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Top 10 Best High chair of 2021

Anna Lavfors

Updated March 6, 2021

Are you expecting a small guest at your dining table? We tested high chairs and name the Stokke Steps as our best choice. It’s an attractive and stable high chair that’s easy to adapt to the child’s age and needs. With a maximum user weight of 80 kg, it can also be used for a long time.

Our best premium choice is the KAOS Klapp. This well designed high chair can be folded up when you don’t need it, has a high maximum user weight and a long period of use.

Top 10 Best High chair of 2021

How we did the test

We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. In our tests of high chairs, we asked both families with children and experts in children’s products to use the chairs. The high chairs were used by children of different ages, from newborn if suitable accessories were available. In the test, we primarily examined the following characteristics:

  • Function: Can the chair be pushed right into the table, how much do the legs push out and what kind of accessories are available for the high chair?

  • Design: Is the chair aesthetically appealing, does the design make it easier to adjust the footrest and seat, and is it constructed so it can be folded up for transport?

  • Use: How spacious is the sitting surface, what is the maximum user weight of the high chair and is it easy to clean?

The above factors have then been compared to the high chair’s price, after which we have allocated a score.

1. Stokke Steps – BEST CHOICE HIGH CHAIR 2021

Stylish high chair with a long service life, easy to adapt to age and needs

Tray/table: Yes Infant insert: Yes Baby 6-36 months (bar): Yes 3 years+: Yes Max weight: 85 kg Footrest (adjustable): Yes (Yes) Cushion as accessory: Yes

Stokke Steps Chair

The Stokke Steps is Stokke's successor to the Tripp Trapp, and this is a high chair where great emphasis has been placed on design and appearance. However, this doesn’t mean that Stokke have compromised on the chair's functions. The Steps’s biggest disadvantage is its high price tag – if you want the package in its entirety – but the advantage is that with all the accessories, you get a chair that works from the child's first day of life and for many years to come. The maximum weight capacity for the Steps is 85 kg. The chair is admittedly not dimensioned for an adult, but the high maximum weight means that the Steps can be used until the child is big enough to sit in a regular chair.

Assembly

The Steps is easy to assemble. The instruction book is well laid out and you only need to use tools once or twice. The basic version only includes the chair as it’s intended to be used for children from 3 years and up. If you want to use the chair for a baby, you have to buy an insert, the Baby Set. If you want the chair for a newborn, you have to buy the Babysitter, which just like the Baby Set can be attached directly to the chair. If all the parts are correctly assembled, you’ll hear a click. The Babysitter also has a colour indicator. The Steps Baby Set can be attached in an inner or outer position, so that the chair can be adjusted in several stages as the child grows and gets bigger. It’s also very easy to use the chair first for a baby, and then in just a few seconds rebuild it to suit a four-year-old who doesn’t need a harness or insert.

The verdict

The footrest on the Steps is very easy to adjust in height, and no tools are required. The same applies to the food tray – which is also purchased separately. When it comes to cleaning, it’s easy to get the white plastic nice and shiny again even after a tomato-based meal. With the Steps Baby Set on the chair, however, you have to live with the fact that some leftover food and crumbs get under the insert and are a little harder to reach. The food tray also has a joint along the edge where purees and the like are prone to stick and dry. The detachable harness in the Baby Set also has its disadvantages – the harness buckle is clumsy and the harness straps absorb food. However, the overall impression of the Steps is very positive. The Stokke Steps is a high chair that’s aesthetically pleasing, easy to adapt and use and has a very long period of use. If you have the budget for the Steps with all the accessories, it could well do its job in your family for over a decade, and because of that, the Stokke Steps is our best premium choice.

Easy to useeasy to adapt to the child's age and needsflexible and stylish
Expensivefiddly harness

Price Comparison

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2. Baby Dan DanChair – BEST BUDGET CHOICE

An affordable high chair that’s easy to use, stylishly designed, and easy to clean

Tray/table: No Infant insert: No Baby 6-36 months (bar): Yes 3 years+: Yes Max weight: 15 kg Footrest (adjustable): Yes (Yes) Cushion as accessory: Yes

BabyDan Danchair

Baby Dan’s DanChair is a classic high chair in painted wood, which is sold in packages with a bar and harness included. The seat surface has a fixed height, while the footrest can be adjusted to the child's own height. Assembly of the chair can be carried out without any problems, although it does require some screwing together. The Baby Dan DanChair isn’t a chair you can quickly and easily pack up to take out to the country or carry in the car if you’re going to have dinner with relatives. It’s much more stationary than that and, to be honest, the same applies to most wooden high chairs available in the market. The chair feels very stable and well-balanced, and it doesn’t feel risky to let an older child climb in and out of it on their own. Baby Dan's high chair can be used from about six months of age, i.e. when the child is big enough to be able to sit up themselves.

The retaining bar is made of plastic and is removable. If, at one or two years old, your child is a little round in the tummy, that bar can feel a bit tight, but it’s also possible to use the chair without it. The bar is attached both to the seat surface and to the backrest by hooking it into a notch in the back and then clicking it into a latch. Releasing the bar takes a few seconds, and the latch under the seat is easy to access even if the child is sitting in the chair. The high chair's harness is in turn attached to the back on the underside of the seat surface and consists of a strap that goes under the child's bottom and two other straps that run over the child's hips and are fastened together at the front. The harness can thus be adjusted in length, so your child can’t wriggle their legs out, but still have their upper body completely free. The harness is sometimes a bit awkward to get right and, like all harnesses made of textile, it’s tricky to keep it clean if food has been rubbed into it. Though it can be removed completely for washing.

Without a bar on the chair, the Baby Dan DanChair works for children until they are big enough to be able to sit in a regular chair. The Baby Dan DanChair doesn’t have a large selection of functions, but the fact it’s so uncomplicated can feel like a plus for anyone seeking a normal, simple high chair. The design is stylish and the paint makes it easy to wipe off and keep clean after use. The base is a normal size and the runners are tapered, to reduce the risk of stubbing your toes on them.

Simpleaffordablemade of wood
Slightly tight retaining bara little more work required to change the height of the footrest

3. Stokke Clikk

Flexible, lightweight high chair that’s easy to take apart and has a stylish design

Tray/table: Yes Infant insert: No Baby 6-36 months (bar): Yes 3 years+: 15 kg Footrest (adjustable): Yes (Yes) Cushion as accessory: Yes

Stokke Clikk Highchair

The Stokke Clikk is an uncomplicated, stylishly designed high chair. There are no infant accessories for it, so the chair can be used from about six months of age. Assembly is ridiculously simple. The four legs click into their brackets in the seat itself. Removing them again is just as quick, so the Stokke Clikk is really easy to take with you to dinner parties or on holiday.

The harness is threaded into the seat surface and can also be removed if it’s not needed. However, you should be aware that falling accidents from high chairs are a common cause of injury in young children, so the harness should ideally be used at every meal. The food tray clicks easily into the chair, and can also be quickly and easily detached.

Overall, convenience is a real hallmark of the Stokke Clikk. The chair is very lightweight, which means you can move it around the kitchen but also that older children can pull it in to and out from the dining table themselves. The legs stick out a bit, but not significantly more than on other high chairs. After a while, you get used to it and stop stubbing your toes. Thanks to the legs, the Clikk feels really stable. It’s also designed without annoying joints where food gets stuck, and is thus easy to keep clean.

The chair comes with a simple plastic footrest. This can be attached in two directions, depending on how long the child's legs are. The seat cushion, which has to be purchased separately, is comfortable and can be wiped off with a wet cloth after a meal. Unfortunately, it also tends to slip out of position all the time. The edge that you fold over the backrest to hold it in place isn’t big enough, and the Velcro strap to attach the cushion to the back comes undone in no time.

The claim that ‘everything is relative’ also applies to high chairs from Stokke. Because even though the Clikk is a budget chair compared to the brand's other chairs, it’s still relatively expensive for a high chair. Then again, the Clikk comes with both harness and tray included, but you have to buy the seat cushion separately. That the Clikk has many similarities with IKEA's popular Antelope high chair is obvious, but the price tag here is 10 times as much.

However, the Clikk does have its advantages over the cheaper competitor. If you like Stokke's stylish design, but want to avoid paying what a complete Tripp Trapp or Steps would cost, then the Clikk is a high chair that’s as nice to look as it is to use.

Easy to move aroundeasy to disassemblegood accessorieseasy to clean
Cushion comes off easilylow maximum weight

4. BabyBjörn High Chair

Unique high chair where the child sits securely without a harness, easy to clean and can be folded

Tray/table: Yes, included Infant insert: No Baby 6-36 months (bar): Yes 3 years+: No Max. weight: 15 kg Footrest (adjustable): Yes (no) Cushion as accessory: No

BabyBjörn High Chair

With this chair, BabyBjörn have found their very own solution to the question of how to make sure your child is sitting securely at mealtimes without the child feeling shackled in place. In fact, there’s a lot about BabyBjörn's chair that’s unique and this is good to see in an otherwise quite similar range of high chairs for children. The assembly was amazingly easy, as all that was required was to click the legs of the chair into place. BabyBjörn's chair can easily be folded and is then very flat, which makes it easier to store at home or to take with you in the car on a trip. The chair seems very small when you look at it, but that’s actually an illusion, caused by the legs being quite short while the seat itself is the longest part of the whole chair. Both the seat height and the height of the food tray are level with, or slightly higher than, most other high chairs we’ve tested.

A tray cover in hard plastic is included with this chair. It’s easy to click onto the chair's food tray and to remove again after use. This makes cleaning much easier, as the tray cover goes in the dishwasher. The special thing about this high chair is how you put in and take out a child, and how your child is kept in place. There’s no harness on the seat part, and it’s the food tray that forms the retaining bar. By tilting a knob between the child’s legs, you unlock the tray and fold it outwards. Then, you put your child in the chair, turn the knob and then lock it when the food tray is in the right position. With the help of a button on the underside of the food tray, you can then adjust the distance between the tray and the back of the chair to one of three different positions. This way, a child can sit quite freely but at the same time be completely unable to fall out. And it works. None of the children we tested in this chair managed to get a leg free or otherwise get out of the chair and they all appreciated not having to bend their arms and body to get into a harness.

The disadvantage with this chair is that it has a limited period of use. A rounder child will feel that their tummy is being pinched, but for one-year-olds it worked regardless of body shape. When the child reaches 2-3 years old, you have to change to another chair, as the maximum weight here is 15 kg and the tray can’t be removed. But during the period that Baby Björn's chair may be of use, it’s a real favourite. If that period of use could have been made longer, it might even have made top position in our test.

Smalleasy to cleancan be foldedchild sits securely without a harness
Short use period

5. Stokke Tripp Trapp

Classic high chair with timeless design, high maximum weight and long period of use

Tray/table: Yes Infant insert: Yes Baby 6-36 months (bar): Yes 3 years+: Yes Max weight: 85 kg Footrest (adjustable): Yes (Yes) Cushion as accessory: Yes

Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair Storm Grey

The Tripp Trapp is Stokke's classic high chair, which has been around for ages but has also been updated and refined over the years. The idea with this chair is that it should be able to grow with your child. Assembly isn’t difficult and is relatively quick, but it does require some screwing together of parts. During use, the construction becomes something of a negative point. Because as your child grows, you need to unscrew half of the chair to adapt the height of the footrest or seating area. That also makes it tricky to be able to quickly switch between different children using the chair.

The range of accessories for the Trapp Trapp is very large. The chair can be used directly from birth with Stokke’s Newborn Set. This works a bit like a baby bouncer, but the child sits raised up and feels more involved when the rest of the family are socialising or eating. Avoiding having your baby at floor level isn’t just better for parents, it’s also very practical for anyone with pets in their home.

