Choosing a baby gate can be a daunting task. To find one that’s safe and fits your specific requirements can take a lot of time. To help you out to find one that best and fits your needs, here you’ll find a list and reviews of the best baby gates as rated by parents that are suitable for top or bottom of stairs, regular or wide openings.
Great Multi Purpose Baby Gate That Opens Both Ways With Locking System
North States Easy Close is a great multi purpose gate to keep your children safe. Sturdy and installs easily. Opens in both directions. It stays open or with the easy close feature it swings closes behind you. For extra security it has double locking system that’s easy for an adult to use and yet impossible to unlock it for a small child. Looks attractive too and won’t be an eyesore for the next year or so.
For openings form 29.5 inches – 38.75 inches
- 29.5” – 31.5” no extension needed
- 31.5 – 35.5” with 1 extension
- 35.5” – 38.5” with 2 extensions
2 extra extensions are included.
- Height is 29” which is very comfortable for adults to open.
- Space between bars is about 2 1/4″
- The width of the gate’s doorway is about 17″ – 18”
In general it will work anywhere that is within the specifications. Since each corner can be adjusted independently this gate can be used on opening that has fining trim. The manufacturer does not recommend using it on top of stairs.
Some of the unique features of the Easy Close Gate is the ability to open the gate in both directions and the self close mechanism that works in either direction too. Moreover, if opened just past 90 degrees, the gate will stay open till given a push then it will self close.
Another great feature is the locking system. The gate doesn’t open just by pushing it. To open it, all you have to do is slide the trigger latch away from the opening and lift the gate panel to swing the gate open.
For extra security, to prevent a child from opening it, by lifting the gate, it has latch locking system as well. To lock it, twist the knob sideways and it will lock the switch and prevent the gate from opening it by lifting the door.
The locking system is easy to use with one hand for an adult but impossible for a baby.
Very well made, sturdy and secure. Made from heavy duty metal construction. Even if you have a child who likes to hang on thing it won’t budge.
Installation is straightforward and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. The gate is pressure mounted, so there is no need for drilling and damaging walls/doorframe. All you need to do is insert extension(s) if needed, insert the tension knobs and tighten the 4 adjusting screws.
For additional stability you can use the mounting cups that are included. It does come with screws for the plastic cups as well, so you do have the option of screw it into the wall, however, most customers find it very sturdy and secure without screwing it into the wall.
If you’d like to temporarily remove the gate, simply loosen the tension knobs and remove the gate.
An excellent baby gate. Customers love the pressure mount, opens both ways and the “hold” option that keeps the gate open if you don’t want it closed. Plus the finish is beautiful and will match nicely any decor. Great quality, great design, easy to use, highly recommend. Available in white or bronze.
Great Basic Baby Gate To Keep Roaming Toddler(s) In One Area
Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru Gate is an excellent baby gate that comes with all the basic features to keep your child safe, with a convenient walk through design meaning no more stepping over to pass over the gate.
Perfect for those who have a little crawler safe wanting to explore every possible space in your home. It will set the boundaries where they can and can not go. In fact, this is probably one of the least expensive baby gates on the market that is very easy to install, sturdy, not at all cumbersome.
For openings from 29 to 40 inches wide
- 31 inches high
- The walk thru opening is about 17″
- Opening between the bars is 2 1/2 inches.
It can also be just as easily installed on:
- Top of stairs
- Bottom of the stairs
- On doors with trim as long as the surface is flat. It won’t work on a beveled trim
- Hallway against drywall, as long as the hallway is between 29-40 inches wide it will work fin
Once open the gate doesn’t close automatically. If you leave it open, it will stay open as there is no spring to pull it back. However, this is not a problem for most parents, in fact some prefer that way.
It opens one way only, you can choose which way it opens when you install it.
It has safe one-touch child-proof lock that’s easy to operate with one hand.
Simply pull the red piece that locks down the latch with your thumb and lift the the latch with your index finger. Although it looks easy to open it is impossible for a toddler.
