Stiftung Warentest has tested twenty highchairs for child-friendly design, handling, durability, safety and harmful substances. Among them were twelve highchairs with steps that grow with the child as well as 8 highchairs and folding chairs. Evomove’s Nomi highchair with steps and Stokke’s Tripp Trapp were elected test winners with a grade of 1.6. Stiftung Warentest can only recommend three of the twenty models tested. The Timba from Safety 1st with a grade of 2.2 is one of the recommended high chairs for staircases.

The children’s highchair Nomi from Evomove and the Tripp Trapp from Stokke were designed by the famous Norwegian furniture designer Peter Opsvik. Both chairs should be used without the baby bouncer since those received the rating”sufficient” (Nomi) and “satisfactory” (Tripp Trapp). According to the report, the babies sit too upright in Stokke’s bouncer. In terms of keeping it in a position that is suitable for children, it received a grade of 4 and only scored “satisfactory” in the quality assessment. Evomove’s Nomi, on the other hand, can tip over if someone pulls on the bouncer. In terms of safety, for example, it received a grade of 4 and a quality rating of “sufficient”. Both children’s chairs performed significantly better in the test without the baby bouncer.

Test winner: Nomi by Evomove & Tripp Trapp by Stokke

The Evomove highchair is suitable for children from five months to thirteen years, the Stokke highchair is suitable for children from five months to 16 years and older. The Nomi was the only one in the test to achieve the top grade of “very good” in the category of design suitable for children. Stokke received a grade of 1.8 in this category and both highchairs scored “good” with their ease of use. Both seats are free of hazardous substances which is confirmed by Stiftung Warentest’s “very good” rating. Both highchairs are also rated “very good” in terms of durability. In the safety category, Stokke’s Tripp Trapp got a grade of 1 ahead of Evomove’s Nomi (grade 2). The overall quality rating for both high chairs is “good” at a grade of 1.6.

Nomi highchair for children up to adulthood

The Nomi is one of the few highchairs on the market that accompanies the child from infancy to teenage and even into adulthood. Thus, the Evomove chair adapts continuously to the child’s development and is even certified as an adult chair according to DIN EN 12520:2010.

Price-performance winner: Timba from Safety 1st

The Timba highchair from Safety 1st is the winner in the price-performance ratio with the quality rating “good” (2.2) and a price of 85 euros. Stokke’s Tripp Trapp and Evomove’s Nomi are worth 350 euros. The Timba is suitable for children from eight months up to eight years. In the area of durability and pollutants it was rated “very good”. In the categories handling and safety the Timba only received the grade “satisfactory”. Nevertheless, one should pay attention to fastening the child’s seatbelt in the price-performance winner, otherwise the child can get out of the seat by itself.

Pollutants in highchairs

The results of the children’s highchairs tested by Stiftung Warentest in the area of harmful substances were worrying. Seven of the twenty models tested contained large amounts of pollutants. Stiftung Warentest sets the same strict limit value for harmful substances for materials that are accessible to children in chairs as for toys for small children. Very high levels of formaldehyde, naphthalene and TDCPP (flame retardants) were found in the seat cushions of the tested seats, as well as plasticizers such as DINP (diisononyl phthalate) and DEHP (diethylhexyl phthalate).

Stiftung Warentest advises consumers to ask retailers whose high chairs contain harmful substances to remedy the defect. The period for remedying the defect shall be two years from the date of delivery.


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Image: Stokke, Evomove