We Love, You Need: The Best High Chairs of 2013. Which One Should You Buy?

Ready to buy a high chair for Baby? Check out our expert and parent-tested reviews first! (19 Photos)

Kate Bayless on Feb 25, 2013 at 2:09PM

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BabyBjorn High Chair

BabyBjorn

a Kate Bayless on Feb 20, 2013 at 10:42AM

Expert Rating:

High Chair Stats

Weight range: 6 months up to 3 years
Chair weight: 11 lbs. Dimensions: 32.5"H x 21"D x 21"W; folded – 37"H x 9"D x 21"W
Price: $259
Get It Now: Just Kids Store 

Expert Review: The BabyBjorn High Chair has the compact simplicity we've come to expect from the brand. The chair is petite -- weighing just 11 lbs. (the lightest we've tested!) and standing 32.5" tall. The high chair has one of the easier assemblies we tested -- a one-piece seat and tray unit and four legs that click into place in mere seconds. The small tray has a removable, dishwasher-safe tray topper, but neither has much of a lip, which led to grapes and a sippy on the floor. The tray topper also had a shiny finish, which seemed like it would dull and scratch over time. The tray adjusts to three positions, from the very close (5.5" from the seat back) out to 7" making it less ideal for beefy babies. The molded plastic seat has no pad, but its one-piece design makes cleaning it a breeze. A 3-point harness helps hold your babe in place, as does the snug tray position. Bjorn says the seat is geared for kids up to 3 years old, but due to the stationary footrest and tight tray position, this may be pushing it for most kids.

Why we love it: super compact; easy to assemble; easy to wipe clean

What we wish it had: cheaper price tag; more slip-resistant feet; free-standing when folded; ability to use it without the tray

Great for: parents looking for a super compact high chair; those frustrated by lots of product assembly; parents with kids on the smaller side

Bottom line: The ease of assembly, cleaning and compactness of the Baby Bjorn High Chair makes us swoon, but the price tag and the inability to use it sans tray for older kids makes us think twice.

Parent Rating: 
"This is a great looking chair. It's really streamlined and is sleek and modern. I love that it has a small footprint and can fold up to just a few inches wide."

"It has a much smaller seat than you're used to seeing on a highchair, but my son is slim, and he fits in it well."

"This chair isn't adjustable at all. The seat doesn't recline back, and is only about 6 inches wide at its deepest. The footrest isn't adjustable either, and at 23 months, my son's feet are already well below it. I'm not too bothered by those things because my son seems really comfortable in the chair. However, I do wish the leg-height was adjustable. I like to pull the chair up to the table so that my son can eat with us. This chair just barely slides under our table top and only if I take off the detachable tray."

"It's all plastic and has a simple, clean shape, so it's very easy to wipe down. There is a detachable tray topper, but the rest of the tray doesn't come off -- it just folds down. So if you don't use the detachable tray you have to clean off the tray before letting your child out or food will fall on the floor. The tight fit of the tray has seemed to keep more food on the tray than getting in his lap, which is great."

"You must squeeze and twist a knob to bring the tray up or down, which takes a little practice and is not intuitive to new users. To fold, you lift the tray all the way up with a push and pull motion under the tray. Then a push of a button behind the seat brings the legs together. This makes it about 10 inches wide. It takes a couple times to get the process, but it's fairly easy."

“It was extremely easy to assemble. I put it together before looking at the directions."

-- Sara and her 23-month-old, from Seattle, WA

 

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