Telescopic Ladder Reviews – We compare and reveal 5 of the best models

Telescopic Ladder Reviews – We compare and reveal 5 of the best models

Telescopic Ladder Reviews – We compare and reveal 5 of the best models

Telescopic Ladder Reviews

The problem with most ladders is they tend be very impracticable as they can be excessively heavy and large, making them awkward to transport as they often cannot fit into the boot of your car and finding somewhere to store them can also be a problem due to there size.

This is where the new range of telescopic ladders come into their own. They can fold down to an impressive and compact 80cm tall, this means they can easily fit into the boot of your car or be stored in a small cupboard, shed or even, under the bed. There generally, much lighter for their size, some models weighing as little as 7kg. They can be set to any height, rung by rung, which makes them extremely versatile, specially in more confined spaces. Some models even fold over so they can be used as step ladders and set up in many configurations for use on stairs and uneven surfaces.

Overall, Telescopic ladders are a big improvement on conventional ladders.?

Best telescopic ladders - Vonhaus 2.6, Soft Close Telescopic ladder Review

OUR BEST PICK
FOR HOME OWNERS

VonHaus 2.6m Telescopic Ladder

Also available as a 3.8m ladder

  • Extends to 2.6 meters (8.5ft) rung by rung
  • Closes down softly to a compact 78cm tall
  • Soft close anti-pinch finger protection
  • Very light weight at only 7.8kg
  • Conforms to EN 131 making them ideal for commercial light trade work and heavy duty DIY use
  • Free Extended 2 Year Warranty

Unfortunately, there are lots if cheap imports on the market, often not even conforming to EN-131 and CE standards, which is not only illegal, you will also not be insured should you have a accident and needed to claim on your home or business insurance. They can also be extremely dangerous and you can be risking serious injury just by using them. Its simply not worth the risk.

Luckily, we have put together our 'Telescopic ladder Buyers Guide' which not only goes into detail on what to look for in a good pair of telescopic ladders, we also review 5 of the best telescopic ladders from trusted brands which we narrowed down from over 12 different models. They are available in a range of fully extended sizes from 2.6 meters for a small pair, ideal for home use to larger models with extend to over 5 meters for reaching the tallest of places.

WORHAN 5.6m telescopic folding ladders review - Best for professional use

OUR BEST PICK FOR
COMMERCIAL & TRADE

WORHAN 5.6m Telescopic ladder

Probably one of the most versatile telescopic ladders on the market.

  • Extends to 5.6 meters (18.5ft) rung by rung
  • Closes down softly to a compact 95x49x20cm
  • Can be folded to form step ladders and can be used on uneven surfaces and on stairs
  • Very light weight at only 20kg
  • Conforms to EN 131 making them ideal for both home and commercial/trade use

What to take into consideration when buying a telescopic ladder

Telescopic ladders have become very popular in recent years, mainly due to their compact, light weight innovative design and versatility. However with so many models available, it can be hard to work out which models are not only safe to use, but also manufactured to the highest standards and offer decent warranty. There are also different features telescopic ladders have, which cheaper models may lack. Below we go over what to look for to ensure you buy one of best telescopic ladders.

  • Ensure the ladder conforms to European and UK standards : All ladders sold in the UK should be manufactured to specified standards that ensures they are safe to use and have passed certain safety standards. There are actually 3 separate standards of classification. The 3 classifications are: Class 1, Class EN131 and Class III. 

    Class 1 are designed for industrial use, Class EN131 are suitable for commercial light trade work and heavy duty DIY use and Class 3 if designed for domestic tasks.

    We recommend buying ladders that are at least Class EN131 rated as they are the significantly safer option and offer the quality you can appreciate, while still offering the best value for money. The other reason is insurance companies will insist you use at least 'EN131 rated ladders' as they will not pay out, should you have an accident on ladders that are not up to standard. Colour identification is often used on the rubber feet of ladders and steps and/or attached user instructions and warning labels. As a general rule all ways look for a EN131 rating.
  • Step by step extension - All good  telescopic ladders will extend 'step by step', this means, you can set the ladders to your desired height, this is very useful in confined spaces where a fully extended set of ladder simply would not fit. Each rung will lock separately, we only recommend ladders with this feature. Its important to realise that some 'cheaper models', have to be fully extended before it locks in place. We would strongly advise against ladders that cannot be used at different heights.
  • Finger pinch protection - Some models feature 'finger pinch protection',this is a nice feature to have, it simply prevents you from trapping your fingers when you retract the ladder, and as you will find, they can retract fast. A simple feature, but not found on all models.
  • Models that convert to step ladders - Some models 'fold in half', they can be converted into step ladders. Most models that have this feature, also have the ability to extend each side independently, this means they can be used on uneven surfaces and on stairs. A great feature for any trademan or home user.
  • Look for a ladder with a stabilizer included - The stabilizer is a simple aluminium bar that fits to the bottom of the ladder and provides more stability. Not all ladders include the stability bar but I think its essential, specially for longer ladders. Cheaper ladders often don't have a stabilizer, simply to save on cost.
  • Look for gripped rubber feet - Again this is a safety feature that helps prevent the ladder from slipping on a range of surfaces. It also helps prevent marking the floor, it may surprise you, but not all ladders have this simple feature which is essential from a safety point of view at the very least.
  • Quality - Some ladders are made from low quality materials. Usually low quality models, are easy to spot by their low prices. If you see a ladder that are significantly cheaper to other similar models, buy with caution as there is usually a reason their so cheap, usually because they are made from poor quality materials that are often not up to standard.

