Best High Chairs

Best High Chairs in 2019

August 08, 2019
25 min read

Introducing your little one to new foods and teaching her how to feed herself and use utensils can make family mealtimes more fun, and more challenging, too. You might just be surprised by some of her food preferences ! When feeding your baby or toddler, it’s often safest and easiest to have her in a high chair.

The best high chair is the one that supports your baby, is easy to get her in and out of, is easy to clean, and is sturdy enough to hold up against all the inevitable wear and tear that comes with mealtimes.

There are many different styles and c ors to choose from. Some can even grow with your child into adolescence and beyond. To help you find the best high chair, we surveyed more than 9,000 Pampers Parents to find out which products they recommend.

What's in this article:

The Different Types of Baby High Chairs What to Consider When Choosing a Baby High Chair Overall Best High Chairs Top-Rated Convertible High Chairs Top-Rated Grow-With-Me High Chairs Top-Rated Portable High Chairs Space-Saver High Chair

The Different Types of Baby High Chairs

Before we delve into the different features of high chairs, let’s outline some of the different types of high chairs that are available:

Standard High Chair

Whether you call it standard, classic, or traditional, this type of high chair is the most typical. It’s basically a seat with four long legs. These chairs typically wouldn't be chosen for better portability or space-saving designs.

Foldable High Chair

Unlike standard high chairs, a foldable high chair is designed to be able to fold in half, almost like a beach chair, so that it can be stored out of the way when you’re not using it.

The high chairs that made it onto our list of Overall Best Baby High Chairs (as voted by Pampers Parents) are all foldable.

Convertible High Chair

These types of high chairs may look like your average high chair, but in fact they can be separated into two units to be utilized differently as your baby grows into a toddler and beyond.

For example, when you’re done using it as a high chair, the seat can be lifted off the high chair and secured to a kitchen chair to be used as a booster seat with or without the tray.

This means, as many Pampers Parents noted, that there’s one less thing for you to buy as your baby grows into toddlerhood.

If you have two small children at home, you could even use one of these convertible high chairs for both of them at once. So, you’d use the high chair base for the older child and the booster for the younger one.

“I love that you can use it at all stages instead of just one way as most high chairs!”

Pampers Parent

Grow-With-Me High Chair

If you don’t like the idea of a high chair being a one-time-use type of product, you might consider a high chair that grows with your child through adolescence. Some models can even be used by adults.

These modern high chairs are getting more popular because many models are aesthetically pleasing and can even blend in with your existing furnishings. Pampers Parents saw this as a big plus.

“I love that babies through adults can use it. . . . [It] looks like a piece of furniture instead of baby gear!”

Pampers Parent

Portable High Chair

Whether you’re picnicking, going on a camping trip, or just visiting relatives for Thanksgiving, a portable high chair may be just what you’re looking for. These models can fold up for storage and transportability. And they’re easy to keep clean.

“This is so nice to have for picnics, camping, family get-togethers, etc. It does not take up much space and is easily portable.”

Pampers Parent

Space-Saver High Chair

You might prefer to save a little space by having a baby feeding chair and/or toddler booster seat without legs. Simply strap one of these models to your existing kitchen chair and you have a high chair.

The added benefit of this option is that you can easily take the seat with you if you’re going to a restaurant or visiting friends or family.

“"It works perfectly for compact spaces or if you just want to put your kid at the table like a tiny adorable adult."”

Pampers Parent

What to Consider When Choosing a Baby High Chair

These are some things to consider when shopping for a high chair:

