Best Tall and Extendable Ladders for Home Use 2013 Review
Best Ladders Durable for Home Use 2013
Having a good ladder to use for your home is one of the essential tools you should invest in. Not only for outside use, for getting on the roof or putting up Christmas lights, good ladders can be used inside as well. If you own a home with vaulted ceilings, you know how cumbersome it can be to try to hang pictures, change lightbulbs, or clean on top of counters and shelves.
Ladders usually indicate how much weight they can handle, but I would suggest getting one that is upwards of at least 300 pounds since you never know who might be using it. You should decide what you will be using the ladder for the most. Getting an extended ladder when you only need a 6 foot one means that you will be overspending. However, if you know that you will be using your ladder for all variety of jobs, you should definitely buy a ladder for the biggest job. When testing a ladder, climb the first three steps and carefully shift your weight. The ladder should not tilt or walk at all. You should also be comfortable in adjusting and locking it so you know that you can do it at home.
Types of Ladders
Multi use ladders are designed to be versatile. They can be used as a stepladder, or an extension ladder when needed. Many of these can even be used on stairs. Typically, these kinds reach anywhere from 12 to 15 feet. These can be heavy and cost a bit but they are very nice to have. It will take some getting used to as you learn how to adjust them with their multiple locking points.
Extension ladders are great for projects that are more than 17 feet off the ground. They often are made with lightweight materials and can be easy to set up. They take up more storage space and need to be used carefully so you don’t crush your hands when you are collapsing them.
What Are They Made Of?
Aluminum ladders are the lightest but conduct electricity so you shouldn’t use them near voltage sources. I would suggest choosing a fiberglass ladder for those kinds of situations. Wooden ones can also be safe to use in these areas. Keep in mind that any ladder, no matter the materials they are made from, can conduct electricity when it’s wet.
Top Rated Tall Ladder for Home Use 2013
Best Telescoping Werner Multi Ladder for Home Use
This Werner MT-22 Duty Telescoping Multi Ladder is one of the highest rated on our list. You can choose a 13 foot, 17 foot, 22 foot, or 26 foot ladder in this design. This ladder is very versatile and can be converted to a stepladder, stairway stepladder, twin stepladder, extension ladder, or two scaffold bases to be used with a plank. The plank is sold separately, just be aware. When used as a stepladder, the maximum weight it can hold is 300 pounds. This includes weight of the person using it and any equipment being used at the time as well. It features handy J-locks that are spring loaded. You simply disengage them on both sides and telescope the ladder to the length you need it. Once that is done, you re engage the J-hooks. The ladder weighs around 50 pounds or so, maybe less depending on the size you get. It can be a bit cumbersome to move around for a woman, but to me, that means it’s sturdy and I feel safer on it. The ladder has an extra wide flared bottom for more support, and the steps are all double riveted.
New Little Giant Tall Ladder
Check out this Little Giant 12022 RevolutionXE Multi Use Ladder. Your options come in 17 foot, 22 foot, or 26 foot. If you want a ladder for any job, this is a good one to have. It can be used as an A-frame ladder, an extension ladder, a staircase ladder, a 90 degree ladder, and a trestle and plank scaffolding system. It is made from aluminum and has a 300 pound rating. The rungs are a bit wider than others I’ve tried and really help reduce foot fatigue. The legs are flared at the bottom for more stability and they feature four pins to lock it into place. I like the Rock Lock system lets you adjust it much more quickly and easily. You simply push the lock to release it, adjust the ladder where you want and tap it to relock it. I can say that I really appreciate the quad locks being metal instead of plastic like so many other ladders on the market; this makes me feel much safer. Another feature I also like is the tip and glide wheels. This ladder weighs around 50 pounds and having these wheels makes transporting much easier. This piece of equipment is quite pricey, but if you can afford it, it is a great investment.
Best Little Giant Ladder System 2013
A more affordable option is this Little Giant Alta-One Ladder System. You get options in 17 foot, or 22 foot with this one. It is made with aircraft grade aluminum and features wide flared legs for more stability. It can be used as an A-frame ladder, extension, 90 degree ladder, or as a scaffolding system. It has a weight limit of 250 pounds and meets all OSHA and ANSI standards. It features hinge locks and telescoping sides. The feet are also rubberized for safety. I love that it has 24 different configurations for the perfect height for the job. This weighs only around 36 pounds so it is much easier to transport than others I’ve used. I have noticed that this ladder can take a bit of getting used to when making adjustments. Make sure you’re comfortable with it before you actually start using it. This will reduce any injury to yourself if you’ve adjusted it improperly. As with others, you need to be very careful when folding it so you don’t smash your fingers. The rungs are a bit narrow so using it for long periods of time can be a bit uncomfortable. Overall though, Little Giant ladders are some of the highest quality on the market.
Top Rated Little Giant Platform Stepladder Review for Home
For a stepladder, you can’t beat this Little Giant Flip-N-Lite Platform Stepladder. You get an option for 5 foot, or 6 foot. Weighing around 12 pounds, this is super easy to transport around your house. With a one handed design, it is easy to open as well. There are deep rungs with a large standing platform. Even though it is light, it is made with industrial rated construction. It is also slim, so storing it is not an issue because it doesn’t take up much space. It has an extra heavy duty Type IA 300 pound ANSI duty rating. I like the bar to hold onto at the top. This thing has been very durable as my kids have tipped it over several times while trying to get it out of the pantry. So far, there isn’t even the tiniest of dents in it, and it still works very well. The feet have a rubber grip so it stays in place. Opening and closing it is quite smooth. Overall, this is a good ladder to have for basic household needs.
Telescoping Ladder for 2013
For a different kind of choice, this Xtend & Climb Telescoping Ladder is nice to have on hand. Weighing 36 pounds, it is easy to transport. I love that I can extend this foot by foot as needed. It features a no-pinch closure system and colored tabs that let you know when the rungs are securely locked into place. These are such great features for someone not very mechanically inclined. Over time though, these stickers have peeled off, so I simply used paint to replace them so I always know when it’s safe to use. It has an angled thumb release that gives you the best hand positioning and smooth use. There are also non slip caps on the feet to keep it in place while using. It folds down so small that I can put it in the trunk of my little sedan. This ladder is made with an aerospace engineered 6061 alloy with an anodized finish.
Best Louisville Platform Ladder Review
For a basic ladder, try the Louisville Platform Ladder. You get choices in 12 feet, 10 feet, 8 feet, 6 feet, 5 feet, 4 feet, 3 feet, and 2 feet. These are great for low and medium height jobs. The steps are wide and grooved for more stability, and they feature a double rivet design. It has a weight limit of 300 pounds. This is a fiberglass ladder that features a hardware tray, paint bucket holder, drill slots, screwdriver holder, curved front, pipe holder and a magnet tray. This ladder feels sturdy to me with no hard edges or places where fingers can get pinched. Also, if ever needed, replacement parts are easy to find.
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