On the hunt for a high chair? We the top nine high chairs, and tested them side-by-side over the course of three months to help you find the perfect one for your family. With so many variables such as compactness, style, portability, material, foldability, comfort, and restraint systems, it's hard to know where to start. Our tests were designed specifically determine exactly which features you will find helpful, and which ones you could easily live without. Our metrics included evaluating each chair on quality, ease of cleaning, portability, ease of use, ease of set-up, and its footprint. Read the full review to see which seats impressed us.
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Test Results and Ratings
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Analysis and Award Winners
Update — October 2017
Skip Hop has come out with a high chair that will appeal to any parent looking for a minimalist and space-saving seat for mealtimes. The Skip Hop Tuo Convertible High Chair is a convertible seat that can be turned into a regular seat for prolonged use through toddlerhood. We have not done a hands-on review of this product but it is worth taking a look at. As for our current award winners, they are still up to date and remain our favorites in this category.
Best Overall High Chair
Peg Perego Siesta
Read review: Peg Perego Siesta
Best Bang for the Buck
Read review: Graco Blossom
Top Pick for Light and Compact
Read review: Baby Bjorn
Analysis and Test Results
Whether you're a first-time parent or an experienced veteran, one thing remains the same: you are always looking for ways to make life with baby as easy and comfortable as possible. A high chair is a big part of that commitment. It is a tool you will use every. single. day. There is probably no worse feeling than having to deal with an ill-fitting or ill-performing chair three or more times a day. In fact, because it's so crucial, the scoring metric that held the most weight for us was Ease-of-Use. We loved chairs that were not only easy to get baby in and out of but also ones that had extra adjustability features and could grow with baby. So how do you pick the chair that's right for you? Read on, we think we can help.
The chairs we tested covered everyone from a days-old infant through a 250-pound adult! They are all considered full-size, meaning they are meant to stay in your kitchen, or wherever you choose to feed baby. There's a lot to learn, so let's start by taking a look at some of they key terms we'll be using throughout our reviews so you can get a feel for exactly what we're talking about.
Where to Get Further Info
We've created a comprehensive Buying Advice Guide, How To Choose The Best Full-Size High Chair that compliments this review. This guide answers most FAQ's, so refer to it often during your decision making process. It will also highlight how to use the chairs safely with your baby, so it may also be a valuable resource even after you've made your purchase. You can also refer to our How We Test article if you'd like to know more about exactly how we scored each chair.
Criteria for Evaluation
Ease of Use
Keekaroo Height Right and Stokke Tripp Trapp can convert to a dining chair that holds up to 250 pounds! Talk about getting your monies-worth! On the other hand, the chairs lost points if certain features were too difficult or annoying to deal with. For example, the OXO Seedling, although a great bang for your buck, had these tiny little brakes on all four wheels that just were not practical.
Ease of Cleaning
Babies are messy eaters. Toddlers are messy eaters. And if your husband has claimed the Stokke Tripp Trapp as his new chair, you'll want to be able to clean that thoroughly, too. We found there to be a fine line between added comfort for baby and added crevices for food to accumulate in. A few chairs, like the Baby Bjorn and the Keekaroo Height Right, offered unique design elements that not only eliminated unnecessary crevices for crumb storage, but also allowed ergonomic seating support during mealtime. To our delight, chairs like the Peg Perego Siesta were able to combine the elements of comfort/padding with cleanability to knock it out of the park!
Additionally, we discovered that the various components some chairs have to offer present a unique cleaning challenge. For example, the round base of the Boon Flair, although sleek and modern, just seemed to collect footprints and food, giving us something one more thing to clean.
avoid potential leaching of harsh chemicals and disintegration over time.
The easiest chair for us to clean was the Baby Bjorn. Not only was this it the smallest of the bunch, it didn't have any fabric on it (yes, machine washable cushions are nice, but really, do we always have time to remove seat cushions and wash/dry them before the next meal?). One of our least favorite chairs to clean was the Summer Infant Bentwood, which seemed to have a certain knack for attracting stains and crumbs in all the wrong places.
When you're spending an average of over $200 on a big-ticket baby item, you want to know that your money is going towards a well-made, high-quality product that will last you for years (and siblings) to come. We scored the chairs on how sturdy and stable they were, how well baby fit based on seat depth, and we gave extra points to those chairs that use nice materials and finishes. Additionally, we made sure that baby was securely supported and restrained by a harness and safety post.
Not all the units we tested are safety certified by JPMA, because obtaining that certification is a voluntary process that the manufacturer can choose to go through. However, if we did see the JPMA sticker displayed proudly on the chair, extra points were earned.
A top, perfect score of 10 was given to the Peg Perego Siesta for meeting all of our quality standards. As parents, we enjoyed its sturdy design, and appreciated all the easy-to-figure-out folding and adjustment mechanisms. As a tester, our toddler enjoyed the soft 'leather' like material of the seat cushion, as well as the ability to sit at the table or breakfast bar with the older kids.
In comparison, the Summer Infant Bentwood only earned itself a 3 of 10 for quality, due to it's not-so-stable feel and uncomfortable edges under baby's legs.
Ease of Set Up
Our Ease of Set Up ranks each chair on its ability to be easily, you guessed it, set up (or assembled) right out of the box. Set up times ranged from a speedy two minutes (Baby Bjorn) to upwards of half an hour (Keekaroo). We appreciated instruction manuals that had good pictures and clear instructions to help facilitate the process.
Footprint & Portability
The second, and equally as important scoring metric looked at the portability of the chair. Like we mentioned earlier, we aren't talking truly "portable" here, just how portable they are around your kitchen, and how easy they are to carry and store. In our case, the kitchen is upstairs, which means we had to carry these things up a flight of steps (you can imagine that the lighter chairs earned a couple extra brownie points here). Although some chairs had wheels and others didn't, it didn't necessarily mean the ones with wheels were easier to maneuver. In fact, one of our top scorers, the Baby Bjorn, doesn't have wheels.
That being said, one of our most favorite and unique features was the automatic brake lock on the Peg Perego Siesta wheels. If set to the 'STOP' position, you knew the brakes were on, and baby wasn't going anywhere. Push it down or switch it to 'GO' and it is free to move around the kitchen. This was so much easier than trying flip some of those tiny levers found on every wheel. It was so genius, in fact, we wonder why all high chairs with wheels don't offer this feature!
Buying Advice article for a little more insight.
— Jessica Stevenson & BabyGearLab Team
Still not sure? Take a look at our buying advice article for more info.