A definitive guide for choosing an elevator

How do you choose the right elevator? What to look for when choosing an elevator brand? Whether you are looking for luxury elevators for plush hotels or economical elevators for commercial spaces, here are few things to consider while choosing the best fit for your project. Read on...


If you have a preexisting elevator shaft, you may not be able to purchase whichever size elevator you want. But if you are building a new property or adding an elevator shaft to your current building, new elevators come in all different sizes. You should think about how many people will use your building’s elevator on a regular basis as well as what types of items they will be bringing on to the elevator with them. You want to make sure you choose an elevator that is functional when it comes to your specific needs.


When you are looking at new elevators, you should try and pick out the ones that will look the best once they are installed in your building. You wouldn’t want to install an elevator that is designed for carrying freight into the lobby of a fancy hotel, and you also wouldn’t want to pay more money than you have to for a luxury elevator that is going to be installed in a building where luxury is not important. Carefully select an elevator that will blend into the style of your building.

Price (obviously)

While price shouldn’t be the only factor you consider when installing an elevator, it is very important to come up with a budget and stick to it. In addition to finding an elevator that fits within your budget, you should also consider the cost of doing elevator maintenance in the future. Ask your elevator company how much maintenance you should expect to do to your elevator before you have it installed in your building. It will allow you to prepare to maintain it properly moving forward.

What documents to ask from your elevator company for?

When choosing an elevator brand, it is important to ensure it meets the highest safety standards and compliances. Here are some of the key documents you must ask for from your elevator brand (specific to India).

New Elevators

Get a minimum 2-year warranty on a maintenance contract from your installation company and ask for documents. These documents are:

  • Warranty card (2-year warranty)
  • CE Certificate
  • ISO 9001 Certification
  • Declaration of Conformity
  • Elevator user guide

NOTE: 15-02-2003 after the date of erection of lifts CE-marked and the related standard (10922 EN 81-1) and regulations (95/16/EC Lift Directive) to be appropriate. Also, the cabins are that appear inside and in a place not deleted and they are legit the CE and the notified body registration number should be written on them.

Old Elevator

If you want to make a change, or the maintenance, ask your Elevator maintenance company for the following documents.

  • CE Certificate
  • ISO 9001 Certification
  • TSE Service Compliance Certificate
  • Ministry of Industry Sales Service Qualification Certificate
  • EN 13015 Certification
  • Mechanical engineer SMM document
  • Electrical or Electronic engineer certificate SMM

Avoid making deals with Unauthorized and Non-certified Firms.