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Graco Blossom Review

An easy to clean, versatile 4-in-1 seating system that can accommodate children in various ages and stages
Graco Blossom
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Price:   $190 List | $119.99 at Amazon
Pros:  4-in-1 system, wheels work well, wipes clean easily
Cons:  complicated buckling system, heavy, doesn't fold for storage
Manufacturer:   Graco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Ellis  ⋅  Jun 20, 2018
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  • Ease of Use - 30% 7
  • Ease of Cleaning - 25% 7
  • Quality - 25% 5
  • Ease of Set Up - 10% 4
  • Footprint/ Portability - 10% 2

The Skinny

The Graco Blossom is an easy to clean, easy to assemble, comfortable high chair. The baby was happy while seated in the infant seat, and thanks to a feature unique to Graco, the 4-in-1 system allowed us to seat an older child in the included booster seat simultaneously. Although the chair was the heaviest of the bunch we tested, we liked how the wheels maneuvered easily around the tile kitchen floor. We did not, however, like how little the brakes were on the back two wheels, and it proved difficult to have to lock or unlock the brakes every time, especially while the baby was waiting to eat. The 5-point buckling system was a nice safety feature, but we found it to be quite complicated, and other reviewers noted they would typically convert it to a 3-point harness for that reason. For families with a baby and a toddler who need a multi-function chair, consider this.

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Pros 4-in-1 system, wheels work well, wipes clean easilyEasy to use, easy to clean, good up to 60lbsLong lifespan, quality construction, useful featuresPrice, folds for storage, wipe cleanEasy clean-up, inexpensive, reclines, 2-in-1 booster, durable
Cons complicated buckling system, heavy, doesn't fold for storageLarge footprint, harder to set up, priceyHarder to assemble, heavierLarge footprint when open, stiff tray, fabric not machine washableTray does not lay flat, does not fold, tray can be tricky
Bottom Line An easy to clean, versatile 4-in-1 seating system that can accommodate children in various ages and stagesA straightforward and useful high chair that is easy to clean and use, but it is larger and costs moreFunctional high chair with long term potential as adult chair and step stool with useful features for feeding babyAn inexpensive chair that folds for storing out of the way and offers the features you need for basic feeding of babies and toddlersAn affordable sturdy option that will get the job done
Rating Categories Graco Blossom OXO Tot Sprout Chair Abiie Beyond Wooden Graco Slim Snacker... Graco SimpleSwitch
Ease Of Use (30%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
Ease Of Cleaning (25%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
4.0
6.0
Quality (25%)
5.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
5.0
Ease Of Set Up (10%)
4.0
5.0
3.0
6.0
5.0
Footprint Portability (10%)
2.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Graco Blossom OXO Tot Sprout Chair Abiie Beyond Wooden Graco Slim Snacker... Graco SimpleSwitch
Use Range Infant to 60 lbs 6mo-5y or 60 lbs 6mo-12y+
Max weight: 250 lbs
Up to 3y (no minimum age)
Max weight: 40 lbs
Highchair: Up to 37 lbs
Booster: Up to 60 lbs
Harness 3 and 5-point 5-point 3 and 5-point 3 and 5-point 3 and 5-point
Dimensions 28.5"L x 22.5"W x 42"H 23"L x 16.5"W x 37"H 21.5"L x 17.5"W x 35"H 35"L x 21"W x 41"H 28.5"L x 23.5"W x 43"H
Footprint 4.5 sqft 2.6 sqft 2.6 sqft 5.1 sqft 4.7 sqft
Weight 28.6 lbs 20.9 lbs 18.3 lbs 14 lbs 16.3 lbs

Our Analysis and Test Results

Graco, based out of Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1942 and initially manufactured machine and car parts. Their claim to fame is that they invented the world's first wind-up, automatic baby swing in 1955 after the owner of the company was watching his wife struggle to keep baby asleep in a rocking chair while she read a book. Quickly, the company began pioneering other baby products, and soon after that, the Pack n'Play was born. Today, Graco is a well-known company in the world of babies, and they manufacture a multitude of quality products.

