The Graco Contempo is a reasonably priced and reasonably functional high chair that folds away compactly. It seems to be most popular as a second high chair in a grandparent's or caregiver's home. It stores well, but it is not easy to clean.
The Graco Contempo is described by parents as a well-constructed and sturdy high chair. It is equipped with a convertible five- or three-point harness and has a T-bar that prevents baby from sliding out of the seat. The wheels get mixed reviews, with some owners saying they are not effective on wood or hard surface floors. More than one parent mentions that the tray table insert is easy for larger babies to remove and fling across the room.
One of the biggest selling points to the Graco Contempo is its ability to fold down flat and stow away easily. However, more than one parent comments that the folding mechanism is difficult to operate and requires two hands. The seat comes with two removable, machine washable covers, but the seat itself has to be wiped clean. Some parents say the strap channels collect food particles. There are few complaints about the cleaning or removal of the tray -- with the exception of the too-easy-to-remove insert.
The Graco Contempo is described by reviewers and parents as a great choice for small spaces or a caregiver's home because it stores well. It is not overly childish looking. The large tray is described as a good place for messy activities such as finger painting. Parents also like the Contempo's six-position adjustable height and three incline positions.
The Graco Contempo has a one year limited warranty.
The Graco Contempo is a perfectly functional high chair, but it is not the best in its price class for safety or usability. It may be a good choice to use occasionally at Grandma's house, but it's not convenient or durable enough to use day to day.
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 Graco Contempo is mentioned in their review.
Review: High Chairs, Denise and Alan Fields, Version 9.1, 2012
ConsumerReports.org editors test 20 popular high chair models for performance reliability and safety issues. The Graco Contempo is among those tested.
Review: High Chairs Overview, Ratings, and Recommended, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Heather Corley, About.com's guide to Baby Products, includes the Graco Contempo High Chair in her roundup of the top high chairs for baby. Corley says the Contempo is easy to store, and she likes its adjustability and convenience. (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, Not Dated
More than 500 owners weigh in on the Graco Contempo Highchair on Amazon.com, and it receives an overall rating of 4.5 stars. Parents like the fold-flat design, as well as the fact that the chair comes preassembled. One parent calls it a "great-looking chair." Some users say the chair can be difficult to clean and the seat pad is inconvenient to remove.
Review: Graco Contempo Highchair, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Sept. 2012
The Graco Contempo receives 5 out of 5 stars in about 35 reviews. Parents say the seat is easy to clean and use and is of good quality. They also say its ability to fold makes it a great space saver.
Review: Graco Contempo High Chair, Contributors to Target.com, As of Sept. 2012
6. Babies 'R' Us
The Graco Contempo receives 3.8 out of 5 stars in about 30 reviews. These reviews are mixed, with some parents loving the chair and others saying it's bulky and has durability issues, and the tray does not fit in the dishwasher.
Review: Untittled, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of Sept. 2012
The Graco Contempo receives a score of 87 out of 100 based on about 100 consumer reviews. The overall ratings are positive (4 of 5), but the seat loses points for durability and design. While some parents have nothing bad to say about the chair, others list a variety of complaints including poor quality of the seat cover, nooks and crannies for food to hide in, a tray cover that small children can remove and problems with the harness rubbing on the child.
Review: High Chairs, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of Sept. 2012
The Graco Contempo makes this list of the top five best selling high chairs in the traditional, category. Reviews are not comparative or a result of testing, rather they are based upon total sales at Diapers.com and customer feedback.
Review: Top High Chairs and Boosters, Editors of Diapers.com, Not dated