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6 Best Attic Ladders for Homes Reviewed in 2020 (UK & US)

By Paul,
7th April 2018 | Updated: 30th April 2020

Which attic ladder is the best? We've tested and reviewed a selection of the best attic ladders below

6 Best Attic Ladders for Homes Reviewed in 2020 (UK & US)

Which attic ladder is the best? We've tested and reviewed a selection of the best attic ladders below

Last updated on 7th April 2018 by Paul

Quick Comparison

Our enthusiastic team of DIY experts and home-improvement lovers have spent 3 weeks collectively testing 12 different loft ladders to find the best makes and models out there.

Testing factors such as quality, ease of use, safety features, material and the heights offered by the different ladders, our team has created a list of our top 5 picks.

You can check these out in our comparison table and in our more detailed reviews further down the page.

Of these, we found both the Deluxe Wooden Loft Ladder with Twin Handrails and Youngman 313340 Easiway Aluminium 3-Section Loft Ladder to be our overall favourites among the loft ladders tested.

The Deluxe for its quality at a great price, considering as well it can be used for both commercial and domestic use, and the Youngman 313340 because of its unique design and excellent build quality.

Feel free to check out the comparison table and in depth reviews for more info on these 2 and our other loft ladder picks.

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    FAKRO 66831 Lwf Fire-Resistant Attic Ladder Review

    The Fakro loft ladder offers easy access to loft space while serving as a blaze block in case of fire.

    Its hatch is made from fireproof materials and consists of a gasket that starts to expand in extreme temperature.

    This loft ladder is the ideal fire-rated hardware to be used for garages and high-ceiling, and an excellent choice for the safety-conscious.

    Furthermore, its door is balanced to open and close smoothly, and the ladder is suitable for 2.8m max.

    The Good
    • Can be used in garage and for either domestic or commercial properties
    • High-quality and fire-resistant
    • Top quality ladder
    The Bad
    • Heavy compared to the Youngman 313340
    • One of the priciest options we looked at
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    Abru 36000 2 Section Aluminium Loft Ladder Review

    The Abru 36000 is your best loft ladder option if you’re planning to maximise your ceiling storage space anytime soon.

    It can be stowed or lowered down efficiently as per needed, extending from 2 overlapping sections, the maximum floor height this ladder offers is 2.69m and its minimum is 2.13m.

    We love that this ladder also offers non-slip rungs for additional safety, and you get a 5 year warranty from the manufacturer, which testifies to its belief in its quality.

    The Good
    • A great loft ladder with non-slipping D Rungs for additional security and comfort
    • Versatile and comfortable
    • 5-year manufacturer guarantee in case of broken pieces or workmanship defects
    The Bad
    • Difficult to fold until you become used to how it works
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    Deluxe Wooden Loft Ladder with Twin Handrails

    This Deluxe loft ladder comes with a durable frame, is a really efficient build quality and is sufficient for ceilings up to 2.8m high.

    It offers a twin handrail which we love, as it ensures climbing up and down is both safe and easy, and its steps are sturdy and comfortable to climb.

    It’s roughly in the medium price range as far as loft ladders go, but is definitely a worthy option.

    The Good
    • Twin handrails for extra safety and confident use
    • Versatile
    The Bad
    • Takes a fair amount of space up in room, but is this a factor if it slides away into the loft when you don’t need access?
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    Youngman 313340 Easiway Aluminium 3-Section Ladder

    The Youngman aluminium loft ladder is an ideal choice for restricted spaces, while it’s easy to use, fold, unfold and manufactured specifically for regular use in the home, so great if you need to get up into your loft quite often.

    Furthermore, its handrail is a great safety feature and offers easy climbing, while it’s pivot arm offers a smooth gliding operation and the steps offer a wide and comfortable tread. It can be used with ceilings of height between 2-3m.

    The Good
    • Perfect for DIY tasks, quick for easy storage and folds compactly
    • Has 3-sections so the height of the ladder can be adjusted accordingly
    • Made with aluminium which is highly durable but lightweight
    The Bad
    • Can only be used for domestic purposes
    • Complex installation instructions
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    Werner 37003, 3 Section Easy Stow Aluminium Ladder

    The Werner 37003 is an efficient solution for easy loft access that extends from three overlap sections, so the height of the ladder can be adjusted for high or low ceilings.

    This Werner model also features a spring assisted system that provides a user excellent control when stowing or lowering the ladder, while the handrail offers a good grip which adds comfort and safety when using.

    The Good
    • Adjustable three sections make it a really versatile ladder
    • Can be used for heights up to 3m
    • Versatile, secure, and comfortable
    • Comes with a 5-year warranty
    The Bad
    • Not as robust and sturdy as other loft ladders
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    BPS Access Solutions Slider 3 Section Ladder

    The BPS loft ladder provides excellent quality and strength for a very reasonable price.

