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Best Step Stool for Kids

We tested the top 8 step stools from OXO, BabyBjorn, Bumbo, Wood City, and others to find the best
Best Step Stool for Kids
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Our Top Picks

By Molly Bradac ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Wednesday May 4, 2022
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Give your child the boost they need with one of today's top 8 kids' step stools. After researching the market, we purchased the most popular and well-loved kids' step stools for hands-on testing to determine which are excellent, which are suitable for certain situations, and which to pass on. We believe a kids' step stool should be stable for little feet and manageable to clean as dirt and grime will collect. We tested these factors and more to discover the pros and cons of each option. Our review includes the details you need to help find the best step stool for your child. Besides, your little one will be happy to reach new heights, and your back will appreciate the break.

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Editor's Note: This step stool review was updated on May 4, 2022, with links to related categories and a review of prices and availability.


1

Best Overall Kid's Step Stool


iLove Step Stool


Dimensions: 10.5"H x 13"L x 14.2"W | Non-slip Step: Yes
Lightweight & easy to carry
Dual-height
Adequate anti-skid performance

It's not hard to love the iLove Step Stool. Honestly, we think this option is handy to have around the home. It is supportive (figuratively and literally), boosting your little one to new heights so they can practice newfound independence or desire to "Me do it!". It is very lightweight, and tots have no problem lifting and moving it. The dual-height design is versatile and can reach higher heights or accommodate siblings of different sizes, such as an older child who may only need a little boost. The stool sports non-slip material on the steps, reducing the possibility of slips and falls, and the base has anti-skid material with decent traction. The iLove flexes as weight increases and returns to form after weight lifts, protecting against cracking under heavyweight or drops.

We couldn't identify any significant drawbacks with this option, and, overall, we think it is suitable for most needs. However, if pressured to pinpoint a flaw, we would say the iLove's performance while testing the probability of skidding is adequate, yet not rock solid like some contenders. It slid slowly under pressure and not quickly. We recommend this product for families looking for a lightweight, two-level stool with anti-skid and non-slip properties. We think the iLove will give your child the boost they need wherever you plan to use this option.

The iLove is sturdy and has slip-resistant material on both steps.
The iLove is sturdy and has slip-resistant material on both steps.
The iLove is lightweight and easy for toddlers to carry.
The iLove is lightweight and easy for toddlers to carry.

2

Best Wood Stool


Wood City Step Stool


Dimensions: 12.5"H x 13.5"L x 14.3"W | Non-slip Step: No
Sturdy dual-height
Impressive anti-skid ability
No gap between steps
Non-toxic varnish
No slip-resistant material
Slightly heavy for toddlers

The Wood City Step Stool stands out among the competition for multiple reasons. It is one of the tallest and offers sturdiness, durability, and impressive anti-skid ability. This dual-height wooden stool uses non-toxic varnish, and the product's smooth surface is easy to wipe down, which is a perk because step stools will likely build up grime and dirt from little feet, and even potty training will result in more than a few drops here and there. When it comes to anti-skid ability, the Wood City is a top performer, and attributing factors to this impressive feat are the product's weight and the surface area of its anti-skid pads underneath. With no gap between the steps, you can worry less about little feet falling through. This product requires assembly, but the task is quick and easy. Between its weight limit of 200 lbs and material, we think the Wood City offers longevity and will likely be around to help you and your child reach tall bookshelves, kitchen cabinets, and closet spaces over time.

We want to clarify that this product does not offer slip-resistant material on the steps where feet stand. Therefore, we worry about children wearing socks without grips or water droplets from hand-washing or teeth-brushing, creating a slippery surface. The Wood City is also heavier than plastic contenders in this review, weighing 5.5 lbs, and may take some muscle to move for toddlers. But, if you can overlook these drawbacks and have your sights set on a durable product with powerful anti-skid ability, we think this option may meet your needs.

The Wood City is a great option for families seeking an alternative...
The Wood City is a great option for families seeking an alternative to plastic.
The Wood City has carry handles on both sides.
The Wood City has carry handles on both sides.

3

Best Bang for the Buck


Bumbo Step Stool


Dimensions: 6.7"H x 15"L x 11.2"W | Non-slip Step: Yes
Great stability
Lightweight
Contour design
One-level
Maybe too short for sink faucet

The Bumbo Step Stool is budget-friendly, stable, and slightly taller than the one-level stools in our review. Toddlers can easily move it around the home, and its contour design fits snug against the toilet base. Its ability to not skid on hard flooring is noteworthy and indeed better than other contenders. It also features a somewhat tacky non-slip surface that keeps little feet from slipping, whether your child is wearing socks or barefoot. This one-level stool should be enough to get on and off the toilet, and it is easy to clean - an essential factor when toilet training your little one.

Depending on your child's height, this one-level stool may be too short, especially to reach the sink's faucet. But, this may not be a deal-breaker since adults are likely there to supervise. We recommend this product for families who want an economical, incredibly stable, one-level stool.

The Bumbo has one of the best anti-skid results among the competition.
The Bumbo has one of the best anti-skid results among the competition.
The Bumbo has an enclosed design, which prevents little toes from...
The Bumbo has an enclosed design, which prevents little toes from accidentally catching.

4

Our Favorite Stool for Siblings


Simplay3 Sibling Step Stool


Dimensions: 10.5"H x 22.5"L x 12.8"W | Non-slip Step: No
Two-side design
Very durable
Flat bench for parents
Bulky & long
Decor eyesore

Sharing a stool can be a source of conflict for most siblings. Thankfully the Simplay3 Sibling Step Stool brings peace and order. This product allows both children to stand on the sturdy stool together. As a two-sided design, the Simplay3 will accommodate children of similar or different heights. On one side, it combines an elevated step and a low step. Flip it over, and it becomes a long, same-level step. This stool is plastic and does not feature slip-resistant rubber. Instead, it has a textured surface. With a weight limit of 300 lbs, use this stool as a flat bench for parents next to the tub - a bonus perk.

The Simplay3 is bulky and long, and it can stand vertical or on its side when not in use, which is somewhat space-saving, but we wonder if families with small bathrooms will eventually find the repetitious task of moving this stool a bother. The steps of the Simplay3 do not have non-slip material and instead feature texture for added grip, which is better than none. Compared to other contenders, this option may be considered a decor eyesore. But, do not let appearance cloud your judgment. It works. Who wouldn't want to sacrifice decor for sibling peace and sanity? So, if you have children who quarrel over the step stool and have extra space in your bathroom, look no further; we highly recommend the Simplay3.

The Simplay3 is the longest product in the review, but that is not...
The Simplay3 is the longest product in the review, but that is not surprising considering it fits two children, side-by-side.
Instead of anti-slip rubber, the Simplay3 has texture and grooves in...
Instead of anti-slip rubber, the Simplay3 has texture and grooves in its plastic.

5

Best Foldable Stool


HandyLaundry Step Stool


Dimensions: 8.7"H x 12.5"L x 10"W | Non-slip Step: Yes
Foldable
Portable
Lightweight
May pinch fingers

The HandyLaundry Step Stool is foldable, portable, and best for families with small bathrooms or kitchens. It features a carry handle, and with its flip-open design, it is easy to use. This stool offers nearly 9" of height, slightly more than other one-level products in our review. It has a slip-resistant dot surface to prevent feet from slipping, plus the anti-skid pads on the feet are adequate. When not in use, fold this stool up and store it behind a door or under the sink, keeping the floor free of obstacles.

There is a higher chance of pinching or trapping little fingers with a foldable stool - ouch! Older children may have more finger placement awareness than younger toddlers, but we suggest adult supervision until mastery. We recommend this foldable option to families with limited space despite this drawback.

The HandyLaundry has decent anti-skid results.
The HandyLaundry has decent anti-skid results.
The HandyLaundry features a handle, and as a lightweight product, it...
The HandyLaundry features a handle, and as a lightweight product, it is easy to carry.

