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WHICH IS THE BEST STAIR GATE?

Cservice Cservice May 15 ,2018 Read 1159 Times

 

WHICH IS THE BEST STAIR GATE?

 

Confused on which safety gate to buy? Check out our expert reviews on some of the different styles of gates  available. To help you choose the best safety gate for your baby and home, we asked our customers, real mums on what they thought and put some of our different types of stair gates to the TEST.

 

Here’s what we found:

 

Stair gates are still one of the most popular and most frequently bought baby safety items.  Parents buy stair gates for various doorways in their home and for use at the top and bottom of their stairs.  Stair gates are also frequently bought for homes that do not have any stairs, parents will use a safety guard to create a room divide and to prevent their infant from entering various areas of the home deemed unsafe.  All the safety gates we assessed had different benefits and features, from wooden and metal gates through to auto close gates and gates that can be installed in irregular spaces.  Take a look at the different types of stair gates available, from pressure fit and screw fit gates through to retractable gates and room dividers.  Find out what makes each type of safety gate different and where and how best to install them, plus what special features makes each stair gate unique.

 

All our safety gates have been tried and tested and conform to safety standards. Find out what our customers thought and what results we discovered through our own assessment and testing.

 

STAIR GATE REVIEWS & THE TOP SIX STAIR GATES

 

 

SAFETOTS SELF CLOSING GATE

 

The Safetots Self Closing gate is a pressure fit safety gate so there is no need for screwing or drilling in place.  It comes in three sizes, extra narrow (61cm-66.5cm), narrow (68.5cm-75cm) and standard (75cm-82cm), and will fit spaces as small as 61cm up to 161cm with extensions.  It comes with lots of great features including a two-way opening door, an automatic close function and a one handed operation.  It has a bottom bar which presents a risk of tripping, so not recommended at the top of the stairs.Safetots Self Closing Gate

 

Material:                                 White powder coated steel
Extensions available:            YES in four sizes: 7.2cm, 36cm, 14.4cm, 79.2cm
Gate type:                               Pressure fit
Colour:                                    White

 

PROS

-  Auto close: Automatically closes behind you.
-  Competitively priced, good value for money.
-  Extensions in various sizes can be bought separately.
-  Can be closed manually for a quieter close shut.
-  No wall damage from drilling or screwing.
-  Y spindle can be used on rounded bannisters to aid installation.

 

CONS

-  The gate is built within a U frame, the bottom bar can present a trip hazard.
-  Not recommended for the top of stairs (trip hazard).
-  Not the quietest auto close.
-  Adhesive wall pads need to be removed with care.

 

INSTALLATION

-  Do not cut the cable tie before installing.
-  Ensure the hand wheel is positioned correctly as per instructions.
-  Apply adhesive strips to the wall surface to prevent the gate from slipping and to protect walls and bannisters from lasting damage.
-  Slot any extensions into the side of the gate to provide a strong, extended safety barrier.

 

LOCATION                             

-  Suitable for doorways, hallways and the bottom of stairs.
-  Not recommended for the top of the stairs.

 

EASE OF USE

-  Very easy to install and operate.

 

DURABILITY

-  Safety tested to withstand 10kg on impact. 
-  Withstands frequent toddler impact with toys, baby walkers, toy prams etc.
-  If the gate is frequently slammed shut via older siblings in the family, the pressure will be compromised and the gate will need regular tightening weekly to ensure pressure isn’t lost. 

 

 

 

BETTACARE CHILD N PET GATE (X TALL)

 

The Bettacare child n pet gate is an EXTRA TALL (104cm) PRESSURE FITTED gate. This gate is best suited to hallways, doorways and the bottom of the stairs, but can be safely installed on the 2nd step from the top of the stairs due to the extra height.  The trip bar is safely tucked in the ridge of the stairs and the additional height prevents infants from toppling over.  Fits a minimum space of 75cm and a maximum of 147cm with extensions. Top features include the double locking mechanism, one handed operation, the additional HEIGHT (104cm) and the ability to add EXTENSIONS, available in three sizes (6.4cm, 12.9cm, 32.4cm).  Most popular with families with young children and pets.Bettacare Child and Pet Gate

Material:                                White powder coated steel
Extensions available:           YES in three sizes: 6.4cm, 12.9cm, 32.4cm
Gate type:                              Pressure fit
Colour:                                   White

 

PROS

- HEIGHT: The Height of 104cm gives extra security to dog owners with young children.
- Fits a variety of stair widths.
- Extensions in various sizes can be bought separately.
- Can be installed on the 1st step down from the top of stairs.
- No wall damage from drilling or screwing.
- Perfect for children and pets.
- Steam removable adhesive wall pads.
- Y spindle can be used on bannisters to aid installation.

