by Amy Venzke July 21, 2020 8 min read
Stokke brings a unique perspective to the often short-lived high chair: Instead of a plastic product you'll use only for a year or two, the Norwegian manufacturer's wooden chairs can last a lifetime.
In 1972, Stokke launched the Tripp Trapp, its first and best-selling high chair that supports your child properly as she grows—while also bringing tasteful style to your well-decorated home.
In addition to the timeless Tripp Trapp, Stokke now offers two additional high chairs, each with a different take on the needs of modern families.
Like the Tripp Trapp, the Stokke Steps grows with your child, with the ability to be configured for a newborn, a toddler and even an adult.
Stokke's newest option, the Clikk, has the lifespan of a traditional high chair while adding contemporary style and a quick, tools-free assembly that makes it convenient for travel.
All Stokke high chairs are known for their European-made quality, comfortable ergonomics and sleek Scandinavian style. But the Stokke Tripp Trapp, Steps and Clikk are different in their design, price point and configuration options.
The Stokke Tripp Trapp has been a classic for generations, with more than 11 million chairs sold worldwide since 1972. The wooden high chair fits both your child and your decor, bringing baby to the dining table to enjoy her first meals alongside the rest of the family.
Adjust the height of the chair's seat and foot plates to provide proper ergonomics, and adapt the chair to your child's needs as she grows. Start using the chair with an infant by attaching the Newborn Set (sold separately) before converting the Tripp Trapp to a high chair with optional tray. When your child no longer needs the harness, the Tripp Trapp becomes a regular wooden chair that can even support a grown adult.
The Stokke Steps adapts to your child's needs along the many steps of her development.
Attach the Steps Bouncer (sold separately) to the chair to bring a newborn to the table, or use the bouncer independently to rock baby on the floor. Once your child is ready for a high chair, the Steps includes an adjustable footrest and an adjustable backrest for support through toddlerhood. Remove the Baby Set and optional tray for a chair that your child can use for years to come.
The Stokke Clikk brings Scandinavian design to a chair that's easy to clean, quick to assemble and more affordable than Stokke's other high chairs.
Weighing only 8 pounds, the Clikk simplifies travel and installation, offering a tools-free assembly that involves only a few simple clicks. While the Clikk can't be used for a newborn or an adult like Stokke's other chairs, it can be used with or without the Baby Set support and tray from baby's first meal through toddlerhood.
The Stokke Clikk covers the length of time most families use a high chair: from approximately 6 months (when your baby can begin eating solid foods) to around age 3.
But the Stokke Tripp Trapp and Stokke Steps can also be configured for newborns and even for adults, allowing you to begin using the chairs earlier and continue using them for years to come.
Here's a look at the age and weight limits for the three chairs, depending on their configurations.
The Steps chair can connect with the Steps Bouncer (sold separately for $199.99), which can also be used independently on the floor.
The Tripp Trapp pairs with the Newborn Set (sold separately for $149.99), which allows baby to lie flat while remaining within view at table height.
The Stokke Clikk cannot be used until approximately 6 months, when your baby is able to sit upright.
All three products are easy to use in high chair mode, in which your child is elevated to the table and secured with a harness and plastic restraint (which Stokke calls the "baby set").
For the Clikk, the baby set and food tray are integrated into a single piece that snaps into the chair.
All components for the Tripp Trapp and Steps can be purchased individually, but Stokke also offers two bundle options: a high chair that includes the baby set and a complete bundle that adds a tray and cushion.
All three Stokke high chairs can be used from approximately 6 months to 3 years with the baby set and harness.
Eventually, your child will be too big for a high chair, yet not quite big enough for a regular chair. Your toddler probably won't be able to reach the table in your dining chairs, which also won't provide foot support for proper ergonomics.
The chairs for the Stokke Tripp Trapp and Steps can be used for many years as a seat for the dining table, homework, or arts and crafts time. They're even sturdy enough to support an adult and can be paired with a cushion to add comfort.
With its smaller seat and limited functionality, the Clikk can be used only until around age 3.
The Clikk is Stokke's most affordable high chair, priced $149 lower than the Tripp Trapp and $219 lower than the Steps if the same components are purchased.
Here's a look at pricing for the three products, based on their configurations as a standalone chair, basic high chair, and fully-accessorized high chair.
The "high chair" bundle for the Stokke Tripp Trapp and Steps includes the chair and baby set attachment.
A food tray is sold separately for the Tripp Trapp and Steps—most European parents opt to bring baby to the table instead—but it's included with the Clikk.
Stokke offers a complete bundle for the Tripp Trapp and Steps that includes all the accessories you'd want in a high chair: the chair, baby set, tray and cushion.
By purchasing the bundle instead of separate accessories, you'll save $27 on the Tripp Trapp and $47 on the Steps. But some parents prefer buying separate items to customize colors or for registry purposes.
True to its name, the legs of the chair simply click in and out, allowing you to reduce the size of the chair if you're traveling or storing it when not in use.
The Tripp Trapp and Steps require assembly with screws, so they can't be quickly disassembled.
Accessories help customize your high chair, whether you're adding functionality during mealtime, updating its appearance, or converting it for an older child.
The Tripp Trapp and Steps have the widest range of add-ons—including multiple types of cushions and newborn accessories—because they can be used throughout multiple stages of your child's development.
Fewer accessories are available for the Clikk, but it's the only Stokke high chair that offers a travel bag.
A customized version of the EZPZ, a popular silicone mat that suctions to the tray to prevent messy meals, is available for each Stokke high chair.
All Stokke high chairs are made in Europe using high-quality beech and oak, types of wood known for their durability and a natural grain look that becomes more unique with time.
The Stokke Tripp Trapp offers the widest range of colors to match any tastes—from neutral browns and grays that match your dining decor to brighter options like red, pink and mint that add a fun pop of color.
The Steps is available in several neutral tones, with different colors available for the chair and the wooden legs.
For additional customization on the Tripp Trapp and Steps, mix and match the color of your chair and baby set, and add one of several cushion designs to give the chair more style and comfort.
The Clikk offers the least amount of customization, available in four solid colors.
So which high chair is better: the Stokke Tripp Trapp, Steps or Clikk? Only you can decide which model is best for your family's needs, but here are the benefits and drawbacks we see.
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