If tremors are causing frustration when you eat, Liftware is a small, portable, battery powered stabilizing handle that senses tremors and “intelligently stabilizes itself” to make moving food from the plate to your mouth much easier. And because Liftware features different utensil attachments, including soup spoon, everyday spoon, and fork, the company claims they can help you “eat with confidence again.”
Wondering how well Liftware works in the real world? The company claims their stabilizing handle has been clinically shown to provide a 70% reduction in tremor for different eating-related tasks, all in a device so small that it fits in your hand. We’ll take a closer look at this in a moment.
Overall, Liftware claims to be ultra-simple to use; to feature a battery that will last 3-6 meals before requiring a recharge; and to feature a wipe-clean handle and dishwasher safe attachments.
How great would it feel to eat normally again? You could finally enjoy the foods you love, without worrying about making a mess or ruining your clothes. You might even be able to relax and enjoy dinnertime conversation, instead of focusing on your tremors.
But can Liftware really help take the frustration out of eating? We’ll answer this important question in a moment, but let’s first take a look at how Liftware works.
How Does Liftware Work?
Overall, the Liftware handle contains 2 primary parts:
- A small onboard computer that uses sensors to distinguish between “unwanted tremors and intended movements of the hand.”
- This computer then directs two motors inside the handle to move in the opposite direction of any detected tremors, thereby counteracting the tremor’s movement.
A cross section of Liftware’s handle, showing the computer, motors, and everyday spoon attachment.
At the opposite end of the Liftware handle is a utensil attachment, which can include an everyday spoon, soup spoon, or fork. Attaching a utensil to Liftware automatically turns it on, and placing it face down temporarily puts it to sleep when not in use.
As we mentioned above, Liftware’s battery will allow it to be used for 3-6 meals. When the time comes, recharging the stabilizing handle is as easy as plugging the charging cradle into an outlet or computer, and then attaching Liftware to the charging cradle.
For an in-depth look at how Liftware works, be sure to read through the User Guide.
Is Liftware Clinically Proven to Work?
In short, yes.
This comes from a 2013 peer reviewed clinical study, where the 11 patients “with Essential Tremor performed three tasks — holding, eating, and transferring objects. When the technology used in Liftware was turned on, tremor amplitude was reduced by an average of 72% in the holding task, 76% in the eating task, and 71% in the transferring task. These statistically significant results mean that Liftware is likely to make eating easier for people with hand tremor.”
With this said, there are 2 important factors that need to be considered.
First, this clinical study was conducted by Anupam Pathak (CEO and founder of Lift Labs Design, John A. Redmond (a consultant for Lift Labs Design), and Michael Allen (an employee of Lift Labs Design). In other words, every major player in this study had a direct financial relationship with Liftware as a company.
Second, from a sample size perspective, 11 study participants is generally considered very small, which may not always lead to the most accurate results.
In either instance, we’re certainly not saying that Liftware’s results were not genuine or accurate; only that these are some important considerations to keep in mind. For an in-depth look at these topics, be sure to read our article titled Think that Clinical Study is Legit?
Will Liftware Work for You?
According to the company, Liftware works best for those with mild to moderate tremors that cause them to “regularly to spill food while eating, or leads people to bring their heads at least halfway towards their utensil to meet food.” Specifically, the company defines these as “between 4 and 12 Hz postural, intentional tremor in the upper limbs.”
As you already know though, an individual’s tremors can vary in intensity at any moment, depending on a wide variety of factors such as medications, sleep, stress, exercise, and more. Because of these factors, Liftware recommends experimenting to find the grip that works best for your tremor.
If you want to know if Liftware can work for you without handing over any of your money, you can download a test to find out if the stabilizing handle is right for you.
Other Tremor-Cancelling Products
Finally, it’s important to note that there are dozens of other tremor-cancelling products you can use, including swivel utensils and weighted utensils, which are much less expensive that Liftware.
Granted, these types of products are generally useful only for specific types of tremors, and generally don’t come with very high customer reviews. However, the point is that Liftware isn’t your only option.
Customers Seem Excited about Liftware
Speaking of which, at the time of our research, there were 23 Liftware Starter Kit customer reviews on Amazon, with an average rating of 4.5 stars. There, common compliments appeared to reference that it finally gave customers the ability to eat freely again (one customer even claimed they ate cereal for the first time in years), its ease of use, its portability, and the emotional boost and sense of self-esteem it helped promote.
In fact, the only 2 complaints referenced that the handle was too big and that the device only lasted about a year before no longer holding a charge.
Speaking of which; Liftware got its start in April 2014 after its Indiegogo campaign pulled in more than $17K based on an original goal of just $7,500. Then, Lift Labs (the company behind Liftware) was acquired by Google in September 2014, and was then released to the public in November of that same year.
Liftware Pricing & Refund Policy
Liftware products are priced as follows:
- Starter Kit (includes stabilizing handle, soup spoon attachment, charging cradle, USB cable, wall charger, and storage pouch): $295
- Everyday Spoon Attachment: $19.95
- Fork Attachment: $19.95
- Soup Spoon Attachment: $19.95
Liftware comes with a 30-day refund policy, which could be extended to 60 days in some circumstances, although the latter may include a $100 restocking fee. In addition, Liftware comes with a 1-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
In order to request a refund or process a warranty claim, you’ll need to contact Liftware’s customer service at (415) 894-5438.
Is Liftware Worth the Money?
Chopping to the point: With more than 10 million people suffering from essential tremor or Parkinson’s, Liftware has huge marketing potential. And based on its overwhelmingly positive online reputation, it literally appears to be changing people’s lives.
As such—and it’s not often that we get to write this here at HighYa—Liftware seems to offer benefits far greater than its somewhat expensive price, and is almost certainly something you’ll be immensely pleased with.
What’s your experience with Liftware? Tell the world about it by writing a review below!
A very expensive disappointment
I spent $300 on unit and attachments, two of the attachments broke within a few months and the unit itself cracked. It was never dropped or cared for improperly. When I contacted the company, they made it so hard to get a replacement, that I gave up. I feel very ripped off.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
My mother went from shaking her regular utensils to shaking the lift ware fork and spoon. She was embarrassed to tell us it didn't work, so she pretended to use it long after the return policy allowed for. At least, she didn't hurt herself using it like she did with the weighted utensils we purchased. She almost broke her tooth hitting it with a weighted fork! So that is something else to consider.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
3 out 3 people found this review helpful
Does LiftWare work?
For me, yes. I just received the package and tried it out. I would say a 60-70% reduction in shaking. That's significant since my tremors are diagnosed as severe.
Eating has been very difficult but Liftware just made it a little easier.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend