- Spring-loaded for easy use and feature a wide easy grip surface for quick parent access
- Spring ‘n release latches come in a pack of 10
- They are simple to install and easy to use
feedback I sent Saftey 1st:I recently bought your “spring ‘n release latches” and I feel compelled to inform you that the design is so thoughtless that is makes me doubt all of your other products.The design consists of a spring loaded plastic injected “latch” that interfaces with a plastic injected “catch”. A sloped surface on the latch is suppose to make contact with the catch causing the latch to deflect downward until it fully passes the catch as the door is completely closed. Once past the catch, the latch’s spring pushes the latch into the upward position. Unless a user pushes the latch down the catch will keep the door from opening.What is beyond comprehension about this design is that the catch does not have adequate sloping on the surface that is interfaced by the latch as the door is being closed from the full open position. What this results in is a very minute adjustment range that does not either cause the latch to crash into the catch and prevent door closure or or the latch being adjusted so low that the catch does not retain the door when a child attempts to open. After installing three of these assemblies and having to precisely tweak each latch to the perfect height to keep it from either not closing or not latching, I decided to remove all of your product and return to the store. I have serious doubts about them staying in proper adjustment for the years I intend to need them.As a mechanical engineer with many years of design experience, my only guess is that you had a summer intern design this product and then failed to do any testing or installation verification.There appears to be no reason why the ramping surface of the catch should have a near vertical face and then transition into only a short ramping region. Consider redesigning the catch so the latch can not crash to a dead stop and prevent door closure. This could be accomplished by removing most of the vertical surface on the catch where the latch is suppose to touch and bend down. This will make installation many times easier as well as reduce the need for readjustments and replacements later. From my estimate of installing three there appears to be less than a 1/16 of an inch in latch elevation that does not cause either no close or no lock.
Highs and Lows Compared With Four Other Cabinet/Drawer Latches
Magnetic cabinet/drawer locks, such asCabinet Locks: Magnetic Tot Lok Starter Setand Adhesive Mount Magnet Lock – Starter Set, are probably the best choice for protecting children from harm. But they are somewhat expensive (at least a few dollars each), and cannot be installed on certain cabinets/drawers. So here are my observations on five press-to-open latches & catches from four manufacturers. While all are less expensive than magnetic locks, children can defeat them more easily.Each has pluses and minuses, and you may want to buy several types for different locations in your home. Depending on the hardness of the wood or particle board of your cabinets/drawers, all may require drilling to install well. In addition, double-sided tape or tabs likeHenkel HU-5 Duck Double Sided Mounting Tabs, 60-Countare helpful for temporary positioning/testing, and a short Phillips screwdriver such as found inWilmar W80004 4 Piece Mini Stubby Screwdriver Setfacilitates turning the screws on the catches when mounting in a drawer.All the latches allow the cabinet/drawer to be opened slightly; they are listed in order from smallest to largest “allowable opening,” which I’ll define as the distance between the vertical plane drawn through the heads of the catch screws (to control for differences in the front-to-back thickness of the wood on which the catch is mounted) and the inside vertical part of the cabinet/drawer door.THIS PRODUCT [Safety 1st Spring n’ Release Latches (10 pk)]: Also available asSafety 1st Spring n’ Release Latches (3 pk). Has a metal spring to return the latch to an “up” position, unlike others here which rely on the flexibility of the shaft to do so. Includes double-sided tabs. HIGHS: The “allowable opening” is only about 1-1/4 inches. Relatively easy to install latch because screw holes are slot-shaped (which allows for some vertical movement). LOWS: After cabinet/drawer is partially opened by child, it’s possible that child can injure him/herself when attempting to reclose it. After cabinet/drawer is fully opened, probably need to press down on latch to close depending on how precisely it was installed. Must unscrew latch to disable it.American Red Cross Ultra Strong Metal Safety Cabinet Latch – 4 pack: The catch consists of a single screw installed at an angle, unlike the others here which have plastic catches with two screws. HIGHS: The “allowable opening” is only about 1-1/2 inches. Made of stainless steel, which is probably more durable than the plastic construction of other latches here. LOWS: Slightly difficult to install latch because screw holes are round (not slot-shaped). After cabinet/drawer is partially opened by child, it’s possible that child can injure him/herself when attempting to reclose it. After cabinet/drawer is fully opened, probably