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Hi everyone, I use the retractable baby gate in more than one location. It works as a pet gate and baby gate to keep the dog and baby separated. The low profile of the safety gate, helps keep it out of the way when used for my stairs.
Retract-A-Gate's mesh material is nice and soft for her little guy as he walks along the baby safety gate. We purchased the Stair Banister Adapter Kit so we wouldn't have to drill into our wooden newel posts. These two retractable baby gates work so well for both the top and bottom of our stairs that they'll be getting two more Retract-A-Gates for our other set of stairs!
Kimberly P. Alexandria, VA
Here's my installation review of a Retract-A-Gate that I purchased from Smart Retract. I compared other gates and liked that the Retract-A-Gate was certified for top of stairs use, was easy to install on a wall as well as a banister post, and looked great in my home. Now my young son is kept safe from falling down the steps.
Rob P.Des Moines, IA
See for yourself why I love the Retract-A-Gate. The fast installation, attractive looks, ease of use, and the only retractable baby gate on the market that can truly be used with just one hand...while keeping my baby sound asleep. My wife and I just purchased a Retract-A-Gate and I want to share my experience. It also works great for our small dog to keep it out of areas it shouldn't go to. We needed a reliable, attractive, and easy to use dog gate and baby gate that would work for the top of our stairs....and found it!
Tyler P.Aberdeen, SD
This is a retractable baby and dog gate that rolls up out of the way when you don't need it. We made our own stair banister adapter but you can also buy a banister adapter kit from Smart Retract as well. Our family has two large dogs and a toddler and this gate is great for all three. This safety gate is great for high traffic areas, it’s easy to install and simple to use, but of course the best part is the high quality construction and the security. Our stairs are now safe for our toddler. We plan to add another gate for the top of the steps since we will be moving the toys up stairs soon. Finally, we like that this gate is made in the USA -- probably the only gate left that can claim that!
Beth M.Kansas City, MO
I got my Retract-A-Gate and love it! Some of my favorite features about this retractable baby gate is the low profile, it blends well with my kitchen cabinets, and when the children in my in-home daycare go home at the end of the day, I simply retract the gate and it's compactly stored out of the way.
Cheryl F.Temecula, CA
I am pleased with the versatility of the Retract-A-Gate. It can be used and installed anywhere in the house and even outside with extra brackets and it covers the widest opening of any retractable gate. The Retract-A-Gate has a slim profile, one handed operation, is quiet, and is overall very easy to use. It is certified for use with children up to 24 months but it can be used for pets as well.
Daniel D.Melrose, MA
After asking around and searching the internet, I found the Retract-A-Gate. I was looking for a safety gate that not only looked nice, but blended well with my décor. As you can see, the Café color works well with my tan colored walls. Also, my Retract-A-Gate can be opened, closed, and locked with one hand while carrying my 18 month old. I use my gate so that my dog is confined to one area and won’t roam the house when we are away. My second Retract-A-Gate is at the top of my stairs and just like the gate downstairs is almost unnoticeable. All the pieces including the mounting brackets allow this gate to blend in with its surroundings.
Ashley G.Carlisle, PA
I needed a gate for the top of my stairs and chose the Retract-A-Gate for my home. I like that the Retract-A-Gate keeps my 1 and 3 year old from the stairs but my 5 year old can operate the gate. When I installed my gate, I zip tied boards to my banisters to avoid putting holes in my banister posts. I enjoy the fact that the gate is compact, blends in well with my decor, and doesn’t have a bar along the bottom creating a tripping hazard.
April M.Kent, OH
My staircase is in the middle of my home so I wanted a retractable gate that wasn't hard to open/close. After reading some reviews, I decided to spend a little extra money and get the Retract-A-Gate. I am very glad I did. You can open/close the gate with one hand. It is very well made, tough, thick plastic. The mesh is nice. I wouldn't spend the extra money on the spacers as wood shims will do just fine. And, we had an awkward configuration so needed a certain
thickness shim to attach this to the wall. We also have the banister kit which worked out well. One thing to note is that you need to attach the banister kit to something square. So if you have a round post like we do, you have to use the bottom stair as the "square" and shim behind it to reach the post, or else it will twist. The gate is quiet when opening/closing too. I really like this product. It does have a locking mechanism for the top of the stairs, but I am not sure I would
feel comfortable with it there. My son already tries to lift up the fabric which is nearly impossible at the bottom of the stairs, but he might be able to slip under it at the top. That is just my opinion. It does say it is certified for top of the stairs use.
