Werner Telescopic Ladder Review


Overall Score

Ease of Use (60%)


Technical (40%)


If you’re seeking a high-quality, safe, and compact telescopic ladder, you’ll be happy to know that you landed on the right page. Today we’re going to be reviewing the Werner Telescopic Ladder in all its glory – stay tuned for all of the details and dirt.


  • Price: £149.99
  • Brand: Werner
  • Pros: Stable, easy to use, safe, compact, soft close, anti-lock
  • Cons: Spendy, heavier than ideal (still manageable)
  • Amazon Listing: Werner Soft Close Telescopic Ladder

Let’s hop right in, shall we?

Werner Telescopic Ladder: The Ruling

Overall, the Werner Telescopic ladder is compact, easy to use, and incredibly safe – all while remaining surprisingly lightweight and durable. This makes it a fantastic choice for both professionals and amateurs, though its price tag may discourage those who need a basic ladder. Nonetheless, this thing is fantastic – let’s talk about why.

Product Testing & Comparison

Werner Telescopic Ladder box
Werner Telescopic Ladder box
  • Use
    • Ease of Use
    • Storage
    • Stability, Max Weight, & Miscellaneous
  • Technical
    • Dimensions, Material, & Durability
    • Features

Enough of what we looked at during the review – it’s time to hear what the reviewer has to say!

Werner Telescopic Ladder: Use

This is the really important stuff for day-to-day use. We’re talking about how easy it is to use, how well it does its job, and a few other things like safety and storage. There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s not waste more time.

Ease of Use

First up is ease of use. This is arguably the most important part of most tools, tied with safety. After all, we use tools to make our life easier, not harder!

While most ladders are pretty straightforward, our reviewer was quite a fan of this particular ladder. It’s surprisingly easy to carry thanks to its highly portable collapsed design. Our reviewer did note that she found the ladder to be rather heavy after sustained carrying, but it’s worth noting that she’s relatively small.

While a larger person likely would struggle less to carry the 8.4 kgs, it’s still a pretty hefty ladder. As for the actual use, the Werner Telescopic Ladder is incredibly easy to use. All that’s needed is a pair of hands and a basic understanding of physics and locking mechanisms.

In other words, pull, lock, done in 3 seconds.

Our reviewer used this ladder both inside and out with no issue. As you can see from the pictures above, we tried it out on the carpeted floor to access the loft, and it worked without issue. What you can’t see (thanks, WordPress video size limit) is that we also tested it on indoor stairs, along a wallpapered interior, and more.

Each and every time, the rubber grippy ends ensured that the ladder stayed where it needed to be, all without damaging any of the more sensitive bits of the home (carpet, wallpaper, drywall, etc.).

Executive Summary: Our reviewer found the Werner Telescopic Ladder to be, while somewhat heavy, very easy to carry around and use indoors and out. The transition between collapsed and extended takes a matter of seconds and no fighting – a welcomed change to the other ladders we’ve reviewed.


Collapsed for storage
Collapsed for storage

And now we’re getting to storage. While this may not be an incredibly exciting section, it’s likely to surprise you. The Werner Telescopic Ladder’s max height is 2.9 metres, while its collapsed size is only 78.7 cm. This makes it not only shockingly small but incredibly easy to store away when it’s not needed.

Our reviewer went a little buck wild with testing storage – what can we say, a quality product excites us!

In short, she discovered that you can easily fit this ladder (when collapsed, obviously) into just about any space. Under the stairs? No problem. Boiler or kitchen cupboard? Easy. And the obvious question – will it fit in my man shed? Obviously!

If you’re ever unsure of where this can go, just remember the following: If you can store a pack of printer pages somewhere, the Werner Telescopic Ladder will fit. Seriously, it’s so incredibly small when compacted that I’m still a bit shocked.

Executive Summary: Our reviewer found that the Werner Telescopic Ladder is incredibly compact when collapsed, making it incredibly easy to store. With a minimum height of less than 80 cm, it’s really quite small.

