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After two full years of haphazardly scaling countertops inside her New York City rental to reach her cupboards’ elusive top shelf, our home editor, Lydia Geisel, began her search for a step stool. With little to no storage space for stowing away the booster when not in use, Geisel was inspired by DIY influencer Marco Zamora’s acrylic design-forward score. Her shopping criteria? An affordable Amazon step ladder that looked good enough to keep on display 24-7. Lucky for her, the sleek metal number she settled on was marked down to under $60 during Amazon Prime Day (you can still nab it with a decent 10% discount right now). After featuring the chic step ladder in our roundup of editor-favorite deals, it became a fast bestseller among Domino readers—so much so that it was the top-bought deal from all of our Prime Day shopping coverage. Considering this, along with the 200-plus positive reviews, we decided to take a deeper look at what makes this good-looking utility buy such a hit.

10% Off Midoli Folding 2-Step Step Ladder

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Midoli 2-Step Ladder, Amazon ($60 was $67)

Affordable price aside, we love the option of choosing between two- and three-step constructions. (Since extra-tall ceilings are a rarity in NYC’s neck of the woods, the shorter option worked just fine for Geisel’s needs.) Although initially drawn in by the handsome form—a saturated hunter green hue and gleaming brass details—it was the function that ultimately won us over.

After browsing the reviews, it became evident that this is an incredibly stable piece, constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum capable of supporting more than 300 pounds. Despite its sturdiness, the folding step ladder is lightweight enough to carry from room to room, boasting the bonus of packability. As one shopper points out, all you need is a clearance of 2 inches to slip the folded ladder behind a piece of furniture. Another reviewer shares that, despite having a taller ladder in her repertoire, this sleek buy has become her preferred step stool when tackling everyday chores—from dusting ceiling fans to changing curtains. It’s also anti-slip, from the steps themselves down to grippy feet. A photographer had initially purchased it as an attractive prop for a shoot but now taps it regularly for an extra boost around the house. With this step ladder, Geisel can reach her upper cabinets without sacrificing style or breaking the bank (or her ankle). 

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