The 50 Best and Safest Baby Gates

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Feb. 25th, 2016

Baby gates are an essential item once your child becomes mobile and are of the utmost importance in keeping your child safe.

There are two main styles of baby gates: those that are pressure-mounted and those that are hardware-mounted. Pressure-mounted gates are suitable for use between rooms to keep your child in an approved area. They are not generally recommended for use at the top of stairs as they can potentially come loose when pushed on by little ones. Hardware-mounted gates are suitable for use on stairs as they are securely mounted into the wall or banister in order to prevent your child from falling down the stairs.

There are no federal safety standards in the United States when it comes to baby gates, aside from those regarding sharp edges, toxicity of materials, and small parts. However, there are voluntary standards set forth by the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) in cooperation with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). These standards focus on things like bottom spacing, height, size of openings, and vertical strength to ensure your child is safe.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) found that in 2014 more than 4,000 children under the age of 18 were injured by baby gates or barriers. Common injuries include pinches and falls and are easily preventable.

Always install and use baby gates according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact them.

With the above in mind, in no particular order, here 50 baby gates we consider to be the best, based on available features and average customer reviews.

1. Evenflo Position and Lock Wood Gate

This classically-styled gate requires no special tools to install and is ideal for keeping your little one securely in a certain area of your home. It is available in a choice of three colors to suit your child and decor desires.

Key features:

  • Pressure-mounted
  • Rubber bumpers prevent wall damage
  • Notched locking bar makes for easy adjustments

Cost: *Est. $9.87

2. North States Supergate Deluxe Décor Metal Gate

This deluxe metal gate is available in a choice of two colors with a stylish design that’s sure to complement any home. It is 30 inches high and can easily be adjusted to fit openings from 38.3-72 inches wide.

Key features:

  • Suitable for extra-wide doorways
  • Swings in either direction
  • Child-proof safety latches

Cost: *Est. $74.95

3. Munchkin Easy-Close Metal Safety Gate

This easy-to-use and stylish metal safety gate is 29.5 inches tall and suitable for openings 29.5-35 inches wide. It can be pressure-mounted or hardware-installed for added peace of mind.

Key features:

  • Easy lock feature
  • Double-locking system
  • Swings in either direction

Cost: *Est. $42.99

4. Safety 1st Lift, Lock And Swing Gate

This safety gate can be pressure-mounted or hardware-installed for added peace of mind, depending on your family’s needs. It is 26 inches tall and can fit openings from 28-42 inches wide.

Key features:

  • Frustration-free packaging
  • One-handed opening
  • Lock indicator

Cost: *Est. $33.99

5. Evenflo Easy Walk Thru Top Of Stairs Gate

This gate is hardware-mounted so it is safe to use at the top of the stairs to prevent your little one from falling and keep them safe. It is available in a choice of colors and is 30 inches tall and suitable for opening from 29-42 inches wide.

Key features:

  • Swing stop can be removed
  • Lock indicator
  • One-handed release

Cost: *Est. $53.98

6. North States Superyard 3 In 1 Arched Decor Metal

Available in a selection of colors to suit nearly any style, this gate system offers a 3-in-1 solution to help keep your child safe. It can be used as an enclosed play yard, hardware-mounted gate or fireplace screen.

Key features:

  • Use unlimited extension panels
  • Suitable for use indoors and outdoors
  • Won’t scratch floors

Cost: *Est. $151.99

7. North States Superyard 3 in 1 Wood Gate

This 3-in-1 wood gate system can be used as a barrier, hardware-mounted gate or an enclosed play area – giving parents many options to keep their little one safe and secure.

Key features:

  • Double-locking opening
  • 30 inches high
  • Use unlimited extension panels

Cost: *Est. $154

8. Summer Infant Multi-Use Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate

This baby gate features an extra tall design that allows it to be used for even longer and is available in a choice of three color options to suit your home’s decor.

Key features:

  • Pressure- or hardware-mount
  • Suitable for doorways 28-48 inches wide
  • Auto-closing, walk-through door

Cost: *Est. $54.99

9. North States Supergate Easy Close Metal Gate

Available in standard as well as extra tall, plus a choice of two colors, there’s sure to be a combination in this baby gate to keep your little one perfectly safe. This model is 29 inches high and fits doorways 28-31.5 inches wide, and up to 38.5 inches wide with the two included extensions.

Key features:

  • Swings in either direction
  • Self-closing
  • Hold-open feature

Cost: *Est. $54.95

10. GMI Keepsafe Expansion Gate

This classically-styled wood gate is available in several expandable widths to suit nearly any opening in your home and comes with all the required mounting hardware.

