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From the second that line appears on a stick, you’re in for a life-changing adventure. Although there are plenty of firsts coming up (first smile, first fart at the most inappropriate moment), the first solids are pretty memorable. It’s the time when baby unleashes their inner Jackson Pollock and experiments with how much food can go around the mouth, rather than in it.
The best high chair can help the eating experience. It’s safe and sturdy, keeping baby tight inside. It’s easy to clean. It might be flexible and grow with baby, lasting a few years. Here’s our guide to Australia’s top high chairs, chosen from hours of research that includes expert opinions and insights from the real experts – Australian parents.
How we picked
Because high chairs are essential baby kit, there was plenty of research available. We started with CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group. They put a huge number of high chairs through their expert testing. To narrow our search down, we focused on high chairs that were still sold in Australia and were easily available. By that, we meant they were sold by more places than just 1 dodgy-sounding Amazon reseller.
Armed with a huge list, we turned to the real experts – parents. We wanted to know how real baby Aussies got on with high chairs. For this, we went to ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion website. To get on our shortlist, we wanted good consumer reviews (at least 3 stars out of 5) from a good number of reviews (at least 30). We discounted any high chairs that didn’t have any consumer reviews.
This still left us with plenty of contenders. So, we took into consideration whether any high chairs had won an Australian parenting award. We went with the long-running, annual Australian Mother & Baby Magazine Awards. Every product they pick has been tried, tested in real-life situations and voted on by real mums, babies and their expert panel.
We wanted to represent a range of functionality, from the most basic models to ones with all the bells and whistles. All high chairs had to meet safety standards. Ideally Australian ones but also internationally recognised ones, like European. We also wanted to offer a range of materials. Plastic is easy to wipe clean and hygienic but it’s not always the most planet-friendly choice. Wood is a more sustainable option but it’s harder to clean and more expensive.
Taking all this criteria into account, we finally narrowed it down to the 8 best high chairs in Australia.
Note that our guide doesn’t cover portable high chairs. These are things like boosters, harnesses (which convert chairs to high chairs through straps and padding) and clip on seats. They’re ideal for travelling or eating out.
The best high chair for most
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The iconic Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair grows with your child, thanks to its hugely height adjustable seat and foot plates and timeless design. Made of durable wood, it’s sturdy, easy to clean and easy on the environment too. RRP $320, you need to pay extra for the Baby Set.
What we love
Grows with your child
Massively height adjustable, it can last from newborn through to adulthood.
To support your growing child, comfortably.
Because it’s made of wood, you don’t need toxic cleaning materials. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. Plus, the Baby Set is made of easy clean plastic, including a dishwasher safe back plate.
The Z-shape design means this is a sturdy and stable high chair that baby shouldn’t be able to move.
All paint is water-based and non-toxic, and no harmful substances are used in it. The Baby Set includes a 5-point harness.
Thanks to the wood and the design, the Tripp Trapp should last you for years, which justifies the investment.
Brings baby to the table
Rather than feeding them on a tray, you can bring baby into the heart of the family and include them in mealtimes.
This classic design has been around since the mid-70s, ensuring it fits seamlessly into every home. It comes in a great range of colours too.
It's made of wood, rather than plastic, which is a more sustainable, planet-friendly choice. The Baby Set is made of recyclable plastic.
Which we think is impressively long for a high chair.
Popular with Aussies
It’s currently the third most popular high chair in Australia, according to ProductReview.com.au. Aussies rave about its looks, versality and durability.
Mother & Baby Magazine awarded it a Bronze in their 2018 awards. We like these awards because all products are tried, tested and voted on by real mums plus a panel of experts.
The not so good bits
At $320, this chair is an investment. That $320 doesn’t include accessories that you’ll need to feed baby in it, like the Baby Set. Throw on an extra $100 for that. You’ll also pay extra for cushions or a tray.
You’ll need to be happy with how it looks because you can’t fold it away. It’ll be a permanent feature in your home.
Meaning you’ll need to pick it up to move it around.
A few consumers complain about how it’s not so easy to clean, because food can get trapped in many places. Like the grooves where the plates move up and down, the foot plate and on the straps and cushions. Though in our hours of research we haven’t found anyone not complaining about saucy food staining straps and cushions on any of our picks.
The iconic Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair is probably a lot older than you: it was designed in 1972. There’s a good reason it’s been so popular - this ergonomically designed chair grows with your child. It takes them from birth to adulthood (fingers crossed they’re not still at home using it by this stage).
A great example of design simplicity, this wooden high chair aims to bring baby closer to the table and include them in family life from day 1. There are hugely height adjustable seat and foot plates for back and foot support, which allows it to fit a lifetime’s worth of use.
Made from 100% sustainably sourced beech wood, it comes in a range of classic colours to fit any home. Paint is water-based and non-toxic and no harmful substances, like bisphenol and phthalates, are used in it. It meets the Australian safety standard AS 4684-2009 – Safety Standard for High chairs, and a wide range of international safety standards too. Thanks to being made of wood, it’s easy clean with a wipe of a damp cloth.
The Tripp Trapp High Chair will set you back around $320. This includes an extended 7-year warranty on the wood parts. The downside to the Tripp Trapp is that this cost is just for the chair, which will suit a 3-year-old up. Which means if you want to use with your baby, you need to pay extra for the Tripp Trapp Baby Set (around $100). This includes a 5-point harness, backrest and rail. It’s made of easy to clean materials (recyclable plastic), with the back plate being dishwasher safe. It comes in a range of colours to match your chair and it doesn’t require any tools to install. It’s suitable for use from 6 months and cushions are extra.
If you’re wondering how you can use it from newborn, you need to buy the Newborn Set for that. This is around $200.
It’s easy to see with the Tripp Trapp how costs can add up. You’re looking around $420 for the chair and Baby Set. But the quality, safe materials used plus the length of time it should last you (i.e. into adulthood) means we reckon it’s an investment worth making.
We’re not the only ones who think so. The Tripp Trapp is a Mother & Baby Magazine Awards Bronze winner and has over 60 reviews on ProductReview.com.au. Getting alround 4.5 stars, it’s currently Australia’s third most popular high chair. It’s also been reviewed by CHOICE.
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The best luxury high chair
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For flexibility, we think the Star Kidz Bimberi High Chair is a good choice. It offers 7 different height positions, 5 backrest recline positions, 2 tray table positions and 3 footrest positions. Plus, it can be used as 4 different things: recliner chair, high chair, toy table and dining chair.
What we love
There’s so much flexibility to suit this high chair to your needs. This includes 7 different height positions, 5 backrest recline positions, 2 tray table positions and 3 footrest positions.
Not just a high chair, you can use it as recliner chair, high chair, toy table and dining chair.
PU seat cushion
Which is plush and comfortable for baby and wipe clean for you.
The plastic is BPA and certain chemicals free and it conforms to Australian and European Safety Standards for high chairs. It comes with a 5-point safety harness.
Move it around easily thanks to the 4 wheels.
If you want to store it away or bring it somewhere, it folds to a compact ultra-slim 25cm.
Removable feeding tray
So your child can sit easily at the table when they’re old enough.
It’s got 4.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au, just 1 spot behind our Tripp Trapp winner.
The not so good bits
At RRP around $450, it’s the joint most expensive high chair we reviewed.
Length of use
It’ll last you up to 15kgs, which is around 3 years. This is fine for a more affordable high chair but we’d like a longer use time for the joint most expensive.
For the price, we’d expect a longer warranty.
At the other end of the design scale is our luxury pick, the Star Kidz Bimberi High Chair. It’s a futuristic looking high chair that will take baby from 6 months to up to 3 years. Highly adjustable, it offers 7 different height positions, 5 backrest recline positions, 2 tray table positions and 3 footrest positions. It can be used as 4 different things: recliner chair, high chair, toy table and dining chair.
Unlike the Stokke Tripp Trapp, it comes with everything you need. This includes a 5-point safety harness and PU seat cushion. This makes it very easy clean and it’s also washable. Although the Bimberi is made of plastic, it’s free from nasties like BPA, PVC, Phthalate and Nitrosamine. It also meets Australian and European Safety Standards for high chairs.
With 4 wheels, it glides easily from room to room. When it’s not in use, it folds to an ultra-slim 25cm for easy storage and transport.
RRP around $450, this is a luxury high chair. It gets an impressive around 4.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au, with people loving how easy it is to clean and how adjustable it is.
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The best value high chair
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Simple yet sturdy, the IKEA ANTILOP is loved the world over. Just $24.99, this durable plastic and stainless steel high chair is easy to clean. It comes with a removable lap strap and raised edge tray. Note it’s lacking shoulder straps – a 5-point safety harness is recommended by the experts.
What we love
Obviously. At just $24.99, it’s the most affordable high chair we reviewed.
Thanks to the tough plastic construction and well-positioned steel legs.
Tray with raised edges
To keep spills contained. It’s removable for easy cleaning.
Easy to take apart and assemble, you can take it with you wherever you need.
Which is ideal if you have more than 1 of them.
Due to its plastic construction.
Length of use
You can get up to 3 years of use from it.
With the affordable inflatable supporting cushion and cover.
Loved by Aussies
It’s your #2 high chair on ProductReview.com.au, with almost 250 reviews.
The not so good bits
Lap strap only
With no shoulder straps, it doesn’t have the recommended 5-point safety harness.
Not height adjustable
It sits at 90cm only.
This isn’t a dealbreaker for us as kids can use a footrest to tip themselves backwards but some parents like the added comfort of them for their little ones.
Stackable yes, foldable no.
But this is easily fixed with the $2.99 inflatable cushion.
Can this be a guide to the best high chairs without mentioning the IKEA ANTILOP? Probably not. It’s loved by parents the world over and for good reason. Simple and sturdy, it features a lap strap to keep baby snug inside. Note, it’s not a 5-point harness with shoulder straps. The removable tray has raised edges to keep spills contained. It’s easy to take apart and assemble, making it ideal for travel or café visits. It’s also stackable if you’ve got multiple kids under 3 needing their own high chairs.
Made of durable plastic, it’s simple to clean. IKEA states that this plastic “has been tested, approved and is completely free from substances that may harm your child's skin or health”. Plus, it can be recycled after use. It complies with European standard EN 14988:2017. We tried to discover if it complies to an Australian standard – apparently it says on the underside of the chair that it complies to Australian safety requirements.
It costs just $24.99. If you want to customise it or make it more comfortable, you can get an inflatable supporting cushion ($2.99) and cover ($6.99).
It has 4.5 stars from over 250 reviews on ProductReview.com.au – the highest number of reviews we’ve ever come across. It’s the 2nd most popular high chair in Australia with Aussies loving its simplicity and price. It’s also been reviewed by CHOICE.
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Others worth considering
Choose the Redsbaby HILO High Chair and you’ll be in good company - it’s currently the top-rated high chair in Australia (according to ProductReview.com.au). Why? Well, for starters it converts from a high chair to a low chair, so you’ll get years of use from it. The toddler chair can hold little ones up to 50kg.
For keeping baby safe, it’s got an adjustable 5-point safety harness. Even better, it’s removable and washable for easy clean. This is helped by the BPA-free plastic tray and chair. You can easily wipe down the whole thing after baby’s finished splattering carrots.
The comfortable foot rest has 2 heights, so it grows with your baby. It comes in 3 neutral, on-trend colours and, thanks to the solid beechwood legs, has a beautiful modern aesthetic that suits most homes.
Coming in under $200, it has optional extras like a cushion set with infant insert for small babies, a seat cover and silicone tray insert. Did we mention its Australian designed for Australian parents?
The downsides are that baby can only sit at one height and its splayed legs make it quite wide. Beware a morning trip before your coffee wake up…
Looking for an alternative to our IKEA ANTILOP budget pick? Meet the Target Snacka Highchair. Looks-wise, it’s very similar. A plastic body with steel legs means it’s simple, durable and easy clean. Like the ANTILOP, it’s got a removable tray, doesn’t have a footrest, will last up to 15kg and has been reviewed by CHOICE.
Unlike the ANTILOP, it’s height adjustable, converts to a low chair and has a 5-point safety harness. It comes in around $30, $5 more.
With all these additions to the ANTILOP, it’s a worthy alternative. The only reason we preferred the ANTILOP is its popularity with Aussies (those 250 great reviews). Currently, the Snacka has just 1 review, giving it 4 stars.
The Chicco Polly is the alternative to our luxury Star Kidz pick. It’s the same RRP (around $450) and has similar features. As the name suggests, it’s 5 chairs in 1: newborn recliner, high chair, booster, big kid booster and youth stool. It can also accommodate 2 kids at once: 1 in the booster and 1 in the stool.
It has a 5-point harness, removable tray (which slides onto the rear legs for handy storage), 8 height positions and 4 recline positions. The seat is removable and wipeable for easy cleaning. It has 4 wheels to glide around effortlessly and it folds down to 29cm – not quite the slim 25cm of our luxury pick.
It will last you from newborn up to 23kg (that’s in youth stool mode). Unlike our Star Kidz pick, it’s been reviewed by CHOICE. However, it has less consumer reviews. But it still gets a respectable around 3.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au.
As you’d expect with the name multi-dine, the Keter Multi-Dine High Chair includes 3 seating modes: a high chair, booster seat and junior seat. It’ll last up to 25kg, which is around 3-4 years. The tray can be adjusted to suit each mode. It has a 5-point safety harness and footrest too.
We like Keter’s smart design. This includes dishwasher safe parts, like the trays and soft seat cover, and the fact that all parts can be stored in the bottom of the chair. It weighs just 2.6kg for easy carrying, making it ideal for travel.
The Poppy converts from a high chair to a toddler chair, taking baby from a 6 month old to a 5 year +. Alien pod-like, it’s covered by soft and spongy aerocore. This makes it comfy for baby. It has extra benefits of being insulating, hypo-allergenic, UV resistant, non-toxic, waterproof and wipe clean.
There’s an adjustable footrest, 5-point safety harness and a dishwasher safe, removable food tray that clicks in and out with a 1-touch button. Extra wide, it curves around baby, keeping them snug and catching a large amount of food. It weighs just 4kg, making it lightweight and easy to carry.
It’s multi-award-winning, taking home the Mother & Baby Awards – Gold and Best Baby and Toddler Gear by Mum Is – Bronze.
It gets around 3.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au with some Aussies pointing out that the wide legs take up lots of space and pose a trip hazard.
The bottom line
To increase your chances of Insta-worthy meal times, all glossy hair and sleek surfaces, you need a decent high chair. The best one is safe and sturdy, keeping your baby Houdini snug inside while you wrestle pureed carrots into their mouth. This includes having a 5-point safety harness. It’s easy to clean, ideally with wipeable or dishwasher safe surfaces and removable, washable covers.
We reckon Australia’s best highchair is the iconic Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair. Ergonomically designed, it grows with your child, taking them from birth to adulthood. This is helped by its use of durable beech wood and hugely height adjustable seat and foot plates for back and foot support. Easy care, simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Costing around $320, it comes with a 7-year warranty on the wood parts but you need to pay an extra $100 for the Baby Set. This includes a 5-point harness, backrest and rail. We think the quality, safe materials used plus the length of time it should last you means it’s an investment worth making.
Our luxury pick is the Star Kidz Bimberi High Chair. This futuristic-looking high chair will take baby from 6 months to up to 3 years. Highly adjustable, it offers 7 different height positions, 5 backrest recline positions, 2 tray table positions and 3 footrest positions. It can be used as 4 different things: recliner chair, high chair, toy table and dining chair. Unlike the Stokke Tripp Trapp, it comes with everything you need. This includes a 5-point safety harness and PU seat cushion. When it’s not in use, you can fold it to an ultra-slim 25cm. RRP around $450, it’s loved by Aussies for how easy it is to clean and how adjustable it is.
Loved the world over, our budget pick is the IKEA ANTILOP. Simple and sturdy, it features a lap strap to keep baby snug inside. Note, it’s not a 5-point harness with shoulder straps. The removable tray has raised edges to keep spills contained. It’s made of durable plastic which is simple to clean. It costs just $24.99 and you can make it more comfortable by buying the optional inflatable supporting cushion ($2.99). With 4.5 stars from almost 250 reviews on ProductReview.com.au, it’s currently the 2nd most popular high chair in Australia.
Features to consider
The biggest thing to look for in a high chair is safety. As baby gets older, they’re going to get more mobile. Which means sitting in a high chair isn’t the best fun. They might squirm, kick, try to stand up or climb in or out of it. Or they might get fingers, toes or limbs trapped in gaps or crushed by moving parts.
Safety features to look for include:
Go in store and rock it to see how stable it is. Legs should spread outwards further than all other chair parts. Perfectly vertical legs aren’t as stable.
Push on the seat and backrest to check if they squeak, sag, deform or collapse. You want a solid, sturdy chair that’s going to last.
Look for any nooks and crannies for little fingers to get trapped in.
Ensure they won’t pinch, crush or trap baby’s finger, toe, limb or head – or your fingers as you adjust or fold it. Ensure chair and tray edges are smooth, not sharp. Look for easily detached parts, including stickers, that baby could pull off and choke on.
5-point safety harness
This includes shoulders, waist and crotch straps. Shoulder straps should attach to the seat at shoulder height. The buckle should be easy for you to release, but hard for baby. A non-removable harness or one that needs a tool to remove it (like loosening a screw) is best. This is because if you remove it, you might lose it or forget to reattach it (because, sleep deprivation).
Compliance with safety standards
The Australian Standard is AS 4684:2009. The European equivalent is European Standard EN 14988.
Here are some other features that are handy in a high chair
Not essential but if you opt for a larger, heavier high chair, wheels are handy to help you move it around when cleaning, etc. Make sure at least 2 of them are lockable.
Not all high chairs will have reclining positions because they’re intended for use once baby is sitting up by themselves (around 6 months old). But if they do, these are good for younger babies who can’t sit upright for long. A reclining high chair is also great for bottle feeding.
Most high chairs come with trays. These are helpful because they (in theory, anyway) contain the mess rather than spread it over your table. Look for easily removable trays. Bonus points if they’re height adjustable to suit your growing child. They should be easy to clean with a wide lip to contain mess. Some are dishwasher safe for even easier cleaning.
Some high chairs are height adjustable, allowing you to bring baby to your table height. It’s not essential - a lot of the more affordable high chairs aren’t height adjustable. If this is the case, pay attention to how high they are and check that works for your table.
You might not want to make a design statement out of your high chair. If that’s the case, opt for a foldable one. It’s handy for storage and keeping it out of sight. A foldable option is also ideal if you’re limited on space or want to travel with it.
If you’ll regularly get the chair out and store it away again, or want to travel with it, go for a lightweight one.
CHOICE reckons a footrest is important to support your child’s feet and calves. An adjustable one will suit your growing child. However, our research shows as children get older, footrests can be a source of fun. It can be used to swing themselves backwards from, stand up, launch themselves off, climb up or down – whatever you can imagine, your kid will probably try. So, we reckon you should look for a removable one.
Easy to clean
Look for a smooth high chair that doesn’t have many nooks and crannies for food to hide down. Covers should be wipeable and ideally, washable. We haven’t yet found a high chair with shoulder straps that are easy to clean. Pro tip: invest in a cheap large plastic mat to sit underneath the high chair. The splatter zone is impressive. Alternatively, get a dog.
What you get if you spend more
Pay more and you won’t get any more advanced safety features than we covered above – and those are the most important things.
You might end up with a design classic (hello Stokke Tripp Trapp) or be paying for a name.
You’ll probably get multiple chairs in 1. It’ll be a high chair that converts to a booster seat plus a toddler chair and more. This extends the life of your investment, lasting you 4-5 years and beyond. However, if you opt for a more affordable high chair that costs less than $100, you probably won’t mind it only lasting a year or 2.
You’ll also get increased versatility, like more height adjustability and seat recline positions. Honestly, we’re a bit wary of the most expensive, multi-functional high chairs. Mainly because you don’t know what baby will enjoy. Some hate being confined in a high chair. Others will play happily for hours in one. It’s not great to part with $500 only for your baby to hate it and never use it. Future-proofing sounds great in theory but after 3-4 years of use, it might be looking pretty grim. So, you might not fancy having it hanging around as a toddler chair. Plus, these models tend to be larger and heavier with more parts to store which means you need a bigger home.
Or how to move your sleeping baby, without waking them (not guaranteed).
Or how to get stuff done while still being close to your baby.