The 5 Best [Ranked] Car Lifts for Home Garages 2017-11-06T18:55:35+00:00

Top Vehicle Lifts for Home Garages Reviewed

reviews of vehicle lifts for a home garageCar lifts, or auto lifts, offer a safer environment to work under a car, as compared to jacks. They also make it easier to perform work because of increased space. The car lifts reviewed here make for great tools in a home garage for several reasons, including affordability and ease of use.

Many mechanics that have used these lifts say they wish they had bought them years ago – as it would have made it easier to get the job done.

The top choice for a home garage auto lift is the BendPak Portable Mid-Rise Scissor Lift – 6,000lb Model. Meeting at the perfect crossroads of affordability, portability, and ease of use, this lift continues to exceed users’ expectations.

With a 3-ton weight capacity, this lift is perfect for most cars and light-duty trucks. It has a 110-220v electric motor that efficiently lifts to full height in 45 seconds. The bottom height is just under 5 inches, fitting under most vehicles

Users say that it comes almost completely assembled, requiring little work to get it running. Although it is pretty heavy – 954 pounds shipping weight – most users report being able to move it on the ground relatively easily.

Buyers comment that the lift goes up and down fast, and offers access to get to most parts of the car without trouble.

One buyer comments that they were able to lift a 5,000 lb. Ford Flex with no issues.

Others say that it is quiet and solidly built.

Most of the issues that user reported had to do with shipping. They say that the lift comes on a pallet, is heavy, and does not fit in the back of a truck bed.

BendPak is a respected manufacturer and creates quality lifts.

 

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- BendPak Portable Mid-Rise Scissor Lift - 6,000lb. Capacity, Model# MD-6XP
TRIUMPH NSS-8 8000Lbs 4 Post Storage Service Lift
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TRIUMPH NT-9 9000Lbs Two Post Floor Plate Lift
- BendPak Asymmetric Lift - 10,000-Lb. Capacity, Model# XPR-10A
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Auto Lift Car-Park-8
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- BendPak Portable Mid-Rise Scissor Lift - 6,000lb. Capacity, Model# MD-6XP
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BendPak MD-6XP
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Scissor
Portable
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6,000 Lbs
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$1,995.00
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TRIUMPH NSS-8 8000Lbs 4 Post Storage Service Lift
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TRIUMPH NSS-8
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4-Post
Portable
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8,000 Lbs
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Auto Lift Car-Park-8 Car Storage Lift 8,000 lb 4 Post Parking Lift
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Auto Lift Car-Park-8
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4-Post
Portable
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8,000 Lbs
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TRIUMPH NT-9 9000Lbs Two Post Floor Plate Lift
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TRIUMPH NT-9
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Portable
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9,000 Lbs
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- BendPak Asymmetric Lift - 10,000-Lb. Capacity, Model# XPR-10A
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BendPak XPR-10A
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2-Post
Portable
Lift Capacity
10,000 Lbs
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$2,950.00
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Best 5 Auto Lifts

 

1. BendPak Portable Mid-Rise Scissor Lift – 6,000lb. Capacity, Model# MD-6XP

BendPak Scissor Lift

The BendPak Scissor Lift

This portable car lift is a well-crafted tool that earns its keep in the home automotive garage. With a scissor lift design capable of lifting up to 6,000 lbs., a compact layout, and solid construction, this is the only lift you need to get the job done.

The lift is equipped with an adjustable arm and safety lock bar, bringing both practicality and safety together in one product. Included is also a free truck adapter package.

Even though the lift has a small, space-saving design, there may come a time when you need to move it. Moving the unit around the shop is a breeze, because the motor that hoists the car into the air doubles as a dolly. This alone is one of the greatest advantages of this product.

When choosing piece of equipment to raise up the vehicle you are working on, on thing should be more important than anything else: safety. No matter how inexpensive a lift is, you should never compromise for an unreliable machine. If the vehicle lift malfunctions while you or an employee is under it, it will end up costing you way more than what you would have spent on a more reliable lift. Fortunately, the BendPal scissor lift has tons of safety features packed into it, as to keep you and your employees safe, saving you money in the long run.

