Small stepladders review and compare

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  • Updated:26 Feb 2008
 

04.Product profiles

Profiles - the best

Bailey Satellite FS10450

Price: $99 Bailey satellite

Details

  • Platform stepladder
  • Three steps
  • Aluminium
  • Load rating 100kg

Good points

  • Passed all safety tests.
  • Excellent ease of use.
  • Has a safety rail with incorporated tool/paint tray.

Bad points

  • Platform step feels a little wobbly because it's narrow, preventing a wide stance.

Gorilla Aluminium Contractor M003-C

Price: $65 Gorilla

Details

  • Small stepladder
  • Two steps
  • Aluminium
  • Load rating 120kg

Good points

  • Passed all safety tests except the second walk test.
  • Very good ease of use.
  • Cross-connected spreaders that can be locked in place from one side.

Bad points

  • While our testers found the ladder was solid and secure to stand on, some people might find its 8 cm deep treads don't feel as secure as a platform or wide tread.
  • Top cap only comes up to shin height, which isn't as secure as a higher safety railing.

Ullrich General Purpose GP03

Price: $155 Ullrich

Details

  • Small stepladder
  • Two steps
  • Aluminium
  • Load rating 120kg

Good points

  • Passed all safety tests except the second walk test.
  • Good ease of use.

Bad points

  • While our testers found the ladder was solid and secure to stand on, some people might find its 8 cm deep treads don't feel as secure as a platform or wide tread.
  • Top cap only comes up to shin height, which isn't as secure as a higher safety railing.
  • The spreaders need to be locked individually.

Profiles - the rest

Geelong Single Sided

Geelong

Price: $33

Details

  • Small stepladder
  • Two steps
  • Steel
  • Load rating 100kg

Good points

  • Feels very secure to stand on.
  • Very good ease of use.
  • Five year warranty.

Bad points

  • Failed tread to stile shear test.

Geelong Wide Tread DWSL3W

Geelong

Price: $50

Details

  • Platform stepladder
  • Three steps
  • Steel
  • Load rating 100kg

Good points

  • Very good ease of use.
  • Five year warranty.
  • Safety rail

Bad points

  • Failed tread to stile shear test.
  • Heavy.

Household Safety First TR3-WHB

Household

Price: $50

Details

  • Platform stepladder
  • Three steps
  • Steel
  • Load rating 100kg

Good points

  • Very good ease of use.
  • Safety rail.

Bad points

  • Failed tread to stile shear test.

Lion 3 Step Aluminium LT550R

Lion

Price: $119

Details

  • Platform stepladder
  • Three steps
  • Aluminium
  • Load rating 120 kg

Good points

  • Very good ease of use, particularly for folding/unfolding.
  • Safety rail.
  • Very lightweight

Bad points

  • Failed tread to stile shear test.
  • Load rating not marked on ladder.

Safety First 3 Step CRA030-3

Safety first

Price: $80

Details

  • Platform stepladder
  • Three steps
  • Steel
  • Load rating 150kg

Good points

  • Very good ease of use.
  • Safety rail.

Bad points

  • Failed stile bending test and tread to stile shear test.

Ullrich Double Sided DST03

Ullrich

Price: $139

Details

  • Small stepladder
  • Two steps
  • Aluminium
  • Load rating 120kg

Good points

  • Feels very secure to stand on.
  • Very good ease of use.

Bad points

  • Failed both walk tests.

Homemaker 2 Step Fold-up

Homemaker

Price: $20

Details

  • Platform stepladder
  • Two steps
  • Steel
  • Load rating 100kg

Good points

  • Good ease of use.
  • Safety rail.

Bad points

  • Failed tread to stile shear test.
  • Load rating not marked on ladder.

GAF 3 Step SL3

GAF

Price: $30

Details

  • Platform stepladder
  • Three steps
  • Steel
  • Load rating 125kg

Good points

  • Safety rail.

Bad points

  • Failed first walk test, stile bending test and tread to stile shear test.

House & Home 2 Step

House and home

Price: $22

Details

  • Platform stepladder
  • Two steps
  • Steel
  • Load rating 100kg

Good points

  • Safety rail.

Bad points

  • Failed first walk test, stile bending test and tread to stile shear test.  
 

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