Pressure mounting is a popular mounting method for baby gates as the installation process doesn’t require any tools. You simply hold the gate in place and twist some pressure screws. Naturally, this type of mounting is less secure than hardware mounting, but you gain convenience for the slight loss of security.
For the on-the-go parent, pressure mounting is ideal. It saves the need to buy separate gates for different places. You can just easily move one gate between them.
Anyway, without further ado, in no particular order, here are the top 5 pressure mounted gates.
This gate is a great choice if you’ve got a slightly wider doorway but you still want all the benefits of a pressure mounted gate. It’s expandable from 29 to 50 inches wide, using the included 6 inch and 12 inch extension kits.
Unfortunately, these extension kits can leave dead-zones where the gate won’t fit properly. So, if your doorway is an unusual width, it may not fit properly. However, you can purchase additional extensions for the gate if you so require.
This gate is a budget option, but the only place that it shows is in the expandability. The included extensions may not work for every household.
As your child gets taller, so should your baby gate. That’s where this extra-tall gate comes in. This gate is perfect for keeping larger children and animals confined to a safe area of your home.
As a nice little plus, it features a beautiful bronze finish. Or you might prefer the beige model. Either way, it’s a great deviation from the standard home appliance white.
This gate is expandable from 28-48” wide, so it should fit most doorways. Plus, its auto-close walk-through door is a convenience that you can’t live without if the gate is installed in a high-traffic area.
Extra-tall gates are always a great choice if your budget can stretch to it. Sure, they cost a bit more, but it’ll be more useful and for longer if you can afford it. Buying an extra-tall gate helps to ensure that your little one won’t learn how to climb over it before they learn to open it.
This gate is another aesthetically pleasing one. It costs a bit more than a standard gate, but I am personally a huge fan of the dark steel and wood design. Of course, form follows function, but this gate is a perfect combination of the two. It features an effortless walk-through design with easy-close functionality. Simply squeeze and pull back the buttons on the handle, then push it close with ease.
Additionally, the gate comes with four mounting cups that provide a hybrid between pressure mounting and hardware mounting. This means the gate can be safely installed at the top of your stairs, should you so choose to. Though it’s inadvisable due to the pressure bar at the bottom of the gate which poses a tripping hazard. This gate fits gaps from 29” to 44” wide to ensure a good fit in most doorways or hallways.
Extra-wide and pressure mounted? Usually, you may as well just install it face-down on the ground. But not here, this design somehow pulls it off effortlessly. This gate manages up to 58” wide whilst still managing to be secure enough that it shouldn’t fall over. You may have to retighten the pressure screws occasionally, but that’s to be expected of all pressure gates.
This gate features a lever style handle which helps to ensure that you can open the gate without stopping. A good latch is the key feature of a walk-through gate and the lever latch is one of my favourite latch designs, purely due to its simplicity of operation as well as its security.
The extra-wide span design makes this gate a spectacular choice for wider doorways or hallways. Without any extensions, it will extend from 29” to 34”, which means it’s still a solid choice for small doorways too. But with all extensions, it will manage up to 58” wide.
Another stylish gate. I confess, I’m a stickler for aesthetics. Sure, functionality is king, but don’t you want a baby gate that adds to a room? This gate features a dark metal and a stylish wood design. But enough about aesthetics. What about functionality?
This gate is 29.5” high and can span a gap from 29.5” to 35” wide. The gate will swing shut with a simple push, and can be opened with one hand. My only real complaint with the functionality is that the gate is extremely narrow. You’d struggle to carry groceries through the gate unless you lifted the bags above your waist. The latch design is pretty decent, though I still prefer other designs.
This gate is a solid purchase if you like the design. However, there are cheaper and better gates available. However, an extra $20 for a design that you like is easily worth it when the gate might sit in your living room door for years to come. Overall, this gate is solid, but unless looks are important, I’d recommend one of the other gates on the list.
All of these gates are extremely good baby gates. I won’t name a victor, because every house is different and different people want different things from a baby gate. I personally believe that aesthetics are important for something that will be sat in a room for potentially years. Some people may prefer to forgo aesthetics in favour of saving a bit of money.
Anyway, check out the full reviews of these gates to find out more. Happy shopping!