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Peg Perego Siesta Review

Peg Perego Siesta
Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $300.00 List | $299.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Quality materials, easy to clean, folds for storage, auto-lock brakes
Cons:  Heavy, expensive
Bottom line:  A well-built, easy to clean, foldable high chair that both you and your baby will enjoy using.
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Use Range:  Recliner: Birth to 19.8 lbs Upright: 6 mos to 45 lbs
Harness:  5-point
Dimensions:  29.2"L x 23.5"W x 41.2"H
Manufacturer:   Peg Perego

The Skinny

The Peg Perego Siesta is a beautiful high chair that you can use with your baby right from day one. It's soft padding, and easy-to-clean seat upholstery will keep your baby comfy all through mealtime. With the 5-point restraint and passive crotch bar built right into the chair, you will be confident that your baby is safely secured. As an added safety feature, this chair features an auto-lock brake system that is controlled by hand at the top of the chair, rather than down on the wheels - super convenient in our book. There are many different options for height, footrest, and recline adjustments to help you find the most comfortable way to feed your baby.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig

Last Updated:
Wednesday
June 20, 2018

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The Peg Perego Siesta is one in a line up of three different high chairs, all manufactured by the Italian company. It is a beautifully-made and versatile chair. Its soft, leather-like seat (which they've lovingly dubbed Prima Classe, or "First Class") will not only keep baby cozy and comfortable from birth on through the toddler years but is also a breeze to keep clean by simply wiping down with a damp cloth. It features a unique 'auto-lock' system on the brakes not seen on any of the other eight chairs we tested, and from the very first brake, we were in love. Our toddler tester never once put up a fight when we were slipping her into this deluxe seat (granted, she knew she was about to be fed), and often enjoyed using the adjustable footrest to sit back and relax. Now, we invite you to do the same while we share our testing experience.
The snack tray on the Siesta offers plenty of space and room for a cup.  The lip around the edge of the tray helps prevent small spills from making it onto the floor.
The snack tray on the Siesta offers plenty of space and room for a cup. The lip around the edge of the tray helps prevent small spills from making it onto the floor.

About Peg Perego


Since 1949, the Perego family has been designing and manufacturing baby equipment out of their Italian based company. After they experienced great success selling their products in Europe, they decided to test their luck in the USA market and began selling products out of New York in the early 1960's. Today, their United States Headquarters produces more than 4,000 units a day and features an in-house customer service center, as well as a distribution center, warehousing, and business offices. The company takes pride in the fact that from beginning to end, from design conception to shipment, their products never leave the Peg Perego family, ensuring their top-notch quality and craftsmanship.

Performance Comparison


The Siesta is a luxurious high chair that topped out the competition regarding versatility and features.

Ease of Use


The five-point restraint is easily released with one hand while the passive crotch restraint stays in place as part of the seat.
The five-point restraint is easily released with one hand while the passive crotch restraint stays in place as part of the seat.
The Peg Perego Siesta, being our Editors' Choice Award Winner, was, of course, one of our favorite chairs to use. Right from the start, it proved to be an alluring seat for placing baby. Once we sat baby inside, she was temporarily supported by the passive crotch restraint that is built into the seat while we got her buckled up in the 5-point harness. The straps were nice and wide, and pretty heavy duty. They were slightly more difficult to adjust than the straps of the Keekaroo Height Right, but on the flip side, we appreciated that the adjustment wouldn't loosen once we got it where it needed to be. Some users reported that the straps were difficult to get on to a squirmy toddler, but we did not find them any more difficult than any of the other 5-point restraint systems. Yes, it is going to take a couple of seconds to buckle, but we don't think this is something to be concerned about as it will happen in any seat. We also appreciate that after you buckle in baby, there is a one-hand release feature that allows you to press and release when mealtime is over.

At 18 months and 31" long  baby's legs were not long enough to reach the footrest on the Siesta.  However  using the black lever on the sides of the footrest  you can easily move it up so that baby is sitting with her legs straight out instead of dangling.
At 18 months and 31" long, baby's legs were not long enough to reach the footrest on the Siesta. However, using the black lever on the sides of the footrest, you can easily move it up so that baby is sitting with her legs straight out instead of dangling.
Our toddler tester definitely didn't have any complaints when it was time to sit down for dinner. The padding of the seat cushion sufficiently supported baby's back and bottom. There was even padding on the sides and under the knees to provide optimal comfort and perfect positioning. Although our tester was too short to reach the footrest, we were able to adjust it straight out so she could still rest her legs. Moreover, with five recline positions and nine different height positions, you'll easily find the setting that's just right for you and your baby. This chair truly does grow with your child from infant to 45-pound toddler with ease.

Ease of Cleaning


Luckily  those sneaky food-collecting creases in the seat cushion were super easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Luckily, those sneaky food-collecting creases in the seat cushion were super easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.
The upholstery is something special, and it's easy to see why Peg has dubbed it "first class" material. Not only is it nice to look at, but is also stain resistant, easy to clean, removable and quite durable overall. Simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth and neutral detergent. Users report having no issues with the long-term durability, even after heavy use and multiple daily cleanings. Be aware that there are slight folds along the edge of the seat for food and crumbs to get stuck in, much like any other chair with a seat cover.

