The Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best is described by one expert reviewer as the "big, cushy recliner of the high chair world." Owners agree, saying it's beautiful, luxurious and very comfortable. However, they say it's a huge headache to keep clean and the tray is too bulky to fit in the dishwasher. The tray also sits back too far and up too high, making it a poor fit for most kids without the optional Booster Cushion (Est. $40).
A safe chair for newborns and toddlers. 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, and an optional Booster Cushion (Est. $40) is available to help provide a better fit.
Too many places for food to hide. The Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best comes almost fully assembled -- the wheels just need to be attached -- but ease of use may stop there. The folding seat has so much plush padding and so many nooks and crannies where food can collect that both experts and owners say the chair's stylish appearance isn't worth the hassle. The tray comes with a removable insert, but removing the tray can be tricky. The distance between the tray and baby allows large amounts of food to fall from the tray, and it is too big to fit in the dishwasher.
May be better for napping than eating. The Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best is made in Italy and features Peg Perego's signature upscale fabrics. The chair has a four-position recline for napping and seven height adjustments to grow with your child, but parents of smaller children say it does not fit them well. A newer model of the Prima Pappa, the Zero 3 (Est. $200), is said to be a better fit for infants and smaller babies. The Prima Pappa Best will undoubtedly keep children comfortable, but parents may grow to resent all the elbow grease they must expend to keep the seat clean.
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 Prima Pappa Best, as well as ratings and rankings.
Review: Chapter 6: Feeding Baby: Breastfeeding, Bottles, High Chairs, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition
ConsumerReports.org editors test 33 popular high chair models for performance, reliability and safety issues. High chairs are ranked and compared, and several are designated as "recommended" or "best buys." Four are designated as "don't buy -- safety risk." The Peg Perego Prima Pappa is among those tested.
Review: High Chairs Overview, Ratings, and Recommended, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
The Prima Pappa Best earns an average rating of 3.2 stars out of 5 from more than 65 Amazon.com contributors. Owners like the chair's luxuriousness, but dislike the challenging cleanup and cumbersome tray.
Review: Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best High Chair, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
4. Babies 'R' Us
After more than 85 reviews, the Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best earns an average rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 here. Owners say it's a beautiful, comfortable chair for their babies to toddlers and is mostly easy to use. However, it's panned by many for its bulky tray and for being hard to clean.
Review: Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best High Chair, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of March 2014
The Peg Perego Prima Pappa High Chair makes Heather Corley's list of the top eight high chairs. Corley, About.com's guide to baby products, calls it the "big, cushy recliner of the high chair world." There are no cons noted or mention of testing.
Review: Top 8 High Chairs for Baby, Heather Corley, Not dated