In a Ransome Mobility comparison with nine other models of stairlifts, two Minivator models, the Minivator 1000 Straight and Minivator 2000 Curved, are lauded for features such as dual remote controls, a safety key switch and folding seats for convenient storage. Seven other stairlift manufacturers in the review offer models that vary by price, size and capability on straight or curved staircases.
The Minivator 1000 Straight Stairlift, for use on a straight flight of stairs, is noted by Ransome Mobility as the top of the line model for the company. It offers a hidden track system that allows the power unit to charge at any point along the track. The model offers options such as outdoor weatherization and installation for exterior stairs. Additionally, consumers can choose from a manual or powered swivel seat, the latter of which is more useful for helping mobility-inhibited individuals mount the unit. Additionally, users who have difficulty sitting fully can choose a perch-style seat that allows a modified standing position. The review does note one major disadvantage of the Minivator 1000: it is more expensive than comparable basic straight-stair stairlifts.
The major advantage of the Minivator 2000 lift is that it works on curving flights of stairs. A twin-rail system, although more cumbersome than other single-rail models, sits against the inner or outer curve of the staircase. As with the 1000 model, it is modifiable for outdoor installation or a perch seat.