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Overall, a great quality item. Easy to install, and easy to operate. My only issue is that the gate on its own is too narrow for our opening, and the gate with the shortest extension is too wide for our opening.
The adjustable screws at the four corners are extended about as far as they can go. This means the gate has a fair bit of flex at these points. It's too bad they don't have a little bit more adjustment in the sizing.
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.
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.
Works well, but the directions are missing a pretty key point. If you are using the extensions, there's a piece of plastic that has to be removed from each corner of the gate. The image-only directions allude to it, but they make it look like you're supposed to unscrew something -- and yet there's nothing to unscrew. I have put together a LOT of furniture, and am pretty good at figuring out vague directions, but I was stumped until I turned to youtube. There are plastic inserts that have to be PRIED out, not unscrewed. I almost broke one of them, so be careful if you think you'll need them again, but they're not needed with extensions (only if you're using the gate alone). The gate is solid enough for my needs, but it's flexible. You can bend the metal bars a bit, and the whole gate will flex at the extension joints (it would be much more stable with metal joints instead of plastic, and ones that extend further into each piece instead of just 2"). So if you have a large dog who will be lunging against it, I'm not sure how it will hold up. Mine is to keep a toddler out of the kitchen (and the dog food, so they can eat in peace), as well as confine smaller dogs when necessary, so it's sturdy enough for my purposes. I used all the pieces and it just barely squeaked into an opening that is about 48.5" at the bottom (with baseboards).
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.
We own 2 of these gates now, and we use them to corral our large dog. I like options of the different widths -- the last brand we had was just barely wide enough, so the pressure mounts on both sides were extended as far as they could go, which made the mount not as secure as it could have been (and the additional inset was too big). So having so many different possible widths makes the Munchkin more secure. We use one in a hallway and one at the bottom of the stairs. They function as well as any pressure mounted gate does, that is -- it still needs periodic adjustment or the gate doesn't latch properly. But my ONE complaint is the latch mechanism. You squeeze the top button and squeeze the bottom button at the same time, the latch retracts to open the gate. When you let go, and the latch springs back, so the gate will latch. Right? No. Every time we release, the bottom button sticks and the latch remains retracted, and the gate now can't latch. So you have to tug at the bottom button to get it to release the latch from the retracted position. Basically it sticks. And it's happening on BOTH gates that we own, purchased a few months apart. I've WD-40'd it but it still sticks. Frustrating defect for a $90 product.
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 am very happy with this gate. It fits very well in our archway to keep our little one from wreaking havoc in our kitchen. With some silicon-backed wall protectors, it stands very securely with no drilling into the wall. It IS a bit of a pain to assemble. The plastic connectors to add extensions are not the greatest. One almost broke when trying to pound two pieces of this gate together. But, overall, I'm very happy with the gate itself.
What I was NOT happy with, was receiving an obviously previously-returned item with all the zip ties cut off. All the pieces just slid out of the box, along with all the cut zip ties. This made installation even more difficult because instead of the gate being securely zipped closed when trying to assemble, it was flopping all about, swinging back and forth. I was eventually able to install the bottom gate lock, when I found it, which kept the door from swinging. But I was disappointed to receive a previously returned item. I don't know how the previous purchaser handled this item, so I don't know if the welds that hold it together are as strong as they should be. I hope none of the welds break because I do not want any of my children to get hurt if it does break. I think safety items such as this should not be resold once returned.
But I do highly recommend this gate, if you can actually get a new one! :-)