I spent a fair amount of time researching all options - I like my gadgets and home upgrades so wondered how much an electric / motorised loft ladder would cost ... over two grand was the initial answer ... then i stumbled across the Loftomattic and it ticked all boxes.
I didn't have a loft ladder at all in my current property but know from past experience they can either require a fair bit of force to pull them down or push them back up, and whilst doing so you have to be very careful at the risk of catching your fingers.
My current loft hatch is particularly small (an opening of 715mm x 545mm - which is common in new build properties) which limited quite a few options for standard manual loft ladders. The hatch was also relatively near the outer wall, which meant that there was limited space between the hatch and the roof for the ladder to retracted into - limiting options even further.
The answer was the Tech Step's Loftomattic Auto: its considerably cheaper than other electric motorised loft ladders and requires very little space.
Indeed, the price is such that you may wonder - as i did - if its too good to be true and where the catch is; have a look and you will see other motorised ladders at over two-thousand pounds that appear to do exactly the same thing.
I did require a joiner to extend the height of the wood around the hatch to allow space for the plates to be installed (any competent DIYer would have managed it) and then its a case of attaching the included plates to the wood with the included screws, hanging the ladder from the brackets/plates and using an allen key to secure the ladder and plugging it in.
(I did have one hiccup - the "professionals" I had help me didn't read the instructions properly and told me the ladder was too short. The manufacturer's support was fantastic and amazing quick - it turns out my contractor was simply incompetent - there's a screw on either leg of the ladder which allows you to ensure it lines up perfectly (each leg needs done, not just one). So please make sure to read the instructions, and also watch the installation video too, or the manufacturer can point you in the direction of competent installers. That said, apart from the woodwork around the loft, I managed the installation of the ladder itself just myself )
The instructions with the remote control also give you instructions so you can choose whether you want to have to keep the up or down button pressed to put the ladder up or down, or you can switch is to one press operation (there's a stop button too so its safe either way).
The ladder itself is sturdy and not uncomfortable to stand on as many other ladders are. There's also a handrail at the top which helps too. You'll end up putting it up and down a couple of times when you first get it as you marvel at the engineering and how they managed to squeeze it all into such a compact design.
I can't fault the ladder at all and the support from Tech Steps was an excellent bonus too. I'd happily recommend the Loftomattic to anyone looking for an electric motorised loft ladder and have no regrets at all.
I had 2 guys installing it in 4hours including providing electricity supply for the motor. They did not have to alter the loft trap door. So far (after 1 month), it is fine (not used frequently). If it lasts a long time then it is an incredible value for money. I would recommend you order from the main supplier.