The Acorn 130 is a popular battery-powered straight stairlift that boasts an Ease of Use Award from the Arthritis Foundation. Its directional paddle switch controls are easy to operate, even for users with limited dexterity. If you’re looking for a curved stairlift, check out the Acorn 180.
The 130 is available with three seat options: standard; sit/stand, to accommodate multiple users with different requirements; and perch-style, for people with limited mobility who are more comfortable in a nearly standing position. The standard seat supports a maximum weight of 300 pounds, but Acorn offers an optional upgrade that increases the weight capacity to 350 pounds.
The outdoor model resembles the standard model but features weatherproof construction and comes with a cover for protection from the elements.
The seat, arms and footrest of the Acorn 130 are padded and foldable. The seat swivels for convenience when getting onto and off the carriage. Directional paddle switches on the armrest make the controls easy to operate. Acorn equipped the 130 with the same rack-and-pinion drive system that most stairlifts employ (one notable exception is the Harmar Pinnacle SL600 Premium).
The Acorn stairlift relies on a 24-volt rechargeable battery to power what the company says is a smooth and quiet ride. The 130 runs on DC battery power, so it can keep running even during power outages. The stairlift has no charging strips along its rails and can only charge its battery when parked, however, so it can take a while to recharge the batteries.
The 130 comes with all the standard safety features. A seat belt keeps you secured, and there are five safety sensors, located in the carriage and footrest, to stop the unit if they detect an obstruction. A key switch secures the stairlift when it is not in use and prevents unauthorized access. Yet another useful feature of the 130 is its call-and-send capability, which uses two infrared remote controls to call and send the stairlift up and down the stairs.
An earlier model of the Acorn straight stairlift, the 120, was subject to a U.S. government recall in 2015 after problems with the seat resulted in two fatalities in the United Kingdom. That recall covered stairlifts made through 2011, however, and does not extend to Acorn’s current models, such as the 130 and 180.
Acorn backs the 130 with a standard 12-month warranty.