Other accessories for the Tripp Trapp are a retaining bar for small children, a seat cushion, a food tray, storage, and a harness - although surely such a safety detail should really be included. All of the accessories are well designed. The retaining bar is easy to fix in place, and the seat cushion is stable. Previously, the food tray only attached with suction cups to the table in front. Nowadays, the Tripp Trapp also has a tray that clicks into place on the bar. This means the chair can easily be used freestanding in the room.

Tripp Trapp's storage, actually a spacious and easy-to-clean fabric basket attached to the back of the chair, is also more practical than you might at first think. If you’re using the chair with the Newborn Set or with the retaining bar for small children, it’s nice to be able to store toys, dummies, cloths or anything else you want near to hand. With a retaining bar or set for a newborn, you must attach leg extensions to the chair to prevent it from tipping. But these are flat and don’t seem to increase the risk of tripping on the high chair legs.

The Stokke Tripp Trapp isn’t the smallest of high chairs but it still feels pretty convenient in the kitchen. It’s not the sort of chair you’ll want to move around, and certainly not something to pack for your summer holidays. At the same time, the chair is solid, has a long period of use and numerous practical accessories. The fact that the iconic design, now available in modern and fresh colours, is still as appealing today as when the Tripp Trapp was first launched is pretty impressive.

Can be used for a long timelarge range of accessorieshigh maximum weightgood sitting position
The harness must be purchased separately

6. Leander High Chair

Classic, Nordic design in wood with ingenius leg construction.

Tray/table: Yes Infant insert: No Baby 6-36 months (bar): Yes 3 years+: Yes Max weight: 125 kg Footrest (adjustable): Yes (Yes) Cushion as accessory: Yes

Leander High Chair

Leander is a Danish brand which, in addition to high chairs, also manufactures other furniture. Their cradle, which can be attached to the ceiling or a stand, is one of Leander's most well-known products to date. The high chair exudes an aura of classic Nordic design. It’s made of European birch wood and is available in a colour scheme of black, white and four shades of natural wood. The design is slim and the chair itself is a real lightweight at only 5.1 kg. There’s a bit of give in the construction, which means that it rocks a little when the child moves around. At the same time, Leander's high chair is really tough. The maximum weight is a full 125 kg, which means the Leander high chair can be used from the age of 6 months and in principle, for many years more. The price isn’t the lowest, but considering the very long period of use, it still doesn’t feel too high.

Assembling the Leander high chair is easy to do, and the chair can be adapted for different children. The footrest can be attached in several different positions, as can the backrest which has two different positions, one for under and one for over 8 years. When your child is about 2 years old, you can change the plates around, so that what was previously a footrest now becomes the seating surface, and vice versa. This removes the option to use the retaining bar, as only the narrow plate has holes for the bar. The narrow plate is also a different shape, with a concave leading edge while the larger one is convex. The advantage of changing these around is that the seat itself becomes almost twice as large, and offers more space for a slightly larger child's bottom, which would otherwise have risked slipping off. It’s also through this function that the chair can actually be used even by an adult.

A wide range of accessories is available for the Leander high chair. The only thing lacking compared to its main competitors is the baby insert; otherwise it has everything from a food tray to a seat cushion and retaining bar. However, none of those accessories are included so you have to choose them based on your needs, which means spending more. We would definitely recommend buying the harness for the chair. The retaining bar is also practical, while the food tray's potential depends a lot on where you place the chair in your home. Leander’s cushion for the high chair is nice but not necessary. However, we’ve saved one of the best features of the Leander chair for last: the chair legs. Here, someone has thought of and developed a soft, tapered design that makes the chair legs almost melt down into the floor and so the risk of stubbing your toes is minimal. The Leander chair may very well be a new classic and here to stay.

