“ Brand: Argos / Product Type: Stepstool „
In our house, we have one problem; lack of space in the kitchen. This means that many items such as pasta containers and kitchen scales have to be put up on top of kitchen cuphoards to clear work-space. Which is fine if you are tall like me but not so good for the slightly shorter Mrs.Sparky!
Tired of getting the same old "Can you just get such and such down for me...", I deecided to treat my wife for her birthday and buy her some steps. (As a jokey present, I might add ~ I did buy her something else!). And these neat, fold-away steps from Argos looked being one of the better products currently available.
They are strong, sturdy and ever so easy to open and close and with their chrome finish, do not look too much out of place. They are not THAT high but then they don't need to be and have proven to be the exact right height for my wife to reach what she needs to!
Safety comes first of course and these have a catch that will stop them closing and collapsing on you mid-use and conform to all European Safety Standards! They take a weight load of a little under 5kg too so unless you are really big, they will take most weights perfectly safely. Alsdo another important fact is that the treads on each step are non-slip.
These cost me £30 or thereabouts from Argos and ceretainly get the job done! Now, I can sit back and read my Kindle in peace whilst Mrs.Sparky no longer feels like quite a shorty!
I think they were a good, solid investment (jokey present or not) and wholeheartedly give them two thumbs up!
When I moved into my new house I originally borrowed a step ladder from my mum to help me with decorating and DIY but I found it to be too bulky and tall for my needs so I decided to invest in buying my own. As with most things my first port of call was the good old Argos catalogue. I found the Argos value step ladder for just £9.99 but it was out of stock. They could have ordered me one in but I wanted it there and then so I had to get the Argos 2 step chrome stepstool. It was more expensive at £24.99 but I thought of it as an investment and something that could come from house to house with me for the rest of my life.
The step stool is much smaller than a step ladder and only has two steps and it measures 96.8cm at its highest point but the top step is only about a foot and a half high which was perfect for what I was wanting it for as I am quite tall but for those shorty's out there it might not be high enough for you.
I find it to be the perfect height for all manner of things. When I was decorating it was just the right height for me to be able to reach the ceiling and coving with ease. It is also handy for me to be able to reach my loft opening without straining and we even used it as a seat whilst waiting for furniture to be delivered.
It has rubber feet which grip my wooden floors fantastically and when it is opened and I am on it I never feel any wobbles or slippage. Although I am not very high up when on the step stool I still wouldn't like to fall off and with this I have always felt safe and secure and the safety catches make sure that if it did slip a little it wouldn't fold in on itself.
The actual steps are also quite wide and my big feet fitted on them with ease.
The quality was just as good as I had hoped it would be for the money. It is made from steel with the steps having a rubberised material to prevent slipping. It feels very well made and solid and not flimsy in the slightest.
One of the best things about this stepstool as opposed to the ladder I originally had from my mum is just how easy it is to store away. It folds up and fits in my under stairs cupboard with ease which was important to me as storage in my house is at a premium. It also isn't all that heavy to it isn't so much of a chore to get it out and put it away again which it would have been had it been heavier.
If you are in the market for a small step ladder then I can highly recommend this one. It is sturdy, safe and easy to store and has proven itself to be indispensible in my house since I bought it.
When we bought our own house just over 7 years ago now and had a need for decorating rooms, we decided pretty quickly that a step ladder would be pretty helpful to do those jobs that were at height, such as putting up curtain poles, stripping wallpaper, and many other tasks.
Although larger ladders can be useful, we decided as we are both fairly tall (I am 5ft 6 and my husband is 5ft 10) that we didn't need the extra height of another step, so this small set of foldable ladders would be ideal.
The ladders fold completely flat for storage when we are not using them, and then we hang them up on the wall in the garage so they are out of the way. They are easy to get and set up when they are needed. The steps fold down, and you need to make sure that they are completely flat otherwise they may move when you stand on them.
The actual steps are a ridged surface, so it is pretty necessary to wear shoes when standing on them. I have tried without, and it is really uncomfortable. The steps have rubber feet, so you can stand on different surfaces such as carpet, tiles, and laminate flooring without any worry that they will move when you are working. The curved handle at the top is useful as it rests at around knee height and serves as a reminder not to step too far forwards.
