Fred Safety Pressure Fit Clear-View Stairgate review

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83%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Plastic
  • Pressure fit
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 verdict: Best Buy gate with clever features

The Fred Safety Pressure Fit Clear-View is a decent stair gate and, as long as the price doesn’t put you off, it’s definitely worth a look. It aced all the relevant tests in the safety standard and has some useful features that other gates lack, helping to make it a Best Buy product.

Pros
  • Clear plastic makes it less of an eyesore
  • One-handed opening
  • Glow-in-the-dark anti-trip strip
Cons
  • Difficult to keep clean
  • Expensive

Baby Dan Flexi Fit Wood review

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82%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Wooden
  • Screw
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 verdict: Brilliant Best Buy stair gate

This is one of our highest-scoring stair gates. As a screw-fit gate, it’s initially a little fiddly to set up and install, but this is more than worth it when you consider how strong and sturdy it is.

Pros
  • Extremely strong and secure
Cons
  • A bit fiddly to install

Safety 1st SecurTech Flat Step Safety Gate review

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82%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Pressure fit
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 verdict: Great value Best Buy stair gate

This stair gate is sturdy, leaves no marks and reduces the risk of tripping, which contributed to it becoming a Best Buy safety barrier.

Pros
  • Sturdy and secure
  • Reduced risk of tripping over bottom U bar
  • Easy to open
  • No need to drill holes
Cons
  • Quite slow to set up

 

Cuggl Single Panel Metal Wall Fix Gate review

£20.00Typical price

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81%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Screw
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 verdict: Very good basic Best Buy gate

This gate may lack some features of other stair gates, but it’s good at the important things – staying secure and closed. As it uses screw fittings, you will need a drill to fit it.

Pros
  • Strong and sturdy
  • Clear instructions
  • Simple to use
Cons
  • Nothing major

 

Dreambaby Ava 2020 review

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80%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Screw
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 verdict: Safe gate that’s easy to use

This screw-fit pressure-mounted stair gate passed all our structural tests and is easy to assemble. It’s simple to open and close the gate and can be done one-handed.

Pros
  • Gate latch is easy to open and close
  • Stay-open feature
  • Clear instructions
  • Passed all the safety checks and tests
Cons
  • Need to drill holes to attach wall cups so may not be suitable for rental properties

 

John Lewis Single Panel Wooden Gate review

£29.00Typical price

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80%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Wooden
  • Screw
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 verdict: Sturdy and safe

This stair gate is proof that keeping it simple really makes all the difference for safety and durability. It’s definitely worth a look.

Pros
  • Secure and sturdy
  • Easy to fit and use
  • Good value
Cons
  • A little tricky to close the gate

Baby Dan MultiDan metal extending review

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79%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Screw
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 verdict: Strong, screw-fit stair gate

This screw-fit gate is a good option if you need a gate for the top of the stairs. It’s secure and straightforward to set up.

Pros
  • Easy to fit
  • Sturdy and secure
Cons
  • Will make holes in your door frame
  • Can be tricky to close gate

 

John Lewis Extending metal safety gate review

£29.00Typical price

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78%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Screw
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 verdict: A good, simple stair gate

This stair gate is a bit fiddly to put up as you have to drill holes in your door frame. Once it’s set up, though, it’s very sturdy and secure, and is a Best Buy, so it’s definitely worth a look.

Pros
  • Strong and sturdy
  • Good value
  • Straightforward instructions
Cons
  • Need to drill holes in your door frame
  • A little tricky to close the gate

 

Lindam Wall Fix Extending Wooden review

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77%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Wooden
  • Screw
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 verdict: Strong stair gate that exceeds the standard

This isn’t just a safe gate, it’s also really strong, because it passed our additional impact test to sort out good gates from great gates. Read on to find out more.

Pros
  • Passed all safety tests from EU standard
  • Very strong – it withstood a 25kg impact test
  • No trip hazards
  • Clear instructions
Cons
  • Latching mechanism is a little fiddly
  • Damage to wall or doorframe due to drilling in fittings

 

Baby Dan Guard me review

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76%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Plastic
  • Screw
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 verdict: Great to use and install.

The Baby Dan Guard Me stair gate is a good choice because it’s so easy to install and use.

Pros
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Installs via screws
  • So you’ll have to drill holes

 

Lindam Sure Shut Axis review

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76%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Pressure fit
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 verdict: Excellent pressure-fit stair gate

This pressure-fit gate is very good and a great choice for anyone looking for a gate that doesn’t require drilling to fit it. It meets all the safety requirements and is easy to install.