 

CONS

- The gate is built within a U frame, the bottom bar can present a trip hazard.
- Not recommended for the very top of stairs (trip hazard).
- One way opening (although not really a negative) two way opening is more versatile.

 

INSTALLATION

- One of a few pressure fitted stair gates that can be SAFELY used at the top of stairs if installed ONLY on the 1ST STEP DOWN from the top. This ensures the trip bar is safely tucked within the stairwell and not exposed on the top step posing a trip hazard.  An extra tall (104cm) gate installed in this way provides the required height for ensuring safety from toppling over at the top of stairs.
- Do not cut the cable tie before installing.
- Ensure the hand wheel is positioned correctly as per instructions.
- Apply adhesive strips to the wall surface to prevent the gate from slipping and to protect walls and bannisters from lasting damage.
- Slot extensions into the side of the gate to provide a strong, extended safety barrier.

 

LOCATION                                

- Suitable for doorways, hallways and the bottom of stairs- Can be used on the 1ST STEP DOWN from the top stair.  Not recommended for the very top of the stairs.

 

EASE OF USE

- Easy to install and operate.

 

DURABILITY

- Safety tested to withstand 10kg on impact. 
- Withstands frequent toddler impact with toys, baby walkers, toy prams etc.
- If the gate is frequently slammed shut via older siblings in the family, the pressure will be compromised and the gate will need regular tightening weekly to ensure pressure isn’t lost.

 

 

SAFETOTS ADVANCED RETRACTABLE GATE

 

The Safetots Advanced Retractable Gate is SCREW FITTED, works on internal and external doorways and fits openings narrow and wide from 60cm to 120cm.  Top features include the advanced locking system, unlike other gates of this type, you can walk through this gate without fully retracting.  The mesh is almost invisible once retracted. A timer indicates red or green (open/close) during use.

SAFETOTS ADVANCED RETRACTABLE GATE

 

Material:                                Mesh
Extensions available:           No
Gate type:                             Retractable
Colour:                                   Black / White

 

PROS

- Lightweight and sturdy
- Versatile – fits doorways outside, inside, narrow, wide and diagonal
- No trip bar
- Can walk through without fully retracting
- Almost invisible once retracted
- Space efficient
- Green and red indicator for ease of open and close
- Locks in place when open to prevent children from playing with it

 

CONS

- Will take a few uses to feel comfortable with the opening mechanism
- Doesn’t always feel as strong and secure as a metal or wooden gate, however gate has passed impact testing of EN1930:2011 Standards.
- Slightly more expensive.

 

INSTALLATION

- Easy to install
- Brackets screw fit in place either side of the doorframe to enable you to install the mesh gate.

 

LOCATION

- Suitable for doorways internal and external and fits irregular spaces.  Suitable for the top of the stairs as there is no trip bar.

 

EASE OF USE

- Can be a bit tricky to operate, there is a click down switch on one side of the gate linked to a timer for opening and closing which indicates red or green in use.  There is a switch on the opposite side of the gate that slides down, enabling you to lift the gate open.  Our experts noted it took a few uses before they felt comfortable with the mechanism.

 

DURABILITY

- Made of strong mesh, this gate creates a screen between two areas unlike metal and wooden gates which provide a more solid room divide.

 

 

SAFETOTS DIAGONAL FIT STAIR GATE

 

The Safetots Diagonal Fit Stair Gate is a SCREW FIT, two way opening gate, suitable for spaces where a conventional gate may not fit.  It fits spaces 67cm to 105cm.  This powder coated, steel gate has no trip bar and is fixed into place with screws, making it a good option for use on stairs.  Unique features include the 180 degree rotation of the gate fittings which allow the gate to be mounted on the outside of door frames or where fitting points are NOT opposite each other. The double locking mechanism makes this gate extra safe and secure.

 SAFETOTS DIAGONAL FIT STAIR GATE

PROS

- Irregular space compatibility, 180 degree rotating fittings allow the gate to be installed inside and outside of door frames.
- Fits at diagonal fixing points if you don’t have fixing points next to each other.
- Gate opens in both directions (two way opening).
- Double locking mechanism makes this gate extra safe and secure.

