The 6 Best High Chairs for Messy Eaters

Three of the best baby high chairs at Walmart Editor's picks

Pressure’s off, mom. Your wee one has finally made the transition from breast or bottle to solid food—hooray! And that means the time has come to find a high chair that’s safe, affordable and easy to clean.

If you think the difference between a five-point and three-point harness is something only a horse-jockey would know, let our roundup of the six best baby high chairs get you on track.

Our editor’s picks

Assembly required: Partial

Assembled weight: 19.64 pounds

Material: Metal, plastic

Adjustable height: No

Adjustable tray: Yes

Recline positions: Three

Wheels: Yes

  • Dishwasher-safe tray lifts with one hand

  • No fold-and-store option

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Assembly required: Yes

Assembled weight: 13 pounds

Material: Plastic, beech wood

Adjustable height: No

Adjustable tray: Yes

Recline positions: No

Wheels: No

  • Three modes: high chair, booster, toddler chair

  • Tricky to assemble

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Assembly required: Yes

Assembled weight: 14.78 pounds

Material: Plastic, metal

Adjustable height: Yes

Adjustable tray: Yes

Recline positions: No

Wheels: No

  • Easy to assemble

  • Tray can be difficult to remove

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Assembly required: Yes

Assembled weight: 7.6 pounds

Material: Plastic

Adjustable height: Yes

Adjustable tray: Yes

Recline positions: Three

Wheels: No

  • Lightweight and portable

  • Tray latch may not be as secure

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Assembly required: Partial

Assembled weight: 11.6 pounds

Material: Plastic

Adjustable height: Yes

Adjustable tray: Yes

Recline positions: No

Wheels: No

  • Super easy to clean

  • Food can get caught in mini table cracks

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Assembly required: Partial

Assembled weight: 2.86 pounds

Material: Plastic

Adjustable height: No

Adjustable tray: No

Recline positions: No

Wheels: No

  • Ultra-compact and easy to transport

  • Tray is small

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In this guide
Do you need a high chair?

Whether or not you purchase a high chair is a family choice but many parents rely on the stability, safety features (like a harness and crotch post) and easy after-dinner clean-up that a high chair provides.

Features to consider

When searching for the best baby high chair, some of the key factors to consider are:

  • Restraints: The restraint system in a Health Canada-approved high chair must have a three-point harness with an easy-to-fasten waist belt as well as a crotch strap that fits between your child’s legs.[1] For extra security, look for a five-point harness with shoulder straps.
  • Wide base: Little ones are squirmy and a high chair with a wide base ensures the seat won’t easily tip over.[2]
  • Smooth finish: Whether it’s made from wood or plastic, the high chair shouldn’t have any splits, cracks, sharp edges or points.[3]
  • Locking mechanism: Foldable or convertible high chairs should have a good latching or locking system.
  • Lockable wheels: Wheels are convenient for moving a high chair around your home. Just be sure they lock securely.
  • Ease of cleaning: Look for a machine washable cover and a tray that’s dishwasher safe.
  • Footrest: A chair that has a place for your child to rest their feet will likely be more comfortable.
High chair safety tips
  • Buying a used high chair: If you’re buying or borrowing a second-hand high chair, research the item to make sure it hasn’t been banned or recalled in Canada. The high chair’s label should show the date of manufacture, model name or number, as well as the name and address of the manufacturer. Take a pass if you notice any missing or loose parts or if the high chair is damaged in any way.[4]
  • Starting your child in a high chair: When your baby is able to sit up alone and keep their head and neck stable, that’s a sign that they can graduate from your arms to a high chair. Infants develop at different rates, but your child will probably reach this stage around six months old.
  • Placing the high chair: Keep the chair away from stoves, windows, cords and anything your child can push against to topple their chair.[5]
  • Using recline mode: Some high chairs have a recline mode, so you may be able to place your baby in this type of high chair at an earlier age for bottle-feeding or relaxing. Just remember: Never feed your child solid baby food in the recline position.
Best high chair overall
Graco Table2Table LX 6-in-1 High Chair Graco Table2Table LX 6-in-1 High Chair Graco Table2Table LX 6-in-1 High Chair Graco Table2Table LX 6-in-1 High Chair Graco Table2Table LX 6-in-1 High Chair
  • Assembly required: Partial

  • Assembled weight: 19.64 pounds

  • Material: Plastic, metal

  • Adjustable height: No

  • Adjustable tray: Yes

  • Recline positions: Three

  • Wheels: Yes

The Graco Table2Table LX 6-in-1 High Chair keeps up with kids that seem to grow like weeds! Featuring six growing stages, it transitions from infant high chair to booster seat all the way up to big kid table and chair, giving you great value. Plus, it’s safe, comfortable and easy to wash—three must-haves on every parent’s list.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The removable, dishwasher-safe tray makes clean-up easier. You can also remove it with one hand, which is convenient for parents with their hands full.

