My father used to keep two step ladders in the basement. Both were aluminum A-frame ladders, one a 4-footer and the other I believe was a 6-footer. Although not too heavy, they were bulky and awkward to move around. Not only that, they weren’t very comfortable to use either.
The ladders had flip-down shelves to hold supplies and solid-feeling rungs to climb and stand on. But there’s a limit as to how high you could really go. The top rung is meant to hold tools and supplies, and for stability reasons the very next step isn’t ideal to stand on.
Basic 4-foot and 6-foot step ladders can be found for about $20 around Christmas, but I can’t see myself ever buying one.
If I’m buying a step ladder for myself, or if my father ever requests a new one, it’s going to be this 6-foot Little Giant Flip-N-Lite.
Whereas traditional step ladders have small rungs, the Flip-N-Lite offers a large platform for you to stand on. While the design means you can’t climb up to the very top, it should offer particularly good bracing and support.
The ladder is priced at $80 to $100 (with free shipping), which might seem like a lot compared to 6-foot aluminum ladders, but what’s more important – safety and stability or saving a few bucks?
I can’t say whether this ladder is any easier to transport and maneuver than a typical step ladder, but at least it’s not heavy. 12-1/2 pounds seems reasonable.
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The ladder has received excellent reviews on Amazon. Out of 100 users (as of 6/6/13), 90 gave it 5-stars and 8 gave it 4-stars.