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Top 5 Stair Climbing Hand Trucks and Dollies

Yes, dollies can climb stairs too. 

Whether it’s a tall climb or a short one, a stair climbing hand truck or dolly will save you hours of hard work and probably a lot of back pain.

(FYI, If your building has an elevator, please consider using it before moving up and down anything more than 2 or 3 flights of stairs. Otherwise your move will not be practical.) 

The following list is our top recommendations all ranging from the cost efficient and light weight all the up to heavy duty and still cost manageable. Of course, with any list there are other recommendations that could be available. This list will give a better idea of what to expect with a stair climber dolly. We hope your search will lead you to the right fit for you. 

Here is our list:

Top 5 Stair Climbing Hand Trucks and Dollies

1. Magline 86006 C5 Stair Climber Kit

IMPORTANT!  This is a kit that attaches to a Magline Dolly. 

Not only is it famous for being the main featured dolly kit on our homepage but, this is the expectation of what a stair climber dolly should generally look like. 

The overall setup includes two cast aluminum sliders with replaceable low friction polymer skid bars. It is designed for easy movement while climbing stairs and helps to avoid damage to stairs or curbs. It’s sleek, has solid wheels, and can easily be attached or removed for convenience. 

PROS: easy attachment, aluminum build makes it strong enough for small or medium size jobs, helps protect stairs
 
CONS: kit does not come with dolly, will require the physical strength of at least someone beyond puberty to use correctlyr, polymer skid bars may wear and tare over time but are replaceable
 
FINAL VERDICT: The kit with the dolly has a weight capacity of 500 lbs. However, you do not want to using this dolly to lift 500 lbs items up and down the stairs. We suggest anything less than 100lbs to be safe up to 200lbs if you have the strength to handle it.
 
Definitely recommended for boxes with heavier items to move up and down the stairs at home. For businesses, it’s a great goto dolly for packages and deliveries.
 

Hand Truck Stair Climber with Glide Bars and Aluminum Material, Mounting Hardware Included, Silver

Overall Height 17 In., Overall Width 1-1/2 In., Overall Depth 6 In.
Includes: Mounting hardware
Material: Aluminum

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Price: $47.56

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 2UpCart The All-Terrain Stair Climbing Folding Cart

If portability fits your stair master needs, then this is a great option for you. The UpCart All-Terrain, that’s right, all-terrain, “folding” cart. It can climb stairs and fold for your storage convenience. The last thing we need is another big bulky piece of hardware filling our already crowded garage space.

This dolly includes a foldable design with a 3-wheel chasis that provides more stability and confidence while moving up and down your stairs. It comes fully assembled and is great for everyday around the home stair climbing needs.
 
PROS: lightweight, portable, foldable, takes up less space, easy to use
 
CONS: lightweight, portability and foldability makes it suitable for less than 100lbs. (we recommend less), not a sturdy handle design.
 
FINAL VERDICT: It’s perfect for around the house smaller items. Just like any foldable hardware tool, it has a lot of moving parts so it’s not as sturdy as a solid frame dolly. The 3-wheel design will provide a unique experience compared to a solid bar kit. The usability is much more user friendly. Do not let children play with this if you have stairs in your house for they will treat it like a transformer or a make shift sled. Recommended for light weight house hold items.
 

UpCart The All-Terrain Stair Climbing Folding Cart

Reduces effort going up and down steps & stairs
Decreases pressure applied on supporting surfaces
Improves stability

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Price: $89.95 $85.81

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If you’re moving appliances, then this is right for you.

This hand truck features a heavy gauge steel frame with double-stitched webbed straps to keep your larger items in place and balanced. The 6″ rubber wheels are designed for long term use and prevent puncture wounds or going flat. It has a 600 lbs load capacity and the rubberized traction wheels help to assist in heavy lifting.

