Modern Drool-Worthy Highchairs for All Budgets

Highchairs are probably the most important baby essential for feeding time. But you’ve spent so much time getting your dining room just right that the thought of a behemoth safari-themed chair just doesn’t cut it.

Maybe colorful prints are all wrong for your décor. Maybe plastic simply isn’t your thing. Or the thought of an over-sized, over-padded, obnoxious eyesore that gathers every bite-sized morsel in its crevices just makes you want to cringe.

Your baby doesn’t have to interfere with your design aesthetic. There are plenty of drool-worthy options out there. We love models that look great (simple, modern designs please!), are easy to clean, and grow with your child.

Best of all, they come in a variety of price categories so you could have something both beautiful and functional without busting your budget.

Phil & Ted’s Poppy

Phil & Ted’s Poppy highchair is safe, stylish, and wonderfully easy to clean. Its generous-sized tray wipes easily and is dishwasher safe. The tray can be removed with a push of button and it’s ergonomically designed for baby’s reach.

Its aero core seating is soft and squishy for maximum comfort. There are no tiny crevices here to gather pesky crumbs. It’s also hypo-allergenic, UV resistant, non-toxic, and waterproof! Plus, it comes in bright, beautiful colors like cranberry, lime, and bubblegum blue.

The chair is super light (under 9 pounds!) and can be folded away for easy storage. Dinner party? No problem! This high chair will make room for some much needed adult time.

When your child is ready for a real, grown-up dining chair, the Poppy easily converts into a toddler chair with no tools necessary. So you’ll have this chair for years to come.

The Rinki by Seimi

It’s unlikely that you’re actually on a search for a highchair that converts into a stool. But once you take a look at the Rinki, you’ll convince yourself that’s what you wanted all along!

Made of beautiful birch, this high chair is aesthetically delicious. It’s coated with a non-toxic, child-safe lacquer finish so it’s not just ecological but also easy to clean.

The sturdy wood construction and rounded design make it super stable. There is no tray attachment so plan on having your baby join you at the table. Infants 6-9 months of age can use the highchair once you purchase the additional baby kit. And as the little one grows, you can easily make adjustments without any tools.

The chair comes in 5 colors: grey, yellow, red, white, and aqua. There is no weight limitation on the stool so you can use this for years to come, at a work desk or pulled up to your kitchen counter. You will be keeping this one for generations – a future classic, for sure!

Svan Signet Complete High Chair

The Svan Signet Complete high chair oozes Scandinavian design: great functional wood construction, ergonomic support, practical, safe, beautiful, and environment-friendly. You’ll be paying a hefty price for this chair. But since it grows with your child from infant to young adult, your investment really pays off in the long run.

You can pull your little one right up to the dining table or use its removable wooden tray. The easy-to-clean tray cover is both dishwasher safe and BPA free. The chair itself is made of sustainable wood with a lead-free finish. Not only will you feel good about the materials your child interacts with at feeding time, the chair will blend in nicely with your modern décor.

It comes with a baby kit to keep your infant safe. For extra comfort, add on one of their colorful cushions. Want a little extra peace of mind? It comes with a two-year warranty.

Pick from a variety of colors to fit your style. Wood finishes include: cherry, espresso, mahogany, natural, and whitewash. Cushions come in bright shades from turquoise and chocolate to sage, orange, oatmeal, red, and black.

Sprout Chair by OXO

With its award-winning design, the Sprout chair really lives up to OXO’s philosophy of making everyday living easier. This highchair also grows with your child (up to 5 years or 60 pounds) and boasts a grown-up design sensibility. The color combinations are very classy (orange/birch, taupe/birch, green/walnut, and pink/walnut) and the plastic seat cushions are super easy to clean.

The chair has a rather small footprint so it’s great for small spaces. Like some of the other models, you can use its removable tray or pull your baby right up to the family table.

There are plenty of safety features for your little one, and adjustments to the tray, seat, and footrest can all be made without the tools. It’s sleek, space-saving, and simply gorgeous.

Stokke Tripp Trapp

The Stokke Tripp Trapp is the breakthrough design that revolutionized highchairs since its introduction in 1972. It’s responsible for bringing ergonomic support, sleek design, and multi-stage features into the conversation.

Made of cultivated beech wood, it’s designed to be pulled up to the dining table so that your baby participates in family mealtime. As your child grows, the chair easily accommodates changes in height. It can later be used at a desk as an ergonomic work chair and can hold up to 300 pounds in weight. Plus, it’s pretty enough for to use as a plant stand in a sunny corner of your house.

The Tripp Trapp comes in a variety of frames: black, green, grey, natural, red, white, and aqua and makes a nice colorful addition to your dining room. Cushions also come in a variety of patterns and colors. They can be removed easily and washed in the machine.

The downside? Baby kits and cushions are at an additional cost.

Nuna Zaaz

Calling all germaphobes with a taste for modern design . . . The Nuna Zaaz is your chair! Its no-crevice design and foam seats mean that you don’t have to worry about dirt, grime, or crumbs hiding away in unreachable spots. Even better, all removable plastic parts are dishwasher safe, for an extra deep clean.

Plus, its sleek, boxy, and completely beautiful design will satisfy your modern design aesthetic as it adjusts to your child’s growing body with just a little lever in the footrest. The chair is on the heavier side. So perhaps not the best option if you’re looking to move it around on a regular basis. But if you’re happy for it to stay put, it’ll work beautifully in a modern dining room.

The Nuna Zaaz is available in 6 luscious colors that include green, carbon, plum, orange, pewter, and vanilla.

TIBU by Charlie Crane

Charlie Crane's TIBU high chair was inspired by 1950s French industrial design – and it's absolutely gorgeous! 

We love the minimalist steel-pipe frame  – choose from Gentle White, Aruba Blue and Bright red. The seat and footrest is made with multi-layered European beech veneer, which is durable and easy to clean. The chair offers 10 seating configurations, so you can use it from 6 months up to 8 years. 

(Table top and seat cushions are optional.)

HiLo by Joovy

The HiLo high chair really has it all: contemporary design, modern construction, infant to toddler conversion, and simple clean up. It balances simple elegance with practical functions. Plus it’s virtually indestructible! This chair will be relevant when your grandkids roll around – not just in terms of longevity but from a design perspective too!

Made from a solid birch frame, this chair has no nasty chemicals. It’s completely free of phthalates, BPA, PVC, and lead! It has no nooks or crannies to speak of so cleanup is a breeze.

You can use it with or without its dishwasher-safe tray, and roll it around on wheels safe for the most delicate hardwood floors. Simple and elegant, the high chair can rotate and transform into a reclining toddler seat. Your stylish baby can continue to enjoy its fabulous design well into their 6th year. Plus, it comes in amazing colors including blue, red, green, avocado, orange, pink, and black.

Tavo by Monte

For a natural look that blends seamlessly with your dining room, the Tavo by Monte is your must have. Handmade in Canada, this beautiful, geometric high chair is intended for children from 6 months to 4 years old.

It pulls right up to your dining table and has such a small footprint, there will be plenty of room for all. The seat is upholstered in black, brown, or white leather and wipes down easily for a quick clean. Made of Canadian maple, the frame comes in natural, espresso, and walnut finishes with a permanent T-bar to keep your baby safe.

Antilop by IKEA

If you have an eye for design but limited dough, the IKEA Antilop highchair will get your little one to the table without ruining your pre-baby style. Made of easy to clean BPA-free plastic, it’s both beautiful and sturdy. 

The chair coordinates well with dining furniture, can be pulled up directly to your table, and wipes down easily. It looks like a modern piece of furniture so you won’t be compromising style. Its straight and simple lines work well in a traditional home or even urban loft.

The tray is super wide and allows for great food exploration, without a mess on your floor. But be aware, there is no cushioned headrest for this chair. If you have a head banger or a fussy eater, you will definitely need a solution for this. We highly recommend seat covers and placemats from Yeah Baby Goods, if you're looking to up the personality of this chair.

Ovo by Micuna

The Ovo high chair is so absolutely stunning, you’ll be wishing for a grown-up version for you! This piece of beautifully crafted furniture combines practical functionality with elegant design.

The frame is made of solid beech wood that cradles a sculpted polyethylene seat. Add padded seat covers for extra comfort and elegance. There is a removable, dishwasher-safe tray and an adorable leatherette harness for safety.

It’s a bit more limited in terms of lifespan (great to use from 6 months to 3 years). But it really makes up for that in drop dead gorgeous design. So if you’re looking for a splurge item, this is it.

Have you found the perfect high chair for your modern sensibility? Share your favorite products with us in the comments below!

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Sidone Moretti
Damn – I want every single one of these chairs.