Best highchair: 6 stylish seats for babies and toddlers

We've searched high and low to help you find the best highchair for you. From budget-friendly, wipe-clean designs to modern, adaptable models with stylish silhouettes, here's our pick of the best...

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We've searched high and low and picked out the best highchairs for babies and toddlers, starting from just £12 and including some seriously snazzy designer options too.

As the name would suggest, highchairs are tall chairs that seat babies and toddlers at table height. Highchairs provide a safe place for babies and children to sit at the table, whether they're used for feeding, for sit-up play and drawing, or even just to sit with the rest of the family at meal times.

Transitioning to a highchair can feel like a milestone moment, as parents often start using highchairs at around the four to six month mark when they start introducing purees and solids to a baby's diet. But some highchairs can be used even earlier than that – many highchairs now feature optional add-ons including newborn seat attachments, tray tables to keep mess off the main dining table, and adaptable foot rests that can be lowered as your child grows taller. 

Some modern designs even transform from a highchair to a stylish kids' chair or even rocking chair, thus extending the product's longevity.

Whether you're looking for designer looks to suit your interior scheme, or a small and compact seat that can fix to a chair and be put away when not in use, we've picked the best highchairs out there. From budget-friendly, wipe-clean ones to modern, adaptable designs with stylish silhouettes, you're bound to find the best highchair for you.

The best highchairs for 2021

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stokke tripp trapp high chair with cushion

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stokke tripp trapp high chair with cushion

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1. Stokke Tripp Trapp® Chair

The best highchair overall

Specifications
Size: H79xW46xD49cm
Material: Made from Beech, Oak or Ash wood
Life span: From birth to adulthood (max 136kg)
Reasons to buy
+Grows with the child into adulthood+Built to last a lifetime+Stylish, a design classic+Comes in a wide range of colours to suit every scheme+Easy to clean+Wide range of accessories available, including a newborn attachment and an optional tray table
Reasons to avoid
-On the pricey side-Doesn't come with a tray as it's designed to fit at the table. This means weaning can get messy.

A Scandinavian design classic, Stokke's Tripp Trapp chair was created in 1972 after Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik struggled to find a chair that would allow his two-year-old son to sit at the family table after outgrowing his highchair. The design revolutionised the children’s chair market and has become a favourite with parents who don’t want to compromise on style.

Years later, the design is recognised as a design classic all around the world. It's a family favourite for good reason – these chairs last a lifetime, from birth into adulthood.

The design 'grows' with the child, with a newborn attachment, and adjustable seat and footplate positions. The ergonomic design is guaranteed to keep your child well supported and secure at every age, and means you don't need to buy additional seating as they grow.

What we like

The first thing you'll notice when your Stokke Tripp Trapp arrives is how slim and lightweight the package is. The triangular box doesn't look like it could possibly hold this highchair inside, but it does. As far as flat pack furniture goes, the Tripp Trapp is super easy to put together and every part slots together perfectly.

The newborn attachment is really great – it slots onto the top of the chair and is super safe and secure, with a red and green button that indicates whether it's attached properly. The chair is super easy to attach, as well as remove.

The Tripp Trapp chair is available in a wide variety of different colours, so it fits in with any design scheme. It's also super easy to wipe clean with a cloth and there’s nowhere for food to get stuck.

What we don't like

Our only criticism is that Dt doesn't come with a tray table as it's designed to fit at the table. I've actually preferred it this way, but it does mean that the weaning stafe can be particularly messy. You'll want to seat it at an easy to wipe clean table, or put down a wipe-clean placemat.

Anything else?

These chairs last forever – I grew up with Stokke Tripp Trapp highchairs as a child and we still have them in the house now, and they still get use 30 years later. I bought one a few years ago when I had my first child, and the same chair is still being used for every mealtime now. 

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best modern high chair

(Image credit: iCandy)
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best modern high chair

(Image credit: iCandy)

2. iCandy MiChair

The best highchair for contemporary design and versatility

Specifications
Size: H87xW56xD50cm
Material: Beech, Birch, Plywood, Chrome and Plastic.
Life span: From birth to 6 years (max 30kg)
Reasons to buy
+Very stylish, eye-catching design+Grows with your child; from newborn into childhood+Design morphs from baby rocker to high chair to child's chair to rocking chair+Compact design, does not take up much space+Easy to clean+Tray is dishwasher safe+10 year warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Very contemporary – won't suit traditional interior schemes

The very clever (and very stylish) iCandy MiChair is designed as a 4-in-1 chair to last from birth into childhood.

The MiChair can be used as a baby bouncer, high chair (with or without tray), a low chair for toddlers to use independently and even a rocking chair, so will last you well throughout your child’s early years – it's no wonder the design won a red dot design award.

What we like

It arrives part-assembled already, in its little chair mode, and there's a booklet to tell you how to transform it into a high chair or other.

While it comes with a lot of options and configurations, once it's all set up the highchair is very compact and doesn't take up much space at all. It's also very quick and easy to switch between the different functions.

