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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.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
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