North States 3-in-1 Metal Superyard Review

Updated March 31, 2013
North States 3-in-1 Metal Superyard

Made up of six interlocking panels with a child-proof gate, the North States 3-in-1 Metal Superyard is described as an amazingly versatile system for both blocking off wide areas and creating a play yard. The Superyard can be wall mounted with any number of its six panels, and it can be expanded indefinitely for greater coverage. Built of sturdy metal with vertical spindles, parents turn to the Superyard when other baby-proofing options do not work.

SafetyProsCan be used freestanding or mounted to wall, Versatile for a wide range of applications, Sturdy metal construction, Easy to arrange and configureConsCan be bulky to fold and store, Wall mounting hardware is of lesser quality

Users enjoy the convenience of the gate panel and say that its double action locking mechanism is easy for an adult, but too hard for a child, to open. The Superyard's vertical spindles thwart eager climbers, and parents report that the panels stand up to frequent child weight tests. Many say that their babies enjoy pulling themselves up to a standing position by the Superyard's panels and that their babies' efforts do not affect overall stability. Parents say that the Superyard is heavy enough to maintain security, but an extremely determined child may be able to scoot it a little on a carpet or hard floor.

Ease Of Use

Ready to use straight out of the box. According to parents, it is very easy to assemble the six panels of the North States 3-in-1 Metal Superyard. The panels are attached via poles in plastic sleeves that can be loosely tensioned when you want to make adjustments or remove a panel, or that can be tightened to create a rigid angle between two panels. Tightening the connections maintains the stability and shape of the enclosure, but parents warn that if you try to move the gate while the connections are tightened, it can break the connection sleeves.

Most users say that the Superyard's gate is easy to open with one hand and that the doorway opening is generously sized. The gate does not swing shut, which is convenient for parents who want to leave it open when kids aren't present, but it requires greater diligence when kids are around. Many parents report that it is easy to fold and unfold the gate, but those using many panels say the gate is heavy and cumbersome.

Specialty Features

Freestanding and flexible. Many parents with open floor plans, large hearths, exposed media centers and other hazards describe the North States 3-in-1 Metal Superyard as a lifesaver. The Superyard's unusual ability to expand to accommodate any size opening makes it a stand out among safety gate systems. In addition to using the Superyard as an indoor or outdoor play yard, parents say that they turn to the Superyard to block off stairwells without damaging walls or railings, wall off entire room sections and even to separate differently aged/staged children to prevent conflicts.

The Superyard is 24 inches per panel, for a total width of 144 square inches or a 10 square foot enclosure. Optional panels increase that space to 192 square inches or 19 square feet. It comes with a 90-day 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.


North States Superyard 3 in 1 Metal Gate, Contributors to, As of May 2013

Review Credibility: Excellent The North States Superyard receives an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 340 consumer reviews posted on Feedback on the Superyard is overwhelmingly positive. Reviews say that the panels are well built and sturdy when used as a freestanding enclosure or mounted to a wall. Many say they turned to this product after other gating solutions didn't work for them, and they are impressed by the system's flexibility for many applications, from stairs, to hearth to room division.


North States Superyard 3 in 1 Metal Gate, Contributors to, As of May 2013

Review Credibility: Very Good With an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on more than 100 reviews from consumers on, feedback on the North States Superyard is largely positive. Most reviews describe the Superyard as sturdy and durable. Owners also say that it is easy to use and very accommodating for difficult gating situations. There are isolated complaints about the gate being hard to handle, particularly configuring, folding and unfolding, but most seem to have no trouble.


North States Superyard XT Gate Play Yard Reviews, Contributors to, As of May 2013

Review Credibility: Very Good The North States Superyard earns an overall rating of 87 out of 100 in more than 40 reviews posted by consumers at Many reviewers praise the Superyard's versatility and the multiple available configurations. Reviewers describe using the Superyard for a variety of purposes, including as a barrier for Christmas trees, as a dog yard and as a play yard for babies and toddlers.