OUR TOP 5 BEST TELESCOPIC LADDERS


VonHaus 2.6m Telescopic Ladder Review

**OUR BEST PICK**

Best telescopic ladder Vonhaus 2.6, Soft Close Telescopic ladder Review
  • Manufactured from robust high grade aluminium
  • Extends to 2.6 meters (8.5ft)
  • Folds down to a compact, 78cm tall for easy transportation and storage
  • Can be extended rung by rung which automatically lock into place when ladder in extended
  • Very light weight at only 7.8kg
  • Conforms to EN-131 and CE standards making it suitable for home use, as well as commercial light trade work and heavy duty DIY
  • Soft close anti-pinch finger protection
  • Comes with 2 years warranty

The VonHaus 2.6m Soft Close Telescopic Ladders are a high quality set of ladders, ideal for around the home, in the garden and even light commercial trade work and heavy duty DIY. At only 7.8kg, their extremely light weight and fold down to only 78cm tall,

Whether you need to access your loft, paint the walls, hand some pictures or just about any other task where ladders are essential, then these are the ladders, that will make your job, much easier.

They fully extend to 2.6 meters (8.6ft) tall, making them the ideal tool for most jobs around the home or workplace.

They conforms to the EN-131 so you can be sure they meet all the important safety standards and will take a maximum load of 150kg/ 330lbs,

It features 8, wide anti-slip rungs that have gripped tread that can be extended, one rung at a time, this means you can extend the ladder to your desired height as you don't need to have them fully extended. This makes it ideal for getting into more confined spaces, where a larger ladder would not fit.

To ensure the ladder is safe to use on all services and will not slip, the ladder is fitted with 6cm diameter rubber feet which prevent the feet from slipping and protect floor from being scratched.

Our recommendation - These are one of the smaller telescopic ladders available and this is their only restriction (height), however their still 8.5ft tall when fully extended which is great for most jobs around the house and garden. If you need to get to the gutters, you will probably need to look at something a little taller, for most other jobs, there perfect.

However, these are some of the best telescopic ladders we have seen, the quality is excellent and it does come with a stability bar which adds extra stability when fitted. One of the features we love is the soft close anti-pinch finger protection which is a great addition you don't get on all models.

Overall if you don't needs anything taller then 2.6 meters (8.5ft), then these are probably the best ladders we have seen at this size. A fantastic ladder and they come with 2 years warranty, most other manufactures only include 1 years warranty so this is another bonus.


 WORHAN 5.6m Double Telescopic Folding Ladder Review

**BEST TELESCOPIC LADDER FOR TRADE USE**

WORHAN 5.6m telescopic folding ladders review - Best for professional use
  • Manufactured from anodized aluminum with new technologie, strong robust construction
  • Can be used a multiple heights up to 5.6 meters (18.5ft)
  • Folds down to a compact 95x49x20cm for easy transportation and storage
  • Can be extended rung by rung with a safety locking mechanism, can be set up in many configurations, as well as converted into a step ladder
  • Light weight at only 20kg (44lbs)
  • Strictly made to EN131 safety standard has a 150kg weight capacity
  • Comes with 12 months warranty

The WORHAN 5.6m telescopic folding ladders can be set to many different configurations, and is constructed to the highest standards using anodized aluminum with new technologies and is made strictly to EN131 safety standards, making them perfect form home and business,/Trade use.

The ability to fold in half to form step ladders, with the added flexibility to shorten and extend each end individually, means its ideal for working on stairs and uneven surfaces where more conventional ladders would not be suitable.

It fully extends to a very impressive 5.6 meters (18.5ft) and when converted into step ladders, is a very impressive 270cm (8' 10'').

At 20kg, their very light weight, this combined with its impressive folded down size of 95x49x20cm, means its very easy to transport in the boot of a car, as well as being easy to store in confined spaces. 

