Stokke Tripp Trapp Bundle Review
Pros: Sturdy, versatile, quality piece of furniture
Cons: Bulky buckling system, tricky infant insert, sensitive finishing materials
Our Analysis and Test Results
Founded in Norway in 1932, Stokke is a company that focuses on designing children's furniture that is smart, sustainable, and promotes healthy development. Until recently, the company was owned and operated by three generations of the Stokke family, proving the importance of family values within the company. Their premium products are distributed worldwide and include strollers, baby carriers, and more. Additionally, they take their commitment to the environment one step further by transporting their products through modern and efficient logistics channels, thereby reducing emissions.
Ease of Use
It was tricky for us to get baby in and out of the infant insert that is attached to the seat of the chair. In fact, it was nearly impossible to do if she was wearing shoes, as the rubber sole would catch and stick against the material of the infant insert. For us, it is comparable to the often tricky act of getting your child in and out of the baby swing at a park, except this chair has a sturdy back, and was not quite as flexible as a swing might be. We also found the harness to be extremely difficult to adjust. In fact, it is nearly impossible to do so with a little one inside, meaning you have to go through a trial and error process, taking the baby in and out until you can find the correct size for the harness. If you are using this chair for only one child, this only has to be done once and may not be a big deal. But if you are planning to use this chair with multiple children of different sizes, you will be frustrated with having to readjust the harness every time.
Baby's positioning once in the chair, however, was excellent. We followed the guidelines in the manual to position the footrest, and it was perfect. When finally in the chair, the seating position is ergonomically correct; however, there are a few issues with comfort using the chair as is, without the Mini Baby Cushion. The harness straps did not tuck away and lay against the baby's back in an annoying way, and there is a large piece of plastic on the backside of the harness that leaning against will also be uncomfortable. However, all of these issues can resolve themselves if the extra cushion is used, which is why we included it in this review and highly recommend purchasing it alongside this chair.
Ease of Cleaning
The water-based, non-toxic paint on the Tripp Trapp is easy to wipe clean. However, the website recommends drying the chair after washing it to avoid moisture crack and staining the finish. We find it highly doubtful that a busy mom will have the time to not only wipe down the chair but then proceed to dry it. We sure didn't. Additionally, Stokke warns to keep the chair out of direct sunlight, as it will fade the finish. Although there were a lot of straps to wipe clean, the buckle itself did not have any gaps large enough to collect crumbs.
The fabric of the cushion is a thick canvas that is relatively easy to wipe clean. For bigger messes or just an occasional deep clean, it can be machine washed and dried, which is a big plus and will help keep the chair looking sharp.
The Tripp Trapp sure didn't disappoint when it came to quality, and there is no doubt that the product is sturdy and stable as they come. The durable European beech wood it is constructed of is a natural material and consequently has a rich surface with natural pattern variation and color combinations. To make the deal even more enticing, Stokke transports all its high chairs in an environmentally friendly way that reduces emissions. Furthermore, we loved that they took the extra step to get a safety certification from JPMA. Way to go, Stokke.
Ease of Set Up
It took us an average of about 14 minutes to set up this chair, which is longer than average. It comes unassembled with many different parts to puzzle out. The screws were a bit difficult to get started, and the manual uses only words and no pictures.
Footprint and Portability
The Tripp Trapp did quite well regarding footprint and portability. It had the smallest footprint of all nine chairs, something to keep in mind if you have a smaller kitchen or dining area. The company added gliders to the chair that lengthen the back legs to provide additional backward stability as well as make it easier to push back from the table without fear of tipping. We think this something you will surely appreciate for safety's sake as well as the added convenience. So, although this chair has no wheels, we did not have any trouble maneuvering it around our kitchen and dining areas.
The Stokke is one of the lightest chairs of the bunch, weighing only a touch over 15 pounds. Regarding portability, it does not fold flat, or fold at all for that matter. However, we found that it was not necessary to store this chair as you can slide it up to the table and out of the way, much like a regular chair.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig