Best Telescoping Ladders 2019 – Top Picks & Reviews

Using my ladderFor the professional, the homeowner, or the handyman, having a telescopic ladder is truly essential. So is finding the right one.

After all, no one wants to risk their well-being with a tool that might result in them suffering a pretty significant fall, right?

So how is one to know which telescopic ladder is right for their needs? By coming to us!
We love tools (paint sprayers, drills, ladders, you name it), and we’re lucky enough to get to spend all our time researching them.

We’ve done lots of research here to make sure that you’re left with a sampling of five of the best options on the market.

For your benefit, we’ve assembled our results in the guide below. All that’s left for you to do is read our reviews of telescopic ladders and enjoy!

Top 5 Picks of 2019

ModelPriceWeightEditor Rating
Xtend & Climb 785P Aluminum
Xtend & Climb 785P Aluminum(Top Pick)

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36 lbs5/5
WolfWise 15.5ft EN131
WolfWise 15.5ft EN131

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32 lbs
4.7/5
Lifewit 12.5ft EN131
Lifewit 12.5ft EN131(Best for the Money)

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23 lbs
4.6/5
Ohuhu 12.5ft Aluminum Telescopic
Ohuhu 12.5ft Aluminum Telescopic

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25 lbs
4.3/5
OxGord 12.5 Feet Aluminum
OxGord 12.5 Feet Aluminum

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24 lbs
4.1/5

5 Best Telescoping Ladders – Reviews:

1. Xtend & Climb 785P Aluminum – Top Pick

Xtend & Climb 785P Aluminum

The Xtend and Climb 785P packs quite a bit to like in its compact and lightweight package. Our top pick treats owners to an impressive 15.5 foot maximum length, which will make the tool good for handling a wide range of jobs.

The strong aluminum alloy that’s used in this tool ensures that it’s both lightweight and durable. The tool also converts easily for transportation: it’s fully collapsible and features a carrying handle strap that will make it easy to move from one place to another.

Last but not least, the tool also features a solid, 250 pound weight capacity. Most adults will be able to safely ascend it, even with tools in tow.

The cons aren’t significant. One thing that budget shoppers will want to keep in mind is that this is one of the most expensive ladders on our list, which may eliminate it as an option for some people.

Other than that, it’s going to be a great purchase for buyers who are looking for the very best telescopic ladders that they can get their hands on.

Pros
  • 5 Foot Maximum Length
  • 250 LB Max Weight Capacity
  • Durable Aluminum Alloy
  • Durable Carrying Handle Strap
Cons
  • One of the pricier models on our list

2. WolfWise 15.5ft EN131 – The Runner-Up

WolfWise 15.5ft EN131

The WolfWise actually has quite a bit in common with our top pick, the Xtend and Climb. It features an impressive length of 15.5 feet, it’s made of a durable and lightweight aluminum alloy, and it can be extended one foot at a time for maximum utility.

It’s even capable of sustaining more weight than our top pick. With a maximum weight capacity of 330 pounds, the average person will not be taking any risks at all as they head up the ladder with whatever tool they require in hand.

Problems are also minimal. The only reason that this ladder didn’t assume our top slot was that it’s simply not quite as durable as the Xtend and Climb.

We found—and have heard from other users—that the step’s ability to lock in place diminishes over time, which effectively renders the tool useless and unsafe until sound repairs have been made.

This aside, it’s a good buying opportunity for people who aren’t completely sold on the top pick.

Pros
  • 330 LB Weight Capacity
  • 5 Feet of Length
  • Aluminum Alloy Build
Cons
  • Step locking ability diminishes over time

3. Lifewit 12.5ft EN131 – Best for the Money

Lifewit 12.5ft EN131

The Lifewit is going to be a great option for buyers who are keeping a close eye on their budget. This tool is a little bit shorter than the last two that we looked at, but with 12.5 feet of length, you should still be able to gain access to most home roofs.

There really is a lot more to like about this tool than its price. The weight capacity is 330 pounds, which should be sufficient for most users and, like the last two tools that we’ve seen, you still get the sturdy aluminum alloy materials.

The tool can also be made to be very compact. The ladder collapses to only 4 feet so that it will be very easy to store and transport.

Of course, like every tool, it’s not perfect. One thing that we noticed about this ladder is that it’s pretty uncomfortable to use. The rungs aren’t padded or angled, which will be hard on the feet.

We also noticed that the design interface is confusing. It’s a little bit challenging to distinguish between the collapse and extension controls, which can make it easy to injure your hands.

These things aside, it’s a very budget-friendly option for buyers who don’t want to compromise on quality.

Pros
  • Best for the Money
  • High Weight Capacity
Cons
  • Uncomfortable on the feet
  • Confusing design leaves unsuspecting users vulnerable to injury

4. Ohuhu 12.5ft Aluminum Telescopic

Ohuhu 12.5ft Aluminum Telescopic

The Ohuhu takes our second to last slot. Like the last tool that we looked at, it’s an affordable option for buyers on a budget but unfortunately, due to some cons, it’s going to have a hard time competing with our “best for the money” pick.

