Canstar Blue’s first-ever review of baby high chairs has seen IKEA, Kmart and Big W compared and rated on their durability & quality, design, comfort & support, flexibility, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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When the time comes for your little cherub to join the rest of the family at the dinner table, you’ll need a good quality high chair to safely and comfortably sit your bub at mealtimes. Sitting your baby in a high chair allows parents more flexibility with feeding (and the time to feed yourself), and can also help your little bundle of joy understand eating and social skills. Buying a high chair is therefore an important purchase decision and not one to take lightly. In fact, nearly a quarter of Aussies we surveyed (24%) searched for online reviews before deciding which high chair to buy, while 20% asked friends and family for advice.
To find out what’s the best option for your little one, Canstar Blue canvassed the opinions of nearly 400 new parents on the baby high chair(s) they purchased and used in the last three years. Respondents rated their respective brands on important factors including durability and quality, design, comfort and support, flexibility, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are included in our results.
IKEA was rated best for baby high chairs, after earning five-star reviews for overall customer satisfaction and in all other categories.
Here are the best brands in Australia for baby high chairs, as rated by parents in Canstar Blue’s inaugural review:
IKEA topped our ratings of baby high chairs, achieving five-star reviews for comfort and support, flexibility, durability, design, value for money, and overall satisfaction. Runner-up Kmart was rated four stars overall, while Big W rounded up the scores on three stars for overall customer satisfaction.
Besides flatpack furniture and Swedish meatballs, IKEA is also known for serving a decent selection of baby furniture to keep bubs and parents happy at home, including cots, cribs and kids’ beds. For high chairs, the budget retailer stocks several models, most of which come with rounded edges, a safety belt and a wide, stable base. Prices start from $20 for the ANTILOP high chair with safety belt and reach up to $238 for the GRÅVAL junior high chair with tray and birch (pictured).
As the unofficial home of trendy homewares and cheap and cheerful buys, Kmart also offers a range of budget-friendly baby essentials, including cots, carriers and high chairs. Prices start from $20 for a feeding booster seater and go up to $145 for the Anko 2-in-1 Wooden High Chair (pictured). The latest model features a removable tray, seat board, footrest board, front bar, small backrest and big backrest and is made of Plywood.
Big W is another budget retailer that offers a range of high chairs to make feeding time easy, including booster seats and proper foldable high chairs. One of the standout models is the Modi High Chair which retails for $209 (pictured). It features timber legs for a modern look, a removable and adjustable tray with three sitting positions, adjustable feet, five-point body harness and foam padding for added comfort.
The most common type of high chair purchased by Aussie parents we surveyed was a single stem high chair (42%), followed by foldable high chairs (29%) and travel/portable models (16%). The average spend on a new high chair is $137, according to our data. The type of high chair you should buy will depend on factors like the age and weight of your baby, how active they are, and how much storage you have at home and your budget, among other factors. As a general rule though, you can’t go wrong with a model that’s easy to install, clean up and fold away. Just be sure to check all safety features too.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.
Canstar Blue surveyed 1,200 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased a baby high chair in the last three years – in this case, 367 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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