Last Updated: Nov 24, 2021 @ 1:58 pm.

What are the best high chairs? Yes, we've been testing, researching and writing about the best high chairs since 1994! That long! We combine our own research with surveys of our parent readers to find the best bets—which are easiest to clean? Most adjustable? Here are the winners.

FYI: We've been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. We don't take money or freebies from the brands we review. Our work is 100% reader-supported!


Best Reclining Foldable Chair

Ultra slim, standing fold
We love this full-featured chair that quickly folds and stands. No assembly required, lightweight and 3-position recline. Drawback: no dishwasher-safe tray insert. And can be difficult to clean.

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Best Reclining Foldable Chair: Graco Slim Snacker High Chair

It’s the Catch 22 of high chairs. Most full-feature high chairs do NOT fold in a compact manner. And other bare bones high chairs do fold, but don’t have the features most folks want.

For the best compact fold high chair with a reclining seat, we’d give the nod to Graco’s Slim Snacker. It checks all the right boxes: full features yet compact fold. And a price that is easy on the wallet.

What We Liked

• Three position seat recline plus three/five point harness for safety. That means you can use it for younger babies that can’t sit up unassisted yet.

• Narrow fold: just 10.4″ wide. Yes, that will fit into a pantry or closet without a problem.

• No assembly required.

• Machine washable pad plus mesh storage basket, full size tray with cup holder.

• Affordable.

• One-hand, standing fold. We found this high chair among the easiest to fold in our testing.

• Lightweight.

What Needs Work

• No dishwasher-safe tray insert.

• Removing pad for cleaning could be easier. This flummoxed some parents and we’d agree: it isn’t easy or intuitive. But there are videos that can help.

• Tray doesn’t lay flat on counter. That’s because the tray has a bar attached to it (to keep baby from submarining out of the chair). While this is a good safety feature, we’d prefer it attached to the chair, not the tray. That’s because you then can’t lay the tray flat on the counter when a bar is in the way.

• No wheels.

• Flap that hides the release handle is a food magnet. That’s no fun to clean.

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Best Easy Clean High Chair

Morphs into table and chair
Easy on the wallet and easy to assemble, this chair is super simple to clean—especially when used without the pad. Converts to multiple uses. Caveat: doesn't fold for storage.
$57.99

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Best Easy Clean High Chair: Evenflo 4-in-1 Eat & Grow Convertible High Chair

Cleaning a high chair can be such a pain—especially when high chair makers design all sorts of cracks and crevices into their fancy chairs. These are food magnets.

For a simple chair that is easy to clean, we liked the Evenflo 4-in-1 Eat & Grow. Yes it comes with a pad that you can wipe down. But we think it is even easier to just remove the pad—the smooth plastic sides have nowhere for food to hide. 

Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Easy assembly.

• Affordable.

• Super easy to clean (especially with the pad removed).

• 4 uses: infant high chair, baby dining chair and tray, toddler stand along chair, big kid table and chair.

• Machine washable seat pad.

What Needs Work

• No fold.

• Two hands needed to release the tray.

• Very wide legs = tripping hazard.

• To remove the tray, you have to tilt it up . . . and this makes food spill.

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Best for Small Spaces

Full featured, half the space
If space is tight in your kitchen, this high chair is a smart solution. Our testers loved the dishwasher-safe tray insert and overall ease of use. Also nice: pad and harness can be machine-washed.
$51.30

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Best for Small Spaces: Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair

For some reason, high chair makers must think all parents live in palatial kitchens with acres of space—what else explains large high chairs that have the same wingspan of moon landers?

If that isn’t your kitchen, we have high chair solutions that make the best of small spaces. We hand-tested 13 high chairs to find the best option for small spaces—the winner is the Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair. Here’s why:

What We Liked

• Full features, half the space. The SpaceSaver’s chair works much like a full-size high chair: two seat recline positions, five-position height adjustment, nice chair pad, etc. What’s missing? The large base—and that’s a good thing. This high chair just straps on a regular kitchen chair, saving you the large footprint of a regular high chair.

• Dishwasher-safe. You can pop the entire thing (tray, tray insert, seat and seat back) in the dishwasher.

Pad and harness are machine washable. 

• Assembly is easy. In our tests, we could assemble this chair in under 5 minutes.

What Needs Work

• Doesn’t easily store away. Once you strap the SpaceSaver to a chair, you can’t slide that chair under a kitchen table. So this isn’t a solution if you prefer a high chair to slip out of sight when unused.

• Nooks can be hard to clean. This high chair has various nooks and seams in the plastic that are food magnets. And that was no fun to clean. On the plus side, you can throw the whole thing in a dishwasher.

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Best Folding High Chair

Not fancy, but gets job done!
Sometimes simple is better: we like this affordable high chair, which features a compact standing fold. Sturdy, safe base. Caveats: pad isn't machine washable, not height adjustable, no seat recline.
$96.50

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Best Folding High Chair: Cosco Simple Fold High Chair

When it comes to baby gear, sometimes simple is best. Case in point: the Cosco Simple Fold High Chair.

Many fancy high chairs today try to do too many things: a thousand adjustments, spinning toys on the tray and then they morph into something else.

This high chair takes a different tact. It’s just a high chair. To feed your baby. At a price that won’t require a second mortgage on your home. A quick overview:

What We Liked

Affordable. With many high chairs topping $100 and even $200, it’s nice to find something that works at a reasonable price.

• Quick fold. When folded, this high chair is just 8″ wide—making it easy to store away in a closet.

• No frills. This chair is great for a grandparent or caregiver’s home.

What Needs Work

• No tray insert. This makes clean up easier, since you can pop the tray insert into a dishwasher. If this is important, Cosco does make a deluxe version of this chair with that feature for a few extra bucks.

• No seat recline or height adjustments. While this high chair works with standard kitchen tables, it doesn’t adjust in height to work with kitchen countertops or other non-standard tables.

• 3-point harness. We prefer a five-point harness to make sure a baby doesn’t wiggle out of the chair while feeding. A three-point harness is ok, but requires extra parent vigilance during use.

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