Which? reveals two new Best Buy stair gatesStair gates from Ikea, BabyDan and Lindam on test

15 August 2015

Baby by stairgate

When your little one is crawling or toddling, it's time to find a stair gate

Parents we’ve surveyed have consistently voted stair gates as one of the most useful baby products you can buy, but you need to make sure that you are getting one that is durable and safe. 

We found two Best Buy stair gates in our latest test, but one of the six stair gates on test struggled.

We’ve also reviewed an £18 budget stair gate from Lindam. But does scrimping on the price mean lower safety credentials or is this a good value bargain?

Baby safety gates

We test stair gates for safety, how easy they are to use, and how easy they are to install. Our Which? experts conduct safety tests on all the stair gates we review. During these tests, the gate is hit with a 10kg weight (the approximate weight of an average one year old) several times, then with a 25kg weight to simulate pressure from older children.

Our newest Best Buys are lightweight, easy to install and use, and passed all our safety and durability tests with flying colours. The lowest scoring gate, on the other hand, had a dodgy handle with a poor locking mechanism, and moved slightly out of position in our impact tests.

If you want to find out which were the best, head straight to our Best Buy stair gates to find the safest one for your baby.

Stair gates without screws vs screw in stair gates

Four of these newly tested stair gates are screw fit and two are pressure fit. If you live in rented accommodation, or aren't keen on drilling into your walls, a pressure fit stair gate could be a good option. But pressure fit gates should not be used at the top of stairs, as the U-shaped frame presents a tripping hazard. Screw fit stair gates can be used at the top of the stairs, but they do involve some DIY and will leave holes behind. 

Ikea stair gates

If you’re interested in an Ikea stair gate, it's worth bearing in mind that you can get quite a significant discount with the Swedish retailer's family card. The Ikea Patrull would be £20 off and the Ikea Patrull Fast would be £15 off at the time of writing. Both of the Ikea stair gates attach with screws, so you'll need to keep that in mind when buying.

Latest stair gates reviews

Find out which stair gates did well and which performed poorly by reading the full reviews on all below.

BabyDan Guard Me - £46
Ikea Patrull - £50
Lindam Extending Metal - £18
BabyDan Premier - £30
Ikea Patrull Fast - £40
Safety 1st Easy Close - £30

Prices checked August 2015

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