Easy to adapt to the child's age and needsclever chair legsstylish design
No accessories includedquite expensive

7. Joie Mimzy Snacker

Folding high chair with high seat unit and clever storage underneath

Tray/table: Yes Infant insert: No Baby 6-36 months (bar): Yes 3 years+: No Max. weight: 15 kg Footrest (adjustable): Yes (no) Cushion as accessory: No

Joie Mimzy Snacker

The Joie Mimzy Snacker is a high chair that looks just like many others. In other words, the design isn’t the most uplifting; grey and white plastic with rather clumsy shapes, as well as an upholstery in muted but still happy colours and a neutral, child-friendly pattern. None of that’s going to bother you, but nor is this a chair that will blend into your interior design. That said, there are still plenty of great things about the Mimzy Snacker.

For a start, the chair is large and sturdy. The legs protrude a bit, so there’s a certain risk of tripping – especially if there’s not much space around the dining table or in the kitchen. Assembly of the Joie Mimzy Snacker is nice and simple. With the leg braces in place, you simply suspend the storage basket and click on the tray – then dinner can be served.

The high chair works well from the point of view that a child is stable enough to be left to sit alone, as the seating surface in the Mimzy Snacker is one of the wider ones. In this respect, many similar chairs tend to feel outgrown quite quickly. This model differs in that you can remove the tray, which takes the crotch support with it. The Mimzy Snacker then becomes an open, high, armchair that an older child can climb up into. With the tray on, you can also adjust how close the child should be to it.

If you want to maximise your free floor space between meals, it’s a plus that the Mimzy Snacker can be folded flat and placed out of the way. The chair also has an adjustable backrest. With the help of a small folding lever up at the top, the backrest can be angled between three different positions. This is a function that may come in handy if your child falls asleep in the middle of a meal.

The Mimzy Snacker is a tall high chair, which means the child gets really close to the rest of the family. If you remove the tray, the chair can be pushed all the way in to the table, which makes it easier during meals. The high chair has a fixed cover that can’t be removed for washing, but which can be wiped over. Despite some creases where crumbs like to collect, our testers found the Joie Mimzy Snacker easy to keep clean, and the tray can easily be washed off under a tap.

Another good detail is the fabric storage unit under the seat. It’s ideal for holding toys and other things that can entertain the smaller baby while the rest of the family get on with their meal. It’s also a good idea that the tray can be attached to the back of the chair, so you won’t lose it when not in use. The Joie Mimzy Snacker is a good, easy-to-clean high chair, suitable for anyone who appreciates practical functions and compact storage.

High seat unitgood food trayclever storagefoldable
Large with protruding legsdull design

8. Cybex Lemo

Flexible high chair that’s very easy to adapt to different children and can be used for a long time

Tray/table: Yes Infant insert: Yes Baby 6-36 months (bar): Yes 3 years+: Yes Max weight: 95 kg Footrest (adjustable): Yes (Yes) Cushion as accessory: Yes

Cybex Lemo Chair Twilight Blue

The Cybex Lemo is a convenient, compactly designed high chair for children, which can be used from newborn and up. With the accompanying Lemo Baby Bouncer, the chair can be arranged so that even a small baby can reach the same height as your dining table. Later on, you switch to using a baby seat with a harness. There’s also a cushion available. The baby seat has a very good fit and the child can move without the chair feeling unstable. It’s not difficult to get the child into or out from the seat and, once in place, the child sits so well that the harness is almost superfluous. The fabric of the cushion is a little glossy and if it’s wiped off immediately after a meal, stains rarely occur. The baby seat should be clamped around the backrest of the chair, something that requires both real strength and dexterity. Getting the baby seat on and off is so tough that you only do it when you really have to, but unfortunately it has to be done when the cushion needs to be washed.

Assembling the Cybex Lemo is easy and it’s just as easy to adjust the height and seat depth of the high chair. Both the seat and the footrest have a rotatable control on the underside, which means you can easily raise and lower both. The seat can also be made deeper or shallower. So it’s no problem for different children to take turns using the chair. All seating surfaces on the Cybex Lemo are in ribbed plastic, which is probably to help prevent the child from slipping off the seat. This may feel a little uncomfortable against bare skin. The chair is easy to keep clean and dries quickly. The child has a good position in the chair, and with the footrest on it has a maximum weight of 20 kg. With the footrest removed, a taller child or even an adult can use it as a normal chair, as the Lemo supports up to 95 kg.