  • Safety. This should be the top priority when it comes to choosing a high chair. First, look for a sturdy high chair. Second, make sure that there aren’t any sharp, loose, or small moving parts. If it’s a folding-type high chair, make sure there’s no way your little one can pinch his fingers.
  • The high chair’s weight limit. Ensure your little one is within the maximum weight limit of the high chair.
  • A crotch post. Industry standards require that high chairs have a fixed post to ensure your baby doesn’t slide out of the chair.
  • The harness. A three-point harness is standard on most high chairs but a five-point harness may be better at securing your child. A five-point harness secures your baby at the shoulders, hips, and crotch, whereas a three-point harness does not have straps at the hips. The safety straps should be easy enough for you to use but difficult for your child to open. Secure your child with the safety straps whenever he’s in the chair to prevent him from sliding out of the chair or standing up in it.
  • Lockable wheels or a chair without them. If you prefer a chair that has wheels, look for a model that has lockable wheels, or one where the wheels stabilize from the weight of your baby.
  • A securable tray. The tray should be easy for you to lock in place, adjust, and remove but difficult for your child to maneuver. Consider looking at those high chairs with double-action latches that are hard for your child to open.
  • Adjustable seat height. With many high chairs, you can adjust the height so that it’s at the same level as your dining table or a height that works for you when you’re feeding your little one. For safety though, don’t adjust the high chair while your baby is sitting in it.
  • A durable seat cover. Look for durable materials that are easy to wipe clean, or better yet, are machine washable. You might prefer a rubber or foam seat because it’s easier to clean and can look more modern.
  • Secure construction. Look at the sturdiness of the chair you’re considering buying. Be aware of possible loose parts on the high chair or sharp edges. Check it periodically to make sure no tags, labels, or stickers have come loose. Make sure that all moving parts are secure and properly tightened so that your baby can’t get his fingers stuck in anything or swallow or choke on small parts.
  • Stability. Look for a chair that has a wide base, as this can help make it more stable. Avoid models with protruding legs as these can be a tripping hazard. If you have older children, don’t allow them to climb or play around the high chair as it could lead to the chair tipping over.
  • Price. This is a personal choice. You’ll find a wide range of high chairs from basic ones to high-end expensive models. Basic ones might be a good idea for a backup, (for having at Grandma’s house, for example). High-end models may feature things like different fabric options, multiple colors, and easier adjustability. However, you may find there often isn’t much difference in the chairs' functionality or durability between the two price points.

Overall Best High Chairs

Pampers Parents voted these high chairs as the best ones overall:

1. Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero 3 High Chair

Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero 3 High Chair

Why pick this one? The Prima Pappa Zero 3 is both stylish and functional. It has scratch-resistant caster wheels so it’s easy to push around without marking your floors. The wheels can auto-lock for safety.

This high chair offers a five-position recline, so you can seat your little one at a comfortable angle; seven-position height adjustment so that the chair’s height can be adjusted to the dinner table, for example; and a three-position footrest to suit your child as he grows taller.

The high chair also comes with a dishwasher-safe tray liner, so you can easily keep the tray clean. The upholstery is stain resistant and easy to wipe clean.

This chair is easy to fold up for storage when you’re not using it, but some Pampers Parents found the high chair a bit too bulky and difficult to stow.

Highlights: The high chair is fully assembled and ready to use out of the box.

Details:

Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero 3 High Chair
Item size12.25 x 37.25 inches (folded); 29.75 x 22.25 x 41.25 inches (unfolded)
Item weight17 pounds
Baby weightUp to 45 pounds
Harness typeFive-point safety harness and passive restraint bar
Color and pattern optionsBaby dot beige, denim, linear gray, mint, mon amour, savanna cacao

Price*: about $199.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: You’ll appreciate the variety of seating positions as well as the sleek look.

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2. JOOVY Nook High Chair

JOOVY Nook High Chair

Why pick this one? The Joovy Nook High Chair is very easy to keep clean: The leatherette seat wipes down easily, and it’s even machine washable for those really big messes. The tray insert is dishwasher safe.

This high chair comes with non-scratch floor pads.

The main feature of the high chair is that it can fold compactly like a beach chair, making it a great option in case you need to travel with your baby. As the name suggests, you can store it out of the way — in your pantry or any kitchen nook — when it’s not in use.

Some Pampers Parents wished the seat itself had more adjustability so that it could be used with smaller infants.

Highlights: There’s a removable swing-open tray with four adjustable depth positions to make it even easier for you to seat and remove your baby.

Details:

JOOVY Nook High Chair
Item size 40.5 x 32.5 x 23.8 inches
Item weight15.4 pounds
Baby weightUp to 50 pounds
Harness typeAdjustable five-point harness
Color optionsBlack, charcoal, coral, red, turquoise

Price*: about $99.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: This high chair is ideal for small spaces as it can practically fold in half for storage, and the swing-out tray is a top feature.

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3. Cosco Simple Fold High Chair With 3-Position Tray

Cosco Simple Fold High Chair With 3-Position Tray

Why pick this one? The Cosco Simple Fold High Chair is lightweight and easy to use both at home and when you’re on the go with your baby — for example, when you're dining out. It can fold flat for travel or storage.

This high chair also features a full-size, three-position tray with a cup holder as well as a leg rest for comfort.

The fabric is soft and durable, and easy to wipe clean. The three-point harness may be a deal breaker for those who prefer the security of a five-point harness.

Highlights: This high chair is very affordable and has all the basic features you would need for feeding your baby.

Details:

Cosco Simple Fold High Chair with 3-Position Tray
Item size25.3 x 18.3 x 6.1 inches
Item weight13.9 pounds
Baby weightUp to 50 pounds
Harness typeThree-point harness
Color and pattern optionsBlack arrows, comet, elephant puzzle, elephant squares, flower garden, geo floral, Mapleton, poppy field, Posey pop, rainbow dots, spritz

Price*: about $39.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: The affordability is a plus, and the fact that the high chair is fully foldable makes this chair even more appealing.

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Top-Rated Convertible High Chairs

Here are the high chairs that can convert into a booster seat when your baby is ready. Pampers Parents voted these models as their favorites:

1. Graco Blossom 6-in-1 Convertible High Chair

Graco Blossom 6-in-1 Convertible High Chair

Why pick this one? The appeal of the Graco Blossom 6-in-1 Convertible High Chair is that it’s a little like six different products in one:

  1. Infant high chair with recline
  2. Traditional high chair
  3. Infant booster
  4. Toddler booster seat
  5. Youth chair
  6. Seat for two children at once

When in the high chair configuration, it has six height adjustments, three recline positions, and three footrest positions. It has an infant support, which helps with positioning your baby for feeding.

The high chair also features front wheels and locking rear casters. The seat pad is easy to wipe clean, and it’s also machine washable. The tray insert is dishwasher safe.

Highlights: Because the high chair can be separated into two parts, you can seat a baby and a toddler simultaneously.

Details:

Graco Blossom 6-in-1 Convertible High Chair
Item size29 x 22.5 x 41 inches
Item weight37.3 pounds
Baby weightUp to 60 pounds
Harness typeThree- and five-point harness
Color and pattern optionsFifer, Nyssa, sapphire, studio

Price*: about $174.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: The convertibility factor is hard to beat.

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2. Graco Simpleswitch Portable High Chair and Booster

Graco Simpleswitch Portable High Chair and Booster

Why pick this one? Here’s a convertible high chair that’s also portable. The Graco Simpleswitch has a two-in-one design so that it can be utilized as a high chair and a booster seat. It’s also portable so you can travel with it or take it with you when you eat out, knowing you’ll always have an easy way to feed your baby.

The chair has a three-position reclining seat, a machine-washable seat pad, and one-handed tray removal. Some Pampers Parents noted the legs stick out a little and might become a trip hazard.

Highlights: There’s built-in leg storage for when you’re using just the booster seat or transporting the high chair.

Details:

Graco Simpleswitch Portable High Chair and Booster
Item size28.5 x 23.5 x 43 inches
Item weight17 pounds
Baby weightHigh chair up to 37 pounds, booster seat up to 60 pounds
Harness typeThree- and five-point harness
Color and pattern optionsZuba, little hoot

Price*: about $57.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: The chair is easy to disassemble and store.

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3. Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 High Chair

Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 High Chair

Why pick this one? The Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 High Chair can also convert into a booster seat or toddler chair, on top of the high chair function. It can be used for children from 6 months to 5 years old.

This high chair’s seat pad is machine washable and the four-position detachable tray is dishwasher safe. All the fabric and straps are easy to wipe clean.

Highlights: With the high chair split in two, you can seat a baby and a toddler at the same time for a meal.

Details:

Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 High Chair
Item size23.5 x 18.5 x 15 inches
Item weight21.8 pounds
Baby weightUp to 50 pounds
Harness typeThree- and five-point harness
Color and pattern optionsBryant, Piper, Ridgedale, Sahara burst, Vesper 4-wheel

Price*: about $74.00 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: The high chair is affordable, and you’ll love how easy it is to keep clean.

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4. Graco DuoDiner LX Baby High Chair

Graco DuoDiner LX Baby High Chair

Why pick this one? This three-in-one DuoDiner LX Baby High Chair from Graco features a five-position height adjustment and a three-position reclining seat. There’s also an infant head and body support. When your toddler is big enough to sit on a regular chair, the legs of the high chair can separate from the seat, and the seat can be placed on the chair to be used as a booster seat.

The tray of this high chair is easy to remove with one hand, which Pampers Parents loved, and its insert is dishwasher-safe.

Highlights: The high chair frame can be folded up easily and stored separately while you’re using the booster.