The tray and tray liner are both dishwasher-safe, although we always recommend washing plastic parts by hand in warm, soapy water to avoid any potential chemical leeching. One minor gripe we had with the snack tray was its abrupt pop off. No matter how slowly we tried to remove it, it always came off with a jolt. Just be sure there's nothing on the tray that could hurt your baby or spill on the floor before you go snapping it off only inches from your little one's face. Other than that, the tray was a decent size, plenty large enough to hold a plate and cup.

Every once in a while you may also want to wipe down the frame of the chair to keep it looking in tip-top shape, using the same rag and neutral detergent you would use to clean the seat.

Quality


The Siesta has unique the ability to fully recline.  This can be a handy place for a young infant to hang out prior to starting solids while family is cooking or eating.
The Siesta has unique the ability to fully recline. This can be a handy place for a young infant to hang out prior to starting solids while family is cooking or eating.
The quality of the Siesta is truly unsurpassed. From the auto-lock, mar-resistant castor wheels, all the way to the rubber net storage pocket on the back of the seat, the beautiful craftsmanship of this piece of furniture shines throughout. Its alluring blend of metals that make up the frame of the chair are not only nice to look at, but serve to keep the chair quite sturdy, especially while adjusting to one of the nine different height options. You will find that the chair slides easily up and down the frame, and can be adjusted to fit anything from your dining table (or lower for an infant seat) up to counter-top bar. Our baby loved sitting at our kitchen island to join her brothers for breakfast.

The 5-point restraint harness, as we've mentioned before, was comprised of thick, adjustable straps that did a great job of keeping baby fastened securely in place. We appreciated that the restraint post was attached to the seat rather than to the tray, allowing us to set the tray flat on the countertop as well as helping to keep baby in place while we were buckling the harness.

The evolved tilt-in-space seat was another favorite feature of ours. This fancy feature means that the chair can recline to a flat position, ideal for resting or bottle feeding newborn babies. It also means that the entire seat moves with the recline, not just the back, which ensures that even while reclined, baby will not be slipping down/out of the chair. We believe this is perfect for accommodating sleeping babies. And to top it off, the recline can be operated with one hand, making it super convenient and easy to use. We are confident that you will instantly love this feature for all the versatility it brings to the chair.

Ease of Set Up


Sometimes, when you're excited about the arrival of a new baby product, you forget that the products usually come in several pieces rather than ready-to-go out of the box. If the prospect of an hours-long, multiple-tools assembly makes you cringe, have no fear! Our total set-up time for this chair was a swift 3 minutes and 43 seconds. Assembly requires snapping in the wheels, attaching the tray, and you're good to go. The pictures-only instruction manual was clearly illustrated and easy to follow.

Footprint and Portability


For its size  the Siesta actually folds up quite nicely.  Here it is with it's tray folded up  ready to be stored.
For its size, the Siesta actually folds up quite nicely. Here it is with it's tray folded up, ready to be stored.
Our footprint and portability metric measured just that: the size of the chair's footprint and how portable it was. In this category, the Siesta fell in the middle of the group for two main reasons. First, the footprint measures 689 inches, which is on the larger side compared to other high chairs we tested. Second, it weighs 25 pounds, which is also a bit heavy in comparison to other seats. All in all, despite its heavier weight and the fact that it takes up a slightly larger amount of floor space, the Siesta also folds flat, a feature that many of the others did not offer. It also has extremely efficient wheels, so you will never have to carry the entire 25 lbs unless moving it up or down stairs.

Best Applications


From birth through toddler, this chair will meet all the must-haves on your checklist. It is best suited for expectant parents who are looking to invest in a piece of equipment that will last for years to come. A quality, reliable product is what you should expect from this purchase.

Value


Averaging about $300, the Siesta was one of the more expensive chairs we tested, but for a good reason, and it is well worth it in our opinion. If you still want a quality product but aren't' willing or able to spend that much, take a look at our Top Pick Award winning Graco Blossom.

Conclusion


To conclude, we truly enjoyed using this product, and we think you will, too. Roll it around from room to room, use it from infancy all the way through toddlerhood, and wipe it clean with a damp cloth in between. The quality features and luxurious fabrics will leave you and your baby touting it as the best invention since sliced bread.

Other Versions and Accessories



Peg Perego offers two other high chairs in addition to the Siesta; these include the Peg Perego Tatamia for $399 and the Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero 3 for $200.

Other accessories:
  • The Peg Perego Play Bar at $50, fits with all Peg Perego Chairs and the plush play toys will keep baby happily entertained.
  • The Peg Perego Baby Cushion at $80, fits with all Peg highchairs as well as strollers. This reversible cushion adds a little bit of extra padding all around, making the seat more comfortable for babies.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig


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