Besides using quality materials in the construction of the lift, there are numerous safety elements included. For example, the safety lock bar has multiple locking positions, that not only guarantee safety, but versatility. Another nice touch is the commercial grade hydraulic hose.

BendPak Scissor Lift For Home Garage Benefits

The dimensions of the BendPak are as follows:

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

What Buyers Say:

The general opinion of users of this product is that it is effective, and convenient. They say it is compact and saves space, but at the same time, is able to get the job done.

Pros – Strong steel construction, portable, fast raising and lowering.

Cons – Only holds up to 6,000 lbs., heavy shipping weight.

Overall Rating – 5

Our recommendation is that you choose this lift if you are in need of an inexpensive, portable, space-saving lift. BendPak offers other scissor lifts that have a higher weight capacity, but for the price, this one offers the most value. If you are in need of something with a higher lifting capacity, or do not need a space saving unit, check out some of the other lifts that we recommend.

- BendPak Portable Mid-Rise Scissor Lift - 6,000lb. Capacity, Model# MD-6XP
14 Reviews
- BendPak Portable Mid-Rise Scissor Lift - 6,000lb. Capacity, Model# MD-6XP
  • 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

Here’s a good user video of the BendPak MD-6XP:

 

2. TRIUMPH NSS-8 8000Lbs 4 Post Storage Service Lift

Triumph 4-Post Lift

The TRIUMPH NSS-8 Lift

Although the scissor lift design is great for certain applications, its design has limitations. For example, access to certain parts of the exhaust can be hard to reach. As well, you are not able to fully walk underneath the car once it is lifted up. If you need more access underneath the car, then the 4-post lift is going to be the right choice for you. The best choice for a home garage lift in this category is the Triumph NSS-8.

The Triumph 8000-pound lift is the ultimate dual-purpose lift. Not only can you lift any car up to 4 tons up and work on it, you can also use it to store a car up off the ground, so you can park another one under it. One buyer did exactly that. He was able to store two of his corvettes, one on top of the other, in his garage. Other users rave about the functionality of this lift. They claim it operates quietly and easily.

This 4-post lift Really becomes a versatile tool for any automotive garage. Beyond the above noted ability to use to store extra cars, it is completely mobile, coming with a castor kit. Another nice feature is the drip tray, which captures any fluids that are dripping from the top vehicle. Lastly, the Triumph comes with jack trays, which allow the car or truck to be jacked-up while on top of the lift

Most buyers of this product wish that they had made the purchase years ago, as it has saved them lots of time working on their cars.

The downsides of this lift are all related to the installation process. The lift does not come fully assembled. although, the more complicated parts are pre-assembled. Buyers reported that they were usually able to put the auto lift together within one day, and recommended having up to 4 people to help assemble.

Another issue is that clear installation directions are not included. Users had to contact the manufacturer to get these directions.

The dimensions of the Triumph are as follows:

Overall Height: 84 inches

Overall Length: 175 inches

Drive Through Width: 93 inches

Runway Length: 165 inches

What Buyers Say:

Most buyers agree that once fully assembled, the lift more than satisfies their needs. They say it is a time and space saver, although it can be difficult and time consuming to assemble.

Pros – 8,000 lb. capacity, easy to use, quiet.

Cons – Difficult assembly, instructions are poor.

Overall Rating – 4.8

TRIUMPH NSS-8 8000Lbs 4 Post Storage Service Lift
13 Reviews
TRIUMPH NSS-8 8000Lbs 4 Post Storage Service Lift
  • Overall Height   84"
  • Overall Length   175"
  • Drive Through Width   93"
  • Runway Length   165"

Here’s a video showing what comes with the NSS-8:

 

3. Auto Lift Car-Park-8 Car Storage Lift 8,000 lb 4 Post Parking Lift

The Auto Lift Car-Park-8 is an excellent choice for the home mechanic if they have multiple cars that they need to store in their garage. Built to double as a tool for both storing and working on cars, the quality of design in this unit really shows.

The Car-Park-8 is rated for holding up to 8,000 lbs of weight, which means you will be able to lift up almost any car that you desire. It has decent lifting speed, at 90 seconds to raise all the way up or down.