Key features:

  • Easy to install
  • No pinch points keep baby safe
  • Sure stop floor bracket included

Cost: *Est. $59.95

11. Summer Infant Metal Expansion Gate

This hardware-mounted gate comes with four extension panels to fit even the widest of openings (up to 72 inches wide) and is 36 inches tall. The scratch guard on the bottom rail will help to protect your floors.

Key features:

  • One-handed opening
  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Sturdy, metal design

Cost: *Est. $81.97

12. North States Supergate Tall and Wide Portico Arch Gate

Available in a choice of styles and colors, this safety gate features 36 inches of height and 28-46.8 inches of opening protection that can be extended up to 60 inches with additional extenders.

Key features:

  • One-handed opening
  • Triple-locking system
  • Swings in either direction

Cost: *Est. $71.99

13. North States Supergate Wide Portico Arch Gate

Available in a choice of styles and colors, this safety gate features 30 inches of height and 28-46.8 inches of opening protection that can be extended up to 60 inches with additional extenders.

Key features:

  • One-handed opening
  • Triple-locking system
  • Swings in either direction

Cost: *Est. $64.98

14. Richell One-Touch 150 Model Wide Expandable Pet Gate

This sturdy wood gate is available in a choice of three color options to suit nearly any home decor and is pressure-mounted for quick and easy setup. The rubber stoppers help ensure it doesn’t damage your walls or floor.

Key features:

  • One-handed opening
  • Multiple configurations
  • 90 day warranty

Cost: *Est. $130.57

This pressure-mounted gate offers a sleek and stylish solution to keeping your little one in safe areas of your home. It is 32 inches tall and is suitable for use in doorways 36-60 inches wide.

Key features:

  • One-handed opening
  • Swings in either direction
  • Extensions included

Cost: *Est. $74.99

16. Dreambaby Extra Tall Swing Closed Safety Gate

This baby gate is available in a choice of two colors and features an extra tall 40.5 inch height. It is pressure-mounted, but can also be hardware-mounted for added security and peace of mind.

Key features:

  • Phthalate-, latex-, and lead-free
  • Double-locking feature
  • One-handed opening

Cost: *Est. $58.91

17. Cardinal Gates Stairway Special Gate

This baby gate is suitable for use on stairs and features a sleek, minimalist design that’s sure to blend into any home. It is available in a choice of two colors and features an optional stop bracket for increased safety when used on stairs.

Key features:

  • Mounts on angles up to 30 degrees
  • One-handed opening
  • Suitable for openings 27-42.5 inches wide

Cost: *Est. $75.99

18. Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Gate and Play Yard

This super wide gate provides safety coverage for areas 28 inches tall and up to 192 inches wide and can even be used as a fully-enclosed play yard. It can be used freestanding or wall-mounted and folds down for convenient storage.

Key features:

  • JPMA certified
  • Durable, steel construction
  • 90 day warranty

Cost: *Est. $83.83

19. Bindaboo Pet Gates Swing-Close Expandable Pet Gate

Available in standard and extra tall heights, as well as several adjustable widths, this safety gate is also available in a choice of two colors to suit your home’s decor. It is pressure-mounted for easy installation and removal.

Key features:

  • Durable steel design
  • Suitable for openings 38-42.5 inches wide
  • Swings in either direction

Cost: *Est. $85.05

20. Dreambaby Swing Close Gate Value Pack

Dreambaby Swing Close Gate Value Pack, Includes 2 Gates and 2 Extensions

Suitable for those with many areas of their home to protect, this gate set comes with two gates as well as two extensions to help cover openings from 28-32 inches wide. The extenders each provide an additional 3.5 inches of coverage.

Key features:

  • Swings in either direction
  • JPMA certified
  • Available in black or white

Cost: *Est. $90.60

21. Cardinal Gates Auto-Lock Gate

This gate is available in a choice of two color options and is suitable for use between rooms or at the bottom of the stairs. It is 29 ⅝ inches high and suitable for openings 26-40 inches wide.

Key features:

  • Auto-locking
  • Swings in either direction
  • Powder-coated rust-proof aluminum design

Cost: *Est. $64.70

22. Regalo Deluxe Easy Step Extra Tall Gate

This baby gate features an easy to walk through design in a stunning black pearl finish that looks beautiful in any home. It features an extra tall 41 inch design and is suitable for openings 29-40 inches wide.

Key features:

  • ASTM certified
  • Pressure-mounted
  • One-handed opening

Cost: *Est. $46.94

23. Evenflo Soft and Wide Gate

Ideal for use between rooms, this baby gate is easily adjustable to fit a number of openings and the neutral design helps it blend seamlessly into any home. It features rubber bumpers that help prevent damage to your walls.