They are pretty easy to maintain. A quick wipe gets most debris off, although ours seem to have some splashes of dried on emulsion on them.
I find these pretty indispensable. I use them for many jobs:
- getting into the loft (before we bought a proper ladder)
- painting walls
- cleaning windows
- putting up christmas decorations
- clearing on top of wardrobes and wall units
- chopping climbing plants outside in the garden
- cleaning the guttering on the garage
- reaching the back of my kitchen cupboards
- hiding stuff at the top of my built in wardrobe from the kids.
At £24.99, these are an inexpensive purchase and they are likely to last us forever with correct use and maintenance.
Hardly a design classic, this functional item serves the purpose for which it is intended and we have no significant issues with it - other than the fact that I think my wife paid too much for it. We have a perfectly serviceable caravan step which I have in the garage and she could have used this to reach the top cupboards. However, for reasons that she has never properly explained, that wasn't good enough.
She likes the fact that this one can be easily folded up and put away. She forgets the fact that we have no appropriate place to store it in the kitchen which is where she needs it so she stores it in the garage - yes, next to the sturdy little caravan step which would have done the job in the first place. I think she must have just wanted to buy something when she was in Argos. And anyway, she never admits it when she is wrong or has made a poor decision.
The steps themselves meet the European Standard EN14183, with which I am sure you are all very familiar. In short, they are safe and even though I am twice her weight, they take my weight without groaning. Indeed, they claim to take up to 150kg of weight and I am nowhere near that heavy.
The frame is made of steel which has been plated in chrome. Theframe extends into a back rest if you choose to sit on the stool or something to hang onto if you feel a bit wobbly. As a fairly tall person, I could have done with this being a bit higher.
Each of the two sizeable treads is fully coated in rubber which gives you good grip and from the top step, my wife can easily reach the top cupboards without stretching or risk of imbalance. On the top step they are about 18 inches high, which gives her a total height of 6'6" and with her arm outstretched she can get everywhere she needs to be, including reaching the cobwebs with her little feather duster! I have now had to find a new location for my secret stash! Secret stash of what? Ah - that would be telling!
The feet have rubber caps which protect the floor and the whole thing folds away to only about 4 or 5 inches depth. I can't really fault it in that it safely does the job expected of it. I just think that at £24.99 it was a bit expensive, so I have docked it 1 star accordingly.
As some of you know, I have some difficulties with mobility. I was diagnosed with lupus until they lost the test results, after which it was changed to fibromyalgia, but I have been assured I will have lupus again if they ever find the original test results!
At any rate as it became more awkward for me to climb up chairs to reach high shelves, and I managed to fall off of one, my husband bought this to make things easier for me. My stepstool is exactly like this but white, but I do not think the make the white one anymore. At any rate colour has no effect on the usefulness of this little item.
The stepstool folds away very easily, and I have problems with my hands as well, so I am sure anyone could fold this with no bother. The top step is about 18" high and has a non slip rubber mat. The rail extends above the top step making the total height about 38". The base it very sturdy and does not wobble at all. The bottom legs also have non slip rubber to keep this secure and safe. The only problem at all with this step stool is the treads do get a bit dirty, especially when we are baking, but they are easy enough to scrub out.
Once we bought this, I could not imagine why we waited so long. It certainly makes many things easier. I can easily step up to reach high items, and my husband has found it very useful for painting and decorating the house as well.
But the main user for this item has been my youngest son who was about 18 months old when this was purchased. He quickly named this "Scoot" and absolutely loves this. He uses it to wash his hands at the kitchen sink, stand up beside me to bake ( hence the flour stuck in the treads) and most importantly of all, to reach the cabinet where the chocolates are kept. We can no longer fold it up and tuck it away because he will end up crying for Scoot, nor can it ever be left outdoors after he has used it to climb onto their trampoline.
I am happy to give this item 5 stars and would very much recommend it, just as useful household item, but especially for families with young children to offer a bit more independence. It can even double as an extra chair if you have company and is honestly very comfortable.