Reviewers love the portability and convenience of the North States Industries Super Yard XT (*Est. $70), and many owners report using this gate to block off fireplaces, Christmas trees or other safety hazards in the home in addition to a play yard. Useable both indoors and out, the Super Yard XT provides 18.5 square feet of safe, enclosed play space for children up to 2 years of age. With the purchase of an extension kit (*Est. $35), the enclosed area can be expanded up to 34.4 square feet. Reviewers say this play yard is easy to assemble, and at 26 inches high, it's easy to lean over and pick a child up from inside the play area or simply step over the side to enter. The panels themselves can also function as doors; parents can unlatch one panel and swing it open in either direction for easy access to the enclosed area. On the downside, some parents say this playpen can slide easily across a smooth floor surface, so they advise placing it on a large play mat to keep it in place. It's not designed for napping, and it doesn't offer a changing station or other features common to standard play yards, such as the Chicco Lullaby Play Yard (*Est. $165) or the more affordable Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Automatic Folding Feet (*Est. $70).
The best reviews of the Super Yard XT come from owners themselves; we found well over 1,000 reviews on Walmart.com alone, and an additional 500 reviews from Amazon.com and ToysRUs.com combined. While this gate isn't covered in professional reviews, owner opinions are valuable for providing insight into how practical the gate is for everyday use and identifying any common problems that occur over time. An individual product review, found on the blog A Mom's Guide to Surviving Everyday Life, provides a detailed account of exactly how functional this play yard can be.
An impressive 1,183 reviews were available for the North States Industries Super Yard XT on Walmart.com at the time of our visit. The Super Yard maintains an average rating of 4.5 stars out of five. Reviewers love this play yard for both children and pets. Also useful is a snapshot providing information about each reviewer, including age range, how long they've owned the product and how often they use it.
Review: North State -- Super Yard XT Portable Play Yard & Gate, Contributors to Walmart.com
More than 250 owner-written reviews are available for the North States Super Yard XT on Amazon.com, where it maintains an average rating of 4.5 stars out of five. User reviews are valuable, because they provide insight into the practicality of a product under real-world conditions. Owners are also able to attest to the long-term durability of a product under various conditions.
Review: North States Superyard XT Gate Play Yard, Contributors to Amazon.com
ToysRUs.com has nearly as many owner-written reviews of the Super Yard XT as Amazon.com; nearly 240 reviewers give the Super Yard XT an average rating of four stars out of five. Comments are mostly positive and in line with those found on other review sites.
Review: Superyard XT, Contributors to ToysRUs.com
4. A Mom's Guide to Surviving Everyday Life
This individual product review for the North States Industries Super Yard XT provides a good general overview and recommends this play yard, particularly for use with multiples. Blogger "Mrs. Izzy" notes that she purchased the extensions to go with this model, which allowed it to fit her 1-year-old twins, 3-year-old son, herself and her husband comfortably.
Review: The Best Play Yard, Ever!, "Mrs. Izzy", July 25, 2008