Passenger lifts vs goods lifts - what's the difference?

Passenger lifts and goods lifts are both types of elevators that serve different purposes. Passenger lifts are designed to transport people while goods lifts are used to move goods and materials. None of the types are designed for private homes where space is limited and where the look of the elevator is important.

Passenger lifts

Passenger lifts are typically larger and have a higher carrying capacity than goods lifts. They also come equipped with a variety of safety features such as emergency stop buttons, alarms, and intercom systems to ensure the safety of passengers. Passenger lifts are often found in public buildings, multi-story residential buildings, and shopping centers where the traffic and usage is high. To be able to benefit from high speed (typically 2-10m/s) they follow the Lift Directive which sets out requirements for spacious safety space under the elevator and above the elevator. In general they require more space than is available in private homes, and they are also designed for much more traffic that is expected from a normal family.

Goods lifts

Goods lifts are designed for the transportation of goods and materials, such as heavy machinery, warehouse goods and packages. They are usually smaller and have a lower carrying capacity compared to passenger lifts. Goods lifts are commonly found in factories, warehouses, and delivery areas.

Design aspects

In terms of design, passenger lifts are usually more aesthetically pleasing and have a cleaner, more modern look compared to goods lifts. They often have mirrors, lighting, and a smooth interior finish, and are designed with the passenger’s comfort and convenience in mind. Goods lifts, on the other hand, have a more functional and utilitarian design, with a focus on durability and ease of use.


When it comes to maintenance, passenger lifts require more frequent maintenance than goods lifts due to their increased use. They also require a trained professional to perform maintenance, as they are more complex than goods lifts. Goods lifts, however, require less maintenance and can often be serviced by a maintenance staff member.

Passenger lifts and goods lifts are not made for private homes

In conclusion, passenger lifts and goods lifts serve different purposes and are designed and maintained differently. While passenger lifts are designed with the passenger’s comfort and safety in mind, goods lifts are designed for durability and functionality. In any case, they are not made for being installed in private homes where space is limited and the requirements for design and customisation is more important.

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