Simply put, the Chicco Caddy is a beast of a hook on chair and far from perfect. Though it folds down, it does so into a ginormous footprint without a carry bag and is 7 lbs in weight, much heavier than the two other Hook-Ons we reviewed at 4 lbs each. And, its design and set up is awkward without basic components like cushy padding, making it quite disagreeable. We do not recommend.
Chicco Caddy Hook On Review
Pros: Fits onto table securely, sturdy well-built product, baby is supported.
Cons: Difficult to transport, doesn't come with a bag, the chair arms are long and bulky.
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Chicco Caddy Hook On could use lots of TLC in every metric we tested. In our opinion, it truly is in bad need of a redesign. The competition is just too stiff out there.
Ease of Use
The Caddy Hook On scored at the bottom of the barrel with a 4 of 10 in ease of use, along with the other Booster seats in our review, the Munchkin Travel Seat and the Prince Lionheart BoosterPOD. With a 3-point harness and tons of room (too much room in our experienced opinion) in the seat, the Caddy Hook On is an easy place to strap your little one in during mealtime.
Safety and Quality
The Caddy Hook On had the lowest score at a 2 of 10. Featuring a nylon seat and powder coated arms, that is about where the buck stops in quality. The seat cushion isn't much to write home about.
The Caddy Hook On also failed to please in portability with a 2 of 10. The chair is without a bag, which makes it quite difficult to tote around. The product is a substantial 7.2 pounds, making it the heaviest portable dining chair we tested and is extremely long and bulky when folded. Carrying this thing around would be cumbersome, to say the least. To add insult to injury, the chair comes in three bulky pieces, which only adds to the frustration of carrying the chair from one place to the next only to have to take it apart to assemble it correctly.
Ease of Cleaning
The Chicco also scored abysmally in ease of cleaning scoring a 3 of 10. The nylon fabric can be wiped down after a feeding, and the fabric is removable to get into the nit and grit. Do not saturate the fabric without taking the seat cushion out first, otherwise you will have a moldy, warp-y situation on your hands.
With all due respect, we really can't think of a single one.
At a List of $40, you are paying for brand name. If you have your heart set on a Hook-On high chair, spring for the Inglesina Fast Table Chair for an extra $20. You will be much happier and we feel strongly that your child will be safer.
Simply put, there was not one metric that the Chicco Caddy Hook On scored respectably. We do not recommend it. Spend an extra $20 for the Inglesina Fast Table Chair or if you are budget constrained, you will be much happier spending $10 less and going for the Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe.
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