The 5 Best [Ranked] Car Lifts for Home Garages 2017-09-15T20:54:29+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.


Auto Lift Quick Comparison Chart


BendPak Portable Mid-Rise Scissor Lift – 6,000lb. Capacity – Rating: 5 – Price: $$$

TRIUMPH NSS-8 8000Lbs 4 Post Storage Service Lift – Rating: 4.8 – Price: $$$

TRIUMPH NSS-8XLT 8000Lbs 4 Post Storage Service Lift Oversized – Rating: 4.7 – Price: $$$$

TRIUMPH NT-9 9000Lbs Two Post Floor Plate Lift – Rating: 4.5 – Price: $$$

BendPak Asymmetric Lift – 10,000-Lb. Capacity – Rating: 3.5 – Price: $$$$



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.

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

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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 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.

Another buyer wishes 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

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3. TRIUMPH NSS-8XLT 8000Lbs 4 Post Storage Service Lift Oversized

Triumph 4-Post XLT

This is the oversized version of its slightly better rated brother. Being 10 inches taller and 15 inches longer, it allows you to lift bigg

er vehicles. Although thesmaller version has better ratings, it is recommended to use this lift if you are working on bigger cars.

Buyers say that this lift is a value that you can’t beat for the money. They say it works great and is quiet.

The dimensions of the Triumph are as follows:

Overall Length: 190 inches

Overall Height: 94 inches

Drive Through Width: 99 inches

Runway Length: 180 inches

What Buyers Say:

The general opinion of users of this product is that it works well, and is quiet. Assembly takes a full day for two people.

Pros – Good quality for the money, and quiet.

Cons – Long assembly time

Overall Rating – 4.7

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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 lotdone for not that much money. 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

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

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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

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