KidCo Safeway Review

Updated March 31, 2013
KidCo Safeway

Designed for use at the top of stairways, the KidCo Safeway features a secure hardware mounting system that is stable and secure. Experts and owners say the Safeway gate is well-made and easy to mount and use. It has a directional stop to prevent it from swinging out over the stairs. The basic model secures openings of 24 to 43 inches and can be mounted at an angle. There is a wide range of other models available.

SafetyProsSecure hardware mount safe for top of stairs, Sturdy metal build and secure latch, Easy to remove gate from hardware mounting when not in useConsGate does not swing closed automatically, No extra-tall option limits its usability for older children

The Safeway gate door only opens in one direction to ensure that the doorway won't swing out over the stairs. There is no crossbar at the bottom of the gate to trip over. Most users say that the latch is secure, but it should be noted that the gate will not swing shut on its own, and care must be taken to ensure that the gate is closed after each use. The Safeway features vertical spindles that don't have footholds for children to climb. The majority of users say these spindles are amazingly strong.

Ease Of Use

Surprisingly simple installation. One consumer says he spent extra time installing the KidCo Safeway gate; he "didn't believe it could be as straightforward as the instructions suggested." Feedback on the Safeway's latching mechanism is more mixed. Many say that they can operate the latch with one hand. Others say that the bolt connection is uncomfortable to lift up and poorly designed. Despite the fact that the doorway is one-directional for safety, some users want more flexibility from the gate and are frustrated by this design. Others wish that the gate closed automatically.

Specialty Features

Multiple finishes to match your décor. Most reviewers and consumers say that the KidCo Safeway is attractive and does not intrude on the existing décor. The gate features slim spindles, and the basic model is available in black or white metal. Safeway gates are also available in light or dark wood, or a combination of dark or light wood and metal. The door styles vary slightly by size, and only the metal angle-mount version (G2100 and G2101) can be used with extensions. All finish types have the angle-mounting option. Only the basic G200 and G2001 metal gates don't come with angle mounts.

If you have an irregular stairway opening, the Safeway can be purchased with a hinged mounting system for greater flexibility. There is also a kit to attach the gate to stair balusters without drilling into the wood. All KidCo gates have a one-year warranty.

Our Sources

1. Baby Bargains

Chapter 7, Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety, Denise and Alan Fields, Tenth Edition, 2013

Review Credibility: Excellent "Baby Bargains," a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors cover a wide variety of safety and baby proofing essentials. They recommend three gates for specific purposes in the home, but they don't offer the same comprehensive brand coverage that they do in other gear categories.


11 Best Baby Health and Safety Products, Jennifer Kelly Geddes, Not dated

Review Credibility: Very Good Jennifer Kelly Geddes recommends 11 choices for baby proofing, including baby gates, outlet covers, baby care items and window guards. There is no comparison among products, but the reviews offer the key benefits of the products selected. The KidCo Safeway gate is recommended as a gate that fits well at the top of a stairway. Geddes likes its sturdy metal construction and quick mounting, and its ability to be opened by one hand.


Kidco Safeway Safety Gate, Contributors to, As of May 2013

Review Credibility: Very Good With more than 135 consumer reviews posted on, the KidCo Safeway gate gets an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. By and large the feedback is positive. Users say the gate is reliable, sturdy, easy to install and easy for an adult, but not a child, to operate. There are complaints of difficult installation and poor instructions. Some say the hardware is a cheap plastic and does not seem to be of the same high quality as the gate itself.


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

Review Credibility: Very Good Christina Holt covers baby proofing from most angles of the house, 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 Angle-Mount Safeway gate is recommended for the top of the stairs.


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

Review Credibility: Good is written by Kelly A. Smith, a child safety expert and author of "Mommy Can Do It: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Baby-Proofing." Smith offers guidance on child safety and baby proofing. She also recommends various products along with a brief review. She recommends six baby gates, including the KidCo Safeway.