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El tamaño es excelente, es robusta, y aunque tarde o temprano la cerradura podría romperse por ser de plástico, luego de un mes sigue como si nada. Las uniones de las extensiones podrían mejorarse, ya que como otros dicen, la presión hace qué las extensiones no queden rectas, sin embargo esto se puede solucionar con cinta o silicon en el suelo para que la puerta no se pandee.
I have 3 boys, 3 dogs, and a pet pig. I’ve been through A LOT of baby/pet gates. This one is by far my favorite and the most durable. I own two of them! We have a fairly open floor plan so the fact that this gate can fit just over a 51” wide space right out of the box is even better! It’s fairly easy to assemble and goes up even easier. You can lock it shut at the bottom or latch it so the gate only swings open one direction.
This is NOT a pressure gate, the assembly instructions tell you to use wall anchors for installation. I have chosen not to follow the assembly instructions and set it up as purely a pressure gate (did not use wall anchors) for our dog and at the moment it seems ok.
The gate is heavy and appears well constructed. It was a nightmare to unpack with no few than 12-15 tie wraps that required cutting while being careful not to mar the finish during cutting. It does look pretty good once installed. Let's face it, it looks like an indoor fence - a very nice indoor fence. Way more attractive than those big plastic things available today.
There are many different configurations available which allows this to be used in openings of various sizes. That said, the tiny print in the assembly instructions was hard to read (let's consider the possibility that grandparents may be assembling this and eyesight may no longer be 20/20!). I felt the plastic pieces didn't fit into the metal rails properly.
Installation was awkward. The gate isn't secured until the unit is installed and properly adjusted. The gate can swing quickly and violently if you aren't paying attention when positioning. I would recommend using a bungee cord or string to loosely secure the gate section during installation.
This is a great gate (Muchkin Easy Close XL with Extensions) but I just spent a frustrating 2 hrs trying to get one extension to fit. There is about 1\2" height difference between the extension and the gate. I tried hammering the bottom of the gate to try and get it to line up enough to slip on the plastic extension adapter and even shaved the plastic down in an effort to get it to work. I used a small hammer and a cloth to keep from scratching the metal\paint and eventually the face of the bottom plug (that the adjustment rod threads into) cracked and I quit trying to basically "fit a square peg into a round hole" and called customer service. I talked to a really helpful customer service representative who said it sounded like I had extensions for a different model and she would send new ones with the adapters. It was going to take a few days to process and up to 10 days to ship but likely less since be we are both in California. I appreciate the great customer service\support but have a new puppy and really needed the gate now. I will update once the replacement extensions are received. Update: The replacement extensions arrived in just under a week. The large single 11" extension needs to be placed on the side opposite the gate handle for it to line up. Save yourself some hassle check the instructions closely for extension placement--to insure a proper fit. Gate opens and closes easily, is sturdy and keeps dogs from running through the whole house.
I'm happy with this sturdy gate now that all extensions fit. I would buy this gate again.
Update after 4 months of non-stop usage: This is a really sturdy gate that is set up in a wide entry hall between a family room /kitchen area to keep the dogs (6 month old labradoodle /13yr old Shi-poo) sequestered. It is not screwed into the wall, it is held by pressure to the wall and baseboard. It hasn't moved, slipped or needed to be adjusted. The 40lb puppy jumps up with his paws on the top rail but it stays in place and is tall enough that he's not able to get over it. He's clever though and if it's not latched at the bottom he can push it open. The only negative thing is the latch sticks and sometimes needs to be pulled down manually to get it to fully extend/close. I still would buy this gate again.
This product was used for an open doorway to keep the baby out. It took a few hours and two of us to install but we figured well worth it... NOT SO. The clasp broke after my 9 year old closed it and it would no longer lock. I contacted the manufacturer and they asked for photos which I sent them immediately. That was not sufficient and they asked that I dismantle, find a box and return it (they did send a label). Not even guaranteed they will send a new one until they see the damage. I guess that’s the risk of online shopping but now I know this company doesn’t produce sturdy CHILDPROOF items.
