Graco Slim Snacker High Chair Review
Pros: Price, folds for storage, wipe clean
Cons: Large footprint when open, stiff tray, fabric not machine washable
Our Analysis and Test Results
Graco was founded in 1942 by two men in Philadelphia, PA, specializing in car parts fabrication. When one partner left the company, the remaining owner shifted the company toward baby gear and hired an engineer to help with designs. Graco's first baby gear was an infant swing inspired by outdoor gliders common in that era. Seemingly overnight, Graco became the leading manufacturer of baby goods, offering strollers, high chairs, car seats, and more.
Ease of Use
The Slim Snacker is a mixed bag when it comes to ease of use. Some features are easy enough, like the folding of the chair to store and the storage hammock for essential items you may need for entertainment or assistance while feeding. However, other things are somewhat more challenging.
Nothing is terrible or prohibitively difficult, but it isn't as straightforward simple as some of the other contenders we tested. The chair will stand on its own when folded (above left), but you need to remove the tray when folding. What do you do with this tray? You'll need to store it somewhere other than with the high chair, which is a bummer.
Ease of Cleaning
Unfortunately, this Graco has seat fabric that is not machine washable and can only be cleaned with a damp cloth. The seat pad can be washed in cold water on a delicate cycle, but it needs to drip dry, which will take time and could result in no pad during some feeding. Cleaning the chair is primarily a damp cloth wiping experience, and there are many places for food and gunk to hide or get trapped. There is no easy way to get the chair apart for cleaning, but the main open surfaces are quick to wipe clean with soap and water. In general, it pales compared to other chairs that have covers you can machine wash or fewer places for food to hide.
The Graco chair is similar to the quality you'd expect from the budget brand. While adequate quality-wise, it struggles to compete next to much of the higher-end competitors. It is likely good enough to get you through the toddler years, and we think it could last for more than one child, but we suspect it won't survive in the same level of style or functionality as a new chair or some of the nicer competition in this review. Things like the stiff tray could potentially become stiffer, and the unwashable fabric could grow too gross to use.
Ease of Set Up
Everything with this chair snaps together easily and is fairly intuitive. However, nothing is labeled, and the instructions are subpar compared to some of the competition. We think most parents will manage just fine, but the lack of labeling is frustrating.
Footprint and Portability
While this chair folds quickly in half into a self-standing chair that is relatively slim for storing, it is pretty huge and takes up a significant amount of floor space when open. It measures 35"L x 21"W x 41"H when open, and when closed, the larger base and feet prevent it from fitting anywhere truly narrow. Also, remember you need to remove the tray before folding and storing, which means having a dedicated location for the tray if you plan to hide the chair in a closet or pantry regularly.
The chair is fairly lightweight and easy enough to move around the room with a weight of 14 lbs, making it one of the lightest we've tested. The feet glide smoothly on flat surfaces.
— Wendy Schmitz