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My wife has had two of these Rubbermaid folding step stools for years. She keeps one in the pantry and one in her closet so she can easily reach items on the upper shelves. And, I have to admit, I’ve “borrowed” them on occasion to use in the shop and on a project or two. I really like the wide steps and the fact that it can support up to 300 pounds — not that I weigh 300 pounds; I just feel better putting my mere (and this is where I really like metric) 100 kgs on something rated more than that. It’s lightweight, rugged (reinforced polypropylene), easy to carry, has skid-resistant foot pads, and folds neatly for storage.The EZ Step™ is available online for around $23. If you don’t like the antiseptic white color, it also comes in a darker “metallic cylinder” (!?).

What’s your favorite “short ladder?”

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15 Responses to Favorite Folding Step Stool

  1. Shalin says:

    I like this one the same reasons. I didn’t have one before my roommate brought his to the house and I have frequently used it for misc. things in the garage and outside the house.

    –S

  2. fred says:

    We have dozens of Werner 150B’s which are lightweight aluminum – and available at the big box stores for about $35 . They get a bit sticky – at the hinge – and while they have a 300lb rating – they always seem lightwieght.

    We also have several Werner T4044 – 4 ft fiberglass – 375lb rated double step ladders – that are much heavier – but sturdier.

  3. GadgetLovingGeezer says:

    My favorite is the step stool I made from solid red oak. The family has been using it for the past 15 years or so.

    Although I can’t cite an exact weight rating, I bet it can support a big mother-in-law.

  4. Bob says:

    Geezer,

    The problem with load ratings like that is you won’t know till it can’t. 🙂

  5. Robert says:

    I keep the Rubbermaid in my pantry.

    One handed fold up, compact storage, and stable.

  6. russ says:

    @…Geezer: Don’t forget to put on about 35 warning labels on it so you can’t get sued.

  7. Jerry Vandesic says:

    I really like the EZ Foldz step stool. It folds flat which makes it easy to slide next to my fridge.

    http://www.amazon.com/E-Z-Fold-9-Inch-Step-Stool/dp/B000VBH9ES

  8. Chris says:

    I love the old-school (literally) Kik-Step
    http://www.kikstep.com/

    It doesn’t fold but it’s darn easy to move around. I just redid my kitchen and designed a cabinet specifically for it.

  9. bigboom says:

    I like my COSCO stool I use for work.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cosco-11-602WBL-Step-Folding-Stool/dp/B001A3U7RC/ref=sr_1_113?ie=UTF8&s=furniture&qid=1271739661&sr=1-113

    I fix appliances for a living and end up having to uninstall microwaves fairly frequently. This stool holds me at 275 plus every microwave I’ve ever pulled down and it’s always been sturdy. The other nice thing is that it folds up really flat, like 2″ thick so it’s easy to tuck away. And the $20 I paid for it isn’t bad either.

  10. Chris W says:

    This looks pretty good.
    At work, I usually end up turning a cable spool on its side. If I need more height I use two spools. Don’t tell the safety inspectors. At home I use some sturdy, empty 5 gal cans.

  11. Andrew says:

    This is probably bigger than what you intend but this is the best ladder I have ever used. I can’t even begin to explain how lightweight it is and the big step for standing on is ideal – http://www.amazon.com/Cosco-20-61AABL-Signature-Premium-Aluminum/dp/B00173711K

  12. PutnamEco says:

    I usually use a drywallers bench, so much more versatile than a regular step stool. A lot more room to move around on and can double as a saw bench or tool bench so I don’t have to pick my tools off the floor. It even has enough room to keep my toolbox on and still be able to work standing on it. Works great as a miter station when doing flooring also. Sur-Bench 4500 for heavy work, Werner AP-20 for everyday – light weight

  13. Matt says:

    I am a fan of this stepstool. I use it mostly for painting, I like that I can move it with my foot. I also like that you close it with one hand by jerking the top step.

  14. Matt says:

    It also stands up by itself when it is collapsed.

  15. fred says:

    @PutnamEco

    Thanks for the recommendation on the Sur-Bench 4500.
    I guess that I had only seen the BEZ3000.
    We use the ubiquitous Werner AP-20’s – easily had at the big box store – but also have a couple of Warner (not Werner) benches that are a bit heavier-duty.
    When I started working – site made wooden benches were the rule – and often got broken apart and burnt as firewood in a 55gal drum – rather than carting them back to the yard.

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