Ladders Stepladders Knowledge 8 July 2022

What is the difference between a ladder and a stepladder?

Ladders and stepladders are often confused. So, what is actually the difference between a ladder and a stepladder? Which models are there? And what is the best way to choose the one you need for your job?



A ladder consists of two side rails with rungs in between. The rungs are the ‘steps’ on which you stand. Ladders are often equipped with fittings to lock the ladder, such as push-up hooks, extension hooks, swing hooks and stirrups. Altrex has the following types of ladders:


A stepladder has newels on the sides, but as opposed to a ladder, a stepladder has flat steps instead of rungs. In addition, a stepladder often has a platform, making it easier to stand. Altrex manufactures the following types of stepladders:

A ladder or stepladder for my work activities?

To make this choice it is important to know which work activities you want to carry out. For tasks that take extra time, you often use a stepladder. The wide steps and the platform ensure that you stand more comfortably. Tasks that don’t take much time can easily be done with a ladder. Height also plays an important role. Ladders allow you to easily reach greater heights.

Also take into account the space you have for storage and transport. Ladders often take up more room. An exception to this rule is the telescopic ladder. If, after reading this tip, you are still not sure what to get, our product finder will help you find the answer in just a few steps. You can also call our advisors for personal advice.


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