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Highchairs you rate and recommend
What makes a good highchair? Well, that really depends on what your needs are, so we’ve created a checklist on how to choose a highchair that will suit your needs. If you’re thinking about a booster seat, then check out our buyer’s guide to boosters and travel highchairs.
Here, we reveal our award-winning highchairs and parents picks, that have scored the best in our comprehensive reviews…
1. Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero 3, £165
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Highchair – Gold
Available in colours like rose gold and with sleek leather-look upholstery, the Prima Pappa Zero 3 not only looks smart (though we’d expect nothing less from Milan-based brand, Peg Perego), but proves comfortable and functional, too.
It scored especially highly with our judges for its hard-to-fault ease of use.
Coming in at under 17lbs, it’s lightweight, plus easy to manoeuvre and fold down, making it a boon for tight spaces. But it’s the fully reclining position where this chair really comes into its own. With 7 different height settings and a removable, dishwasher-safe tray, it’s one of very few on the market that is suitable from birth as a comfortable chair for newborns, then from 6 months to 3years for playing and feeding.
MFM judge, Kaleigh says: ‘Fantastic highchair! My daughter is extremely comfortable in the padded seat and the PVC coating makes it very easy to clean up after a messy mealtime.’
For versatility, practicality and style, it certainly ticks the boxes, and unlike some of the other design-led highchairs on our list, such as the Evomove Nomi and the iCandy Michair, you won’t need to shell out for additional extras, which definitely justifies its price-tag.
Available from: Amazon, Trendy Baby and Kiddies Kingdom
2. Chicco Polly Magic Relax, £139
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Highchair – Silver
If comfort is top of your list, the Chicco Polly Magic Relax offers it in spades.
Like the Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero 3, it’s also suitable for use from birth, but this highchair boasts a unique reducer to cocoon newborns and keep them feeling super-snug and secure. Oh, and did we mention it’s double-sided, ensuring babies will be kept cool during summer and warm during winter?
The toy bar is an added bonus, too – perfect for stimulating tots when being used as a safe, relaxing chair (and buying you an extra 5 minutes to sit down with a cuppa!).
As your little one grows, the 8 height positions, 3 backrest positions and adjustable footrest mean it adapts with them. The removable tray, meanwhile, allows your older child to sit at the table with you and feel part of mealtimes.
Okay, so it’s not quite as easy on the eye as Peg Perego’s offering, but it has 4 wheels and folding action, so you can quickly store out of sight if you wish.
And while it’s not cheap, there’s no denying it offers a multitude of truly fantastic features for the price.
MFM reviewer and mum of 5 Alex says: ‘Great highchair. Seat unit is comfortable and soft. Very convenient to store. Price is slightly on the high side but having said that, I would definitely recommend to any new parents.’
Available from: Boots, Argos and Amazon
3. OXO Tot Sprout Highchair, £205
Calling all style-savvy parents looking for a piece of kit worth showing off in your designer kitchen: this one’s for you. From stateside brand OXO, the Tot Sprout Highchair may not instantly appeal to the most spendthrift of parents, but since it works for children from 6 months to 5 years-old (great for encouraging good posture for growing kids), we think it’s an investment item to be used and cherished for years. This is where highchair meets furniture.
In the practicality-stakes, it fares decently, too. As well as being sturdy with a compact footprint (handy for family mealtimes around the dinner table), it’s a doddle to clean; since it’s smooth and streamlined, with wooden legs and a plastic seat and tray, there’s little chance of trapped food and crumbs to contend with.
MFM reviewer and mum of 3 Jenny says: ‘I absolutely love the quality of the product and the ease of putting it together. We have a Stokke Tripp Trapp but much prefer the OXO after having our toddler test them. I love how the food tray can slide in and out with a simple button under the tray. I would definitely recommend it.’
Unlike its predecessors on the list, the Tot Sprout doesn’t recline, so isn’t ideal for a baby that’s just weaning or not able to sit up unaided yet and it can’t fold either, but like we say: when baby paraphernalia looks this good, why hide it?
