The telescopic ladder is a practical and extremely useful accessory, both for work and for domestic use, but depending on the type of use, attention must be paid to the characteristics and above all to the seal.
Our buying guide will provide you with further information to identify the type of staircase that can best meet your needs; in the reviews section, however, you will find the eight models most appreciated by consumers, of which we have examined the strengths and limitations.
The stairs that have been the most successful on the market are the Finether retractable aluminum ladder 14 steps 4.1 meters , thanks to the excellent portability and the discreet supply of accessories, and the Nawa professional folding telescopic ladder 6 + 5 aluminum steps , a professional model with a fairly high cost, but robust and very reliable.
The 11 best telescopic ladders – 2020 ranking
And here are the most popular scales on the market, classified according to their characteristics, value for money and the number of copies sold.
Finether aluminum retractable ladder 14 steps 4.1 meters
According to the opinions of the numerous satisfied buyers, among the various models currently available on the market, the Finether is one of the best telescopic ladders of 2020, above all for its excellent transportability characteristics.
The peculiarity of the Finether, in fact, is that of being a telescopic aluminum ladder, that is made with the same retractable system used for the legs of the photographic tripods. In this way, when closed, the staircase measures only 47 x 87 x 8 centimeters, but when extended it reaches a maximum height of 410 centimeters.
The steps have the surface sculpted to be non-slip and the support feet are overprinted in order to ensure maximum stability; the maximum weight capacity is 150 kilograms. Each peg is equipped with special locking latches, but care must be taken when unlocking them, as they have a click system that could injure your fingers.
Versatile: The Finether telescopic ladder can be extended from a minimum of 87 to a maximum of 410 centimeters, proving to be extremely versatile as regards the range of possible uses.
Portability: The retractable system similar to that of photographic tripods minimizes the size of the ladder when it is closed, and allows it to be transported very easily when needed.
Equipped: The package, in addition to the ladder, also includes a pair of work gloves, which are always comfortable, the manual with instructions and a convenient bag that further facilitates transport and storage.
Peg unlocking : Care must be taken with the peg locking system, release is snap-on and you run the risk of injuring your fingers with ease.
Nawa professional folding telescopic ladder 6 + 5 aluminum steps
If you are wondering where to buy a new model of professional telescopic ladder, which is resistant, reliable and durable, then you would do well to take a look at the Nawa ladder. Among the strengths of this scale, the most important is its multifunctional character; the opening mechanism, in fact, combines the classic scissor system with the telescopic one, thus allowing it to be positioned even on unevennesses and on flights of stairs, or to adapt it close to the walls.
Furthermore, it can also be opened completely and used as a classic support staircase. It is entirely made of aeronautical aluminum alloy, therefore it is extremely resistant, and the flared legs also make it very stable; both the steps and the support feet are non-slip, and it is suitable for both domestic and professional use indoors and outdoors.
The only flaw, if such can be considered given the nature of this scale, is the price.
Professional: It has a maximum capacity of 150 kilograms and the flared legs structure typical of stairs intended for use on construction sites, not by chance it is a professional model.
Solid and resistant: Being entirely made of aeronautical aluminum, it is characterized by a high solidity and is also very resistant to wear and adverse weather conditions.
Safe: At maximum extension it can reach 583 centimeters in height, but thanks to the locking systems and the non-slip feet and steps, it is extremely reliable on the safety side.
Price: The Nawa scale is the most expensive of all the models we have compared, but moreover it is a professional scale so it is completely understandable.
Gierre Acal 100 A0050 telescopic steel ladder 4 + 5 rungs
The 5m A0050 telescopic ladder, produced by the Gierre company, is the cheapest of the models examined in our guide, and in fact it ranks among the best sellers as regards the home user range.
Considering that it is an economic scale, the characteristics offered are good; in fact, it has a high functionality in that it can be scissor open, even completely, and further extended so as to reach the considerable height of 520 centimeters. It is made of enamelled steel and aluminum, and is considered the best telescopic ladder on the market among the models sold online in the low price range, and therefore intended for non-intensive domestic use.
The flaws, on the other hand, are the lack of care in the finishes, the high weight and the pegs of the extensible part, which are simple tubulars and therefore uncomfortable. Considering the negligible price and the intended use, however, you can not expect further.
Economic: The price of this scale is among the lowest you can find, so if you only need it for occasional and domestic use and you don’t want to spend a lot, this is the model that’s right for you.
Functional: It can be used in various ways, according to needs, and at maximum opening it reaches a height of five meters and twenty centimeters; just enough to face any type of domestic need.
Structure: The legs are flared, as in professional stairs, and the uprights are wide with the beveled profile at the edges; from a structural point of view, therefore, it offers a good practicality and stability.
