Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair Review
Pros: Long lifespan, quality construction, useful features
Cons: Harder to assemble, heavier
Our Analysis and Test Results
Abiie is the creator of "parenting products" hailing from Austin, Texas. They employ a team of engineers who strive to create products to enhance families' lives and raise children with easy-to-use parenting solutions. They hope to design products that integrate functionality and features with safety and aesthetics in mind.
Ease of Use
This chair is a versatile option that has several different adjustment points depending on the age of the user and skill level. Depending on what you need, this high chair can work for babies, toddlers, children, or adults, and it can pull up to a table or a counter height island.
The adjustments are easy to make with no tools, and it feels sturdy, like something you'd really use as your child ages, instead of something an engineer thought would make it more marketable.
The plastic tray cover on this chair is easy to remove but not as smooth to get back in place. There are two buttons on the sides and slots to slide it into. While not challenging, it is somewhat stiff, and we think there is some potential for pinching if you aren't careful or observant.
The Abiie has a 5-point harness (can also be used as a 3-point) that is easy to adjust, even with a little one in the chair. The seat has 4 height options, and the footrest has 5. It can be used as a high chair, toddler chair, step stool, or chair for an adult.
Ease of Cleaning
This tray is designed with cleanliness in mind, from the Anti-microbial heat sterilization of the wood to the thoughtful design of the padding and tray for easy cleaning. For anyone who has ever fed a child or watched a toddler feed themselves, you know messes are part of the deal. This chair comes with a stain-resistant, waterproof cushion that easily wipes clean with a wet cloth. The entire pad can be removed, so nothing gets stuck underneath or in any crack. You can even give it a good spray down in the shower if you need to! The plastic tray removes with one hand and is easy to hand wash or plop in the dishwasher (we recommend handwashing of all plastic for longevity).
The chair itself does have some cracks and crevices where food and liquids could get trapped or hide. But many of the parts are removable, exposing most locations where gunk can collect.
This chair has much in common with other more popular adjustable wood high chairs we've seen and tested. With similar adjustability and longevity, it is easy to place them side by side with similar expectations. While we think this is a fine, quality option compared to most chairs, it isn't as sleek or finished looking as the similar options we've seen. However, it feels durable, sturdy, long-lasting, and all the moving parts and foam on our chair worked as they should without a hiccup. We suspect that most parents will be more than happy with the Abiie sitting front and center at their dinner table, given the savings over similar chairs.
Ease of Set Up
This high chair has a longer setup time than much of the competition that often comes pre-assembled at least partially. The instructions are useful, but we've seen better. We noticed it is very important to assemble the chair on a level surface before tightening all of the bolts to avoid creating an uneven leg-related wobble. Luckily, you only need to set this chair up once as the adjustments after that are quick with no tools.
Footprint and Portability
As a mostly wood chair, you can bet this option isn't a lightweight product, but it isn't as heavy as you might expect, with an overall weight of only 4 lbs over most of the competition at near 18 lbs. However, the footprint is smaller at 21.5"L x 17.5"W, compared to the chairs with wide-leg placement. It is small enough to move easily through doorways, and we had no trouble moving it from room to room.
— Wendy Schmitz