Baby mealtimes are a challenge. Which high chairs are sturdy and safe, and easy to clean? The CHOICE lab reviews high chairs to Australian standards, and conducts real-life cleaning tests on them, too. Find out how we test high chairs and what to look for when you're buying a high chair.
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 they are to use and clean.
Our testing includes:
You've told us it's important that a high chair is easy to clean, so our interactive comparison tool helps you filter by cleaning score. You can also check whether the high chair has useful features such as a tray or castors. CHOICE Recommended high chairs pass all important safety tests and have a five-point harness.
This review includes some previously tested models that are now discontinued but may be available second hand; select the 'Related products' filter at left to see those models.
List of brands we tested in this review.
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These models passed our safety and durability tests. Ease of cleaning is also taken into account. All recommended models must score at least 80% for performance and at least 70% overall. We also only recommend models with 5-point harnesses.
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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.
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. Models worth considering may have minor safety failures such as finger entrapment hazards, sharp edges or have one-button buckling devices. These models score 60-65% for performance. We don't recommend models with a major safety or durability failure, such as stability or lack of any harness or equivalent restraint. These models score 40% or below for performance. Note: We only recommend models with 5-point harnesses.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.