Best High Chairs

Introducing your little one to new foods, teaching them how to eat, and watching them learn how use utensils can make family mealtimes more fun—and more challenging, too! Luckily, the best high chairs on the market make it a lot easier. But with so many design options, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you and your baby. We asked over 10,000 Pampers Parents to help us out, and according to them, these are the best baby high chairs of 2021.

The Different Types of Baby High Chairs

Before we dive into the list, it helps to understand what’s on the market, as there are so many styles and designs to choose from. The best high chairs support your baby, are easy to get your little one in and out of, are easy to clean, and are sturdy enough to hold up against the inevitable wear and tear that comes with baby and toddler mealtimes. When you’re looking for the best baby high chair for your family, there are six styles to consider: standard, foldable, convertible, grow-with-me, portable, and space-saver high chairs.

Standard High Chairs

Whether you call it standard, classic, or traditional, this type of high chair is the most common. It’s basically a seat with four long legs. You won’t find many bells and whistles on these chairs, nor will you find features for better portability or space-saving designs. Standard high chairs are best for families on tight budgets or those who just want the basics.

Foldable High Chairs

Unlike standard high chairs, a foldable high chair is designed with space and portability in mind. With these models, you can fold the high chair in half, almost like a beach chair, and store it out of the way when not in use. Several of the best baby high chairs that made this list are foldable, as our Pampers Parents appreciate the convenience, so you might, too!

Convertible High Chairs

Convertible high chairs may look like your average high chair, but you can easily separate them into multiple units as your baby grows into their toddler years and beyond. For example, when you’re done using the product as a high chair, you can separate the seat and secure it to a kitchen chair to be used as a booster seat, with or without the tray. For other models, you can attach a newborn seat or remove certain parts to create a child seat for when your baby grows up. As many Pampers Parents noted, convertible high chairs are worth it—there’s one less thing for you to buy as your baby grows into toddlerhood. In fact, these models were the very best high chairs of 2021, according to our Pampers Parents.

If you have two little ones at home, you could even use one of these convertible high chairs for both children at once! So, you’d use the base for your older child and the booster for your younger one. (This isn’t doable for babies of the same age, of course; you’d need two high chairs to accommodate twins simultaneously. Even so, these are considered to be the best high chairs by Pampers Parents.)

Grow-With-Me High Chairs

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

These modern high chairs are becoming 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.

Portable High Chairs

Whether you’re picnicking with your child’s favorite snacks, going on a camping trip, or just visiting relatives for Thanksgiving, a portable high chair may be just what you’re looking for.

You can fold these models up for storage and transportability, and they’re usually quite easy to keep clean.

Space-Saver High Chairs

You might prefer to save a little space by having a baby feeding chair and/or toddler booster seat without legs. A space-saver high chair is simple in its design. Using straps, you just secure one to your existing kitchen chair and—voilà!—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.

What to Consider When Choosing a Baby High Chair

Now that you’re aware of the types of high chairs, you can start brainstorming which model would be best for you and your family. As you think about it, consider the following points regarding safety and lifestyle:

Safety

The most important thing to consider when searching for the best high chair for your family is safety. Although there are some super affordable options out there, think about the following safety points before buying:

  • General 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 foldable high chair, make sure there’s no way your little one can pinch their fingers.

  • The high chair’s weight limit. Ensure your little one is within the maximum weight limit of the high chair.

  • A high chair 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 unfasten. Secure your child with the safety straps whenever they’re in the chair to prevent them 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 with lockable wheels, or one where the wheels stabilize from the weight of your baby.

  • A securable tray. The tray should be simple for you to lock in place, adjust, and remove but difficult for your child to maneuver. Consider 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. However, don’t adjust the high chair while your baby is sitting in it, which is unsafe.

  • Secure construction. Look at the sturdiness of the chair you’d like to buy. Be aware of sharp edges or parts that could become loose on the high chair. Check 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 their 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.

Lifestyle

Although safety is the top priority when buying a high chair, some models work better for certain lifestyles. Consider the following points when purchasing a high chair:

  • 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.

  • Style and design. Some standard high chairs come in just one style or color, often using plastic. If you have a specific aesthetic in your home, look for high chairs made with solid wood or those with more color options.

  • Travel. If you travel often, a portable high chair might be best for you. Or, you could have two high chairs: one for home and one for travel.

