Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review: Boon Flair High Chair

Rundown:
  • Retails for $279.99.
  • 50lbs weight limit.
  • Five-point harness.
  • Website: boon Flair
Pros:
  • No cracks. No crevices. You can really clean up after a meal. Nothing has to be thrown in the washing machine. You can wash up the two piece tray in the sink as well as the pad. Then take a damp wash cloth to the chair itself - don't forget the base because food is always dropping on it. I've even hosed the whole thing off after a particularly messy meal.
  • A smaller tray. So when Turtle is trying to grab a slippery piece of food she can reach the entire surface of the tray as well as use the lip to stop the food from sliding more. And, you can put the cover in the dishwasher - I don't, but you can. Plus, there are two tray covers. Who doesn't like options? The cover pops on top of the tray, and the hubs discovered a nifty trick of slipping a little bit of the bottom edge of Turtle's bib between the two so she can't yank it up every 5 seconds.
  • The continuous height positioning with pneumatic lift. You can raise and lower the seat so your child can sit level with any table. Ours was originally slightly higher than the table, but Turtle could push against it with her toes and was constantly 4 inches from the table. It was lowered, problem solved. This high chair is always the perfect height.
  • Five point harness and safety post. Turtle was still a little wobbly when she started sitting in the high chair around five months. But, she can sit up on her own easily now. The safety post is quite awesome. There is no sliding down and out the bottom of the high chair. And, when I take off the tray she can't immediately suicide herself onto the floor. I'm thinking this is pretty standard in high chairs now, but my grandmother thinks it is the cat's pajamas.
  • Glides smoothly in all directions. I wheel Turtle out to the garbage can and toss out all the food bits she's rejected or lost beside her. Then I wheel her to the sink to wash her and the high chair up before wheeling it back to its home in the corner.
  • The removable pad. It looks perfectly comfortable while still being a breeze to clean.
  • It has a small footprint. It takes up less space than other high chairs. When I was comparing high chairs months ago I found a photo comparing three high chairs flush against a wall, and the Boon Flair took up the least amount of space. Sadly I lost that link to the interwebs.
  • Very simple and easy to set up.
  • It looks pretty sweet. I have the white with a blue pad, which I find very aesthetically pleasing. It is a sleek and smooth design. It doesn't scream child - the living room screams that enough. People stop by and have no idea what it is at first and then think it looks so cool after we tell them it is a high chair.
Cons:
  • The break could work a lot better. Honestly, I can't tell when the break is on or off half the time. So, it is always off but it really doesn't matter. The rolling is smooth without being too smooth. For example, Turtle can wiggle and throw herself to look over the side and it will not move like say a desk chair would. It isn't a deal breaker because even if it did work I would rarely or never use it anyway, but for the price you pay it should work.

Bottom line:
I would absolutely recommend this high chair. Other than the minor flaw of a poorly designed break, I can't say enough good things about it.

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