The Svan Signet Complete High Chair is an ergonomically designed wooden feeding system that transforms from high chair to toddler seat to full adult seat as a child grows. The Svan Signet Complete includes a baby set and is for children ages 6 months and up. There is a less-expensive model, the Essential (*Est. $99), that does not include the baby kit, so it is suitable for children from toddler to adult.
The Svan Signet Complete is appropriate for use from age 6 months and up. The Svan features a fully adjustable seat and footrest. The large footrest provides a sturdy platform for toddlers to climb in and out independently. It has a grab-bar with a T-shaped divider between the legs and a five-point harness.
Reviewers and parents say the Svan Signet Complete's wood frame says it has nooks and crannies that tend to trap food. The high chair tray has a plastic insert that comes off easily and is dishwasher safe, but some parents say it scratches the wood chair. Assembly is described as straightforward, but it is a multistep process that requires a screwdriver and Allen wrench. Size adjustments down the road will also require the Allen wrench, so don't throw it away!
The Svan Signet Complete is designed to encourage family dining at the table from the very beginning. The chair can be used with or without the tray. Parents describe the Svan as a relatively small seat that tucks into corners nicely and blends well with most furniture types and decors. The Svan garners more praise than any other ergonomically built wooden chair, with reviewers and parents alike praising the smooth bentwood construction and multiple finish options. For the environmentally conscious parent, all Svan chairs are built with sustainable, renewable woods.
Unlike several of its competitors in the modern, wooden high chair category, the Svan is only covered by a two-year warranty.
The Svan Signet Complete is an attractive piece of furniture with its bent birch frame and clean Scandinavian lines. It isn't the easiest wooden high chair to use or assemble, but it will last a lifetime and it will never really look like 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 Svan High Chair receives a detailed review.
Review: High Chairs, Denise and Alan Fields, Version 9.1, 2012
Hollie Schultz offers a highly positive review of the Svan Signet, highlighting the attractive, bentwood styling. Schultz demonstrates the chair at her table and with her child. She likes the colors and the convertible aspects of the chair. There are no negatives mentioned, and this review does not take long-term use into account.
Review: Baby Gizmo Review of the Signet High Chair by Svan, Hollie Schultz, June 1, 2012
Heather Corley, About.com's guide to Baby Products, includes the Svan high chair in her roundup of the top high chairs for baby. The review is not comparative, and there is no mention of actual testing. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)The review is not comparative and there is no mention of actual testing.
Review: Top 8 High Chairs for Baby, Heather Corley, Not Dated
The Svan High Chair makes this list of modern high chairs in this round-up by Baby Products guide Heather Corley. The review is not comparative, and there is no mention of testing. It is also unclear which model is being tested. (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
This generally favorable review comments on the Svan Signet Complete's neat compact design but notes that assembly is time consuming, with many parts and highly detailed instructions. These reviews are submitted by readers of the magazine.
Review: Svan Signet Complete Highchair, By "Amanda", April 30, 2012
The original Svan High Chair got excellent ratings, but the new Signet gets 2.5 stars out of 5, in just a handful of reviews. Owners say that food gets stuck everywhere and the tray does not fit properly and is difficult to use. It does get good ratings for looks.
Review: Svan High Chair, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Sept. 2012
The Svan Signet Complete is included in this roundup of "Most Stylish High Chairs," but there is only a brief description of the chair and no mention of testing or comparisons.
Review: Svan Signet Complete High Chair, Editors of the Bump, Not Dated