We’re moving to a new place, and I know I’m going to need a couple of new ladders. For interior use, I simply need a little more height and greater stability than what my current step ladder can handle. My first purchase will be for a 6-foot A-frame ladder. Maybe a 4-footer? This seems like a good time to ask about your favorites.
So do you have a favorite brand? Size? Style? Model? Or would you recommend something other than an A-frame step ladder for general interior use?
Louisville’s 6-foot fiberglass ladder ($93 via Amazon) is on my shortlist. It’s a good height, not too expensive (under $100), and looks to have a very solid and stable design. Louisville also makes a whole line of ladders for Dewalt (also available at Amazon), but I can’t see too many differences aside for the color scheme and higher prices.
The Little Giant Flip-N-Lite that I wrote about a few years ago is also on my short list, but I think I like the design of the Louisville A-frame better.
My father has aluminum step ladders, I believe in 4-foot and 6-foot sizes, and they’ve served him well for many years, but I think I like the rigidity of fiberglass a bit better. The last time I checked out ladders at the home improvement store, it seemed that the fiberglass ladders exhibited a lot less flex than the aluminum.
Do you have a preference along those lines? Aluminum vs. fiberglass?
I figured I’d start with a 6-footer now, and then maybe buy a 4-footer later on. I’ll also need an extension ladder, or even one of those compact telescoping ladders, but that’s probably a discussion for another time.
I could of course wait 6 weeks or so and buy one of the Werner Black Friday specials that are sure to pop up at Home Depot or Lowes, but from what I’ve seen in the past, they’re not at the same feature and quality level as non-special-buy ladders.
Please tell us about your favorite step ladder recommendations for general interior use!