No matter how much you love your pets, there will probably be a time and a place for a pet gate. Perhaps your new puppy causes havoc in your study; or maybe you just don’t want dog hair and muddy paw prints all over your brand new sofa. Whatever the reason may be, having a durable and effective pet gate on hand is a must.

When it comes to choosing the right pet gate for you, there are so many choices on the market that it can easily become confusing. From materials to height and installation requirements, there is a lot to consider to ensure you make the right choice.In this article, we take a detailed look at some of the best pet gates you can buy to help keep your family, furnishings, and furry friends happy.

  • Strong steel construction
  • Adjustable width
  • Built-in smaller pet door
  • Pressure or wall-mounted
  • Safety lock
  • Perfect for large pets
  • 90-day limited warranty

  • Transparent design
  • Durable mesh material
  • No-tool install
  • Easy to retract to walk through
  • Lightweight
  • Portable and easy to store

  • Attractive design
  • Pressure mounted
  • Durable plastic material
  • Rubber bumpers
  • Easily adjustable width
  • Made in USA
  • 1-year warranty

  • Wood construction
  • Freestanding design
  • Adjustable width
  • 360-degree hinges
  • Easy to store
  • Lightweight

  • Expandable width
  • Pressure mounted
  • Additional extension kit
  • Combines small and large door
  • Easy-unlock handle
  • 90-days limited warranty

  • Includes small pet door
  • Pressure mounted
  • Made from durable steel
  • Adjustable width
  • Easy to step over
  • Non toxic finish
  • 90-day limited warranty


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Carlson Extra Tall

This gate is perfect if you have taller and bulkier pets. The 36” height and adjustable width will ensure bigger or more boisterous breeds are kept contained and away from any rooms you wish to remain pet-free. It has an easy installation method and is pressure mounted so no tools are required. The white color also makes it a versatile design choice to suit all home decor. It is made from durable and non toxic steel that is strong enough to withstand most pets, whether they like to chew or not.

An integrated smaller door can let some small pets such as cats and small dogs through easily while restraining any larger pets that you don’t want in a given space. Unfortunately, this 8” x 8”smaller door has been considered a little bit big by some users who own a variety of breeds. If this sounds like your circumstances, you may need to install an additional bar to make the space in the small door even smaller to meet your needs. The larger door for human use is also a little flawed: it requires a button be pressed while the gate is pushed open.

Pros

  • Perfect for large breeds
  • Durable steel construction
  • Easily adjustable width
  • Integral small pet door
  • Pressure-mounted installation
  • Non-toxic coating

Cons

  • Smaller door may be too big for some users
  • Gate may not be effective for more intelligent breeds


Like other pet gates we have seen thus far, the Queenii Magic Gate keeps your furry friend out of certain rooms but also helps them feel like they’re not caged. It is made from an almost transparent, durable mesh that is designed to keep your dog out while enabling you and your pet to feel close, making it perfect for anxious pets and doting owners.

Even though it is constructed from mesh, the gate is easily adjustable. You simply need to roll up or roll out the mesh so that it fits into any given doorway up to 41 inches in width. It can withstand around 100 pounds of resistance, so it is suitable for stronger and stockier breeds, too. Installation and use, though, could be considered a little tricky. It comes with four hooks which attach to four corners. Each hook needs to be stuck wherever you want a corner of the gate to hang, so you’ll need to perform accurate measurements before you get started. Furthermore, you’ll have to unhook the sides of the mesh each time you wish to walk through, which may get frustrating over time.

Pros

  • Transparent for easy viewing of pet
  • Tough, durable mesh
  • Stretches for easy adjustment
  • Quick retract for easy access
  • Portable and simple to store

Cons

  • Installation may be frustrating
  • Must unhook and rehook when passing through
  • No warranty

This North States pet gate is a great choice if you need to keep your pets contained for a while. It is pressure mounted against the wall, so it is easy to install and doesn’t require any extra tools. This also makes it easily to move around your home wherever you may need to.

Constructed from durable plastic, this pet gate features a paw print design that will perfectly suit any animal lover. The sleek handle design has an ergonomic curved shape, making it easy to grip and manipulate. The gate can be adjusted from between 26” to 42” in width, which means it will fit in most standard doorways but might not work if you have particularly narrow doorways. In addition, some users found the gate is occasionally difficult to open, and it’s also a little flimsy to contain more energetic or stronger animals that may be capable of pushing the gate out of the doorframe. Overall, though, if you’re looking for an affordable option to keep smaller or more sedate pets away from your furnishings, this pet gate will do the job just fine.

Pros

  • Attractive paw print design
  • Easy-grip handle
  • Durable plastic material
  • No-tool installation
  • Can be moved around the home as needed
  • Adjustable width

Cons

  • May be too flimsy for larger or stronger pets
  • Can be awkward to open

This gate by Primetime Petz is crafted from attractive dark wood that will look elegant in any home. The free-standing gate is comprised of 4 panels, which makes it highly adjustable and able to fit into most spaces or to cordon off specific areas in a room.

