10 Best High Chairs (2018 Guide & Reviews)

The best high chairs become invisible. No, not literally – although that is a funny thought if you visualize it.

Rather you won’t notice a great high chair because you’ll be fully focused on getting food into your baby’s tummy, or wiping it off the ceiling.

On the other hand, you will notice a bad high chair; it’ll drive you mad. It could be difficult to clean, hard to move, or a nightmare to get your kiddo into.

Editor's Choice

PEG PEREGO SIESTA HIGH CHAIR

The Peg Perego Siesta Highchair is the Ferrari of high chairs; it’s build quality and style are top notch while it remains relatively affordable, though not cheap.

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After 30+ hours of talking with parents, analyzing customer ratings, and reading the most credible reviews, we’ve determined that the Peg Perego Siesta Highchair is the best high chair you can buy. It’s build quality, safety features and durability mean it ought to outlast several children. If, however, you’re on a budget, then the Cosco Simple Fold High Chair get pretty close for a fraction of the price.

What Is a High Chair?

Designed for babies, high chairs come in many shapes and sizes. However, they all have similar features to make mealtimes a bit easier for everyone involved.

The seat, which is usually fitted with a tray, rests atop a set of long legs. This means that you can feed your baby at a height that is a bit more back-friendly than, say, stooping over a stroller.

Using a quality high chair for meal and snack time is cleaner, too. Well, okay; it’s easier to clean than, say, your lap. Babies will still have the table manners of…well, babies.

With a wide array of price ranges, sizes, and building materials, any parent can find a high chair that their babies, backs, wallets, and washing machines thank them for.

Baby in Boon high chair

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What Types of High Chairs are There?

If variety is the spice of life, the high chair department is very well seasoned. Luckily, this means that everyone, from those who want to conserve floor space to those looking for the Rolls Royce of baby products, can find their ideal high chair.

  • The Classic Model: This literal high chair is often considered the archetype for high chairs. It lacks the features typically seen in modern models, like wheels or the ability to recline, but is easy to set up and use. It also tends to be much more affordable than other designs. Intended to become a staple of your kitchen or dining room, this type of high chair doesn’t collapse down (unlike their foldable cousin) and tends to be on the bigger side.
  • The Modern Model: If you are looking for something that is a bit more versatile, you will probably find yourself leaning towards the new generation of high chairs. While modern high chairs tend to be more expensive, they also feature such amenities as a reclinable seat, adjustable height, and leg wheels. They come in many fashions and are also easier to store away, which can undoubtedly make the higher price tag worth it for some parents.
  • The Convertible Model: Even when it feels like it, our kiddos are not growing up overnight, and this means that you will be using variations of the same product for different ages. Since the costs of buying a new item for each developmental stage can add up quick, many parents find it practical to invest in something that can continually meet their changing needs. Convertible products can go from high chair to booster seat to child seat as your little one grows. It’s worth noting, however, that these chairs tend to eat up more storage space and, in all honesty, each converted ‘form’ might not meet the quality of a product designed solely for that use.
  • The Travel Model: If you are on your way to a barbeque and don’t quite feel like strapping your classic high chair to the roof of your car but would still like not to have a backache from contorting down to feed your kiddo, we happily present to you the traveling high chair. These products are easy to stash in the car, have a broad leg set for extra stability no matter what the surface is it’s set up on, and are great for outdoor parties or camping. However, it’s not a product you want to rely on for indoor use; the canvas doesn’t provide the table-like surface of other high chairs, which can lead to messy floors and babies needing an extra bath.
  • Hook-On Models: Something of an indoor-travel model, hook-on high chairs are designed to attach to the edges of a table and support the weight of young babies. On the bright side, they are huge space savers and can go anywhere. However, once you have taken them where you are going, there is no guarantee that they will actually fit at the table in which you are eating.
  • Models for Multiples: When you have multiples, you probably will often have to bite the bullet and buy two of everything. However, that doesn’t have to be the case when it comes to baby dining furniture. Their appearance is that of a table with two or more concave-seating areas; so you can actually join your multiples for a sit-down dinner. Unfortunately, these models do tend towards the pricey side of the market and take up a lot of space in the home. As such, it’s not uncommon to see people with multiples invest in several lower cost singleton high chairs, but just know that this other option is out there.