Stability, Max Weight, Safety & Miscellaneous

And now, arguably, the most important section – safety. First things first, I want to clarify something… I hate heights, and I hate ladders. They scare me (a quite large, “manly” looking man) senseless. I don’t know why, especially given I’ve used more than enough of them to know that they’re generally quite safe. But for whatever reason, ladders give me the heeby-jeebies (not the Louie Armstrong song).

With that said – this ladder is quite safe. It has a max weight of 150 kg (330 lbs.), which allows you, pretty much regardless of your size, to easily carry whatever is needed up and down the ladder without a fear of it collapsing on you.

Our reviewer tested this by having her husband (~135 kg) test it out, as shown in the photo gallery above. Add in the safety grip ends (also pictured above), and the Werner Telescopic Ladder ensures that it won’t slide along the floor or a wall. This also makes sure that the ladder is stable, with or without a spotter. Even I’m a bit more comfortable with this ladder after hearing all of this…

And in case you’re concerned about some of the smaller concerns with ladders such as cleaning, you’ll be happy to hear that this thing is a breeze to clean. Despite its grippy grooves, all that’s needed is a damp cloth and most grit and grime lift right off.

Executive Summary: Our reviewer found the Werner Telescopic Ladder to be strong, stable, easy to clean, and generally safe, thanks to its high weight limit, simple design, and safety grip ends.

Werner Telescopic Ladder: Technical

And now we’re getting to the truly fascinating and exciting section – the technical review! You know, raw numbers and mind-numbing nerd talk. Okay, while it may not be the most exciting of review sections to read, it’s genuinely important. The size, material, durability, and special features of any tool you use will all affect their lifespan and general quality of use.

The Werner Telescopic Ladder is no different, so let’s get right into it, shall we?

Dimensions, Material, & Durability

First up in our technical review is the Werner Telescopic Ladder’s general size and dimensions. We’ll get into material and durability right after that, so stay tuned:

  • Collapsed Dimensions (H x L x D): 31 x 17 x 3 inches (78.7 x 43.1 x 7.6 cm)
  • Weight: 8.4 kg
  • Material: Aluminium and rubber

First up is size. We’ve talked (and shown) in great detail exactly how small this thing can collapse, so we won’t reiterate that here. However, seeing as you may have missed it if you opted for the TL;DR version (executive summary) of this review – the ladder’s max height is 2.9 metres.

We found that this ladder is also surprisingly durable, given its aluminium construction. While we didn’t go so far as to test it beyond its weight limit, with a good amount of movement and work done on the ladder, it’s stood up quite well (pun definitely intended).


And finally, we get to the features section. I’m going to put a disclaimer in the front here so you don’t get too excited – this is a ladder. That means you shouldn’t be expecting major special features like a 4K LCD screen and app remote control. However, for a ladder, this thing does have some cool little extras.

You can expect a few things from the Werner Telescopic Ladder:

  • Grooved steps for better traction
  • Anti-locking system (explained below)
  • Soft close
  • Rubber grips

Now we’ve already mentioned the grooved steps and rubber grips. These, as you can likely guess, simply provide a bit of extra traction when compared to bare aluminium.

The really cool features are the anti-lock system and soft close design. The former is pictured above, making use of a simple, colour-coded system to show when the ladder is and isn’t locked. This further adds to the safety factor, ensuring you don’t get on unless it’s fully locked.

The soft close design is also quite nice. It’s super simple, requiring you to press two clips (also pictured above) and slowly push downward.

Executive Summary: Our reviewer found the Werner Telescopic Ladder to be surprisingly feature-rich. Between the grooved grips and steps, soft close system, and anti-lock mechanism, this ladder ensures that you’re getting both the easiest and safest use you can out of the ladder.


Assuming you have the budget for it, the Werner Telescopic Ladder is a fantastic product. It’s stable, safe, durable, and incredibly easy to use, all while remaining portable and compact when not in use. Whether you’re a professional or just a regular ol’ Joe, you’ll be quite happy with this ladder.

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                                  Love doing DIY and renovating my house. When I'm not doing that or working on this website, I love cooking, playing computer games and playing/watching football.