There are many benefits that both elevators and escalators can provide yet the great debate about which is supreme rages on. Here at Elevators Ltd, it is only right that we campaign for our area of expertise. With this said, there are a few different characteristics that separate the humble elevator from the escalator and in this blog we are going to cover both…


As a type of moving staircase, the escalator relies on a circulating belt that is driven by a motor. They have been around for over 100 years and, in that time, it is safe to say that the general public has become accustomed to their presence. In fact, it is hard to find a London Underground station without an escalator in place! With this said, they also come with their own fair share of issues. From trapped clothing to falls, escalators are known to be associated with danger when used incorrectly. In fact, in 1987, 31 people died after a wooden escalator in London’s King Cross-St. Pancras station caught on fire!


On the other hand, an elevator is a type of vertical transport method that is able to transport people between the floors of a building and they come in two different forms; traction and hydraulic. Whilst the odds of injury are much slimmer when it comes to the elevator, human error cannot be disputed. In fact, many people try to enter an elevator shaft while the cab is in operation to ‘elevator surf’ which more often than not ends in injury or death. With this said, the elevator is perhaps not the most suitable method of transportation for those who summer from anxiety related conditions like claustrophobia.

Whether you prefer the openness of the escalator or the ease of the elevator is for you to decide. With this said, the team here at Elevators Ltd want to advocate for the benefits of high quality lift maintenance and how it can improve your elevator in ways that an escalator simple cannot. After all, there is nothing worse than climbing up a broken escalator! To find out more information about our elevator range, get in contact with the Elevators Ltd team today!