6

Best One-Level Plastic Stool


OXO Tot Step Stool


Dimensions: 7"H x 13.8"L x 10"W | Non-slip Step: Yes
Sturdy
Carry handles
Anti-skid bottom
The surface may show dirt

The OXO Tot Step Stool is sturdy, durable, and offers 7" of height. It features two handles (on opposite sides), making it easy to carry and reposition. The non-slip material covers the entire step, which is a plus in our book. Also, the anti-skid bottom is noteworthy as it keeps the stool from moving on the floor when little feet are aboard.

The step's surface is light in color and may show where dirty feet stand after time. However, this may be a small trade-off given the stool's durability and stability. If you are the deep cleaning type, we suggest using a small brush to scrub around the raised texture on the slip. Nonetheless, if you seek a one-level plastic stool with a non-slip step to help your child reach the sink, we think this product checks most of the boxes and may fit your needs.

The OXO is durable and sturdy, plus offers a non-slip step.
The OXO is durable and sturdy, plus offers a non-slip step.
We appreciate the anti-skid material around the bottom, which helps...
We appreciate the anti-skid material around the bottom, which helps keep the stool steady.

7

Best for a Small Lift


BabyBjorn Step Stool


Dimensions: 6"H x 13.8"L x 9.3"W | Non-slip Step: Yes
Lightweight
Sturdy
Full coverage of non-slip material
Short
Surface shows dirt
Harder to clean

The BabyBjorn Step Stool may be the shortest product in our review, but its sturdiness is mighty. This plastic, lightweight, modern stool is available in various colors. It has excellent non-slip material on top (one of the best in the competition), and anti-skid pads on the base perform decently when under pressure.

We worry that this stool lacks the necessary height for children to perform self-care skills, like hand-washing and teeth-brushing at the bathroom sink. Over time, the white surface with many small squares shows dirt and is a chore to clean. Luckily, a black surface option is available, which hides the color of dirt. If your child is tall enough to benefit from this stool, this is a sturdy option. However, if your child is younger or short for their age, we do not recommend this product unless you plan on using it to reach lower items.

If a child raises up on their tip-toes, then the stool is likely too...
If a child raises up on their tip-toes, then the stool is likely too short.
The BabyBjorn is modern in appearance and is one of the shortest in...
The BabyBjorn is modern in appearance and is one of the shortest in the review.

8

Mediocre Eco-Friendly Option


Growing Up Green Step Stool


Dimensions: 7"H x 14"L x 9.2"W | Non-slip Step: No
Bamboo
Longevity
Slats catch grime
Poor anti-skid results
Narrow

The bamboo Growing Up Green Step Stool may appeal to those who prefer to purchase an eco-friendly product over plastic. The stool is slightly heavier than plastic contenders, but it is still easy for toddlers to carry than traditional, dual-step wood stools. Plus, with a weight max of 200 lbs, we see this product offering longevity for children and adults.

The stool feels durable and looks great in any room, but it lacks stability features that we consider essential. The slats are better than a smooth surface, but the lack of slip-resistant material raises concerns for children wearing socks without grips. The anti-skid pads under the stool's feet are drop-size and create almost no friction on the floor, making this product one of the easiest to push around. The horizontal slats catch grime, and cleaning will require some effort. Lastly, as one of the narrowest products in our review, it can be tricky for toddlers to turn around on it when using the toilet. Yet, if purchasing an eco-friendly bamboo product is crucial to you, this stool will get the job done if you are willing to overlook a few flaws.

The Growing Up Green feels durable, but its anti-skid performance...
The Growing Up Green feels durable, but its anti-skid performance was not ideal.
The Growing Up Green is one of the narrowest products in our review.
The Growing Up Green is one of the narrowest products in our review.

Caution: Always be present and supervise your child when they're using a step stool.

kids step stool - each product in our review experienced hands-on testing.
Each product in our review experienced hands-on testing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Why You Should Trust Us


Supervising and leading our review is Molly Bradac, Senior Review Editor and Nanny with nearly 14 years of childcare experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to BabyGearLab. Toddlerhood is no unknown territory for Molly as she often teaches children self-care skills, like hand-washing, teeth brushing, toilet training, and more, which require the use of a step stool to reach heights. So, there is no doubt that Molly can tell you what works and what does not. Also contributing to our review are little testers. We appreciate their involvement as it allows us to analyze our metrics from a child's perspective. We purchased each product, completed hands-on testing, and side-by-side comparisons to assess performance for our review.