Heavy: Unfortunately, it is far from light, it is also not very accurate in the finishes, but being an economic staircase, you certainly cannot ask for more.
Facal Euro Stilo telescopic ladder 3 ramps 7 steps
The Euro Stilo is produced by the Facal company and is a 6-meter telescopic ladder, however it must be emphasized that the maximum reachable height indicated by the manufacturer is relative to the ladder completely open and with the operator at the top, therefore it is good to take the data with the due reserves of the case.
From a structural point of view, especially for its shape and design, the Facal staircase is very similar to professional models, but the relatively low price must not leave any doubts about the hobby nature of the product.
It is made of aluminum and therefore offers the advantage of being quite light; according to the manufacturer’s specifications, moreover, it can bear a maximum weight of 150 kilograms, but given that it is a scale of the economic range, it is better not to push it too far to the limit. It is also equipped with a fixed stabilizer bar and anti-spreading ropes, in order to ensure a certain degree of stability and safety.
Good price: The cost is very accessible and this places it in the most economic market segment, therefore it is recommended above all for the less demanding and only for non-intensive hobby use.
Light and versatile: The all-aluminum structure makes it very light and easy to transport, therefore it is particularly suitable for outdoor work; being composed of three pieces, moreover, it is also quite versatile.
Stable and safe: Thanks to the stabilizer bar and anti-spreading ropes, the Facal ladder offers a fair level of safety and stability.
Maximum height: The data on the maximum height indicated by the manufacturer are to be taken with the springs, since they refer to the maximum extension and also take into account the height of the operator.
Pharaoh T4 telescopic scissor ladder 8 + 8 steps
The Faraone telescopic ladder is a standard professional model with 8 + 8 steps, entirely made of solid aeronautical aluminum alloy. It has three different opening modes; the first position is scissor-operated with end stop and accidental anti-locking block, with a maximum height of 212 cm, the second position is always scissor-operated with end stop, but with closure without lock.
The third position, on the other hand, is the fully extended one, with limit switch and anti-locking block activated so that it can be placed against the wall and reach a maximum height of 420 cm.
The width of the steps is 57 millimeters while the maximum weight capacity is 150 effective kilograms; moreover, within certain limits, it can also be placed in lame positions. Being a professional scale, moreover Made in Italy, its quality level is excellent but it is conditioned by a fairly high price, unattractive for a hobbyist.
Made in Italy: Also in this case it is an excellent quality staircase intended mainly for professionals, it is also a 100% Made in Italy product made with first choice materials.
Light: One of the advantages of the Faraone scale is that it is made entirely of aeronautical aluminum, an alloy that offers high strength and solidity but at the same time is very light, and in fact it weighs just 11 kilograms.
Versatile: It has three different opening modes, it can also be placed in lame positions on particularly marked differences in height or on flights of stairs.
Cost: Also in this case, since it is a professional scale, the price is not very accessible for hobbyists and for those who only have needs for domestic use.
Gierre Peppina extendable telescopic medium ladder 4 + 4 steps
The 4 + 4 Peppina telescopic ladder, produced by the Gierre company, is a model with modest features but with a decidedly high quality, as the price of the rest also shows.
The basic length of the climb, in fact, is 193 centimeters, which reaches 377 when it is extended; in a compass position it reaches a maximum height of 320 centimeters, when it is open like a pin it reaches up to 472 centimeters. The capacity is also limited to a maximum weight of 100 kilograms; on the other hand, however, it is robust and relatively stable when used on a paved or regular surface, and has a weight of only 8.4 kilograms so it is easily transportable if necessary.
It is made of aluminum with steel joints, and like the other Gierre staircase examined previously, this one also has Acal 100 certification in compliance with current regulations. Obviously it is advisable not to use it on the ground, to avoid compromising stability.
Safe: Apart from the non-slip feet and the wide rungs, which offer safe support, the Gierre Peppina also has flared legs, steel joints and a semi-automatic opening and closing system.
Acal 100: As far as manufacturing materials are concerned, the Gierre ladder has Acal 100 certification, therefore it complies with the standards imposed by Legislative Decree 81/08 on health and safety at work.
Easy to transport: With a weight of only 8.4 kilograms it is particularly suitable for transport for outdoor work, but the maximum capacity is limited to 100 kilograms.
Not suitable for agricultural use: Despite the excellent structural characteristics, it is absolutely not recommended to use it on the ground or on soft and irregular surfaces, as it would lose stability.
Svelt Scalissima 6452400008 telescopic aluminum ladder 8 + 8 steps
The Svelt telescopic ladder is a multi-position model with flared legs, not unlike other analogues that we have examined in this guide, and is intended for both professional use and for the most demanding hobbyists.
It is entirely made of extruded and innervated aluminum, in order to ensure a high degree of strength and resistance. The opening system is also made up of a rapid positioning aluminum hinge, which allows you to switch between the three positions in a simple and quick way; the latter allow the ladder to be used in two different trestle positions: with or without acting on the hinge, or in a spiked position by acting on the hinge, so that it can be placed against a wall.
It has a maximum capacity of 150 kilograms, is easy to handle and also very stable, but given the price it is recommended only for the most demanding.
Reliable: Despite the tendency to flex slightly when positioned with the spiked opening, the Svelt scale offers excellent qualities of stability and resistance, and also a good weight capacity.
Resistant and durable: Unlike other similar models that only have steel joints, the Svelt is completely made of innervated aluminum, and is extremely solid and also durable.
Versatile: Its features make it suitable for both professional and hobby use by the most demanding users, and willing to spend something more for quality.
Price: The cost of the Svelt scale, in fact, is slightly above the average, but it is well proportioned to the quality and level of performance offered.
Webmarketpoint multipurpose aluminum telescopic ladder 5 + 5 steps
The 5 + 5 telescopic ladder marketed by the Webmarketpoint company is also a model very similar to the Svelt examined previously, and is especially appreciated for its height extension, which can reach five and a half meters.
From a structural point of view it has excellent qualities, the flared legs with the non-slip toes make it very stable, it is also very versatile since it can be opened compass, spiked and also in a lame position within the limits allowed by the step between the steps . Overall, in short, it is an excellent mid-range telescopic ladder, built according to standards that allow it to be used by different user groups, from home to professionals.
Consequently, however, this model is also characterized by a price which, however proportionate to the quality, remains in any case unattractive for those who do not plan to make an average intensive use of it.
Stable and solid: Unlike other similar models, always made of aluminum, this scale has a greater weight, but precisely for this reason it offers excellent performance in terms of strength and stability.
Handy and versatile: Despite its weight, it is very easy to handle as a ladder, and the different openings also make it very versatile and suitable for a wide range of circumstances.
High: When opened with a pin it reaches a maximum height of five and a half meters, a measure that is not very easily found with regards to this type of stairs.
Cost: All in all, the price is well proportioned to the quality of the staircase, but it is still not very accessible for the group of users who have purely domestic needs.
Finether 3.8M Telescopic Aluminum Ladder
The main advantage of the Finether scale is given by its portability; at maximum extension it reaches four meters and ten centimeters in height, but when folded it has a footprint of only 87 centimeters. It is also relatively cheap and well-equipped.
The peg stop has a snap release system, so you have to be particularly careful when you use it, or you run the risk of “leaving your hand” and getting serious fingers injury.
Even if it is not a professional telescopic ladder, the Finether is well made, versatile and easy to transport, therefore also suitable for occasional outdoor work.
NAWA Folding Telescopic Ladder 6 + 5 steps. Professional in Multifunctional Aluminum.
The Nawa is characterized by a high price but has the advantage of being a professional ladder, therefore it is very resistant and reliable. The scissor opening and telescopic extension also make it extremely versatile and suitable for a wide range of uses.
As mentioned before, its limit is to have a considerable price. This is completely normal since it is a professional scale, but this makes it a niche product.
Overall it is an excellent scale, but given the cost it is recommended only for professionals who must use it in a more or less intensive way for work.
Telescopic steel ladder Acal100 4 + 5 rungs (Working height: 5.20 m)
The Gierre A0050 ladder, on the other hand, is a model for domestic use, appreciated above all for its economy. The further advantage is that it can reach a height of five meters and twenty centimeters, as well as being able to adjust the opening so as to stabilize it even on flights of stairs.
Unfortunately, it is quite heavy and therefore impractical to move, the essential design of the pegs also makes it a little uncomfortable when there is the need to assemble it for a long time.
La Gierre is recommended especially for those who need a ladder to be used occasionally, for small domestic needs, and prefer to save on the purchase.
How to choose the best telescopic ladders
For home, hobby or professional use
If you want to know for sure which telescopic ladder to buy, most likely your needs for use are quite complex, since there are only two specific types on the market: the support ladder and the one with trestle opening, also known as the ladder scissors.
Starting from this assumption, therefore, understanding how to choose a good telescopic ladder becomes quite simple; the only discriminant in this case, in fact, is the type of use it is intended to make of it.
The models that offer greater versatility of use are scissor stairs, because they can be opened and used even away from the walls. Their use, therefore, ranges from home to professional. The support ladders, on the other hand, are more suitable for specific work needs, both in the hobby and professional fields.
The price range, on the other hand, helps to establish more precisely what level of performance to expect from a ladder, and consequently its suitability or not for a specific type of use.
The telescopic ladders of economic range
Purely domestic use needs, for example, require a type of staircase to be kept at home and used when needed to change light bulbs when they burn out, or to hang a picture on a high wall, or to perform occasional work of maintenance.
