Which? Best Buy high chairs
A Best Buy high chair is safe, sturdy, durable, easy to clean, and has useful features, such as an effective foot rest. These are our best on test.
Don't get stuck with a high chair that's unsafe for your child, a nightmare to clean and so big that you're all falling over it in the kitchen. Which? high chair reviews combine the results of rigorous safety testing, expert ergonomic and ease of use assessments, with user trials by parents and their babies and toddlers.
Which? tests the things you can't tell just by looking at a high chair in the shops, including the strength and stability of every high chair, ensuring it's as safe and as durable as it should be to hold your little one for mealtimes and playtime.
We're the only reviews website we know of that puts high chairs through a range of tough safety and durability tests based on British Standards so you can be sure your baby is kept secure at mealtimes.
- We test the forward, rearward and sideways stability of each high chair so you can be sure it's safe for your baby. We also assess the risk of any potential finger traps. And we whack each high chair with an impact hammer to see if it falls over and/or anything breaks. Any bits that do break off are checked to see how small and sharp they are to see whether they could pose a danger to your baby.
- We apply a weight to each footrest to replicate your toddler climbing on it, or using it to stand up when in the high chair. We've seen some footrests break with a 10kg weight, which is the approximate weight of your one-year-old.
- We smear each high chair with bolognese sauce and sprinkle it with crumbs to find all the places where food can hide from you. This means we can tell those high chairs that are quick and easy for you to clean.
How we uncover the best high chairs
We pound each high chair we test more than 500 times with a 23kg weight so you can be sure those that those we recommend will withstand the worst of your toddler's tantrums at dinner.
Ease of use: We check the weight, fold, footprint and bulk of each highchair to see which are easiest to use, move and store.
Dodgy trays: Trays are removed and dropped on each of their sides to see whether they break. A broken tray is no use to anyone and it could leave sharp edges or small parts that could fit into your baby's mouth.
Harness quality: We ask parent-testers to try out each harness and report back on how easy it is to undo and do up when you've got a wriggly baby under one arm. They'll highlight any fiddly bits and frustrations.
High chair reviews you can trust
High chairs from all the biggest brands go under our scrutiny – including Stokke, Svan, Chicco and Graco – and we've discovered that even the most trustworthy names can occasionally produce a dud.
Which? is independent – we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.
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