Other important features include the rung by rung extension with its improved safety locking mechanism. Simply open to the height required which gives greater maneuverability, specially in smaller spaces. it also comes with an added stabilizer for further support to give the ladder more stability and support. Finally the large rubber grip pads, ensure a solid grip on all working surfaces.

Our recommendation - We could not really fault these Telescopic ladders by WORHAM, they are clearly constructed to the highest quality and it extends smoothly and is very versatile..

They are very similar to the Nordstand Telescopic ladders in both manufacturing quality and features, both fold over to form step ladders, the only real difference between the two is the height, this model gives you an extra 60cm (2ft).

We were very impressed with how it can be converted to a step ladder so easily, and its ability to extend each side individually, this is great for anyone working on stairs or areas where the ground is not level. Its also one of the tallest telescopic ladders we have seen and could easily reach the roof of most homes for maintenance jobs.

Overall a good sturdy ladder that would of been our 'best pick' if it was not for its higher price tag, its also confirms to the all important EN-131 safety standard, which means it suitable for commercial / trade use as well as home use.

Its also available in a slightly smaller and cheaper 5 meter version which you can view here


Sotech 3.8m Telescopic Ladder
Review

**BEST VALUE FOR HOME USE**

Sotech 3.8m Telescopic Ladder review
  • Manufactured from high quality aluminium
  • Folds down to a compact 80cm tall making them easy to store and transport
  • Can be extended rung by rung and used at any height up to 3.8 meters (12.5ft)
  • Light weight at only 11.5kg
  • Conforms to the EN-131 and CE standards
  • Includes balance bar which offers extra support at the base of the ladder when in use
  • Includes carry bag and 1 years warranty

The Sotech Telescopic Ladders are a high quality set of ladders ideal for home use, at only 11.5kg, their extremely light weight and when folded down they stand at only 80cm tall, Their compact design means they are easy to store and transport in the boot of your car.

When fully unfolded to there longest length, they are 3.8 meters (12.5ft) tall making them the ideal tool for most jobs around the home or workplace.

They are manufactured from double layers of high quality aluminium WCS which conforms to the EN-131 and CE standards, so you can be sure they meet all safety standards.

To make carrying them around even easier and for added protection, they come with a carry bag.

To help prevent you slipping off the steps when using the ladder, the rungs have been profiled to squares and have a non-slip system on them to ensure have the most grip possible.

To ensure the ladders do not close when in use, they incorporate a security lock system and a rolling bearing system so you can extend the ladder rung by rung. This means you can use the ladder at a height that best suites the job in hand, making then very flexible.

Our recommendation - These telescopic ladders are great for anyone who needs a set of ladders for around the home and even light commercial or heavy duty DIY work. They not up to standard for industrial use as you would need ladders rated as 'Class 1',

Overall they are excellent quality and offer excellent value for money and the included carry bag is a nice extra to have, I think its worth mentioning that these ladders are also one of the 'Best Selling' telescopic ladder on Amazon.co.uk with hundreds of reviews.

It does extend very easily and smoothly, just watch your fingers when you collapse it back down, some models do have features to protect your fingers but at a extra cost (Our Best Pick Has This Feature), As long as you take care when collapsing it down, you should be fine.


 Charles Bentley 3.2m Telescopic Ladder Review

**RUNNER UP TO OUR BEST PICK**

Charles Bentley 3.2m Telescopic ladder review
  • Manufactured from Aluminium with very robust heavy duty plastic sides
  • Extends to 3.2 meters (10.5ft)
  • Folds down to a compact 81cm tall for easy transportation and storage
  • Can be extended rung by rung with a safety locking mechanism which have indicators to show rungs are safely engaged
  • Very light weight at only 9kg
  • Conforms to the GPSD & EN131-1, EN131-2, EN131-3 standards, making it ideal for home use as well as commercial light trade work and heavy duty DIY
  • Comes with 12 months warranty

The Charles Bentley 3.2 meter Telescopic Extendable ladders are an excellent set of ladders manufactured from high quality aluminium frame with heavy duty PVC sides. They are built to GPSD & EN131-1, EN131-2, EN131-3 standards which means they are suitable for both home use as well as around the workplace. 

At only 9kg, their extremely light weight for a set of ladders that extend to 3,2 meters (10.5ft) and have a maximum load capacity of 150kg. To help further improve safety and confidence in using the ladder, they have a safety locking mechanism and indicators that show that the rungs are fully engaged when extended.

They fully extended to 3.2 meters (10.5ft) tall, making them the ideal tool for most jobs around the home, garden as well around the workplace. For easy transportation, they fold down to a compact 81cm so can be easily placed in the back of a van, in the boot of your car as well as being easily stored in smaller spaces where a larger ladder, simply would not fit like in a small cupboard or under the bed.

