Child safety gates are available at a wide range of price points. The price you pay will depend on what features you need.
For a basic, high-quality gate, you can expect to spend anywhere from $25 to $80, but of course, you can spend significantly more (upwards of $400) for larger gates with various upgrades.
Certain factors will impact the price of a safety gate. Here are some to consider:
Mounting: Is the gate pressure mounted or hardware mounted? Pressure-mounted baby gates remain upright by applying outward pressure to two vertical surfaces. Hardware-mounted gates, on the other hand, are attached into metal fixtures that are screwed into a wall or door frame. Hardware-mounted gates are sturdier and typically cost more. This doesn’t necessarily make them better for everyone, however; the portability and low-maintenance nature of pressure-mounted gates make them more attractive to some shoppers.
Accessibility: Does the gate feature a door for adults to unlock and walk through, or is it necessary to awkwardly step over the gate? If you’d like the convenience of a door, you’ll probably pay a bit more for it. Additionally, if the door swings shut and locks on its own rather than requiring you to close it, expect the price point to be slightly higher still.
Materials: What material is the gate made from? Sturdy metals and attractive wood finishes will be more expensive than raw wood or plastic.
Dimensions: What size is the gate? Particularly tall or wide gates will cost more thanks to the increased cost of production.
Whatever the exact cost, it’s important to know that the gates you purchase will be safe for your child and a good fit for your home. Do your research with our Baby Gates Buyers Guide, which thoroughly compares some of the top safety gates available on the market today, giving you all the information you need to make the right choice.