Test results for 12 two-step and three-step stepladders priced from $20 to $155
Getting a spare blanket from the top shelf of the wardrobe, taking the curtains down for a wash or changing a light bulb are simple enough household tasks that generally don’t require you to climb to dizzy heights or carry heavy tools. For such jobs, a small, domestic stepladder, with two or three steps, made of metal or reinforced plastic is probably all you need.
We bought 12 stepladders — including eight with a platform you can stand on and a safety rail, instead of just a top step — from hardware and department stores. The ladders were subjected to tough tests, taken from the Australian ladder standard.
Our main finding: none of the cheaper stepladders priced $50 or less can be recommended, but neither can two that cost more than $100.
Please note: this information was current as of February 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market.
- Bailey Satellite FS10450
- GAF 3 Step SL3 #
- Geelong Single Sided
- Geelong Wide Tread DWSL3W
- Gorilla Aluminium Contractor M003-C
- Homemaker 2 Step Fold-up
- House & Home 2 Step
- Household Safety First TR3-WHB #
- Lion 3 Step Aluminium LT550R
- Safety First 3 Step CRA030-3
- Ullrich Double Sided DST03
- Ullrich General Purpose GP03
# Model is discontinued but some stock may still be available.