Updated 25 May 2017

Leander

Highchair

Snapshot: The Leander highchair can be converted into a junior chair and its seat height is adjustable. Is it safe and easy to use?

Highchair
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$649

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Test results

Overall score
46
Performance
?/10
Ease of cleaning
?/10

Good points

  • Seat height is adjustable.
  • Converts into a junior chair (which is useful as your child grows).

But

  • Major safety failure: it doesn’t have a harness or alternative means to restrain an infant.
  • Minor safety failure: sharp edges on the upper front edge of the seat.
  • Isn’t foldable.
  • Seat and backrest don’t recline.
  • No tray.
  • No wheels.
  • Not easy to adjust the seat height.
  • Seat is very hard to clean.

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
$649
Passed all major safety tests
No
Major safety failures
1
Minor and very minor safety failures
1
Safety standard claimed
EN 14988:2006

Specifications

Weight (kg)
5.6
Child’s maximum weight/age
125kg/10+yr

Features

Harness
None
Crotch bar
Yes
Adjustable seat-height
Yes
Seat or backrest reclines
No
Padded seat
No
Removable seat covers
n/a
Tray
No
Removable tray
n/a
Adjustable tray
n/a
Tray insert
n/a
Foldable
No
Castors
No

More Info

Notes
The price includes the safety bar (sold separately for $99).
Availability
Design Denmark (0800 DENMARK).