UK's Leading Dumbwaiter Lifts Specialists

Husbands are the oldest and most recognised Dumb waiter and food lift experts in the UK.

A dumbwaiter is a service lift that is used to transport goods or food between different levels of a building. It is designed to carry items that are too heavy or bulky for someone to carry up and down stairs.

Dumbwaiters are typically found in restaurants (food lifts), hotels, retail shops and other commercial buildings, although they can also be installed in homes as residential dumbwaiters.

A Dumb waiter can be a great convenience for businesses and homeowners who need to transport items between floors quickly and easily. They are also useful for those with limited mobility, as they can help to reduce the need for carrying heavy items up and down stairs. Overall, dumbwaiters are a practical and efficient solution for moving goods and food between different levels of a building.

With our cutting-edge Commercial Dumbwaiters, we specialise in making life easier and more efficient. 

These aren’t your typical small service lifts, but rather innovative, high-performance solutions we have designed to transport goods between floors seamlessly. 

We understand that each setting has different requirements, our Dummywaiters are available in two capacity options: 50kg and 100kg. 

If you need a kitchen lift, we have you covered. 

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Our Commercial Dumbwaiter Lifts

Dumbwaiters come in a variety of styles, we provide two robust options in our service lift range to meet a variety of needs: our 50kg and 100kg capacity.

The 50kg Balmatic Service Lift is a dependable ally in smaller commercial settings. Consider a busy café, a cosy pub, or a small restaurant using a kitchen lift where plates, glasses, and meals must be moved between floors on a regular basis.

This is where our restaurant lift excels. It’s even common in these situations to have more than one such lift. You could have a ‘clean’ dumbwaiter that transports freshly cooked food from the kitchen to the dining area and another that transports used dishes away. Efficiency and cleanliness rolled into one.

100kg Balmatic Service Lift: Moving up in size, we have the 100kg model.

This one is intended for high-traffic environments such as large restaurants, hotels, and even industrial settings such as factories.  The 100kg lift can also handle it. It all comes down to moving larger loads quickly and safely. These automatic service lifts benefit more than just the commercial sector. Our 50kg and 100kg models are both suitable for home use.

These lifts are game changers for moving laundry in a multi-story house or transferring groceries from a basement garage to the kitchen. 

So, whether it’s the lighter loads of the 50kg lift or the heavy-duty operation of the 100kg model, Husbands Lifts has the right automatic service lift for you. Transform the way you move items in your space with our Restaurant Dumbwaiter Lifts.


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Design and Performance of Service Lifts

Reliable Dumbwaiter and Food lift services

Dumbwaiters come in a variety of styles, each with its own capacity, door height, and speed. Choose between the 50kg model for smaller settings and the 100kg model for more demanding environments such as kitchens.

Our dumbwaiter lifts are built at our Halesowen factory in accordance with current UK and European directives and standards. 

We use a unique modular structure which enables us to fully build and test the lift prior to delivery reducing onsite quality issues and enabling installation to be carried out with the minimum of disruption. A 2-3 stop lift can often be installed in 3-4 hours!

Features & Benefits of Our Dumbwaiter Lifts

When you buy a Balmatic Dumbwaiter from Husbands Lifts, you’re getting more than just a lift. You’re gaining access to a variety of benefits and features that are tailored to your specific requirements.


All our dumbwaiter lifts and doors are manufactured in stainless steel with a brushed grit finish and include a removable central shelf, an ideal hygienic finish for food delivery and a hardwearing resistant finish for a commercial oar industrial environment.

The bi-parting landing doors have a 4 hour fire rating certificate. Lifts can be supplied to operate off single or three phase motors.

Each Balmatic Dumbwaiter is distinguished by its technical specifications, which include cabin and shaft dimensions, pit depth/serving height, headroom, and door type. To ensure efficient and safe operations, we maintain high quality standards.

We offer optional extras such as a fire-rated machine access door, an additional landing entrance, a heated car floor, an extra car shelf, and even aluminium or stainless steel roller shutters to enhance your dumbwaiter.


As a UK manufacturer we are able to offer a wide range of lifts with different car size and weight capacity as standard, standard options will also include lifts with doors to front only or with side and through entrances.

