Joovy HiLo: A Spontaneous Review

This is the highchair we won at an event. How much fun is this color?
This is the highchair we won at an event. How much fun is this color?

I’m reviewing the Joovy HiLo highchair, a raffle prize Walt and I won at an event in Brooklyn this spring, because the Joovy reps I talked to were so nice, and it really is a fantastic high chair.

Things I love about this chair:

  • Easy in and out.
  • Easy cleanup.
  • Easily removed tray top.
  • Two heights!
  • Super safe and stable.

Things I don’t love about this chair:

  • The harness; even if it was set up properly, it was still hard to figure out which was was the right way to get the buckles snapped. Redoing the harness after flipping it over took several intelligent adults and a lot of trial and error. Big learning curve.
  • The price point. At $399, I’m just not sure I can recommend buying this one at full price. Stokke makes two high chairs that change seat heights and cost less, and they can both have a slimmer profile without accessories (optional). Which brings me to…
  • It takes up a lot of space. I’m used to the Stokke Tripp Trapp, a gift from my baby shower, and its near invisibility in our dining room. This seems very bulky to me. It doesn’t weigh much, and you can move it with neat little wheels on the back legs. I’ve never had a big dining space, though, so I want lower-profile chair.

We’ve kept this chair at Gram’s house, because it came fully assembled. It fit nicely in her CRV, but definitely wasn’t going to make it to Connecticut in the Corolla we were driving, then. We’ve used it outside and inside, and I loved that at the lower height, it fit at the picnic table on the back patio!

How cute is my kid? Also: see the transparent tray-on-tray?
How cute is my kid? Also: see the transparent tray-on-tray?

There’s a lightweight, but sturdy tray, which is transparent, and it snaps onto the bigger white tray. It rinses right off and it’s dishwasher safe. It has a spot for a cup, and you can snap it off with one hand, while leaving the white tray in place for safety or play.

Joovy markets this as a chair that switches from infant to toddler, so I’m guessing that it’s not meant to be switched around as often as I flipped it. But I was hoping that I could tell you that its advantage over the Tripp Trapp was that you could switch the height easily. Nope. Not easy. Easier than getting out an allen wrench, but that harness…

If it gets twisted, when you flip the chair, it won’t buckle properly. I have the same problem with my (inexpensive) umbrella stroller, but it will still clip, even if there’s a twist in the strap. Not so with the HiLo.

After you flip the chair, you have to figure out which straps to clip to the d-rings in the seat. If they’re upside-down, they won’t fit into the front part of the harness. Even if you do get those to fit together, if the bottom straps are twisted, it won’t clip together with center buckle. It’s a three-point harness, with straps over the arms and around the waist, which is great. Once you get it to work.

Really easy to switch!
Really easy to switch!
The hole in the middle allows you to flip the harness with the chair, so there aren't two. That's nice! But see those little black d-rings on either side of the harness? Figuring out what to clip to those, and which was the right direction for them to be clipped... it's definitely not easy.
The hole in the middle allows you to flip the harness with the chair, so there aren’t two. That’s nice! But see those little black d-rings on either side of the harness? Figuring out what to clip to those, and which was the right direction for them to be clipped… it’s definitely not easy.

Overall, I do love this high chair. I thought that I would sell it, because I had won this expensive baby gear, and I could make a profit. It’s been months, and I still can’t bring myself to do it! It is just so darn cute! The tray snaps on and off by some heavy-duty snaps on the back of the chair. Eventually, I can just so easily see my son in two years, sitting in this bright, sweetly designed furniture as a chair, no harness, no tray, coloring at the dining table. A chair of his own!

If money is no object, and you want something with design that’s a little brighter and bolder than the Swedish design at Stokke, or the space-age design at Boon (competitors), this really is a great choice.

*I received no compensation for this review. The raffle in which I won this highchair was completely random.

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