I am the mother of 2 young children in a house with stairs. I have a relatively wide stairway and have tried using multple gates both at the top of the stairs and at the bottom (to prevent my crawler from getting hurt). I was tired of tripping over gates myself or shimmying between the gate openings. This was particulary hard when carrying anything or when it wasn't very bright. I ended up hurting myself pretty badly after tripping at the base of the stairs because of the gate. It was then that I began researching a retractable gate that uses a single hand to open/close. I love the idea of a mesh gate that could neatly disappear when not in use and one that I wouldn't have to end up at Home Depot looking for adjustments to get into my banister.
I found it. Retract-a-gate is primarily sold online. There are a few catalogues both for children and pets that do sell it for about the same price. I find that the accessories that get it up on banisters without drilling are sold primrarily at the website (retract-a-gate.com). The gate is made only in one color (beige/tan) and it comes in a tall and regular height version. I have purchased the regular height but could see how for a larger animal, it would be good to have a taller version. I have been extremely happy.
True to the claims on the site. It is very easy to open with one hand. My four year old can be taught how to open it but someone younger could not open it. It looks fantastic. Sometimes I have to look twice to see that it is there which is amazing considering that I have white wood and not tan and dark floors. It looks amazing and it is very easy to use. The mesh is soft and breathable and not scratchy when my infant is burying his face in it. It is very easy to clean and wipe off. I love the look and the safety features of it.
I attached it to the bottom of the banister and another at the top. This replaced my handsfree safety first gate, my summer's extra tall gate and another top of the stairs evenflo see through gate. Hand down, the retract a gate is the best! Very durable and reliable -- all the things that you could want in a gate.
Drawback: It's more expensive. When all is said and done with 2 bansister attachments and the gate it is approximately $150. Shipping is required because it is only online. Worth it! Every penny.
I would recommend this gate to any parent or person who needs to keep someone away from something. It is great. It comes in two sizes and two heights.
"I purchased this gate about a year ago. I wanted to wait until I "tested" it, over time, before recommending it to others. I LOVE it! I do family child care in my home and watch 6 children. My pressure
gate was always falling down and I had to store it on weekends. Your gate has held up so well and it has made my life much easier! I recommend it to other home care providers."
Barbara B.Tamarac, FL
"We installed both gates and I must say Retract-A-Gate is really a nice color. The Café Latte color blends in well with the surroundings, and is not as noticeable as other white gates we've had in the past. I'm so happy with Retract-A-Gate that I plan to purchase another gate as a baby shower gift for a friend."
Missy B.Wauconda, IL
"We installed Retract-A-Gate at the top of the stairs on our outdoor decking; I was so impressed by its strength and discreet design that I sent out a recommendation to the "Highlands Mummies" listserve -
a group of mums over 1,000 strong! I hope they find the product as amazing as my husband and I do. Good luck."
Nikki S.Denver, CO
"Your retractable baby gate is fantastic. It was easy to install, looks nice, and retracts easily. It was perfectly suited for our needs. We needed a good baby gate for our twins since they move almost as fast as I can!"
Wendy B.Berkeley, CA
"We got our gate installed at the top of the stairs today for our 8 month old daughter and love it! We are going to order another one for the familyroom/kitchen doorway and extra brackets for the bottom of the stairs so we can use the 1 gate between top & bottom stairs! I am also emailing all of my new mommy friends to let them know we feel this gate is definitely worth it!! Thanks for a great product!"
Janet W.Dover, MA
"A BIG thanks to your customer service. You replied quickly to my emails and addressed our questions instantly. Thank you so much for your help, your service is outstanding! And we love the retractable gates! They work perfectly for our 10 month old daughter and our big furry dog. Most especially for our daughter who is crawling faster and faster each day. Thank you again!"
Dave P.Calgary, Alberta Canada
"I wanted to thank you for the gates. Installation was fast and easy, and the mechanism is easy enough for my 4.5 year old to open and close (that's a good thing for us). Anyway, thanks for taking the time to look at our pictures and make your recommendations. It's working out nicely."
Dafna A.Riverwoods, IL
"I love the way there's no button to hold in while unwinding and winding like the other gate we have. Thanks again."
