I bought the 12.5 foot ladder and have been so impressed by it ever since. It is a lot more sturdy and well made than I expected, and extends and retracts so easily. I was worried that it would be difficult to extend it and retract it, but it is super easy and smooth to do this, and I am not worried about pinching my fingers as it retracts. It folds up so compact that I can easily fit it into the trunk of my car and do not have to tie it to the car's roof. Otherwise, it is easy to store around the house, out of sight. I use this around the house and it is super handy - I can climb up to clear the leaves on top of the garage, and access high spots around the house easily and efficiently, without having to worry about knocking things over. Would definitely recommend this ladder, and I am probably going to buy another one to stay permanently in my car.