Mothercare Ultimate Collection pressure fix swing shut safety gate review

Our rating 
1.5 out of 5 star rating 1.5
User rating
£44.99 RRP
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In a nutshell

While it looks good on paper, this gate is disappointing and wasn't made well enough to even last the initial installation.
Ease of fitting
1.0 out of 5 rating 1.0
Design
2.0 out of 5 rating 2.0
Pros: Extensions mean it will fit nearly any space up to 136cm
Cons: Fell apart completely during installation
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The Mothercare Ultimate Collection pressure fix swing shut safety gate sounds ideal on paper, but in practicality, it’s a big let down.

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My little girl has two favourite games. One is peekaboo, the other is playing let’s run up and down the stairs – all six flights of them. Anyone who visits me is not surprised to learn we bought our tall, skinny townhouse before we had our children, Deme, 7, and 20-month-old Anais. So I’ve been desperate for a stair gate since my son was born. Unfortunately our stairs are too wide to fit any – until now. And when I heard about all of the supposed state-of-the-art features that come with the Mothercare Ultimate Collection pressure fix swing shut safety gate, I was excited.

Not only did it come complete with extensions to fit up to 136cm but it also had two-way opening, one-hand closing and triple locking. That would mean it would be easy for me to get in and out of, but difficult for my toddler to open. Perfect.

Priced at £44.99 and with a see-through panel, I imagined the Mothercare Ultimate Collection pressure fix swing shut safety gate would be stylish as well as practical. I couldn’t wait for it to arrive so I could try it out.

What we love

The Mothercare Ultimate Collection pressure fix swing shut safety gate did have extensions, which meant, for once, we had a safety gate we could fit.

What to watch out for

Unfortunately the Mothercare Ultimate Collection pressure fix swing shut safety gate is a massive disappointment.

The gate wasn’t as good-looking as I expected with its chunky black frame and black etchings on the clear panel.

The diagrams weren’t that easy to follow. There were only a few steps, but I failed to understand the instructions, and had to ask my husband for help. He has made a lot of flat pack furniture so eventually had the gate in position. But as I went to try the swing gate to understand how it went, the entire lock mechanism fell apart in my hand.

I tried to put it back together, as did my husband, but it was broken. All we could do was take down the gate, which was in several pieces by the time we reached the bottom of the stairs.

Chunky looking, but surprisingly flimsy, the Mothercare Ultimate Collection pressure fix swing shut safety gate was hard to fit and easy to break.

In one way I’m relieved it didn’t survive the installation. At least it hadn’t been put through the hardest test of all – containing my very strong toddler Anais.

Who is the Mothercare Ultimate Collection pressure fix swing shut safety gate best for?

Parents willing to try out a gate that may not survive installation.

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MadeForMums verdict

The Mothercare Ultimate Collection pressure fix swing shut safety gate sounds promising but is disappointing. It isn’t as stylish as you’d imagine, it’s hard to fit and it fell apart during installation. While this probably won’t happen with every gate, it does make you pause for thought over its quality and robustness.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Mothercare
Model Ultimate Collection pressure fix swing shut safety gate
Price £44.99

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions H:77cm W:71cm D:2cm
Size of gap it fits 74cm-80cm. With extensions: up to 136

Features

Fixing mechanism Pressure pads
Made from Metal frame, wooden frame on inside panel
Features
  • Can fit gap up to 136cm with extensions
  • Two way opening
  • One hand opening
  • Triple locking
  • Swing to shut