I have used these almost every week for the last 3 years. Although they are lighweight they are well built and very stable, even when I was cleaning the shed gutters in high winds.
Mine have been thrown in cars and suffer a lot of punishment but are still as good as new and showing no signs of mechanical wear
I have never been good with heights, but I am not going to let a little thing like that put me off painting ceilings, hanging curtains or getting into my loft space.
I cannot remember how long ago I bought these ladders; it is defiantly longer than five/six years though. I therefore cannot remember how much I paid for them but looking on the Argos website now, they sell one similar to mine for £29.99. If I remember rightly the price wasn't that different back when I first bought mine.
I like these ladders as they form an A shape and are quite sturdy and feel very safe when you are climbing them. They stand just over a metre tall and this is high enough to wallpaper and paint ceilings. Although I would not recommend them for constant heavy duty use, for everyday tasks like changing light bulbs etc they are great. The steps are wide enough to stand on and feel safe about the width of metal underneath your feet. They are made of lightweight aluminium but they hold up to 95kg. When it is folded away it stands up and to open it you pull the legs apart, once you make sure that the top platform is properly down, you are ready to go. I have used these ladders on carpet and on laminate floor and due to the great D grip on each foot. I have never had the problem of slipping on tiled floors or laminate as these grips really do a wonderful job.
I can't say I have ever used the ladders without holding onto the handle at the top but the platform is wide enough to stand most comfortably on with no problems. It is also wide enough to fit a normal sized pot of paint and a roller tray which is very handy. Holding the paint pot while painting is not an option for me as I have to hold onto something, being able to rest them on the platform is a godsend. The ladders weigh roughly 3.6kg, mine weigh a little bit more as mine are covered in paint etc, which is good proof that they have been used happily (or it proves I am really bad at painting)! To fold away you simply lift the platform up and the legs go back together (I could have worded that better, sorry!) When folded it is quite neat and storage isn't a problem, I have them leaning in the corner of my kitchen and they do not get in the way really.
Defiantly worth buying, great price, great model, well made.
I must begin this review by telling you that I am terrified of heights but only what I consider to be unsafe heights. For example I was happy to climb to the very top of St Paul's Cathedral and admire the view whilst leaning on the sturdy railings at the top but, if you lean a stepladder against a wall and ask me to climb it, I would get three or four rungs up before I was almost hysterical.
So now you know why my choice of ladder is important. Firstly it has to be a stepladder as the A shape is so much more stable than leaning a ladder against a wall. Secondly there has to be a handle at the top or there is no way I'll be going up there!
The set of steps that I use when decorating here at the cottage is the Domestic 5 Tread Aluminium Stepladder which I bought from Argos at least 15 years ago. They are now covered in splashes of paint and bits of plaster but they are as good as the day I bought them and, most importantly, I feel safe using them.
This stepladder currently costs £29.99 from Argos and can be collected from the store or delivered to your house. This item comes complete with a manufacturer's one year guarantee.
From what I remember, when I bought mine, they were encased in strong clear polythene and there was probably a sheet of instructions in there too but it hardly warrants such a thing.
The stepladder is made from aluminium and has four steps and a top platform making the 5 treads of the item description. The whole thing stands 1.03 metres to the platform with a further half a metre to the top of the handrail.
This height is ideal for painting the walls and ceiling here at the cottages, although at our previous house the ceilings were so high we had to get them professionally painted!
To use the stepladder you just need to pull the two sides apart until the platform locks into place - flat - at the top of the steps. There is a bar across the side of the stepladder that doesn't have any steps and there is a U shaped cut out on either side of the platform. When the stepladder is open correctly the U shaped cut outs sit on the bar and the whole thing is a strong, stable A shape.
Once you have finished using the step ladder it folds flat again for easy storage not taking up too much space.
On the bottom of each of the four feet of the stepladder there are wide, no slip, rubber D shaped treads. This means that not only is the structure stable the whole thing will not slip along the floor whilst in use.
I use my stepladders mainly for decorating. I usually put my paint tin on the platform and stand on one of the four steps holding the side of the ladder with my free hand for balance.
Now for the really good bit. The whole thing feels so safe and stable that, if necessary I can even stand on the platform at the top of the stepladder - using my free hand to hold the handle at the top of course - I'm not brave enough to just stand there without holding on. Having said that, if you aren't scared of heights like I am, this step ladder would be perfectly safe to stand on any of the five treads without holding onto anything.
Apart from the safety aspect the other big advantage of this step ladder is that, being made from aluminium it is very light. In fact it weighs just 3.6kg approximately. It is easy for me to carry it around the cottage and up and down stairs. I have also found that I can carry a can of paint in one hand and lift and move the stepladder with the other it is so light.
So there you are a lightweight, safe, robust step ladder that even a wus like me can use!
