The Best Pet & Baby Gates of 2018

The Best Pet & Baby Gates of 2018

The best pet and baby gates to keep you, your home, and your family safe and sound.

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Pet gates and baby gates are part of all of our lives at some point or another! For many people those times may even coincide.

The problem with many pet and baby gates is that although they may solve one problem, they seem to cause others.

They can become a tripping hazard, be unstable or insecure, and often are unattractive and don’t match the home decor.

Keeping all these things in mind, we set out to give you a list of the top pet and baby gates to solve these problems and give you the best options from 2018.

In no particular order, here are the best pet and baby gates of 2018:

1. Deluxe Decor Gate by North States ($89.99)

Material: Metal

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 72”

Height: 30”

Installation: Hardware Mounted

This attractive gate is made from heavy-duty steel and comes in two finishes, brown and linen. One excellent feature of this gate is the large 25.5” walk-through door that can be easily opened with one hand. The panels can be angled to allow this gate to fit into openings as small as 38.3”. For added stability, the gate is installed with hardware brackets.

Material: Wood

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 144”

Height: 30”

Installation: Hardware Mount or Freestanding

This gate is made from wood and has a stained finish. The 3-in-1 feature of this gate means that it can be used for three different purposes: to create a small play area, to divide rooms, or to be a barrier to areas like fireplaces. Depending on the desired use, additional panels can be purchased and added on to create a larger gate. When used as a play area, the gate can be freestanding. For added security it can also be hardware mounted. The customization of this gate is definitely a big selling feature!

Material: Metal

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 38.5”

Height: 29”

Installation: Pressure Mount

This gate is ideal for doorways or other openings between 28”-38.8” wide. It is made of heavy-duty steel and comes in two finishes; white and bronze. Pressure mount installation means there is no permanent hardware installed to reduce damage to walls and doorways. The door swings both ways and has the open to be left open if necessary.

Material: Metal

Walk-Through: No

Width: 26”

Height: 18”

Installation: Pressure Mount

This pet gate offers an excellent solution for small animals. At just 18” tall, it is an easier option to step over than many other gates. It is for use on openings or doorways between 26”-42” which is an ideal option for different size areas. The pet door is a cool feature as well because it allows the pet through without having to remove the entire gate.

Material: Metal

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 29”

Height: 37”

Installation: Pressure or Hardware Mount

Extra tall gates are important for households with pets that might be a bit larger than others! This gate has flexibility in that it can fit openings from 29” all the way up to 43”. Pressure mount means this gate needs zero tools to install which can hopefully minimize damage to doorways and walls where installed. If you want more stability with installation, don’t worry, there is an option to do a hardware mount as well!

Material: Metal

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 38”

Height: 39.5”

Installation: Pressure Mounted

If you have been looking for a extra wide and tall gate- look no further! This gate is made for larger openings between 38”-53”, although they do offer similar models in narrower widths. This gate is pressure mounted and has a EZY-Check indicator that helps you know that your gate is locked and if it has been installed properly with just a glance!

Material: Metal

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 28.5”

Height: 36”

Installation: Pressure or Hardware Mount

This adorable arched door gate has some unique features to go along with it’s two color options; beige or bronze. It is extra tall at 36” and has the ability to fit openings between 28.5” and 45” wide. It can be mounted with hardware if more stability is needed, like for the top of a stairway. It also can be pressure mounted if that is preferred. In addition, the door can be made to only open one direction, which is especially helpful when located at the top of stairs.

Material: Metal

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 28.68”

Height: 36”

Installation: Hardware Mount

This gate is special in that the whole piece swings open to allow easy access at the top of stairs with no trip hazards and even locks itself behind you. The gate comes in two finishes to match any home decor; linen and matte bronze. The width is adjustable, ranging from 28.68” to 47.85” wide depending on the opening. The hardware mount can help put your mind at ease that the gate will stay in place securely.

Material: Metal

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 26.5”

Height: 30.5”

Installation: Hardware Mount

The modern aesthetic of this gate is just the start of the great features! This hardware mounted gate can be easily removed if necessary when needing the walkway open. The width is adjustable from 26.5” to 40” depending on the opening, stairway, or hallway. In addition, the door swings both directions and has an locking system designed to be easy for adults while being difficult for children to use.

Material: Metal and Fabric

Walk-Through: No

Width: 38”

Height: 27”

Installation: Pressure Mounted

This baby gate has the rare quality in this grouping because it is actually machine washable in case messes happen from dirty hands or paws. It is perfect for extra wide openings and ranges in width from 38” to 60”. It is lightweight and portable which makes it a great option when traveling or as a guest at other’s homes. The pressure mounting means it is less likely to damage walls or surfaces where installed. Due to this installation, it should be noted that the one place this should not be used is at the top of the stairs.

Material: Metal

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 29”

Height: 27”

Installation: Pressure Mounted

This decorative door on the Safety 1st pet and baby gate makes it both functional and design forward. There is a lot to love, including the taller height of 36” and an adjustable width from 29” to 47”. The pressure mounted feature makes installation a little easier and they even include a feature to let you know at a glance if the pressure needs adjusting to keep the gate secure.

Material: Metal

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 192”

Height: 28”

Installation: Freestanding or Hardware Mounted

Lots to love about the versatility of this gate! This large baby and pet gate can be used to create a freestanding play area, as a barrier for openings up to 192”, in angled spaces or other unique configurations. There is an option for hardware mounting if desired for increased stability. The walk-through gate has a locking feature to keep the area secure for both pets and children under 24 months.

Material: Wood

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 24”

Height: 32”

Installation: Hardware Mounted

This gate has been noted as a perfect fit for a farmhouse style interior! This gate comes in two finishes; dark wood and tan wood. Along the top there is a plastic rail to protect fingers from being pinched and this gate also has the ability to swing open in either direction. The gate is mounted with four point hardware and with this installation style, it can be mounted slightly higher off the floor to avoid scratching.

Material: Metal

Walk-Through: Yes

Width: 30.5”

Height: 30”

Installation: Pressure Mounted

This great looking and easy to install pressure mounted pet gate fits openings between 30.5” and 37.5” wide. It features cherry wood accents to accent the walk-through door and has the bonus of a small pet door to allow pets through with ease. There is the option of adding extension pieces to allow the gate to fit a larger opening as well!

Things to Consider Before Purchasing Your Pet or Baby Gate:

  • Decide whether or not you want to install the gate with hardware or by pressure mounting. Keep in mind, if you plan to install at the top of the stairs, secure hardware mounting is important.

  • Consider whether or not you prefer to have a door in the gate or you are comfortable stepping over the gate. Doors seem to be a necessity when using a taller gate as it can otherwise cause a tripping hazard if you catch your foot on the way over. If you are only using the gate temporarily and it is not too tall, stepping over may be an acceptable option for your family.

  • Make sure to measure the opening where the gate will be placed and compare it to the measurements of your chosen product. Make sure to check and see if additional pieces are offered to extend the length as that could make more options available.

Questions about pet and baby gates? Or do you have a favorite gate you would add to the list? Tell us about it below!