PROS: great for small to medium sized appliances, secure fit for added stability with straps, balancing larger items assisted by secure straps, thin design for less storage place

CONS: not motorized, not recommended for the total 600 lbs, requires user knowledge to use properly, whoever is using needs to know what they are doing, straps must be secure otherwise the wife gets a new frig or washing machine

FINAL VERDICT: It will save your back when moving larger objects and appliances. The straps need to be double checked before operating so user must be knowledgeable of the product before use. It says 600 lbs but, not recommended for total limit. We always suggest taking a third off the total capacity for safety reasons. The whole assembly does not take up much space and is a heavy gauge frame that can support large capacity loads. Recommended for medium to heavy items. Extra safety precautions for new appliances. 

 

600 Lbs. Capacity Appliance Hand Truck Stair Climber Steel Frame by Haul Master

Equipped with heavy duty double-stitched webbed strap with buckle
Fold-out box lifter extends toe plate to handle oversize cartons
Stair climbers

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Price: $73.99

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4Barrow Hand Truck for Home and Garden Home 200 kg

A very good mid-range hand truck for both the home and garden. It features a durable tubular steel frame with barrow style design. It is meant for heavy duty projects and the 3-wheels on either side are ideal for support heavier loads up and down the stairs. It can also be stored with the front plate folded up.

PROS: best bang for the buck with this heavy duty hand truck/ stair climber combo, protruding handles give a solid grip with added weight support on the front plate and sides, max weight 200 KG or 440 lbs.

CONS: on the heavy side itself about 36 lbs or 16.5 kg, it can lift up to 440 lbs however will require physical exertion for max weight

FINAL VERDICT: It can handle anything comfortably recommended up to 300 lbs. The added stair climber wheels are a plus over different floor surfaces. We recommend this for medium to heavy projects. The front plate is not a solid piece and also foldable which will come into consideration with different weight options. All in all, best deal for the price for a well rounded dolly truck with a handsome color combo.

Stair Climber Hand Truck,200Kg Heay Duty 6 Wheel Sack Truck Hand Sack Cart Barrow Trolley Cart Garden Tool Home,Rubber Wheel

MATERIAL: MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL - High quality and sturdy steel frame, secure with high efficiency, strong loading capability about 200kg. Waterproof and anti-rust, durable for long and easy to maintain.
TWO WHEELS TO BE CHOSEN FROM: SOLID RUBBER WHEELS - The wheels adopted with premium rubber. The triangle-shaped bearing wheels make it more flexible and durable for less bumping. WIDEN FOAM WHEEL:More convenient to use.For a high toughness and good wear-resistance and anti-slip.
EASY STORAGE - Folds down simply for easy storage in your garage or shed. Easy to fold for a convenient carry and store, save more space and strength.

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Price: $85.99

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5. Foldable Stair Climber Trolley Dolly with Seat

Sometimes you may not need a stair climber just for moving. This 3-in-1 shopping/ storage dolly can climb stairs and doubles as a utility cart. It has an all weather proof large bag compartment, 3-wheel stair climbers, and a fold down seat. It’s frame is made from durable steel and the max weight capacity can hold up to 110 lbs. One of the best features is that it is a light weight dolly coming in at 4 lbs. 

PROS: light weight, foldable, compact, great for tailgating, all steel design for durability, easy to use

CONS: not meant for heavy lifting but its not meant for that

FINAL VERDICT: It works as a great travel dolly if stairs are an issue. It definitely gives an extra option for routine shopping needs and for live sporting events. The fact that it can climb stairs is a plus for all those moments when an elevator is not accessible. It comes in a well built design with good materials for water proofing and durable construction. Not bad for only 4 lbs. Recommended for shopping and light weight errands. Definitely a head turner. 

Stair Climber Trolley Dolly with Seat, Blue Shopping Grocery Foldable Cart Tailgate

The Stair Climber Trolley Dolly with Seat is a 3-in-1 shopping/storage utility cart. This cart contains a seven compartment, all weather proof material shopping bag, a personal household Dolly, and a Seat to rest on while on the go.
The Comfort Cushion Padded Seat can support up to 250 lbs. while still comfortably giving back support.
The Tri Wheel design is a distinct feature that allows for climbing stairs up and down with ease.