In this case it is preferable to move towards a model with trestle opening, which can be opened practically anywhere and which does not need to be extended in height beyond 3-4 meters at most. Since its use will be occasional and not intensive, moreover, you can also orient yourself on a model of the economic range, reducing spending to a figure between 50 and 100 euros at most, depending on the needs of the case as far as it concerns the maximum capacity, stability and structural characteristics.
What could make the difference, as far as the telescopic ladders available in this price range are concerned, is their weight. Remember that a heavy ladder is an indication of strength, but it is also impractical to move and requires some strength.
Models for hobby and professional use
Scissor ladders can also be used outdoors and to reach greater heights; in fact, most of the models on the market, regardless of the price range, can be opened and locked at 180 degrees.
So the same type of telescopic ladder used in the home is also widely used for hobby and professional use. To this, however, there are also the support stairs, which allow you to reach heights of up to five meters and beyond, depending on the size.
The telescopic ladders that fall into the medium and high price ranges, of whatever type they are, have better characteristics of strength and capacity, moreover the more expensive ones are built with materials that can also offer a good degree of lightness, as the professional use implies that they must be carried frequently.
While the models for hobby and non-intensive craft use are concentrated almost all in the medium price range, therefore, the professional telescopic ladders are in the excellence range also as regards the cost; the higher their price, however, and the better the features they possess and the level of performance they offer, starting with stability and security.
If a good hobby ladder can be purchased at a figure between 120 and 200 euros, in fact, a high-quality professional ladder can even cost 300 euros and more, depending on the model chosen and the particular needs to which it must fulfill .
How much does an aluminum telescopic ladder cost?
As with other consumer goods of different nature, the cost of an aluminum telescopic ladder also differs based on a number of factors. The price is mainly influenced by the quality of the materials used in the manufacture and the intended use of the staircase, then other elements are added such as the design, assembly, sealing and so on. In principle, therefore, the price of an aluminum telescopic ladder can range from € 45-50 to € 300 and above, depending on its characteristics.
The cheaper scales, ranging from 45 to 100 euros, are obviously more deficient in terms of design and assembly. To maintain the balance between cost and quality, in fact, something must necessarily be sacrificed. Since these are stairs, safety is fundamental, therefore, economic models are able to ensure a good level of reliability as long as they are limited to non-intensive domestic use.
The models that cost between 100 and 200 euros are a bit more balanced, therefore suitable for dealing with even more frequent use but always in a hobbyist perspective. Professional models, on the other hand, have a starting cost that is around € 200-250.
How do you open the telescopic ladder?
Again it depends on the scale model. The most common standard is that of scissor stairs, which can be further extended in height using telescopic mechanics. This type is the most widespread because it offers the advantage of being able to be opened anywhere, and not necessarily used by placing it against a wall.
Furthermore, the telescopic mechanism, being present on both sides and operating independently, allows the ladder to be opened even in the presence of height differences, for example on a ramp or near a low wall.
Some types with scissor opening then, if necessary, can be opened up to 180 degrees, thus becoming support ladders and allowing, depending on the model chosen, to reach heights that can exceed even five meters.
The actual telescopic ladders, on the other hand, use the same system as the legs of photographic tripods. These ladders are distinguished by a base whose supports have a large diameter, which decreases as the different sections that compose it are extracted and blocked until reaching the desired extension.
Unlike the telescopic models with scissor opening, however, the latter can only be used by leaning them against a wall, therefore they are less versatile in use and suitable especially for outdoor work.
How to use a telescopic ladder
How a telescopic ladder works
The main feature of the telescopic ladder is given by the system of separate sections, inserted one into the other like the tubes of a telescopic telescope. This type of mechanism is widely used in stairs with scissor opening, as it allows to double the maximum height reached by the staircase; this makes it extremely versatile and capable of facing a wide range of needs.
Furthermore, the two sides of the staircase are independent of each other as regards the extension mechanism, this means that they can also be opened according to the “lame system”, ie extending only one of the sides and leaving closed the ‘other.
This asymmetry allows different configurations of use; the ladder can be opened so that one of the sides remains in a vertical position, so that it can be placed close to a wall and offer greater stability, or to place the ladder in a straight position on a vertical drop, positioning it on a flight of stairs for example.
Furthermore, if the scissor opening allows, you can open the ladder completely, transforming it into a classic vertical model with rungs, to be placed against the wall to reach particularly high points.
The real telescopic ladder is its own, however, it is nothing more than a ladder that can re-enter itself, like the legs of a tripod. This type of staircase is specialized and suitable mainly for outdoor use, as it needs to be leaned against a wall, or a pillar, in order to offer the right stability.
The different sections that compose it then, as they are extended, are immobilized through a special locking mechanism that prevents them from giving in under the operator’s weight.