The Facts: Dumbwaiter Home Applications

A dumbwaiter – the device technically similar to an elevator is used to move lightweight materials such as foods between floors. They’re most well used in commercial environments, such as hotels and restaurants, but appear in some residential homes as well.

Dumbwaiter Models

Dumbwaiters come in two primary types; electronic and manual. Manual dumbwaiters are cheaper to run than electrical ones as they are operated by pulling a rope to move it between floors. Electrical dumbwaiters require motors with varying load capacities and operate at the touch of a button.

Cost Factors

A good model dumbwaiter is made from the highest quality components and materials, making them highly durable. The cost of installing a dumbwaiter is roughly half that of installing a full commercial elevator, so the cost can be quite significant initially. Cabs can be available with a high-end wooden finish or stainless-steel design. They also include safety features like magnetic doors to prevent injury.


The majority of dumbwaiters are perfect for jobs that require the transport of materials weighing in around 75 to 150lbs. They are highly durable, and manufacturers provide warranties for replacement and servicing in case of any damages.

If you are thinking of installing a dumbwaiter in a home, the easiest way is to include a dumbwaiter in the plans during the construction of the house itself. Relocation of an entire unit is possible as they come with installation fasteners and cables which are easy to handle. A brand-new dumbwaiter can be installed into a home as long as there is enough space for a straight shaft to be safely installed between floors.


When dumbwaiters are installed properly they should provide quality service for years to come. The lifespan of your dumbwaiter is greatly increased through regular check-ups and servicing (which most installers provide).