Little Giant Ladder Xtreme 17″ – Review

Ok who hasn’t seen a Little Giant Ladder Infomercial?  They are plastered all over our TV late at night and I have to admit I like watching them.  But do they work?  Well I have to say right away that I am a firm believer in the Little Giant Ladder.  My father has had one for years, it has never failed and the versatility of it is un-matched.  The lifetime warranty is awesome!  From home owner to contractor this ladder is a must have.

The only downside I see to the ladder is it is a bit bulkier and heavier than most other ladders, but then again no other ladder can do what the Little Giant can do.  You can split the ladder into 2 step ladders that hold up to 300 lbs each.

 

The Mag4 hinges have 4 locks for added safety.  They are spring loaded and automatically lock into the desired position.  The Rock Locks easily lock into the open position until you reach your desired height.  Then a slight smack of the palm engages the lock back into position.  In all the Little Giant Xtreme pictures we have seen the Rock Locks were orange, ours just had a steel look.  Although the ladder did not pinch us it certainly looks like it could, be careful around the locks and ALWAYS make sure the ladder is locked into position before operating it.

 

The Xtreme comes with the AirDeck safety handrail and tool tray, this helps you retain your balance when you’re on a high step and also hold your paint and tools.  A really cool thing is the magnetic tray, so if you’re replacing a ballast or fixture it will help you retain your hardware.  The AirDeck is easily attached via 2 orange locks on either side.

 

The Comfort Step is great for when you stand for long durations.  I felt confident putting all my weight on the step thanks to the thick cable and quality hardware.  The step folds up when you fold the ladder.

 

The Tip and Glide wheels allow you to easily maneuver the 34.5lb  ladder to where you need it.  This is great for electricians in big buildings when they have a lot of ground to cover.  The wheels are rubber and did not mar up our wood or tile floors.

 

The steps on the ladder have awesome grip.  Every step has precise grooves that grip your shoes.  You feel firmly planted walking up this ladder.

 

The ladder fully extended gives over 17′ of reach.  The ladder flexed a little bit at the length, but nothing that was a concern.  The ladder is wider on the ends which give it unmatched stability.

 

The ladder is great for stairs and almost any situation you throw at it.  You can even use it as a plank platform. When used correctly it is one of the safest ladders on the market.  For the home owner this is the only ladder you will ever need and for the contractor it’s a blessing!  I truly believe in the Little Giant Ladder and the Xtreme is feature packed.  It has a lifetime warranty and is a quality tool.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Wow guys nice review. I am a roofer and this would be perfect. I was thinking about the werner version, but this just seems so much better.

  2. Just watched an infomerical on them last night. Looks like the perfect ladder for the Pro & the DIYer as
    well. Where can you buy them and what do they cost.

    The security question you have to fill in SUCKS, usually forget it, then get the OOPS message.

    Bill

  3. I was wondering about the full reach of the ladder, and also the reach of the ladder when in the “A” config (like a stepladder). In the article it states that it is 17″ when fully extended–are you sure you got that right?! First, I would think it would be measured in feet, not inches (that’s 17′ not 17″) but I was hoping it was a bit more than that. Does it come in diferent sizes?
    Thanks

  4. By the way, I don’t mind the “security question”–this one is the easiest I have ever encountered! I don’t mind adding a few numbers; I hate the ones where the words are distorted and it takes 10 attempts to finally get it right (and of course, each time you miss it, the words change).

  5. We just ordered one. Should be here in 7-10 days or less they said. They come in the 17′ or a taller one for if you have a 2 story house but I don’t know the measurement on that since I didn’t need it. I hope it’s all it seems to be. I have high hopes since it’s made in the USA.

  6. I have been in contact with the “Little Giant Ladder” company, Utah,and they do not export Xtremes to Australia. I cannot find a US authorised or Non-authorised dealer that will ship an Xtreme Model 17 to my home address in Australia. I am willing to pay a one-off complete payment. Authorised distributor in Australia has no plans of importing the Xtreme.

    Do you know of any US company willing to export an Xtreme to my home address in Australia?

  7. I have been in contact with the “Little Giant Ladder” company, Utah,and they do not export Xtremes to Australia. I cannot find a US authorised or Non-authorised dealer that will ship an Xtreme Model 22 to my home address in Australia. I am willing to pay a one-off complete payment. Authorised distributor in Australia has no plans of importing the Xtreme.

    Do you know of any US company willing to export an Xtreme to my home address in Australia?

  8. I ended up settling for a Type 1A Revolution XE Model 17 from Northern Tool + Equipment who export to Australia. It was advertised on EBAY. Tried repeatedly with LGL parent company in Utah but for some unaccountable reason they were not willing to accept full payment + postage costs whatever that would be to ship one to Australia.

    Amazon, likewise will not ship this ladder to Australia, though I have made many other purchases from Amazon.

  9. My husband and I watched the infomercial for this, placed an order for ONE and was charged
    $1,209.00! I called the number back and was told they couldn’t help me and I should call customer service. When I called them they are closed until Monday!! How sweet!!! They have plenty of people to take your money, apparently, but no one to answer your questions when they scam you!!!!! Beware!!!!!

  10. I just received a 17′ Extreme. Basically happy with it, BUT. I am doing some work in my foyer where there is an open staircase to the second floor. I needed a ladder that I could have shorter legs on one of the ‘A’ legs. The little giant works great for this because you can leave one side retracted, but extend the other so that you are leveling the ladder with the stairs. The other position that I needed was having the ladder on the steps leaning against the wall to reach the ceiling that is about 15′ up. One of the ladder legs rests on a step, however, the other leg will not reach the step that it is over, so I ordered the extreme with the leg levelers. Sounded like the solution to the problem, right? WRONG A typical step rise (or height) is about 7″ and the leg leveler is about 7-8″ at max. Problem is that because of the width of the ladder at the bottom, it spans not one, but two steps making the drop more like 14″ and useless when you only have a 7″ extension. Cannot believe that they make so much out of the levelers and are so shortsighted as to not be able to use them on standard stairs.

  11. Can you lower the price for me because I want to give it to my dad for his birthday but I only have so much lunch money I can save

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