Through hours and hours and hours of extensive research we have a fabulous and comprehensive high chair review to share with you. We’ve reviewed four of the best models – Graco Blossom, Boon Flair, BabyBjorn and Fisher Price Space Saver. Budget, function and design are all worthy considerations when making your high chair choice. Ultimately it’s most important to choose a high chair that best suits your personal needs. The million dollar question… which chair do you have (or want)?!?
Graco Blossom 4 in 1 Seating System
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Highlights: As seen on our General Registry Guide, the Graco Blossom 4 in 1 Seating System is the flagship model of Graco’s high chair line and for good reason. It combines all of the “standard features” one would expect in a high chair – six positions of height adjustment, three position recline seat and a dishwasher safe tray. Further the Blossom has a three position foot rest and removable seat insert to accommodate a growing child. The chair converts from an infant high chair to infant feeding booster to a toddler seat and ultimately to a youth chair – hence the “4 in 1″ name. This convertible features makes the Graco Blossom a great value as it sure to last for years to come. In fact, it can even accommodate more than one child (at different stages).
Lowlights: While the Blossom is “fully loaded” with features one major down fall of the Blossom is that it does not fold for easy storage. Many parents complain about the inability to remove the seat cushions and straps. Overtime, the cushion and straps may get stained with food and general comments are parents would like the ability to be able to throw the cushions and straps in the wash.
Bottom Line: The 4 in 1 Blossom gets a four out of five rating. We were on the fence on bumping it up to five because of the overall value (4 chairs in 1!) and Graco quality however, the inability to fold kept the Blossom at a four out of five rating. If you have the space and folding is not important to you this is a can’t-go-wrong option.
Boon Flair Pedestal Highchair
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Highlights: The modern, futuristic but sturdy design of the Boon Flair Pedestal Highchair is a popular choice among savvy parents. The one piece seat, with no crevices to catch crumbs and removable tray that fits seamlessly into a dishwasher (really, it fits!) makes clean up a breeze. The pneumatic lift, think hair salon-esqe, allows you to adjust the chair to meet any height need you may have – as low as 21 inches and as high as 26.25 inches. Further, parents love the chair’s ability to slide in any and all directions and with its six urethane casters there’s no risk of floor damage.
Lowlights: The Boon is pricey. At $200+ dollars its certainly at the top of the high chair price line. It’s also a larger and heavier chair and with no options for fold and stow this chair becomes a piece of your decor (but at least it has a sleek design!). The seat does not recline which some parents disapprove of. The tray on the Boon is smaller than other comparable chairs but most say it’s not too small to serve its purpose. Few parents complain the breaks don’t lock as well as they would like.
Bottom Line: In general, we approve of the Boon and it give it a four out of five rating. From a quality and design perspective we’d probably give it a five but from a price, weight and size perspective its closer to a three. Therefore, we settle on a four and say if you are okay with the negatives, which really are a matter of preference over function – the Boon is a great option for you!
BabyBjorn High Chair
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Highlights: As featured in the Urban Registry Guide, we are big fans of the BabyBjorn High Chair. Not only for its space saving, easy-fold function but also its overall thoughtful design. This chair gets high marks from parents across the board – it’s super easy to assemble and adjustable to grow with your child. The tray fits snugly against your child minimizing the mess and opportunity for dropped food which makes for easy clean up. The small footprint of this chair makes it ideal for smaller spaces however, you’re not compromising functionality. The no frills, one piece seat and removable tray also help make cleaning a breeze which no doubt is popular among parents. The Chair gets high remarks for overall quality and durability.
Lowlights: Honestly, there isn’t much bad to say about the BabyBjorn High Chair however, it is expensive. Over $200 is steep and it’s arguable their may be less expensive high chairs that do the job just as well. Some parents don’t favor the lack of head support this offers children (the chair is meant for children five months and up). Alternatively, some parents feel it doesn’t fit larger children very well and feel its useful life is shortened.
Bottom Line: We give the BabyBjorn a rating of 4 our of 5. The only reason we can’t give the fifth elephant is the price. We definitely value value around these parts but from a functionality, durability and design perspective the BabyBjorn High Chair can’t be beat.
Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair
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Highlights: You may recall that the Fisher-Price Space Saver Chair was recommended by Abbey, our triplet mom and that’s not the only reason its on our short list. With its obvious space saving design this chair is a winner in our minds. While the chair may appear small – it functions as a full size high chair with its three position recline and three level height adjustment. The seat even converts to a full booster. In addition to loving its space (or lack of space) the chair requires, parents love that it’s easy to assemble and move around the house. To top it off the Space Saver is a great value which we can all appreciate.
Lowlights: There isn’t terribly too much negative feedback about the Space Saver. Some parents complain the tray is large and doesn’t fit very nicely in the dishwasher. Once the Space Saver is strapped to a chair its difficult to push the chair under the table – which to some probably isn’t really an issue but something to consider nonetheless.
Bottom Line: This little chair gets a five out of five. Based on value, functionality, and ease of use, this chair is the complete package. And a mama of three little one’s gives it a glowing review – so why wouldn’t we?
Obviously, there are LOTS of other great high chairs out there and we hope our endless hours of research have shed some light on four models we consider top of the line. We’d love to hear from you on which high chair(s) we should have included in this review and/or which chair you have and would highly recommend!