I had a smaller Little Giant for 19 years before upgrading to this one.
You'll give it 5 stars if you value...
-Versatile...One ladder does it all
-More steady & stable than other types of ladders
-Excellent fit & finish
And you don't mind...
-A little tricky to manipulate. Heavier than a regular step ladder (see below).
-Can be dangerous to adjust (see below).
If you're looking for an "ultimate" ladder to have for 20+ years, Little Giant is it. I have not owned them, but the Werner and Gorilla ladders I looked at in stores seemed inferior in fit & finish.
Weight & Handling:
The lightweight "aircraft grade" alloy of this ladder, and its lighter 250-lb duty rating is worth a lot when moving it and setting up. I am 58 years old and can adjust & place it at full length (19 feet), working alone. The 1A Gorilla weighs 44.5 lbs vs 37 lbs for this (Type 1) Little Giant. Little Giant also has macho 1A ladders, but for most people, lighter is better.
There is a learning curve to adjusting and setting this type of ladder. You can embrace the learning curve, or hate it.
Consumer Reports (Sept 2006) says a similar model is "not acceptable" because the cross pieces can mash your fingers while you are adjusting the height. Yes, that is a valid concern.
(1 customers reviews)
Customers Rating=4.0 / 5.0
More Detail For Little Giant 14016 Alta One M 22 Ladder System 250 Pound Duty Rating 22 Foot
- Aircraft-grade aluminum and wide-flared legs offer unmatched stability.
- Offers multiple configurations, as an A-frame, extension, or 90-degree ladder or as a scaffolding system.
- Reach some of the toughest areas with versatile ladder configurations.
- Enjoy an unmatched feeling of stability in any configuration thanks to aircraft-grade aluminum, the new, wide-flared legs, and the highest quality construction.
- The Little Giant Alta-One Model 22 is the lightest 22-foot articulating ladder on the market, and it exceeds all OSHA and ANSI standards and is rated to hold up to 250 lbs.