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Best Baby Gates – Keeping Your Little Ones Safe

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If you have a baby and live in a home with sharp corners, stairs, potentially unstable furniture, breakable objects or other hazards, you will need a baby gate to keep your little one away from the unsafe areas. Your cuddly baby will soon turn into a turbo explorer, surveying the most dangerous parts of the house. When that happens, you will glad you invested in a baby gate. There are two main types of baby gates i.e. pressure mounted and hardware mounted.

Pressure mounted gates draw their stability from the force of being squeezed by the door frame or walls on either side. Hardware mounted baby gates have to be screwed into the walls, door frame or banister. That said, here are the 10 best baby gates on the market.

A list of the Best Baby Gates

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Feature
Feature
Price
Rating
Evenflo Position and Lock Wood Gate

Non marring rubber bumpers help prevent damage to your home

No tools or assembly required makes for quick and easy installation

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Regalo Easy Open 50 Inch Wide Baby Gate, Pressure Mount with 2 Included Extension KitsRegalo Easy Open 50 Inch Wide Baby Gate, Pressure Mount with 2 Included Extension Kits

Expands to fit openings, doorways and hallways 29-50 inches wide (gate must be fully assembled within opening); stands 30 inches tall.

Includes two extensions kits 6-inch wide and 12-inch wide

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Regalo Extra WideSpan Walk Through Safety Gate, WhiteRegalo Extra WideSpan Walk Through Safety Gate, White

Easy set up with pressure mounts, some assembly required. Four pressure mounted spindle rods included

Expands to fit openings between 29"-58" with 6", 8" and 12" extensions included, and Stands 30" tall,

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Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate, BronzeSummer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate, Bronze

Kindly refer User manual for installation issues

Pressure mounted installation for use between rooms with optional hardware mounts included for installation on stairways

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Regalo Easy Step Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate, WhiteRegalo Easy Step Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate, White

Expands to fit openings between 29\"-39\"

Stands 41" tall, 6" extension included

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Evenflo Position and Lock Tall Pressure Mount Wood GateEvenflo Position and Lock Tall Pressure Mount Wood Gate

This classic pressure-mounted gate is easy to install, and provides protection for your loved ones without damaging your walls

Plastic mesh baby gate expands to provide a secure fit for baby falling down

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Regalo Home Accents Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate, Hardwood and SteelRegalo Home Accents Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate, Hardwood and Steel

Stands 38-inches tall and expands to fit openings 29-44 inches wide

Fashioned with high-end finishing and New Zealand Pine

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Supergate Wood Frame Diamond Mesh Gate, Fits Spaces between 26.5\Supergate Wood Frame Diamond Mesh Gate, Fits Spaces between 26.5\

Adjusts to fit openings 26.5 to 42 inches wide and is 23 inches high

Ideal for bottom of stairs or between rooms

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Safety 1st Pressure Mount Lift, Lock and Swing Gate, Fits Spaces between 28\Safety 1st Pressure Mount Lift, Lock and Swing Gate, Fits Spaces between 28\

Hardware or pressure mount

One hand, top release handle

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Supergate Deluxe Décor Gate, Bronze, Fits Spaces between 38.3\Supergate Deluxe Décor Gate, Bronze, Fits Spaces between 38.3\

Adjusts to fit openings 38.3 to 72 inches wide and is 30 inches high.Pivot points on gate panels allow for mounting on angled walls

Ideal for extra-wide openings such as between rooms or the bottom of stairs

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If your little ones are at the age of needing a Baby Gate you may be interested in our Potty Training article.
Evenflo Position and Lock Wood Gate

The Evenflo Position and Lock Wood Gate is 23” tall and designed to fit openings from26-42 inches. It is a classic pressure mount gate with non-marring rubber bumpers that help prevent damage to your home. It doesn’t require any tools to install, and the locking bar is marked and notched for easier installation.

The locking bar adjusts easily when moving the gate between doorways. Its natural color and styling will complement any home décor. What’s even better is that you can use this gate for pets too. This gate is available in a variety of colors including pink, tan, new farmhouse and blue to match your child’s bedroom or playroom.