Key features:

  • Machine washable
  • Easy to install, no tools required
  • Lightweight and portable

Cost: *Est. $34.38

24. Regalo Home Accents Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate

This baby gate features a stylish, walk-through design with beautiful hardwood inserts and black metal. It is 38 inches tall and adjustable from 29-44 inches wide to provide added safety.

Key features:

  • ASTM certified
  • Pressure-mounted
  • One-handed opening

Cost: *Est. $44.79

Available in a choice of two colors, this baby gate offers a 2-in-1 solution to keeping your little one safe. It can be used as a play yard or freestanding deterrent. Configure the panels as you like.

Key features:

  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors
  • Non-slip pads
  • Sturdy, reinforced plastic

Cost: *Est. $89.49

26. Dream Baby Swing Close Security Gate

This baby gate features an auto closing gate for increased safety and security. It is 29 inches tall and suitable for openings 28-39 inches wide using the included extensions. It comes in a choice of three colors to suit any home’s decor.

Key features:

  • Double-locking system
  • Can be pressure- or hardware-mounted
  • Swings in either direction

Cost: *Est. $69.99

27. Munchkin Loft Aluminum Infant Safety Gate

This super stylish baby gate offers a sleek and modern metal design that is 30.5 inches tall and suitable for use on openings from 26.5- 40 wide. Thanks to its Integrated Tuning System (ITS) you can find the perfect fit even on unlevel walls.

Key features:

  • Swings in either direction
  • Double-locking system
  • 1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $103.93

28. Munchkin Auto-Close Designer Safety Gate

This stylish baby gate features a multicolor wood design that is 29 inches tall and suitable for openings 29.5-40.5 inches wide. The auto-locking door can be manually locked open for making multiple trips easier.

Key features:

  • Swings in either direction
  • Double-locking system
  • Pressure- or hardware-mount

Cost: *Est. $66.99

29. Safety 1st Wide Doorways Fabric Gate

Available in single and multi-packs, this fabric baby gate is suitable for use between rooms and features an easy-to-install design that is lightweight and portable so you can take it with you anywhere.

Key features:

  • Pressure-mounted
  • Machine washable
  • Adjustable from 38-60 inches wide

Cost: *Est. $38

30. Summer Infant Secure Surround 6-Panel PlaySafe Playard

This play yard is great for use both indoors and outdoors to keep little ones safely enclosed and can also be used as a freestanding barrier in the home. It is 30 inches tall and provides an 18.5 square foot protection area with a walk-through door for easy access to your child.

Key features:

  • Lightweight plastic design
  • Integrated carry handle
  • Suitable for children aged 6 to 24 months

Cost: *Est. $62.98

31. Summer Infant PlaySafe Playard 8-Panel

This play yard is great for use both indoors and outdoors to keep little ones safely enclosed and can also be used as a freestanding barrier in the home. It is 30 inches tall and provides an 34.5 square foot protection area with a walk-through door for easy access to your child.

Key features:

  • Lightweight plastic design
  • Integrated carry handle
  • Made of weather-resistant materials

Cost: *Est. $99.99

32. Evenflo Top-of-Stair Gate, Wood, Xtra Tall

This basic-looking wood gate is extra tall at 32 inches in order to provide even more protection. It is available in a choice of colors to suit most decor and is suitable for openings from 30-48 inches wide.

Key features:

  • Mounting hardware included
  • One-handed opening
  • Adjustable swing control

Cost: *Est. $45.66

33. North States Supergate Tall Easy Swing and Lock Gate

This baby gate is available in a choice of two colors and features a durable metal design with a secure safety latch for added peace of mind. There is no threshold to step over, making it easy to use on stairs.

Key features:

  • Self-locking
  • Mounting hardware included
  • One-handed opening

Cost: *Est. $87.84

34. Summer Infant Step to Open Gate

This baby gate can quickly and easily be pressure-mounted to provide secure protection for your little one between rooms. It boasts a dual-sided, foot-operated pedal that makes for convenient hands-free operation.

Key features:

  • Auto-closing
  • Comfort grip handle
  • Suitable for openings 30-45 inches wide

Cost: *Est. $49.16

35. Evenflo Easy Walk-Thru Top Of Stairs Gate

This baby gate is specially designed for use at the top of stairs and features no threshold for ease of use and walk-through. It is available in a choice of colors to suit every home’s decor and features a lock indicator to let you know it’s securely closed.

Key features:

  • One-handed opening
  • Swings in either direction
  • Mounting hardware included

Cost: *$49.98

36. Evenflo Top of Stairs Extra Tall Gate

This wooden baby gate extends to protect openings from 24-60 inches wide. It features a telescopic safety rail on the top of the gate to help prevent accidental pinches.

