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Thanks for taking your time to read our UK review information on the best telescopic ladders, that are currently available on the UK market. Every tool does a different job, and as the name would suggest, a ladderlike this is always going to be a very useful tool to own, if you plan on doing any type of work that is above head height.
Telescopic ladders come in different types and styles from the basic to the more advanced. The type of ladder you buy will very much depend on how high you need to go, how much room you have for storage and how much you want to pay.
A typical home owner or DIY person will not need anything as expensive as a professional, who uses them every day. The good news is there are plenty of choices available, so let's have a look at the various options.
Different Types of Telescopic Ladders
These are available from different brands, and they come in different types as well, so let's run through those just below.
WolfWise 3.8M Telescopic Ladder
94% buyer satisfaction from over 3.500+ online buyers
These ladders are the most popular option for both home and commercial use. As you have probably worked out they go up to 3.8m in height and this is the most popular size.
Every section is designed to open and close safely, without injuring fingers. Non-slip end caps hold it firmly in place while you work, further enhancing its overall safety.
Unlock each section in 1-foot increments independently to tailor the ladder height to satisfy your needs, such as changing the bulb, cleaning your windows, interior decoration and much more.
Constructed out of corrosion-resistant quality aluminum alloy, this lightweight aluminum ladder can support up to 330lbs/150 kg.
At its full length of 3.8m(12.5 feet), this telescoping ladder retracts to a quarter of its height for easy storage in your car or other limited space.
3.8M Multi-Purpose Ladder Aluminium Telescopic Ladder
92% buyer satisfaction from over 3000+ online buyers
These are very affordable and are the number one best seller in the UK at the minute. They also go up to 3.8m in height and this seems to be a standard size for some reason.
They are 88cm x 50cm x 9cm when closed, 380cm x 48cm x 8.8cm and can take a load of 150Kg.
Unlock each section in 30cm increments which is ideal for any job and each section can be opened independantly. There are 11 sections in total.
Very light to carry at 11Kg
The clever new alternative to conventional ladders, the Telescopic Ladder has many applications both work and around the house.
The ladder opens and closes "step by step", meaning that it can be used at multiple heights up to 3.8m.
Therefore you open only to the height required giving great maneuverability, particularly in small spaces.
WolfWise 3.8M Telescopic Ladder with Stabiliser Bar
92% buyer satisfaction from over 1000+ online buyers
This model is pretty much the same as the std WolfWise ladder but has an additional stabiliser bar at the bottom.
One-Button Retraction- New upgraded internal structure, no more worry about pinching hands. It takes only a few seconds to retract the ladder from its full extension by pushing the switch at the bottom, convenient and safe.
The telescoping ladder is made of premium aluminum alloy. Crash resistance design is added at the joint to extend its service life. The maximum load-bearing capacity is up to 330lbs.
The height of ladder can be adjusted by one foot to meet your different needs, such as replacing bulbs, cleaning windows, or decorating rooms, etc.
Compact Storage Size - Its fully extended height is 3.8M and the storage size is only 0.89M. Fixed with heavy-duty strap for easy transport and storage in your boot or other limited space.
10.5Ft 3.2M Extendable Alminium Ladders
90% buyer satisfaction from over 2000+ online buyers
Another great model at a very reasonable price. Slightly shorter than the normal though.
High-quality Aluminium construction makes this telescopic ladder much safer, lighter and with wide threads for more comfortable to climb.
Foldable design, easy to store in limited space. Folded Size: 82cm x 49cm x 8.5cm; (when fully opened): 320cm x 49cm x 8.5cm
Reliable and Durable: It has anti-slip rubber feet and rubber sleeve on every step to give maximum safety. With the grip handle, user can carry the ladder with only one hand.
This is an 11 step ladder with slightly smaller 27.5cm steps. Its more compact than the normal style but can still carry the 150kg load that is standard in this type of ladder.
Telescopic Ladder 13.5FT | 4.1M High
90% buyer satisfaction from over 500+ online buyers
This is the biggest of the ladders we reviewed though we didnt find the extra 30cm to be a massive advantage. They do however make a 4.5m model if you need something extra.