As it’s a stand alone pen, it does not need to be wall mounted. This makes it easy to move around your home as needed. Being relatively lightweight at 17 pounds, it’s portable enough to be transported too, should you wish to take your pet away on a trip. Unfortunately, the down side of this is that larger pets may be able to knock it down. This gate does come with additional fixtures, though, that allow you to fix it to the wall if necessary.

Of course, there’s always the concern that movable furniture may damage floors, especially hardwood ones. Thankfully, this isn’t a concern with this pet gate. The rubber pads underneath help prevent the gate from sliding and thus prevent scratches on your household surfaces. Should you need to pack it away to save space, the hinges bend back 360 degrees to be easily folded for storage.

Pros

  • Attractive wooden design blends into home
  • Width can be adjusted to fit
  • 360 degree hinges design
  • Easy to fold for storage
  • Can be wall mounted for extra security
  • Lightweight
  • Rubber pads underneath

Cons

  • Possible to knock down as a free standing gate
  • Expensive
  • Warranty information difficult to find

This Carlson extra-wide pet gate is the perfect choice if you have large doorways to secure. It includes two additional extensions which make it highly adaptable to any width entrance or doorway between 29-36.5 inches across.

Should you have a variety of pets in your family, this gate will also help you to manage the menagerie. It has two doors built in to the design, including a smaller door that can allow a cat to pass through while an average sized dog stays firmly behind the barrier. The handle makes it easy to open and close the gate just like any other door so you can move around your home without the gate slowing you down. Since it is made from steel, it’s durable and sturdy with no chance of a pet gnawing its way through it.

Unfortunately, there are some negative points to consider, too. Some users have reported smaller pets getting stuck between the bars. Therefore, if you have a smaller and quite slender pet which gets stressed when they’re contained, you should ensure there’s no risk of them getting stuck trying to escape before leaving them unattended behind the gate.

Pros

  • Expandable
  • 2 additional extension kits
  • Easy to install
  • Includes small and large door
  • Easy to use handle
  • Sturdy, steel design

Cons

  • Smaller pets may get stuck

If you want a quick-fix for keeping your little pet out of certain rooms in your home, this adjustable 18” tall pet gate by Carlson is a great choice for smaller pets like new puppies or smaller, shorter breeds of dog. It will not keep out larger dogs or cats, which will be able to jump or step right over it like their human counterparts, but it is ideal for busy owners or those who get frustrated with having to open and close a gate every few minutes.

Made from tough steel treated with a non-toxic finish, your can rest assured your pet won’t be able to gnaw through it in your absence either, which unfortunately is a possibility with wooden options. In terms of installation, this gate is pressure mounted, so you won’t need to drill any unsightly holes in your door frames to set it up. There is also a small pet door in the gate to allow smaller animals to step through. This could be useful if you have an elderly cat who isn’t able to jump like they used to. Lastly, the locking feature keeps pets secure at all times, which may be especially important if you have toddlers around.

Pros

  • Durable steel construction
  • Adjustable width
  • Short height for easy step-over
  • Non toxic finish
  • Perfect for small breeds or young pets
  • Integrated small door to let other pets through

Cons

  • Not suitable for larger animals or owners with mobility issues

Comparison Chart

FEATURESNorth States MyPet PawsPrimetime Petz 360Carlson Extra WideCarlson Lil’ TuffyCarlson Extra TallQueenii Magic Gate
Height (inches)233030.5183631
Width (inches)26-42<7229-36.526-38 29-36.5 41
Installation KitN/AN/AN/AN/A
Walk-Through DoorXXXX
Small Pet DoorXXX
PortableXXX
Step-OverXXX
LockXXX
Adjustable
Weight (lbs)517.511.85120.7
Warranty1-year?90-days90-days90-daysX

Buyer’s Guide:

Pet Gates

Pet gates offer a huge range of benefits for any animal-hosting household. Below we have listed some of the biggest advantages of using a pet gate in your home:

Keeps Certain Rooms off Limits

There is no doubt that a dog or cat can fast become an integral part of any family. Despite this, there may be certain rooms you want to keep off-limits for your pet. Whether you have newly installed hardwood floors or have recently invested in expensive couches, a pet gate can preserve these spaces from dirty paws, animal hair or chew-happy pets.  

Separate Animals

If your home has multiple pets then a gate can also help keep certain animals apart. Like their human owners, even two dogs may not always get along, and so keeping them in separate enclosed spaces can ensure their freedom and wellbeing. This is also useful if you have younger animals or new pets that need to become integrated into the family gradually and safely.

Less Cleaning

Keeping your dog or other pets in areas of the home where the floor is laminated or tiled means less cleaning for you. Sometimes mess in the form of animal fur, food or training accidents are inevitable, but keeping them away from carpets and rugs can mean you can maintain a clean and hygienic home more easily. Furthermore, if some family members have allergies, this may make them more manageable, since you can keep some areas of the house pet-free.

Keeps Small Children Safe

If either animal or child are new to the family, it can take a little time for a pet to adjust. Sometimes even a trip to the bathroom can be stressful since both children and animals can be unpredictable. Making use of gates when you can’t be present to supervise will give you peace of mind that your child and your pet are both safe if you leave the room for a moment.

