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Best High Chairs Buying Guide
The high chair is a must in the list of baby essentials. It is not a baby item received at your shower that will be forgotten in the wardrobe. Every parent uses a high chair every day until the toddler develops the ability to feed himself at the table. As a high chair is used several times a day, the most important criterion is how easy it is to clean. Otherwise, bad thoughts will cross your mind several times a day, which is not good for your morale.
As part of this review, 6 of the most popular models on the market were selected. The functionality of each is compared and an inventory of the pros and cons of each high chair has been completed.
4 main criteria were evaluated: ease of cleaning, representing an essential criterion due to its recurrence, for both the seat and the tray; Comfort, for the quality of the seat padding and the possible adjustments; Quality, for the choice of materials; and finally, the Overall Appreciation for ease of use and overall performance.
My top pick is the Peg Perego Siesta. Here you have a high quality high chair that meets our expectations of a highchair: easy to clean, simple to use and comfortable. It does not offer the versatility of the Graco DuoDiner and the Fisher Price 4 in 1 which allow for evolution as the child’s needs change, but I can guarantee you complete satisfaction with this high chair. All the features of the Peg Perego Siesta have been designed to ensure maximum comfort for your little one.
You’ll also be very pleased with the Graco DuoDiner, which offers a more affordable and adaptable highchair as a booster seat and booster seat. It’s easy to use and clean, so it’s very popular with parents. Finally, for smaller budgets or for any parent who wants to avoid falling into the trap of over-consumption when the baby arrives, the IKEA Antilop highchair offers incredible quality at an unbeatable price. Definitely the easiest model to wash on the market.
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Our Opinion on the Peg Perego Siesta
- Many settings possible
- Quality materials
- Modern design
- Hard to remove tray
- Difficult to maneuver
- Food remains trapped in the straps
Why We Love It
The first thing I noticed about this high chair is its incredible modern design. The faux leather seat is available in many colors, from more neutral colors like black and brown to more funky colors like olive green and burnt orange. This chair will be a real eye-catcher!
You will be delighted by the multiple features of this chair and all the possible adjustments. Thanks to the seat that can be lowered to make it practically a cradle, you can let the youngest sleep while you cook in peace. The adjustable footrest provides maximum comfort for children of all sizes. The height is also adjustable, allowing it to be used at the table without a tray when the baby is older. The seat can be lowered very low to allow the older child to get out of the seat himself.
This high chair is very compact when folded and stands upright without support. This makes this chair ideal for small kitchens or to store in the basement while waiting for baby 2, 3 or more!
Safety was not overlooked in the design of the Peg Perego Siesta. Indeed, the leg separator is high enough, so you don’t have to worry about baby slipping under the chair. The Stop&Go system prevents the big brother or sister from running away with baby on board. However, many parents find this feature less convenient, as it requires the availability of two arms to activate the mechanism.
The Peg Perego Siesta is a relatively easy to clean high chair. The faux leather seat is very easy to clean with a damp cloth and the fabric is waterproof. The double tray allows you to clean the first surface which is also dishwasher proof (if it fits in yours). However, you will have less ease cleaning the straps, which food likes to get trapped in plastic devices.
The wheels of the Peg Perego Siesta are easy to maneuver forwards and backwards. However, if you want to move the seat aside with your baby, you will have to be patient to find the desired position. Finally, the major defect of this high chair is the heaviness of its tray. The advertising for this chair says that you can insert and remove the tray with one hand, but this is rarely the case. First, the tray hardly fits into the places provided for this purpose and secondly, the device to activate the mechanism for inserting and removing the tray is not the most user-friendly. So much so, that I thought it was a manufacturing defect of the model in hand.
The Peg Perego Siesta remains a high quality chair that is pleasant to use. It is very functional and I appreciated its many adjustments to make the baby’s stay in his chair very pleasant.
Our Opinion on the Oxo Tot Sprout
- Many possible adjustments
- Easy to use
- His look
- No wheels
- Difficult cleaning on cushions and straps
- Possible water infiltration in the tray
Why We Love It
Available in light or dark wood color, this high chair has an incredible look that will go perfectly with any modern decor. The thoughtful design of this chair makes it easy to use. All the possible adjustments make the Oxo Tot Sprout the best high chair that grows with your child. Moreover, adjusting this seat to the size of your child is a charm, whether it is the footrest, the height of the seat or the tray. No tools are required to do it!
The seat cover is easy to remove for easy cleaning. Also, you can quickly remove the different parts of the chair to clean them. The seat padding is very comfortable and of good quality. However, it is difficult to clean the straps and the cushion material tends to absorb water. Warning! Use a damp cloth.
This chair is sturdy and durable. Chances are this chair will last a long time, longer than your child will need it. Children starting school still find it comfortable to use around the table without the tray. The adjustable footrest makes it even more user-friendly.
You will have no trouble assembling the Oxo Tot Sprout. The instructions are simple and the parts fit together perfectly. In this regard, it is one of the models reviewed whose tray slides most easily using one hand. You will not fight with the tray, as you would with the Peg Perego Siesta.
Some mention mold that has infiltrated the tray. If you opt for this model, it would therefore be better not to soak the tray in water. Instead, use a soft wet cloth, as you will do for the cushions. Velcro may also lose grip over time. However, if you order the cushion replacement kit, you will get new velcro, which is a better choice than replacing the entire chair if you have several children.
The lack of a wheel is also an irritant of this high chair. Put good pads on it to preserve the quality of your floor. The Oxo Tot Sprout does not fold but this chair is quite compact and not the most massive.
In short, this is a good choice of high chair, especially if you like the retro wooden look. It is a quality and very versatile chair for the needs of children between 0 and 5 years old.
Our Opinion on the IKEA Antilop
- Affordable price
- Very easy to wash
- Easy to carry
- Less stability
- No footrest
- Don’t bend
Why We Love It
But what do they all have to be swooning about in this chair? Its minimalist white look, worthy of the popular store, leaves many perplexed. A high chair at such a low price, seriously? Beware of this first judgment, IKEA’s Antilop high chair is often the #1 choice of moms who choose child-led food diversification.
It is probably the easiest high chair to wash among those evaluated. Let’s face it, nobody likes to scrape the leftover spaghetti and broccoli from their offspring on the pad of the high chair. Neither has the time nor the will to do it daily. The Antilop highchair has no small nook where food collects. You can easily and quickly make this chair shiny with a cloth and soapy water.
The Antilop high chair is available with and without the tray. However, many parents have noticed that the tray is difficult to insert. You can stack your Antilop chairs on top of each other. Interesting for twins and young children. The seat is made of BPA-free polypropylene plastic and the legs are made of steel.
With a weight of less than 8 pounds, it is the perfect high chair to carry. Whether visiting the mother-in-law, on the back deck or in camping, it can be assembled and disassembled in no time and takes up very little space in the luggage. Despite this low weight, everything is still safe for your child until the age of 3 or with a weight of less than 15 kilos.
At this price, the Antilop highchair is perfect as an extra highchair for visiting grandparents rather than lugging around the extra seat every time.
Obviously, it will not offer the same comfort for very young children as a well-padded high chair. However, IKEA sells cushion covers that are compatible with its Antilop chair separately for a few additional dollars.
A seat belt with a waist buckle is included. Slightly less secure than a 5-point harness, however. There is no footrest on the high chair, which is less comfortable for toddlers.
Antilop highchair does not fold. The height of the chair is not adjustable so it will not be possible to adapt it to the height of your dining table.
This chair offers less support than a traditional high chair. But a child is ready for solid food only by the time he succeeds in sitting up and keeping his head in balance. So a high chair should not normally serve as a reclining rest chair for the newborn. Some parents find the legs cumbersome.
In short, you will not have an equivalent to this price. Many parents will confirm that the quality and functionality of the IKEA Antilop highchair are unbeatable at this price. In other words, thousands of parents around the world have opted for this choice and do not seem disappointed.
Our Opinion on the Graco DuoDiner
- Affordable price
- 3 in 1 system
- Easy to assemble
- No brakes
- Low quality materials
- The wheels
Why We Love It
Graco comes to us with a very attractively priced model that will accompany your child as he learns to eat. The Graco DuoDiner follows your baby through 3 main stages: stage 1, which offers a high chair with a reclining backrest for the comfort of the younger baby; stage 2 which allows the toddler to feed himself comfortably at the right height and with a footrest adapted to his height; and finally, step 3 which transforms the high chair into a portable booster seat to optimize space.
This great value chair is solid and very easy to assemble. The Graco DuoDiner is sturdy and accommodates toddlers of all sizes. This chair has a good height, similar to a standard table. Please note that the height of the high chair is adjustable.
I liked the little pads that were easy to remove for washing. However, the use of these pads will not last forever. When baby begins to eat more, it will be better to remove them, as they will always be stained with cereal or carrot puree. The adjustable footrest isn’t as user-friendly and comfortable as the Peg Perego Siesta, but remains functional. On the other hand, the quality of the seat padding is disappointing. It has the same shiny, noisy look as our grandparents’ couch. Each time baby moves, the fabric makes an unpleasant noise. Yes, it’s easy to clean, but mental health is priceless! Also, many people mention that the fabric gets damaged after several washes.
The main advantage of the Graco DuoDiner is its ease of cleaning. The seat padding can be easily removed from the seat and put in the washing machine. The plastic frame has few joints, which makes cleaning easy. Like other models, it is a little more difficult to clean the food that remains trapped in the straps.
The big disappointment of this high chair is the lack of brakes. A child will easily be able to move while seated in their seat by swinging forward and backward. Many also reported that the wheels had damaged their floor. Wheels are not the smoothest to drive when compared to other models. In addition, the tray does not slide smoothly and it is very difficult to insert and remove it with one hand.
This high chair can be folded up for storage, unlike Graco’s other popular model, the Blossom.
I recommend this high chair for small budgets. The transformation of the chair into a booster seat is very practical to follow the child’s evolution. Your little one will be very comfortable in this model and will be ready to venture into the wonderful world of food.
Our Opinion on the Chicco Polly
- Affordable price
- Easy to clean
- Poor wheel rolling
- Heavy tray does not always hold in place
- The leg separator nested in the tray
Why We Love It
The Chicco Polly is an affordable highchair with many interesting features. The look of this chair reminds us of the modern design of the Peg Perego Siesta, but in a different register of quality and at a lower price.
The easy cleaning of the seat cushion is noticeable right from the start. The vinyl material prevents food from sticking to the seat and from having to use our fingernail to scrape off the last residue of dried peanut butter. Using a damp cloth for cleaning after meals will keep the fabric in good condition. Some say, however, that the vinyl deteriorated with the washing machine. Baby also seems very comfortable on the seat, which has a good amount of padding. The support is more than enough to accommodate a younger baby.
The double-walled tray also makes cleaning easier. It can also be stored in the back of the chair, as with the Peg Perego Siesta. This optimizes space and prevents the tray from remaining on the counter. However, the tray is very heavy which makes it difficult to handle with one hand with baby in your arms. Also, the leg divider is nested in the tray, which is not easy to put when baby is vigorous. In addition, the tray does not always hold in place on the armrests. Make sure you engage the locking system properly.
The Chicco Polly footrest has an adjustable device similar to the Graco DuoDiner. Also, this chair is for babies over 5 months, contrary to what the reclining seat might suggest. The numerous height adjustments of the seat allow it to evolve with toddlers.
The Chicco Polly folds easily for storage in tight spaces, it is probably the most compact of the models evaluated. For those who will have to move their high chair frequently, note that the wheels do not roll smoothly.
Easy to assemble, the Chicco Polly makes it easy to adjust the devices to your child’s size. Nevertheless, the tray is a little high for smaller children, which is not easy for the development of autonomy.
This high chair has an excellent value for money. It is not the most durable chair, but it does offer sought-after features, including the adjustable footrest and 7 height adjustments. If you have a limited budget for the purchase of the high chair, I think the Chicco Polly is a good choice.
Our Opinion on the Fisher Price 4 in 1
- Affordable price
- Wipe device included
- Tray insertion and removal mechanism
- Vinyl straps
- Medium quality
Why We Love It
It is difficult to find distinctive attributes to this model. This model is offered at a low price and is not worth much. Fisher Price boasts that all parts of the chair are machine-washable or dishwasher-washable, but it’s a real puzzle to disassemble all the parts to ensure a complete wash. The fabric upholstery may be comfortable and machine washable, but it is not an added value for a high chair. A high chair should be able to wash quickly without having to use a washer.
The Fisher Price 4-in-1 high chair can nevertheless grow with the child’s needs. Available with the insert for newborns, it is practical for drinking, especially since the seat reclines for maximum comfort for the child. The seat height is easily adjustable for the child who eats directly on the table without the tray. Also, the seat can be transformed into a booster seat as your big eater grows. The booster seat allows you to travel with the same comfort for your child during meals. Booster seats of this type sold separately are worth almost half the price of the Fisher Price 4 in 1 high chair.
Children with an above-average weight may find it difficult to be comfortable in the seat, which is smaller than the other models reviewed. The footrest is really disappointing for the child’s comfort and what about the vinyl straps. Also, I found the mechanism for inserting and removing the tray very painful, which does not slide like the other models evaluated. The tray remains unstable and requires both hands to install it.
Moving this highchair is no child’s play with the 2 fixed wheels at the front and the tiny movable wheels at the back. Yes, this highchair folds to maximize storage, but it doesn’t stand alone. You will have to put it on the wall or on a piece of furniture, which is not the safest for toddlers who run around.
The Fisher Price 4-in-1 highchair does offer some interesting features. It has a wipe device to quickly wash your little mess and dirty little hands, but it’s not the most environmentally friendly option. A little wet washcloth is so much more pleasant for your child’s little skin and the planet. Also, the double wall of the tray makes it easier to clean.
In short, the Fisher Price 4-in-1 high chair has a good look with interesting funky colors, but quality was not the first design criterion. I have no reservations about buying this high chair, but I would like to warn you about the overall score of this model. Its low price is attractive, but don’t expect maximum satisfaction.