The Bloom Fresco Chrome is one of the most modern-looking high chairs available, but it's also one of the most expensive. Reviewers say it's a well-designed chair that doesn't look babyish. It is suitable for newborns up to 70 pounds and all accessories are included in the price. However, it gets panned for being difficult to clean and hard to move around, and for taking up a lot of space.
Safe from newborn to school age. The Bloom Fresco Chrome is built with all-in-one safety features so the chair can be a baby cradle (zero to 6 months), a full-service high chair (6 months to 3 years) and a toddler seat (3 years to 79 pounds). Its scoop-shaped seat reclines to cradle sleeping babies. It can also recline in high-chair mode, and has a five-point safety harness and a crotch post.
Smooth adjustability. The Bloom Fresco Chrome has a pedestal design with pneumatic seat height adjustment that reviewers say works smoothly. The wheels make it possible to move the chair, but some owners say the process of tipping the chair to wheel it around is awkward because it's heavy and not particularly portable. The Fresco has removable wipe-clean seat pads that can be tossed in the laundry, but reviewers say the colors fade. They also note that in spite of the seemingly smooth scoop-like seat, it's very hard to clean. While the Fresco is described by some reviewers as complicated to set up, owners find the included DVD helpful.
Not a babyish chair. Although the Bloom Fresco Chrome is pricey compared to other high chairs, it transitions from cradle to high chair to play chair with no additional purchases required. For parents who value aesthetics, the Fresco is eye-catching and modern, but many who initially love it for its looks come to detest it for other reasons, including its large footprint and difficulty of moving and cleaning. One thing parents love: The chair has a 360-degree rotation so baby can face any part of the room. It has an adjustable footrest but it is small, making climbing in and out of the chair hard for younger toddlers.
1. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" is a popular and well-organized guide to baby-related products. Authors Denise and Alan Fields conduct hands-on testing as well as parent, manufacturer and retailer interviews. The section on high chairs has detailed reviews of a number of high chairs, including the Bloom Fresco, as well as ratings and rankings.
Review: Chapter 6: Feeding Baby: Breastfeeding, Bottles, High Chairs, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition
After about a dozen customer reviews, the Bloom Fresco Chrome earns an average rating of 3.3 stars out of 5. Owners say they like the swivel feature and the chair is attractive, but it gets poor ratings for overall ease of use.
Review: Bloom Fresco Chrome Contemporary Chair Frame, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
The Bloom Fresco earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 after about 18 reviews. Feedback is mixed, with some parents saying it's a wonderful high chair and others reporting that it's very difficult to clean. A number of users add that it has a large footprint.
Review: Bloom Fresco Chrome, Contributors to Mumsnet.com, As of March 2014
The Bloom Fresco high chair makes this list of the top five modern high chairs by baby products guide Heather Corley. She says it's aesthetically pleasing and is good for babies to older children. The review is not comparative, and there is no mention of testing.
Review: Top Modern High Chairs, Heather Corley, Not dated