Pros:
  • Locking bar is marked for easy installation
  • Non-marring bumpers prevent damage to the walls or doorways
  • Pressure mounted gate that doesn’t require tools to install
  • Available in multiple colors
Cons:
  • Not suitable for use at the top of the stairs
Regalo Easy Open 50 Inch Wide Baby Gate, Pressure Mount with 2 Included Extension KitsRegalo Easy Open 50 Inch Wide Baby Gate, Pressure Mount with 2 Included Extension Kits

The Regalo Easy Open 50” Baby Gate is specially designed for wide spaces and offers an extendable width of 26-50 inches. It is sturdily constructed with steel and easy to install. Its light weight makes portability easy.

This baby gate is pressure mounted and as such, you don’t need special tools for installation. You get all of the hardware needed to mount it onto a wall, hence the perfect baby gate for a staircase. The unit includes 6” and 12” extensions for the hallways and doorways. It is a great investment for someone who is always travelling. All you need to do is fold and take it with you.

Pros:
  • Gate is designed to travel with your baby
  • Ability to choose between mounting the baby gate to wall or pressure mounting it
  • Adjustable width up to 50 inches is good for hallways and doorways
  • Convenient walk through design
Cons:
  • Baby can easily push the gate down when pressure mounted
Regalo Extra WideSpan Walk Through Safety Gate, WhiteRegalo Extra WideSpan Walk Through Safety Gate, White

The Regalo Extra Widespan Walk Through Safety Gate is another pressure mounted baby gate designed for wide spaces. It includes four pressures that you can adjust and tighten easily for a more secure fit between the walls. Also featured are four wall cups that can be utilized to transform this unit to a fixed gate.

It boasts an all steel construction that ensures long term reliability. It installs quickly and can be dismantled just as fast. The gate is designed to travel with your baby, and stands at 30” tall. It was made to fit a variety of wide openings with 6”, 8” and 12” extensions. You can use the gate with doorways between 29 and 58 inches. Its convenient design makes it easy for an adult to walk through.

Pros:
  • Easy to install and dismantle when needed
  • Comes with an extension kit, allowing the gate to fit in doorways and hallways of different widths
  • Has a wall cup for transforming into a fixed baby gate for the stairs
  • Can be used to keep your baby and pets safe
Cons:
  • Can be pushed down by toddler
Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate, BronzeSummer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate, Bronze

This is a popular pressure mount baby gate that is certified by JPMA as safe for babies. It features all metal construction for lasting durability, and can be used to block access either to the staircase or doorway. You can change the position of the gate with ease when necessary.

The Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate comes with optional hardware that can be used to transform it to a fixed, wall mounted gate. It has an auto-close walk through door that allows easy access to parents while keeping the baby safe. It has a dual locking system and an extendable width that accommodates openings 28-48 inches.

Pros:
  • Pressure mounted installation and optional hardware mounts
  • It’s 36” tall and fits openings with variable widths
  • Gate closes on its own after walking through
  • Suitable for babies between 6 and 12 years old
Cons:
  • Difficult to install, especially if wall has uneven surface
Regalo Easy Step Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate, WhiteRegalo Easy Step Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate, White

The Regalo Easy Step Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate stands at 41 inches tall and like the models reviewed above, has an extendable width. The gate is designed to fit openings between 29 and 39 inches, and comes with a 6 inch extension. It pressure mounts for easy installation and dismantling when necessary. You don’t need to drill any brackets or holes that could damage your walls.

The steel construction speaks for the durability and strength of this baby gate. The design is great and we love superb finish with wood accent. For added convenience, there is a walk through door that allows adults access while keeping the baby safe.

Pros:
  • Comes with a safety locking mechanism
  • Has a 6” extension for use on doorways with varying widths
  • JPMA certified gate for baby safety
  • All steel construction with wood accents
Cons:
  • Only available in one color
Evenflo Position and Lock Tall Pressure Mount Wood GateEvenflo Position and Lock Tall Pressure Mount Wood Gate

The Evenflo Position and Lock Tall Pressure Mount Wood Gate is a wide width gate designed for use in hallways, doorways, kitchens, bottom of the stairs, playrooms, bedrooms and laundry rooms. Being a pressure mounted gate, installation is easy and doesn’t require any special tools.