Where space or specific load requirements mean our standard range doesn’t suit we are glad to discuss and offer a bespoke solution.

The lift shaft is normally provided and finished by the builder or contractor, however to complement specific interior design or finishes we can supply and install facias or complete surrounds in coloured steel or clear/tinted glass.


Purchasing a Balmatic Dumbwaiter provides you with tangible benefits:

1. Cost Savings: Automated transport reduces the need for staff and the risk of injury, saving you money.

2. Saves Time and Space: Our small and efficient dumbwaiters save time and space.

3. Safety features such as door interlocks and overload sensors are built in to ensure safe operation.

Dumb waiter Finance Options

Get your new dumb waiter for £33.95 per week supplied and installed

Equipment Value (ex vat) = £6,500.00
Lease Term 2 Years
Weekly Equivalent £77.58
First Payment £336.18
23 Monthly Payments £336.18
Total Cost £8,068.32
Tax Relief @ 19% £1,532.98
Net cost of Finance £6,535.34
Lease Term 3 Years
Weekly Equivalent £55.47
First Payment £240.37
35 Monthly Payments £240.37
Total Cost £8,653.32
Tax Relief @ 19% £1,644.13
Net cost of Finance £7,009.19
Lease Term 4 Years
Weekly Equivalent £44.54
First Payment £192.99
47 Monthly Payments £192.99
Total Cost £9,263.28
Tax Relief @ 19% £1,760.02
Net cost of Finance £7,503.26
Lease Term 5 Years
Weekly Equivalent £38.07
First Payment £164.97
59 Monthly Payments £164.97
Total Cost £9,898.20
Tax Relief @ 19% £1,880.66
Net cost of Finance £8,017.54

* Finance Leases offer flexibility in terms of length of the agreement, rental repayment profile and end of lease options

* Tax advantages

* Using the latest assets will ensure you remain competitive by keeping your costs low

* Unlike making an outright purchase, you will retain cash within your business


All payments above are subject to businesses trading in excess of 3 years . Admin fee will apply, typically £130 + VAT at the prevailing rate. Tax relief shown is for illustration purposes only. 

Please contact your accountant, who will be able to clarify tax matters for you. All finance agreements are subject to status and affordability checks. 

Terms and conditions apply. 

For details regarding the leasing options please Call

Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, FRN: 676024 as an authorised Credit Broker and Lender. Kennet Equipment Leasing work with a panel of lenders.

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Dumbwaiter Lifts Installation Process

So you’ve made the decision to install a modern dumbwaiter lift. Excellent decision! But how do we get from decision to implementation? Let’s dissect it.

First and foremost, you’ll need a team of professional service lift engineers on the job, which is what we provide. Installing a lift into a standard blockwork or studwork shaft typically takes 1 to 2 days on site.

We’ll conduct a thorough lift survey before we begin the installation. This allows us to better understand what is required and to identify any potential roadblocks. This allows us to ensure that your lift installation goes as smoothly as possible.

After we complete our survey, we will provide you with a builders work document. This instructs your builder or carpenter on everything they need to know in order to prepare the proper space for the dumbwaiter installation.

Our lift engineers get to work once everything is in place. We like to arrive early to assess the site and agree on the best installation procedure. Then it’s time to install your dumbwaiter.

Once the lift is installed, it is up to your builder or carpenter to clad or box in the lift. The material is up to you, but it’s usually plasterboard.

We return to the site after the cladding to power up the dumbwaiter lift and configure the stopping levels and other settings. We typically prefer a 3-phase power supply over a 1-phase power supply to ensure that your lift runs smoothly.

Finally, we sign the lift commission documents and your new dumbwaiter lift is operational.

That’s it – from the decision to installation, Husbands Lifts handles everything to ensure your dumbwaiter lift works flawlessly from the start. Are you ready to begin? Contact us right away!


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Why Are They Called Dumbwaiter Lifts?

Have you ever wondered why they’re referred to as “dumbwaiters”? It all comes down to their silent service. These convenient lifts first appeared in large homes with basement kitchens. They quietly brought up food and removed dirty dishes without disturbing the diners upstairs.