More on baby mealtimes: ‘Baby Food Makers: The Ultimate Guide’ »

When Should My Baby Start Using a High Chair?

Your baby will be ready for their very own seat at the table when they are able to sit up on their own and ready to begin eating solids.

You will probably find yourself wanting to invest in a high chair when your baby reaches four to six months.

Toddler in high chair

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When Should My Baby Transition to a Booster Seat?

Once your baby is able to sit up consistently, without falling over, you can begin to graduate them to a booster seat if you are in need of the extra space it will afford around the table.

You will usually begin to see this skill developing at around nine to twelve months.

What to Look for When Buying a High Chair

If you start to feel a bit overwhelmed while you are shopping for a high chair, never fear. Here are some quick tips on what to look for.

  • Shopping Certified: ASTM International and JPMA are organizations that put products to the test. They only certify products that meet their stringent guidelines, which include legally mandated safety standards.Although it is completely voluntary for companies to submit their products for approval, an item that comes with one or both of these badges certainly earns brownie points.
  • Stability: Whichever high chair you decide is best for you, test it with a hearty shake before you put your baby in the seat. Seriously, shake that thing like your baby shakes their favorite rattle, give that tray a downward push, and test out those wheel brakes. This high chair will, after all, need to contend with the occasional baby tantrum, and a baby tantrum will take out a subpar opponent any day of the week.
  • Safety Restraints: Make sure that the high chair comes complete with a harness that your child cannot unfasten on purpose or accidentally. While some high chairs have three-point harnesses, five-point harnesses offer many parents a bit more peace of mind for their younger babies.A crotch strap, aka crotch or safety post, is vital to prevent your baby from slipping down and out of the seat. Remember; the tray is not designed to keep your child safely in place.
  • Seating: Your baby deserves to be comfortable as they enjoy their meals, so be sure that the seat is one that they will enjoy. Cushions are certainly nice, but harder to clean, so at the very least the seat should be ergonomically designed and provide plenty of support.
  • Height Adjustability: It’s not just your baby’s comfort that is important. Being able to raise or lower the high chair as needed is easier on everyone’s body when they are feeding the baby. Also nice is the ability to be able to use the high chair at different tables by giving it a quick height change.
  • Brakes on the Wheels: If you buy a model that can roll, either for quick storage or a room change, you need to be sure your baby isn’t going to roll around too. Look for brakes that are easily engaged, with ‘easily’ being the difference between your child learning how to swear from you now or their friends in ten years.
  • Cleanability: Make sure that whatever model you purchase, it’s something that you can clean well and clean regularly. Removable trays can simplify sanitization and opting for cushions that you can wipe down easily or remove and throw in the washer can be a game changer.

Now that you are up on the latest high chair facts and tips, let’s move on to the fun part.

Here are ten of the best high chairs for 2018…

Our Top Picks

#1 Peg Perego Siesta Highchair

Our Top Pick  Best High Chair

Frame: Metal
Item Weight: 27.5 lbs
Harness: 5-point
Maximum Occupant Weight: 45 lbs
Seat Cushion Material: 70% polyester / 30% cotton

A versatile product, this high chair is safe, easy to clean, comfortable, and super adjustable. Although pricey, the caliber of its build and respectable weight limit means your child will be able to use this high chair for years.

Peg Perego routinely turns out quality products, and this high chair is no exception. It features a cushioned seat that can recline to five different angles, including a full recline. The footrest, meanwhile, comes with three settings. You can make yourself comfortable, too, by adjusting the chair to whichever of the nine heights works the best for meals and snacks.

The wheels are designed to keep your floors safe from scratches and the brakes, while a bit tricky to operate the first few times, will keep the high chair in one place. Meanwhile, an easy to clean 5-point harness will keep your baby safe in their equally easy-to-clean seat.

When you want this chair out of the way, it folds up neatly and won’t take up a boatload of storage space. It is also light enough to be maneuvered around the house with relative ease. The sturdy construction will provide you with years of use so if you can afford the price, you will absolutely get your money’s worth.

What we love:

  • Easy assembly
  • Height adjustability
  • Seat/footrest adjustability
  • Rubber storage net on back of seat
  • Removable tray
  • Can fully recline

Watch out for:

  • Brake lock is a little tricky

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#2 ciao! Baby Portable High Chair

Best Portable/Travel High Chair

Frame: Metal
Item Weight: 8.5 lbs
Harness: 5-point
Maximum Occupant Weight: 50 lbs
Seat Cushion Material: Polyester canvas + vinyl tray cover

This super lightweight product can be ready to travel within seconds, is a cinch to clean, and touts several safety certifications.

The baby on the go needs a high chair ready to go, and this product is very capable of doing just that. You won’t have to waste time trying to get this chair into the car; it folds and unfolds easily, and comes with its own carrying case. Because this is a travel high chair, the tray is not as stable as its stay-at-home counterparts, but it takes little effort to clean.

Despite its fold-and-go nature, you can rest assured your little one will be secure in this high chair. It meets ASTM and European safety standards and satisfies every CPSIA guideline as well. This high chair has also been the recipient of several awards, including a Family Choice award in 2017 and a Winter Green Scene Mom Award in 2016.

What we love:

  • No assembly required
  • Safety certifications
  • Lightweight

Watch out for:

  • Fabric tray provides less stability

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#3 Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair

Best space saver high chair

Frame: Plastic
Item Weight: 7.5 lbs
Harness: 5-point & 3-point
Maximum Occupant Weight: 40 lbs
Seat Cushion Material: Polyester

A small but mighty product, you will be pleasantly surprised at the number of features this high chair has, including its ability to grow with your child.

Whether you live in a smaller home or simply prefer a smaller high chair for the sake of convenience, this product weighs in at around seven pounds. It is JPMA certified and has a 5-point harness for your baby that can be converted into a 3-point harness as they age. In fact, the high chair itself is easily converted into a booster seat, so when your child is old enough you can save yourself a trip to the store. Your little one will also be able to enjoy the three recline options, and you will be happy to have the choice of two heights.

The tray is removable and dishwasher safe, and the fabric on the seats is easy to wipe down, with the cushions even being machine washable. The straps, on the other hand, can be tricky to take off for a deep clean.

What we love:

  • Easy assembly
  • Safety certifications
  • Convertible to booster seat
  • Adjustable height

Watch out for:

  • Straps difficult to clean
  • Tray is tricky to remove

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#4 Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair With Tray

Best High Chair for Toddlers

Frame: Wood
Item Weight: 17.5 lbs
Harness: 5-point & 3-point
Maximum Occupant Weight: 250 lbs lbs
Cushion Material: Canvas

This chair is designed to be your little one’s favorite place to sit from toddlerhood well into their youth, making it worth the expense.

Smashing age limits, you won’t get endless use out of this product; it easily transforms from a high chair that your little one can start using when they are six months old, to a regular chair with a 250-pound weight limit. Better yet, there are no tools needed to make adjustments.

An award-winning product, this high chair is also ASTM certified and comes with a 5-point harness for your toddler and 3-point harness to use later on.

While this chair can be a bit difficult to assemble, once everything is said and done, adjusting the height is simple, and the tray, which is dishwasher safe, can be removed with just one hand. The chair itself is easy to clean, with the exception of the straps. Unfortunately, these are hard to remove, which means giving them a good scrub can be a somewhat time-consuming process.

What we love:

  • Safety certifications
  • Multiple configurations
  • Easy to adjust

Watch out for:

  • Straps tricky to clean
  • Difficult assembly

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#5 Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Convertible High Chair

Best Infant High Chair

Frame: Metal
Item Weight: 32 lbs
Harness: 5-point & 3-point
Maximum Occupant Weight: 40 lbs (high chair and infant feeding booster) 60 lbs (toddler booster and youth chair)
Cushion Material: Vinyl (infant inserts are poly-cotton)

The included inserts will keep your infant’s head, neck, and body supported, while the three recline positions provide ample comfort for your youngest diner.

Graco is well known for its attention to quality and safety, with this JPMA high chair being no exception. Your little one will get lots of use as it goes from a high chair, to an infant feeding booster, to a toddler booster, to, in its final incarnation, a youth chair. You will also be able to pick from six heights and three recline angles so that you and your baby are both comfortable during meals.

Despite its size, you won’t have to break your back scouring away messes; the tray is dishwasher safe, and the fabric is machine washable and also easy to spot clean. The harness straps are a breeze to wash as they come out without much difficulty, something that eludes many other high chairs.

What we love:

  • Multiple configurations
  • Easy strap removal

Watch out for:

  • Expensive
  • Heavy

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#6 Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair

Best Wooden High Chair

Frame: Wood
Item Weight: 15.4 lbs
Harness: 5-point
Maximum Occupant Weight: 300 lbs
Cushion Material: None

This handsome high chair adds a simple charm to your decor while providing a lifelong seat at the table for your kiddo.

The design of this chair is one of simplicity built from quality materials. The structure is sturdy enough to support an adult’s weight, so your toddler will be able to enjoy his first piece of real furniture from age six months on. This longevity can help mitigate the sting of the steep price tag; this high chair is one of the more expensive items on this list.

The seat and footrest are adjustable, and a 5-point harness keeps your kiddo safely in place. The absence of seat pads make cleaning an absolute breeze, while the high chair’s ergonomic design is comfortable and promotes good posture.

This high chair does not come with a tray, so it’s best suited for older toddlers who can be slid up to the dinner table for meals. You can, however, purchase a tray and attachable safety-seat for younger babies.

What we love:

  • Sturdy build
  • Easy assembly
  • High weight limitMultiple configurations
  • Easy strap removal

Watch out for:

  • Tray not included
  • Expensive

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#7 Cosco Simple Fold High Chair

Best Affordable High Chair  Best High Chair for Twins

Frame: Metal
Item Weight: 13.65 lbs
Harness: 3-point
Maximum Occupant Weight: 50 lbs
Cushion Material: Cloth

The low price tag on this product belies its features and makes it possible for the parents of multiples to purchase more than one without breaking their bank.

Yes, there are high chairs specifically designed for multiples but, as I mentioned before, they tend to be expensive and cumbersome. For parents looking for a more economical, space-preserving option, this is a great alternative.

After the easy assembly, your kiddo will be quite content in the padded chair which, though not adjustable, offers a comfortable slant and a footrest. The pads don’t come off of the chair but are easy enough to spot clean.

If you need some extra space, you can quickly fold this chair up and stash it out the way, or throw it in the trunk to take it on a family excursion.

What we love:

  • Affordable
  • Removable tray
  • Easy foldup
  • Adjustable tray

Watch out for:

  • Padding not detachable
  • Seat not adjustable

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#8 Boon Flair Highchair

Best Modern High Chair

Frame: Metal
Item Weight: 32 lbs
Harness: 5-point
Maximum Occupant Weight: 50 lbs
Cushion Material: Rubber

If you’re looking for a marriage between uniqueness, great features, and high quality, you will happily foot the bill for this pricey high chair.

Bucking the tradition of four-legged high chairs, the Boon Flair’s seat rests on top of a pedestal base with hidden wheels. The wheels are designed to be safe for floors, but keep in mind that they are not intended to roll smoothly over carpets.

This chair can fit seamlessly under almost any table, although it does come with a removable tray if you prefer. The foot brake is readily accessible and easy to engage.

The lack of crevices makes the smooth surface of this high chair a cinch to clean. You can even stick the tray in the dishwasher to cut down on your workload.

The height is adjustable, although it can be a little tricky to master. Parents might find this high chair to be better suited for their older babies as the seat does not recline.

What we love:

  • Easy assembly
  • Easy to clean
  • Base fits under most tables

Watch out for:

  • Heavy
  • Not cheap

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#9 Ingenuity Smartclean Trio 3-in-1 High Chair

Best Easy Clean High Chair

Frame: Steel
Item Weight: 20.4 lbs
Harness: 5-point and 3-point
Maximum Occupant Weight: 50 lbs
Cushion Material: Foam

You won’t have to spend your nights scrubbing food off of this high chair; the surfaces wipe clean with minimal effort, and the tray can be popped off with one hand and tossed in the dishwasher.

If you blanch in horror everytime your baby splatters their food all over their high chair, this might be the product for you. Gone are the days of scrubbing and muttering angrily under your breath; virtually every surface on this product, seat pads included, wipes clean in minutes. Better still, the harness is machine washable.

This product has three configurations; a high chair, booster seat, and toddler chair. The seat can be reclined to three different angles, although the footrest does not adjust and the high chair’s height cannot be changed. With that said, the price is quite reasonable for a chair that can be used over several developmental stages.

What we love:

  • Easy assembly
  • Very easy to clean
  • Three configurations

Watch out for:

  • Height not adjustable

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#9 Inglesina Fast Table Chair

Best Hook On High Chair

Frame: Metal
Item Weight: 4.2 lbs
Harness: 3-point
Maximum Occupant Weight: 37 lbs
Cushion Material: Canvas

Compatible with most tables, this hook-on high chair is designed to leave surfaces undamaged while still providing a secure dining experience for your little one.

With a simple twist of the couplings, this high chair will grip onto almost any table type without leaving scuffs or marks. It is collapsible and comes with its own carrying bag so that you can take it anywhere. The cover comes off the seat and can be hand washed to remove messes.

An ASTM certified product, this high chair also offers some nice creature comforts, such as a lifted backrest, a comfortable seat, and even a handy back pocket

What we love:

  • Easy assembly
  • Travel-friendly

Watch out for:

  • Height not adjustable
  • Doesn’t fit all tables
  • Attaching to tables can be time-consuming

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Our Top Pick…

While all of these high chairs are wonderful products, I will happily recommend the Editor’s Choice, and my personal favorite, the Peg Perego Siesta Highchair, to anyone looking for a quality high chair. This product is plenty versatile, you really can get years of everyday use out of it, and its design clearly keeps the entire family in mind.

Editor's Choice

PEG PEREGO SIESTA HIGH CHAIR

The Peg Perego Siesta Highchair is the Ferrari of high chairs. It’s build quality and style are top notch while it remains relatively affordable, if not cheap.

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The fact that parents can customize the height in so many ways is a huge selling point, but the chair’s many recline configurations really put it over the edge for me; a comfortable baby is a happy baby, and a happy baby means a happy parent. I just love a product where everyone comes out a winner.

High Chair Safety

There are plenty of high chairs on the market that look great or foldaway easily but, as parents, our number one concern is always safety.

Make sure that you:

  • Always lock wheel brakes;
  • Never leave your baby unattended;
  • Never allow your baby to climb on the high chair;
  • Never allow your baby to stand in the high chair;
  • Keep the high chair away from walls or table edges that your baby could push off from;
  • Routinely check the harness and crotch strap to ensure a proper fit;
  • Maintain a proper cleaning regimen to ward off germs and bacteria

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How to Clean a High Chair

We love our babies. We love their fingers, their giggles, their funny quirks, and the creative ways they make messes. Okay, that last one might just be something us parents tell ourselves as we scrub up dried juice from the floor, but a clean environment is a healthy environment for our littles.

Keep your high chair in tip-top shape by:

  • Cleaning off crumbs after every use;
  • Sanitizing the tray and footrest daily;
  • Sanitizing the seating area and/or cushions regularly;
  • Checking corners and crevices for crumbs;
  • Where possible, disassembling once a month to ensure all crumbs are eliminated and all surfaces disinfected;
  • Regularly cleaning the harness and crotch strap;
  • Always use kid-friendly cleaners

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