Updated 25 May 2017

Bright Starts Ingenuity

Trio 3-in-1 Smartclean High Chair

Snapshot: The Bright Starts Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 Smartclean highchair separates into a booster seat and toddler chair once your child no longer needs a highchair. Is it safe and easy to use?

Trio 3-in-1 Smartclean High Chair
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$269

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Test results

Overall score
77
Performance
?/10
Ease of cleaning
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Passed all major safety tests.
  • Reclinable.
  • Has a footrest.
  • Tray is removable and its position adjustable.
  • Tray is very easy to clean (has removable tray insert).
  • Can separate into booster seat and toddler chair.

But

  • Very minor safety failure: the harness isn’t permanently attached to the seat at all the right points (waist, shoulder and crotch).
  • Not foldable.
  • Seat height isn’t adjustable.
  • Harness is hard to clean (and the straps are light coloured and can stain easily).

How we test

Our safety tests are based on the Australian Standard for high chairs, AS 4684:2009. This standard also calls for compliance with at least 1 of the international standards, so we refer to the European Standard EN 14988.

In New Zealand, these standards are voluntary, but we recommend choosing a high chair that complies with these standards.

Our safety tests look at:

Stability.
Strength of construction.
Whether there is a risk of finger pinching or entrapment for the child or an adult folding and unfolding the chair.
Whether there are sharp edges, points or burrs.
Gaps and/or holes that could trap a finger, or any small parts that could be a choking hazard.
Whether the chair comes with a five-point harness, back and side protection as well as locking mechanisms to stop the child falling out.

We also look at how easy the chair is to clean. We apply Weetbix and milk, spaghetti and tomato sauce and baby food to different areas of the chair (the tray, seat back and padding, as well as the harness). We then let it dry overnight and rate ease of cleaning for each of these areas on a scale from “very easy” (residue is easily removed using a kitchen cloth) to “very hard” (needs thorough scrubbing or washing). This is then converted to a score.

The overall score consists of 70% performance and 30% ease of cleaning.

We also note how easy it is to assemble and operate the high chair. Highchairs tested since 2016 have an “ease of use” score but it doesn’t contribute to the overall score.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$269
Passed all major safety tests
Yes
Major safety failures
0
Minor and very minor safety failures
1
Safety standard claimed
AS4684:2009 EN14988:2006+A1:2012

Specifications

Weight (kg)
8.4
Child’s maximum weight/age
High Chair: 6 months to 3 years. Booster Seat Mode: 6 months to 5 years. Toddler Chair: 1 to 5 years, 22kg / 50lbs.

Features

Harness
5-point
Crotch bar
Yes
Adjustable seat-height
No
Seat or backrest reclines
Yes
Padded seat
Yes
Removable seat covers
Yes
Tray
Yes
Removable tray
Yes
Adjustable tray
Yes (4 positions)
Tray insert
Yes
Foldable
No
Castors
2 rear, swivel, with brakes

More Info

Notes
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Availability
Baby Factory.