The Inglesina Zuma is a high chair parents praise primarily for its attractive, modern design. It folds to fit under a table and reclines easily so infants can join the family at mealtimes. It does have a lower weight rating than most high chairs, which is a drawback considering its higher price.
The Inglesina Zuma has maintains stability thanks to its Z-shaped base. Most parents like this design, but a few say that the back legs pose a tripping hazard. The Zuma has a deep, bucket style seat with a five-point harness that converts to a three-point harness. The seat has a bar between the child's legs, but it is too short in older models, leaving a space for a child to slide through. The horn has been made taller for 2012 models, so that is less likely. The Zuma's bucket seat reclines securely for comfortable napping or bottle feeding.
The Zuma comes almost entirely preassembled and needs no tools to set up. The seat comes with two removable, machine-washable seat pads -- one that covers the entire seat for babies and a smaller pad for older babies and toddlers. Parents say the bucket seat wipes clean easily, and some don't bother with the seat pads. The Zuma comes with two tray inserts that are dishwasher safe, but parents and reviewers complain that the tray itself is positioned too far away from the child and food spills are an issue with older models of this chair. Inglesina has responded to these complaints by redesigning the 2012 Zuma with a tray that is wider and closer to the baby and a more vertical seat that positions the baby closer to the tray. Parents and reviewers alike describe the Zuma as easy to adjust and easy to maneuver with its two front wheels.
The Zuma is a good choice for parents who want a high chair with a sleek modern design that is also foldable -- a feature missing on many of the modern style chairs. Inglesina has designed the Zuma so that it folds to stow beneath a table, which makes it a good option for apartment living and in homes where closet space is limited. The biggest drawback to the Zuma is its relatively low weight rating of 33 pounds. This chair will not see most children through to more than 3years of age. And, with its higher price tag it would be nice if this chair could convert for tableside dining.
In addition to redesigning the Inglesina Zuma's tray and seat in response to complaints from consumers, Inglesina also made the removable tray insert snap into place so that babies couldn't pick it up on their own. All Inglesina products carry a one-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
The Inglesina Zuma is a good choice for parents who need a chair that stows under a table and is easy to clean; however, it is difficult to reconcile the Zuma's relatively high price with its more limited life span. Its low weight rating of 33 pounds means that many children will outgrow it sooner than other high chairs, which keeps the Zuma a runner up in this category.
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 Inglesina Zuma High Chair.
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 Inglesina Zuma is among those tested.
Review: High Chairs Overview, Ratings, and Recommended, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
The Inglesina Zuma High 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' Houses, Susan Adcox, Not Dated
The Inglesina Zuma is included in 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
5. Pregnancy & Newborn
Contributed by a reader of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine, this favorable review describes the Zuma as easy to use and clean. The reviewer especially likes that the chair arrives almost totally assembled. She does note that there is too much distance between the baby and the tray, but she is testing a model prior to 2012, when the manufacturer says they fixed this issue.
Review: Best Baby High Chair Reviews, By "Ginny", Jan. 29, 2010
In more than two dozen reviews the Inglesina Zuma receives an overall rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars. Some users appreciate the chair's looks and easy fold, while others say it's very hard to clean.
Review: Inglesina Zuma High Chair, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Sept. 2012
Baby-planning consultants Melissa Gould and Ellie Miller provide their top choices in a number of baby-product categories on Tibesti.com. The Inglesina Zuma is included in a best-of selection in their roundup in the best value category. 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