We had these bought for us 4 years ago when we got married and moved into our first home, and have used them now and again since then for DIY work around the house. As they are aluminium, they are really lightweight so easy to move around and up and down stairs. And seeing as I do most of the DIY while my husband is at work, this is a real plus for me, as I can just get on with it. This does contribute to the one disadvantage however. Especially if standing on carpet, or the floor is slightly uneven, which is in a lot of places in our old house, they can feel a bit wobbly, especially when getting closer to the top rung. I am now used to this, but at first it can be a bit daunting.
Other than that though, these ladders do fulfil their purpose. For average DIY around the house, these ladders will serve you fine. At £29.99 I think they are a fair price, and if you are into doing your own decorating, ladders are a must and these are a good as option as any. When not in use they fold down for easy storage. When in use, the height seems to be just right. Each of the five steps have grooves on, so they are not slippy, which is great if you only need to use one or two of the steps, but have to balance on one of the steps. But at full height, they are tall enough for most internal jobs. We have an old house with really high ceilings, and as I am just over 5 feet this could have caused a problem! But the ladders have been fine, and I have been able to paint ceilings in the highest rooms without the help of someone taller!
We bought these about a month ago. Hubby has big huge Ladders but since we moved house we still haven't got them through to our house yet - we used to stay along the road from my aunty so she has been been handy for storage. We had other Ladders around this size but 1 of the Steps in the middle seemed to have got a bit shaky so we wanted to get another set for not that much money. These came from Argos - obviously (!) and they cost £29.99. We managed to throw these in the back of my father in laws Mondeo and get these home.
To first look at these they didn't look all too sturdy and I wondered how these would do for inside use on Carpet which is where we will normally be using these to go up the Attic but they seem to be alright. They have little Rubber bits on the bottom of the legs so this should keep them in place on Lino and outside.
Just pull these apart and they will stay in place easily enough and not move. As the title states these have 5 steps on them and the gap between the steps isn't all that high to climb. They do the job for us anyway.
They are pretty lightweight and they are not so hard to move about when they are folded up. Obviously they aren't the easiest thing to be moving about due to the bulk of these but they are easy enough for me to lift up and put these back to where we store them.
Obviously only having these a short while and only using them a few times I can't comment on how long these will last but I think that they will last a long enough time. They look nice and shiny as well.
Alright Ladders and after buying these I don't see the point of paying more money than this for such a product.
Up until recently I have always relied on other people to do my diy and things like that. I've never really been without a guy in my life and if I needed a lightbulb changing or whatever I'd get them to do it for me to be honest lol.
However a few months back after kicking my ex into touch I decided enough was enough. I don't want a man right now but it'd leave me with a problem! Who was going to do my odd jobs?
Well me of course, scared of heights or not. I moved into this flat and I had lampshades to put up, a set of curtains to pop on a rail and the top of my kitchen cupboards were caked in grease. Since sorting them problems out I have used these to stand on and to scrub damp off my ceiling and allsorts and have actually overcome my fear of heights finally!
I purchased these aluminium, lightweight 5 stepped ladder from Argos and they cost me £29.99. What appealed to me about these when I saw them in the catalogue was not only that they are a tall ladder which means I wouldn't need any other sized step ladder at a later date but also the fact that they are lightweight cos me, well I'm not the strongest person in the world and am a bit of a lightweight myself.
So to use them you pull them apart. They have 4 black rubber 'feet' on them and each step is reasonably wide with integrated lines on them to give us extra grip, the handrail is the same and of course there are 4 steps which all feel sturdy and a platform that I guess you could stand on if you really wanted to though I never have but have used it as a shelf to pop things I'm using on though this is a five step item so I guess it is meant to be used as a step too!
These I find great though. They don't wobble so I don't need someone to stand at the bottom to keep me safe and they don't mark my lamanate floor or anything adverse like that. They pull apart with ease, fold back together simply and I have no issues with these at all and consider them a great buy. I have no idea the height these give but they are quite a tall set of ladders and me, I'll never need another set in my home!
Only available from Argos.
When I moved into my first home one of my first purchases was the Argos 5 rung stepladder which was needed for hanging curtains and putting up lampshades. Over 14 years later and now in a new home, the ladder is still going strong and is used often for changing lightbulbs and all those little jobs around the home where you need to reach up high.
My stepladder cost £18.99, the price has now risen to £29.99 but it is still a good buy. It is a simple stepladder, it folds flat when not in use for easy storage and you simply pull the two sections apart to use it and it and the platform clicks into place.
Each of the treads is a reasonable thickness so I feel nice and secure when using it, they have a non slip tread on them to make you feel more secure and stop slipping off. The steps are all around a foot or so apart which is not too big a step. The steps are wide enough that you can have two feet on each one at the same time.
The only slight niggle I have with the ladder is that I would like the platform on the top to be slightly bigger. It is a good size for placing lightbulbs or pots of paint when decorating but is slightly too small to comfortably fit a paint tray and that needs to be wedged firmly in at a slight angle. The platform has ridges on it though which stops things like lightbulbs falling off.
I have used this ladder for many years and despite it being covered in paint splashes it is still as good as new. There has been no rusting of the metal at all and the hinges still work perfectly. I anticipate this ladder will last me a lifetime and has been a brilliant investment.