An expensive but gorgeous looking option. Measure up before you buy - it changes height when flipped from highchair to chair mode, but its height as a highchair or as a child seat is fixed in one position
The Little Saints HiLo highchair offers stunning looks and a clever concept. However when put to use, you may find there are a number of lows, depending on your home and lifestyle.
Created by Canadian design duo Age and distributed in the UK through Little Saints, the HiLo is a dual height chair that’s able to function as a highchair and then an under-table chair, which Age says makes it suitable for ages 6 months to 6 years.
The HiLo features a 5-point harness (which can be converted to a 3-point harness), a crotch bar attached to the removable tray, a washable insert for the tray and solid wood legs. It has a plastic seat, which has no BPA, PVC or phthalates.
The HiLo is a durable piece of furniture and is designed to be recycled. It is available in a number of colours - Raspberry, Portobello (coffee), Asparagus, Blueberry, Carrot and Chocolate. There’s the option of an insert cushion, for £19.99, too.
Size wise, the highchair is tall with a big footprint. It doesn’t collapse for storage, so you’ll need to have the space for the HiLo. At 9kg it’s heavy too. If you want to move it, there are tiny wheels attached to the back legs but that said, I found it easier to carry it.
What we love
The Little Saints HiLo highchair is extremely stylish and could grace an equally stylish space, be that kitchen, diner or living room, easily.
With solid birch wood legs forming the base of the structure and the many desirable colour options, this highchair has an understated beauty.
It is incredibly easy to clean as there is absolutely nowhere for food to accumulate. Plus its removable tray is dishwasher safe.
What to watch out for
When I first received the HiLo, straight away I thought how fab it looked. Different to anything else I’d seen, I loved its modern look and edgy feel. Then I was shown how it swivelled and turned from a highchair (for my baby Sofia) to an under-table seat (for my 3-year-old Esme), and I was immediately sold on the idea. However, when I started using it, I began to find it wasn’t so practical for me.
The plastic seats are supposed to encourage good posture but my baby Sofia slouches over to one side a lot in the highchair.
The safety harness can be a 5-point harness, or you can remove the shoulder straps to make it a 3-point harness. The design is set up to use the same straps in both modes. The straps start from the base of the seat so that they can feed through to both set-ups. As a 5-point harness, I found (in highchair mode) the two shoulder straps continually slid off my baby. In a short space of time, I found myself not bothering with the shoulder part of the harness.
The seat in highchair mode felt high to me, and you can’t adjust the height position. It seems like it’d be at its best if you feed your baby standing up, or perhaps had breakfast bar stools. I prefer to sit with Sofia, and trying to feed her with me sitting on one of our kitchen/dining chairs meant that she was too high for me and it was uncomfortable.
If you’re a family with two children like mine, one of the HiLo’s possible selling points could be that you need only invest in one chair for both of them. That after feeding one, you simply spin it round and use it for the other. This would only be handy if you don’t all eat together. Spinning the highchair around would probably be more useful if you were looking for a purchase that could offer a longer life span.
When I do spin the chair around to swap modes, I find it difficult to do so. The pull-out knobs that action this movement are stiff to engage, and it hasn’t got any easier over the month I’ve been testing this seat out.
Having used the HiLo in chair mode at the table for my 3-year-old Esme, I feel that although it works now, it won’t adjust as she grows - it has only the one height position. Our table also has a low bar around the inside, so Esme knocks her knees.
The HiLo’s price tag could also put it out of reach for some parents that may fall in love with its good looks and rotating feature.
Who is the Little Saints HiLo best for?
Parents with space at home after a style statement.
Gorgeous to look at, the HiLo is a brilliant concept, though you need to measure up and look at your lifestyle before you invest. The idea of being two seats in one and how it swivels over is clearly clever. However, depending on your budget, the way you like to feed your baby in a highchair (sitting down, standing, etc) and your dinner table, you may or may not get along with the HiLo.