Safety 1st Lift And Lock Security Gate
- 3 in 1 Lock/Release/Adjust handle
- No-climb panels
- Easy release child resistant top handle
- Swing open feature, mounting hardware included
- Six to Twenty-four Months
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Take note, you can't use the swing feature unless you mount the gate. If you use the pressure thing, you have to just step over the gate or move it out of the way entirely.
I LOVE my other two metal gates with the one-hand open/close gates, both pressure mounted. They are perfect for high-traffic areas. They have been in place about a year now and are used many, many times a day. One of these is the Evenflo Simple Step in taupe color and the other is by Dreambaby.
The main problem is the design of the lock. Instead of a latch, which most hardware mounted gates use, there are 2 rods with rubber pads on the ends that push against the door stops, which are mounted to the wall. The rods are moved in and out of the door by pulling on the large white handle at the top of the door. When the handle is down, the rods are pressed against the door stop, and when the handle is up, the rods pull back into the door. Unfortunately, the rods don't fully disengage from the door stops and there is still friction as the door opens. The handle itself has quite a bit of friction as one lifts it. The door itself is made of flexible plastic, so the entire door twists as one attempts to lift up on the handle while overcoming the lateral friction of the rod/door stop assembly. It eventually opens, but not without an incredible amount of two-handed difficulty. I have used many doors, and this has the worst design. I recommend a latch mechanism instead.
I installed this and adjusted it according to the instructions. The adjusting mechanism and the opening/closing mechanism are the same set of levers and gears with some safety switch between them. The switch is supposed to be depressed when adjusting/setting the width and left untouched when simply opening or closing the gate.
The problem is that the gate doesn't release enough to open with the lever itself. When applying enough pressure on the lever to release the gate to open, the adjustment switch fails and the gate ratchets one notch tighter. This happens every time the gate is opened. This has the effect of locking the gate in place, unable to open after two uses.
I tried this several times and had other people in the house try as well. No one was able to open the gate without pulling hard enough to override the adjustment switch and locking the gate down tighter.
Moreover, I don't think it's a problem with this particular unit. It just looks like a bad design with cheap construction.
The newer model requires two hands to put in place, the handle is very hard to push down, and the pressure pads are much smaller. Unless you hold the gate in place, one pressure pad will invariably get left out. Finally, even though the gate is adjusted for maximum pressure, it's still easy for a dog or a child to push the thing over completely. So it does not breed confidence. On the plus side, we're able to close the door with the gate in place. I'd really prefer having the old style, but this will have to do for now.
Update: I've been using this for about six months now, and the spring pressure has gotten weaker. I open and close it a few times a day (sometimes I just step over it), and at this point it's mostly just a visual barrier. The kid can push it over with little effort, and the dog will pull it down on occasion. If only my landlord would pay to install a screen door...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gate worked fine until my son became active and CUT HIS HAND on the side of it. The edges that lock the gate in place are VERY sharp. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Did a lot of research on gates but when we went to buy the one we had picked out, it was out of stock so we bought this instead. Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. Havron
I got this Safety First Lift and Lock baby gate as a hand me down. It appeared to be in good condition and I had received other hand me downs from this same family member that were... Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Sharone
This gate is very nice for the price. The biggest problem is that it can be tricky to release and open for persons who are not familiar with the gate. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by Deborah Shafer
We purchased the Safety 1st Lift and Lock Security Gate to use at the top of the stairs when our son became mobile. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by Deedad88
We bought these shortly after having our daughter. They worked well as hard mounted gates at the top AND bottom of stairs and pressure mounted between rooms. Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by M. Folsom
I was given my first Safety 1st Security Gate because the previous owners were going to throw it out. Read morePublished on December 4, 2009 by Amazon Customer
We're renting, so I didn't want to mount anything on the doorframes. And we bought this gate because we have a son (12 months, 24lbs, early walker), not dogs. Read morePublished on September 8, 2009 by Saxofrog