The statement, "you get what you pay for" totally applies to the Evenflo Position and Lock Plus Gate. I didn't pay much for this gate and I didn't get much use out of it either.
Recommend this product?
I purchased the gate at Walmart for around $20. It was the least expensive gate I could find that would meet the needs of my wide doorway opening. I have a doorway between my kitchen and dining room that measures 48 inches. I needed a gate that would keep my dog in the kitchen and out of the dining room. It was hard to find a gate that was wide enough and I was excited when I found this gate and it was not too expensive.
The gate expands from 30 inches to 50 inches which met the needs I had for my 48 inch doorway opening. The gate is made of wood and it has a vinyl coated wire mesh between the wood slats. There is a bar in the middle that is used for adjusting size and installation.
This gate is not only extra wide but also extra tall. It measures 32 inches tall when installed directly against the floor. In comparison, the other gates I have (that are also not extra wide) measure only 24 inches tall.
Installing the Gate
Installing the gate is not difficult. The middle bar is marked with different sizes to make installation easier. This is basically a simple pressure gate so it does not require any hardware and as such, no holes in your walls and no tools necessary. Simply find the right size and the rubber stoppers on the gate hold it firmly in place.
Using the Gate
Using the Evenflo Position and Lock Plus Gate proved to be a little more difficult that I had originally anticipated. First of all, it is much too tall for me to step over. With other gates in my house, I simply step over themto get into another room. With this gate, that simply is not possible. Granted, I am not a tall person but even my husband, who is much taller has a lot of trouble stepping over and chose to open and reinstall this gate each time. Opening and reinstalling the gate every time I need to get to the other side is not difficult but annoying and time consuming.
The second problem was much more serious. After several weeks of use, I went to reinstall the gate and the center bar of wood simply cracked into two pieces. This basically renders the gate useless and there is no longer a way to fasten it securely in the doorway. The wood used is obviously not durable enough to withstand the pressure of daily use.
I cannot recommend the use of the Evenflo Position and Lock Plus Gate gate. I only got several weeks of use out of it and this is not adequate. The life of a security gate should be much longer than this.