Performance Comparison



Baby enjoying a meal in the versatile Graco Blossom.
Baby enjoying a meal in the versatile Graco Blossom.
Credit: Jessica Stevenson

Ease of Use


The Blossom excelled in this category. It has a fairly intuitive design, and we can tell you from experience that once you have had your hand on various pieces of baby equipment, you'll no doubt find this piece of gear to be relatively easy to use. The one part that did trip us up a bit was the 5-point restraint system, and we feel it is too complicated to use with a squirmy baby. Luckily, it converts to a 3-point restraint system, so we (along with lots of other reviewers) opted to go that route. In no way does it compromise baby's safety while in the chair, but if you feel more comfortable using the shoulder straps for your little one, the option is there.

The 5-point restraint system on the Graco Blossom was secure, but...
The 5-point restraint system on the Graco Blossom was secure, but cumbersome to latch on a squirmy baby.
Credit: Jessica Stevenson

Regarding growing with your baby, you really can't beat the 4-in-1 feature. The chair itself accommodates up to 60 pounds, so it can potentially be used for years to come, and with more than one child at once. If you're using the high chair feature, you still have a separate booster seat that can strap securely to a dining chair for an older sibling. Or you can take the seat off and clip it right into the booster so baby can join you at the table. If you do this, you'll have a youth chair that can push up to the table and can hold up to 60 lbs! Overall, it is an easy-to-use chair with lots of options.

Under the seat cushion of the Graco Blossom there were no crevices...
Under the seat cushion of the Graco Blossom there were no crevices for food to hide in.
Credit: Jessica Stevenson

Ease of Cleaning


We find this chair to be reasonably easy to clean. The extra insert in the infant seat is easily removable and can be machine washed. However, the main seat cushion must be wiped down by hand, which we did not think was a big deal as the insert catches most of the mess anyway. The snack tray is dishwasher safe but was so large that we opted to wash that by hand as well. What we like best is that if any food happens to get caught under the seat cushion, it is easy to lift and wipe down the plastic base.

Quality


The Blossom also performs well in regards to quality. The frame is nice and sturdy, not even budging when our 50-pound older-sibling tester climbed up to test out the child seat.

The finish of the legs is a nice gray/black color rather than a shiny white metal, as so many other high chairs tend to sport. Additionally, the material of the seat cushion is soft against baby's skin and easy to wipe clean.

The cushy seat padding and added insert on the Blossom gave baby a...
The cushy seat padding and added insert on the Blossom gave baby a comfortable place to enjoy her meal.
Credit: Jessica Stevenson

One downfall is that the crotch restraint is attached to the tray, and this seems to be an issue for two reasons: 1. It makes the tray quite heavy when removed, and 2. Baby tends to slide down a bit, especially when reclined. So, the harness is the only thing keeping baby securely in the chair, and other users reported their baby having issues with slipping and also causes problems when removing the tray for cleaning. It leaves the baby in the chair in the meantime, and since it was helping hold them in, it doesn't feel comfortable doing so.

Competitors like the Peg Perego Siesta have passive crotch restraints that are attached directly to the seat rather than the tray, and we much prefer that style.

Ease of Set Up


The Blossom took us just under 12 minutes to assemble right out of the box, which was average when compared to other chairs in the review. Although set up was not too bad, and only required two screws, we feel that the manual is a bit more complicated than necessary, as it presents the directions in two languages at once. We think that the instructions skipped one or two steps, but it wasn't anything we couldn't figure out on our own.

Footprint and Portability


This category is where the Blossom struggles the most. Due to its large footprint, heavyweight, and inability to fold, it does not perform as well as the other chairs. It is one of our heaviest chairs, weighing almost 29 pounds. However, we appreciate that its great wheels make it easy to maneuver around the kitchen despite its weight.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Ellis

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