need to press down on latch to close. Although end of latch has plastic protector, the sides are somewhat sharp. Must unscrew latch to disable it.KidCo Swivel Cabinet & Drawer Lock 4ea: This is in the middle of the pack in having an “allowable opening” of 1-3/4 inches. HIGHS: Relatively easy to install latch and catch because screw holes are slot-shaped. Latch can be temporarily disengaged by twisting it 90 degrees (I see no purpose to turning it 180 degrees as in the manufacturer’s photo). LOWS: After cabinet/drawer is partially opened by child, it’s possible that child can injure him/herself when attempting to reclose it. After cabinet/drawer is fully opened, probably need to press down on latch to close (even though instructions say “automatically locks when closed”).Safe Lok Cabinet and Drawer Locks (6 pack) with Temporary Disable Feature by Mommy’s Helper: Plastic catch is 7/8″ in height, unlike other plastic catches here which are <3/8″ in height. HIGHS: Relatively easy to install latch and catch because screw holes are slot-shaped and because mounting template is provided for latch. After cabinet/drawer is partially opened by child, latch holds the door in open position, thus preventing injury upon reclosing door. (To unlatch, you have to push the door slightly in while pushing down on the latch, then pull the door.) After cabinet/drawer is fully opened, can close it without pressing on latch. Latch can be temporarily disabled by sliding it upwards from its bracket (alternatively, latch can be “permanently” installed without the bracket). LOWS: I was unable to confirm claim on front of package “allows cabinets and drawers to open only one inch”; each time I installed it, there was an “allowable opening” (as defined above) of 2″, tied for the most in this group.SAFETY 1st 14 Pack Wide Grip Latch: Also available asSafety 1st Wide Grip Latches (7 pk). Includes double-sided tabs. HIGHS: Relatively easy to install latch because screw holes are slot-shaped. After cabinet/drawer is fully opened, can close it without pressing on latch. LOWS: The “allowable opening” is about 2 inches. After cabinet/drawer is partially opened by child, it’s possible that child can injure him/herself when attempting to reclose it. Must unscrew latch to disable it.Purchase one or more of these from Amazon.com!
They work well!! My 1 year old spends hours trying to get them open. Hasn’t happened yet.
Terrible to Install, NOT Safe
There are two MAJOR reasons to avoid this product.First, installation is a mess. It’s nearly impossible to align the latch with the hook properly. Too high, and the door won’t close to engage the latch. Too low, and the latch doesn’t work, allowing the child to easily open it.Second, a hard yank will allow it to open even if it is installed properly. For some reason or another, the fast yank seems to cause the latch to fail, with easy access.The only pleasant part about them is that because they have short screws, they’re easy to remove and throw away.If these reasons aren’t enough to steer away from this latch system, I’m not sure what is. Horrible installation process, poor safety, poor functionality… If you aren’t ready to tear these out in a couple of days, then you must have gotten a miraculous batch.
We have had these installed on all our kitchen cabinets …
We have had these installed on all our kitchen cabinets. My husband installed them in an hour and they have now lasted over 9 months being opened and closed everyday. If I had one complaint, it would be that I wish they were a tad longer, but not enough for me to change the 5-star rating. I don’t know if people are expecting these latches to magically open when you say abracadabra or something, but these get the job done for the price.
I decided not to use these because the assembly would have been too much for me to install 50 of them
Wish I had read the reviews before buying. These latches are horrible and don’t work. The long part is secured with a single screw. IT SPINS ALLOWING THE CABINET TO OPEN. I have tightened them repeatedly. Absolutely useless. I now have to go to the hardware store, buy additional screws and install them or buy all new latches and re-drill.
Absolutely Terrible- do NOT buy!
As all of the other reviewers have said, the design of this product is so bad that even IF you are able to install it in the sweet spot (of around 1/8 inch) a solid pull will open the drawer anyway. The installation is also overly tedious and the hardware of low quality, go elsewhere.
The product is awesome. The need for it is a pain the rear. Growing up my parents never used such a thing. However, as upcoming resource parents I assume we’ll be required to have these. Therefore, I preemptively installed them. It took 4 hours to install all 10 plus 3 others, a different product. The other product I used was Safety 1st Latches. I didn’t know they were different. They came in a 14 pack from walmart. The spring and release ones I purchased here on amazon are far better quality.I had only 1 installation issue. As I was pre-drilling holes I drilled through our bathroom cabinet, the 2nd to the last one I was in stalling. 🙁 Oh well, standing up you don’t really notice it and I will eventually just fill it with some putty.The screws were fine as long as you predrilled.