Analysis and Test Results


We used each product for an extended period to evaluate performance and gather details. We took measurements, weighed each contender, and tried them out in various locations around the home. Plus, we observed little testers using the step stools and took notes. Collectively, our hands-on testing and tester feedback influenced the overall ranking of products.

kids step stool - the wood city has a smooth surface that is not ideal due to...
The Wood City has a smooth surface that is not ideal due to potential slipping, but it is sturdy.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning


A product that is easy to wipe down and clean can make all the difference, and we considered this when ranking our lineup. Indeed, daily use will result in dirt and grime. The Wood City has a smooth surface that we think is a breeze to clean. On the flip side, the Simplay3, BabyBjorn, and Growing Up Green have deeper grooves that may require more effort and some tools to reach nooks and crannies. The Bumbo has a black surface where little feet stand, and this color will hide dirt. However, a stool like the BabyBjorn with a white surface will show dirt yet camouflage toothpaste and soap splatter.

kids step stool - daily use will result in dirt and grime, make sure the product you...
Daily use will result in dirt and grime, make sure the product you purchase is easy to clean.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Stability


What good is it if a stool skids on the floor, causing children to lose balance, or worse, injury? How about steps that lack non-slip (a.k.a slip-resistant) material? Honestly, no stool is perfect, and children are wiggly creatures, so accidents do happen. The likelihood of falling decreases with more robust stability, precisely why this metric is important to us. We value stools that feature generous anti-skid material on the base and slip-resistant material (typically rubber) on the steps.

We pushed and shoved each product on wood and tile flooring to test its skidding probability. The Wood City has the best performance, followed by the Bumbo. These two have anti-skid bases with a greater surface area, contributing to their success. On the flip side, the Growing Up Green did not perform well with small, drop-size anti-skid pads.

The Wood City is the best performer when it comes to floor traction...
The Wood City is the best performer when it comes to floor traction thanks to its generous anti-skid pads. However, the Growing Up Green has tiny, drop size anti-skid pads with less friction, thus poor results.
The Bumbo has a slip-resistant surface that will keep little feet...
The Bumbo has a slip-resistant surface that will keep little feet steady. However, the Wood City has a smooth surface with no slip-resistant material, which raises concerns regarding to slipping.

The BabyBjorn offers complete coverage of slip-resistant material to keep little feet stable, along with the Bumbo and OXO Tot Step Stool. Unfortunately, the Wood City does not provide any slip-resistant material. The Simplay3 offers a textured surface instead of slip-resistant material, which is better than nothing.

kids step stool - before purchasing, determine where you plan on using it and the...
Before purchasing, determine where you plan on using it and the height of your child to make sure the stool's size will meet your needs.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Size


Before purchasing a stool, decide where you plan to use it and consider your child's height. Collectively this will help you determine the appropriate size to meet your needs. Our review provides the dimensions for each product, so you know what you are getting. The tallest product is the Wood City, whereas the BabyBjorn is the shortest. The widest is the Simplay3, which can fit two children side-by-side. However, the HandyLaundry is the narrowest, plus it folds up, which is excellent for smaller spaces. As for depth, the Wood City is the most substantial, whereas the Growing up Green is not.

Tip: Before using a step stool, make sure the floor is clean, dry, and oil-free, as this will help the anti-skid material perform its best.

kids step stool - each product in our review ranges in size, material, design, and...
Each product in our review ranges in size, material, design, and non-slip features.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


Is your tot ready to reach new heights? A step stool will be their new best companion and your best tool to support their independence. You may be surprised to see what your little one can accomplish with an added boost. We are confident that our lineup provides the necessary details and recommendations to help you find the perfect step stool to support your child in their next stage.

Molly Bradac

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