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Don't Buy high chairs

by Hannah Fox

A Don't Buy high chair may be unstable and topple over, pose a finger-trapping risk, or be uncomfortable to sit in.

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Avoid low-scoring high chairs

Which? high chair reviews go further, thanks to our independent, rigorous safety checks and feedback from parent testers and their babies and toddlers. If a high chair fails during our tests, we believe it's not suitable for daily wear and tear from a baby or toddler, who'll wriggle, stand, lean and, at some point, probably throw a tantrum in it.

We carry out safety and durability checks to ensure the high chairs meet the latest British Standards. This covers a range of areas including construction, strength and durability, harness safety, stability, impact tests, tray drop tests and footrest tests.

Our reviews answer common questions, such as: 

  • How safe is the high chair? 
  • Is it sturdy and stable? 
  • How easy is it to put together? 
  • Can I get my baby in and out easily?   
  • Is it a pain to clean? 
  • Should I buy it?

Go straight to our high chair reviews to discover the best and worst models.

Discover more information on how we test high chairs.

High chair reviews you can trust 

We ask parents and their children to test high chairs from the biggest brands, including Stokke, Joie, Chicco and Graco, to ensure they are practical to use and suitable for your lifestyle. We rate how easy each high chair is to assemble, settle your baby into securely, fold and unfold, move, store and adjust, so you can easily compare the pros and cons of different models. Most importantly, we also check safety.

  • Our lab experts check the construction of the chair, looking out for any shoddy finishing, sharp edges, finger traps and choking hazards.
  • We run tests to check strength and durability on the most important parts of the chair, such as the locking mechanism for folding high chairs, the tray and the harness.
  • We use a test dummy to simulate a child and check the stability of a chair by pushing it forward, rearward and sideways to see if it might topple over.
  • Feeding trays and footrests are tested for strength and durability. We drop the trays to see if they crack or break, and apply a weight to the footrest to replicate a toddler standing up in the high chair. We've seen some footrests fail at 10kg, which is the weight of a one year old.

If a high chair can't survive our tests, we'll have serious doubts about its ability as a safe and suitable product when you get it home and start using it with your baby or toddler. We do not consider the cost of an item when awarding it a score, as we believe, particularly when it comes to products designed for use by children, that the most important factor is that it does its job, and it does it well.

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're not influenced by third parties and we don't accept freebies from product manufacturers or retailers. 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.

Choose the best high chair for you and your baby and avoid the ones that have been marked as a Don't Buy by reading our expert high chair reviews

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