Baby Gates For Stairs Reviews and Picks

Baby gates for stairs for top of the stairs

KidCo Safeway Gate – WhiteBlack
For use at the top of the stairs

Kidco Safeway baby gates for stairs are attractive and sturdy gates. The gates come in a white or black color to blend in more decor. The design of the gate is fairly clever an allows easily to be used with one hand to release the latch to open the gate. This baby gate can be installed to swing on either way or both ways. The gate can be used for various widths ( about 24inches to 43 inches) and can even be installed if the width of the staircase is uneven or be installed at odd angles. The gate can be removed when not in used (leaving the mounting there) and easily be put back in seconds. In conclusion, you will be impressed by the quality of this hardware mounted metal gate.

cost of gate : $93.00  dimensions: gate is 30.5″ tall ; fits 24-3/4″ to 43-1/2

Evenflo Top of Stair GateEvenflo Top of Stair Gate
For use at the top of the stairs

For its price, the Evenflo top of stair gate is an outstanding safe gate. They are designed to secure any dangerous area, including the top of the stairs. The features key safety elements include a four-point hardware mount, one-direction swing setting, and kidproof latch. The Evenflo Top of Stair Gate is made of long-lasting steel hardware, durable wood construction. Easy to install and very user friendly, this gate will work great at keeping your child from going down the stairs.

cost of gate : $39.99 dimensions: gate is 30″ tall ; fits 28″ to 42″

Baby gates for stairs for bottom of the stairs

The First Years Hands Free GateThe First Years Hands Free Gate
For bottom of the stairs only

The First Years Hands Free Gate has a hands-free step pedal that makes this gate totally hand free. Parents will love its height, its sturdiness and especially the pedal that makes opening of the gate more easy. The ramp feature for the bar help minimize the tripping factor. While this baby gates for stairs fits only 34 inches wide stairways, parents can also purchase extensions. There are some minor disadvantages to this gate. First, the opening is quite narrow (17″ wide), which makes it a little bit difficult not bump into the gate. But overall, if you are looking for a real hands free gate, and do not mind the narrow width of the gate opening, give this pressure mounted baby gate for stairs a try, at the bottom of the staircase, of course!

cost of gate: $59.99 – cost of extensions: $15
dimensions: 32″ Tall -fits 29″-34″ stairway width ; 1.5″ bar to step over ; gate opening 17″


KidCo Center GatewayKidCo Center Gateway
For bottom of the stairs only

KidCo Center Gateway baby gates for stairs is a pressure gate, therefore great for bottom of the stairs but not meant to be installed at the top of the stairs. This gate has a wide gate opening of about 22″ and features an extra secure latch to stop kids from opening the gate. The widths are adjustable and will fit more doors and stairways. The package includes end pieces and spindles to provide more width flexibility. These baby gates for stairs have had very high rating from Consumer Reports (Child safety gates 8/04). The only parents complaints about the KidCo Center Gateway is its slightly more expensive cost and the difficulty of installation of the gate compared to other baby gates for stairs  (although still more than feasible). In conclusion, this gate is definitely worth its price!
cost of gate: $119 – cost of extensions: $24
dimensions: gate is 29.5″ Tall ; fits 29.25″ to 37.5″ stairway width ; 1″ bar to step over ; gate opening 22″

Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru Gate Summer Infant Multi-Use Deco Extra Tall Walk-Thru GateFor top and bottom of stairs

A good quality/price gate extremely tall.  The gate has a nice sturdy look.  A great extra tall gate for the bottom or the top of the stairs at a great price. Probably the best value for your money, as long as it fits well in your doorway/stairway.
cost of gate: $79.99  Optional hardware mounts included for installation on stairways
dimensions: gate is 36″ Tall ; fits 28″-48″ stairway width ; 2″ bar to step over ; gate opening 19″


We compared parents reviews, here are the preferred parents baby gates for stairs. Those gates received extremely good reviews from our parents, but also received high ratings overall. After trying these different gates (that all had high ratings on Amazon) some parents felt that they preferred some of the features of one specific gate over the others.

The baby safety gates for stairs tested were sturdy and compliant with safety standards, although some gates came with more interesting features than others. However, remember that your choice in baby gates for stairs can also depend on the type of stairs, houses or situation you encounter. In the end, the key features that ended up making a difference to the parents were both the width of the baby gates for stairs opening and the latch mechanism.

Note : gate opening refers to the space your walk to and not the stairways/doorways it fits into

Conclusions about the different models of baby gates for stairs.

-The baby gates for stairs fit pretty tightly in the doorways/stairways after being adjusted properly. Depending on the walls, the moldings, etc, you might need to take an extra 5 to 10 minutes to adjust them and get them straight and hanging correctly.

– The models of baby gates for stairs are indicated above as being used for the top or the bottom of the stairs.

– Most of these baby gates for stairs are fairly easy to set up (unless indicated otherwise).

– On a quality point of view, all parents seem to think they looked good.

Hardware mounted gates are considered safe and are the one that should be used as baby gates for stairs. However, it is safe to use pressure mounted gates at the bottom of the stairs. Other types of gates can be used in other parts of the house. For example, in some newer house or townhouse, if you have a larger area to cover, you can use instead a sturdy and good quality free standing stair gate. Do not use other types of gates other than the hardware mounted types at the top of the stairs. Before purchasing a baby gates for stairs, think sit down and think about how and where you will use the gates in your house and also what features is important to you. Answering all those questions before purchasing your baby gates for stairs will help you pick the baby gates for stairs that will fit your house and lifestyle the best.

Happy shopping at Baby Gates For Stairs.

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