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What's behind our high chair Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 37 models in high chairs to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based on safety, ease of use and ease of cleaning.
  • Safety
    Safety for each high chair was assessed by our testing, which is based on the currently-voluntary safety standard, ASTM F404-16. Tests include evaluations of the restraint system, stability of the high chair, and static and dynamic load assessments as well as other tests.
  • Ease of use
    Ease of use is based on trained panelists' assessments of harness adjustment and use, folding and unfolding, removing and replacing the tray and tray insert (if any), adjusting seat back and height where applicable, removing and replacing the seat cover.
  • Ease of cleaning
    Ease of cleaning reflects how easy or difficult it was to clean the high chair, taking into account the configuration and materials used in the chair frame, seat, seat pad, tray and tray insert, if any. Easiest-to-clean surfaces should be smooth with minimal seams or crevices to collect gunk. Seat pads, if present, should be machine washable and/or easy to clean effectively with a damp cloth or sponge.


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Recommended high chairs are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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Wooden high chairs aren't always as comfortable or cushy for babies as the latest, form-fitting models on the market now, and many of them might not meet the latest safety standards. Look carefully at the high chairs you're considering to make sure that the one you buy suits your needs. Midpriced high chairs are generally the best value and have the best combination of useful features. If you're looking for information about high chairs, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ high chair reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our high chair buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased ratings and high chair reviews to help you choose the best high chair for your needs.

High chair buying guide

When it comes to selecting a high chair, try not to be overwhelmed by the choices on the market: there are literally dozens: classic or modern, wooden, plastic, or metal, among other options. But the right high chair can help make feeding a hungry baby a lot more enjoyable for both of you. Here's what's to consider.

Today's high chairs–whether they're made of wood, metal, or plastic--are loaded with features such as adjustable trays with dishwasher-safe inserts that make cleanup a cinch, seats that recline to multiple positions, and chair heights that accommodate your growing baby and give you flexibility to feed her at different levels.

Regardless of the materials, you should look for high-chair safety features that include a crotch post; a safety-restraint system with a five-point harness; wheels that lock in place (or no wheels); and, when folding, chairs that won't scissor, shear, or pinch you or your little one's fingers.

At a minimum, you'll want a stable, sturdy high chair that can stand up to heavy use, spills, and regular cleaning for at least a year. Although they're intended for children from infancy up to about three years (the typical top weight is 40 to 50 pounds), some babies can't bear to sit in one once they become adventurous toddlers.

Many high chairs now convert to toddler chairs when your child is ready to sit at the table with the rest of the family. You usually make the switch by removing the tray and adjusting the chair height so you can scoot your toddler right up to the table. That's a good thing because a regular kitchen or dining room chair will probably put your child at chin level to the table. Since you'll need some kind of transitional chair, you might as well get the most mileage from a high chair.

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