Buyer’s Guide: The Best Telescoping Ladders
The new kids on the block—telescoping ladders—can help you reach higher and farther, giving you a foot up for all those overhead chores.
Telescoping ladders extend up to heights of 10 feet or more and then retract to a size small enough to carry. Typically, these extra-portable ladders weigh under 30 pounds and when retracted, they measure around 2 to 3 feet tall—a size that enables them to be stowed away in a closet, shed, or garage.
To qualify as one of our top picks, a telescoping ladder must be durable, easy to extend, safe to use, and lightweight. See our favorites below!
Our Top Picks
BEST OVERALL: Xtend & Climb 12-1/2-Foot Telescoping Ladder
For reaching a single-story roof safely, the Xtend & Climb 12.5-Foot Telescoping Ladder is a worthy option. It extends from a compact 32 inches all the way up to 12-1/2 feet in height. The Xtend ladder’s airplane-grade aluminum alloy construction meets rigid industrial standards for strength and durability, while its “no pinch” closure system keeps the rungs from dropping too quickly when you close the ladder. The Xtend raises in 1-foot increments and you can lock it at any height below its 12-1/2-foot maximum. The bottom of the legs feature molded nonslip pads that help keep the ladder from sliding when you’re on it. Weighing in at 27 pounds, the Xtend ladder is relatively easy to carry, even when going through doorways, and it supports up to 225 pounds of weight.
RUNNER-UP: TOOLITIN 12.5-Foot Telescoping Ladder
The TOOLITIN 12.5-Foot Telescoping Ladder boasts a lightweight aluminum design, which keeps its weight to just 24-1/2 pounds. Even still, the ladder safely supports up to 330 pounds of weight. It opens in 1-foot increments and can lock in place at any height up to its height maximum. Its retracted height is 40 inches, so you can store it in a garage, basement, or storage shed. The Sotech comes with nonslip feet caps and a soft-close design to prevent injury to fingers. The Sotech ladder also comes with a convenient storage bag.
BEST VALUE: LUISLADDERS 10.5-Foot Telescoping Ladder
The LUISLADDERS 10.5-Foot Telescoping Ladder extends to an ample 10-1/2 feet in height—but you don’t have to extend yourself to afford it! This is a budget-friendly option that, in its retracted state, measures a mere 29 inches high. Made from aerospace aluminum, this ladder is durable and strong, able to support up to 330 pounds of weight, despite being, at just over 17 pounds, the lightest option on our list.