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Last updated: 12 July 2023


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Our experts test and compare the latest high chairs in our NATA-accredited labs to find out which ones are sturdy, safe, and easy to clean. 

Our testing includes:

  • a side and rear stability test to see if the high chair will topple over
  • assessing strength of construction
  • checking for finger pinching or entrapment risks
  • checking whether the chair comes with a five-point harness and adequate side and back protection
  • checking whether the locking mechanisms are secure enough to prevent a child falling out.

Some higher-scoring models may do well on safety but we'll only recommend ones that do a decent job in our real-life baby food cleaning tests.

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Safety is a vital part of our testing. We test each high chair against the Australian Standard for high chairs, AS 4684:2009. The standard also requires compliance with at least one of the international standards, so we refer to the European Standard EN 14988. We also see how easy each chair is to use and clean.

High chairs we recommend pass all important safety tests, have a five-point harness and are not difficult to clean.

This review also includes some previously tested models that are now discontinued but may still be available second-hand. Select the 'Related products' filter on the left and tick 'Discontinued models' to view them.

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    Passed key safety tests

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    Key safety tests include stability, durability and security of the frame locking mechanism. In some cases, we find minor issues (such as finger entrapment in a hard to reach area) which may still make the high chair worth considering. Those models still pass the key safety tests. Some failures are rated as very minor - a model with only very minor failures can still be recommended.

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      Models that pass all our key safety tests will score 80-100% for performance. Models with minor safety failures such as finger entrapment hazards, sharp edges or one-button buckling devices may still be worth considering. These models score 60-65% for performance. We don't recommend models with serious safety or durability failures. These models score 40% or less for performance.

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      Ease of cleaning score

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      We check how easy it is to clean a range of children's foods from the high chair seat, harness and tray (where available). Scores are then averaged. Ease of cleaning makes up 30% of the overall score and we only recommend models that score at least 55% for this.

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        • Depth (cm)
        • Dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
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