Reviewers and parents love the Boon Flair Pedestal high chair's sleek modern looks and ease of operation inspired by office chair and molded plastic technologies. From its one-piece, seamless molded seat to its smooth pneumatic lift, the Flair draws few complaints beyond its higher price.
The Boon Flair Pedestal high chair gets top marks for safety from one independent review organization. The seat's heavy pedestal base prevents tipping, and the hidden casters lock easily with a foot pedal. Parents generally like the wheels, but a few say they move a bit on hard floor surfaces even when locked. The Flair has a five-point safety harness with two shoulder height adjustment points, but some parents complain that the harness straps twist and aren't easy to use. The seat has a sturdy, built-in T-shaped bar that fits between the baby's legs so that he or she can't slide out.
The two most popular features of the Boon Flair Pedestal Chair are its seamless molded seat and its smooth pneumatic lift. The molded chair eliminates the nooks and crannies where food tends to get caught. The Flair comes with a seat pad that parents say will not absorb moisture or spills and is easy to remove. The tray comes with two removable inserts that fit in most dishwashers. Some parents say the tray is small, but at least one reviewer notes that the tray inserts fit so well that babies can't pick it up.
The pneumatic base is designed like the lift on an office chair, which allows for continuous height adjustment from a pedal on the chair's base. A locking mechanism secures the chair when the desired height is reached. A small number of parents don't care for this design, but the majority say the lift is nearly effortless to use and allows them to adjust the height as needed.
The Boon Flair Pedestal high chair's sleek, understated appearance makes it popular with parents who want their high chair to fit into a more modern décor. The sleek base hides six pneumatic wheels that enable parents to roll the child from room to room, and the pedestal base fits under the table for family dining. Its only real downside is that it does not recline. That means that it is only appropriate for babies who can sit up independently (6 to 9 months), and it doesn't allow babies to lie back and self-feed from a bottle.
The Boon Flair carries only a 90-day warranty. However, Boon representatives say that this relatively short warranty is due to warranty coverage abuses and that Boon will be responsive to any issues that arise with its products when contacted directly.
The Boon Flair provides an innovative and user-friendly take on high chair design, but it is lacking some key features to make it as long lasting and comfortable as possible. The Boon just misses being our best reviewed because, for the price, it would be better if the seat reclined and it adapted to growing children with features such as an adjustable foot rest.
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 there is a write-up on the Boon Flair High Chair.
Review: High Chairs, Denise and Alan Fields, Version 9.1, 2012
While the Boon Flair isn't the highest-rated pick in this review in the now defunct parenting publication Cookie magazine, it earns a place as the "smoothest operator" and a rating of 4 stars out of 5 for both cleanability and durability. Its easy adjustment is the biggest plus, as well as its modern design.
Review: Road Test: High Chairs, Sarah Engler, August 2007
Hollie Schultz notes that the Boon Flair tray is very small, but she says that's a good thing because it encourages children to learn to keep food on their tray earlier. She likes that the tray inserts fit into most dishwashers due to their small size. She also likes the pneumatic lift and other ease of use features. The Boon Flair Pedestal Chair makes her list of top five high chairs.
Review: Boon Flair High Chair Review, Hollie Schultz, Aug. 3, 2008
Not dated Heather Corley, About.com's guide to Baby Products, includes the Boon Flair High Chair in her roundup of the top high chairs for baby. Corley likes the Flair's looks and ease of use features including the pneumatic lift seat and hidden caster wheels. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 8 High Chairs for Baby, Heather Corley
The Boon Flair Pedestal Chair is one of a dozen high chairs evaluated by Susan Adcox, About.com's Grandparents Guide Adcox provides an overview of high chairs as a guide to grandparents who may want to keep a high chair in their home for when their grandchildren visit. 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: High Chairs and Other Baby Chairs for Grandparents' House, Susan Adcox, Not dated
The Boon Flair Pedestal High tops this list of 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
7. Pregnancy & Newborn
Pregnancy & Newborn magazine collects readers' reviews of baby products. This favorable review commends the Boon Flair for a design that is both easy to clean and cool looking. The person who wrote it does seem to have quite a bit of experience with high chairs, even though we don't know his credentials.
Review: Best Baby High Chair Reviews, By "Tim", Nov. 30, 2010
The Boon Flair Pedestal Chair tops this list of the five best selling modern high chairs. The reviews are not comparative, rather they are based upon sales at Diapers.com and customer reviews.
Review: Top 5 Modern High Chairs, Editors of Diapers.com, Not dated
Baby-planning consultants Melissa Gould and Ellie Miller provide their top choices in a number of baby-product categories on Tibesti.com. The Boon Flair is included in a best-of selection in their latest roundup. 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 By Melissa and Ellie, Melissa Gould and Ellie Miller, Not dated
Grandparents.com is geared toward grandparents, but it is similar to parenting resource site BabyCenter.com. While the Boon Flair isn't the top pick, it is included in this roundup of high chairs.
Review: Product Roundup, High Chair Roundup, We Evaluate High Chairs -- the Simple and the Sophisticated, Phoebe Assenza, Not dated
The Boon Flair makes The Bump's editors roundup of the most stylish high chairs. In addition to style, the Boon Flair is commended for its easy adjustments and easy cleaning. However, it was not tested by the editors, and the review is not comparative.
Review: Most Stylish High Chairs, Editors, Not dated
The editors of Parenting.com have come up with a list of their top four "Mom-Tested Hot High Chairs." The Boon Flair is praised for its stylishness and ease of cleaning. No negatives are mentioned.
Review: Mom-Tested Hot High Chairs, Editors of Parenting.com, Not dated
In nearly two dozen reviews, the Boon Flair Pedestal Chair earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Most say they love its ease of cleaning and adjustments, as well as its attractive styling. Several note that they wish it would recline, and even lovers of the chair say it is expensive.
Review: Boon Flair Pedestal Highchair with Pneumatic Lift, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Sept. 2012
The Boon Flair receives a score of 90 out of 100 based on more than 10 consumer reviews. Parents say the Boon Flair Pedestal Chair is safe and easy to clean, but there are a few durability complaints.
Review: Boon Flair High Chair, Contributors to Viewpoints, As of Sept. 2012