Acorn Superglide Stairlift | Old / New Version - How To Tell The Difference

UPDATED 18/07/2018

We have noticed a lot of Acorn Stairlifts for sale on Ebay, Gumtree, Facebook etc which are incorrectly listed. Some sellers are listing used or refurbished Acorn Stairlifts as the very latest model / version when actually the stairlift for sale is one of the older Acorn stairlift models.

Some of these older versions include the Superglide model which can be over 20 years old. Parts for the old Superglide model for example are now hard to obtain or even obsolete which could hinder any potential repairs.

So we've taken it upon ourselves to point out the differences between these models, in the hope it will help anyone thinking of buying a second hand Acorn Stairlift.

Also, Brooks Stairlifts and Acorn Stairlifts come under the same ownership so the differences below are applicable to the different Brooks Stairlift models too. The only difference between Brooks Stairlifts and Acorn stairlifts is the colour and the badge - everything else is the same.

The different Acorn stairlift models can look very similar, however you can tell them apart by some visual differences which can be spotted or asked about before buying, here they are:

Difference between old and new model Acorn stairlifts


Acorn SuperglideACORN SUPERGLIDE STAIRLIFT (Oldest model)

The Acorn Superglide is the 1st generation model and was released in the early to mid 90's so is now well over twenty years old. Parts for these models are hard to come by so try to stay away when buying.

Things to look for which are NOT on the latest model are:

One control stick (usually black) on top of the arm

Key switch on underside of arm

Oval hole in the back rest

One black swivel lever

Pink Fabric seat and backrest

Also look at the depth of the carriage (the bit under the chair) the Superglide carriage is much bulker than the newer models.



The Acorn 120 stairlift, also known as the Acorn 120 Superglide is the 2nd generation model. This model is fairly common on Ebay, Facebook and Gumtree with parts generally still available because the 3rd & 4th generations of this model didn't change too much mechanically. However this is still a very old model and can be up to 10-15 years old,

Things to look for which are NOT on the latest model are:

One black swivel lever

Pink Fabric seat and backrest

Longer arms, less swivel radius

Dual toggles switches

Also look for things like the serial sticker which is located on the downside of the carriage (the bit under the seat), the sticker usually indicates the model number.




The Acorn 130 stairlift is the 3rd generation model. The 130 model was released around 2013. The 130 features a number of aesthetic upgrades and internal refinements over 120 model. Updates include fire retardant seat and back material, dual toggle paddle switches, dual paddle swivel levers, arm safety sensors and many other features. Spotting the difference between a 130 model and the 130 T700 is hard because there are no obvious aesthetic differences apart from the position of the black on/off switch. Most of the T700 upgrades are internal.

Things to look for which are NOT on the latest model are:

On/off switch on upside of stairlift



Acorn 130 T700ACORN 130 T700 STAIRLIFT (Latest model)

The Acorn 130 T700 stairlift is the 4rd generation model. The 130 T700 model was introduced around late 2016/ early 2017.

How do you tell difference between 130 and the T700? Well there isn't many differences apart from the position of the black on/off button which on the T700 model is now located on the back of the stairlift (upside) and not on the side next to the key switch like on the older 130 model - basically that is the only visual difference over the 130.

So why did they upgrade the stairlift? The main reason for the upgrade is how the battery system woks in the T700. On the older models and on many other stairlifts, if for example the stairlift was left off charge for a very long time the batteries would then deplete and where not capable of recharging meaning replacement batteries where needed. The T700 introduced a new system where this can no longer happen and that if the stairlift was left off charge for a long period then the system would automatically go in to sleep mode and retain charge enabling the batteries to be fully recharged again when a charging connection got re-established .




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