Before we get into the negatives, let’s reflect on some of the things that the Ohuhu gets right. This tool does feature the 330 pound weight capacity that we found so impressive with the last couple of tools that we looked at.

It also has the same durable aluminum build that’s been featured in all of the other ladders we looked at today.

The problem? There are some kinks that need working out. The tool is heavy and somewhat challenging to transport, it’s not as sturdy as we’d like to see when it’s fully extended, and several of the top and bottom rungs aren’t very stable, which is an obvious safety concern.

Ultimately, the Ohuhu does get some key things right. Because of its flaws, however, most buyers will probably be better off with other tools on this list.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Impressive Weight Capacity
  • Aluminum Alloy Build
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Not stable when fully extended
  • Some of the rungs are flimsy

5. OxGord 12.5 Feet Aluminum

OxGord 12.5 Feet Aluminum

For the last slot, we have the OxGord. This is another tool with a price tag that will appeal to the budget buyer, but it ultimately comes up short of our top budget pick.

Still, this ladder does have a couple of familiar features that we admire. It’s got a durable aluminum build and a 330 pound weight capacity that will keep most users stable.

The ladder is wobbly, the rungs seem prone to breaking, and it feels very flimsy as you climb it.

With these safety concerns in mind, most buyers are probably going to want to find something else.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Good Weight Capacity
Cons
  • Wobbly
  • Flimsy Rungs
  • Does not Feel Stable in Use

Buyer’s Guide

If you’re still feeling uncertain about which ladder is right for your situation, that’s ok.

Because of the safety component that’s involved, finding the right telescopic ladder is something that you should take seriously. The more information the better, right?

Below you will find a list of buying considerations that will help you narrow down what you should value in a telescopic ladder.

Length:

One of the most obvious things to keep in mind as you look to buy a new ladder is length. As you probably noticed throughout the course of this guide, length can vary a little bit from model to model.

While several of the units that we looked at measured 12.5 feet in length, you can pretty much find a telescopic ladder that is as tall as you need it to be.

Generally speaking, bigger is better… to an extent. A taller ladder will increase the range of tasks that you can use it for.

However, you should also keep in mind that you don’t want to go too tall. The taller the ladder the less stable it is, and the harder it is to store and transport.

Getting something that’s a few feet more than you need is going to make the ladder more versatile while still keeping it manageable.

Materials:

Ladders can be made from a wide range of materials; most of the ladders that we looked at were made of aluminum.

If you can manage to go this route, you’ll probably be glad that you did. Aluminum has the benefit of being extremely durable, while usually weighing less and costing less.

If you’re looking for an affordable, durable, easy to transport telescopic ladder, then aluminum is a material that you’ll want to strongly consider going with.

Cost:

As you also probably noticed, cost can range significantly between different ladders.

Quality is obviously going to be a big premium for this purchase, but do keep in mind that you don’t have to spend loads of money to get a good tool.

Price certainly doesn’t guarantee quality. As our “best for the money” pick demonstrates, you can get a sturdy, safe telescopic ladder at a reasonable price.

Max Weight Capacity:

While the weight capacity of any ladder should be considerably higher than your weight, there’s more to consider than just the number you see on the scale.

Keep in mind that you’ll often be climbing the ladder while carrying materials.

With that in mind, you’re going to need to find a telescopic ladder that’s not only capable of handling your weight, but also the weight of the equipment that you’re likely to use.

Safety Rating:

We’ve continuously mentioned safety as the key concern when choosing a ladder. The good news is that there are concrete ways to understand exactly how safe a collapsible ladder really is.

Don’t take reputation at face value. Investigate the safety rating of the ladder by checking to see what one of several organizations has had to say about it.

The ANSI supplies scores for American buyers, while the European Safety System holds products to the safety standards of Europe.

The OSHA also provides potential buyers with safety scores on products.

Simply put, if a product does not have a good safety rating from one of these organizations, it’s not going to be worthwhile to purchase it.

Conclusion

Decision time. The ladders on this list are all designed with some type of buyer in mind, but they aren’t all designed with you in mind.

That being the case, it’s time to weigh each one against your unique needs. We don’t know you, and so we can’t tell you which ladder will best suit your needs.

However, there are a couple of recommendations that we have to offer that will appeal to a broad range of people.

The Xtend and Climb 785P is going to be best for buyers who need the highest quality that they can find.

On the other hand, buyers who want a decently priced ladder that still has lots of quality are probably going to appreciate the Lifewit.

But hey, these are just suggestions. Now that you’ve read this guide, you are more than qualified to make your own informed decision.

Note, we also have an article for painters, where we review ladders exclusively made for painting jobs. That article can be found here.