The simple design makes the chair super easy to clean, as there are no little corners for food to hide in, and the removable tray can be wiped down easily too (it's also dishwasher safe).

To use the chair for a newborn, you'll need to clip on the iCandy MiChair Pod (sold separately or as part of the MiChair Complete bundle). The Pod simply docks onto the MiChair (this is amazingly quick and simple to do, and feels very secure), bringing baby up from the ground to table height. Handy for when you'd quite like to have a meal yourself, without having to hold baby on your lap!

The MiChair also comes with an impressive 10 year warranty – about as long as you'll be using the product for.

What we don't like

While we personally love the contemporary design, it would look a bit out of place in a country style kitchen or more traditional home.

While we love the space-saving and compact design as it doesn't feel bulky or clunky, the tray table is on the small side too – so while it might suit older children who can eat neatly, it doesn't offer a lot of space for baby-led weaning. However, the tray table is easily removed if you prefer to use the dining table surface.

Anything else?

To transform the highchair into a cute mini rocking chair, you'll need to buy the rocking chair skis / feet separately.

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nuna zaaz best highchair for toddlers

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nuna zaaz best highchair for toddlers

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3. Nuna Zaaz

Best easy-to-clean high chair – with dishwasher safe parts

Specifications
Size: L:64 x W:45 x H:80cm
Material: x
Life span: From being able to sit up unaided until 10.3kg
Reasons to buy
+Transforms from highchair to junior chair for longer use+Compact design allows you to seat baby right at the table rather than near it+Super easy to clean, and parts come off and are dishwasher safe+Adjustable height: easy to move up and down to sit at the table+The ZAAZ harness, tray, arm bar, seat cushion and footrest are all very easy to remove and re-attach, and chair is easy to transform into junior chair.
Reasons to avoid
-Static tray position can leave a gap between baby and tray, causing mess during weaning

With a removable tray, a toddler barrier, a 5-point harness that turns into a 3-point harness and a hidden lever behind the footrest that adjusts the height so it can be the perfect height for your dining table, there's a lot to love about the Nuna ZAAZ highchair.

The key highlights are that the parts are dishwasher safe, making clean-up a breeze, and the chair can transform into a junior chair with just a few simple clicks.

What we like

The ZAAZ highchair is refreshingly simple to put together, and assembles in just a few clicks.

The highchair is more compact than most highchairs, so it's easier to slide right up to the table.

The ZAAZ harness, tray, arm bar, seat cushion and footrest are all very easy to remove and re-attach, plus this highchair is super easy to clean – the whole highchair is wipe-clean with no crevices or hiding areas, plus the parts come off and are all dishwasher safe.

What we don't like

One of the only drawbacks is that the tray is static and there's a bit of a gap between smaller babies and the tray (although it's perfect for older babies and toddlers) – this means that babies can get quite messy during the weaning phase.

It's a relatively heavy chair, and doesn't come with wheels.

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mamatoyz wooden high chair that grows with the child for babies to toddler and childhood

(Image credit: Mamatoyz)
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mamatoyz wooden high chair that grows with the child for babies to toddler and childhood

(Image credit: Mamatoyz)

4. Mamatoyz Mama Wooden Highchair

An all round great option if you're looking for a wooden adaptable highchair

Specifications
Size: 40 x 60 x 80 cm
Material: Wood
Life span: From 6 months until 12 years old
Reasons to buy
+Changes into a regular chair, lasting until they are 12 years old+Heigh of chair is easily adjusted+Comes with 3 seating modes: table mode, bumper bar mode and seat mode+Wipe-clean design+The chair feels light and is easy to move around
Reasons to avoid
-Similar price to other options, but with less functions and longevity

Known for their fun and modern wooden designs – including a wooden walker on wheels, a modern rocking horse design, a 2-in-1 desk and chair with built-in paper roll and an innovative baby nest that rocks – Mamatoyz is already making a name for itself when it comes to refreshingly simple yet playful design.

Mamatoyz Mama Wooden Highchair is their highchair design, which features a simple, Scandi-style wooden shape not too dissimilar to the Stokke Tripp Trapp but features a more curved design. The highchair also doubles as a normal seat for little ones once they no longer need a high chair, and can last until children are around 12 years old.

What we like

The chair comes with a tray for when they're little, but the tray can be very easily removed, and the chair slides right up to the dining table, encouraging older babies and toddlers to sit at the main table.

Plus, the natural wood material means that it can be wiped clean with no danger of discolouration of warping.

Weighing just 7k, the highchair is also surprisingly light and easy to move around.

What we don't like

We couldn't think of anything.

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bumbo highchair seat

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bumbo highchair seat

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5. Bumbo Multi Seat

The best space-saving highchair for smaller rooms

Specifications
Size: 37.5 x 23 x 35.5cm
Material: Plastic, foam seat
Life span: From 6 months - 36 months
Reasons to buy
+3-in-1 design means it can be used as a floor seat, strapped to an adult chair at mealtimes or as a booster seat+Ideal for small kitchens and small dining areas as it can be placed on an existing chair+Comes with a tray+Easy to clean+Super compact+Easy to store and put away+Less expensive than other options+You could invest in extras like suction toys that attach to the tray, turning it into a play gym for babies
Reasons to avoid
-Is only really designed for babies and toddlers, not children.

