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Choosing the Perfect Lift Chair

By October 11, 2019 No Comments

Choosing the perfect lift chair to suit your requirements can be a challenging experience and it is more challenging than meets the eye. Today’s market features a high range of various types and quality when it comes to lift chairs and Caremax Mobility will run you through some valuable points to consider before taking the step to purchasing your very own. Lift Chairs can be categorised by ‘single motor’, ‘Dual Motor’, and ‘tilt-in-space’.

Single motor lift chairs

Single motor lift chairs operate with one set of motor controls all of the electric functions on the chair. The backrest, footrest and riser functions are all operated through a single set of buttons. The chair can be put into a fully reclined position with the backrest reclined and footrest raised, all through pressing the recline button. By pressing the rise button, the chair moves into a raised sit-to-stand position. The backrest will rise while the footrest drops and then the whole chair will rise, all through that single motor. Single motor rise and recline chairs are less expensive to purchase than dual motor riser chairs. The single motor operation and simplistic controls are less costly to produce and as a result are less expensive to buy. You may view our large range of single-motor lift chairs in the ‘lift chair’ section on our website to compare the various models on offer.

Dual Motor Lift Chairs

As the name suggests, a dual motor lift chair is where two motors control the chair. One motor operates the backrest whilst the other motor operates the footrest and riser function. Each motor has its own set of buttons and you will notice the chair’s handset control has 4 buttons on it giving it a superior level of functionality.
With dual motor lift chairs, the user has more flexibility in determining a position that they find comfortable. By reclining the backrest independently of the other functions, users can create very different seated positions to a single motor chair. This flexibility makes dual motor chairs a more popular option with elderly and disabled users. You may view our large range of dual-motor lift chairs in the ‘lift chair’ section on our website to compare the various models on offer.

Tilt-in-Space Lift Chairs

Tilt-in-space isn’t your typical reclining function, it’s a bit more advanced than that to help with the person’s overall positioning. It is exactly as it sounds; instead of the seat staying flat, it tilts you backwards in your chair to redistribute body weight and pressure over a wide surface area. But it’s a unique feature because it allows you to keep your hip, knee, and ankle at a 90° angle as the chair rocks back as one unit. This motion differs depending on whether you have single motor or dual motor tilt-in-space.

For instance, our Premium Full Leather Ergo Lift chair (Dual Motor) provides a 180 degree tilt mechanism to give its users an even pressure distribution throughout their body to take the pressure off the painful areas of the body. The Dual motors enable the leg rest to be elevated / lowered and backrest to be reclined independently to give more flexible support options and ultimate adjustability.

Size of the User

When purchasing a lift chair, the size of the user should also be taken into consideration. Lift chairs are available in various sizes, as people vary in size. A chair for a petite person will not offer the right levels of support and comfort for a tall person, and vice versa. It is vital to find the right size lift chair to ensure the correct posture is maintained and to minimize the chance of pressure areas building up. Seat widths, depths and heights are all important to consider as well as backrest height and width.

Need more information?

For more information on how to select your perfect lift chair, you may contact Caremax Mobility on (02) 9525 3231 or alternatively email us at

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