High Chair Reviews:
If you have a baby then buying a high chair
is inevitable as part of the progression from spoon feeding to having your child feed themselves. Parents want to find a baby high chair
that is comfortable for their child to sit in, cleans up easy, is safe, and adjusts to different height levels. When I grew up high chairs were really simple and hard to clean (at least that's what my mother says). The biggest hassle with children first learning to sit on their own is the huge mess of food and drink spilled all over. Getting a high that cleans up easy is probably the first priority. You don't want something with too many nooks and crevices for food to get into or else the cleanup process gets out of control. If your high chair comes with a pad or cushion, make sure it's easy to remove and washable. There are standard high chairs, wooden high chairs
, restaurant high chairs, and travel friendly high chairs. Look for highchairs that recline, are portable, foldable (for easy storage), and convertible. Keep reading below for details on the top brand names and best products in each category.
The most popular high chair
brand names are from Angel Line, Chicco, Combi, Eddie Bauer, Geuther, Graco, Peg Perego, Svan, Evenflo, Costco, Stokke, and Fisher Price. We did online research on HighChairs.com, Amazon.com, and other consumer sites with high chairs to find only the best baby high chairs per users reviews and opinions. The best overall high chair is the Fisher-Price Rainforest Healthy Care High Chair
($100) - this chair is versatile with 7 height adjustments, 3 reclining seat positions, and lockable casters for easy mobility around your house or apartment. Parents say the Fisher Price high chair fold and stores easily, converts to a booster seat when your child becomes older, and the T-bar safety seat keeps your child safely in place. The Italian made Chicco Polly High Chair ($120) - also adjust to 7 height positions like the Healthy Care and has 3 seat reclining modes. The adjustable footrest lets you feed infants and older toddlers. Parents like the cushioned vinyl seat pad that "wipes clean in seconds", the slim and compact frame that folds down nicely, and the dishwasher safe tray so cleanup is no problem. The Chicco high chair gets excellent comments for their 10 different patterns and colors available on this model. The 4 swivel wheels comes with brakes so you can move the high chair anywhere and then lock it in place. Other top selling high chairs
include the Graco Contempo Highchair
($99-$148) - compact, nice seat pad, and slim, the Peg Perego Prima Pappa ($175) - another Italian model that makes a fashion statement with quality fabrics and a stable build. This is the most expensive high chair we saw, but owners can't say enough good thing about them. One other high chair worth mentioning is the Fisher-Price Space Saver for around $50. Parents love the fact it functions like a regular high chair (no legs) while attaching to dining room or kitchen chairs. Converts to a traditional booster seat when you are ready for the transition. All these high chairs can be found at retailers like Target, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Babys R Us or go online to Amazon.com and other baby e-tailers. You can browse the top selling baby high chairs here
Restaurant High Chair:
When you start taking children out to restaurants when they are still in the high chair stage, it can be difficult to find one that has working safety straps and is clean. Many parents are actually buying restaurant quality high chairs for home and travel use. The Koala High Chair for $145 is a durable restaurant high chair made from high density, rotationally-molded polyethylene for unmatched durability. It's easy to clean with seamless construction (no crevices) and antibacterial surfaces. The Lipper Natural Wood High Chair for $49.99 is what you see in almost all restaurants, so if like those, consider this one. It's relatively cheap for the quality wood construction and easy clean surface. There is an add-on seat cover for $23 that will give your child a more cushioned sitting area. The HandySitt ($90) is a very convenient portable high chair/booster seat, but seems pricy for the simple design. It attaches to most chairs in homes and in restaurants and parents like the portability of it. BEST
- The LA Baby Commercial/Restaurant Wooden High Chair
sells for $50 and if almost identical to all the highchairs you see in restaurants. It's easy to cleanup. The only drawback is that it's not foldable so storage isn't as compact as other models.
Wooden High Chair:
What about wood high chairs, seems like a thing of the distant past, right? Well, they have made a sort of comeback with newer models out each day. The Svan High Chair is an innovative design from a Swedish company that runs about $250. The Svan is a wooden high chair that is both sturdy and stable (as well as beautiful made from bent Birch). The snap-on/snap-off tray is easy to clean, and the adjustable footrests and height positions make a growing child easy to accommodate. They even claim the chair converts to full adult chair capable of supporting 250 lbs. There is a 3-point safety seatbelt to keep your infant securely in the chair. The unique look reminds of something from Little House on the Prairie. The biggest complaints from parents are the hard wooden seat and that little infants tend to slide around on the surface too easily. The Angel Line Jenny Lind High Chair ($90) is much more reasonable priced than the Svan listed above. The Jenny Lind high chair is made from hardwood with an Oak finish that's non toxic. Comes with a waist harness for safety, a removable feeding tray, and is easy to wipe clean. Again, no padded seats on these wooden high chairs, but they are durable and sturdy. The Cosco Eddie Bauer Natural Wood High Chair ($100) is another popular wooden high chair that has no bells and whistles but fits into modern room decor very well. The Geuther Family Chair is really a convertible high chair but transforms into so many other chair positions that's how it got the name "Family chair". Another expensive model at over $250, but the chair pad for an extra $50 is what almost all parents say it needs as part of the price to be competitive with similar models. RECOMMENDED
- The Keekaroo Wood High Chair with Tray
is a solid choice say parents with near perfect reviews. Comes with an adjustable foot and seat plate and a 3 point removable pelvic belt. Good for kids from 6 months up to 250 pounds.
Best Budget High Chair:
The Graco Easy Chair at under $50 is a great value for a basic high chair. "The Easy Chair highchair comes with 3-position recline and an extra large feeding tray for a comfortable mealtime experience. This model also includes the handy, dishwasher-safe, pull-out parent helper tray, a convenient place for you to prepare a meal and dish it up to your little one". You can check out other models from Graco at Gracobaby.com