KidCo Gateway Review

Updated March 31, 2013
KidCo Gateway

The KidCo Gateway (formerly called the KidCo Center Gateway) uses secure pressure mounts that don't require drilling into the wall. Most users say these gates are quick and easy to install, and they are child-proof without being too hard for adults to open and close. The basic gate fits a range of openings from 29 to 37 inches; extensions are available to fit up to 73.5 inches. The Gateway is also available in auto close and extra tall models.

SafetyProsQuick, tool-free mounting, Many extensions for wide openings, Wide, bidirectional doorwayConsInstructions are hard to follow, Pressure can damage drywall or paint, Lower stabilizing bar may be tripping hazard

The Gateway features vertical, tubular spindles that don't have footholds for adventuresome climbers, and they don't have sharp edges to catch clothing or cause injury. Most users say the Gateway's latch is secure when the gate is carefully closed. The basic model has to be manually closed, but it clicks when locked into place. A few reviewers say that it is possible for strong children and possibly toddlers to bypass the gate's locking mechanism and lift the gate open.

Ease Of Use

Installation requires muscle. Users say that it is quick and easy to install the KidCo Gateway, but it takes some muscle to get it properly tensioned. Although the Gateway does not have to be mounted with hardware, it needs to be placed between two strong walls or surfaces, such as a door jamb or a wall that has a stud behind it. Reaching the required tension on a drywall surface alone may cause the gate to break through the wall. Owners also say the Gateway generally stays in place, but kicking can loosen the bottom threshold bar over time, so the gates may need to be re-tensioned every few months.

The Gateway has a wide opening that swings easily in both directions. The door opens by depressing a catch button and lifting the handle. Most say they can accomplish this with one hand, though it can take some practice.

Specialty Features

Extensions are included in the basic package. The KidCo Gateway comes with an extension that widens it to a maximum of 37 inches. Additional extensions can widen the gate by up to 73 inches (*Est. Prices vary). Consumers note that the included gate extender eliminates a hidden cost, as many other brands don't include extensions. In addition to the extensions, the Gateway gate can be mounted against stairway posts using a Y-spindle adapter (*Est. $9), making the gate a good option for blocking off the bottom of a staircase. Gateway also comes in an Auto Close model (*Est. $70) and an Extra Tall and Wide model (*Est. $80).

Gateway gates are available in white or black metal. They have a one-year warranty.

Our Sources


KidCo Center Gateway, Contributors to, As of May 2013

Review Credibility: Very Good With an overall rating of 4 of out of 5 stars based on the more than 135 consumer reviews posted on, the KidCo Gateway gets mostly positive feedback. Many parents say the gate is sturdy and easy to use when installed correctly. A few wish that the gate was taller, and some say that the required tensioning of the gate can result in a less secure latch and can damage drywall, if the gate is not supported by a stud.


KidCo Expandable Center Gateway, Contributors to, As of May 2013

Review Credibility: Very Good By and large,'s feedback on the KidCo Gateway is positive. It gets an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 based on more than 175 consumer reviews, and the vast majority describe the gate as durable and easy to use. Reviewers for the most part say that the gate is well built and of good quality, with only a handful of dissenting opinions that describe the gate as difficult to set up and use, and of poor quality.


The Baby Gizmo Baby Proofing Guide, Christina Holt, Sept. 11 , 2011

Review Credibility: Very Good This article covers baby proofing from most angles, including how to get started, how to protect floor and lower areas, how to protect against poisonous plants, how to protect furniture and how and where to install baby gates. The article is written by a mom of three boys who is trained in early childhood education and is the author of a mom blog. The KidCo Center Gateway is recommended for blocking off doorway areas.


The Best Baby-Proofing Products, Kelly A. Smith, Not dated

Review Credibility: Good Kelly A. Smith is a child safety expert and author of "Mommy Can Do It: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Baby-Proofing." Smith's blog offers advice on child safety and baby proofing. She also recommends various products, along with a few key details about each one. She recommends six baby gates, including the KidCo Gateway.