Read our full MFM review here
Available from: Amazon, Kiddies Kingdom and Dunelm
4. Ikea Antilop, £14
There’s a clear reason why restaurants often favour the Ikea Antilop – and it’s not just the yes-you-read-that-right price tag (we’ll get to that soon). Its smooth and simple plastic seat mean getting it squeaky clean after little ones have finished eating is, well, child’s play. For hygiene reasons alone, it’s brilliant.
But yes, the big draw here is undoubtedly the very small cost, which – when you factor in all the other essentials a baby and toddler needs – is a definite consideration for many cash-strapped parents.
It’s a no-frills highchair, so don’t expect different height positions, a footrest, or even a harness – it comes with just a safety belt – and you’ll need to pay extra for a tray.
However, it’s a modern, understated design that’s incredibly lightweight, and while it can’t fold, the legs can easily be removed, meaning it’s good for travel. It’s also a popular choice for grandparents to keep at their home.
MFM reviewer Sarah says: ‘I really like this highchair and would thoroughly recommend it – in fact, quite a few of my friends have bought one. I like the fact that it’s not too babyish – just neutral colours and functional design.’
So, if you’re tempted by the idea of a decent highchair that costs less than your Friday night takeaway, trust us: this one’s impossible to beat.
Read our full MFM review of the Ikea Antilop
Available from: Ikea and Amazon
5. Chicco Baby Hug 4-in-1, £199
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Silver Innovation of The Year for Children
It’s no surprise this scooped silver in the innovation category at this year’s MFM awards since yes, this is a highchair, but so much more besides.
Converting from a crib for a newborn, to a recliner, highchair and chair (PHEW!), it’s an incredibly clever, multi-use product, growing and adapting as your child’s needs change. Wheels and brakes guarantee easy manoeuvrability, while the toy bar complete with lights and sounds is a big hit with tiny tots.
Considering how much bang you get for your buck (you can easily spend £200 alone on a crib), it’s certainly amazing value and will appeal to parents looking to really get the most out of their budget.
MFM judge and dad of 2 Aston, says: ‘This product has been amazing! I love the style of the product, it is very good for families with not a lot of space in their homes as it has a variety of highlights to it in one product. It cuts down on having to purchase lots of different products, so it is most definitely worth the money, especially as it is from birth – 3 years!’
Available from: Mothercare, Amazon and John Lewis
6. Stokke Tripp Trapp, £178
Flick through the real homes section of any interiors magazine and you’re bound to see a chic family abode complete with a Stokke Tripp Trapp. Launched in 1972, it’s the first truly iconic highchair, instantly recognisable and much loved.
So, why the fuss? Yes, its classic wooden Scandi design, available in a rainbow of beautiful colours, certainly looks the part, but the Tripp Trapp doesn’t compromise function for style.
There’s no tray but that’s because the whole premise of this product is that it’s to be used at the dining table enabling your little one to feel part of the family as soon as they’re able to sit upright.
MFM reviewer Emma says: ‘Compared with the other highchairs I’ve used, the Tripp Trapp has been above par. I really enjoyed the interaction it allowed me to have with my children at the table and it was nice to see how much they enjoyed it, too.’
The height and depth adjustable seat and footrest mean your child is fully supported and comfortable. And as for cost-per-use, we think it offers solid value for money since this one can, with the necessary adjustments, even be used by an adult, making it one that really will grow with your child – and beyond. It’s practically an heirloom piece.
Read our full MFM review here
Available from: Mothercare, Pram Centre and The Baby Room
7. Evomove Nomi Highchair, £200
Following on with the Scandinavian theme, the Nomi was even created by the same designer behind the Tripp Trapp – impressive credentials indeed. But while the other is considered timeless and understated in its appeal, the Nomi is seriously scene-stealing.
It won’t be for everyone – think the Marmite of the highchair world – but it’s sleek, modern, minimalist (dropped food and debris: there’s no place for you here) and available in 7 colours. We reckon this one’s sure to be a real talking point in your home.
MFM reviewer, Lisa says: ‘I’d definitely recommend it. I’m only sorry we didn’t get it sooner!’
