The Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best , which is an upgrade of the Prima Pappa Diner (*Est. $200) with some luxury touches, appeals to parents who want a sturdy, safe and comfortable high chair that can accommodate their baby from the newborn phase through toddlerhood. However, as one well-respected source points out, the Prima Pappa's "day has come and gone". For the price and with the drawbacks, there are better seats out there that will keep babies and toddlers just as happy.
The Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best high chair gets top safety ratings from one independent testing organization, and it has all the safety features you would expect of a high chair in its price range, plus some. There is a five-point harness, passive restraint and a pommel between baby's legs. It comes with an infant insert. The Prima Diner has slightly less luxurious padding than the Best, and the Best comes with an infant insert.
The Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best comes fully assembled and ready to use out of the box, but ease of use may stop there. The folding seat has so much plush padding and so many nooks and crannies for food to collect that, as one parent says, "from a cleaning perspective it is a total failure". The tray comes with a removable insert, but taking the tray off is described as "sticky" and "requiring strength". Finally, the biggest issue with the high chair is the distance of the tray from the baby, allowing large amounts of food to fall from the tray.
The Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best features upholstery described as "butter soft". The chair has a mechanism that allows you to recline the seat into four positions to enable sleeping.
The Prima Pappa high chairs carry a one year warranty against defects.
The Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best will keep children comfortable, but parents may build up resentment about all the elbow grease they expend keeping the seat clean. It's comfortable for napping, but that is not the primary purpose of a high chair.
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 Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best does receive a 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 Prima Pappa Best and Diner are both 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 Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best in her round-up of the top high chairs for baby. She says it's a great place for baby to relax after a big meal. She did not do any actual testing for these reviews. (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
4. Pregnancy & Newborn
Pregnancy & Newborn magazine posts reviews from readers. They are all highly favorable, and the review of the Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best is no exception. The reviewer likes the chair's comfort and features -- and that it comes assembled.
Review: Best Baby High Chair Reviews, By Beth, Nov. 1, 2011
The Prima Pappa earns an average rating of 3.3 stars out of 5 from more than 45 Amazon.com contributors. Owners like the chair's luxuriousness but don't like the challenging clean up or cumbersome tray.
Review: Peg Perego Prima Pappa 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 Prima Pappa is included in a best-of selection in their 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