Richard Smaltz

The Werner Podium Ladder looks a lot like a traditional stepladder, but the top step is a 16-inch-by-20-inch standing platform, complete with a partial wrap-around guardrail and toe guard. The platform lets you safely work facing any direction, and the front of the guardrail has a tray, two magnetic spots for storing gear, and a place to put a drill and a couple of screwdrivers. The fiberglass ladder has a 1A rating with a 300-pound-load limit. For added stability, the ladder has oversized footpads. It’s available in five sizes, ranging from 5 feet to 12 feet. Price: $120 to $300, depending on size / COO: Mexico /