High Chairs : Ratings of Sources

Updated February 28, 2014
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High Chairs: Ratings of Sources

1. Baby Bargains Chapter 6: Feeding Baby: Breastfeeding, Bottles, High Chairs, Baby Bargains, 2013, 10th edition
Credibility:
Parents and consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields test many of the products featured in this baby-gear book, and parent interviews also factor into the ratings. The book includes shopping tips and reviews of selected manufacturers, along with ratings and a section of top picks. In a chapter devoted to high chairs, a chart compares 19 models with ratings for overall quality.
2. ConsumerReports.org High Chairs Overview, Ratings, and Recommended, ConsumerReports.org
Credibility:
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 labeled "don't buy -- safety risk." Several of the high chairs in this report are included in the testing.
3. iVillage.com We Love, You Need: The Best High Chairs of 2013. Which One Should You Buy?, iVillage.com, Feb. 25, 2013
Credibility:
Baby products blogger Kate Bayless names the top 18 high chairs after each is tested by both Bayless and a parent. Reviews are thorough and include pros and cons from both testers, and each product is given an overall rating. In addition, Bayless notes the particular lifestyle feature of each model, designating it "best modern" or "best budget," for example.
4. BabyCenter.com The Best Highchairs, BabyCenter.com, 2013
Credibility:
To choose the top five high chairs, BabyCenter.com editors factor in their own experiences as parents to narrow the choices to those products with the top features parents look for in a high chair. Then, they consult parent reviews from their blog and across the web. These chairs are part of the 2013 BabyCenter.com product awards roundup.
5. Amazon.com High Chairs, Amazon.com, As of March 2014
Credibility:
Amazon.com is an invaluable source of a wide range of thoughtful, in-depth customer reviews. They also give a glimpse into the long-term, real-life experiences of parents that expert reviews simply can't match. This is a good gauge of a high chair's ease of use and durability, and highlights safety issues that may crop up.
6. Target.com High Chairs, Target.com, As of March 2014
Credibility:
While Target.com does not have the sheer volume of reviews that Amazon.com has, the posts tend to be detailed and thorough. Quite a few high chairs are reviewed here, and several of our top picks get a large amount of feedback. Like Amazon.com, Target.com uses a 5-star rating system, but when there is more than one model or fabric option, reviews tend to be scattered across the site.
7. Babies 'R' Us High Chairs, Babies 'R' Us, As of March 2014
Credibility:
There isn't as much feedback here as at other consumer review sites. Compared to other more informative sources, these comments are collected based on the top-ranked seats.
8. TheWiseBaby.com High Chair Review, TheWiseBaby.com, June 14, 2012
Credibility:
The creator and owner of TheWiseBaby.com reviews and rates four high chairs, giving the highlights and lowlights of each. Several of our top choices are represented. Lindsey doesn't seem to have tested the chairs, but says her list is based on extensive research.
9. About.com Top 8 High Chairs for Babies, About.com, Not dated
Credibility:
Heather Corley, About.com's guide to baby products, names her picks for the top high chairs. Her criteria include ease of use and lifestyle issues. There is no mention of actual testing and the reviews are not comparative. The Fisher-Price Rainforest High Chair occupies the top spot.
10. About.com Baby Chairs for Grandparents' Houses, About.com, Not dated
Credibility:
About.com guide Susan Adcox recommends 12 high chairs in this review, including boosters and feeding seats such as the Bumbo and bebePod that are not technically high chairs.
11. About.com Top Modern High Chairs, About.com, 2012
Credibility:
Heather Corley, About.com's guide to baby products, highlights some high chairs with modern designs. Reviews are comparative and thorough. In addition to looks, she discusses ease of use and cleaning. Boon Flair tops this list.
12. Parents.com Reader-Tested High Chairs, Parents.com, Not dated
Credibility:
This site provides very brief reviews from a family perspective. The Fisher-Price Healthy Care is tested by Leah and David Goymer with Sarah, 14 months; Andrew, 5; and Philip, 9, from Nampa, Idaho. This appears to be an older review, since there is a complaint about the shoulder straps being hard to clean. Fisher-Price corrected that issue a couple of years ago by making the straps removable and washable.