The Boon Flair Pedestal high chair is a funky, fun way to feed your baby in style. It is a heavy chair but still rolls around the kitchen with ease and is designed to adjust to various heights using a pneumatic lift. As it claims to be, it is effortless to clean, and there are no crevices for food to get caught. However, we found that all the food that didn't land in the chair ended up falling on the large, round base, and you had to wipe it up anyways. It is made of solid materials and will keep baby 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, this chair is unable to fold, meaning storage is not an option for this beauty, so be prepared to look at it until your little one reaches 4-years or 50 pounds. Read on to find out more about how this pricey pneumatic-lifting machine landed itself in our roundup of high chairs.
Boon Flair Review
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
Our Analysis and Test Results
Boon Inc., located in Chandler, Arizona, is a baby design and manufacturing company led by Rebecca Finell and Ryan Fernandez. The company started in 2004 with a desire to improve the baby bathtub and is now committed to producing a wide range of affordable and innovative baby gear. You can purchase their products online or at select retailers worldwide.
The Boon is a stylish and modern chair that can be adjusted to fit your kitchen table or bar height perfectly as needed.
Ease of Use
On first sight, this chair looks to be a futuristic, simplistic product that appears quite easy to use thanks to its lack of gizmos and gadgets; there aren't any excessive hidden buttons or levers to confuse first-time parents. Only one brightly colored foot button for the height adjustment and a single foot brake adorn the base. This chair accommodates children up to 4-years or 50 pounds. Although the pneumatic lift allows for the freedom of custom height adjustments, 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 note that the footrest is "useless" as most children within the age/weight limit cannot reach it. The chair's pad is quite easy to clean but does not offer much in the way of comfort.
Ease of Cleaning
The shiny finishes and futuristic design of the Flair certainly help it live up to its name. However, while the chair has nice materials and finishes, the pneumatic lift was troublesome from the very beginning, putting a big damper on quality. Once you assemble the chair, it can be challenging to work the pneumatic lift, almost to the point where it seems impossible. After contacting customer service, the company willingly sent out a new chair. However, much to our disappointment, the new product had the same issue with the lift.
The tray is another point of concern. Other users mention their concerns about the sturdiness of the tray, and we can understand why. There is no track for it to enter into, only two small cutouts on either side of the chair where the tray attaches. We feel that it would be easy for a fussy toddler to upset the tray on accident.
Ease of Set Up
Set up time is average when compared to the other chairs we tested. It takes about 8 minutes to put together, with the most cumbersome part of it all being the number of screws required and having to follow just average instructions. Replacing the cylinder that Boon shipped out to us took about an additional five minutes to install.
Footprint and Portability
This chair will work best in a modern kitchen with smooth floors and lots of extra floor space. Also, this is a very large chair, and there are few more things to consider. Not only will the delivery box weigh a lot, but it is also not feasible to be moving this chair around the house and especially not up or down stairs on a regular basis.
At $250, this chair falls in the upper middle of the group regarding price. However, we think it is overpriced for the quality and possible frustration that comes along.
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.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig