Ease Of Use
Your high chair needs to be easy to use, and even better, somewhat intuitive because as busy parents, sometimes we have no choice but to figure it out as we go. We poked, prodded, pulled, and pushed on these chairs until we figured out which buttons did what, and which levers turned what. Okay, okay, of course we read the manuals, too. If fact, if a chair had a user-friendly manual, it earned extra points. We liked the chairs that we could figure out quickly, and then still remember how to use them the next day. Over several months, our baby tester was plopped in and out of nine different chairs so many times, she eventually stopped asking questions (just kidding- she can't talk yet, so she just went with the flow). We buckled her and unbuckled her, adjusted straps, adjusted heights, adjusted tray depths, and then, we ate!
Ease Of Cleaning
The quality of a chair was something we not only looked for, but looked at. We wanted to know if the chair was made of good, sturdy material and what type of finishes it used. Did it look well built or just thrown together in a factory? Conveniently, our baby tester was also great at checking the stability of the chair, being a squirmy toddler and all. She shook, wiggled, and wobbled in all the chairs she sat in, so it quickly became evident which buckling systems stayed in place and adjusted to keep her secure. We also looked at the seat depth of each high chair, making sure baby was comfortable enough to eat without straining to reach her food.
Ease of Set Up
For this metric, we did just exactly what might think: take the high chair out of the box and, well, set it up! We timed just how long each chair took to put together, issues we had and if the instruction manuals were helpful or not. We also noted if there was a need for any tools.