The Bloom Fresco Chrome is both one of the most modern-looking chairs available and one of the most expensive. Although its price is higher, the Bloom Fresco Chrome provides a longer lifespan than many high chairs, and it has a multipurpose design. The Bloom Fresco Chrome used to be called the Fresco and Fresco Loft. The design of the chair has not changed, just the materials and the name.
The Bloom Fresco Chrome is built with all-in-one safety features so the chair can be a baby cradle (0 to 6 months), a full service high chair (6 months to 3 years) and a toddler seat (3 years to 79 pounds). The Chrome Fresco's scoop-shaped seat reclines to cradle sleeping babies without a harness restraint. It can also recline in high chair mode It has a five-point safety harness, a T-shaped safety bar that prevents the child from slipping through the seat and an adjustable footrest. However, unlike other baby to-toddler-chair designs, the Fresco's relatively small footrest makes climbing into and out of the chair harder for younger toddlers.
The Bloom Fresco Chrome has a pedestal design with pneumatic-assisted seat height adjustment. The tray height is 3 feet, which reaches the height of most counters. The chair also offers a 360-degree rotation so baby can face any part of the room. The wheels make it possible to move the chair. Some reviewers say the process of tipping the chair to wheel it around is not very smooth. The chair is described as heavy and not very portable.
The Bloom Fresco Chrome has removable wipe-clean seat pads that parents say can be washed with the laundry. The uniform seat-shape enables a relatively simple wipe down; however, the Bloom Fresco Chrome's scoop is not 100 percent crevice free. The Bloom Fresco Chrome comes with a feeding tray and a smaller snack tray. While the Fresco is described by some reviewers as complicated to set up, it comes with a DVD that owners find helpful. Once the chair is set up, changing the harness settings, adjusting the height, reclining the chair and using the tray tables are described as very easy.
The Bloom Fresco Chrome has a high price tag, but none of the costs is hidden. It transitions from cradle to high chair to play chair without requiring additional purchases. For parents who value aesthetics, the Fresco is eye catching and modern, and it doesn't scream baby gear. The pedestal base is relatively compact and slides below tables easily
The Bloom Fresco Chrome carries a two year warranty. Parents and reviewers comment on the quality of the instructions that come with the high chair and the helpfulness of customer care representatives.
The Bloom Fresco Chrome is praised as a well-designed chair that is as beautiful as it is functional. However, the high price tag is a sticking point for many families, and other, less expensive seats can also be used from the newborn phase through school age. They just might not look as cool.
1. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" is a popular and well-organized guide to baby-related products. The section on high chairs mainly covers brands rather than individual models, but the Bloom Fresco Chrome does receive a review.
Review: High Chairs, Denise and Alan Fields, Version 9.1, 2012
The Bloom Fresco Loft High Chair (which is now called the Chrome) is dubbed "Best Bells and Whistles" in this roundup of eight high chairs plus a reader's choice. The reviewer appreciates the versatility of the Bloom Fresco, noting that it can be used as a newborn cradle that transitions into a full service high chair and ultimately a toddler chair, which helps justify its hefty price tag.
Review: Babble Best High Chairs, 2011, Editors, Not dated
The Bloom Fresco high chair makes this list of the top five modern high chairs in this roundup by Baby Products Guide Heather Corley. The review is not comparative, and there is no mention of testing. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top Modern High Chairs, Heather Corley, Not dated
4. Pregnancy & Newborn
Pregnancy & Newborn magazine collects readers' reviews of baby products. This favorable review lauds the Bloom Fresco for its contemporary design and ease of use. The review is not comparative and there are no negatives noted.
Review: Best Baby High Chair Reviews, By "Tracy", Aug. 8, 2011
Baby-planning consultants Melissa Gould and Ellie Miller provide their top choices in a number of baby-product categories on Tibesti.com. The Bloom Fresco is listed as their "best of the best". They say the Bloom Fresco is one of a few contemporary chairs that stays with the baby from birth until school age. Most of the high chairs in their top picks list retail for $200 or more, even in the best value category.
Review: Best Baby High Chairs, Melissa Gould and Ellie Miller, Not dated
The Bloom Fresco makes The Bump's editors roundup of the most stylish high chairs. While editors acknowledge the high price tag, they point out that the chair is versatile and long lasting.
Review: Most Stylish High Chairs, Editors, Not dated