Looking for a good step ladder for high ceilings

(Sam Solomon) #1

I’ve been putting off buying a step ladder since I moved into my new place a few months ago. To be honest, I have no idea where I can store one. I knew that the second a lightbulb went out I was going to have to make a purchase. That day was today.

I’m about 5’10" and think I need a ladder that gets me about 4’ to comfortably change lightbulbs (and maybe replace my smoke detector). The Wirecutter’s recommendation, the Gorilla GLF-5X Ladder, looks like a solid pick. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be in stock anymore.

The other available options look bigger—and more difficult to store—than I’d like. Really just need a step ladder to help me deal with the high ceilings in my condo.

Recommendations needed!

Recommendations: A new category for product recommendations
Gorilla GLA-5X Aluminum Hybrid Ladder: A Step Up from Step Ladders
(Alex W) #2

Is this the same product?


It looks just like the one The Wirecutter recommended, but made out of Aluminum instead of fiber glass. Could be a good alternative—unless you’re doing electrical work.

The flip-out tool tray and larger steps are pretty cool.

(Internet Guy) #3

It looks similar, but I think that one is shorter than the recommended one. This is the same model, but a foot taller.


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(Sam Solomon) #4

Yep, after seeing @alexw’s comment I looked around and decided to go with the taller ladder. The reviews say it folds up to be about 3-to-4-inches thick, which should make it easy enough to store in my closet. We’ll see.

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(Sam Solomon) #5

Now that I’ve finished replacing lightbulbs and my smoke detector I thought I’d leave a follow-up comment about the ladder that I bought. In short, I’m very impressed with it. So much so that my comment was comprehensive enough to turn into a topic of it’s own.

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