Our recommendation - Another good quality set of ladders, Charles Bentley are know for there quality products so it was no surprise that they have been manufactured to such a high quality.

However it does lack the 'finger tip protection feature' of the VanHaus Telescopic Ladders (OUR BEST PICK) and only comes with 1 years warranty (Vanhaus come with 2).

However, if your in need of that little extra reach, then their certainly worth considering. All in all, a good set of telescopic ladders and one of the best selling telescopic ladders available and a Amazon Best Seller, with over 300 reviews.


 Nordstrand Telescopic Multi-purpose Ladder Review

**ALSO GREAT FOR PROFESSIONAL USE**

Best Telescopic Ladder for Trade - Nordstrand 5m Telescopic Multipurpose Ladder Review
  • Manufactured from light weight, high quality Aluminium with a strong ridget construction
  • Extends to 5 meters (17ft)
  • Easily transforms to different configurations making them ideal for use on stairs and uneven surfaces as well as being easily converted to a step ladder
  • Folds down to a compact 95cm tall for easy transportation and storage. Also comes with a storage carry bag. Total measurements when collapsed 95x50x18cm
  • Can be extended rung by rung with a safety locking mechanism and features anti-pinch finger protection.
  • Very light weight at only 18kg, making it easy to transport in a car boot
  • Comes with 12 months warranty and conforms to EN-131 making them suitable for domestic and trade use.

The Nordstrand 5m telescopic multi-purpose ladder are a true set of 'multi-purpose ladders', They can be set to many different configurations, making them suitable for use on uneven surfaces as well as on stairs, they also convert quickly to step ladders making them ideal for home use as well a commercial use.

Whats makes the Nordstrand ladder stand out from most other models, is its ability to fold in half to form step ladders, however it also has the ability and flexibility to shorten and extend each end individually, this is what makes it ideal for working on stairs and uneven surfaces.

Finally, it extends to a very impressive 5 meters (17ft) which means its suitable for them tall jobs such as cleaning out gutters, cleaning windows, or reaching places, smaller more restricted ladders simply cannot reach.

Thanks to its light weight aluminum construction, it weights an impressive 18kg and this, combined with its compact size and carry bag, mean its very easy to transport job to job and store in small confined spaces. No need to put this ladder on a roof rack when transporting, it fits directly in the boot of a car.

Other important features include the rung by rung extension, again making it more flexible as you can set it to a height perfect for the job, it also comes with an added stabilizer bar for further support to make the ladder more ridget, finger pinch protection makes it safer to use and the large rubber grips help prevent the ladder from slipping when in use.

Our recommendation - The Nordstrand Telescopic ladder is one of the more expensive models we have reviewed, however it does have many features not seen on most other models and has been manufactured to the highest quality.

We were very impressed with how it can be converted to a step ladder so easily, and its ability to extend each side individually, this is great for anyone working on stairs or areas where the ground is not level. Its also one of the tallest telescopic ladders we have seen and could easily reach the roof of most homes for maintenance jobs.


Final  conclusion

After spending over 20 hours researching over 15 telescopic ladders and testing several of our favorites, we were left with two models which we would strongly recommend over all other models we looked at. 

Both models were manufactured using high quality, light weight aluminium, both could be extended 'step by step', meaning they could be expanded to your desired height, a essential feature when working in confined spaces where full length ladders cannot fit.

Both have finger pinch protection,  heavy duty grip pads to prevent the ladders slipping and included a stabilizer bar which improved the rigidity when ladders are in use. Finally most importantly, both models are compliant with EN131 which means they can be used for commercial use as well as domestic and have passed important safety standards.

Best for home use

The first ladder we would recommend for most home users was the 'VonHaus 2.6m Soft Close Telescopic Ladder', this model is ideal for home use and would be sufficient for most home and garden task. You can view the 2.6 meter model here (the model we reviewed) , if you need something a little taller, the larger 3.8 meter version can be viewed here,

Best for commercial and trade use

The second telescopic ladder we would recommend is the 'WORHAN 5.6 Meter Telescopic Ladder', this is a great option for the trade thanks to its ability to fold and be converted to step ladders very easily. Its also available in a 5 meter version which you can view here

Best telescopic ladders - Vonhaus 2.6, Soft Close Telescopic ladder Review

OUR BEST PICK
FOR HOME OWNERS

VonHaus 2.6m Telescopic Ladder

Also available as a 3.8m ladder

Probably one of the best telescopic ladders on the market which offer such good value for money.

  • Extends to 2.6 meters (8.5ft) rung by rung
  • Closes down softly to a compact 78cm tall
  • Soft close anti-pinch finger protection
  • Very light weight at only 7.8kg
  • Conforms to EN 131 making them ideal for commercial light trade work and heavy duty DIY use
  • Free Extended 2 Year Warranty

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