Overall, the Cybex Lemo is a well-thought-out high chair. The front legs have sturdy silicone feet, which means the chair is quiet when moved across the floor. There are small wheels on the rear legs, with the idea being that the chair should slide out of the table rather than tip backwards if the child kicks themselves out. A good preventive measure for what can be a real risk. This also makes the Lemo very easy to pull out when the child needs to sit down. At the same time, it’s tough to push in. Even if the child only weighs around 10 kg, more force than desirable is required to move the chair forward. Sitting next to the chair – and pushing it with one hand – is almost impossible. It’s possible to remove the silicone feet, but then the chair isn’t as gentle on your floor. Other than these minor issues, the Cybex Lemo is undeniably a high chair that can easily grow with your child and which has sufficiently high quality to last right through their childhood years.

Easy to adjust height of seat surface and footreststableconvenient formatlong period of use
Tough to push in to the tabledifficult to install and remove the baby seat

9. Graco Snack n Stow

Compact folding high chair that has a flexible tray but is difficult to clean

Tray/table: Yes Infant insert: No Baby 6-36 months (bar): Yes 3 years+: No Max. weight: 15 kg Footrest (adjustable): Yes (Yes) Cushion as accessory: Yes

Graco Snack N' Stow

The Graco Snack n Stow has a design that feels familiar. The seat consists of a classic frame around the child's abdomen, a removable crotch strap and a backrest. The legs of the high chair consist of two Y-shaped legs. They do protrude out a bit, but not so much that you’ll trip over them any more than you would generally trip over kids’ chairs at the dining table.

The Snack n Stow isn’t really the most aesthetically pleasing chair. It has a definite plasticky feeling. At the same time, the shape and colour aren’t bad, and neutral white with an upholstery in brighter colours always works well on a product made for children.

Some assembly is required for this chair, but it's not complicated. It may require a little strength as the pegs that secure the legs and back are tough to press in when the parts are fitted together. We had the same problem with the footrest. The Snack n Stow has a footrest that can be set to two different height positions. Even there, the knob that you push in to release the lock is stiff, and only by using a tool was it possible to press it in. The Graco Snack n Stow comes with a food tray that can also be removed from the chair. The tray is ingeniously easy to attach and remove. The operation requires two hands, but it’s very easy to get right. With the tray removed, the chair can be folded away. Once folded, it’s pretty flat and can be stored standing behind a door, for example.

The seat on the Snack n Stow is spacious, with a slightly reclined backrest. Smaller children receive good support, both from behind and from the sides. At the same time, the design makes it a bit too easy to reach (and get food on) the outside of the chair. Older children don’t sit in such a good position in the Snack n Stow and unfortunately, the chair doesn’t work very well without the tray. The frame of the chair is so deep that the distance between the child and the table surface is too great.

Our testers also found the Snack n Stow was somewhat awkward to keep clean. The outside has several parts that are difficult to access. The chair can soon feel a bit grubby if you don’t have the time to use tools to access all the nooks and crannies where leftover food has been rubbed in. If you are thorough when you clean it, the Graco Snack n Stow is a good value high chair, above all for anyone who wants to save space in the kitchen by folding the chair away between meals.

Really simple trayfolds flatgood support for small children
Difficult to cleantoo far out from the table

10. 2ME Sandra

Folding high chair that’s compact to store, with fold-down table and roomy seat

Tray/table: Yes, included Infant insert: No Baby 6-36 months (frame): Yes 3 years+: No Max. weight: 15 kg Foot rest (adjustable): Yes (no) Cushion as accessory: Yes, included

The 2ME Sandra is a high chair with a construction that distinguishes it from the other chairs in our test. What makes this chair special is that it can be folded up by releasing two catches so the legs can be folded together. This makes the high chair flat but still quite long. A safety bar and tray table are included with the chair. The safety bar is fixed but you can fold the tray table out of the way to sit against the back legs of the chair when not in use. When folded out, the table clicks onto the safety bar and there’s also a safety strap with a press stud to make sure the table is locked into place. It isn’t recommended that you fold the tray up and down when the child is in the chair.

