Baby Gates Buyer's Guide

The Best Baby Gates - 2017

While babies are never "easy," they become much more difficult when they become mobile. In order to keep your baby out of harm’s way, you should think about installing baby gates. Baby gates can block off certain hazards like stairs or ledges and keep your child in baby-proofed rooms.

Types of Baby Gates

Pressure Mounted

These baby gates use a tension system to stay upright. The plus side of pressure mounted baby gates is that they’re easy to move around. They also don’t put holes in your walls or require much assembly. However, they won’t be able to stand up to someone falling over them or strong pressure. If your child is strong enough, he/she could push this gate over.

Hardware Mounted

Hardware mounted baby gates are the safest solution. They use caps that you screw into the wall to anchor your gates. With this kind of fortification, the odds of knocking over your baby gate are very low. They’re extremely sturdy and can still be moved around your house if you install caps in different locations.

Pet-Friendly

While your child is rampaging around your home with newfound legs, you won’t want to inhibit your furry children from roaming the house. Some baby gates have small openings for cats to get through. Some have larger gates you can open for dogs. Just make sure the opening is smaller than your child or the gate will fail to do its job!

To help you find the safest and best baby gates out there, we’ve compiled the top baby gates on today’s market.

Top Baby Gates

Gate

Pros

Cons

Price

Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru Gate

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Pros

#1 Best-Seller

Easy To Walk Through

Affordable

Average Reach

Cons

Pressure Mounted

No Pet Gate

Doesn’t Swing Shut

Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate

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Pros

Extended Reach

Stylish

Dual Locking

Swings Shut

Cons

Expensive

No Pet Gate

Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Gate

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Pros

Full Room Coverage

Removable Pieces

Foldable

Pet-Friendly

Cons

Expensive

No Pet Gate

No Mounting

Evenflo Soft and Wide Gate

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Pros

Soft Construction

Affordable

Washable

Portable

Cons

Pressure Mounted

No Pet Gate

No Walk Through Gate

Safety 1st Natural Bamboo Gate

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Pros

Affordable

Portable

Eco-Friendly

No Set-Up

Cons

Pressure Mounted

No Pet Gate

No Walk-Through Gate

Short

North States Supergate

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Pros

Affordable

Swinging Gate

Self Locking

No Threshold

Cons

No Pet Gate

Evenflo Easy Walk Thru Top Of Stairs Gate

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Pros

Swinging Gate

Locking Latch

Walk-Through Gate

Hard Mounted

Self Locking

Cons

No Pet Gate

Expensive

North States Superyard 3-in-1 Arched Baby Gate

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Pros

Design

Large Enclosure

Above Average Height

Indoor-Outdoor

Swinging Gate

Cons

Expensive

No Pet Gate

Evenflo Expansion Swing Wide Gate

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Pros

Affordable

Accordion Design

Average Reach

Taller Than Average

Hard Mounted

Cons

No Pet Gate

Not For Stairs

Carlson Extra Wide Walk Through Gate with Pet Door

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Pros

Pet-Friendly

Walk-Through

#1 Best-Seller

Average Reach

Locking Latch

Cons

Expensive

Pressure Mounted

Doesn’t Swing Shut

*SafeWise has conducted impartial research to recommend products. This is not a guarantee. Each individual’s unique needs should be considered when deciding on chosen products.

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