Dumbwaiters meant less carrying for the staff as well as fewer kitchen noises, odours, and heat entering the dining area. Wouldn’t you say it’s a game changer for comfortable dining? 

These useful lifts have also acquired a few different names over time. Depending on where you are, they may be referred to as service lifts or food lifts.

So, that’s the story behind the “dumbwaiter”. It’s not just about the name though, it’s about making life easier, quieter, and more efficient, just like our Balmatic Dumbwaiters at Husbands Lifts.

How Does A Dumbwaiter Lift Work?

Behind the swift, silent service of our Balmatic Dumbwaiters is a modern marvel: electric models powered by an advanced rope-driven traction system. This is what makes moving items between floors as simple as pressing a button.

We’ve replaced the old pulley system with a cutting-edge electric motor at the heart of this operation. This is what happens: You load your items into the lift car. 

When you press the button on the button panel, the motor starts pulling on the ropes and guiding the car up and down the rails.

But what about the operation’s safety? Our dumbwaiters are outfitted with cutting-edge safety features.

We have door interlocks that prevent the vehicle from moving until all doors are securely shut. Furthermore, overload sensors ensure that the lift is not carrying more weight than it is capable of.

So, the next time you use a Balmatic Dumbwaiter, you’ll know exactly what’s going on behind the scenes: an elegant blend of modern technology, dependable operation, and superior safety features, all working together to simplify your tasks.

Why Choose Husbands?

When it comes to your dumbwaiter installation, choosing the right company is crucial. Here’s why Husbands should be your preferred choice:


With a rich history spanning 60 years, Husbands proudly holds the title of the oldest dumbwaiter company in the UK. Our extensive experience in the industry has given us unparalleled expertise in all aspects of dumbwaiter installations. You can trust our knowledge and craftsmanship to deliver a solution that exceeds your expectations.


At Husbands, we understand the importance of providing competitive quotes. We believe in offering you the best value for your investment. Our pricing is transparent, and we strive to ensure that our quotes are competitive without compromising on quality.


We know that time is of the essence, which is why we pride ourselves on our efficient installation process. Our experienced team works diligently to ensure the timely completion of your dumbwaiter installation. We understand the importance of minimising disruption to your operations and aim to have your dumbwaiter up and running as quickly as possible.


At Husbands, we take pride in delivering exemplary service to our customers. Our maintenance team is known for going above and beyond, even in challenging circumstances. Whether it’s routine maintenance or addressing unexpected issues, our reliable team is dedicated to ensuring the smooth and uninterrupted operation of your dumbwaiter.

Choose Husbands, the oldest UK dumbwaiter company with a remarkable 60-year trading history. Experience our expertise, competitive quotes, speedy installation, and exemplary service. Contact us today and let us exceed your expectations with our unmatched experience and commitment to excellence.

Our Balmatic Dumbwaiters come in different models with varying weight capacities. The 50kg model is ideal for smaller commercial settings, while the 100kg model is designed for higher volume environments. Our team can guide you in selecting the right capacity to meet your specific needs. Click here to see our full range of dumbwaiter sizes.

We offer automatic service lifts with different load capacities to suit various requirements. Our Balmatic Dumbwaiters are available in 50kg and 100kg models, each tailored to specific settings and load demands.

No, dumbwaiters are designed for the efficient and safe transportation of goods, not people. For passenger transportation, elevators are the appropriate choice.

Dumbwaiters are compact vertical lifts used primarily for transporting goods, such as food, laundry, or supplies, between different floors. Elevators, on the other hand, are larger lifts designed to carry both people and goods.

Absolutely! Our Balmatic Dumbwaiters are versatile and can be installed in both commercial and residential settings. Whether you need a dumbwaiter for a restaurant, hotel, office, or even a multi-story home, we have the right solution for you.

Yes, we provide a warranty for our dumbwaiter lifts. The specific terms and coverage will be outlined in the warranty documentation. Our team will ensure that you have the necessary warranty information and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Dumbwaiter lifts offer numerous benefits to businesses in various industries. They can improve efficiency, save time and space, enhance safety, and maintain cleanliness. If your business involves the regular movement of goods between different floors, a dumbwaiter lift could greatly benefit your operations.