Reviews of the Top Home Garage Vehicle Lifts
Safer and easier to work with than car jacks, car or auto lifts are used to suspend a vehicle in mid-air to allow access to the undercarriage, as well as provide extra space in the garage. The car lifts included below not only make performing general maintenance and home garage work easier, they also make a great addition to any home garage thanks to their easy-to-use design and reasonable cost. Auto mechanics that have installed these lifts in their own home say they wish they had invested in an auto lift sooner as it would have made their jobs that much easier.
Our number one pick for home garage car lifts is the TRIUMPH NT-9 9000Lbs Two Post Floor Plate Lift. The ideal mesh of usability, safety, functionality, and cost-effectiveness, this list continues to climb through user rankings. With a 4.5-ton lift threshold, this lift is perfect for small cars to mid-sized trucks. The two-post design allows this lift to perform its job by taking up half the space, making it a necessary tool in any garage.
With a 9,000 lbs. lift capacity at just under $2,000, the price is unbeatable. While the lift does require assembly, it ships lighter and smaller than any of the other lifts on our list, and users report that it is easy to assemble and use.
A majority of buyers were satisfied with the TRIUMPH NT-9 9000 Lbs Two-Post Floor Plate Lift, as it is able to fit wide-bed pickup trucks without issue. The largest complaint from users was the lack of instructions for the lift assembly, but they added there were a fair number of YouTube tutorials that made set up a breeze.
Here is a comparison of our top home garage auto lifts, so you can find the best lift for your buck.
Best 5 Auto Lifts
Coming in at number one in our list, the Triumph NT-9 is the best two-post auto lift on the market for its price. Boasting a 9,000 Lbs. lift weight for under $2,000, this lift is perfect for the home mechanic looking for a safe, sturdy, and affordable lift for their garage.
Customer reviews are overwhelmingly positive, stating that this lift was a great investment and they would buy it again in a heartbeat.
The highest advantage of the two-post lift over other forms of auto lifts is that this lift is easier to assemble. One tester mentioned that even though the lift did not include instructions, they were able to assemble it on their own without YouTube tutorials.
Compared to the other four-post lifts on this list, two-post lifts save more space and are less expensive than their counterparts. They are also notorious for their easy assembly.
Here are the dimensions of the Triumph NT-9:
Overall Height: 111 inches
Overall Width: 132 inches
A majority of users say this product is a good investment, worth the money, and easy to assemble. They also rave about the customer service representatives who are happy to answer any questions.
Pros – Less expensive than most lifts, easy assembly
Cons – Requires at least a four-inch slab concrete to use.
Overall Rating – 4.5
- Lifting Capacity 9000 lbs.
- Overall Height 111
- Overall Width 132
Perfect for a home automotive garage where space is limited, this portable scissor lift is capable of raising up to 6,000 lbs. Featuring a compact design, solid construction, all for a reasonable price, this lift is hands-down one of the best tools on the market.
The BendPak Scissor lift includes a safety lock bar and customizable arms, combining ease of use with personal safety for an all-around great product. It also comes with a truck adapter package free of charge.
While this lift is smaller than its counterparts and will take up less space in your garage, you may find yourself needing to move the unit around. The motor mechanism inside of the device itself doubles as a dolly, making relocation a breeze. This is hands down one of the most useful features of this lift.
When trying to pick the right auto lift for your garage, safety should be your top priority. Saving money on a cheap, but an unsafe lift will cost you in the end. No one wants to be under a malfunctioning lift, and if your lift causes injury to an employee you’ll find yourself wishing you had invested in a better lift. That’s why the BendPak Scissor Lift ranks in one of the top positions for safety on our list. Equipped with its fair share of safety features, you can breathe easy while working with this lift.
Made with quality components, this lift features a safety lock bar with multiple settings for safety and convenience. The hydraulic hose included is also reinforced to prevent accidents and pressure loss to the lift itself, with or without a raised vehicle attached.
Here are the dimensions for the BendPak:
Overall Length: 81 inches
Platform Length: 60.25 inches
Platform Width: 39.5 inches
Lift Height: 48-53 inches
Overall Width: 40 inches
Collapsed Height: 4.75 inches
Users say this product is safe, effective, and convenient to use while still getting the job done. The most commonly noted plus to this lift is its safety features.
Pros – Strong steel construction, portable, fast raising and lowering.
Cons – Only holds up to 6,000 lbs., heavy shipping weight.
Overall Rating – 5
This lift is best if you are looking for a relatively compact, low price lift that can get the job done. While BendPak offers a whole line of scissor lifts with different weight capacities for larger projects, this lift is a good middle ground for its price range. If you are looking to work on a bigger project, keep reading for our heavy-weight lift champions.
- Ideal for servicing light-duty trucks and cars
- Portable motor cart serves as a tow handle to easily move lift from bay to bay
- Powered by a 1-phase 110-220V, electric motor providing smooth and efficient lifting power
- Raises to full height in just 45 seconds
- Lowers to just 4 3/4in., making the unit able to fit under many vehicles
While scissor lifts are great for compact spaces and for garages that may require a less-permanent lift structure, they have their limitations. The design of a scissor lift can block access to the exhaust system of a car once raised, and the lift itself may be unable to raise the car high enough to fully stand underneath. If you are looking for a more permanent lift that allows you a full view of a car’s undercarriage, you’re going to want a four-post lift. That’s where the Triumph NSS-8 comes in.
