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Pros and Cons of MRL Lifts (machine roomless lifts)

When it comes to the lift industry, the possibilities are limitless. In fact, the team here at Elevators Ltd believe that there is an elevator on the market to suit every property owner’s requirements. If you are considering an MRL lift, we'd be happy to discuss your options.

The concept of MRL lifts or machine roomless elevators is something that has been around since the mid-1950s. They have become increasingly popular because they present an affordable and less invasive option for a residential lift. Read on as we go through some of the pros and cons that they can offer…


Space: The most attractive feature of machine roomless elevator design is the amount of space they can save. After all, they are exactly what it says on the tin and all of the mechanics that would be found in a machine room are placed inside the hoist instead. This makes them a very attractive option for buildings like hotels and apartments that may be struggling with space when it comes to an elevator installation.

Affordable: Since less space is required to install a machine roomless elevator, many property owners find that they are cheaper too. After all, elevators with a machine room tend to take longer to install, and this, alongside the increased number of mechanical pieces, often increases the upfront cost of the investment.  As a result, MRL elevators are popular with property owners that have a strict budget.


Noise: With this said, machine roomless elevators rely on steel connections within the machinery in order to operate and this can lead to a lot of noise pollution as the elevator carries out its journeys. Luckily, it can be muffled with sound absorption; however, this option cancels-out the benefit of affordability because property owners may end up spending more than they save.

Capacity: In comparison to machine room elevators, the MRL lift can take less in terms of load capacity. This means that they cannot carry as much weight as their competitors. In addition to this, this feature can also make them run at a slower pace, making them an ineffective investment in some circumstances.

Here at Elevators Ltd, our MRL lifts are subject to an intense safety inspection and offer a variety of additional benefits from our engineers including remote lift arm monitoring, inclusive maintenance costs and a no-obligation quotation! To find out more information about whether a machine roomless elevator could be the perfect solution for your property, get in contact with the best lift company on the market today!