Safe and sturdy
The gate is made from steel for durability, strength and security. You might think that because of the low price the safety and durability is questionable but customers have been impressed with the stability and overall construction.
So it is very sturdy even if you have it pressure mounted and won’t budge if your little one bangs toys on it, leans on or pushes it with all their might. As long as the tension mounts are appropriately tight, it stays put no matter what.
PVC-free and has been certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).
It takes about 20 min. to set it up. It does not require hole drilling in walls/door frame. Actually it can be either tension mounted or mount it to the wall if you want more permanent installation with the plastic caps that are provided. So it is entirely up to you how you want to install it. No tools needed for tension mount.
Each pressure mounts is individually adjustable to provide a stable, secure fit.
Lightweight and Portable. Can be easily removed or moved to another part of your home.
Please note: during assembly you will notice a slight latch which is about 1/2 inch away from being able to reach and close the gate door. This is NOT a defect, because the gate is pressure mounted and the gap will disappear once you re-secure or close the gate. This is normal, this is how it this baby gate works.
The gate is a great buy for the price and most reviews for this product have been favorable that can vouch for the quality and reliability. Probably the cheapest baby gate you can find for this price.
Also available as:
For openings 29-1/2 to 40”wide
For openings 29 to 40″ wide
For openings 29 to 44″ wide
Stylish, Secure Extra Tall Decorative Baby Gate
A baby gate that is tall, very versatile, sturdy, secure, attractive and easy to install. It will keep your baby and may be the dog or cat out of the living-room or where they supposed to be. With the self close feature, you won’t have to worry about locking the gate. It does it automatically for you. Easy to open for an adult, impossible for a small child.
For openings from 28 to 48 inches wide
- 36 inch tall (the arch height is 36″, the sides are 33 3/4″)
- Walk through opening is about 18 inches
- The distance between the bars varies, it’s about 2 1/4″ in the main gate and around 4 1/4″ near the top and bottom
Very versatile baby gate, can be used with door way, hallway, between rooms, top of stairs, bottom of stairs as long as the opening is within the specifications. Please note, for top of stairs, mounting cup installation is mandatory. This baby gate is for indoor use only.
It comes with 2 short (4 3/8″) and 1 long extension (8 7/8″).
- The gate without any extension fits openings from 28” to 31.5”.
- 32″ – 36″ one short extension
- 36.5″ – 40.5″ one long extension
- 41″ – 45″ one long and one short extension
- 45.5″ – 48″ one long and two short extensions
The gate opens in either direction, you can choose which way it opens when you install it or simply by switching the door stopper. To have it swing both ways at all times you’d have to remove the door stopper.
Easy to open with one hand. To open it simply push the release button away from the handle and lift up the gate, swing it to open, let the gate. It will automatically close and lock behind you.
Dual locking system makes this gate safe and secure. It’s hard for a child or toddler to figure out how to open it on their own (unless you teach them).
The gate is spring loaded and closes automatically on its own. Unfortunately it does not have ‘stay open’ feature. If you want the gate to be left open you’d have to prop it with a bungee cord or velcro strap. Some customers like it that way, some don’t. So it’s a personal choice that you’ll have make.
Safe and sturdy
The gate is durable, well made of powder-coated steel and very sturdy.
Installation is easy. You have a choice how you want to install it, you can either pressure mount it or screw it into the wall. It includes hardware for both options.
If you’re mounting the gate on top of stairs wall cups must be used. It works well with banisters too, again if the banisters are on top of stairs, mounting cups must be used to screw them into the wood and then mount the gate.
If you intend to install it to banister(s) the diameter of the pressure mounts is 1 1/2″
Since each pressure mount is individually adjustable it will work well with molding on the bottom of a doorway or baseboards as long as the width is within the diameters of the gate.
If needed the baby gate can be temporarily removed. It’s not something you’d want to do on daily bases, but it’s OK from time to time.
Excellent good looking product with sturdy structure. Perfect baby or pet proofing gate. Easy to use and install. Available in beige or bronze.
