Pets are easy to love, but not so easy to keep out of certain places. In order to ward off your furry family members and keep them from getting into trouble in rooms or areas they aren’t supposed to sniff around, we’ve assembled the best dog gates for the house.
The gates are ranked from best to almost-best based on overall length, aesthetic and durability. Each one starts with the same model details listed out for easy comparison. This is followed by a brief product summary and the key pros and cons for each model. You’ll easily be able to find the best fit for you and your dog.
1. Regalo: 4-in-1 Adjustable Gate & Play Yard
This Amazon’s choice gate is undeniably one of the best dog gates for the house. Not only is it the longest (spanning up to 192 inches), but you can also reassemble it as a 19 square foot play yard. Perfect for a little puppy or smaller dog who wants to play outside where there’s no fence.
2. Munchkin: Easy Close XL Metal Gate
Coming close as a runner up on the list of best dog dates for the house, this Munchkin gate holds its own. By itself it stretches 29.5″ wide and the gate includes three different extensions to push this up to 51.6″. One mixed blessing for this gate is that it does not automatically shut and must be pushed close. For those with hyper, fast dogs this may be a con, but for those with easygoing, slower dogs it makes entering and exiting (especially when your hands are full) much easier.
3. Carlson Extra Wide Walk-Thru with Small Pet Door
This Carlson model has a unique feature that is unlike any other gate on this list. Inside of the human-sized, walk-thru door in the gate is a little, 10×7″ pet door. This is great for smaller dogs or cats who have the freedom to enter into rooms that other, larger pets may not. The gate is not as wide as some other models, but the white metal frame is sturdy and it comes with a 6″ extension kit to push this from ~29″ to 37″.
4. Regalo Home Accents Extra Tall & Wide with Décor Hardwood
This eye-catching dog gate acts much more like furniture than a preventative measure. It is certainly one of the best dog gates for the house due to its attractive black and red-wood finish. It comes with two different extension kits (both 4″ and 6″) and can be span 29-43″
5. NorthStates: Deluxe Décor Gate
This dog gate is unique partly because of the attractive bronze finish option and also because of the subtle décor elements that lend this more to a piece of furniture, rather than ‘just a dog gate’. It comes with a double locking system and the hardware mounting ensures it doesn’t shift if pressured by a pet. As an extra feature, the doorway in this gate is an extra-wide 25.5″.
6. Evenflo Position & lock farmhouse pressure mount gate
While it may look like a standard lattice-work gate initially, the optional color combinations of either blue, pink or natural latticework or dark wood with dark latticework add an appealing aesthetic to this dog gate. They marked and notched the locking bar for easy installation and you can also clean the gate with mild soap and warm water. As far as dimensions are concerned, it stretches from 36-42″ and works best with dogs (or any pet) up to 24 lbs.
7. Evenflo Expansion Walk-Thru Room Divider/Gate
While this gate may lack some finesse compared to other options, it is nonetheless one of the best dog gates for the house due to its practicality and overall durability. The wall mounting ensures it stays in one place and cannot be easily moved. Additionally, it expands up to 5′ (60″) and swings open in both directions. One other benefit of this versatile gate is that it can be opened on either the left or right.
8. Regalo Easy Open Gate
This Regalo gate is recommended for medium to large dogs and while the standard mounting is the pressure mount, it comes with the option to mount it permanently to the wall as well. With either 6″ or 12″ extensions, it can expand to the full length of 50″ and can be opened with just one hand. It’s simple, but highly effective and lands itself on the Amazon’s Choice list for dog gates.
9. Perma Retractable Gate
This unique dog gate is both aesthetically pleasing and versatile. Made with a steel frame and a heavy-duty, breathable mesh, it works for dogs up to 40lbs and is built to withstand scratching. It is a wall-mounted gate and you can install it either indoors or outdoors. Moreover, it extends to just shy of 71″. While it does require two hands to operate, it is still an excellent option for your home.
10. Evenflo Easy Walk-Thru Top of Stairs Gate
This Evenflo gate is built specifically for installation at the top of stairs and is designed with a removable swing stop that prevents the gate from swinging over the stairs. It comes with a convenient one-hand release handle and a red/green lock indicator to show if you locked the gate or not.
When it comes to matching up your furry family pet with the right gate, the best dog gates for the house are those that will support the weight of your pet and keep him/her where they need to be. Aesthetics and practicality come next. If you have any comments or notes about the above gates feel free to share below!
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