  • Parents have the option of using the three- or five-point harness.

  • A cushioned seat pad provides comfort and infant head support. It’s also removable and machine-washable.

Cons
  • The crotch strap doesn’t extend, so it may be a bit tight depending on the size of your tot.

  • There’s no fold-and-store option.

  • You have to take the tray off in order to get your baby out, which some parents don’t love.

The draw
This high chair reclines for smaller babies so that even with a tiny one you can put them at the table. It includes a padded chair cover and head support as well as straps to secure the baby in. He will be able to use this for years.
-Rachael, Walmart customer
The downside
I love this chair but I don’t like the part that slides between my son's legs. It’s attached to the tray and I think I’d prefer that attached to the seat. My son is a little chunky and I can’t put his tray on very well.
-Brittany14, Walmart customer
Trendiest high chair
Evolur Zoodle 3-in-1 High Chair Evolur Zoodle 3-in-1 High Chair Evolur Zoodle 3-in-1 High Chair Evolur Zoodle 3-in-1 High Chair Evolur Zoodle 3-in-1 High Chair Evolur Zoodle 3-in-1 High Chair Evolur Zoodle 3-in-1 High Chair Evolur Zoodle 3-in-1 High Chair Evolur Zoodle 3-in-1 High Chair
  • Assembly required: Yes

  • Assembled weight: 13 pounds

  • Material: Plastic, beech wood

  • Adjustable height: Yes

  • Adjustable tray: Yes

  • Recline positions: No

  • Wheels: No

We know, we know: You can’t judge a high chair by its cover. Except that the Evolur Zoodle has a wipeable, removable cushioned seat cover that comes in a range of shades—from mint green, baby pink or soft grey to ivory or yellow. It’s just so darn cute! What’s more, the modern-looking chair features genuine beech-wood legs that you can attach to bring it up to the kitchen table or low to the ground.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Not all baby bellies are the same, so the Zoodle comes with a two-position, adjustable tray so even the squishiest of tummies never feel tight.

  • With its non-skid legs and five-point harness, the Evolur Zoodle doesn’t compromise safety for slick looks.

  • It has three modes: high chair, booster chair and toddler chair.

Cons
  • Some parents say the Zoodle can be a bit tricky to assemble.

  • The legs don’t adjust (there are separate legs for the booster seat), so it only works for one table height.

The draw
I love that it has foot supports to prevent my little one's legs from dangling. I was worried about the nice seat but the cover is easily removable to clean down after a messy meal. I highly recommend this chair!
-EmilieD, originally posted on evolurbaby.com
The downside
The only thing I don’t love is that the height is not adjustable. Fits perfectly at our table, easy to feed baby from dining chairs. However, the chair is too short to feed baby from barstool-height chairs.
-Alysa A, Walmart customer
Best high chair for easy cleaning
Boon GRUB Dishwasher Safe Adjustable Baby High Chair Boon GRUB Dishwasher Safe Adjustable Baby High Chair Boon GRUB Dishwasher Safe Adjustable Baby High Chair Boon GRUB Dishwasher Safe Adjustable Baby High Chair Boon GRUB Dishwasher Safe Adjustable Baby High Chair Boon GRUB Dishwasher Safe Adjustable Baby High Chair
  • Assembly required: Yes

  • Assembled weight: 14.78 pounds

  • Material: Plastic, metal

  • Adjustable height: Yes

  • Adjustable tray: Yes

  • Recline positions: No

  • Wheels: No

Mealtime with a baby or toddler is always messy but the Boon GRUB High Chair makes clean-up less of a chore. The removable seat and tray are safe to put in the dishwasher, while the machine-washable seat pad is easy to wipe down with a damp cloth—or you can simply toss it in the wash. Plus, the smooth design of the high chair, with minimal corners and crevices, is easy to wipe clean and ensures few crumbs get left behind.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Parents love how easy to assemble it is.

  • The 2-in-1 high chair to toddler chair design offers great value. It also adjusts from table to counter height.

  • The adjustable tray and five-position footrest make it easier to find a comfortable fit.

Cons
  • The tray can be difficult to remove. You have to get the hang of it.

The draw
Let me tell you about how easy it is to clean. No scrubbing! The entire seat is removable, dishwasher safe, as well as the tray and the seat padding can be tossed in the washer. It's safe, convenient, easy to clean and will last for years.
-Lnewo, originally posted on tomy.com
The downside
This high chair is great. It's very easy to put together. The only thing I don't like about the chair is how hard it is to take the tray off. I feel like imma hit my child in the face because it doesn't pop off easy.
-Gigi24, originally posted on tomy.com
Best high chair for small spaces
Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Simple Clean High Chair Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Simple Clean High Chair Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Simple Clean High Chair Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Simple Clean High Chair Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Simple Clean High Chair Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Simple Clean High Chair Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Simple Clean High Chair Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Simple Clean High Chair Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Simple Clean High Chair
  • Assembly required: Yes

  • Assembled weight: 7.6 pounds

  • Material: Plastic

  • Adjustable height: Yes

  • Adjustable tray: Yes

  • Recline positions: Three

  • Wheels: No

With months worth of baby stuff piling up, the last thing you want is another clunky piece of gear to store—especially if you’re in a tight space. Enter the Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Simple Clean, which includes all the features of a full-sized chair minus, well, the full size. The easy-to-move seat securely clips onto any chair with an adjustable strap and it adapts with your baby from infant to toddler with its three recline positions and four belly positions. It also comes in a rainbow pattern.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The dishwasher-safe seat, tray and tray insert mean you’ll have extra time to clean the messiest part of mealtime: your baby.

  • It easily converts to a booster seat that you can pull right up to the table.

  • Since it’s so lightweight and portable, this chair works for restaurants and day trips to grandma’s house.

Cons
  • The tray latch isn’t as secure as some other models.

  • You’ll have to watch baby’s fingers when you add the washable tray insert so they don’t get pinched.

The draw
This high chair is the best I’ve used because it is more compact and saves space. It’s not bulky like most. It’s very easy to keep clean and can be used in all stages.
-BarbaraB757, originally posted on shop.mattel.com
The downside
I love everything about the Space Saver high chair except that the tray doesn't feel as secure as the previous version. It feels like it can fly off with one hard enough kick from the little one.
-Nancy, Walmart customer
Best high chair on a budget
Evenflo 4-In-1 High Chair Evenflo 4-In-1 High Chair Evenflo 4-In-1 High Chair Evenflo 4-In-1 High Chair Evenflo 4-In-1 High Chair Evenflo 4-In-1 High Chair Evenflo 4-In-1 High Chair Evenflo 4-In-1 High Chair Evenflo 4-In-1 High Chair
  • Assembly required: Partial

  • Assembled weight: 11.6 pounds

  • Material: Plastic

  • Adjustable height: Yes

  • Adjustable tray: Yes

  • Recline positions: No

  • Wheels: No

Coming in at under $100, the Evenflo 4-In-1 High Chair doesn’t skimp on features even though it’s super affordable. It still has padding for baby’s comfort and is able to convert from a high chair to a low chair to a toddler chair—and the base can even be used as a little table for eating or crafts.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It has a clean, simple look.

  • The seat and cover are easy to clean.

  • It lasts through toddlerhood up to 50 pounds.

Cons
  • The cover is easy to remove—which could be good or bad.

  • Food can get caught in the cracks of the table.

The draw
Not only is it a 4-in-1 so my little one can grow with it but it’s also very easy to put together and clean!! The seat cover even comes off so you can clean it as well. I definitely recommend it to any moms that have messy eaters.
-Alygoodfriend, Walmart customer
The downside
The only complaint I have is that when you use it as a table and chair for dinner food sometimes gets stuck in the slots on the table that the chair legs are supposed to go into to make it a full high chair.
-sonja121187, originally posted on influenster.com
Best booster seat
Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat
  • Assembly required: Partial

  • Assembled weight: 2.86 pounds

  • Material: Plastic

  • Adjustable height: No

  • Adjustable tray: No

  • Recline positions: No

  • Wheels: No

This intelligently designed, cushioned booster doubles as a floor play-seat while your young infant is gaining the strength to sit up on their own. Once your baby hits this milestone, slide the food tray out of its bottom compartment, clip the seat to your kitchen chair and your baby is ready to eat meals with the fam.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • An easy-to-wipe seat and dishwasher-safe tray help make mealtime clean-up a breeze.

  • It’s ultra-compact and easy to transport.

  • Remove the foam cushioning from the booster and it becomes a toddler seat for your growing baby.

Cons
  • While the seat is suitable for babies six months and up, there is only a three-point harness. You may want a five-point harness if your baby is especially active during meals.

  • The tray is on the small side.

The draw
Perfect for someone who doesn't have enough space for a high chair. Can't use a plate because not enough space, we just put the food on the tray. Really easy to clean and light.
-yasminezz , Walmart customer
The downside
The tray on this chair was a little smaller than the older model. I prefer having a larger tray.
-liz, Walmart customer
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Melissa is a freelance lifestyle journalist and mama to one. She has written about everything from beauty and health to finance and food for national brands such as Best Health, CBC, Reader's Digest and Refinery 29. When she's not parked in front of her laptop, she can be found playing with her four-year-old daughter, training for a 10K or nurturing her veggie garden (a newfound passion!).
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