Downgraded 1 star... Second gate just arrived, but without any protective packaging, just in its torn factory box: scratches, loose parts, and damaged lower plastic bolt receiver that I will mend myself -- it only holds the lower compression bolt, and so some epoxy and a flat washer will suffice. (Turned out ok.)
Otherwise, nice gates, functional, easy to install, easy to use, solid.
Original review: This gate works well for my Jumbo canines, though I suspect if you have a rowdy Mastiff or extra tall Great Dane your outcome will be different. For those 1-star reviews about the "bent" frame -- this is intentional because this is a pressure fit installation. Read the instructions and even get some friendly advice before writing your review.
Admittedly, their instructions could be more thorough, and in larger print. A YouTube search can help. A parts list with information about where things go would be beneficial.
Install was fast. Used the 5.5" extension for a solid fit in a 36" doorframe. Gate is easy to use single handed, impossible for a dog to open it unless it has thumbs.
Bonus: undocumented bottom tab on the gate can be set (a rotating tab) to allow your gate to swing in only one direction, and by setting both tabs (use your toe) the bottom of the gate can be securely locked. (You will need your pinky to undo this, however.) Bonus: kit included a 3" extension (2 plastic end-cap inserts and metal rod). Took a little head-scratching to figure out the extra parts.
This worked out so well I immediately ordered a 2nd Munchkin for a slightly larger doorway (no frame) to keep each dog in its own space at opposite ends of a hallway, and I get the rest of the house to myself.
Last gate we got was hard to install and he and I spent 2 hours trying to get it in. It was a similar model..but the gate broke and I dreaded installing another.... This one took me 30 minutes total and looks way better than the last one. It is sturdy and stands up to my big dogs. It has a few latching fail-safes to keep it latched. Double button to open took a bit to get used to (top of handle- push with thumb and under handle-grip with fingers). It also can swing either way or you can set it with little latch at bottom end of gate so it can be locked on to open only one direction. It can be swung shut to latch itself, but doesn't swing on its own. If you want to enter the room and then exit without unlatching again it's possible..with dogs it won't open unless they know how to grab hold of it..kids may be different story. Kind of a nice feature for us since it's dogs only and we use it for kitchen cause they surf counters lol kit I got is for large openings. What it told me for size was not what I needed for 49 inch opening...I had to drop to next setting size down...so check it before you snap it all together. If super close to 49 go down a size in what they tell you for the parts.
The reviews online scared me to death so I had two handymen that I use to put it together and permanently hang it on the next to highest step. The hand railing got in its way if we were to be installed there. It took my two handy men 15 mins to put it together and hang it. I did do some ready of the other reviews and got some of their hints but it was very easy for them. Because of the way the four wall protectors ( bought separately from Amazon) slightly elevate the bottom of the step which means nothing because it is built strong enough. I’m using it as a dog gate and put wire over three sections to keep my little puppy from going through the gate and extension rods. So if you have someone who’s bid used to putting puzzles or other furniture together, it took 5 minutes for two guys to put it together and it took them 10 minutes to hang it using the pressure rods ( not permanently installed and get the wall protectors because those extension rods will damage the walls).
I got two of these to block stairs. We like them. Good build quality. It works to keep our child safe. The double latch is childproof so far.
Know that if you have an old house with uneven walls and stairs, these will be a pain to assemble. Works best for level stairs with squared walls. I had to mess with each one for an hour to get it to work on our sloping stairs. The channels for the bolts should be longer as should the bolts that go in them. It would reduce the give when the surfaces aren't perfectly square. Also, the bottom, even if you can get it flush with the floor, leaves a significant lip. It's more of a tripping hazard than I imagined when I first saw and bought the design.
We're keeping them. They work, but there has to be something more forgiving to assemble that also fits more flush with the floor.