The Best Nursery Dresser 2017

Best Nursery Dresser 2017

Last Updated: Jul 17, 2017 @ 5:41 pm. The Best Nursery Dresser 2017. After researching over 80 manufacturers of dressers and other nursery furniture our top pick for best nursery dresser is the Eco-Chic Baby Clover Five-Drawer Chest ($550). Eco Chic also makes a great double dresser option for $700.

New to nursery furniture shopping for baby’s room? Read our 7 Things No One Tells You About Buying a Nursery Dresser for advice and tips.

Most crib manufacturers also make dressers and other “case goods” including chiffarobes, end tables, and shelving units. Great crib makers are usually also great dresser makers, so our recommendations in this category will mirror our recommendations for cribs. Our top pick, Eco Chic makes dressers that feature dove-tail drawers and metal ball-bearing glides and are GREENGUARD certified.

The Best Nursery Dresser

Eco Chic Baby Clover 5 Drawer Chest

The Eco Chic Baby Clover 5-drawer chest is a well made $550 dresser sold exclusively at Babies R Us. Dresser drawers are dove-tailed and use metal ball-bearing glides for smooth opening. These dressers are also GREENGUARD certified. The only flaw: Eco Chic Baby doesn’t use self closing drawers, but for the money, the quality is excellent.

 

Also Great: Pali Designs Modena Double DresserPali Designs Modena Double Dresser

Pali constructs its dresser drawers from Radiatta pine, a northern hardwood, for durability. Drawers have dovetailed fronts and full extension glides for added storage space. The quality of Pali’s dressers is similar to Eco Chic with prices ranging from $700 to $900; the Modena pictured above is $850.

Best Budget-Friendly Dresser

Ikea Hemnes Eight Drawer Dresser

Best Budget-Friendly Dresser.
 Just as in cribs, IKEA’s affordable dressers (about $100 to $230) are our top pick if money (or space) is tight. Yes, assembly can be challenging. And these dressers probably won’t last until your kid goes to college, but $250 for a double dresser (the Hemnes)? You can’t beat that price.

Readers praise IKEA’s dressers for their simplicity and value. (One caveat: IKEA dressers were recalled in 2016 for tip-over hazards. Always anchor a dresser to the wall, whether it is from IKEA or any brand for that matter!).

Best Dresser Splurge

 

Natart Ithaca five-drawer dresser

Best for a Splurge. If you’ve got the bankroll, the very best quality in dressers can be found from Canadian nursery furniture maker Natart. A double dresser from Natart typically tops $1000 (example: Natart’s Ithaca five drawer dresser for $1300) and features top notch construction.

Romina Cleopatra six drawer chest

A close runner up to Natart is Romina, with their all solid-wood construction, and the very best in drawer glides–smooth like butter. But on the downside, a double dresser from Romina can run $1500 to $1800. The Cleopatra five drawer chest, above, is $1575 to $1764.

Best Eco Friendly Dresser

 

Romina Imperio Six Drawer Dresser

Best Eco Friendly Dresser.
 Romina is our top choice for eco friendly nursery dresser. These dressers are made of solid European beech and tree sap-based organic glues, then finished with a non-toxic, water based finish (or a Bees Wax organic finish for an up charge). You won’t have to worry about any formaldehyde emissions, since Romina’s line is GREENGUARD certified. And they make their furniture in Europe, not Asia. Quality touches make it an even better dresser: corner blocks, dove tailed drawers and soft close drawer glides. The price, however, is stratospheric: The Imperio six drawer dresser shown above runs $1625 to $1820. Eco goodness definitely has a price.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing nursery furniture since 1994. In addition to hands on inspections of nursery furniture, we have also visited manufacturer facilities and met with safety regulators—and when we travel, we pay our all of our own expenses. We also evaluate consumer reviews posted on sites like Babies R Us and Amazon, as well as our own message boards.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Baby Bargains is your independent and unbiased source for expert baby gear reviews. We’ve been writing and reviewing baby gear since 1994. Yes, that long!

How we picked a winner

Eco Chic Baby Dorchester Dresser

We evaluate nursery furniture, including dressers and chests, with in-depth inspections, checking models for overall quality and ease of use—for example, testing drawer glides and making sure drawers have dovetails and corner blocks. We also gather significant reader feedback (our book, Baby Bargains has over 1 million copies in print), tracking furniture on quality and durability. Besides interviewing parents, we also regularly talk with retailers of nursery furniture to see which brands are most trustworthy and other key quality metrics.

The reliability of nursery furniture companies is another key factor—we meet with key company executives at least once a year. Since we’ve been doing this since 1994, we have developed detailed profiles of major nursery furniture brands that help guide our recommendations. See below for links.

7 Things No One Tells You About . . .

7 Things No One Tells You About Buying A Nursery Dresser!

1. Focus on drawer glides.

Test this in the store—drawers with an easy glide typically have tracks on BOTH sides of the drawer. Cheaper dressers have drawers that simply sit on a track at the bottom center of the drawer. As a result, they don’t roll out as smoothly and are prone to coming off the track. Look at the drawer glide itself. Cheaper dressers have simple metal glides.

dresser drawer slides center mount

Center mount drawer glides can come off track.

 

drawer slides undercount

Under mounted metal drawer glides are better than center mount, but may not be as smooth as ball bearing glides.

 

Better dressers use more elaborate mechanisms including ballbearings or self-closing glides (you push the drawer nearly closed and it automatically/slowly closes the rest of the way). A few dresser makers use wood-on-wood glides, more commonly seen in adult furniture; we don’t recommend this type of drawer glide.

2. Look closely at the sides of the drawer.

The best furniture makers use “dove-tailed” drawer joints. There are two types of dove-tail drawers: English and French (see pictures below). Both are acceptable. What’s not good? Drawers and drawer fronts that are merely stapled together.

dovetail-drawer-types

3. A third quality indicator is drawers with corner blocks.

Pull the drawer out and turn it over to look at the corners—if there is a small block that braces the corner, that’s good. Cheaper dressers omit this feature, which adds to the stability of the drawer.

corner block

4. Most shoppers never look at the back of a dresser.

You should. You might find the backing is just a flimsy piece of chipboard stapled to the frame. But if it’s a good quality piece of furniture, it will be a solid (although perhaps only 1/4″ thick) piece of wood that is screwed to the frame.

5. Medium density fiberboard (MDF) versus solid wood.

The best-made dressers have solid wood tops and drawer fronts (and some have solid wood sides).

Of course, solid wood is expensive. To make dressers more affordable, many furniture makers turn to substitute wood products such as medium density fiberboard (MDF). What is MDF? Basically, MDF is made from wood scraps that are turned into fiber and then glued together to form a solid board.

In addition to being affordable, MDF is easier to sculpt since it lacks knots or wood grain. Hence, you often seen MDF used in modern furniture groupings where a sleek, smooth aesthetic is the goal.

One downside to MDF: the glue or resin that is used to hold it together may contain formaldehyde. Back in 2008, five nursery furniture makers were sued by the state of California for unsafe levels of formaldehyde in their dressers.

Of course, not all glues are high in formaldehyde. Look for furniture manufacturers that are GREENGUARD certified to be low emission.

Our opinion: MDF isn’t necessarily good or bad. The more money you spend, however, the more solid should be in that dressser!

6. Skip buying a separate changing area and use a dresser. 

Most folks look for dressers to do double duty: not only a place to store clothes, but also to change diapers. Basically, you need a changing area of the right height to do this—evaluate your and your spouse’s heights to see what you’d need (a lower side-by-side dresser or a taller chest). Then you can purchase a changing pad for your dresser top. Some pads have non-skid bases or you can screw the pad onto the dresser (we aren’t sure this is a good idea!). Changing table pads typically cost around $20.

LA Baby 4 Sided Changing Pad

7. We don’t recommend combination crib and dressers.

As the name implies, a combo crib and dresser is a crib with an attached dresser or changing area. This may sound like a good deal, but these combos are a safety risk, in our opinion. The hazard: babies can climb out of them too easily, based on reports to a government safety database we reviewed. Clever babies can get a toe hold on the railing or dresser drawer and push themselves up to the top of the dresser. From there, nothing good can happen.

Sorelle Crib N Dresser

Reviews of 50+ nursery furniture brands

The Best Nursery Dresser

Eco Chic Baby Clover 5 Drawer Chest

The Eco Chic Baby Clover 5-drawer chest is a well made $550 dresser sold exclusively at Babies R Us. Dresser drawers are dove-tailed and use metal ball-bearing glides for smooth opening. These dressers are also GREENGUARD certified. The only flaw: Eco Chic Baby doesn’t use self closing drawers, but for the money, the quality is excellent.

 

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