    This loft ladder has 3 sections that can be used for various functions around the home, and it can handle a maximum weight up to 150kg.

    It has handrails on both sides for additional safety, dual pivot arms allow it a smooth operation. Furthermore, its smooth and non-slip red rubber feet protect your floor coverings from damage when using.

    One thing we love about this option is that it offers all the accessories required for transforming your current “push up” loft hatch into a “swing down” one if you prefer.

     

    The Good
    • Strong, versatile, and reasonably priced
    • 2 handrails for better safety
    • D-shaped wide treads for comfortable climbing
    • Extra accessories to convert your current hatch into a ‘swing down’ option
    The Bad
    • Aluminium pole is too long - tricky to manoeuvre
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Side-by-side

FAKRO 66831 Lwf Fire-Resistant Attic Ladder Review

  • Can be used in garage and for either domestic or commercial properties
  • High-quality and fire-resistant
  • Top quality ladder
Check price  on amazon

Abru 36000 2 Section Aluminium Loft Ladder Review

  • A great loft ladder with non-slipping D Rungs for additional security and comfort
  • Versatile and comfortable
  • 5-year manufacturer guarantee in case of broken pieces or workmanship defects
Check price  on amazon

Deluxe Wooden Loft Ladder with Twin Handrails

  • Twin handrails for extra safety and confident use
  • Versatile
Check price  on amazon

Youngman 313340 Easiway Aluminium 3-Section Ladder

  • Perfect for DIY tasks, quick for easy storage and folds compactly
  • Has 3-sections so the height of the ladder can be adjusted accordingly
  • Made with aluminium which is highly durable but lightweight
Check price  on amazon

Werner 37003, 3 Section Easy Stow Aluminium Ladder

  • Adjustable three sections make it a really versatile ladder
  • Can be used for heights up to 3m
  • Versatile, secure, and comfortable
  • Comes with a 5-year warranty
Check price  on amazon

BPS Access Solutions Slider 3 Section Ladder

  • Strong, versatile, and reasonably priced
  • 2 handrails for better safety
  • D-shaped wide treads for comfortable climbing
  • Extra accessories to convert your current hatch into a ‘swing down’ option
Check price  on amazon

Frequently asked questions

What is a loft ladder?

A loft ladder is a retractable ladder that can be set up to provide access from a landing to a loft.

A ladder is essential if you want to reach your loft safely!

Rather than a ladder, there is the option of having a set of permanent stairs fitted, but this isn’t always feasible because of the space they require and the cost involved.

A loft ladder is a much cheaper, space-saving option.

What are the pros and cons of a loft ladder?

One advantage of a loft ladder is that it doesn’t have to be a permanent feature of your home, unlike a set of steps.

Furthermore, they’re stored in the loft itself as they retract when you close the loft ceiling door.

The only downside to a loft ladder compared to a set of stairs is that they tend to be more steep, and compared to a set of foldable ladders they can be a little more expensive.

What’s the best heavy-duty loft ladder?

In our humble opinion, the Youngman 313340 is the best heavy-duty loft ladder as it works well in restricted spaces and the steps offer comfortable and wide treads.

It has a handrail for additional safety and its pivot arms allow it to slide in and out of the loft smoothly. Check out our in depth review for more details.

What are the best loft ladders for a garage?

The Deluxe Wooden Loft Ladder is certainly the best loft ladder we found for a garage, and is also a great option for fans of wooden hardware!

Our full review of the Deluxe ladder can be found further up the page.

Are loft ladders fire rated?

Yes, many manufacturers around the world are manufacturing fire-rated loft ladders.

Fakro is currently one of the most reputable manufacturing companies producing fire-resistant loft ladders, and the FAKRO 869718 Lwf U.S.

Certified Fire-Resistant Attic Ladder is the best choice if you’re looking for an efficient fire-resistant option

What size loft ladder do I need?

Certain things must be kept in mind when getting the right fit loft ladder for your home, and accurate measurements are one.

You’ll need at least three critical measurements: the length and width of the opening; ceiling height; and, the dimensions of the ladder when stored.

If you have a compact space to work with, a drop down loft ladder is the best choice.

Still, make sure you choose a ladder that can easily fit into the smallest of these measurements and suits the vertical height of your ceiling.

What are retractable loft stairs and folding loft stairs made from?

Retractable loft stairs come in various materials, including wood, metal and aluminium.

Generally, wooden attic ladders can hold 250-300 pounds of pressure, while aluminium and metal ladders can hold 375 pounds of pressure.

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