When you have steep set of stairs in your home as well as a baby or toddler about, it makes sense to ensure that they are protected. A stair safety gate gives you peace of mind and prevents nasty accidents from happening, because it only takes a moment’s distraction to lose sight of what your young ones are up to. Many people also use these gates to contain pets, and they are ideal for this type of use too.
Read on to find out what are some of the better products out there when it comes to making sure the stair area is as safe as possible.
1) KidCo Safety Gate Our Rating:
KidCo are one of the top manufactures of safety gates and have a solid track record of producing well made safety products at an affordable price. This safety gate is one of the best top-of-stair safety gates on the market, and it is very solid. The gate itself is mounted on brackets that screw into the wall, and assembly is very straight forward. You can also extend it with the extension kit if the stock gate is not quite long enough, and it mounts onto angled walls as well. Probably the only minor blip against the KidCo is that the supplied screws are a little on the small side, but you can use your own if need be, so this is not a major fault. The best value for money safety gate out there.
2) EvenFlow Stair Safety Gate – Top of Stairs Model
The EvenFlow is a little pricier than the KidCo offering, but for the extra cost you get an extremely sturdy safety gate that is very easy to open with one hand. For you at least, and not your toddler! The intuitive on-click safety button system ensures that even your mini-Einstein will be unable to figure this one out. The main selling point of this model is that it is made of wood rather than plastic which means it is impossible to bend out of shape and much more difficult to climb over. The 4-point mount system is another plus point. Finally the EvenFlow has a toggle switch setting on it that can restrict the gate to move either both ways or fixed to just swing inwards depending on whether you want to fit it at the top of the stairs or in a doorway – this added flexibility is welcome.
If you are looking for a gate that fits in with the rest of your home surroundings with a wood look and don’t mind paying a little extra this is one of the strongest gates on the market.
3) KidCo Top of Stair Gate for Right Angled Stairs
Another KidCo gate but this one is able to be fitted in awkward areas where you don’t have a wall on either side of the top of the stairs. This added flexibility means that this product may be the only option for some people with older homes. However, the angled KidCo gate is a good gate in its own right with many of the benefits of the regular version. One downside about this gate however is that it has a very “plastic-y” look and feel to it which some people may not like, but as a safety gate it fulfills its intended purpose and works well. A great gate that may be some people’s only option.