The 2ME Sandra took quite a lot of assembly, both with and without tools. The legs had to be put together, and the foot rest and tray screwed in place. The frame of the chair is made from metal and the seat consists of upholstery on a baseplate. The upholstery is screwed directly into the chair. The sides are very soft and don’t provide much support, so it’s particularly important that you use the harness to make sure the child stays safely in the seat. The 2ME Sandra has a very roomy seat. A normal sized one-year-old has almost 10 cm of seat spare and there’s also a good distance down to the footrest, which can’t be height adjusted.

However, the tray table on the 2ME Sandra feels rather high for a one-year-old. Its height almost rivals a child’s armpits, despite this being the age at which the child will get most use out of the table. The fact that it feels high is largely because the table edge closest to the child is as high as the edges on the other sides. The 2ME Sandra is a tall chair, with a relatively deep seat. The fixed frame means the child must always be lifted in and out of the chair, but the maximum weight is 15 kg, so despite the generously sized seat, the chair has a limited period of use. The ability to fold the chair up is very useful if you want to be able to store it behind a door or in some other narrow space, or if you want the chair to take up less space vertically if you're putting it in the car.

Roomy seatfolding tray table can be folded down
Broad basehard to clean

All about high chairs

Nowadays there's a wide range of children’s high chairs, with prices up to several hundred pounds. Some high chairs come in packages including everything you need, while with others you buy a simple, basic chair and then add the accessories you need. In this test of children’s high chairs, we didn’t test safety. Instead, we looked at design, function and user-friendliness. We only tested freestanding high chairs, not the kind you attach to a normal chair or suspend from the table. We tested all chairs with the accessories available, except the seat cushion if sold separately.

There are several things you should think about before buying a children’s high chair, such as the age of the child. If you want to have your baby sitting at the table from pretty much newborn, you need a high chair with an infant insert. All high chairs have a safety bar or other device that allows it to be used by a sitting child from about 6 months and up to 2-3 years of age, but it varies whether or not this is included in the basic version of the chair or must be purchased as an accessory.

Some high chairs have a complete five-point harness to keep the child securely in place, while others only have a strap that you attach over the child’s hips. It’s important to remember that a child of 18 months has 25% of their body weight in the head, so there’s a risk the child will topple out of the high chair and injure themselves it not securely attached. Most of the chairs in the test can be used up to 3 years old, at which point the safety bar or baby insert can be removed. The maximum user weight varies considerably – some are made for just 15 kg, while others can cope with a full 80 kg. For it to be possible to adapt the chair better as the child grows, it’s an advantage if the high chair has a footrest that can be height adjusted. Having support under the feet is primarily a matter of comfort for the child and an ergonomically better sitting position, and yet a footrest can be a disadvantage with small children because they can more easily stand up in the chair if they aren’t properly strapped in.

When it comes to accessories for the high chair, other than the parts that adapt the chair for infants, small children and larger children, we’ve also looked at trays and cushions. A tray isn’t essential, but they have advantages. It’s useful to give the child a limited area that they can cover in food, and it also creates a bit of space between the child and the edge of the table, reducing the risk that the child will knock crockery onto themselves or the floor. It’s also an advantage if both the chair and accessories are easy to clean, as this is something you’ll have to do several times a day and baby food is sticky and gets stuck in the tiniest crevices. Some trays are easier than others to remove and wash by hand – and some are even dishwasher safe.

Some of the trays can be completely folded out of the way, while others are easy to remove from the frame or can be dismantled in some other way. This is an advantage if you have a small home, or if you want to take the high chair with you on holiday or when you visit relatives. High chairs are also very different in size, and it’s primarily the base of the chair you need to look at. The legs need to occupy a certain amount of space for the chair to be stable even when a moving child is sitting in it, but on some chairs the legs stick out so much that they frequently trip up the remaining members of the family. In addition to all this, we’ve also looked at the appearance of the chairs and the total price of the chairs with and without accessories.

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