We have a bit of a contemporary home so we did not want it to look cluttered with gates swinging every which way. I had seen the Kiddy Guard before - but it was a different version. The Avant is really great looking and goes with our home decor. The instructions were easy to follow and we installed one at the top of the stairs and another between the kitchen and living rooms. I love the gates. Easy to use and when not needed, they are hidden away. A bit of sticker shock but you do get what you pay for - and these gates are worth every penny.