Web site: besthf.com
This Indiana-based rocking chair maker entered the baby biz in 2002, although they trace their roots to the 1960’s. We were very impressed with their quality and offerings. Basically, Best specializes in upholstered chairs with over 700 fabric choices. They also make traditional glider rockers and furniture for other rooms in the house.
Best claims their gliders have the longest glide in the industry. They also offer an optional 10-position glide lock that makes it easier to get in and out of the chair. The traditional wood designs have a closed base for safety.
Delivery is four weeks and prices are decent for an all-upholstered look: most are $400 to $750. A matching ottoman is $160 to $300. Best is sold only in specialty stores and on JCPenney.com (we noticed ten models, in fabric and leather options). The Jacob model, pictured, runs $450 (on sale for $400) in seven microfiber fabrics.
Best Chair most recently began offering a “bonded” leather fabric option dubbed PerformaBlend. Bonded leather is made of leather scraps and costs less than a full leather chair (about $750 compared to $1000 or more for leather).
Feedback from readers has been mostly positive on Best—a few complaints centered on Best models sold on JCPenney.com that had backs that were too short for some taller parents. Most folks had no problem, however and generally loved Best’s overall quality and durability. For taller parents, it might be good to try out this chair in person before purchasing. Rating: A