Pros
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Doesn’t require drilling
  • Sturdy and secure
  • Easy to open and close
Cons
  • U-bar frame creates tripping hazard
  • Adhesive pads may leave sticky residue when you come to remove

 

Lindam Extending Metal review

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74%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Screw
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 verdict: A very reasonably priced gate

This gate may cost less than £30, but it passed all our safety checks – including an impact test where our experts repeatedly hit the installed gate with a 25kg weight (that’s roughly the weight of an average six-year-old) to see if it breaks or moves out of position. Only downside is it’s not as easy to assemble and the instructions aren’t quite as clear as they are with other gates.

Pros
  • Less than £30
  • Passed our safety tests
Cons
  • Instructions could be clearer

 

Baby Dan No Trip Metal review

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74%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Screw
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 verdict: Good for use at the top of the stairs

This gate is sturdy and secure. If you’re happy to drill holes in your wall or door frames, this is a good choice of stair gate. It’s also easy to install, and open and close.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Passed all the EU safety checks
  • Lack of u-bar means no trip hazard
  • Can open one-handed
Cons
  • You’ll need to drill holes in your wall or door frame
  • Lettering in instruction booklet is too small

 

John Lewis Extending Wooden Safety Gate review

£40.00Typical price

Test scoreShow Context

74%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Wooden
  • Screw
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 verdict: Simple yet effective

There are no major issues with this gate. It’s safe and sturdy, reasonably easy to put up and could be a good choice to place at the top of your stairs, as there’s no u-bar to trip over.

Pros
  • Safe and sturdy
  • Easy to open and close
  • No trip hazard
  • Suitable for top of stairs
Cons
  • Purchase information missing minimum and maximum opening widths
  • Requires drilling

Baby Dan Danamic review

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73%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Pressure fit
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 verdict: Impressive pressure-fit safety gate

This pressure-fit safety barrier aced all of our structural tests; it’s easy to assemble and it’s a good value.

Pros
  • Strong
  • Sturdy and easy to fit to doorways
  • Won’t leave a mark on your door frame
Cons
  • Look out for the bar running along the bottom as it’s a trip hazard

 

Dreambaby Liberty Security Gate with Smart Stay Open Feature review

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73%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Pressure fit with screwed wall cups
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 verdict: Easy to install, sturdy and secure gate

This is a smart, robust and sturdy gate which presented no problems in our safety tests and took a matter of minutes to put up.

Pros
  • Strong
  • Robust frame
  • Simple assembly
  • One-hand latch release
  • Audible ‘click’ close
  • Opens both ways
  • Wipes clean easily
Cons
  • U-bar trip hazard
  • Requires screws and sticky pad wall cups for installation
  • Will damage walls or door frame

Badabulle Deco Pop Extendable review

£45.00Typical price

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73%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Wooden
  • Pressure fit and screws

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 verdict: Decent wooden stair gate

This is a decent wooden stair gate that has the option of being fitted as either a pressure fit or screw-fit gate, providing choice for users.

Pros
  • Choice of being screw-fit or pressure-fit
  • Latch mechanism is easy to use
  • Passed durability tests
  • Good range of adjustments
Cons
  • Need to remove whole gate to walk through when pressure-fit mounted
  • Takes a while to set up the gate

 

 

Cuggl Wall Fix Extending Safety Gate review

£24.00Typical price

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73%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Screw
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verdict: Smart, simple and versatile gate

No real problems appeared in our safety tests for this design, plus it took only a few minutes to put up with the screws and fixings supplied. It’s also well-priced at £20.

Pros
  • Securely wall mounted with screws
  • Adjustable width to fit non-standard spaces
  • One-hand opening
  • Double-lock mechanism
  • No trip hazard
Cons
  • Screw fixings may damage wall or door frame
  • Installation requires drill and screwdriver

 

Hauck Open’n Stop Safety Gate review

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71%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Metal
  • Pressure fit
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 verdict: Easy to fit and use

This is a pretty good stair gate that’s nearly a Best Buy. It’s sturdy and easy to put up, plus you’ve got plenty of options to extend the gate by buying extra extensions to fit larger doorways.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to fit
  • Can open one-handed
  • Won’t leave marks on the door frame
Cons
  • Need to double-check that gate is closed properly

Cuggl Wall Mount Wooden Extending Safety Gate review

£32.00Typical price

Test scoreShow Context

70%

Key features

  • Gate
  • Wood
  • Screw Fixings
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 verdict: Safe gate for wide spaces

This gate is easy to put up and we didn’t find and issues with our safety testing. Its extendable design means you don’t have to buy additional parts for wider spaces, but it does require drilling to install.

Pros
  • Can be extended without buying extensions
  • No trip hazard
  • One-handed opening
  • Double-lock mechanism
  • Two-way opening
Cons
  • Requires drilling