We held off on getting a baby gate until it was clear we needed one. I don't know any parent who really looks forward to installing gates inside of the home — they can be a pain to set up and an obstacle to get around. But once it became clear we needed to baby-proof, it was time to do some research.
Being able to get it set up quickly — and move it easily if we needed to — was probably the biggest sell. Which might explain why the Regalo Easy Step 38.5-Inch Extra Wide ($34, originally $39) is the bestselling one on Amazon. It expands to stairways and openings between 29-38.5 inches wide (you can get extensions to make it 60 inches), is 30 inches tall, and has a pressure mount design, making it super easy to set up. Zero tools! (Though customers have repeatedly mentioned that you must read the instructions in order to get it to align correctly.) If you have people coming over and you want them to be able to walk around your home with ease, it's super easy to remove and store.
Here's what a few reviewers have said:
"We have these gates at the top and bottom of our stairs and they work great. Our one year old pounds on the gate at the top and leans against it and it hasn't budged."
"My favorite part of course is the door. Other gates have to be completely removed and replaced or you have to climb over and I'm only 5'3, I don't enjoy climbing over anything."