Dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate Review

Updated March 31, 2013
Dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate

The Dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate is suitable for doorways, hallways or stairs, and it can fit openings from 28 to 32 inches, or up to 53 inches with two optional extensions (*Est. $15/each). A separate adapter pack (*Est. $10) secures to banisters. Reviewers say Dreambaby gates afford extra security because the gate automatically swings closed and locks, but some wish that there was an option to keep the gate open when they don't need it.

SafetyProsMany extensions fit a range of openings, Bi-directional gate swings closed and locks automatically, Optional hardware attaches to stair spindlesConsGate opening is relatively narrow, Swing gate cannot be adjusted to stay open, Installation may require many adjustments

Constructed of metal with vertical spindles, the Dreambaby gates cannot be climbed, consumers say. Most also say that the pressure mounted gates are extremely stable and don't require lots of re-tensioning. Dreambaby says the gate is suitable for stairs, but the mounting cup should be screwed into place, rather than using sticky pads. This is not technically a hardware-mounted gate, and experts say only hardware-mounted gates should be used at the top of stairs.

Ease Of Use

Bidirectional gate swings shut. Most parents love that they don't have to worry about closing the Dreambaby Swing Closed Gate behind them. The swinging door is a favorite for hallways and busy openings with a lot of cross traffic. However, some parents wish that there was a way to lock this gate open, particularly when making multiple back and forth trips, and when the children are not around.

Most say that it is a breeze to install the Dreambaby gate and that the pressure mounts do not damage their walls. Some say it is so easy to install that they use this gate for travel. A few parents returned this gate immediately because it appeared warped when they took it out of the box; but others point out that a sticker on the gate says the warping will be eliminated with correct installation. The gate is designed to be opened with one hand, but some owners say there's a learning curve. The gate wipes clean easily.

Specialty Features

Basic gate with many installation options. Available in black or white metal, the Dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate looks nice in the home, reviewers say. The baby gates come with a wide range of extension options that make it easy to fit the gates in most openings, from standard door frames to more irregular openings; prices vary for the optional adapters. Dreambaby gates can be pressure mounted to lower stairwell spindles with optional Y-shaped adapters (*Est. $10). The Dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate is also available in an extra tall model (*Est. $65). It has a 90-day warranty.

Our Sources

1. BabyCenter.com

The Best Safety Gates, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated

Review Credibility: Very Good Editors of BabyCenter.com round up their six favorite safety gates based on parent reviews from the BabyCenter.com blog and from other reviews on the web, as well as the editors' own experiences as parents. They say that the Dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate is "a jack-of-all-spaces" gate that can be used at the top and bottom of stairs, thanks to both pressure and hardware mounting options. This is technically not true, because it is just the mounting cups that can be secured with screws. They warn that the latch can be tricky.

2. Buzzillions.com

Dream Baby Dreambaby 29.5 in. Swing-Closed Security Gate with Two 3.5 in. Extensions L778W, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of May 2013

Review Credibility: Very Good In more than 215 reviews, the Dream Baby Swing Closed Security Gate earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. The majority of users describe the Dreambaby gate as durable, easy to use and well built. Some users wish that it was possible to keep the signature Swing gate open; a few note that it is important to re-tension the gate to ensure a secure latch.

3. Target.com

Dreambaby Swinging Security Gate with Extensions, Contributors to Target.com, As of May 2013

Review Credibility: Very Good The Dreambaby Swing Closed Gate gets about 60 reviews at Target.com, with an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Most reviewers say that the Dreambaby gate is easy to use and of very good quality, and that it is a very good value. Many reviewers respond to a handful of negative reviews from consumers who had installation issues, saying that the flaws are due to faulty installation and that leveling the gate will ensure that it functions as promised.

4. Amazon.com

Dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013

Review Credibility: Very Good With more than 40 reviews posted on Amazon.com, the Dreambaby Swing Closed Security Gate receives an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Feedback is largely positive, especially from pet owners. Parents say it's easy to use and install, as well as highly configurable for larger openings. There are complaints about it not working well on stairs.