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High chairs on test: cheap, easy to clean or multi-use – which is best?

We’ve just tested a batch of baby high chairs with interesting results

High chairs on test: cheap, easy to clean or multi-use – which is best?

If you’re about to start weaning your baby, one essential bit of kit you’ll need is a high chair.

There’s a variety of different types and prices. The most basic models can start at £9, while pricier chairs can set you back more than £200.

We’ve recently tested models ranging in price from £30 to £200 and discovered a Best Buy high chair that’s easy to fold, comfortable and full of features, and a Don’t Buy high chair that’s a potential safety risk for young children.

Head straight to our high chair reviews to get the full results of our latest tests.

Childhome Evolu ONE.80 – £170

Childhome Evolu ONE.80 high chair

The Childhome Evolu ONE.80 high chair has won a host of design and innovation awards, thanks to its striking style and 180-degree swivel function.

We put all high chairs through a tough cleaning test where we spoon Bolognese onto the seat and harness to check whether they’re easy to clean, and sprinkle the chair with crumbs to see if there are any potential dirt traps.

With its smooth plastic seat, this high chair should wipe clean easily, but read the full review of the Childhome Evolu ONE.80 high chair to find out what our panel of parents and experts thought of it.

Maxi Cosi Minla – £179

Maxi Cosi Minla high chair

Maxi Cosi doesn’t just make car seats and pushchairs. It launched the Minla high chair last year, which offers six different seating options and a removable tray that can be fixed to the back legs of the chair so it’s out of the way.

Removable trays can be a lifesaver when you have a squirming toddler who needs to be strapped into their chair.

Read the full review of the Maxi Cosi Minla to find out what our parents thought of the seat fabric, which, according to the manufacturer, is water repellent for easier cleaning.

Ingenuity Smartserve 4 in 1 – £119

Ingenuity Smartserve 4 in 1 high chair

As the name suggests, the Smartserve 4 in 1 offers four different ways to seat your child as they grow: an infant recliner (from six months), full-sized high chair, booster seat and toddler chair.

It also has a swing-out tray, which means you don’t need to remove the tray to get your child into the seat.

Read our full review of the Ingenuity Smartserve 4 in 1 to find out whether it’s easy to fold and move around your kitchen when needed.

Graco Snack ‘n’ Stow – £30

Graco Snack 'n' Stow high chair

The Graco Snack ‘n’ Stow is a very lightweight high chair, weighing just 5.4kg, so should be easy to move around your home.

Our lab experts check the dimensions of each high chair when assembled and also when folded, to see whether it will be compact enough to squeeze behind a door or between cupboards.

Read the review of the Graco Snack ‘n’ Stow to find out if a high chair as light and slim as this can also stand up to our tough structural and safety testing.

Joie Mimzy – £70

Joie Mimzy high chair

The Joie Mimzy ticks a lot of the boxes for a multi-functional high chair – the seat back and leg rest can be adjusted for comfort, it has a range of height and tray positions and a removable tray.

To find out if it’s also comfortable and ergonomic for children aged six months to three years, read our full review of the Joie Mimzy high chair.

Maxi Cosi Minla reclined

 

From-birth high chairs

Until recently, most high chairs are purely designed for feeding your baby once you’ve started weaning, and so would be suitable from six months onwards.

However, we’re increasingly seeing high chairs that manufacturers claim can be used for newborn babies, as they recline.

However, it’s crucial that the recline angle on these chairs is large enough so that very young babies are positioned in a nearly flat position. This is considered the healthiest position for babies’ developing spines and breathing, which is especially important if your little one falls asleep.

Read some of the reviews below to find out our thoughts on these from-birth high chairs.

Cosatto Noodle 0+ – £120

CBX Taima – £100

Baby Elegance Nup Nup – £100

Koo-Di Duo high chair

Convertible high chairs

Another useful feature to get more life out of your high chair is if it can be converted from a high chair into a booster seat or toddler chair for use by slightly older children.

These chairs often involve removing the seat part from the high chair frame so it can be added to a regular dining chair, or removing part of the legs to make the chair shorter so a toddler can climb into it themselves.

Read the reviews below to see what we thought of these convertible baby-to-toddler chairs.

Koo-Di Duo – £100

Childhome EvoluONE.80 – £170

How we test high chairs

Our rigorous tests are designed to weed out the rickety and uncomfortable high chairs from those that are safe, sturdy and easy to use.

Our tests are designed to reveal whether a high chair is safe, easy to put together, simple to get your child strapped into and a doddle to clean.

We use ergonomics experts to check whether models will properly support your baby or child for as long as is claimed, and a panel of parents to try them out with their little ones to see what they think.

For tips on which high chair you should choose, read our guide on how to buy the best high chair.

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