range of homes' interior decor.

The Elite uses a powerful worm gear and rack-and-pinion drive system to move its carriage along a vertical anodized rail. This stair elevator supports a maximal weight of 400 pounds, and you can choose wider seats and footrests for personalized comfort.

Both the footrest and seat of the carriage can flip and fold when not in use. This ensures that a parked Bruno Elite does not block the foot of the stairs. Even then, the stairlift is rather bulky and takes up more room than the Bruno Elan, its stablemate. Therefore, the Elite is not for people with narrow stairs.

Bruno makes the height of the seat and footrest of the Elite adjustable. Its padded and contoured seat is comfortable and can also swivel to make climbing on and off easier. However, there is an issue with the powered mechanism that turns the Elite's seat and footrest. Although these parts are covered by Bruno's warranty, waiting for replacements is inconvenient.

To stay operational at all times, the Elite comes with two 12-volt batteries that are continuously charged from a household power outlet. The batteries keep the stair elevator moving even when there is a power outage. With the long charge strip that covers the length of its rail, the Bruno Elite can charge its batteries anywhere along the staircase. This useful feature is only available on a few stairway lifts.

You may have powder-coating problems with the anodized rail within the first year of use. Specifically, you may see peeling coats, color change and flaking powder dust coming off the rails.

In case it's installed in a household with multiple users, the stairlift has a call and send feature. This directs the carriage to the top or bottom of the stairs as needed. You can call up and send down the carriage with the two wireless remote controls included in the package.

The Elite also has safety features to prevent harm to you as the rider and damage to the stairlift itself. Sensors are placed in the footrest to monitor the path of the stairway lift's ascent and stop the carriage if there is an object in its way. The retractable seat belt is an additional safety device.

On board the Elite is a diagnostic system that constantly monitors the stairlift. This nifty feature means that Bruno Elite is not just another handicap stair lift. By providing audio and visual reports of damage to itself, the Elite qualifies as a smart stairlift. The diagnostic reports it generates make maintenance and service easier and faster while reducing repair bills.

With its comfortable design, safety features and continuous battery power, the Bruno Elite is a reliable straight stairlift backed by Bruno's Gold Warranty, which covers parts for two years and major components for five years. While it's not the slimmest stairlift available, the sturdiness of Bruno Elite SRE-2010 is desirable.

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