Tot Lock: The safest when installed properly. Also our favorite and the sturdiest. No finger pinching issue,Can be de-activated when not needed. Not supplied: you will need a 9/32 ” drill bit, #1(small)
The Most Common.
Plastic “Push Down” Latch: The type where you open the cabinet slightly, Feel for the latch and push down in the appropriate spot to free the cabinet door or draw, Come in many styles and varieties.
Kidco Latch: Very sturdy. Easy to line up. Versatile. Potential installation problems: After installing the catch you can’t get the drawer back into your countertop. Has too big of an overhang to reach latch once installed. The face of the cabinet door is so thin that the inside screws are going to come out the front side.
The Adhesive Latch: Designed to hold without screws. More than likely you are going to have to screw in the catch anyway. They cost about $6.00 ea. – which can be expensive if you are doing many cabinets. Other types are less expensive. Sometimes difficult to line up and once you’re stuck, you’re stuck Good for door stereo cabinets – The ones that children love to push in and pop out. We find that screwing into glass doors is not a good idea so we stick these on after carefully measuring where they need to go.
Plastic Latches: No Pinching! These plastic latches are designed to open slightly (like our most common latches). You can reach your finger in to open them but they stay frozen in that position until you push down to open or close it. Issues: Must be very exact in installation or they won’t work. More cumbersome to operate once your child learns how to not pinch their fingers anyway. Now you are stuck with a latch that is harder to operate.
Outside Latches: You know the ones. They hang like hideous trophies on the handles of your cabinet door they actually attract children to them as they are fun to swat at. Are they scratching the front of your cabinets? What do you do when you don’t have two handles next to each other? You’ve got to drop what you’re holding and use two hands. They don’t seem to keep the darn things closed very tight anyway, creating another finger pinching issue.
The COACH is a matchmaker. You have a cabinet, he’ll find the latch.