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The Best Dog Gates

Updated Dec 10, 2022
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It's not just the best baby gate of the 20 we've tested: The Cardinal Gates SS-30 Stairway Special is also the best gate for keeping dogs (and less mobile cats) restricted within your home. Building on the research and testing we did for baby gates, plus additional testing at home with a dog and two cats, we found that the SS-30 is easy for humans to open but impossible for pets to unlatch. It’s also quick to install, easy to position, and durable, and it will damage your walls less than a pressure-mounted gate.

Cardinal Gates SS-30 Stairway Special, the best dog gate

Cardinal Gates SS-30 Stairway Special

The best dog gate
Our top pick for babies is also great for containing pets. This is a sturdy hardware-mounted gate that's easy to install, even where you don't have studs directly across from each other. Easy for humans to open, but impossible for dogs.
We recommend
North States Easy Swing & Lock Gate, less expensive, less flexible

North States Easy Swing & Lock Gate

Less expensive, less flexible
This North States gate has more plastic in its lock mechanism and can't be installed at an angle, but it’s very secure, easy to use, and almost as simple to install as the Cardinal.
Budget friendly
North States Tall Easy Swing & Lock Gate, for tall or acrobatic dogs

North States Tall Easy Swing & Lock Gate

For tall or acrobatic dogs
The taller version of our main pick, for dogs that can hop over a 30-inch gate.
Another good choice
North States Deluxe Decor Gate, for wide openings

North States Deluxe Decor Gate

For wide openings
The Deluxe Decor spans up to 6 feet but is still manageable to latch, though its added width makes it less stable and its bottom rail could be a trip hazard.
Another good choice

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