Our Review of the Best High Chairs For 2017

Shopping for a high chair?

Well, you've come to the right place! Our team spent over 40 labor intensive hours reviewing and choosing the safest, sturdiest, and, of course, most fashion conscious high chairs for you to learn about.  NOTE: We did not review any of the following high chair choices on behalf of or for the benefit of any manufacturer.

Also--We desperately wanted to review "The Top Ten" High Chairs that fit our criteria, but we simply couldn't find ten with the right mix of safety, ease of use, and...style.  We are truly tired of all the common cheapo brand high chairs that look like little plastic prisons for runaway hamsters and we think you are too. So we thought: "Why can't parents have a high chair that also happens to look like a piece of art or a beautiful home decor accessory when not in use?"

In the end, we chose the Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair as having the best mix between safety record, style, expandability, and cost.

  • Stokke
  • Mima Moon
  • Oxo Tot
  • Micuna

Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair - See Full Review Here

  • Beautiful Simple Elegant Look
  • The Swiss Army Knife of High Chairs
  • Timeless Modular Design
  • Safety Engineered Into The Design
  • Nearly Unlimited Adjustability
  • Heirloom Quality Design - Lasts Forever
  • 100% Birchwood - Super Simple Clean-Up
  • Bloom
  • Abiie
  • svan
  • keekaroo

Bloom Fresco Contemporary High Chair - See Full Review Here

  • Super Adjustable High Chair and Child Chair
  • Remarkable, Slick Contemporary Styling
  • Fits Extremely Well With Modern Decor
  • Safe and Adjustable
  • Good For Newborns Too!
  • Lookout For Food Trapped In Hard To Reach Places
  • This Kind of Style is...Well...Pricey $$$$

Safety

All of the high chairs in this review have solid safety records with only one receiving mention in the government recall database at cspc.gov - The Mima Moon.  However, the recall was limited to a very small and specific occurrence so we kept this chair in the review.

According to www.safekids.org the real concern regarding how safe a high chair is centers on the potential for your child to fall out of the chair:

Many parents assume the high chair they use for their child during meal time is safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Our new research shows that every day in the U.S., an average of 24 children are treated in an emergency department for an injury related to either a high chair or chair booster seat – that is one child every hour. The majority of injuries are the result of a fall – either because the safety restraints were not used or because they were too loose.
Falls from high chairs can be dangerous because high chairs are usually used in kitchens and dining areas which often have hard flooring such as tile or wood. If a child falls head first onto these hard surfaces, serious injuries can occur. When used correctly, however, high chairs and booster seats can be great tools to help meal time go smoothly. The following tips can help make meal time safe for all.

If you don't think this is a serious threat, please think again.  This story relates just what a nightmare the wrong chair or an improperly used high chair can cause:

In this excerpt from Today, they relate a story that absolutely no parent ever wants to face:

Kelli Waggoner of Waxhaw, N.C., mom to 3-year-old Harper, got a scare last year when Harper flipped over in her booster seat, which was attached to a kitchen stool. Harper was strapped into the booster seat but used her legs to push off from the island kitchen counter.
“I went to go cut peaches for her and then I heard this boom. She had flipped over, and I grabbed her and unstrapped her,” Waggoner recalled. “I felt the bump [on her head] come out and I knew that was a good sign.” But when she noticed that Harper was acting strange, Waggoner drove her to the hospital and, on the way, noticed that her daughter was passing out in her car seat.
“I kept my cool until I got to the hospital and then I lost it,” she said. Harper had a hairline fracture on her skull but has fully recovered from it. These days, however, Waggoner doesn’t let her daughter out of her sight when she is eating in her booster seat and keeps her pushed out further away from the kitchen island. “I never would have thought she could reach that island to push off,” she said.
Smith understands that families often push a high chair close to a table so that their child can feel like part of the family during meal time. However, in addition to using the table or kitchen counter to kick off from, kids can also get hurt by reaching for hot liquids and sharp objects. Mostly, parents need to make sure they use the high chair’s restraining system properly. This includes using safety straps and not just using the tray as a restraint.


"How Can I Make Sure My High Chair Is Safe?"


  • Discourage toddlers from climbing on chairs; use them for mealtimes and teach your child they are for eating, not playing. This can be hard with the chairs that spin.
  • Move high chairs away from tables, walls, and other furniture to minimize the chance an infant kicks themselves over.
  • Test chairs in a showroom ahead of time if possible and see how your infant reacts. Squirmy infants make all chairs less safe.
  • The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTA) conduct safety testing and make sure a high chair meets voluntary safety standards.
  • Check for recalls (http://www.parents.com/product-recalls/high-chairs/)
  • Use the crotch and harness straps or use an insert so that younger children are not able to wiggle in their chairs
  • Never leave your infant alone in a high chair.

Hey-Why Shouldn't I Just Buy A Bumbo?

Bumbo Versus High Chair?

Lots of parents like the convenience of feeding baby in an easy-to-wipe, easy-to-move, low-risk Bumbo chair.

The fact is that Bumbi (or Bumbo) high chairs are generally not thought of as a long-term safe replacement for a high chair for a wriggly, writhing child who may be more interested in running about than eating.

Also, there’s no comparison between high chairs and a Bumbo chair for feeding baby. The Bumbo has fast become a popular item for baby, but it’s simply not a substitute for a high chair. Here’s why:

    A Bumbo Has A Limited Life Span.

  • Bumbo is supposed to last a short time. It fits infant legs and requires that your baby has good head control, but can’t yet sit upright.
  • This may be great for some babies (especially with reflux!) but just doesn’t accommodate meal-eating babies very long before their legs get too big.
  • The time that seems to happen is right around when baby starts eating solid meals. Hello? We’re still waiting for a “jumbo Bumbo” to fix this problem
  • High Chairs Pick Up Where Bumbo Leaves Off

  • Most high chairs (without newborn inserts) take over at 6 months old and last through early childhood. By that time, Bumbo will be gathering dust or accommodating dolls and their feedings.
  • Floor Seating Only!

  • Bumbo is not to be used on tabletop surfaces from which infants can fall. It’s not convenient to sit on the floor to feed the baby at every meal, either.
  • You’ll have to sit on a hard surface every time you feed your infant and wipe down the floor. This gets old, fast.
  • You can strap baby to a regular chair in a Bumbi - but this just seems...wrong.
  • Looking up to everyone at the table from way down on the floor isn’t the same as sitting with them, being part of the conversation that happens around the family table.
  • Bumbos are nice, but they don't fit any decor that I'd want in my house.