SUPER WIDE BABY GATES
Easy Close, Extra Tall and Wide Baby Gate with Wide Walk Thru
This is an excellent baby gate especially for extra wide doors and walls. Extra tall to keep your children safe and prevent from climbing it, swing both in directions with dual security lock (one of the best child proof locking system). It will keep you children safe and the dog and/or cat out of the play area too
For openings from 29.5 to 51.5 inches wide
- 36 inch tall
- Walk thru opening is 21 1/2 inches
- The distance between the bars is 2 3/4 ”(widest slot) and 2 1/2” the other ones
Very versatile and can be used virtually anywhere in your house. Top of stairs, bottom of stairs, between rooms or hallway. When installed on top of stairs mounting cups must be screwed to the wall.
Three extensions, 2-3/4 inches, 5-1/2 inches, and 11 inches are included.
The door swings open in both directions. You can also choose which direction the opens by using the optional third lock at the base of the gate. So it’s up you, you can have it swing both ways or one way. It closes automatically with a push or if would like, you can leave it open when not in use.
Moreover, it has double-locking system on handle that’s easy to use for an adult, but difficult for a child. For extra security it has extra lock feature at the bottom of the gate, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your child will be safe when you’re busy doing something else.
Solid construction and very sturdy. Made from durable steel with a U-shaped power frame for additional stability. It won’t move even if your children shake it back and forth
The gate installs with a pressure-mount system and is very secure and extremely sturdy. Or can be screwed into the wall for additional safety, which is recommended for top of stairs installation. All hardware needed for both installations is included.
Some customers find the install directions difficult to read as they have to keep referring back and forth. If not for that this probably would be a 5 stars product.
Great baby gate to keep your children safe, good quality and worth every penny. Great design and the color/finish is very attractive and will fit in well with any decor.
Deluxe Baby Gate – Perfect Solution For Many “Gate Problems”
Great gate because you can use it in different ways depending on where and how you want to use it. You can take it off in case you have family. It does good job in blocking both kids and pets from the rooms they are not allow. Beautiful design and color that will matches with the interior of any house.
Perfect for wide openings like between rooms or the bottom of stairs from 38.3 to 72 inches
- 30 inches tall
- The opening to walk through is about 25″ wide
- The distance between the bars is 2 1/4 inches wide
Great baby gate for oddly shaped doorway between living room and kitchen, large archway between rooms or to block off a fireplace, TV corner or playroom.
The gate is design to close automatically, it latches when closed. It also has a feature to remain open for easy passage. To enable the ‘stay open’ feature, simply open the gate fully. You can close it again with a gentle push. The child proof safety latch is design to be secure and provides easy one hand operation for a parent.
Once the gate is installed in the position you want, the gate door only swings open one way.
Another great thing about this gate are the ability to fold and unfold the panels. The entire gate can swing open to either side. When not needed, you can easy remove it from the hinges and store it or swing out of the way.
Safe and sturdy
The gate is made from heavy-duty steel construction and is very sturdy. One of the sturdiest gates out there. It will withstand vigorous shaking and kids standing on it.
This gate is NOT pressure mounted. There are 4 brackets, 2 left and 2 right must be screw into a wall. Once installed, the gate slides onto. All necessary mounting hardware is included.
Different types of installation:
Baseboards: If you have baseboards that continue through the doorway, you might need to remove or add additional piece of wood for the top mount to become flush.
Banisters: It works well with banisters as long as there is enough solid surface to anchor this gate.
Angled or corner walls: As long as there’s a flat surface to mount to on both walls it will work. The gate Iflexible at the hinges, the brackets allow the gate over 90% of flexibility to swivel.
Spindles: It does not attach to spindles. It has to be mounted to a flush surface. For spindles you could try the No Hole Stairway Baby Gate Mounting Kit By Safety.
Stair banisters: Only if the banister is solid wood and has flat surface like a about 2 x 4”. The width has to be greater than 2”
Mounting the gate isn’t complicated and shouldn’t take longer than an hour.
