Updated 25 May 2017

Mocka

Original

Snapshot: The Mocka Original highchair has an adjustable seat height. Is it safe and easy to use?

Original
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$150

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Test results

Overall score
50
Performance
?/10
Ease of cleaning
?/10

Good points

  • Adjustable seat height (5 positions), but four bolts need to be repositioned to make the adjustment.
  • Adjustable tray (2 positions).
  • Easy to clean the tray.

But

  • Major safety failure: the chair tipped over sideways.
  • Isn’t foldable.
  • Isn’t reclinable.
  • Doesn’t have castors.
  • Hard to clean food from the harness.

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
$150
Passed all major safety tests
No
Major safety failures
1
Minor and very minor safety failures
0
Safety standard claimed
Not stated

Specifications

Weight (kg)
7.1
Child’s maximum weight/age
Not stated

Features

Harness
4-point
Crotch bar
Yes
Adjustable seat-height
Yes (5 heights)
Seat or backrest reclines
No
Padded seat
No
Removable seat covers
n/a
Tray
Yes
Removable tray
No
Adjustable tray
Yes (2 positions)
Tray insert
No
Foldable
No
Castors
No

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
mocka.co.nz