When it came time to buy a highchair for Harper, I was admitedly overwhelmed by the amount of choices on the market. I scoured Baby Bargains, read amazon reviews and searched my favorite blogs for recommendations.
I finally narrowed our search down to three choices— the OXO Sprout, the Stokke Tripp Trapp and the Boon Flair, which is the one we ended up purchasing.
I quite liked the design of the OXO Sprout as well as the Stokke high chair, but there were a few things keeping me from pulling the trigger on either of them.
The OXO Sprout doesn’t have wheels and doesn’t adjust its height, so those two factors put it out of the running since we wanted something that would work with the height of our kitchen island, since that’s where we eat most of the time. The Stokke Tripp Trapp had a few concerning reviews about tipping over, which I hadn’t read in any other highchair reviews, and it also didn’t have wheels or an adjustable height, so that put it out of the running.
Overall, we were looking for a chair that:
a) was easy to clean
b) had wheels (easy to move around)
c) simple/sleek design and no fabric cover
d) adjustable height
The Boon Flair was the one! It doesn’t take up a lot of space which is a great perk (it has a round base that can slide easily under a table or kitchen island).
Babies are messy and so ease of cleaning was of great importance to us. The seat of the Boon is one solid piece of plastic that doesn’t have nooks and crannies—it’s simple and sleek which makes wiping it down after dinner super fast and no-fuss. It does have a removeable foam pad that is also extremely easy to clean with a wet cloth. Most nights I don’t even have to remove the foam, I just wipe it down because the highchair tray and Harper’s bib (we use these ones) catches most of the food that falls down. The best part is that the foam doesn’t have to come completley off to clean it. I just lift it off enough to get any mess off, wipe and place right back to how it was. You don’t have to take the entire foam pad off or throw it in the washer like a lot of highchairs you see with fabric. It seems like you’d have to throw those in the wash nearly every night to get the food off, especially purees….and we already do enough laundry as it is!
The fact that the Boon has wheels is a huge bonus. I feed Harper while sitting on one of the barstools at our kitchen island and it’s so easy to pull her highchair towards me. It’s also fantastic when I’m cleaning—I simply roll the chair out of my way as I vacuum. For our Christmas dinner, we just wheeled Harper right into the dining room and lowered the height of the chair so we could eat as a family. It was perfect!
The adjustable height of the chair was a big selling point for us. Knowing we wanted to use the chair near our kitchen island, we wanted to have the option of extending its height and very few highchairs on the market have that option.
I should also mention that the straps are easy to use and easy to wash. That’s the only part of the chair that ever goes in the washer and truthfully, the bib prevents food from getting onto the highchair straps 90% of the time so we don’t need to wash them often.
And lastly, the tray of the Boon is so easy to use—and can be removed using just one hand, which is a wonderfully convenient feature. I think most people are shocked to find how small the Boon’s tray is, but we have found this to be a benefit as it’s easy for Harper to access her food now that she’s eating more solids and feeding herself more.
We absolutely love the Boon Flair and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a sleek, easy-to-clean and versatile highchair.
The only “con” I can find is that the brake for the highchair does not work well on hardwood…but this has honestly never been a problem. It doesn’t move or slide away easily if the brake is on, but if you push it, it won’t stay completey in place. Like I said, we’ve never had any issues so really, for us, it’s nonissue, but I did want to bring it up since I want this review to be encompassing of all of the chair’s features.
In terms of style, I do love the look of the chair but wish it came in more color options and I wish the base wasn’t that silver color…or that it was a shiny silver versus the matte it is now, kind of like Bloom’s Fresco highchair which at nearly $500 was much more than I wanted to pay, though it’s quite attractive for a highchair.
I hope you found this review to be helpful in making your choice! Please leave me a comment if you have any questions! You can see a video of Harper in her highchair here.
FTC disclaimer- I purchased this highchair with my own money and am not being compensated for this review by Boon or anyone else. I just really love this highchair and these are my honest thoughts.