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10 Jul 2021

How much should you spend to get a decent high chair in 2021?

As a selection of new high chairs return from the Which? test lab, our expert reviews prove that cheap isn't always cheerful

When the time comes to wean your baby, you need to invest in a reliable high chair - the best we've seen are easy to assemble and comfortable for your peckish little monster. To help you pick the perfect high chair, we've sent the latest models from Graco, Joie and Stokke off to our test lab.

Prices for high chairs are all over the place. Buyers looking to save can grab a brand new high chair for as little as £9, while high-end alternatives can creep beyond the £200 mark. But ultimately, whatever your budget, you'll want a high chair that's safe.

That's where our expert reviews come in. Every high chair that reaches the Which? test lab is scored on the features that matter the most - that extensive list includes comfort, ease of feeding and assembly. Keep scrolling to see how our latest on-test high chairs have performed.

Which? Best Buy high chairs - keep your child safe and comfortable

How much is a Which? Best Buy high chair?

On a mission to find out how much money will bag you a Best Buy, we've analysed the prices of every high chair on the Which? website. Our cheapest Best Buy high chair sits in the £50-100 price bracket, while the priciest costs around £150.

But spending over £100 on a high chair doesn't guarantee you a Best Buy. In fact, we've tested several high chairs at this price that fail to impress. The worst of the bunch is a nailed-on Don't Buy, let down by soft padding that could be a choking risk. It doesn't fold flat, either, which makes storing it after dinner time rather tricky.

We test high chairs in our lab so you can pick the perfect option for your baby. Discover our full collection of high chair reviews.

The latest high chairs reviewed by Which?

We've recently tested a batch of high chairs that includes a new impressive Which? Best Buy. But it's not all good news, as our rigorous tests have also sniffed out a flawed high chair that's uncomfortable and let down by an unstable dinner tray.

Here's an overview of some of the high chairs included in our latest round of testing:

Joie Snacker 2in1, £60

  • Material: Plastic
  • Seat height adjustment: Yes
  • Recline: Yes

This lightweight folding high chair is suitable for use from six months to 15kg, which is about three years old. Parents have five different heights to experiment with, along with a seat that reclines to three different positions. This high chair comes with a handy storage basket and a built-in dinner tray, which is removable so you can clean it after meal time.

The Joie Snacker 2in1 has an adjustable five-point harness, which you may find useful if your baby likes to wiggle around while they're eating. This high chair also has a one-handed fold mechanism.

It has plenty of features to offer parents, but how safe and stable is this high chair? Find out more with our Joie Snacker 2in1 review.

Phil & Ted's Poppy (2020+), £89

  • Material: Plastic
  • Seat height adjustment: No
  • Recline: No

The Phil & Ted's Poppy is suitable from six months old up to 15kg, or around three years old. By removing the legs of this high chair, you can transform it into a toddler chair to extend its life as your child reaches 20kg.

This mid-range high chair uses a three-point harness to keep your child in position. Although the dishwasher-proof seat pad can be removed, both the dinner tray and the footrest remain in a fixed position.

How does this high chair compare with similarly-priced rivals? Our Phil and Teds Poppy (2020+) review has the answers you seek.

Silver Cross Buffet, £149

  • Material: Plastic
  • Seat height adjustment: Yes
  • Recline: Yes

You might have your eye on this Silver Cross model if you're shopping for a stylish high chair. The Silver Cross Buffet, suitable from birth up to 15kg, features a lie-flat reclining seat. Before you plonk your baby in the seat, you can adjust the height of this high chair to one of five different positions.

The Silver Cross Buffet has a five-point harness and an adjustable dinner tray. The tray has two depths to provide the best fit and there's a cup holder included. If you want your baby to join you at the dining table, you can remove the tray entirely and push the high chair up to the table.

We can't fault this high chair's looks, but does it pair a stylish finish with a safe design? See how it scores in our Silver Cross Buffet review.

Stokke Clikk, £149

  • Material: Plastic and wood
  • Seat height adjustment: No
  • Recline: No

Stokke is well known for its iconic Tripp Trapp high chair, but have recently released the Clikk as another option for parents.

It's suitable for use from six months up to 15kg, which is about three years old. Once you unbox it for the first time, all you need to do is attach the legs - everything else is configured and ready to go.

This lightweight high chair uses a five-point harness which can be removed entirely for older children that don't need to be strapped in. The built-in footrest has two different heights.

To see if you should consider buying this high chair, consult our in-depth Stokke Clikk review.

Red Kite Feed Me Combi, £87

  • Material: Plastic and wood
  • Seat height adjustment: No
  • Recline: No

As the name implies, this high chair is designed to adapt to your growing child. The Red Kite Feed Me Combi can function as a toddler seat, a booster seat for dining chairs and a stool for older children. Provided you're using the correct settings, this chair is suitable from six months to 12 years.

This high chair has a foam seat pad and an adjustable dinner tray (with silicone insert). It uses a five-point harness and comes bundled with an extra set of shorter legs for toddler mode.

Is this shape-shifting high chair a high-scoring Which? Best Buy? See our full Red Kite Feed Me Combi review.

More high chair reviews

  • Graco Swift Fold (£120) - a lightweight folding high chair with castors on the front legs.
  • Vital Baby Nourish Scoop (£100) - capable of converting into a toddler seat, this chair uses a three-point harness.
  • Babymoov Slick (£180) - this model begins life as a newborn recliner and can be used as a high chair.
  • Badabulle Compact (£80) - a mid-range high chair with five different height settings to choose from.
  • Kinderkraft Feeding Chair (£80) - suitable from six months to 15kg, this chair features an adjustable leg rest and footplate.

Cheap high chairs under £50

If you're looking for a safe and secure high chair that costs less than £50, our expert reviews can lend a helping hand. Even if you're working within a tight budget, our reviews prove you can find a decent option for your child.

Some of our sub-£50 high chairs that we've tested in previous years include:

  • Ikea Antilop (£9) - a basic high chair that costs £14 with the tray or £21 for the chair, tray and support cushion.
  • Graco Snack 'n' Stow (£35) - a lightweight high chair suitable for babies and children aged six months to three years.
  • My Child Graze (£35) - a plastic moulded high chair that works as a stool, booster seat or traditional high chair.

Our in-depth guide on how to buy the best high chair can help you choose a chair that's just right.