Beautifully crafted, looks like custom made and more importantly safe and functional. It does a great job keeping the children and may be pets away from any harm. With this baby gate, you can rest assure that your child/children are safe. Available in 2 colors.
Extra Wide and Very Versatile Baby Gate
Keeping an eye on baby will be so much easier with North States Superyard 3 In 1 Baby Gate/Superyard. And it can be used in several different ways to keep your child safe around the house. Easy to setup and use. It folds up quickly or can be converted into a freestanding portable play yard.
Out of the box you get 6 panels. Each section is 2 feet or 24 inches long. All mounting hardware is included.
When extended, all 6 panels can cover 12 feet or 144 inches. If the space you’re trying to block off is bigger you will need extra panels.
The gate is very versatile and can be used anywhere in your house be it across the room, to separate kitchen and family room, bottom of the stairs or around the stairs. You can “U” or “L” shape it if you need. Works great around furniture or entertainment center or to keep your keep your children away from fireplace. Basically it works with all sort of configurations and is very customizable.
A lot of customers have been asking if this gate has to be arched or can it be used straight across. The answer is yes and no. You can removed or add panels, 2 feet at a time. So you can make it smaller to about 10 feet, 8 feet, 6 feet and so on. If the opening you’re trying to block is 10 or 8 feet it can stand straight across, however if the opening is let’s say 7 or 9 feet it will have to be arched a bit to fit the distance. It has hinges on each joint that make it wiggle both directions.
- It is 30 inches tall
- 2 1/4” wide between bars
Enclosed play yard: You can even detached it from the wall brackets and use it as enclosed play yard. 6 panels give you 10 square foot hexagonal play area. You can create a bigger play area by adding more extensions.
It disconnects easily with a push of a button from the mounts so it can removed and put back daily.
The gate opening (swing door) is 14″ wide. The panel with the door can be placed at any point of the gate. The door opens ONE way only.
The door has automatic closing and ‘stay-open’ feature. Comes with childproof double locking system which is easy to operate with one hand.
You can buy additional panels, they come in two, 2 foot each. You can add as many panels as you want or you can combine two gates together.
Whether you use it as a gate, barrier or play yard it is very well build and sturdy. Toddler proof, industrial strength. Even if your child likes to shake things, it won’t move. Great for assisted walking along the gate too.
This is not pressure mounted gate. The wall mounts need to be screw into the wall. The installation is straightforward, it takes about 15 to 30 mins, there are two brackets that attach to the wall on each end.
It does not interfere with baseboards. The bottom wall mounts that are screw into the wall slide up and down along the pole to clear molding so you don’t damage it.
It comes with all necessary mounting hardware.
The gate can easily be taken off the wall mounts and tuned into a play yard or collapsed for storage, each panel disconnects.
Great product. It’s solid, sturdy, looks great, and is easy to use. Some customers find that the walk thru opening a bit narrow, but it wasn’t a big deal. Available as Arched Decor Metal Gate, Metal Gate or Wood Gate.
Super Wide 192 Inch Baby Gate and Play Yard
Extra wide baby gate that has the ability to be a gate, free standing barrier, fireplace guard or play yard. Each panel clicks in place to fit an odd opening and can be installed on angled walls. Sturdy, heavy duty and does not budge. Great for indoors or outdoors. Here are the details:
- Expands to 192 inches to become a wall amounted gate
- Includes 8 removable and configurable panels
- Each panel is 24″ or 2 ft wide
- The gate is 28″ tall
- The space between each bar is 2 1/2 in
- Door opening is about 17 inches
Wall mounted gate: Fits openings up to 192″ wide. You can use all 8 panels or remove panels to make it smaller. It works well as a gate between rooms, around bottom stairs or a fireplace barrier. Connection to the wall can be angled.
Free standing barrier: You can either set it in an octagon, square formation or arched to block off places like bottom of stairs or fireplace. Just keep in mind, when used as a free standing barrier, itn’t as sturdy as mounted to a wall.
Free standing play yard: You can connect all panels together to create a free standing play yard. With 8 panels it comes with you can create an octagon or a square. Either way you’ll get approximately 19 sq. feet play area.
