CHOICE bought more than 20 metal and glass pool fence panels, and tested them against key sections of the Australian pool safety standard AS1926.1. We can't cover the entire market, so we focused on a mix of manufacturers servicing Sydney and surrounds, as well as national suppliers.
We also tested the strength of nine compatible posts and spigots required to hold the glass panels in place (see our separate report for those results).
Our expert testers give every pool fence panel a safety-check to find out if pool fence panels:
- meet height requirements
- pass the standard safety probe test to see whether the openings are strong and rigid
- pass the barrier strength test.
Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out whether models are meeting key requirements. Our Recommended
list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.
CHOICE does not currently test pool fence gates, as we think their effectiveness largely depends on correct usage and installation. However, it's vital to monitor how well the gate is working as it is the weakest part of the barrier. Make sure the gate self-closes from any position and self-latches. According to pool fencing experts, gates last five to ten years, depending on weather conditions and how often they're used.