 

CONS

- Difficult to install.  Leave yourself 20 minutes of quiet time to follow instructions.

 

Material                                 White Powder Coated Steel
Extensions available            No
Gate type:                             Screw fitted
Colour:                                   White

 

 

BABYDAN CONFIGURE GATE

 

The Babydan Configure Gate is the most versatile SCREW FIT safety gate.  Individual metal panels in black or white come in four sizes, 20cm, 33cm, 46cm and 72cm, plus a 72cm opening gate.  Configure gates fit straight or angled walls in spaces large, small and irregular and panels can be added or taken away to achieve the desired size.  It has multi use as a safety gate, hearth gate, room divider and play pen.  Opening gate panels can be fitted anywhere within the configuration and more than one opening gate can be added.  Panels should be angled at 10 degree increments, zig zagged to achieve maximum stability. 

BABYDAN CONFIGURE GATE

Material:                                 Metal
Extensions available:            YES: in four sizes 20cm, 33cm, 46cm and 72cm
Gate type:                               Screw fitted
Colour:                                    Black / White

 

PROS

- Often the solution when there is no other.
- Fits almost any size doorway, stairwell or hearth.
- Many uses: safety gate, hearth gate, room divide, playpen
- Extensions in many sizes allow for a wide range of configurations.
- Fits openings small and large from 72cm up to 360cm.
- Can be installed on straight or angled walls.
- The gate opens in both directions.
- Panels disconnect for ease of storage.
 

CONS

- The gate is built within a U frame, the bottom bar can present a trip hazard.
- Not recommended for the very top of stairs (trip hazard).
- Expensive.

 

INSTALLATION

- Easy to fit, screw fit, wall mounted brackets are required.
- Quick release wall fittings, enable panels to be removed with ease.

 

LOCATION

- Multi functional, can be used almost anywhere indoors and out, in stairwells, hallways, doorways, as a fire guard or infants play pen.
- Not recommended for the top of stairs due to the base bar posing a potential trip hazard. 

 

EASE OF USE

- Easy to use thanks to the one handed operation and two way opening.
- The extra wide door section allows for easy access.

 

DURABILITY

- Made from metal panels, this gate is strong, robust and heat resistant.

 

 

BABYDAN DESIGNER TRUE PRESSURE FIT GATE

 

A True Pressure Fit Safety Gate made from beechwood and metal. This PRESSURE FITTED gate is designed within an L shaped metal frame, opens in both directions and can be operated using one hand.  Fits spaces from 69cm and up to 95.6cm with extensions.  Special features include the built in safety indicator which shows invisible white (correctly mounted) or visible red (incorrectly mounted) making it super easy to install. The unique indicator and the double locking mechanism provide extra safety measures.  Wall cups aren’t required but may be required if the red indicator is still visible.

BABYDAN DESIGNER TRUE PRESSURE FIT GATE

 

Material:                                 Metal / Beechwood
Extensions available:            YES: in three sizes 6.5cm, 13.5cm and 20.5cm
Gate type:                               Pressure fitted
Colour:                                    Natural wood and silver

 

PROS

- Super easy to install.
- Safety indicator which shows correct and incorrect installation.
- L shaped frame creates a wider walkthrough
- The gate opens in both directions.
- Fits narrow openings due to its L shaped metal frame.
- Can be installed without wall cups.
- No lasting damage to walls and banisters.

 

CONS

- The gate is built within an L frame which may become dislodged after prolonged or robust use.  The indicator will alert you, but worth noting.
- The extension kit needs building, relatively straightforward, but not pre-assembled like other extension kits.

 

INSTALLATION

- Very easy to install
- If the indicator shows:
White: Your safety gate is installed correctly.
Red: Tighten the nuts. If the indicator is still visible on the closed gate add wall cups. If adding wall cups does not help you cannot mount the gate safely in this opening. Choose a screw mounted gate instead. 

 

LOCATION

Best suited at the foot of a stairwell and at doorways throughout the home.  Not recommended for the top of stairs due to the trip bar and the L frame.

 

EASE OF USE

- Easy to use thanks to the one handed operation and two way opening.
- Pressure can frequently be lost and the gate can come away from the wall easily making it frustrating to use at times.

 

DURABILITY

- Built within a metal frame with beechwood poles, this gate is made of good quality materials designed to stand the test of time.

 

Last Update 2018-05-16 11:20:25
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