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Boon Flair Review

Price:   $250.00 List | $243.53 at Amazon
Pros:  Simplistic design, easy-to-clean seat and tray, holds up to 50 pounds
Cons:  No recline option, hard-to-adjust pneumatic lift, big base
Bottom line:  Love the modern design elements, but not how some of those elements failed to impress with their lack of functionality.
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Manufacturer:   Boon

The Skinny

The Boon Flair Pedestal high chair is a funky, fun way to feed your baby in style. It is a heavy chair that will easily roll around your kitchen and is designed to easily adjust heights using a pneumatic lift. As it claims to be, it is extremely easy to clean, and there really are no crevices to get food caught in. However, we found that all the food that didn't get caught in the chair ended up landing on the large, round base, and we just ended up having to bend over to clean that. It is made of solid materials, and our baby felt comfortable sitting upright for meals. At 18 months old, our little tester could not reach the footrest, but did enjoy being able to sit at counter-height with siblings who were on stools. Unlike the Peg Perego Siesta, you won't be able to fold up and store this beauty, so be prepared to look at it until you are done with it, or when your baby reaches 4 years, or 50 pounds. Read on to find out more about how this pricey pneumatic-lifting machine landed itself 7th out of 9 in our roundup of high chairs.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Jessica Stevenson & BabyGearLab Team

Last Updated:
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May 21, 2015

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The Boon Flair Pedestal high chair could be exactly what you're looking for in your modern kitchen. It will easily roll around your solid floor (ours had some slight hiccups catching on tile, but not hardwood), and does have a convenient foot brake, something we definitely appreciated. All surfaces on this chair will wipe down easily, and you can even put the seat 'cushion' in the dishwasher if need be! The desired pneumatic lift was touchy at best for us, and always required some muscle to operate. Be aware that this chair does not store or fold at all, and takes up a considerable amount of space on your floor (and an awkward circle space at that). Below, we'll cover the five ratings metrics we used to grade this chair against competitors.
The Boon Flair Pedestal high chair had lots of different  custom height settings  depending on where you like to feed baby.
The Boon Flair Pedestal high chair had lots of different, custom height settings, depending on where you like to feed baby.


About Boon


Boon Inc., located in Chandler, Arizona, is a baby design and manufacturing company led by Rebecca Finell and Ryan Fernandez. The company, which all started with a desire to improve the baby bathtub, is committed to producing affordable and innovative baby gear. Their products can be purchased online or at select retailers worldwide.

Performance Comparison



Ease of Use


At first glance, this is a futuristic, simplistic chair that appears quite easy to use due to it's lack of gadgets. There aren't any excessive hidden buttons or levers to confuse first time parents. Only one brightly colored foot button, and one foot brake. This chair will accommodate kids up to 4 years, or 50 pounds, so it can hold quite a bit of weight. And although it has custom height adjustments due to the pneumatic lift, it does not have any recline or footrest adjustment options, like the Graco Blossom does. Our baby tester, at 31" long, could not reach the footrest yet, and other online reviewers noted that the footrest was "useless". The chair's pad was quite easy to clean, as we'll cover in the next section, but did not offer much in the way of comfort. All in all, the Flair earned a 4 of 10 when compared to our other chairs.

Ease of Cleaning


The insert of the Boon was a rubbery piece that was easy to wipe clean  but still got food stuck below it after every meal.
More food stuck inside the groove of the harness.
 
Although easy enough to wipe down, it ended up earning a 6 of 10 in our ease of cleaning metric for two main reasons. First, we were not a fan of having to clean the large, round base of this chair. This flat surface had a tendency to catch drips, crumbs, and spills that the small tray could not catch. Additionally, it collected footprints and dirt from using your feet to not only set the brake, but also operate the pneumatic lift.

Second, the five point harness was removable and easy enough to wash in the sink, but literally collected food inside the buckle at every single meal. We appreciate that the harness is easy to remove for cleaning, but it is not realistic to remove and clean it after every meal.

Quality


The 5-point restraint system and super sturdy crotch restraint built right into the Boon chair.
The 5-point restraint system and super sturdy crotch restraint built right into the Boon chair.
The shiny finishes and futuristic design of the Flair certainly help it live up to its name. Although the chair had nice materials and finishes, we had issues with the pneumatic lift from the beginning, putting a big damper on quality. Once the chair was assembled we found it very difficult to work the pneumatic lift, to the point where it got to be impossible. The company willingly sent out a new chair, which to our disappointment, had the exact same issue with the pneumatic lift.

Upon talking to a very helpful customer service agent, we were able to determine that the problem was due to the oil settling in the wrong place during storage and shipment, which apparently is not that uncommon of a problem. Instead of shipping out a third chair, they tested a new cylinder at the company to make sure it worked, and shipped us just that replacement part. After about 5 minutes we were able to replace the part, and the chair worked as promised. Two thumbs up for courteous and quick customer service, but a big thumbs down for even having to deal with this process, especially while you have a hungry toddler waiting in the wings!

Additionally, we noticed that other online reviewers were concerned about the sturdiness of the tray, and we felt the same way. There was no track for the tray to enter into; it only had two small cutouts on either side of the chair that the tray hooked into. After all of this, it earned itself a 5 of 10 for quality.

Ease of Set Up


Our set up was average when compared to the other chairs we tested. Overall, it earned itself a 6 of 10 for this metric, taking us about 8 minutes to put together, the most cumbersome part of it all being the number of screws it required. We found the instructions to be just average as well. Replacing the cylinder that Boon shipped out to us took about an additional five minutes.

Footprint and Portability


The underside of the Boon base.
The underside of the Boon base.
The Flair features six urethane castors (wheels) on its 543 square inch base, something none of our other chairs could match. There was one foot brake to control all six castors at once, although we found that even when the brake was applied, the wheels still had a small amount of movement. Additionally, there was no way to tell if the brake was set once you applied it, only by trying to push the chair around. This is a very heavy chair and did not have the ability to fold for storage. For all these reasons, it earned itself a lowly 4 of 10 when compared to the other chairs we tested.

Best Applications


This chair would be best suited in a modern kitchen with smooth floors and lots of floor space. Also, this is a heavy chair, so not only will the delivery box weigh a lot, but it also wouldn't be a feasible option if you need to move the chair up or down stairs on a regular basis.

Value


For one of the most expensive of the nine we tested ($250 list price), it still scored on the lower side of things. We didn't find the price to be worth the value and/or possible frustration that came with this chair.

Conclusion


Baby sat at a good height to enjoy dinners around the table  even with her own tray.
Baby sat at a good height to enjoy dinners around the table, even with her own tray.
If you're wanting a modern, futuristic chair, you could check out the Boon Flair. You will enjoy how sleek it looks, and how it is able to roll around in just about every direction in your kitchen. The tray, although small, does actually fit in your dishwasher, and the company provides two extra tray covers with purchase. If you're looking for something a bit more lightweight but still with a sleek design, consider the Summer Infant Bentwood, which also offers the option of folding for storage.

Other Versions and Accessories


Boon Inc. offers lots of quirky, unique feeding options for baby, but at this time the Flair is their only high chair, and it is available in two color combinations.

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