Tom W.Lockport, IL
"Thank you, to the folks at Retract-a-gate! Our gates have arrived and my husband just installed them at the top and bottom of our stairs. These gates are a lifesaver! No hard to install, unsightly baby gates for us! These are discreet, and very well built. They were installed in record time, and are so easy to use. Our 9 month old daughter and 2 year old spunky Golden Retriever are each kept safe and sound and out of trouble. And how brilliant to be able to move these around with extra brackets and clips! Genius! Thanks for developing such a great product!"
Anne H.Wellesley, MA
"I think your gate is the BEST on the market. I have a home daycare and care for 12 infants and toddlers a day. My staff of three and I go through Retract-A-Gate about 50 times a day, five days a week. It is a very good gate. I have four hard plastic gates, two wooden gates and your retractable gate. I will buy another Retract-A-Gate from you soon to replace one of my other gates. I do think for most applications it is absolutely the BEST gate on the market."
Elizabeth G.Fredericksburg, TX
"I wanted to share how much I LOVE this product! I was searching and searching for something that would fit the large opening to our livingroom from the entryway. The only things I could find would have closed the large opening and left me with only a small 'pass through' area. When I found Retract-A-Gate, I was THRILLED and hoped it would be as great as I was imagining.
It's been all that and more! Our little guy just started crawling, but I installed it about a week before he was truly mobile. It
has served us perfectly! It is soft enough for him to touch and 'hit' his head against (stopping power with the crawling is a work in progress, smile) without me having to worry about metal/wood bars. But it is secure enough that I do not have to worry about him getting out of the safe areas. I close it and don't give it a second thought; that alone is priceless!
We ordered extra brackets and have a set so we can close off the livingroom during regular play time or can block off the top of the stairs for safety--with ONE GATE, that is REMOVEABLE and inconspicuous! Couldn't ask for a more versatile product.
Our dog is sweet, but he's hyper when new people come over. I am able to close it off and get him to calm down before someone enters our home. The fact that I don't have to shuffle someone at the door, our son, AND the dog is wonderful! We are a military family with a move in our future. I love knowing there is a product out there that is of good quality, flexible enough to meet my various needs, and is American made. I may leave this gate here so the next person can love it, too!
THANK YOU for a quality product from a "local" company! Everyone who sees it LOVES it, and I have already recommended it to several people I know and will continue to do so!"
Lisa H.Norwalk, IA
"Oh, how we love our Retract-A-Gate,
To you, this poem, we dedicate.
We praise you for your product design
For it has given us peace of mind.
Now, our stair-steps are blocked away
And my son is safe throughout the day.
He was sneaking up the steps at such quick speed.
For a proper gate, we were in desperate need.
I searched the internet high and low.
And found some gates that were just so-so.
But then, behold, I found Retract-A-Gate
And everything seemed to be first rate.
We measured, re-measured, and debated a bit
Then said, Hey, let’s just order it!
We have to say that we are quite impressed-
This gate truly stands above all the rest.
It’s easy to use, and blends in real well
And when it is locked, it is easy to tell.
But the most important point of all-
The gate protects my boy, who is still quite small.
Thanks for your product; for making it great;
Every home should have a Retract-A-Gate!"
An Original Poem by J.E.M. - Jonah and Andrew’s Mum
"I live in Ottawa, Canada and have been using the Retract-A-Gate for about 6 months. This is the most effective, best-designed and built, and easiest-to-use child safety gate that I have ever experienced. It operates easily with one hand, leaving the other free to manage the child or do whatever else needs to be done concurrently with operating the gate. Thank you for the excellent product ... keep up the good work!"
Guy T.Grandfather of Cian
"We love Retract-A-Gate as it fits perfectly in the corner out of the way. It is not big and bulky like so many of the other baby gates. Thank you so much. I am glad we found your product!"
Jen V.Phoenix, AZ
"I love my Retract-A-Gate! It was easy to install and looks great. Best of all, I can open and close it with one hand which is important since I'm usually carrying my child. The gate is very slim and takes up a small amount of space when retracted. We had a retractable gate by a different company that was very hard to operate and install. The Retract-A-Gate is a HUGE improvement over the other brand! Customer service was great. They responded to my order quickly and shipping was fast. We love our Retract-A-Gate so much that now we own three of them. Thanks for providing such an awesome product."
Pam S.Jacksonville, FL