The Top 5 Best Elevator Brands in 2020

By Bernhard Mehl
May 05, 2020

Choosing the right elevators for your building is a daunting task. You need to find a lift that has the suitable functions as well as being safe, reliable and easy to use. Different elevator brands offer their own unique benefits and technology which we’ll explore in this article.

As the world around us modernizes and changes, elevators are no different. They transport over a billion commuters every day, and therefore, there is a big drive to optimize the time usage associated with these systems. With the help of incorporating new technology for elevators, smart elevators can cut travel time by an average of 50%. With systems like Kisi Access Control, you can manage and maintain your lifts more efficiently. 

Access control systems manage building access and footfall to ensure everyone's safety. Additionally, it allows for a no-hands access system - resulting in a cleaner and healthier environment. 

To help you find the right elevators for your building, we compiled this list of the top elevator brands in 2020. 

Otis

An example of Otis elevator

The Otis elevator is universally acknowledged as one of the best in the world. These elevators can be found in iconic buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, and Burj Khalifa. 

The balance between aesthetics and sustainability is what makes these elevators so popular. Riding in one of these lifts creates a feeling of safety and luxury. 

Otis makes use of Standby ETA+, LED lighting, and ReGen drives, which reduces their energy consumption by 60%. In addition to this, they use 98% less lubrication oil than most companies, making their elevators much more eco-friendly. 

Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Electric is one of the newer elevator brands. However, their forward-thinking technology makes them one of the top elevator brands in the US. 

They hold records for having some of the tallest and fastest elevators in the world and continue to push the limits of elevator technology. Despite being focused on more immediate, newer technology, Mitsubishi elevators ensure that the safety of their elevators is among the best.

Schindler

The origins of Schindler date back to 1874, making it one of the oldest and most trusted companies in the elevator space. You will find their elevators all over the world, in office buildings, malls, airports, and other well-trodden areas. 

The Schindler brand focuses on creating lifts that are safe, user-friendly and comfortable for all to use. They rigorously test their technology to ensure efficiency and reliability.

Kone

Kone is a Finnish company that specializes in mechanical or industrial engineering. They provide leading elevators built on the foundation of fulfilling a practical duty for the building rather than aesthetic appeal. This company secured its position as one of the top elevator brands in the world by focusing on the flow of people. 

Kone realized that each building has its own unique traffic flow, and their lifts are engineered to support this. This allows for more conscious engineering and a better product.

Furthermore, Kone has been making elevators for over one hundred years, so they are well-versed in providing sophisticated solutions and dealing with complex engineering problems. 

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Thyssenkrupp

Although this company is only 18 years old, it has already established a reputation as one of the best elevator brands in the world. Based in Germany, Thyssenkrupp focuses on creating elevators and technology that match the pace of the modern world. 

The first obvious plus is the beauty of their elevators. Behind the scenes, Thyssenkrupp is also continually bringing in more modern and better technology. Recently, they released MULTI, the first elevator that works without a rope. Their innovations and quality manufacturing ensure the safety and comfort of passengers in every lift. 

Final Thoughts

The elevator brand and model selection is a big decision, but then you also need to think about how you will manage the elevator and its access if you want to keep your building safe. By incorporating an access control system, you can manage who is allowed to go certain areas in your building and as well as more advanced capabilities depending on the vendor.

Kisi Access Control integrates with elevators and doors to help you control and monitor access around your buildings - with all entry points and locations manageable from one dashboard. Other features include time and user restrictions, video surveillance integration and smartphone credentials. Additionally, you can track who has travelled in the elevators and the specific times. This allows for much complete control and safety of your premises. 

As companies such as Otis, Mitsubishi, and Thyssenkrupp keep innovating and driving technological improvements with elevators, Kisi is helping make buildings safer by incorporating Elevator Readers and other technologies. See how workplace tech company Envoy implemented Kisi into their elevators and their employees built a Siri shortcut into the integration using the Kisi API.

This list of the best elevator brands will hopefully help you find the right elevator for your company and building. Before making a decision, however, we recommend you take a look at the things to consider before installing an elevator.

Bernhard Mehl

Bernhard is the co-founder and CEO of Kisi. His philosophy, "security is awesome," is contagious among tech-enabled companies.