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Stokke Tripp Trapp with Baby Set ReviewPrice: $320.00 List | $318.00 at Amazon
Pros: Sturdy, versatile, quality piece of furniture
Cons: Bulky buckling system, tricky infant insert, sensitive finishing materials
Bottom line: A quality-made chair best suited for use with children older than three years who would not need the infant insert or buckling system.
If you're looking for an eco-friendly, reliable, long-lasting high chair, consider the Stokke Tripp Trapp. You will have to purchase the additional accessories like infant insert and tray if you plan to use it for a child under 2 years old, but the chair itself will last for years to come, with a solid frame and maximum weight limit of 300 pounds! For us, and many other reviewers, the buckles were the biggest gripe, being bulky and difficult to deal with. Otherwise, the chair is simple to wipe clean and will fit nicely at your dining room table with your other furniture. As an added benefit that other chairs like the Keekaroo Height Right could not offer, your baby will be seated with adequate foot support from a young age. We enjoyed the quality and craftsmanship of this high chair. Read on to see if you think you might enjoy it too.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is a beautiful chair that, with it's multitude of finishes, has the potential to blend right in with the other chairs around your dining room table. Also available for purchase is an infant insert (that we found slightly difficult to maneuver baby in and out of) and tray (which unfortunately we did not get the chance to review for the purposes of this article). Our baby tester was 18 months old at the time of testing, and fit in the infant insert seat nicely. Additionally, we were able to push her right up to the table so she could eat her meals with the rest of the family, something she enjoyed rather than being off to the side in a bulky high chair. Overall, the Tripp Trapp earned itself 73 possible points of 100, which we think is a pretty good rating.
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. They distribute their premium products also including strollers, and baby carriers worldwide. 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
For our first rating metric, ease of use, the Tripp Trapp earned a 7 of 10 when compared to the other products we tested. It was hard for us to get baby in and out of the infant insert that was 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 was 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.
Ease of Cleaning
As with ease of use, this chair earned itself a 7 of 10 for ease of cleaning. It's water-based, non-toxic paint is easy to wipe clean, however the website warns to dry the chair after washing it to avoid having moisture crack and stain 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, they warned to keep the chair out of the sun, as it will fade the finish. Although there were also a lot of straps to wipe clean, the buckle itself did not collect any crumbs, like the one on the Boon Flair tended to.
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, earning it a rating of 6 of 10. The screws were a bit difficult to get started, and unlike the Peg Perego Siesta which had a pictures-only instruction manual which we liked, this one had only words and no pictures.
Footprint and Portability
It also did quite well in our footprint and portability rating, earning an 8 of 10. It had the smallest footprint of all nine chairs in square inches, something to keep in mind if you have a smaller kitchen or dining area. The company added gliders to the back legs of the chair that provide additional backward stability, something you will surely appreciate for safety sake. So, although this chair has no wheels, the gliders do help with maneuverability.
Being one of the lightest chairs of the bunch, this chair only weighs a bit over 15 pounds. And finally, with regard to portability, it does not fold flat, however, you can slide it in to store nicely around your dining table, much like a regular chair would.
The Tripp Trapp is best suited for a family looking for a high chair, or even a kid-friendly dining chair, that will not stick out as a piece of baby equipment in your kitchen. We were not a fan of having to shimmy our toddler in and out of the infant insert for every meal, so keep that in mind when deciding what age your child will be when you purchase or use this chair. Also, because the buckles were so difficult to deal with, you may want to consider using this chair for an older child that will not need to be restrained for safety.
This is no doubt an expensive chair, coming in at a whopping $320 for just the chair, not including infant accessories like the insert or tray. Although pricey, keep in mind that the quality is superb, and its versatility should allow you to use it for years (and/or children) to come.
This beautiful, sturdy seat will surely be a welcome addition to your home, and will invite many people to come and sit, especially with it's weight limit of 300 pounds. It was not our favorite for infant use, but even if you don't purchase this chair until your child is a toddler, you will still get years and years of use out of it.
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