From cleaning eavestroughs, to dusting ceiling fans, to hanging pictures and changing light bulbs, there is no shortage of reasons anyone who owns or rents a home should have a ladder. Need to hang Christmas lights? Get a ladder. Want to reach the top shelf of your closet? Get a ladder. But with the Consumer Products Safety Commission estimating an astounding 65,000 hospitalizations each year from injuries sustained because of a ladder, it’s important you get one that is safe. Depending on the type of climbing you need to do, we recommend telescoping ladders.
Perfect for times when you’re able to lean the ladder against a wall either inside or outside, telescopic ladders are not only strong and stable, which means fewer ladder-related injuries, they’re also much easier to store than a traditional V-shaped ladder. Retracting to almost one-quarter of their extended height, telescopic ladders are ideal for those who are lacking in storage space or need a ladder than can easily be transported in the trunk of their car.
Great for houses or apartments, dorm rooms or RVs, telescopic ladders are adjustable, lightweight, compact, and strong. Check out three of our favorite telescoping ladders below and happy climbing!
1. Xtend & Climb Contractor Series 12.5ft Ladder Telescoping
Easily store the Xtend & Climb Contractor Series 12.5ft Ladder Telescoping anywhere thanks to the ladder’s compact 32-inch height when closed. Small enough to fit into the trunk of any car or keep in a hallway closest, the Xtend & Climb has an ANSI rating of 300 pounds and is easy to carry thanks to integrated carrying handles that come with a heavy duty carrying strap.
Pros: The Xtend & Climb is made from durable aerospace engineered alloy and has a clean touch anodized finish for a ladder that is long-lasting. The ladder also features double over-molded feet for secure traction.
Cons: The Xtend & Climb is rated for 300 pounds, whereas the other two ladders on our list are rated for 330 pounds. Though it has the same extended height as the Ohuhu and is more compact when retracted, the Xtend is nine pounds heavier.
2. WolfWise 15.5FT Aluminum Telescoping Ladder with Stabilizer
For a ladder that can go the distance, we recommend the WolfWise 15.5FT Aluminum Telescoping Ladder with Stabilizer, which is the tallest ladder on our list. Feel stable and secure thanks to the stabilizer bar and non-slip mat, as well as the crash-resistant design of the ladder. The height of the ladder can be adjusted in feet and easily transported using the heavy-duty strap included.
Pros: Closing the WolfWise is easy thanks to the newly upgraded internal structure and one-button retraction that won’t pinch hands when closing.
Cons: The WolfWise is the tallest ladder on our list and also the heaviest at 39.8 pounds.
3. Ohuhu 12.5 FT Aluminum Telescopic Extension Ladder
Made from lightweight aluminum alloy and featuring a compact footprint, the Ohuhu 12.5 FT Aluminum Telescopic Extension Ladder is an affordable telescopic ladder that is perfect for those who need extra height for quick jobs. With a weight capacity of 330 pounds, non-slip end caps and extra-wide steps, the Ohuhu is ideal for newbies and DIY experts.
Pros: Like the WolfWise, the Ohuhu has a one-button intelligent retraction with locking pins that make retraction easy and won’t pinch fingers or hands.
Cons: The Ohuhu has a storage height of 39 inches, which is taller than the 12.5-foot Xtend & Climb and almost as tall as the 15.5 foot WolfWise.