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Price: $69.99 $69.98

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For more suggestions please browse our collections. Thank you for reading and remember the best dolly is waiting for you.  
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Top 5 Best Dollies for Moving

Well the big day is finally here! It’s moving day. Or its almost here and you’re searching around for the right dolly, hand cart, or hand truck to help with your move. It’s going to be a long back breaking job without the right dolly and we are glad you came to this site. Although there are a ton of options out there, we wanted to break down some of the essential dollies that are recommended for your small jobs all the up to your appliances. Here are our recommendations for: 

The Top 5 Best Dollies for Moving

 

1. Harper Trucks Lightweight 400 lb Capacity Nylon Convertible Hand Truck and Dolly

This made in the USA dolly from a I-Beam features a steel-like fiberglass frame that is 30% lighter than steel but still holds a maximum weight capacity of 400lbs. It is a great primary dolly for handling the majority of your moving day jobs. It also has a corrosion and rust resistant frame and can convert from a 2 wheel to 4 wheel dolly with a simple locking mechanism. 

PROS: lightweight, 2 wheel to 4 wheel configuration, corrosion and rust resistant

CONS: some complaints of wheels not lasting after repeated use, light weight in design, not durable overtiem, not shippable outside of the USA.

FINAL VERDICT: It says 400 lbs weight capacity but we suggest not to use it beyond 100-150lbs. Usually, the weight capacity indicates the maximum weight limit but a dolly should never be used its maxed out weight limit. This will cause structural damage and will shorten the lifespan usability over time.

This dolly is great for light weight moving. The fiberglass frame is somewhat flexible however it will be able to hold up well to moving small to medium boxes

RECOMMENDED: for lightweight objects, smaller items 

Harper Trucks Lightweight 400 lb Capacity Nylon Convertible Hand Truck and Dolly

Manufactured in USA; Harper exclusive I-Beam Steel-Tough nylon truss frame is factory assembled (requires easy assembly of wheels and base plate)
30% lighter than steel and designed for maximum strength - frame is chemical, corrosion and rust resistant for longer life
Converts in seconds from 2 wheel dolly to 4 wheel cart - 300 lb dolly and 400 lb cart capacity (Product images illustrates both uses, but only one cart is being sold)

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Price: $67.08

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2. Harper Trucks 700lb Capacity Convertible Hand Truck/ Dolly with 10″ Pneumatic Wheels

 

This is the big brother to the 400lb capacity convertible Harper Hand Truck/ Dolly. It consists of the same I-Beam glass filled nylon frame which is 30% lighter than steel making this dolly combo very lightweight and portable. The frame construction also protects the dolly from corrosion and makes it rust resistant. The rear wheels are now a 10″ pneumatic with 5″ heavy-duty swivel casters in the front.

PROS: convertible from 2 to 4 wheel dolly and cart, heavy duty weight capacity up to 600 lbs when careful.

CONS: with a non-steel frame, you need to be somewhat careful its use, narrow construction and not meant for wider objects

FINAL VERDICT: These lighter frame dolly trucks are good to their weight capacity however, they not meant for rugged use. The best features are its convertibility and convenience in portability. We recommend this for a basic move and also for basic jobs around the house. It is not meant for extended use over time. Since moving only takes a day or two and not something we do all the time, this could be a great option for those wanting to use a higher weight capacity dolly but one that isn’t so heavy to lug around a move site.

RECOMMENDED: For small to medium capacity work.