The Bumbo Multi Seat has a clever and practical 3-in-1 design: it can be used as a floor seat, strapped to an adult chair for feeding or as a booster seat when the pad is removed. It also features a removable tray, adjustable height, attachment straps and a removable seat pad.

Unlike Bumbo's Floor Seat, the Bumbo Multi Seat is for babies who can already sit up unaided - the leg openings are bigger, the backrest is straighter and the seat doesn't have as much of a sink or slope, allowing more room for growth and toddlers to get into and out of the seat.

What we like

The Bumbo Multi Seat is ideal for small kitchens and small dining areas as it can be placed on an existing chair and doesn't' take up any additional floor space.

It's very easy to attach to an existing chair, and feels secure. There are rubber bits on the bottom that stop it slipping, and there are straps to keep it in place.

As it's so compact, it's also suitable for travel – ideal for weekends away, road trips, visiting friends or even just going out for meals.

What we don't like

It's one of the less expensive options, but you get what you pay for: this seat is space-saving and practical but only lasts until they are around 36 months old.

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best highchair for value IKEA

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best highchair for value IKEA

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6. IKEA Antilop

The best value highchair

Specifications
Size: 56 cm x 62 cm x 90 cm
Material: Plastic and steel
Life span: From 6 month until they weigh 15 kilo
Reasons to buy
+Amazing value+Easy to clean+Sturdy and safe+Does the job+Did we mention the amazing value?
Reasons to avoid
-It's a no frills option

IKEA's classic Antilop highchair offers amazing and unbeatable value at just £12. That's twelve pounds. Sure, it doesn't come on wheels, it doesn't morph or transform into anything else, and it's not trying to be particularly stylish, but it does the job: it's sturdy, reliable and wipe-clean.

What we like

It's cheap as chips – literally. We've had chips that are more expensive than this piece of furniture.

Considering it's super cheap price, it's actually very sturdy and robust, as the legs point slightly outwards making it extra secure. It's also very easy to put together and take apart, and if you need more than one they stack on top of each other. There's a safety belt that keeps babies in place, plus the plastic seat and tray are an absolute doddle to clean. The tray also features raised edges which help contain spills.

It's an ideal option for keeping at grandma's house (disassembled, in the shed) or for keeping at a holiday home. You could even order it online and have it delivered to your holiday destination.

What we don't like

There's not much we can fault it for considering it only costs £12. It's made of plastic, there's no cushioning, it isn't particularly space-saving or stylish or snazzy, you can't change the height and it doesn't have a footrest etc – but it does the job and you can't ask for more than that for £12.

While it may not fold flat for breezy daily storage, it’s easy enough to take apart, should you want to stash it out of the way occasionally.

How to choose the best highchair

  • Easy to clean. Is it quick to wipe down? Is the tray easy to remove for washing? Or even better, is it dishwasher safe? What about padding or cushions, are they washable? A highchair that's easy to clean will be top priority.
  • Safety. Of course safety is every parent’s priority, and we assume that any product advertised for sale from a reputable brand will be safe, but just in case it's a good idea to check that your highchair choice meets the British Safety Standards, showing the mark BS 14988-1 with the kitemark logo. The safety harness should comply with safety standard BS 6684. Choose a highchair that has a 5-point safety harness, as a lap belt alone may not be secure enough – never underestimate a toddler’s ability to wriggle out of highchairs. If you’re buying a secondhand highchair remember to check the safety standards.
  • Space. Consider how much space you have, and how much space you're willing to give up. If your kitchen is on the smaller side, you’ll need to find a compact highchair that can also be folded up and stored away neatly, or to find a seat (like the Bumbo Multi Seat) that can be safely attached to one of your existing chairs.
  • Portability. There are plenty of highchair options that are compact and light when folded, so are easy to fit in the boot of your car, should you need a more portable option. There are even seats that you can attach directly to your existing dining table, which come without legs and are therefore easy to pack and take on holiday.
  • Multi-use. Many highchairs can now be converted into various formats as your child grows. The iconic Stokke Tripp Trapp can be used from birth until adulthood, seating adults of up to 100kg! Meanwhile the iCandy MiChair can transform from a highchair into a rocking chair or small children's chair – and looks super cute to boot.
  • Design. Last but not least, considering this is a piece of furniture you'll be using at least three times per day every single day for years, you're going to want to choose a design that you like and that suits the rest of your scheme.

From what age do you need a highchair?

Highchairs are usually recommended from when the baby starts weaning (being introduced to purees, smoothies, mash etc), often this is between 4 months and 6 months old.

However, we’re increasingly seeing a new generation of modern highchair designs that come with extra padded inserts, newborn attachments and recline functions to make them suitable from birth – particularly useful if you have pets or other children and want to keep your baby off the ground.

Highchairs are only needed until around 36 months, when children are usually able to sit at the table on a booster seat or regular dining chair.

Lotte Brouwer
Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.