I had purchased several different brands of baby gates over the years with my children and this one comes closest to ideal for me. Durability These gates are sturdy and will not break. The lever on it will not break if pulled too hard and never came loose. Walking over the gate and kicking it over and over again, it never budged. These gates are made strong and durable. Ease of Use The lever to open and close the gate to get it to fit the doorway is a bit tough at times to do. It definitely takes some muscle to get it tight, but for most people, I'd imagine it wouldn't be too hard. Other than that, it is simple. Put in place, move lever to adjust to the width of the doorway you want the gate in, and snap into place. Safety This gate is one basic unit with only a few added on pieces. It is thick and tough to move, so baby will never get it open and will never be able to pull any spare parts off of it, as they are locked in well and no screws or anything small is visible.