Details:

Graco DuoDiner LX Baby High Chair
Item size29.2 x 24.5 x 43.5 inches
Item weight25 pounds
Baby weightUp to 40 pounds
Harness typeThree- and five-point harness
Color and pattern optionsGroove, Metropolis, Teigen

Price*: about $122.85 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: Since the high chair can recline, it’s ideal for younger babies who are not yet able to sit up. Plus, the unit is easy to keep clean.

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Stokke 2019 Tripp Trapp High Chair

Top-Rated Grow-With-Me High Chairs

These high chairs can last way beyond your child’s baby years into adulthood. The following products received the most votes from Pampers Parents:

1. Stokke 2019 Tripp Trapp High Chair

Why pick this one? When it was designed in 1972, the Tripp Trapp High Chair was the first of its kind, a wooden high chair that grows with your child into adulthood.

As your baby grows, you can introduce him to the dining table with this fully adjustable high chair. It features options for depth, height, and footrest adjustments. You won’t need a booster seat.

A tray and seat padding are sold separately, which some Pampers Parents found to be a downside.

The chair is made from solid European beech wood. It’s finished with water-based, non-toxic paint, and available in a variety of colors. The wood finish wipes clean with a damp cloth.

Highlights: When your baby has outgrown the high chair, it can be used by anyone in your household since it can support an adult who weighs up to 300 pounds.

Details:

Stokke 2019 Tripp Trapp High Chair
Item size32.5 x 20 x 8 inches
Item weight15.9 pounds
Baby weightUp to 300 pounds
Harness typeFive-point harness
Color optionsAqua blue, black, hazy gray, midnight blue, moss green, natural, plum purple, red, serene pink, soft pink, storm gray, walnut brown, white

Price*: about $259.00 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: If you don’t like a big clunky plastic high chair, but prefer something sleek and modern that blends in with your furnishings, this is the high chair for you.

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2. OXO Tot Sprout High Chair

OXO Tot Sprout High Chair

Why pick this one? The Tot Sprout wooden high chair from OXO has three levels of seat height and depth adjustability as well as an adjustable footrest so that it can grow with your baby from 6 months to 5 years of age.

The depth-adjustable tray can be removed once it’s time for your baby to sit at the dining table. The high chair cushions (available in three bright colors) are easy to wipe clean.

Some Pampers Parents noted that the chair itself has a very large footprint. It’s also worth noting that the tray is not dishwasher safe, and the cushions are not machine washable.

Highlights: The crotch post is removable so that the chair can convert into a youth chair.

Details:

OXO Tot Sprout High Chair
Item size18.8 x 23.2 x 37 inches
Item weight28.7 pounds
Baby weightUp to 60 pounds
Harness typeFive-point harness
Color optionsGreen cushion with white legs, green cushion with walnut legs, orange cushion with gray legs, orange cushion with black legs, pink cushion with gray legs

Price*: about $249.00 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: You’ll love the sturdiness of the design.

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3. Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair With Tray

Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair With Tray

Why pick this one? Within just 20 seconds and without the use of any tools, you can transform the Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair from a 6-month-old’s high chair to a traditional dining chair that’s suitable for an individual of any age. For toddlers, you can use the high chair with or without the tray for when she’s ready to sit at the table.

The sustainably sourced wood has been sterilized at a very high temperature to ensure it’s completely hygienic for your baby. It also has a scratch-resistant finish.

The cushions are stain resistant and waterproof, so they’re easier to wipe clean. The tray cover is dishwasher safe and very easy to remove.

Highlights: The high chair is designed and manufactured in the United States.

Details:

Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair With Tray
Item size36 x 17 x 4 inches
Item weight17 pounds
Baby weightUp to 250 pounds
Harness typeThree- or five-point harness
Color optionsMahogany wood with cream cushion, mahogany wood with green cushion, natural wood with black cushion, natural wood with blue cushion, natural wood with green cushion, natural wood with pink cushion

Price*: about $194.95 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: You’ll appreciate that the chair is easy to assemble and adjust, and that it can easily blend in with your existing kitchen furniture.

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Top-Rated Portable High Chairs

Pampers Parents voted the following portable high chairs as their favorites for travel:

1. Ciao! Baby Portable Travel High Chair

Ciao! Baby Portable Travel High Chair

Why pick this one? What’s great about this folding high chair from Ciao Baby is that it’s lightweight and super portable.