Like the Tripp Trapp, the Nomi’s designed to grow with your child and allow them to eat at the family dining table. However, the Nomi has a comfortable plastic seat and contoured back for support, which some parents might prefer to its wooden counterpart.
The basic model is designed to accommodate kids from 2 years right through to teenage years but can also be customised to make it suitable from birth. The Nomi Baby Seat, which comes with a reversible mattress and harness, will set you back an additional £119.99, meaning this one comes in at the top end of most parents’ budgets (though still considerably cheaper than the iCandy Michair).
Though it’s lightweight, it doesn’t fold, so expect this one to be a permanent fixture in your kitchen or dining room.
But if quality design and comfort, not to mention a generous helping of Insta-appeal, are high on your wish list, the Nomi is a real contender.
Read our full MFM review here
Available from: The Baby Room, Uber Kids and Pram World
8. iCandy Michair, £260
iCandy has the covetable pram thing nailed. In fact, rumour has it, Harry and Meghan have even broken with royal tradition and opted for one from the luxury British brand for baby Archie. So, now the company’s entered the highchair market, would you expect anything less stylish than this? Nope. Us neither.
Sleek, chic and easy to clean (its thoughtfully designed shape means dirt and food won’t get trapped), it boasts beautiful craftmanship that really is fit for a prince or princess.
MFM reviewer Becky says: ‘It feels like iCandy have thought of everything. It looks understated and modern and so much tidier at a dining table than a big colourful plastic chair.’
The basic design comes with a dishwasher-safe tray but to make it suitable from birth as a rocker, you’ll need to purchase some extras: the complete set, which includes the highchair, newborn pod, plus a cushion and seat reducer for extra comfort, will set you back around £465 in total.
Like the Stokke Tripp Trapp and Evomove Novi, this is an investment buy that will grow with your child (it can be used up to 6 years of age), and there’s no doubt it offers real wow-factor, but it’s still a considerable outlay for most people. This is the high end of highchairs.
Read our full review here
Available from: Wayfair, Precious Little One and John Lewis
9. Apramo Flippa Dining Booster, £34.99
For households that are squeezed for space or as a portable dining solution on-the-go, this is a super buy. The Apramo Flippa easily attaches to most standard dining chairs and has a simple folding mechanism, so once your little one’s finished eating, it can be easily packed away.
It’s suitable for use for babies who can sit unaided up to 3 years and doubles up as a chair for little ones to play in when positioned on the floor.
It’s well-priced and though still over twice the cost of the next cheapest on our list, the Ikea Antilop, this one has a 3-point harness for added safety and peace of mind, and with that nifty folding action complete with a handy carry strap, it’s a winner for days out and travel.
It’s also a good budget alternative to the Phil & Ted Lobster and arguably easier to keep clean, since the Flippa’s seat is made of plastic.
MFM review and mum of 4 Jodie says: ‘I was pleased by the quality and sturdiness of the frame, and the instructions provided were clear. My 10-month-old son sits happily in the chair and it’s great we can all sit at the dining room table together now. Thanks to is portable size we will be using this on holidays and days out.’
Available from: Amazon, Halfords and Baby Planet
10. Phil & Teds Lobster, £70
A flat-pack dining chair for little ones sounds genius, right? And it is. Truly compact, when folded away into its own carry bag, it measures a diddy 34 x 35 x 8cm, making it perfect for use out and about.
The seat is made from a wipe-clean fabric, and you can remove the tray and pop it into the dishwasher, too. Those ticks just keep on coming.
MFM judge and mum of 2, Kathryn says: ‘This is a really handy item and extremely easy to transport wherever you are going. My son was comfortable in the seat and the harness was very easy to adjust. I thought the quality was amazing and would say it’s definitely made to last.’
It’s a fair bit pricier than the Apramo Flipper, but the design is sleeker and more modern, which could be a plus point if you plan on using it as an alternative to a highchair at home. And unlike the Flipper, the Lobster doesn’t even need to be secured to a chair, since it’s ‘lobster claws’ work to clamp onto the table’s surface, complete with a 4-point safety harness. Its space-saving credentials and long-wearing quality make this one a real find.
Available from: Amazon, Mothercare and Pram World
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