It’s hard to ignore the benefits for the price of the Liftware Steady Starter Kit that helps those who have shaky hands or hand tremors eat easier.
If you have a condition like Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor, this spoon was made for you!
There is a fork attachment too which we will cover in a second.
The Liftware Steady is one of the top adaptive eating utensils right now on the market.
Let’s explore …
- What makes it so good?
- What’s included in the kit?
- How does it work?
- What are reviewers sharing?
- What’s the difference between the “Liftware Steady” vs “Liftware Level” Starter Kits?
- And MORE …
This Liftware review breaks down everything you need to know to make the most informed purchasing decision.
Let’s dive in!
‘Liftware Steady Starter Kit’ Product Overview
Product: Liftware Steady Starter Kit
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Meet Lenny (my nephew) and Lish (my sister) …
My sister recently sent me a text with a picture of the Liftware Starter Kits.
She was looking into this for her son (my nephew) who has cerebral palsy.
Meet Lish and Lenny to the right! 🙂
Lenny’s feeding therapist informed my sister the Liftware Starter Kits help you in several ways …
- Eat easier
- Gain confidence
- Eat independently or with minimal support
This inspired me to write these liftware reviews for a couple of reasons …
- First, there are two kits on the market: (1) Liftware Steady Starter Kit and (2) Liftware Level Starter Kit
- I wanted to research everything there is to know about both kits for my nephew and YOU (to save you the time to know if it’s really worth it)!
What I realized is both kits have one thing in common … to help the person eat easier.
The key difference depends on your condition to know which Liftware Kit to get.
Let’s break it down.
What’s the Difference between the ‘Liftware Steady’ vs ‘Liftware Level’ Starter Kits?
Liftware Level Starter Kit
This kit helps those who have limited mobility in their hands and arms (such as cerebral palsy, a spinal cord injury, Huntington’s disease) eat easier.
The spoon ‘levels’ out when you bring it to your mouth.
It also has a strap that goes around your fingers for added support.
The computerized handle simply straightens out as you twist, bend, or move your hand to eat.
Learn more about the “Liftware Level” from my in-depth product review here.
Liftware Steady Starter Kit
This kit helps those who have shaky hands or hand tremors (such as Parkinson’s disease or essential tremors) eat easier too.
This spoon has a computerized stabilizing handle that keeps your spoon ‘steady’ while you are eating.
In a nutshell, these spoons were made for you if you have any type of condition that limits movement in your arms and hands or if you have shaky hands.
Now let’s dive deeper into what the Liftware Steady Kit is all about …
What’s Included in The Liftware Steady Starter Kit?
There are four items you get in the kit …
#1. Travel pouch
#2. Soup spoon attachment
#3. Computerized handle
What is the Liftware Steady Soup Spoon?
As you just saw, the soup spoon is automatically included in the kit.
It has an electronic stabilizing handle that will keep the spoon in place as you bring it to your mouth.
The stabilizing handle has built-in sensors, a computer, and a motor that help sense and counteract shaky hands.
Take a peek in the short clip below …
How to Use It (Super Simple!)
To use the soup spoon attachment and computerized handle it’s very easy to do.
Simply connect the attachment to the soup spoon (which will turn it on automatically) and VOILA you’re ready to eat!
The soup spoon will hold about 1 tablespoon of food (15 ml) such as soups, cereals, and other liquids.
After you’re done eating, detach the handle and plug it back in to recharge.
Here are the Liftware Steady Starter Spoon features to know:
- The battery lasts several days on a charge.
- The spoon automatically stabilizes when in use due to the built-in sensors, motors, and an onboard computer that detect your hand motion.
- The computerized handle can NOT be put in the dishwasher or dunked underwater (it’s recommended to wipe the handle with a damp sponge or antibacterial wipe to clean it).
Now let’s look at four additional items you may want to think about getting if it meets your needs (which are not included in the kit) …
- Everyday spoon
- Carrying Case
It is important to know the utensil attachments are dishwasher safe (just not the computerized handle) OR to avoid the dishwasher altogether, clean the utensils by hand with a sponge, mild detergent, and warm water.
Add-On Attachments to Consider (Sold Separately)
#1. Everyday Spoon Attachment
This spoon attachment is smaller than the ‘soup spoon’ that comes with the kit.
The ‘everyday spoon’ can be used for a variety of foods such as soups, milk, rice, oatmeal, and stews (to name a few).
Of course, use your imagination, and the foods you enjoy with a spoon, BAM this spoon will do the trick!
It holds about 2/3 tablespoons (9mL) of foods.
The ‘everyday spoon’ is ONLY compatible with the ‘Liftware Steady’ kit NOT the ‘Liftware Level’.
#2. Spork Attachment
The spork is similar to the fork attachment in that it will help you eat a variety of foods.
The spork points are used to spear foods such as pasta, meats, and vegetables.
PLUS, the spoon portion of the spork can hold liquids like soups, milk, oatmeal, and stews.
I look at the spork as you are getting two utensils in one!
You get a fork plus a spoon … hence the name ‘spork’ HA.