Makes Your Pet Feel More Secure

Boundaries are useful for everyone and pets are no different: in most cases, pets such as anxious dogs and cats will benefit greatly from having a designated space at home to call their own. It will give them a sense of belonging and a routine that can contribute to a much happier and calmer pet.

Since doorways and entrances will inevitably vary, it is important that you choose a pet gate that is suited to your circumstances. Pet gates come in many shapes and sizes and naturally vary in quality and durability. The type and size of your pets should also play a role in deciding the type of gate you get. Below we discuss some of the key points to consider when choosing your pet gate:

Material

Material is just as much about quality as it is about the aesthetics. Plastic pet gates can come in a variety of colours which can suit modern home decor, but they may not be as sturdy as other options. Wooden gates, meanwhile, often complement more traditional home settings. A dark wood gate, for example, will be strong and will look right at home in a room where there is other dark wood furniture. If your pet likes to gnaw at things though, a wooden gate may not be the best option. Steel is also a popular option for pet gates. It is a strong, sturdy material which can withstand chewing and strong animals such as larger breeds of dog. This is probably the best option if you have an energetic and boisterous pet.  

Height & Durability

How tall and sturdy your pet gate needs to be will highly depend on the size of your pet. If you have a large dog, you will need to consider a gate that it cannot jump over or knock down with ease. Most smaller pets will do fine with more lightweight options.

Location

Some gates have to be wall mounted or may have narrower widths. Mounted gates are ideal for doorways, but if you wish to cordon off certain areas of your rooms or need to travel with your gate, you’ll need to go for a free-standing and portable option.

Budget

As with all purchases, you should decide how much you’re willing to spend on a pet gate before you start shopping as this will narrow down your options. It is important not to compromise on quality for a cheaper price, since a flimsy gate won’t do what it is supposed to and will be a complete waste of money. We advise going for something midrange so you get good value for your money without breaking the bank. Our above reviews feature pet gates from all price ranges, though, so there should be something to suit everyone.

Safety

You will want to ensure that the gate you choose is safe for your four legged friend. Unfortunately, some gates may compromise on safety and quality which leads to the potential for harm. Double-checking safety features and product recommendations from expert organisations such as the APA (American Pet Association) will give you the peace of mind knowing your family and pets are safe

Design

Some gates have smaller doors or cat flaps to let smaller animals through. If your intended use is to keep certain animals apart, then this may be the kind of gate you need. When making your choice, ensure the smaller door is actually small enough to keep out your larger pet. You should note, however, that these types of gates are usually not safe for households with babies or small children. You should also make sure the human door is easy to open and close, so that you are not hindered when moving around your home.

Installation

If you don’t want to fiddle around with drills and screws, then you will want to look at alternative options to a secure wall mounted gate. Pressure mounted and freestanding gates can be moved around the home more easily and make great alternatives; however, these may not be strong enough to prevent a larger or more determined pet from breaking through.

Pet Gates

Pros

  • Keeps dirty or shedding pets away from furniture.
  • Enables you to secure pet-free areas of your home
  • Allows easy separation of animals
  • Helps to keep young children safe
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • May be difficult to pass through without pet escaping
  • Some pets may jump over or push the gate off the wall

  • Can I use pet gates for babies too?
  • Freestanding pet gates can double as a barrier around a play area for children, but they shouldn’t be used without supervision. Any type of pressure mounted gate should be avoided on the stairs if you have children, as there’s the potential for them to get pushed out of position either by children or stronger pets. If you need to childproof your home, securely wall-mounted gates can usually multitask as a baby gate, but you should always read the manufacturers advice first.
  • What if my dog keeps chewing on the railings?
  • If you have a pup that likes to chew on everything or an anxious dog likely to try to break free, you should choose a metal gate. Enthusiastic chewers can easily weaken the structure of plastic and wooden gates and can also increase the risk of ingesting splinters and wood chips. If you’re concerned about your pet damaging their teeth, you could try using an anti chewing spray to deter them.
  • What type of gate should I buy if my pet is an escape artist?
  • If your pet likes to break free, you will need to carefully consider the type of gate that you buy. Larger pets naturally need taller gates, but even if you have a smaller dog, you may need to go for a tall model if they are somewhat of a Houdini. Either way, we would recommend opting for a cheaper option and testing out various heights before spending a bigger chunk of your bank balance on a gate which may not be secure enough.

Final Thoughts

If you’re still struggling to make your mind up, then our top pick is definitely the Carlson Extra Tall Walk Through Pet Gate. Since a lot of the gates were not tall enough to keep out larger pets, the height on this one easily solves this problem. The smaller door also adds versatility by helping to keep smaller and larger animals separated when needed. The steel construction also offers impressive strength and durability, which is important for both larger animals and general day-to-day wear and tear.

If you’re looking for one on a tight budget, then the Queenii Magic Gate for Dogs is a quick-fix option. The transparent mesh will help you feel close to your pet, despite it being confined. Furthermore, it can withstand 100 pounds in weight, which is impressive for such a low price.

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