Because the gate is simple to remove from the wall, you can move the gate out, leaving the wall anchors in place and move it to another room and configure it as a play yard.
No matter whether you use it as a gate or play yard, the gate is very flexible and can be configured it as round, square, rectangle, or fixed in a 90 degree angle to make a corner.
The door opening is about 17 inches. Once installed, the door opens one way only, however, you can chose whether the door opens to the inside or outside. Also you can move the door panel around, it doesn’t have to be in one position. The door doesn’t have ‘auto close’ feature. If you leave it open, it will stay open.
It has a sliding childproof lock. It is a 2 step lock, you have to pull back the spring loaded red piece with your thumb and lift up the sliding lock. Easy to open for a parent, but not too easy for children.
This baby gate can be used indoors or outdoors.
Unfortunately extra extensions are not available. If you need to extend the gate to make a bigger play area, you have to buy another set and put two of them together.
It’s very heavy duty and sturdy. Even if a child jumps up and down on it trying to shake it, it will hold up just fine.
This is not pressure mounted gate, you can either attach to the wall with screws and a bracket or use it as a free standing barrier or play yard. All hardware is provided. 4 wall fixers, two for each side plus all the screws.
The mounts allow it to swivel to any angle allowing you to mount it to a wall at an angular. So it is very flexible. Baseboard doesn’t interfere with the installation because the lower brackets can be set above the baseboard.
Good baby gate. The locking mechanism is a hit or miss, some like it, some don’t. Eventually a child will learn how to open it. But you shouldn’t worry about that until they are about 24 months old. Easy to set up and relocate. Can be used as a gate or playpen. Serves its purpose of keeping the kids contained in a safe area.
Top of Stairs Baby Gates
Although some of standard gates can be installed on top of stairs, gates specifically designed for top of stairs use provide maximum safety as they are hardware mounted and there is no bottom bar to potentially trip over as found on some standard gates. They can also be used in hallways, doorways or as a room divider.
No Trip Design Top Of Stairs Baby Gate
Evenflo Easy Walk-Thru Top Of Stairs Gate is safe, sturdy and easy install baby gate. Even though it is design for top of stairs, can be used for doorways, hallways, bottom of stairs, kitchens, laundry rooms, bedrooms and playrooms. The best feature is that it doesn’t have bottom bar that runs along the floor to possibly trip over.
- Fits openings from 29″ to 42″ wide
- 30″ tall however can be installed 3″ above the floor for 33″ of height
- 2 3/4 inches between slats
The door swings wide open either way or you can use the removable swing control clip which allows you to to choose which way it will swing.
The handle lock system is ergonomically designed and it takes only one hand to open no matter what direction you are approaching from or what hand you’re using.
It has childproof lock, in order to open it you have to squeeze the handle firmly, children don’t have the strength to open it.
It doesn’t have auto-closing feature but there is red/green indicator that shows if the gate is closed completely. Easy to latch and unlatch it.
If needed the gate can easily be lifted up off of its hinges if you want to remove it and have it out of the way.
It is a screw-mounted gate. Installation is straight-forward, comes with a template which you can tape to the wall to drill the hinged end in place. Comes with all needed hardware but you will need electric drill, 1/8” drill bit, screwdriver and pencil for the installation.Once it hangs in the hinges it’s easy to make all necessarily adjustments.
The gate be installed 3 inch above the floor for 33 inch of protection.
Made from metal, very sturdy and safe gate. It will hold up to children shaking it and hanging on it on a daily basis. Perfect for those who don’t want to worry about tripping over a bottom bar. Attractive, adjustable, and kid proof because it requires an adult amount of hand-strength to open it.
Retractable Baby Gates
Retractable gates are great alternative to traditional metal or wooden gates. Perfect for parents who don’t want a gate that would swing out and block the passage on either side. And when not in use they roll up nicely out of the way giving you complete access to the opening. A great space saver too because they don’t get in the way and don’t take up much room when open.