This auto lift is packed with tons of features. For example, it includes a jack tray, that allows you to jack the car up once on the platform. Another nice touch is the set of three drip trays that are included. These trays catch any fluids dripping off of the car, saving you cleanup and hastle.

Not only is the Car-Park-8 convenient, it is also designed with safety in mind. The manufacturer went above and beyond when creating this lift in regards to safety. One of the safety features is the Redundant Ladder Locking system that locks in case of a cable failure. Although, the cable is not likely to break, as it is aircraft quality and rated for up to 14,500 lbs. As well, there are extra large slider blocks that increases the stability of the overall system.

Overall, this car lift is very similar to the Triumph NSS-8. The basic features and included items are all very similar. The Auto Lift Car-Park-8 is a little bit more expensive, although it is larger in overall size.

The specifications of the lift are as follows:Auto Lift Car-Park-8 Review

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.

What Buyers Say:

The general opinion of users of this product is that it solid and works well. Assembly was reported to take six hours for one person, although two or more people are needed at certain points.

Pros – Tons of safety features, relatively quick assembly.

Cons – Bad assembly instructions, poor quality castors.

Overall Rating – 4.7

 

 

Auto Lift Car-Park-8 Car Storage Lift 8,000 lb 4 Post Parking Lift
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Auto Lift Car-Park-8 Car Storage Lift 8,000 lb 4 Post Parking Lift
  • 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!

4. TRIUMPH NT-9 9000Lbs Two Post Floor Plate Lift

Triumph 2-Post Lift

The Triumph NT-9 is the way to go if you are looking for a two-post auto lift. With a 9000Lb lifting capacity for less than $2000, this lift allows you to get a lot done for not that much money. It is better rated, and less expensive than any two post lift that we found.

Customers rave about this lift, saying that they would definitely buy it again.

The major advantage of this lift over the other high capacity lifts, is the easy assembly. One tester of the product said that even though there were no assembly instructions included, the assembly was simple enough to figure out.

Being the only two-post lift in this review, we should include some of the benefits of this type. Having a two-post lift saves space in comparison to the four-post lifts. Also, they tend to be less expensive, and have easier assembly.

The dimensions of the Triumph are as follows:

Overall Height: 111 inches

Overall Width: 128 inches

 

Triumph NT-9 Lift Review

What Buyers Say:

The general opinion of users of this product is that it is a good quality lift at a great price. The installation is simple, and the customer service of the company is great.

Pros – Less expensive than most lifts, easy assembly

Cons – requires at least four-inch slab concrete to use.

Overall Rating – 4.5

TRIUMPH NT-9 9000Lbs Two Post Floor Plate Lift
22 Reviews
TRIUMPH NT-9 9000Lbs Two Post Floor Plate Lift
  • Lifting Capacity  9000 lbs.
  • Overall Height    111
  • Overall Width     128

 

 

5. BendPak Asymmetric Lift – 10,000-Lb. Capacity, Model# XPR-10A

BendPak Lift

This Asymmetric two-post lift is both strong and versatile. With a max lift capacity of 10,000 pounds, it is stronger than all other lifts in this review. Although, this lift is also the most expensive. That being said, there are many features that make this lift worthwhile.

The lift has a 30-degree rotated column that allows the car doors to be opened while on the lift. It also has the ability to lift vehicles symmetrically or asymmetrically. Another nice feature that this lift has is the padded safety shutoff bar, that will protect your vehicle from damage.

The dimensions of the BendPak are as follows:

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

What Buyers Say:

The general opinion of users of this product is that it is even though this lift is expensive, it is very strong, reliable, and safe. They also say it is a great lift for a home garage.

Pros – Reliable, Safety features, Strong.

Cons – Heavy, may not work with low profile cars.

Overall Rating – 3.5

- BendPak Asymmetric Lift - 10,000-Lb. Capacity, Model# XPR-10A
7 Reviews
- BendPak Asymmetric Lift - 10,000-Lb. Capacity, Model# XPR-10A
  • 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

 

If you are looking for a more affordable way to lift up cars, check out our review of the best floor jacks.