Keekaroo Height Right with Infant Insert Review
Pros: Looks like furniture, grows with baby, easy to clean
Cons: Complicated assembly, small snack tray, doesn't fold to store
Our Analysis and Test Results
Keekaroo was founded in Dolgeville, NY, a small town at the foothills of the Adirondacks, and is still located there today. From product design to manufacturing labor, they work closely with their small town in the heart of Central New York. Their "Comfort Cushions" and "Infant Inserts" are proudly made in the USA. They also manufacture quality high chairs, kid chairs, boosters, and diaper pads. Their products are sold through select online or retail stores and are all JPMA Certified for safety. Additionally, all products come with a five-year warranty.
Ease of Use
The Height Right is made for use with babies 6-months and older, but can be used all the way through adulthood with its 250-pound weight limit! It incorporates a 3-point harness with a removable pelvic belt that is easily adjustable and features a one-hand release button.
The infant insert is easy to remove when baby has grown out of it and made in the USA with a super durable material (the same material used in the medical and special needs markets). The snack tray effortlessly slides in and out of the side attachments, which is also easily removable with the provided Allen Wrench when your baby outgrows the tray.
Ease of Cleaning
Like many other regular pieces of household "dining furniture", this chair does not sport any fabric. Although the fabric is a nice touch when dealing with babies and their comfort, it is not always the easiest to keep clean. The Keekaroo and the infant insert both wipe clean with ease, and although food can get stuck under the infant insert, it is a simple thing to loosen the straps and lift the whole piece up to clean underneath. One minor issue we did have was some food getting stuck in the velcro patches that hold the infant insert in place. However, we are generally pleased with how simple and quick it wipes clean.
We find the quality of this chair to be quite high. It is sturdy and stable, and while sitting in the infant insert, our toddler tester had great posture and excellent seating ergonomics. Since the baby is seated perfectly upright and not reclined, there is no danger of slipping out once you remove the tray. The passive crotch restraint on the infant insert adds an extra level of security. Of course, always stay close to your baby and never leave an infant unattended in a high chair.
We cannot say enough good things about the infant insert piece, which promises to be peel and tear-resistant and find it amazingly durable just as the company promises (we did try to puncture it with a fork, and couldn't manage to make a dent). Additionally, this chair is JPMA Certified to the highest safety standards to give you even more peace of mind.
Ease of Set Up
Unfortunately, this is where the Keekaroo took a big hit. Out of all the chairs tested, it is one of the most difficult to put together. Set up time was the longest; it took us a whopping 32 minutes. Although the instructions are pretty clear, they aren't that intuitive.
Footprint and Portability
The chair has a nice, small footprint, at only 470 square inches. When pushed in, it fit right in around our table with the other wooden dining chairs. And although it does not come with wheels as many of the other chairs do, we did not find it difficult to move around, and it even slides nicely over a tile floor. If you have hardwood floors, you may want to consider protective pads, much like you would put on regular dining chairs. At 21.1 pounds, it is right in the middle of the pack regarding weight. However, the ease in which we were able to maneuver this chair into and away from the table makes weight a non-issue.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig