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How Can You Choose The Best Pool Lift?

Pool lifts are assistive aquatic access devices, designed for people with limited mobility or disabilities who otherwise would not have access to a pool or spa.

Features to consider when choosing a pool lift:

Disability support: mild or severe?

A mobile pool hoist offers transitional support both into and out of the pool. For individuals with more mild disabilities such as arthritis or weakened lower bodies, additional support devices such as head or footrests may not be necessary for entry and exit. 

This said many pool lifts are designed for people who do not have a full range of motion, or who may not have comprehensive control of their limbs. These folks would benefit from a lift chair with a back, armrests, neck and leg support, and a secure belting system. 

Weight capacity: standard or bariatric?

All ADA-compliant pool lifts support a minimum of 300 pounds, but several of our recommendations are designed for bariatric use – up to 450 pounds.  

Location: portable or fixed installation? 

Despite being a frequently utilized resource at public pools, some customers may prefer a pool lift that doesn’t require permanent installation. These individuals often choose lifts that can be moved and stored when not in use. 

Others prefer a unit that can be installed one time in one affixed location, and then used at any moment – no setup or transportation required. 

Aesthetic: subtle or sophisticated?

Pool lifts come in a variety of styles, and many are sleek, stylish, low-profile options that won’t overwhelm the tranquility of your pool deck. Other pool lifts, by nature, take up a bit more space.  

Design details such as rotating systems and lift installation permanence all make a difference when considering the aesthetic of your pool lift.