Let’s talk about the best foldable high chairs.
After spending the last 25+ years (!) researching and rating high chairs, we’ve learned a thing or two about what makes for high chair happiness. We boil it down to 3 High Chair Truths:
- Easy to clean. By definition, high chairs are going to get dirty—but some make it easier to clean than others. Bad ideas: lots of nooks and crannies that are hard to clean. And chair pads that aren’t washable.
- Easy to use. A good high chair has a safe, five-point harness and is easy to get baby in and out of. That means a tray that adjusts, a back that reclines and a dishwasher-safe tray insert.
- Easy on the eyes. We know—the high chair is part of your kitchen, which means this one is often in full view for everyone to see. A good high chair should blend into the background and not be an eyesore!
With all that in mind, let’s go to our pick for the best budget-friendly foldable high chair. For some reason, high chairs can get very pricey . . . some fancy models can run hundreds of dollars. But we have good news: here is a high chair that hits all the right notes, at a price that doesn’t break the bank: the Cosco Simple Fold.
As the name implies, it folds simply for storage—and that is a plus if you have a small kitchen.
Yes, it is a low price, but you still get a seat with wipeable seat pad, 3-position tray adjust and built-in leg rest. This chair doesn’t recline, so you can’t use it for kids under six months. Also, the chair doesn’t have wheels but is easy to clean.
What We Liked
• Standing, flat fold. This feature is important if you don’t have a lot of room in a kitchen—few high chairs have such a compact fold. And even fewer stand when folded.
• Lightweight—that makes it easier to move around, even if it doesn’t have wheels.
• Easy to assemble.
• High weight limit: 50 lbs. That’s impressive.
• Wide base = safe and sturdy. It’s basic high chair physics: in our testing, we know the wide bases of chairs like this are safe and sturdy.
What Needs Work
• Not height adjustable. And there is no separate dishwasher-safe insert tray.
• Pad isn’t machine washable. You can only wipe the seat pad; it isn’t removable for washing.
• Doesn’t convert to booster seat. If you want a high chair that converts to other uses (booster seat, toddler table and chair), then see our last recommendation.
• Smaller babies can slump in the seat. In our testing, we noticed the slight recline of the seat can cause smaller babies to slump over in this chair. Again, it might be best if your baby can sit up unassisted before using this chair (that is usually around six months).
• No deep seat recline means this high chair is best for babies who are six months old or older (or can sit up on their own). If that feature is important to you, consider our next pick: a foldable high chair with a three-position seat recline.