Last Updated: May 8, 2023 @ 1:39 pm.

What are the best high chairs Scandinavian design. If you like this esthetic, no doubt you love the practical yet minimalist vibe—these chairs are both beautiful and functional. We rounded up 8 high chairs that fit that description to find the best bets. Which were easiest to use? To clean? Here are the ones we think are best.

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Best Easy-to-Clean

Love the adjustability
Yes, it is pricey but we love the "grow with me" concept here—you can use it for baby up to, well, college. Caveat: tray and cushion are extra purchases.

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Best Easy-to-Clean: Tripp Trapp High Chair from Stokke

The Tripp Trapp is the Apple iPhone of Scandinavian high chairs—it set the standard and spawned a raft of me-too competitors.

Debuting back in 1972, the Tripp Trapp was the brainchild of Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik. With 10 million copies sold, this high chair’s secret sauce is its “grow with me” concept. It starts as a high chair then morphs to a place for an older child to sit at the dinner table.

Here’s a quick overview of the Tripp Trapp’s pros and cons:

What We Liked

• Sturdy design with stable base.

• Pulls right up to table.

• Adjustable to different heights.

• Easy to clean.

• Clear instructions.

• Multiple color and finish options.

What Needs Work

• Even with seat pad, some kids think the seat isn’t very comfy.

• Pricey. Unfortunately, a tray and cushion are extra expenses. Or you can buy a version with the tray and cushion.

• Older kids don’t have a harness option. That is, once you remove the baby rail, the seat doesn’t have a harness.

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Best Small Footprint

Supportive footrest a plus
We liked this chair's ability to slide right up to the table—perfect for that transition from baby to adult food. Also nice: wheels and compact design.

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Best Small Footprint: Nomi High Chair

Let’s be honest: many “modern” high chairs have wide bases that can take up a good chunk of kitchen real estate.

However, that runs headlong into the reality of smaller living spaces. If space is tight and you still like the concept of a Scandinavian inspired high chair, our pick would be the Nomi.

And the Nomi has the same parent designer as the Tripp Trapp, Peter Obsvik. As such, it has the same baby-to-teenager adaptability. Here’s a run down: 

What We Liked

 Wheels! Unlike the wheel-less Tripp Trapp, the Nomi is easier to move around.

• Lightweight. At 10.8 pounds., the Nomi is about a third lighter than the Tripp Trapp.

• Footrest support.

• Easy to assemble.

• Stylish.

• Easy to clean.

• Sturdy.

• Compact. This high chair takes about 20″ by 25″ of floor space when including the base.

What Needs Work

• Tray is extra purchase.

• Pricey.

• Strap and buckle could be easier to use. Our readers who have this chair note that all four parts of the harness/buckle must clip at the same time . . . that takes some practice.

• Seat pad is extra. And the hard seat isn’t very comfortable, in our opinion.

Best Budget-Friendly

Simple, efficient chair
No-frills chair gets the job done—and it is easy to clean. Caveat: tray and seat pad are extra.

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Best Budget Friendly: IKEA Antilop

Yes, high chairs with Scandinavian flair can be rather pricey.

The Antilop high chair is an easier-on-the-wallet alternative—a metal and plastic chair with anti-submarining bar molded into the seat and three-point safety belt. Yes, a tray and seat pad are extra purchases.

What We Liked

• Simple design.

• Affordable,

• Easy to clean.

What Needs Work

• Tray and pad are extra purchases.

• No height adjustment.

• No wheels.

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How We Pick Products To Recommend

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When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

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