Key features:

  • Swings in either direction
  • Mounting hardware included
  • Retractable for easy maneuverability

Cost: *Est. $32.54

37. Dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate

This baby gate is available in a choice of two classic colors and can be pressure- or hardware-mounted. It closes automatically for added peace of mind. It’s suitable for openings 28-32 inches wide, up to 111 inches with available extensions.

Key features:

  • Swings in either direction
  • One-handed operation
  • Double-locking system

Cost: *Est. $49.97

38. Cardinal Gates Outdoor Child Safety Gate

This baby gate has been specifically designed for outdoor use and is suitable for decks and patios. It can also be used at the top of the stairs indoors and features an easy-to-use one-handed latch opening system.

Key features:

  • Powder-coated finish
  • Optional extenders available
  • Mounting hardware included

Cost: *Est. $94.32

39. Safety 1st Nature Next Bamboo Gate

Safety 1st Nature Next Bamboo Gate

This classically-styled gate requires no special tools to install and is ideal for keeping your little one securely in a certain area of your home. It features a durable bamboo frame and 100% recycled plastic panels.

Key features:

  • Pressure-mounted
  • Suitable for openings 28 to 42 inches wide
  • Lightweight and easy to install

Cost: *Est. $26.99

40. Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru Gate

This baby gate offers a stylish, walk-through design that is suitable for doorways from 29-40 inches wide. Additional extensions allow you to extend the protection up to 60 inches wide. It is pressure-mounted and suitable for children aged 6 to 36 months.

Key features:

  • JPMA certified
  • 90 day warranty
  • One-handed operation

Cost: *Est. $32

This unique product provides up to 15 feet of durable protection coverage for openings in banisters and balconies up to 33 inches in height. It is clear so that you can still see your little one.

Key features:

  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Hole puncher included
  • Zip ties included

Cost: *Est. $30.59

42. Summer Infant Custom Fit Walk-Thru Gate

This fabric baby gate can easily be adjusted and customized to fit openings 65-86 inches wide, or 96-141 inches wide. It’s suitable for angled installations, and is easily hardware-mounted.

Key features:

  • Can be used as standalone play yard
  • One-handed operation
  • Durable and lightweight

Cost: *Est. $91.15

Available in a choice of two sizes (one with a 24 inch extension) this baby gate has been tested for safety and complies with ASTM standards. It fits a standard 6 foot hearth to help keep your little one safe from an in-use fireplace.

Key features:

  • Durable metal design
  • Damage-free installation
  • Hold button leaves door in open position

Cost: *Est. $169.95

This retractable safety gate is available in a choice of two sizes and three colors to suit nearly any home’s decor. It boasts scratch-resistant mesh that is suitable for use with pets and is easy to install.

Key features:

  • JPMA certified
  • One-handed operation
  • Childproof lock

Cost: *Est. $164.50

45. Regalo 76-Inch Super Wide Metal Configurable Gate

This metal baby gate features configurable panels that easily install to protect angled doorways, hallways, or at the bottom of stairs for openings up to 76 inches wide. It boasts one-handed opening and is foldable for convenient storage.

Key features:

  • ASTM certified
  • JPMA certified
  • Safety locking feature

Cost: *Est. $54

46. Evenflo Position and Lock Tall Gate

This tall wooden baby gate requires no special tools to install and is ideal for keeping your little one securely in a certain area of your home. It features a notched locking bar for easy adjustments.

Key features:

  • Pressure-mounted
  • Rubber bumpers prevent wall damage
  • Frustration-free packaging

Cost: *Est. $24.99

This retractable safety gate is available in a choice of two sizes and three colors to suit nearly any home’s decor. It boasts scratch-resistant mesh that is suitable for use with pets and is easy to install.

Key features:

  • JPMA certified
  • One-handed operation
  • Childproof lock

Cost: *Est. $134.50

This stylish baby gate features a hands-free design that can easily be opened from either side by way of a convenient foot pedal. It is pressure-mounted, making for quick and easy installation.

Key features:

  • Automatically closes
  • Swings in either direction
  • Pressure indicator

Cost: *Est. $67

49. Weebo Pets Heavy Duty Easy Open Walk-Thru Steel Safety Gate

This metal safety gate can be pressure- or hardware-mounted for added peace of mind and features a convenient, walk-through design. It’s suitable for openings from 29-35 inches wide and comes complete with all necessary mounting hardware.

Key features:

  • One-handed operation
  • Double-locking system
  • Floor latch included

Cost: *Est. $34.99

50. Safety 1st Railnet

Available in single or dual packages, this mesh netting offers an affordable way to secure the spaces between railings and banisters on your stairs or deck. Its universal size makes for quick and easy installation.

Key features:

  • Weatherproof construction
  • Ties included
  • Washable for easy cleaning

Cost: *Est. $17.70

 
 
   
 
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