  • Space. If you live in a small home or apartment, space might be something very important for you to consider. Some high chairs are quite bulky and heavy, so a foldable variety might be better for your home. You can also look for those with most adjustable settings so they work with multiple tables and spaces.

  • Child’s age. If you’re wondering when babies start using high chairs, these chairs are typically introduced when infants are able to sit up, at around 6 or 7 months old. Many styles can be converted as children grow, so parents who start using high chairs when their kids are babies may get years of use out of these items.

  • Price. 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. Set your budget and go with the high chair that’s best for you!

Top-Rated Convertible High Chairs

Now that you’re ready to start browsing your options, let’s start with the most popular model: convertible high chairs. Pampers Parents love convertible high chairs more than any other style—in fact, the four top-rated baby high chairs, according to our Pampers Parents, were all convertible! This style, as mentioned above, can be converted and function in multiple ways when your baby is ready, so it makes sense that many moms and dads prefer this convenience.

1. 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

That’s the beauty of convertible high chairs, and a big reason why our Pampers Parents love them! When in the high chair configuration, this one has six height adjustments, three recline positions, and three footrest positions. It also features infant support, which helps when 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 machine washable—perfect for those messier toddler meals. Plus, the tray insert is dishwasher safe.

Highlights: Because you can separate this high chair into two parts, you can use it for two children, seating a baby and a toddler simultaneously.

Price*: about $180.61 on Amazon.com

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2. Graco Table2Table Premier Fold 7 in 1 Convertible High Chair

Why pick this one? Why pick this one? This versatile convertible high chair grows with your little one through seven stages, so it’s no wonder Pampers Parents chose it as one of the best in 2021. With just one product, you get:

  • an infant high chair

  • an infant booster

  • a portable toddler booster

  • a toddler chair

  • a toddler table and chair combo.

As a bonus, you can separate the pieces and seat two children simultaneously: a baby in the high chair and a toddler in the booster seat. Although this is a larger high chair, it folds in half for easy storage, plus the tray connects to the legs when not in use. Easy to clean, the high chair features wipeable plastic on the frame, footrest, and tray.

Highlights: This high chair features five height adjustments to work with multiple tables, plus three recline footrest positions to accommodate your child as they grow older.

Price*: about $189.00 on Amazon.com

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3. 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 infant head and body support for feedings. With this convertible high chair, you can separate the seat and place it on a normal chair, so it functions like a booster seat. The tray of this high chair is easy to remove with just 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.

Price*: about $93.14 on Amazon.com

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4. 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. You can use it 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.

Price*: about $79.99 on Amazon.com

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5. Graco Simpleswitch Portable High Chair and Booster

Why pick this one? Here you have a convertible high chair that’s also portable. The Graco Simpleswitch has a two-in-one design, so you can use it as a high chair and 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 tripping hazard for you or any toddlers running around.

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

Price*: about $84.99 on Amazon.com


Top-Rated Grow-With-Me High Chairs

After convertible high chairs, our Pampers Parents preferred grow-with-me styles, typically noting the convenience of this design. These high chairs can last way beyond your child’s baby years, even into adulthood. Check out our baby growth chart below to better understand how your little one will develop and read on to discover high chair options that support such growth!

1. Stokke 2019 Tripp Trapp High Chair

Why pick this one? When it was designed in 1972, the Tripp Trapp grow-we-me-style high chair was the first of its kind: a wooden high chair that grows with your child into adulthood! You can adjust the entire chair, including its depth, height, and footrest, so you won’t even need a booster seat. So, you can use it when first introducing solids to your baby, when eating lunch with your toddler, for after-school snack time with your child, and beyond! Although the baby seat and harness are included, the newborn seat, eating tray, and seat padding are sold separately, which some Pampers Parents found to be a downside. However, of all the high chairs on this list, this one was considered by a few Pampers Parents to be best for baby led weaning, as it offers good trunk support for sitting up. The chair is made from solid European beech wood and finished with water-based, non-toxic paint. It’s available in a variety of colors, and the wood finish wipes clean with a damp cloth.

Highlights: Once your child has outgrown the high chair, you can use it as a normal chair for anyone in your household, since it can support up to 300 pounds.