It is 32 inches tall and fits openings from 31 to 50 inches. The robust non-marring rubber bumpers help prevent damage to your home. The sturdy wood frame combined with the vinyl-coated mesh adds to the durability of this gate.

Pros:
  • Expandable width for doorways of variable measurements
  • Doesn’t damage your walls thanks to rubber bumpers
  • Pressure mounted gate that’s easy to install
  • Durable construction with sturdy wood frame and vinyl coated mesh
Cons:
  • Some customers would have preferred a metal frame
Regalo Home Accents Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate, Hardwood and SteelRegalo Home Accents Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate, Hardwood and Steel

This walk thru gate is made from both hardwood and steel, thus maximizing durability and sturdiness. Installation is quick and the gate promises a secure fit too. This pressure mounted model can be adjusted to fit openings between 29” and 44”. The gate is exceptionally tall for babies at 38 inches.

It only requires one hand operation, hence convenient when you need to open the gate while carrying your baby. The easy slide handle locks automatically when pushed closed and the walk through design offers parents added convenience. Also included are “ and 6” extension kits.

Pros:
  • Expands to fit openings between 29” and 44”
  • Has a slide handle that locks automatically
  • Stands at 38 inches tall for extra security
  • Sturdy hardwood and steel construction
Cons:
  • Pressure mount could be better
Supergate Wood Frame Diamond Mesh Gate, Fits Spaces between 26.5\Supergate Wood Frame Diamond Mesh Gate, Fits Spaces between 26.5\

This is a wood frame gate that adjusts to fit openings between 26.5 to 42 inches wide. At 23 inches, it offers sufficient security for your child. It is suitable for use between rooms and at the bottom of the stairs. Because it is a pressure mounted gate, installation is almost instant and doesn’t require special tools.

The sturdy hardwood frame has rigid diamond mesh panels that offer added security. It also has rubber bumpers that keep the gate securely in place without leaving marks on the walls. The lock is easily adjustable, expanding and contracting for the perfect fit.

Pros:
  • Diamond mesh gate with wooden frame
  • Easily adjusts and locks for the perfect fit
  • Protects your home with non-marring rubber bumpers
  • Fits openings from 26.5” to 42”
Cons:
  • Metal clasp that latches the arm is crimped a little too tight
Safety 1st Pressure Mount Lift, Lock and Swing Gate, Fits Spaces between 28\Safety 1st Pressure Mount Lift, Lock and Swing Gate, Fits Spaces between 28\

This is a great baby gate if you want something that works all over the house. It has a unique 2 in 1 design that allows for use in either of two modes i.e. pressure or hardware mounted. It comes with a complete control top handle that you can use to lock, release and adjust as required. The SecureTech indicator lets you know when the gate is securely locked in and properly installed for maximum safety. The pass through swing design includes sturdy hinges that allow the gate to swing in both directions for use between rooms, or in one direction for use at the top of the stairs.

Pros:
  • Can be hardware mounted or pressure mounted
  • Incorporates a swing through design
  • SecureTech indicator lets you know when the gate is properly installed
  • Complete control handle lets you lock, release and adjust as needed
Cons:
  • Requires a learning curve
Supergate Deluxe Décor Gate, Bronze, Fits Spaces between 38.3\Supergate Deluxe Décor Gate, Bronze, Fits Spaces between 38.3\

The Supergate Deluxe Décor Gate adjusts easily to fit openings between 38.2 and 70 inches, and is 30 inches high. It has pivot points on the panels that allow you to mount the gate on angled walls. The arched gate section is an extra wide 25.5 inches and the barrier swings open on either side with child-proof safety latches on both ends. It is removable for compact storage.

Pros:
  • Can be mounted on angled walls
  • Heavy duty metal construction with bronze finish
  • Good for extra wide openings
Cons:
  • It’s not 100% wiggle proof

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