4.1m / 13.5ft Telescopic style climb extendable ladder, Loading Capacity : 330Lbs(150kg), weighs 26.5lbs(12kg) 14step
Constructed with aluminium alloy, extremely durable, corrosion resistant and rust resistant.* Folded size: 92 x 48 x 8 cm / Unfolded size: 410 x 48 x 8 cm
These ladders can be closed one rung at a time but also have a fast close facility when all close at once, watch those fingers!
At 12kg it's the heaviest model we have seen but there is really very little difference and it also carrys loads up to 150kg
Why we like the Wolfwise Ladder the Best
Telescopic Ladder Buying Guide
Below we have included a useful and helpful buyer's guide. Most readers will be familiar with a typical ladder or extending ladder. A telescopic ladder is different as it uses certain technology to extend and lock to a user's desired height.
Most good quality telescopic ladders can be adjusted a "one foot distance" at a time. It is this design that allows you to set the ladder to the perfect height.
Most good quality versions of these will adjust down to about a quarter of their overall height when it comes to storing them.
Key Benefits of Owning a Telescopic Ladder
- Versatile - The key benefit of that is that is really does make them a more versatile option for using around the home and garden.
- Storage - They also fold down to a fairly compact size and makes them a great deal easier to to store in a cupboard, a shed or garage.
- Transport - As they fold so well, it makes them really useful if you need to move them around. That is why many trades and professionals prefer telescopic ladders. Those with smaller vans will prefer them.
- Height Adjustment - One of the most important benefits is the ability to set these to the exact height that you need. We use ladders for a whole range of tasks from changing a light bulb to painting walls in our home.
Which Brands Make Telescopic Ladders?
- Tough Master
Which Sizes of Telescopic Ladders are Available?
The most popular and most useful size is 3.8 metres (12.47 feet) You can also buy these in:
- 2.0 metres (6.5 feet)
- 2.6 metres (8.5 feet)
- 2.9 metres (9.5 feet)
- 3.0 metres ( 9.84 feet)
- 3.2 metres (10.5 feet)
- 3.8 metres (12.47 feet) - most popular
- 4.1 metres (13.45 feet)
- 4.7 metres (15.42 feet)
- 5 metres (16.4 feet)
- 6.2 metres (20.34 feet)
What Weight are Telescopic Ladders?
Clearly the weight depends on the size of the ladder and what materials are used in their construction.
The average weight of a typical 3.8 metre telescopic ladder is around 24 lbs.(11 Kg)
The weights can vary between 20 lbs to 45 lbs, (9 - 20 Kg) - mainly depending on the size.
What are Telescopic Ladders made from?
The vast majority will be made from aluminium. That is because this material is strong but also very light. In reality an aluminium alloy is used as it helps strengthen the aluminium, and also stops any risk of rusting.
UK Safety Standards for Ladders
This is a British Standard known as BS EN 131 That is the UK’s version of the International EN 131 standard. It covers all types of portable ladders (step, extending and combination).
This EN131 was issued to improve ladder safety by making ladders wider, stronger and sturdier.
All ladders should now be designed and manufactured to the current EN 131 standard only.
This CE standard states the product shows that the manufacturer has checked that these products meet EU safety, health or environmental requirements.
This refers to the heaviest recommended weight that a ladder has been tested for. The ladders will usually state something such as (Maximum Load 160 Kg - 23.5 Stones)
Frequently asked Questions
Yes they are very useful and they work really well. However, a word of caution is needed. Avoid at all costs cheap telescopic ladders. If the price sounds too good to be true, then there is always a reason for that.
You will be up those ladders and they have to be safe. The rungs need to be the right size, the locking mechanism has to be secure and you need a very good tread and grip. Cheap ladders will not have all of these important safety features.
The highest ladder we could find for sale at the present time went up to 6.2m, which is just over 20ft.
This is a quite a height and i think i might just prefer to go for a traditional ladder if i needed to get up this high!
As always it depends on what exactly you are going to use the ladder for. At home, I expect you will just need something high enough that will reach your ceiling and that would be around 2.2m. You may also use it outdoors, so i expect 3.5m to 4m wouls be fine.
If you dont have much storage space then these telescopic ladders are ideal. As you can see above, we would recomment that the best ladder fo home use is the Wolfwise 3.8m model.
The proper answer to this is no, you don't put oil or grease on these ladders as it just catches dirt and can cause them to stick.
If you are having some problems with the ladders sticking then the best thing to do is clean them as best you can with a dry cloth and use silicone spray polish on them. This will help to keep them moving freely.