Infantino 4-in-1 Convertible High Chair Review
Pros: Intriguing to baby, versatile long term use, booster, divided tray
Cons: Lower quality, stiffer parts, pickable foam
Our Analysis and Test Results
Infantino creates baby products including intriguing toys, high chairs, and baby carriers. The company includes real-life moms and dads, as well as some grandparents, giving them insights into parenting and the kind of products required for raising little ones. The Infantino company focuses on safety and tries to use harm-free materials.
Ease of Use
The Infantino is harder to operate and make adjustments on than some of the competition. The seat recline and the tray removal are stiffer than the competition and all the joints and springs aren't as flexible and ready to move.
The tray has a built-in plate and cup holder design that is useful for snack feeding and we like the idea of avoiding extra dishes if you put food right on the tray.
The harness on this chair can be used as a 3 or 5-point configuration and both are easy to operate even with a baby in the seat. Reclining the seatback is useful for younger babies, but in our tests, the method is stiff and easier to do before you put your little one in the chair. The Infantino uses low-density foam padding for the cushion, which creates a soft place for baby to sit, but the foam on our seat was easy to pick at and we wonder how long it will remain in one piece as your little one grows.
This chair also converts to a booster and toddler chair as your little one grows, giving it a potentially longer lifespan than some of the simpler less expensive choices in this review. Little ones were drawn to the design and adorable graphics of this chair and we can imagine them using it long after the high chairs are over (up to 50 lbs).
Ease of Cleaning
The Infantino chair can be cleaned with a damp cloth using mild soap and water, this includes the graphics and cushion. We suspect there is a chance the designer of this chair has never given food to a toddler because it is designed with more than its share of nooks and crannies for food and gunk to migrate to and hide in. After testing, we suspect there is a good chance this chair will get gross rather quickly compared to some of the easier to clean competitors.
The tray insert with the food dividers and cup holder is dishwasher top-rack safe which is a plus as you may want to use this daily in place of dishware, but we think it is just as easy to hose this off in the sink right after feeding and letting air dry to increase the longevity of the material. Overall, cleaning will be a chore and might require ingenuity and added time.
Sadly, this option isn't the highest quality and it struggled to match even the cheapest competitor by way of materials and construction in our tests. We specifically worry that the foam isn't going to survive long enough to function as a toddler chair and find it is easy to pick apart and feel most kids definitely will at some point. Also, the moving parts, don't move as smoothly as they logically should and this results in a stiff operating chair that might cause frustration for parents on a daily basis. Overall, the look is unquestionably the most irresistible to children, but the quality might be a no-go for parents if that is what you desire above all else.
Ease of Set Up
This chair is one of the easiest in the group to assemble with clearly labeled parts, good instructions, and parts that literally snap together. We suspect some parents might even be able to get this chair setup without cracking the instructions open for a look-see.
Footprint and Portability
This chair has a relatively wide footprint even if the design makes it feel slimmer and less intrusive than the visually bulkier competition. It measures 32"L x 24"W x 41"H in our tests which is about average, neither slim nor obtrusive. This unit has wheels on the two front legs which make it easy to move on smooth surfaces without the worry of free movement four wheels might create.
The legs of this high chair also fully detach to become a booster for use in a standard chair. While not truly a travel device, we can see taking it to your local restaurant in the car to avoid using a grimy public highchair and definitely think it is useful as your child grows and is ready to sit at the main table. These features greatly increase the value of the chair and it is one of the least expensive products in the review that offers long-term use past toddlerhood.
— Wendy Schmitz