We have tried a number of different baby gates over the past few years and this one is by far the best. What impressed us right away were the step-to-open and auto-closing features. Our previous gate was also foot operated, but you had to push the gate by hand (or with your hips if your hands were full) to actually open it. When you step on the foot pedal of this gate, it both unlocks and swings open in one smooth motion. The gate also swings away from you, no matter which side you are standing on. In addition to the foot pedal, you can also un-latch and open the gate by hand. The gate also automatically closes gently behind you. While there are some times we would like to leave it propped open, I think the safety aspect of this outweighs the occasional inconvenience. The foot pedal on this model is also a bit easier to press than other gates.
My one complaint with this gate is that our (bigger than average) 3 1/2 year old son is able to open the gate on his own, hence the 4 stars for quality. While this gate is in place more to prevent his younger brother from falling down the stairs, I would prefer that neither of them would be able to open the gate until they are older.
Assembly was straightforward and relatively easy, only requiring a couple screwdrivers to attach the foot pedal assembly to the frame. There was one step in the instructions that said the foot pedal assembly would "click" into place, but it didn't, and the parts had nothing on them that could snap/click into place, so that wasn't quite accurate. The construction feels pretty solid and seems like it would hold up for awhile. The latching mechanism also operates very smoothly and is less likely to jam like our previous gate sometimes did. The gate also comes with a metal adjustment wrench for tightening the bolts that hold it in place. It was nice to see they provided a strong metal tool as opposed to the cheaper plastic wrench that came on our other gate. We didn't actually need the adjustment wrench though, as the adjustment wheels were easy enough to turn by hand to tighten them properly.
Overall we're happy with this gate. You get a lot more features with this gate than others in the same price range.
This is a great gate for multiple reasons. It is adjustable to fit multiple sized doorways and it can even be opened hands free. It works great for our toddler and our dogs. The only thing I don't care for is the floor petal sticks out more than the doorway. I would caution that if you have hardwood floors any gate can possibly scratch the floor, to prevent this I just placed a few felt bottoms on the gate.
This gate is perfect in almost every way! Easy to install (and no holes in the wall), stays in place for the most part, 2 easy ways to use, gate opens in both directions. I really loved it, best gate I have had by far! The ONLY issue I had with it is that the noise level during closing gets a little annoying when you have bigger children in the house going through it all the time.