The spork is ONLY compatible with one kit … the ‘Liftware Steady’ NOT the ‘Liftware Level’.
#3. Fork Attachment
The fork attaches to the computerized handle (just like the spoon) and helps you eat foods like salads and pasta.
The fork is compatible with both kits the ‘Liftware Level’ and ‘Liftware Steady’.
#4. Carrying Case
When I saw this case I thought it would be pricey but it’s not what-so-ever.
The case is budget-friendly and helps you easily take all your attachments on the go.
It’s great to travel with, take to restaurants, or therapy sessions (basically anywhere and everywhere you’ll be chowing down on food)!
The hardshell case is made to protect your computerized handle. There are mesh pockets that allow you to bring up to two attachments (like the spork and everyday spoon).
A bonus feature?
The case is compatible with both kits the ‘Liftware Level’ and ‘Liftware Steady’.
Who is the Liftware company?
I was pretty impressed researching the company itself which was started back in 2012.
The company is a group of very talented scientists and engineers who came together to help a niche with special abilities be able to eat with confidence.
Their mission is to develop new technologies to assist those who have hand tremors or limited movement in their arms and hands to be able to eat easily.
After seeing the experience of friends and family who were having difficulty eating on their own it motivated them to focus on improving the overall quality of life and independence for those who are dealing with this type of challenge.
The Liftware team joined Google Life Sciences in 2014, which became Verily in 2015.
Verily is actually a Google company (also known as Alphabet Inc.).
It’s a research organization that dedicates its time to studying life sciences.
Common Questions and Answers
Does health insurance cover this kit if you have Parkinson’s disease?
There are a lot of health insurance options out there regarding coverage and items not covered.
It’s best to contact your health insurance company directly to find out.
Where does this product ship to?
Currently, Liftware ships within the United States (including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico).
At this time, Liftware does not ship internationally (for instance, in the UK or Australia) but Liftware products may be shipped to certain locations through their authorized resellers.
To find out if Liftware ships to your area visit their International page for a list of authorized resellers by country.
If shipping is not available in your location and you’d like to be notified if and when it does, please fill out this form to let Liftware know.
Can this be used by a child?
Yes, if they have shaky hands this can help them.
However, it is important to know the soup spoon is sometimes too big for smaller children to eat from.
The ‘everyday spoon‘ attachment may be an easier spoon option for younger kiddos.
Is there a Warranty?
Yes, 1 year.
View the limited warranty coverage here.
Can you purchase the computerized handle separately?
No, in order to get a new handle you would need to buy a separate kit BUT you can always contact their team at [email protected] to see if they could make an exception.
Can you get a battery replacement?
Straight from the Liftware user guide the battery should only be removed if you are throwing the device away.
Removing the battery will destroy the device.
Are there magnets in this product?
If you have an implantable device it is recommended to be about 6 inches from the Liftware utensil because it contains small magnets.
What are the dimensions of the handle (not including the spoon)?
The handle is Length 85mm | Width 48mm | Height 25 to 35mm.
Does a HSA (health savings account) or Medicare cover this?
How much does the product weigh together (the computerized handle and soup spoon attachment) that comes in the kit?
Pretty lightweight, about 3.4 ounces.
If there are additional questions you have that haven’t been answered up to this point, feel free to reach out to their customer support team at [email protected].
Pros vs. Cons
Let’s summarize how the product is worth the investment based on the pros versus the cons.
- It will help a child or adult eat their food easily who experience shaky hands or hand tremors
- Boosts confidence, control, and independence when eating
- It’s very compact and lightweight to hold
- The eating utensils are very easy to clean in the dishwasher or by hand (just remember, the computerized handle can NOT go in the dishwasher, you have to clean this by hand)
- Great to travel with or take on-the-go
- There are a variety of attachments you can get to meet your needs (such as the fork, spork, or everyday spoon)
- The ‘steady’ kit offers 4 add-ons (fork, everyday spoon, spork, carrying case) vs. the ‘level’ kit which offers only 2 add-ons (the fork and carrying case)
- The soup spoon can be a little wide for a small child to fit in their mouth
- The ‘steady kit’ only ships within the United States
- If you damage or lose the computerized handle you would have to buy a new kit (BUT on a positive note, there is a 1-year warranty)
What Reviewers are Sharing …
The global ratings and reviews for the Liftware Steady are very positive.
Here are common things customers love …
- The spoon helps you eat without spilling
- Great quality product
- Worth the investment
- Eat independently with confidence
- Easy to use
- Improves your overall quality of life
Here is the main thing customers do not like …
- If the main computerized device charger becomes damaged you will have to buy a new one.
Overall, 70% of customers are very pleased rating this product between 4 to 5 stars.
The Liftware Steady Starter Kit is a great investment to enhance the overall quality of life for someone who experiences shaky hands or hand tremors.
The confidence and independence you gain while eating are priceless.
This adaptive eating utensil is an inclusive device and a wonderful invention made by the Liftware team.
I hope this post added value to your research efforts to allow you to make an informed purchasing decision or to learn more about the Liftware Steady Kit.
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