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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Rounded to the nearest dollar; price paid for each panel including GST in July 2014.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 49 and 186
Passed strength of barrier openings
For the panels, we apply a 330N (around 33kg) force to the bars to test the barrier strength. They must not permanently deform, break or come loose.
We also apply a force to the middle of the glass panels to test their strength. All the panels passed this test.
Strength and rigidity of openings
Whether or not the bars passed our probe test. Our tester tries to push a cylindrical steel probe through the bars at three locations at up to 150N (around 15kg) to see whether the bars are strong and rigid enough to stop a young child squeezing through.
All the fences were made of tubular aluminium, steel or safety glass.
Free of finger entrapment hazards
Although it's a minor issue, we check whether the metal fences have potential finger entrapment hazards. Most of them have open-ended tubes underneath the bottom rail which could trap a curious child's fingers. This field does not apply to glass panels.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Strength and rigidity of openings
- Passed strength of barrier components
- Free of finger entrapment hazards
- Panel height
- Panel width