Five high chair features worth forking out forWhich? high chair tests reveal must-have options

16 March 2012

We've just published reviews of the latest high chairs, which combine lab-based safety and durability tests with the verdict of real-life parents and babies who've been getting hands-on with the seats and feeding trays.

To head straight to our reviews of the best high chairs we recommend, visit our high chair reviews area.

Browse our picture gallery of the newly-tested models - then find out which features we really think are worth buying below.

Latest high chairs reviewed

1. Removable tray

A removable tray is a great feature, you can take the tray away to clean it over the sink, get your child into the chair more easily or bring your baby to the table to eat with you - a great option for parents who want to try baby-led weaning. Newly-tested high chairs that offer a tray-free option include:

Before you buy 

Measure the height of your table before you buy if you want your baby to eat at the table with you. Some high chairs have projecting safety braces or tray attachment points that might prevent you bringing the chair close enough to the table for your baby to reach it.

2. Compact fold

Many new high chairs are designed to be statement pieces, declaring to the world that 'this baby has style' and they don't fold for storage. But most high chairs take up a lot of floor space, so being able to fold them away is good for families with compact dining areas. Check out the following newly-reviewed folding high chairs:

3. Handy adjustment options

Being able adjust the height of the seat, foot rest and position of the tray will help your high chair to suit your child for longer. Some high chairs also offer the option to change it into a desk chair for older children. Turn to the following reviews to read more.

4. Dual trays

It's much easier to get a feeding tray sparkling if you can pop it in the sink or dishwasher. We like high chairs with a removable top tray that you can take away for easier cleaning. Some even have molded sections to hold for cups and finger foods. Models with this feature include:

5. Colourful harnesses

Most harnesses take a lot of scrubbing to get them clean because food gets stuck in the woven fabric straps. Removable harness covers are a good solution to the problem, but a high chair with this feature might cost you more. Colourful harnesses at least help to hide the stains. Find them on the:

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