Reader-Tested High Chairs

Finding the right high chair--a key factor in making meals a pleasant experience--can be tricky. See what our testers had to say about popular brands.

Easy Comfort by Evenflo, $100

Once your child can sit up on her own, it's time to invite her to join you at the dinner table. But finding the right high chair--a key factor in making meals a pleasant experience--can be tricky. Since the chair has to withstand about two years of heavy use (not to mention possible hand-me-down duty), you want to make sure it's a model that's safe, sturdy, and easy to clean. Before buying, check that the chair has a durable safety harness to keep your little one in place, as well as a tray that can be easily removed. Read on to see which seats left our testers happy, healthy, and hungry for more.

Easy Comfort by Evenflo, $100

Tested By: Denise and Ralph Laraiso with Emilla, 14 months; Nicholas, 3; Vincent, 4; Anthony, 7; and Joey, 10 Decatur, Ill.

Using the chair's simple instructions, we were up and running in just ten minutes. The casters make this model very easy to move around the house, and because the unit folds down, we can even take it with us on day trips to visit friends. We feel Emilia is very secure in the chair, although she does sit a little lower than we'd like. One great space-saving feature: The tray can be removed and stored on the chair's back legs.

Bottom line: A top pick with great portability.

DoubleTray Infant-to-Youth by Graco, $90

DoubleTray Infant-to-Youth by Graco, $90

Tested By: Denise and Ralph Laraiso with Emilla, 14 months; Nicholas, 3; Vincent, 4; Anthony, 7; and Joey, 10 Decatur, Ill.

We were very frustrated by the instructions for this chair--it took us almost an hour to set it up. Now that the model is ready, we like that the upholstery isn't too cutesy and that the five-point harness really holds Emilia in place. However, the chair is difficult to fold for storage and adjust for height. Plus, because there are no wheels, the unit can be hard to move around the house.

Bottom line: Though attractive, this chair is not particularly easy to maneuver.

Perfect Recliner by Kolcraft, $80

Perfect Recliner by Kolcraft, $80

Tested By: Leah and David Goymer with Sarah, 14 months; Andrew, 5; and Philip, 9 Nampa, Idaho

We love how streamlined and uncomplicated this high chair is and how simple it is to clean: The removable cloth seat cover can be tossed in the washing machine. The one-handed tray-release bar is extremely easy to use, and we feel that Sarah is very safe. On the down side, we wish the chair were easier to move around the house. Since it doesn't have wheels or handles, we end up leaving it in the dining room.

Bottom line: A great basic choice, but mobility is limited.

Healthy Care by Fisher-Price, $70

Healthy Care by Fisher-Price, $70

Tested By: Leah and David Goymer with Sarah, 14 months; Andrew, 5; and Philip, 9 Nampa, Idaho

With a wide base, a five-point harness, and an amply padded seat, this high chair scores top marks for safety. Also, the removable tray is a cinch to clean, and the height-adjustment feature works like a dream. We are able to move the chair easily around the house, and it is really simple to fold and put away. Our biggest complaint: The shoulder straps are a little difficult to clean.

Bottom line: In terms of safety, easy storage, and price, this chair can't be beat.

Trend High Chair by Baby Trend, $90

Trend High Chair by Baby Trend, $90

Tested By: Michele and Richie Ortiguerra with Masen, 8 months, and Nina, 2 Oxnard, Calif.

This is the perfect high chair! Assembly took just five minutes, and we love how safe and snug Masen is in the five-point harness. The seat pad is not only removable for washing but also reversible. Moving the high chair around couldn't be easier--the casters work well and even lock for extra safety. And with six height and four reclining positions, this model will be simple to adjust as Masen grows.

Bottom line: Multiple positions and ease of use make this chair a super choice.

Easy Seat by Graco, $50

Easy Seat by Graco, $50

Tested By: Michele and Richie Ortiguerra with Masen, 8 months, and Nina, 2 Oxnard, Calif.

Thanks to the well-illustrated directions, we had this chair ready in minutes. The tray's compartments are helpful for holding jars and bowls while we feed our son, and the seat and chair wipe clean in a snap. While we feel that Masen is safe, the seat does seem a bit large for him. We will probably leave this seat at Grandma's house. Bottom line: A simple and basic chair that works fine for bigger babies.

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