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Boon Flair ReviewPrice: $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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
— Jessica Stevenson & BabyGearLab Team
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