We set out to find the best highchairs on the market, and after weeks of extensive testing, the Cosatto 3Sixti2 came out on top. Not only does it look fabulous, it outstripped the competition in terms of ease of use, cleanliness and how comfortable it was for baby.
Highchairs have come a long way from the standard plastic folding seat you may have seen in your own baby photos. As a result, it can be hard to decide which one is best. Prices for highchairs range from £9 to well over £300 and vary in features, functionality and look.
Most standard highchairs can be used from 6 months to around 3 years old and offer a simple harness and removable tray to assist you through the weaning years. At its most basic iteration, the Ikea Antilop (£9 for the chair on it's own, £14 with a tray) is a sturdy, easy to use chair, which is perfectly suitable for most families.
Some, (usually) more expensive chairs have extended life spans because they adapt as your child grows. The iconic Stokke Tripp Trapp (£145 from Mamas and Papas) for example is designed to last well into the teenage years.
After nearly 500 hours of vigorous testing, the Cosatto 3Sixti2 (£115 from Amazon) was crowned our Mumsnet Best Highchair – it's got style, personality and functional features to boot. The height is adjustable, the seat is reclinable and spins 360 degrees, it can be used with or without a tray and can be manoeuvred around the room with relative ease, despite its heavyweight status.
It's suitable from six months to 15kg (approximately age three). And while the Cosatto 3Sixti2 isn't the cheapest option on the market, the high quality materials, simplicity of use and four year guarantee, make it worth the investment.
- Moves on wheels
- Five-point harness
- Cushions not machine washable
- Wide base footprint (57 cm)
Price: £115 from Amazon
All prices on this page correct at time of writing
How we tested highchairs
Each highchair tested was used for a minimum of 60 hours, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack times and ‘leisure’ time. We tested how easy the chair is to assemble out of the box and whether it's a faff to adjust the chair's height, if applicable. We considered how easy it is to keep the chair clean, including whether it can survive our favourite spaghetti Bolognese smear test. And if it says it's dishwasher proof or machine washable, we checked that too.
We analysed the chair for safety, stability, durability and practicality. For instance, we dropped trays on a hard surface over twenty times to see if it splintered or showed any signs of distress at all. Similarly, we tested whether a chair could be easily toppled by a child. Only the safest, toughest of products will do.
The Cosatto 3Sixti2 scored highly across all our key categories and that's why we've awarded it Mumsnet Best Highchair 2018Read full review » Buy now
Best Highchair for Style 2018
Well-made with a sleek design, the Nomi is a high quality highchair which will last for years to come.
We love its stylish design – not surprising given Evomove's Danish roots – and the fact that it's extremely stable, so you can pop even the wriggliest of tots in the highchair without worrying about it tipping over.
- Suitable from 2 to 12 years old (from birth with additional attachments)
- Stylish design
- Easy to adjust as your child grows
Best Budget Highchair 2018
Famous for being good value, the Antilop is incredibly easy to assemble – in testing, we managed it without using the instructions in under a minute. And, despite its rickety appearance, the Antilop is surprisingly sturdy.
- Extremely good value for money
- Easy wipe clean surfaces
- Virtually indestructible
Best Travel Highchair 2018
Mountain Buggy Pod
If you're looking for a travel friendly option, or perhaps a highchair for occasional use that's compact enough to store easily (hello Grandma's house!) the Mountain Buggy Pod (£45 from John Lewis) is for you.
Using a clamp on either arm, it fixes the highchair directly to your table quickly and easily, meaning your child can eat from the table with the rest of the family.
- Easy to transport
- Ideal for breakfast bars
- Can be used from 3 months to 15kg (approx. 3 years)
Best Luxury Highchair 2018
Stokke Tripp Trapp
The instantly recognisable Stokke Tripp Trapp (£145 from Mamas and Papas) is a favourite on the Mumsnet forums, and we can understand why; it's beautiful, flexible and lasts for years.
It's true that the Tripp Trapp is a bit of a pain to assemble, but the highly customisable set up means that this is the kind of chair that really does grow with your child. So, if you're willing to make the upfront investment, this wooden highchair offers great value for money.
- Can be used from 2 years old to 16 years old (from birth with additional attachments)
- Easy to wipe clean
- Iconic design
How we test
We choose the top products based on Mumsnetters’ recommendations and our Talk boards, as well as which products are being searched for most on Google. We also look at new releases, meaning we give newcomers a level playing field to compete on with...Read more »