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The Joovy HiLo – the Highchair that Grows with Your Child

A little boy sitting in the Joovy HiLo highchair with a text overlay that says, "The Joovy HiLo - the highchair that grows with your child!".

Zellene is four months old already (where has the time gone?!) and I’m starting to look ahead to feeding her her first solids. I generally hold off on solids until my babies are at least 6 months old, but I wanted to be prepared with a good highchair.

Naturally, I looked to one of my favorite baby brands, Joovy. I absolutely love my Joovy Qool Stroller and the Joovy Playard. They have this new high chair called the HiLo, and I was delighted when they agreed to send one to me (at no cost) for review.

Construction of the Joovy HiLo Highchair

The HiLo highchair features a sleek, contemporary design and durable construction. I’m big on trying to find products without harmful chemicals in them, and I’m pleased to tell you that the HiLo contains no phthalates, BPA, PVC or lead.

All of the pieces of the Joovy HiLo out of the box and ready to be assembled.

The legs are constructed of solid birch wood, while the chair section is thick molded plastic – the kind you might find on an outdoor playhouse.  It will require assembly, but it was a fairly easy job, only taking me about 10 minutes.

You don’t even need to grab your toolbox because the only tool you’ll need is a hex key, which is included.

Two Ways to Use This High Chair

Let me take a minute to go over the great features of this chair. First, probably the biggest feature is where it earns its name.

HiLo starts out as an indestructible, easy to clean, infant highchair (6 months +) and magically converts into a lower chair suitable for kids up to 6 years old (yes, 6 years or 50 pounds!), hence the name HiLo.

a 360 view of the Joovy HiLo highchair assembled.

To convert the chair from highchair to low chair (and back) simply pull out on both aluminum locking pins (located on the sides of the seat) then rotate the chair 180 degrees.

It’s worth mentioning that the first time you pull on the locking pins it may be pretty hard. I actually needed my husband to do it the first time.

After the initial unlocking, I’ve been able to do it myself. Below I’ve pictured Jacob and Maggie in the seat.

Two children (a boy and a girl) sitting in the Joovy HiLo. The boy is sitting in the chair in the "high" position and the girl is sitting in the "low" position.

When Jacob (age 2) uses it as a chair at the table, he is still in the Hi position. If Maggie uses it, she’s in the Lo position.

In the Lo position, both Jacob and Maggie can climb into and out of the seat without assistance

A two year old boy climbing into the Joovy HiLo highchair while it is in the "lo" position all by himself.

Wheels Help You Move It

When it comes to moving the seat, Joovy has you covered. Although it does not fold, you can use the two nylon wheels (located on the back legs) to move the chair across the floor without causing any damage to your flooring.

Cleaning the HiLo

I’m a clean freak when it comes to high chairs, and I love that the HiLo doesn’t have any nooks and crannies where food can hide.

The molded plastic seat is super easy to wipe down after meals and the 5-point safety harness detaches for easy washing. I’ve used high chairs in the past that claimed to have a dishwasher-safe tray or insert, but they were so big and bulky, they didn’t fit in my dishwasher.

That’s not a problem with the dishwasher-safe tray insert included with the HiLo. It’s perfectly sized for the average dishwasher.

A collage of 6 images showing different features of the Joovy HiLo high chair like the tray, 5-point harness straps, the strap that holds the tray in place, and the wheels on the back.

The HiLo is available in 7 awesome colors. I honestly had a hard time deciding which color to get for our house.

A stock image showing the 7 different colors of the Joovy HiLo Chair.

Negatives Things About the Joovy HiLo Chair

Sounds like a pretty great chair, right? Well yes, yes it is! There are only 2 potential drawbacks:

  1. The chair does not fold for storage – however, it would not be hard or time consuming to take the chair apart.
  2. The HiLo is one of the more expensive highchairs I’ve tried, with an MSRP of $399.

Overall, I LOVE our new HiLo. Zellene has been so happy to join us at the table at mealtimes.

She does start to slump in the chair right now, so I can see why it’s recommended for babies 6 months and older (once they are sitting on their own a little better). It’s still working for us now though just fine.

I really appreciate how easy it is to use and the fact that it’s built to last (I think I could use it or a dozen more kids, then save it for grandkids too!)

Lastly, I ADORE the way it looks in my kitchen – the HiLo is a keeper!

Joovy HiLo 10

Joovy HiLo Review Update – April 2024

I originally reviewed this high chair in November of 2014. That’s almost ten years ago!

I used this high chair for a while and then passed it along to my brother and sister-in-law to use for my nephew. When they were done with it they sent it to my mom’s house for her to use with grandkids…and it’s still there today!

When I go to visit with my kids they use the high chair there. It’s a great high chair and still looks brand new!

Unfortunately, the Joovy HiLo is no longer for sale but maybe you can pick one up secondhand.

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Can’t find a Joovy HiLo. Check out the Ingenuity High Chair – The Beanstalk 6-in-1, the Graco Blossom 4-in-1 High Chair, and the Mutsy Easy Grow High Chair.

Stephanie Phelps

Wednesday 31st of December 2014

What a great highchair for kids to grow with!

Linda Manns Linneman

Friday 14th of November 2014

This is such a neat high chair. I love how it grows with your child. The different colors are great

Natalie

Wednesday 12th of November 2014

This chair looks awesome but I agree the price is a little high. I also love that there are no spaces for food the get stuck yuck! On a completely different tangent, any tips on getting companies to sponsor posts? Do you reach our to companies when you see a product you really want to review, or do they typically come to you? I am a new blogger and any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious?

Tuesday 11th of November 2014

I love how it has no nooks and crannies. My current seat is more than a pain to clean! You practically need a butter knife to get in all of the cracks!