This high chair can be used for travel, picnics, camping, or simply a trip to Grandma’s house. When you’re ready to use the high chair, simply unfold and press the safety latches to lock the high chair into place.

This chair is made of durable nylon. The tray is coated in clear vinyl, which wipes clean easily. There’s also a built-in cup holder.

Some Pampers Parents say that the tray isn’t very rigid, and could tip if you place a heavier plate of food on it.

Highlights: The high chair can be collapsed just like an adult camping chair and transported in the included bag.

Details:

Ciao! Baby Portable Travel High Chair
Item size22 x 22 x 34 inches
Item weight7 pounds
Baby weightUp to 35 pounds
Harness typeFive-point harness
Color and pattern options Black, black check, blue, chocolate, mossy oak infinity, navy, orange, pink, pink camo, red, sage, gray check

Price*: about $59.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: Keep this portable high chair in your car at all times — you never know when you might need it.

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1. Summer Infant Pop and Sit Portable High Chair

Summer Infant Pop and Sit Portable High Chair

Why pick this one? The Summer Infant Pop and Sit Portable High Chair is lightweight and easy to unfold and set up, right out of the shoulder carry bag. It features a wide base with non-slip feet that can grip onto a variety of surfaces such as tile or hardwood floors, or even grass when you’re outside barbecuing.

The chair features a hard plastic tray so that food won’t fall in your baby’s lap. The tray is also dishwasher safe.

Highlights: The fabric is completely removable and machine washable, making clean-up a breeze.

Details:

Summer Infant Pop and Sit Portable High Chair
Item size21.9 x 21.6 x 37.7 inches
Item weight5 pounds
Baby weightUp to 40 pounds
Harness typeThree-point harness
Color optionsAqua, aqua sugar, green, mango melon

Price*: about $35.66 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: You’ll love that the chair is so easy to transport and the material is easy to machine wash.

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Space-Saver High Chair

If you’d rather have a high chair without legs (so you can utilize an existing kitchen chair, for example), then you may prefer this space-saving design. Pampers Parents voted this high chair their favorite in this category:

Fisher-Price Space-Saver High Chair

Fisher-Price Space-Saver High Chair

Why pick this one? With the Fisher-Price Space-Saver high chair, you get all the functionality of a full-size high chair in half the size because you can use a kitchen chair as the base.

This model is a high chair and toddler booster seat in one. It features two height adjustments and three reclining positions. The deep-dish adjustable feeding tray is designed to keep your baby from pushing food onto the floor.

The seat pad and harness are machine washable; and the tray, tray insert, and the seat itself are dishwasher safe. When not in use, the tray can be stowed in a slot behind the seat to save even more room.

Highlights: The chair can be placed on just about any dining chair. This can be especially useful if, for example, you’re planning on eating out with your baby and the restaurant doesn’t provide a high chair for you to use.

Details:

Fisher-Price Space-Saver High Chair
Item size22 x 22 x 18.9 inches
Item weight8 pounds
Baby weightUp to 50 pounds
Harness typeFive-point harness
Color optionsBlue/green, green/gray, gray floral, rosy windmill, yellow/blue/red

Price*: about $39.99 on Amazon.com

Pampers Parents review: You’ll appreciate how sturdy this chair is. Plus, clean-up is a breeze since practically every part can go into either the dishwasher or washing machine. Another benefit is that you won’t be stubbing your toe on any protruding high chair legs with this model.

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As you can see there is a lot to consider when choosing the right high chair. You may decide on a classic model, a grow-with-me model, or one that’s easily portable. Plus, who says you can’t buy two? Maybe you could use one for home and keep another in the car for when you travel — it’s completely up to you. Once you’ve decided on the best high chair for you and your baby, you can get back to the important things: making memories with your little one and savoring all those firsts.

Recall Notice

Before buying a product, always check that it’s approved and hasn’t been recalled on sites like the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association  and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

How We Got These Results

We surveyed thousands of parents in the Pampers Community and asked them to choose the products they love the most, and to share their views on specific products and product categories. Based on the survey responses, we have taken the top product picks and added our own research to create this article. The aim is to help you choose the right product for you and your family. We might receive commissions on purchases made from the links in this article, but the products featured are the Pampers Community’s top choices.

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Consumer Reports: High Chairs Buying Guide

Healthy Children: High Chair Safety Tips

Book: Caring for your baby and young child birth to age 5, Sixth Edition Paperback – November 2, 2014 by American Academy of Pediatrics (Author)

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