Ranking in just under our number one lift for weight capacity, this 8,000 lbs. lift is the ideal dual-use lift. Perfect for working on your vehicle of choice or storing it out of the way, this lift system allows you to park two cars in the same space. One buyer did just that, storing two of his corvettes in his garage, one on top of the other thanks to this lift. Users compliment the operation of this lift, saying it moves quietly and easily with no extra noise or hassle.
A four-post lift is at the heart of any garage. Complete with a castor kit, this lift is entirely mobile, allowing you to move it around your garage depending on your needs. It also features a drip tray to help prevent messes in your garage. Finally, this lift includes jack trays, so you can lift your vehicle even higher once raised.
Customer reviews state that they wish they had invested in this lift a long time ago, as it saves time and effort in the garage.
The largest downside of this lift is the assembly process. Not only does the lift not include directions, it is more complicated to assemble than many other lifts, taking one day and up to four people to properly assemble. However, the more complicated components were shipped preassembled, which cut down on some of the hassle.
Here at the Triumph NSS-8 dimensions:
Overall Height: 84 inches
Overall Length: 175 inches
Drive Through Width: 93 inches
Runway Length: 165 inches
Buyers say that, once the assembly is out of the way, this list takes the cake for four-post auto lifts. They say that, while there is some intensive assembly required, it more than makes up for the time with its time and space saving features.
Pros – 8,000 lb. capacity, easy to use, quiet.
Cons – Difficult assembly, instructions are poor.
Overall Rating – 4.8
Here’s a video showing the NSS-8 and its features in action:
- Overall Height 84"
- Overall Length 175"
- Drive Through Width 93"
- Runway Length 165"
Built to function as both a lift and a storing device, the Auto Lift Car-Park-8 is the ideal garage owner’s multitool. This high-quality lift lives up to its expectations and is a must-have in any garage.
With a holding weight of up to 8,000 lbs. and a lift speed of 90 seconds, this lift gets the job done quickly and safely for almost any car.
The Car-Park-8 comes equipped with jack plates so you can raise any lifted car even higher for easy access, as well as drip trays to help catch any mess caused by leaking fluids. The add-on features really help this lift shine.
This lift is convenient and safe, and the thought put into its safety design shows. With a redundant ladder locking system to back up a 14,500 lbs. airline cable, this lift is safeguarded against accidents on all levels. This lift also includes large slider blocks for stability and ease of use, meaning you can rest easy knowing this lift has got your back.
Design wise and base features wise, the Auto Lift Car-Park-8 is similar to the Triumph NSS-8, but the Auto Lift Car-Park-8 is slightly more expensive. This is a small trade-off for the larger overall size of the lift and its safety features.
Here are the Auto Lift Car-Park-8’s dimensions:
Overall Length: 207 inches
Overall Width: 103 inches
Overall Height: 86 inches
Lifting Height: 74 inches
Runway Platforms Width: 18 inches
Runway Length: 180 inches
Between Posts width: 94 inches
Capacity: 8,000 lbs.
In general, users rated this product overwhelmingly positive, including the safety features in their reviews. Assembly was complicated at times, and could take up to six hours for one person but needed two to finalize certain components.
Pros – Tons of safety features, relatively quick assembly.
Cons – Bad assembly instructions, poor quality castors.
Overall Rating – 4.7
- Carriages completely enclosed for safety. Redundant ladder lock safety system with "auto engage" locking bar in the event of cable failure. 10 lock positions.
- Aircraft quality cables rated at 14,500 lbs. Easy operation: Lock release handle located near power unit.
- 18" wide runways formed with one-piece 3/16" non-skid diamond plate. Extra-large slider blocks for added stability.
- Large 3" diameter. Many options available!
Coming in at the strongest lift in this review, the BendPak Asymmetric Lift has a capacity of 10,000 lbs. However, this is also the most expensive lift on this list. But if you plan on working with oversized vehicles, including pickups and vans, this lift is a must have.
This lift design is both strong and versatile, featuring a 30-degree rotational column that allows you to access the interior of the car while on the lift. It also allows you to customize the symmetry of your lift angle, allowing you to tilt the vehicle to reach certain areas easier. As for safety features, the BendPak Asymmetric lift features a padded safety shutoff bar, to help keep your vehicle safe.
The BendPak’s dimensions are:
Overall Height: 145 inches
Drive-Thru Clearance: 80-102 inches
Rise Time: 45 seconds
Max Rise Height: 69 inches
Overall Width: 132-145 inches
Weight: 2,562 pounds
While expensive, this lift has positive reviews, saying that the lift is reliable, strong, and safe. It is ideal for use in a home garage or for more specialized products.
Pros – Reliable, Safety features, Strong.
Cons – Heavy, may not work with low profile cars.
Overall Rating – 3.5
- Revolutionary 30deg rotated column offers added door-opening clearance and interior car access
- Exclusive Tru-Metric carriage and arm design combines to give users the ability to load vehicles either symmetrically (centerline of vehicle at column) or asymmetrically (centerline of vehicle behind column) - it's almost like having two lifts in one
- Expandable top beam accommodates wide or narrow drive-thru configuration
- Padded overhead safety shutoff bar
- Single-point safety release