Harper Trucks Nylon Convertible Hand Truck with 10″ wheels

Manufactured in USA; Harper exclusive I-Beam Glass Filled Nylon Plastic Frame is 30% lighter than steel and designed for maximum strength (Plastic frame is factory Pre Assembled)
Glass-Filled Nylon Plastic Frame is chemical, corrosion and rust resistant for longer life
Converts in seconds from 2 wheel dolly to 4 wheel cart - 600 lb dolly and 700 lb cart capacity (Product images illustrates both uses, but only one cart is being sold)

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Price: $73.44

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3.  Rock N Roller Multicart

If you are looking for something to last for the duration of your move as well as have a serious goto dolly for future use then this product can be your best choice.

It is a bit on the heavy side of 33 lbs but it only assures you of its steel tube frame and heavy duty capacity. The maximum weight load is 600 lbs with a loading area of 32 cu. ft.

PROS: adjustable to multiple lengths depending on your project, convertible design

CONS: prone to rusting if not cared for, assembly issues and can cause frustration if do not know how to operate

FINAL VERDICT: Although this cart was designed for carrying around stage equipment, it can also serve a good purpose for moving. It was designed with multiple use in mind so it will definitely endure the short runs of moving. Also the foldable and convertible features gives it an advantage for multi-purpose usage. Not really meant for long time consistent use since it has a lot of moving parts. However, great for occasional goto jobs.

RECOMMENDED: To be a goto dolly/ cart with features for multi-purpose usage even after a move.

Rock N Roller Multi-Cart

Lightweight equipment cart with 500 pound maximum load capacity
Constructed of rugged steel, folds up for easy storage
Concentric hole design of the front casters is structurally strong yet light weight

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Price: $65.50

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4. Magliner Aluminum Hand Truck with Stair Climbers 500 lb Capacity

For an all around work horse, you can’t go wrong with Magliner. This hand truck features a high arched handle with  a diecast nose plate and stair climbers. It has 10″ pneumatic wheels and the aluminum nose plate is lighter than steel and rust and corrosion resistant.

PROS: great for heavy, bulky items, reduced friction wheels, fold flat for storage

CONS: does not convert to flatbed design, wheels may need on going maintenance depending on weight capacity usage.

FINAL VERDICT: Stair climbers are a must if you are planning to use this to move larger objects up and down stairs. The larger wheels pair well with ramp usage as well. The higher handle creates better leverage for larger loads. It can hold up to the stated weight capacity and great for commercial use as well.

RECOMMENDED: For the larger objects and for going up and down stairs. If you know how to use a larger dolly, then this will be a great fit for you. Not ideal for larger appliances thought.

Magliner HMK53CUA45 Aluminum Hand Truck, Curved Back Frame, 60″ Single Grip Handle, 18″ x 7-1/2″ Aluminum Diecast Nose Plate, 500 lb Capacity

Curved back frame, 60" single grip handle
10" Pneumatic wheels
18" x 7-1/2" Aluminum diecast nose plate

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Price: $232.83 $195.33

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5. Cosco 3-in-1 Aluminum Hand Truck

The ultimate dolly for small appliances. It has a large capacity overall design with heavy-duty flat free wheels. The innovative design allows for stress free usage from each adjusted position. It features a 1000 lbs flat 4 wheel cart and an 800 lbs capacity 2 wheel design.

PROS: one handed operation, helps reduce the risk of injury, fatigue, and strain from periodic usage, ergonomic overall design with higher weight capacity

CONS: like all heavy duty dollies, wheels may need maintenance over time, load capacity has been reported as not living up to advertised.

FINAL VERDICT: We recommend this hand cart for small appliances. With each move, it is essential to have something to match the load capacity of your heavier objects without breaking the bank. Cosco products are known for their quality and durability. The downside with a lot of these dollies is their wheels. The front casters are a bit on the smaller side and the weight capacity may a little over estimated. However, if you have a larger home with a number of heavier objects, then this 3-in-1 dolly cart will definitely serve its purpose.

RECOMMENDED: For appliances and well balanced weight loads.

 

Thank you for checking out our list. As mentioned above, there are other options that could be a better fit for the kind of work you are looking to do. Please go to our categories for other options that could fit your needs.