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

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

We have noticed a lot of Acorn stairlifts for sale on Ebay, Gumtree, Facebook etc which are incorrectly listed. Some sellers are advertising the latest Acorn stairlift model (used, refurbished or brand new) when what they are selling are in fact much older Acorn stairlift models.

Don't get ripped off!

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 after installation.

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 Acorn Stairlift.

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

Difference between old and new Acorn stairlift models

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 in a little more detail:


The Acorn Superglide is one of the earlier models still appearing for sale. It was released in the early to mid 90's so is now over twenty years old. Parts for these models are hard to come by so try to stay away when buying.

Acorn Superglide

  Look out for:

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


The Acorn 120 stairlift, also known as the Acorn 120 Superglide is fairly common on Ebay, Facebook and Gumtree because it is a reliable machine even after all these years. But beware lots of parts for the 120 are no longer manufactured and this model and can potentially be to up to 10-15 years old.

Acorn 120

  Things to look for :

  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 (502 version) stairlift was released around 2014. 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 newer 130 T700 is tricky because there are no obvious aesthetic differences without opening the stairlift to check the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) etc - most of the T700 upgrades are internal.

Acorn 130

 Things to look for:

Acorn 130 Stairlift 502 Sticker on carriage


The only visual thing to look out for without opening the stairlift up is the serial sticker (as shown above) which is located on the downside of the carriage. The sticker usually indicates the model number - if it doesn't say T700 then it's the older model.

ACORN 130 T700 STAIRLIFT (Latest model)

The Acorn 130 T700 stairlift is the very latest and up to date Acorn stairlift model on the market. The 130 T700 model was introduced around late 2016/ early 2017.

Acorn 130 T700

  Things to look for:
  Acorn 130 T700 Stairlift Carriage Sticker

How do you tell the difference between 130 (502) and the 130 (T700)?

Well there isn't many apart from the carriage sticker which should indicate the T700 model number as shown in the above picture.

So why did they revise the 130 model so soon?

The main revision the 130 (T700) received was how the battery system worked compared to the 130 (502). On the older models of the Acorn stairlift and on many other stairlifts, if for example the stairlift was left off charge from the mains for a very long time the batteries would eventually deplete completely. Once depleted the batteries can no longer be recharged meaning replacement batteries would be required for the stairlift to work again. 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 was re-established.



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