The First Years Hands Free Gate

Updated March 31, 2013
The First Years Hands Free Gate

Bottom Line

The First Years Hands Free Gate has a foot-operated pedal that will open for an adult's weight but not for a child's. Parents say this gate is a must for high traffic areas that parents have to navigate with their hands full. Owners say this metal gate is sturdy and reliable, but they warn that you may have to tune up the tension and that the pressure mounts can peel paint off walls.


Keeps out toddlers and older children. The First Years Hands Free Gate requires an adult to step down on the foot pedal with close to full weight to release the lock. Once the lock is released, the gate swings open in either direction. According to users, the pedal is too strong for a toddler's weight or even the weight of a larger child.

ProsOpens with foot pedal, Sturdy metal construction, Swings closed with an audible clickConsPressure mounts may damage walls/paint, Gate may need regular adjustments, Plastic foot pedal may break
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