10 Best Highchairs for Your Baby Registry

I didn’t put a highchair on my baby registry. I didn’t put any feeding products, in fact, because the thought of feeding my fetus solid foods felt like lightyears ahead.

And then, in what seemed like a blink, we needed a highchair. And fast. There was no research or price comparisons — we just needed something accessible and in stock. Luckily my mother-in-law found a Fisher Price highchair on the side of the road. It was in great shape, even though it was pretty bulky and plasticy. But aren’t all highchairs?

Well no, they’re not.

After testing dozens of the best highchairs for Babble.com, that plastic monstrosity (that ended up being recalled) went straight to the curb. Because while it worked perfectly well and got us through years of feedings, there are easier, better looking, more functional highchairs out there. Yet many of the highchairs currently on the market don’t measure up to these 10. And yes, many are affordable:

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  • OXO Sprout Chair, $249.99 1 of 10
    OXO Sprout Chair, $249.99
    I adore everything about this highchair. I'd recommend this to anyone.
    Read our full review.
  • Stokke Tripp Trapp, $250 – $380 2 of 10
    Stokke Tripp Trapp, $250 - $380
    This one doesn't have a highchair tray (although you can purchase a baby harness for infants), meaning it pulls right up to the table. Compact and convenient, especially because it grows with your child, right into an adult-size chair — perhaps justifying the high price tag.
    Read our full review.
  • BabyBjorn Highchair, $300 3 of 10
    BabyBjorn Highchair, $300
    And if money isn't a factor, this highchair is certainly a splurge — yet it could be worth every penny for small spaces.
    See what we love and what we don't.
  • IKEA Antilop, $20 4 of 10
    IKEA Antilop, $20
    If you want the best highchair for the very best price, we HIGHLY recommend picking up one of these easy-to-clean, compact highchair from IKEA. (For an extra $5, you can also add a highchair tray. Otherwise it pulls right up to the table.) That way your baby shower guests can pitch in for a pricier item, like a crib or stroller.
    Read more of our review.
  • Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Highchair System, $169.98 5 of 10
    Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Highchair System, $169.98
    If you're trying to do one single registry at a baby superstore (that doesn't carry all of the high-end highchairs), this Graco highchair is pretty incredible.
    Read why we love it.
  • Phil & Teds Lobster, $79.99 6 of 10
    Phil & Teds Lobster, $79.99
    Perfect for frequent travelers (even just trips to Grandma's!), or as a compact highchair solution. Just attach it right to the table for a secure fit that doesn't budge.
    Read the full review.
  • Bloom Fresco Loft, $489 – $500 7 of 10
    Bloom Fresco Loft, $489 - $500
    If you want the most pricey, luxe, blinged-out highchair that money can buy, this is one serious highchair.
    Read our full review.
  • Joovy Nook Highchair, $199.99 8 of 10
    Joovy Nook Highchair, $199.99
    This highchair won in our "best for spall spaces (budget)" category, and is also the perfect option for a part-time caregiver (like Grandma!). We love how it folds down like a beach chair, nice and compact.
    Read more here.
  • Mamas & Papas Go Eat, $179.99 9 of 10
    Mamas & Papas Go Eat, $179.99
    If you have a modern aesthetic that prefers function over bells + whistles, this compact highchair folds down flat.
    See why we love it.
  • Svan Chair, $280 – $320 10 of 10
    Svan Chair, $280 - $320
    This is an extremely popular quality highchair that, like the Stokke Tripp Trapp, grows from infancy to adulthood. But unlike the Tripp Trapp, the Svan chair comes with a highchair tray.
    Read our full review, including one downside.

See ALL of our favorite highchairs in the Babble Best Highchairs 2011 feature.

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