The best high chairs will keep your child safe and secure at mealtimes and be easy to clean and store.
High chairs range in price from just a few pounds to hundreds of pounds, so finding the best one to suit your budget is worth a little research.
Below you can answer the questions in our quiz to narrow down what type of high chair you might need.
Pros of a standard high chair:
Cons of a standard high chair:
Prices usually start at around £50, though we have found some for as cheap as £14, including the Ikea Antilop (pictured above).
Pros of a multi-functional high chair:
Cons of a multi-functional high chair:
Prices start at around £135.
Pros of combination and convertible high chairs:
Cons of combination and convertible high chairs:
Prices start at around £100. But you can find a cheap high chair in this category: Kiddicare does a combination high chair that costs just £60 but a Stokke Tripp Trapp will set you back at least £200.
Travel or portable high chairs are a great choice for holidays or day trips out with your baby, especially if you're off to a restaurant and can't be sure there are high chairs available, or if you're likely to be visiting child-free relatives or friends.
There are various types available, including chair harnesses, such as The Gro Company Chair Harness (pictured above), which are made of fabric and attach to a dining chair using the straps supplied. There are also fold-up, box-shaped booster seats which, as the name suggests, are box-shaped and fold out to create a little booster seat that straps to a chair. Some even come with trays.
Pros of portable high chairs:
Cons of portable high chairs:
Fabric chair harnesses cost from just £10.
You don't need to spend hundreds to get a decent high chair, which may be a relief to hear – especially if you've already spent the majority of your baby budget on a pushchair, car seat and baby monitor.
The amount you spend will be largely dictated by the type you want. Lightweight, foldable models are cheapest, while the wooden convertible models cost more but are made to grow with your child. Our cheapest Best Buy is around £70.
A cheap high chair (less than £40) can be perfectly adequate for many parents, so long as they’re not looking for snazzy features or stylish designs or large amounts of adjustment options.
However, you’ll still get the basic folding design, chair padding, tray (which can be extra on some pricier models), and a footrest. They’re usually made of plastic with an aluminium frame, so are lightweight and fold, which can be a real bonus.
It's very easy to buy or sell a high chair from secondhand sites such as eBay, Gumtree or Facebook marketplace. You may find that typically more expensive brands of high chair such as Stokke or iCandy have a good selection of secondhand high chairs for a reasonable price.
If you buy a high chair secondhand, make sure you get plenty of photos of it before you hand over any money (or even check it over in person) to make sure it's in a good condition. You want to check for the following:
High chairs have to pass numerous British Standards before they can be sold on the UK market. Which? is the only review website that also carries out a range of these tests to check whether the high chair you're going to buy lives up to the manufacturer's claims.
We test how stable the high chairs are, to make sure wriggly babies won't topple the high chair over. We whack each chair with an impact hammer to see if it falls over or breaks, and we throw the trays onto the floor, from one metre up, on every side, to see if any bits break off. We also check for any sharp edges or poor-quality finishes.
We've seen lots of reviews and comments from parents who think the popular is unsafe because, under certain circumstances, it's possible for a child to tip the chair over backwards. Reports suggest that some children are able to push against the edge of a table and force the chair to tip over.
We have tested this model and it passed all our safety tests. It is possible to push over most high chairs, and manufacturers do say that children should not be left in a high chair unattended as it is unsafe. However, we know this is not always practical when you've got young children and you're trying to prepare dinner and get things done.
If you're worried about your child pushing the Stokke Tripp Trapp or any other high chair over, we suggest you place the chair with its back to a wall, which will stop it falling over completely.
No, not usually. When your baby can sit up unaided and has control of his or her head and neck, you can start using a high chair – this is generally around six or seven months, coinciding with weaning. However, some multifunction high chairs include a newborn attachment, which means your baby can be next to you at the table, at the same height as the rest of the family, even if he or she can't yet sit up unaided.
When your child no longer needs a high chair (and the age will vary depending on the style of high chair you buy), then you may want to get rid of it. You can either sell it via an online marketplace, give it to a charity shop, friend or family member, or dispose of it.
If you decide to throw it away, it's likely you'll need to take it to your local council tip, as most local authorities won't collect something as large as a high chair in kerbside rubbish pick-ups.
It's worth seeing if parts of the high chair can be separated out and put into recycling, but this will depend on the type of plastic it's made of and how easy it is to separate.