Price*: about $269.00 on Amazon.com

2. Evenflo 4-in-1 Eat & Grow Convertible High Chair

Why pick this one? Although it’s a favorite grow-with-me design among our Pampers Parents, the Evenflo model is also a convertible high chair. You get the best of both worlds! And with just one product, you have an infant high chair, a baby dining chair with a tray, a toddler chair, and a big-kid table and chair. Your little one will stay secure with a five-point safety harness, and you’ll stay happy with machine-washable seat pads and a removable, washable, and stain-resistant tray. Although it acts as a traditional high chair, you can also separate the top and bottom to make it shorter, as some kids like the feeling of their feet on the ground.

Highlights: By separating the top of the high chair from the bottom tray, you create a table/chair combo for playtime for older kids!

Price*: about $57.99 on Amazon.com Pampers Parents pros and cons:


Honorable Mentions: Best High Chairs 2021

Although Pampers Parents voted for convertible and grow-with-me high chairs as the best in 2021, there were still quite a few models with high marks that don’t fit into these categories. The following are honorable mentions that made it into Pamper Parents’ list of best high chairs:

1. Cosco Simple Foldable High Chair With 3-Position Tray

Why pick this one? The Cosco Simple Foldable High Chair is lightweight, portable, 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, plus a leg rest for comfort. The fabric is soft and durable, and easy to wipe clean. However, the three-point harness may be a deal breaker if you prefer the security of a five-point harness.

Highlights: This high chair has a very simple design, and it’s the easiest to assemble and the most affordable on our list. If you’re simply looking for a good deal with all the basic features you would need for feeding your baby, this could be it.

Price*: about $34.88 to $52.00 on Amazon.com

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2. Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero 3 Foldable High Chair

Why pick this one? The Prima Pappa Zero 3 is both stylish and functional, as it’s a foldable high chair with simple storage. It has scratch-resistant caster wheels, so it’s easy to push around without marking your floors, and 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. It also features a seven-position height adjustment to fit multiple dining tables. As a bonus, it also has a three-position footrest to suit your child as they grow taller. The high chair also comes with a dishwasher-safe tray liner and stain-resistant upholstery for easy cleaning.

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

Price*: about $249.99 on Amazon.com

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3. Graco Slim Stacker High Chair

Why pick this one? This ultra-compact, foldable high chair boasts a one-handed one second fold. You can even fold it while holding your baby—it’s that easy! And when it’s folded, you can store it in small spaces, such as under a counter, in the pantry, or just in the corner, as it stands when folded. Three reclining positions keep your baby comfy, and the snap-in tray with a cup holder is convenient for self-feeding. This high chair is easy to clean, thanks to its wipeable seat—just use soap and water!

Highlights: This model features a large storage basket underneath, which is quite unusual for high chairs and very convenient for storing bibs or other feeding supplies.

Price*: about $58.99 to $63.99 on Amazon.com

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4. JOOVY Nook Foldable High Chair

Why pick this one? The Joovy Nook Foldable 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, but its main feature is that it’s foldable like a beach chair, making it a great option when you’re traveling with your baby. As the name suggests, you can store it out of the way in your pantry or any kitchen nook when 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.

Price*: about $129.99 on Amazon.com

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BONUS: Portable High Chair

Though it wasn’t one of the top vote-getters, Pampers Parents did select one portable high chair as a favorite for travel:

Ciao! Baby Portable Travel High Chair

Why pick this one? What’s great about this foldable and portable high chair from Ciao Baby is that it’s lightweight—less than eight pounds. You can use it for travel, picnics, camping, or 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 with durable nylon and the tray is coated in clear vinyl, so it wipes clean easily. There’s also a built-in cup holder, although some Pampers Parents noted that this and the tray are not very rigid or sturdy.

Highlights: You can easily collapse the high chair (just like an adult camping chair) and carry it in the included bag.

Price*: about $60.99 to $91.99 on Amazon.com

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BONUS: Top-Rated 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 as their favorite in this category (and in the top 10 overall):

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! You simply place this high chair on a normal 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. As a bonus, 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 seat itself are dishwasher safe. When not in use, you can stow the tray in a slot behind the seat to save even more room.

Highlights: You can place this space-saver high chair on just about any dining chair, so it’s quite versatile. This could be especially useful if you enjoy eating out with your baby and the restaurant doesn’t provide high chairs.

Price*: about $49.99 to $109.99 on Amazon.com

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The Bottom Line

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when choosing the right high chair. You may decide on a classic model, a grow-with-me high chair, 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! And while you’re at it, get rewarded for all those post-feeding diaper changes by signing up for the Pampers Club app!

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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)