Use this for dogs, not kids, and it works great! We have 5 dogs ranging in size from 7 - 70 lbs. I specifically wanted a gate that we could operate hands-free and this one does just that. It does take a fair amount of force to step down to release the latch, but if you have little kids that should be a bonus - they will NOT be able to undo the gate.
It is noisy when unlatching, so be prepared to wake someone up in the middle of the night if you get up and want to go through the gate without stepping over. For this reason, I disabled the middle magnet mechanism since we don't use the gate for safety, only containment. The top magnets are great at keeping the gate closed without use of the middle ones. It is also truly self-closing and swings shut behind you.
Wish the gate was wider without having to use the extensions, but they work just fine. As far as looks, it is a good-looking gate - a much more attractive design than standard dog gates.
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We needed a barrier for our five doxies to keep them corralled in one area. This gate totally fit the bill. Easy open close pass through, sturdy, and mobile so it can be switched from room to room if necessary. It looks so much nicer than the old wooden accordion style and it has compression bars that keep it in place rather than having to screw it into the wall. LOVE IT! A++++ for design and value.
I have a Maine Coon cat who needed to be prevented from entering one room of the house. She was very successful at eluding my previous attempts at keeping her out of that room. The baby gate won. Since I have had it I've found other useful ways to use it: as when regrouting my slate kitchen floor, applying finish to rooms with wood floors and successfully keeping the cats out of that area. It's well made and expandable. It actually shuts itself when used to exit or enter.
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