They are very flexible and fit all kind of those locations, be it angled wall, hallway, top or bottom of stairs. Not as sturdy as metal gate, but strong enough and durable and do the job well keeping your child safe. Although they are hardware mounted they are easy to install and operate.
Space Saving Retractable Baby Gate
Summer Infant Retractable Gate is a great alternative to a traditional metal, plastic or wooden gates. This hardware mounted gate is perfect to use on any open concept area, between rooms to keep your little one safe or out of the rooms that you do not want them to enter. It can also be used at bottom or top of stairways.
And since it retracts you don’t have to worry about stepping over a bar or tripping.
- For openings up to 50” wide and the gate is 30” tall
Parents love the convenience of being able to leave it open and have a clear entry way when not in use. When closed it creates a secure barrier.
The screen is sturdy (as long as the gate is locked, it will keep the fabric from pulling out any further) and won’t cave when a child leans on or pushes on it.
The mesh fabric although black is see through which is great for those who would like to be able to maintain visual contact with their child.
One of the features that parents love is the dual automatic child proof one handed use locking/unlocking system. Simply push down and click it in to lock it, push the blue button and lift lever to unlock.
You can mount the handle any way you want, out of the box it is set in the middle but can easily be unscrewed and moved up to the top part of the gate for easier opening/retracting. The handle can be installed on either side of the gate so it is left and right hand friendly.
It also locks in place so it won’t retract accidentally.
Very easy to clean too in case your LO decides to smear baby food on it , all you have to do is wipe it with a wet cloth .
Unfortunately this gate can not be easily moved to another location, it only comes with one set of wall anchors.
This is hardware mounted gate. Can be easily mounted on drywall or wood. This gate can NOT be mounted to a banister. All hardware is included.
A free baseboard installation kit is included as well in case you need it and also can be installed at any height you want.
It is secure, easy to operate gate. You can simply leave it open when it’s not needed without having to set it up and adjust it again later. Great modern look will complement any house well.
Most Versatile Retractable Baby Gate
Dreambaby® Retractable Gate is another great choice. It is of the most versatile retractable gate available. Sturdy and durable mesh barrier that retracts on itself to stay out of the way when not in use.
- Fits openings up to 55” and is 34″ tall
Here are the features that makes this gate unique:
- Comes with two sets of hardware for mounting in two locations. This allows you to permanently set up mounts on two doorways. And if needed simply unclip the gate quickly move it back and forth between the two locations.
- Can be used indoor and outdoor. The durable mesh is UV treated and won’t fade or damage in the sun.
- Flexible installation. Can be installed at different angles for odd openings and installs on the inside or outside of a door-frame.
Suitable for hallways, doorways and top and bottom of stairs.
Can be lock when open and closed. It has a double locking feature which you must press the button down and turn in order to unlock the gate.
The are some complaints that it makes a clicking noise when retracted. The noise while retracting the gate is meant as a warning signal to alert you when a little one has gained unauthorized access. To avoid the noise, simply hold the unlocking mechanism down while retracting the gate.
Despite being fabric it is strong enough to keep a child from going up the stairs and does hold firm well when pushed against.
Although it has ‘one handed easy opening system’ some customers have mentioned that it may be a little tricky at first to get use to it especially while holding the baby.
To clean, wipe surface with a damp cloth or sponge using mild detergent and warm water. Do not use abrasive, ammonia based bleach or spirit type cleaners.
Installation is easy and and includes templates to help you to mount the gate.
Please note, if you have baseboard or molding in your home you will need to buy spacers to make the gate work properly. Spacers are sold separately. A set cost around $9.00. When you buy the gate on amazon they usually offer it as an add on. If you don’t see that option,
The gates look great and works well. Not as sturdy as a standard metal gate but does the job well. A trade off for the convenience it offers.
It does cost more but with the two sets of hardware it comes with, you can unclip it from one place and move it to another, it’s like having two gates in one. It is attractive when closed and unobtrusive when open. Worth the price and the peace of mind.
Available in 2 colors: