Being able to sit with your whole family at mealtimes always creates a pleasant atmosphere. To make this a reality you need a highchair to raise your child to the dining table level, the same height as for everyone else. In this Abiie vs Stokke vs Keekaroo wooden high chair review I will give you a breakdown of their features to help you land on the ideal highchair for your household.
What high chairs are and why you should buy them
With ordinary dining tables, your children need to be held up by a grown-up so that they can reach the table. It’s both unsafe and tedious to keep a child on your lap, especially if they’re fussy eaters. But with highchair options such as the Abiie, Stokke, and Keekaroo models, children as young as six months can have a seat at the table. These options are high, have adjustable food tables, and come with safety harnesses to keep them strapped.
Main features – similarities and differences
Type of highchair
There are a variety of highchair designs. These include options such as traditional high chairs (the three in this review), clamp-on highchairs, folding highchairs, single stem highchairs, and travel highchairs, among others. The model you will go for will depend on the amount of space you have in your home as well as the design you prefer. For instance, a clamp-on high chair is ideal if you don’t have a lot of floor space. The reason is, it can be attached directly to your dining table using clamps.
Amount of space
Highchairs are additional furniture in your dining area. Therefore, you need to check how much space you have. Before making your purchase, check the footprint dimensions of your shortlisted options. Compare those against the amount of space you have at your table so that you get a suitable highchair. The models in this review all take up about 21×17 inches of floor space.
Duration of use
Would you like a chair suitable for a newborn or one that is also good for teenagers? Durability, so the time duration of future use should also play a part in your decision making. For longevity, go for adjustable chairs. These can change from an infant’s size to suit a grown-up’s size. These include higher standing variations, which can also hold heavier individuals. That way you’re sure that the highchair will grow with your child. With the Abiie, Stokke, and Keekaroo, you will have a chair that will last you years as they’re all durable and suitable for any age above six months.
Different types of children weigh differently at various ages. Getting a chair with the ability to hold virtually any weight is a plus for you. You won’t have to worry about your child being too heavy for the chair as they continue to grow. The Stokke Tripp Trapp gives you a maximum weight capacity of 242 pounds while the Aiibe Beyond and the Keekaroo holds a maximum weight of 250 pounds. With these weight limits, even grown-ups can sit on them in case they would like to carry their babies.
Highchairs need to come with safety features to keep your child from falling off. These could be harnesses that keep them secure in their seat. Another highlight would be the base of the legs. If not spaced enough, your child could quickly destabilize it and topple themselves if they decide to start playing while on the seat. The food tray also serves as another safety feature as it even holds your child in a seated position while they eat. The Keekaroo, Abiie, and Stokke options in this review come with well-spaced legs and adjustable harnesses for safety.
The primary purpose of highchairs serves to help your child at mealtimes. It’s likely that child will create a mess when eating. The highchair you choose needs a material that’s easy to clean. Easy to wipe surfaces make cleaning quick. For models with seat cushions, pick those with easily washable fabrics that also dry quickly. The Stokke and Keekaroo have easy-to-wash polyester covered cushions, while the Abiie comes with an easy to wipe rubber cushion. All other surfaces can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
Having your child on a wooden chair may not be very comfortable for them. Younger infants could require additional cushioning. Therefore, choose a seat that comes with a soft cushion, such as the three options in this review.
My top picks
- Best overall – Abiie Beyond
- Best budget – Keekaroo Height Right
- Best functionality – Stokke Tripp Trapp
Best overall – Abiie Beyond
- Assembled dimensions: 21×17.6×34.5 inches
- Weight: 18 pounds
- Material: Wood, Plastic
- Color: Natural Olive, Mahogany Olive, Natural Raspberry, Natural Blueberry, Mahogany Cream White, Natural Pearl Black
Why to choose it
The Abiie Beyond high chair serves both infants and toddlers as it comes with an adjustable seat. You can set it as high as 24.6 inches or as low as 10.5 inches from the ground. You can use it as a standard dining chair for older toddlers by removing the food tray. It comes with an adjustable harness that’s attached to the seat, keeping both infants and toddlers secure while they sit. Another plus for toddlers is the adjustable footrest to provide extra comfort while they sit in the Abiie Beyond. The tray is 28.9 inches high, making it the ideal height for feeding smaller children. You’ll also receive a tray cover that’s dishwasher safe. For the seat, your child will get a comfortable rubber cushion. That way, even if they spill food or liquids on it, the pillow can easily be wiped clean, leaving no stains.
Who it’s suitable for
Suitable for babies from 6 months and up. Grown-ups can also use it without the tray.
- Easy to clean
- Finished using non-toxic plant-based lacquer
- Does not contain Phthalate, Latex, PVC, or BPA
- Has a 3-point and 5-point harness
- Comes with an extendable three-year warranty
- Easy to assemble
- Getting the tray in place can sometimes take a while
Best budget – Keekaroo Height Right
- Assembled dimensions: 21.5×17.75×33.5 inches
- Weight: 14.5 pounds
- Material: Wood, Plastic, Polyester
- Color: Espresso Base, Natural Base, Mahogany Base
Why to choose it
The Keekaroo Height Right is a great addition to your home. This one I used when my daughter was visiting grandma for weeks. And we liked it a lot. The fixed tray sits at 28.5 inches off the ground. Depending on your child’s size, you can adjust the seat and footrest to suit them. There’s also a seat cushion included with your purchase to ensure they’re comfortable enough for their meal. The seat position can stand between 16-24 inches from the ground while the footrest can stand between 4-21.45 inches off the ground. There’s a 3-point harness that attaches to the seat, keeping your child in place. The Keekaroo Height Right’s finish comes from plant-based lacquer, making this a toxin-free option. Cleaning up is quick and easy as you only need to wipe with warm, soapy water.
Who it’s suitable for
With the tray, children from six months to three years can use it. Without the food tray, even adults can sit on it.
- Can hold up to 250 pounds
- Seat cushion is 100% polyester
- Comes with a five-year warranty
- Tray cover is Phthalate and BPA-free
- A little low for higher dining tables
Best functionality – Stokke Tripp Trapp
- Assembled dimensions: 19.2x18x32 inches
- Weight: 17 pounds
- Material: Wood
- Color: Hazy Grey, Storm Grey, Walnut, Black, Natural, Midnight Blue
Why to choose it
The Stokke Tripp Trapp comes with a high price tag, but with a lot of functionality added. You can set it up for children above six months that can support themselves. It has a high backrest for additional support of younger babies. To keep your child secure it has a safety harness attached to the seat. Taller children can get the seat position and footrest adjusted to provide them with comfort. The chair comes with a Tripp Trapp Classic Cushion for added comfort. To make it suitable for older children, you can remove the Stokke Tray. That way, your child can use it as a high chair next to the dining table instead. Without the tray, anyone can use it as a seat since it can easily hold a maximum of 242 pounds. The Stokke Tripp Trapp can also be suitable for newborns by purchasing the Newborn set.
Who it’s suitable for
Ideal for six-month-old babies up to three-year-olds.
- Baby seat comes with a safety harness
- Has a 5-point harness
- Has water-based paint
- Comes with an extendable seven-year warranty
- It’s a sturdy frame
- Uses phthalate and bisphenol free material
- Compatible with the Newborn Set for younger infants
- Spare parts are available for purchase in case of any damages
- Quite costly
With a highchair, mealtimes can quickly become a shared family experience. They let your little one join you at the table and learn different skills besides getting her tummy full. Your interactions can make them more curious to do the same things as you do, and to build their vocabulary so they communicate better. Apart from helping at mealtimes, a high chair is also an excellent way to elevate your toddler to the level of the table. There they can play or draw. With the adjustable seats, it can also serve as an ordinary chair for your child, or even adults. Highchairs are multifunctional seats that grow with your child. Have a happy selection and mealtime soon.