The 10 Best Gate Latches
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in August of 2019. Though it can often be an afterthought during a major fence installation, a good gate latch can both boost your property's curb appeal and bolster its security. Our rankings for this category cover an array of options, including everything from common gravity levers and simple hook-and-eye apparatuses, to locking options that can help protect your possessions and keep your children safe. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
December 07, 2020:
In order to meet a range of needs, we have kept both simple and more secure choices at this time. When it comes to the former, we replaced the Tibres Hook and Eye, choosing instead the Raswik Hook and Eye. They're similar, but the Raswik version boasts a lower price, which is a good thing considering this model's relatively lightweight construction. We did keep the Alise Safety and the Iron Valley Flip, however.
When looking at these uncomplicated, budget-friendly options, we didn't focus too much on their mounting hardware. Most budget models ensure a low price by including screws that aren't exactly top notch; if you opt for one of these, you may want to consider providing your own high-quality screws. The same goes for many gate hinges, too.
As for pricier, more robust choices, the Yardlock Keyless still makes the cut, since it provides security that flimsy latches just can't match. Note, though, that you'll want to install it carefully, since improper mounting could cause it to malfunction.
If it's a child-safe choice you're looking for, you might consider instead the D&D Technologies MagnaLatch Alert, which we have added in place of the MagnaLatch Series 3. It has both an audible alarm and a flashing LED that let you know when the gate is left unlatched, as well as an alert function that beeps to let you know someone is entering or exiting. And for simplicity's sake, a locksmith can rekey it to match other locks in you home.
October 09, 2019:
It might not be the first feature up for consideration when imagining your dream home, but a gate latch is a simple installation that can inject your property with both beauty and utility. You trust them to help keep your pets in the yard, and keep burglars out of it. On the way to your front door, it might be the first part of your home that a guest interacts with. All this to say: when it comes time to pick one, don’t go taking the decision lightly.
A few things to keep in mind while shopping the category:
Purpose: What’s this gate latch's goal? If you’re trying to keep people on one side of it, will a bolt that can be disengaged from inside suffice? Or, would a keyed option that allows entry from outside be more practical? If your aim is to keep children safe, how childproof is that model?
Compatibility: This is an especially important concern when it comes to options for two-way gates, such as the RanchEx 102550, which require a specified minimum space between gate and post to function properly. Other styles of latch will only jibe with gates that swing in a specified direction. Do your due diligence and ensure that the latch you’re looking at fits properly with the gate it’s going to be paired with.
Material: Common choices for latch material include stainless steel, iron, brass, and copper. While this consideration might superficially seem like a style choice, there’s a bit more to the equation. The material your latch is constructed with will speak directly to the strength it has to offer you. The environment in which it is to be installed can also be a concern, as some offerings (including ones made of cast iron) are more prone to corrosion near large bodies of saltwater.
Honey Wood Home Iron The Honey Wood Home Iron has a rustic, vintage appeal that will blend in with most farmhouse-style decor. Although you can find relatively similar latches for less, it is finished by hand, with a huge range of custom colors to select from, including gold or white. etsy.com