Pros: good price, steady, does what it should do without being a problem
Cons: bulky, may get stuck
There isn’t much to say about the Rubbermaid EZ folding step stool as it is effective and it does its job. It is a stepping stool. I purchased this stepping stool because, as one can imagine, I need to reach high places. It was also one of the cheaper (price-wise) stepping stools that I had seen (it ran me $26) and I didn’t need anything too fancy. I’m just trying to get to top cabinets, not paint the Sistine Chapel after all. Besides, I had recently purchased something else from Rubbermaid and I was happy with that, so I figured that I might as well give the EZ step stool a shot.
The Rubbermaid EZ folding step stool is made of plastic, which makes it lightweight. It can hold weight with no problem, though. Rubbermaid claims it can hold up to 300 pounds. I haven’t seen anything to dispute that. I have seen the one that I own hold around 200 pounds and it didn’t shake or bend or anything, so to me, 300 pounds isn’t too farfetched.
The Rubbermaid stool has thick, sturdy legs; the legs are much thicker than the metal step stools that I’ve seen. The legs hold the stool extremely steady as you use it. I’ve never felt the thing shift to the side or even wobble in the all the times I’ve used it. The legs are good enough to keep the Rubbermaid EZ step stool standing even when it’s closed. You don’t have to prop this folding stool against the wall when you close it. You can close it and leave it in the middle of the floor and it shouldn’t fall over unless someone pushes it. The legs have rubber grips on the bottom, which help keep the Rubbermaid folding stool steady. The grips are probably one of the reasons I’ve never felt the EZ step stool slide.
The Rubbermaid stool is bulkier than a lot of other step stools. Think of it in terms of a stepladder as it is around that size. You can tuck it in the corner, but it is still going to stand out a little bit. If you have a garage or a basement where you can keep these sorts of things out of the way, it won’t be a problem. If you’re going to keep in in the kitchen, it might attract a little attention or get in the way.
I’ve had the top step of the Rubbermaid folding stool get stuck on me just once when opening it. This is something I’ve never had to worry about with a wooden stepladder or a metal step stool. It wasn’t really a big deal; I just pushed the step down and went about my business. It’s just something for you to be aware of if you buy it; the step might stick. Don’t panic, push it down, and do whatever you need to do.
If you’re looking for a cheap, functioning, 2-step, folding step stool then go with the Rubbermaid EZ folding step stool. If you’re willing to spend more than $26, go and find something else, but I really don’t see why you should. It does its job, but if you look around and want to spend more, you probably could find something better. So, in a nutshell, I would recommend this if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. Actually, I would just recommend it point blank. The Rubbermaid EZ folding step stool does what it needs to do.