Top five stair gates for 2021
The key purpose of a stair gate is to keep your curious toddler away from anything that might cause them harm, including flights of stairs and busy kitchens with hot pots and pans.
All the stair gates have to meet the requirements of the relevant safety standard to pass our testing, which ensures they're sturdy, and can withstand the various shakes and rattles of a determined child.
However, the very best stair gates won't just be secure and safe. They'll have simple instructions for a straightforward installation, and they'll be easy to open and close.
These five stair gates got the highest scores in our tests, and are all Best Buys, so you can be sure they're a good option when it's time to pick out your safety gate. We've also included three stair gates to avoid. These gates failed a key safety test, which could put your child at risk, so we've made them Don't Buys.
(Tables last updated in December 2020.)
Unbiased stair gate reviews from Which?
Our stair gate tests will help you sort a sturdy, safe and easy-to-use stair gate from one that is fiddly, rickety and has the potential to come loose, possibly making it unsafe for your child.
We look at all the key features of a stair gate, including how easy each one is to assemble and install, open and close. We also subject stair gates to tough stability and impact tests so you can find out whether the product you're considering will stand up to the rattles and shakes of a determined toddler (or dog, if that's what you're using it for).
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