Product Type: Argos Hand Tool
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
Now my wife will find my secret stash in the top kitchen cupboards!
Argos 2 Step Chrome Stepstool
Member Name: Bellroyd
Argos 2 Step Chrome Stepstool
Advantages: Functional and fit for purpose.
Disadvantages: A bit pricey for what it does
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.
Summary: It's an OK product, but has nothing which identifies it as being great
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