This gate works well. My 3 year old can open it to go up and down stairs as he chooses, but the 1 year old can't. It can be opened with one hand by an adult carrying something in the other hand, so that is nice, too. One thing I don't really like is that because it is pressure-mounted it can pop off if hit with some force (including 3 year old tantrums). It is kind of a pain to get back on after that; it takes about 5 minutes. Overall, it does the job it's supposed to and is easy to open and close for frequent use. Oh, and it was shipped rather quickly, so that was a plus in my book.