Web site: inglesina.com
Italian baby gear manufacturer Inglesina is probably best known for its strollers, but the company has recently expanded its high chair offerings. The flagship is the pricey Zuma, which attempts to be both high style and practical. The rounded seat echoes modern seats by Bloom and Boon, but the more traditional base echoes a bit of Pali.
The Zuma has eight height positions, three-position seat recline and a hefty price tag: $275 to $300 (although we’ve seen it online for less). The Zuma has a dishwasher safe snack tray, washable (but air dry only) double seat pad and five point harness. On an earlier version of the high chair the tray was too far away from baby leading to spill issues. We’re happy to note that has been fixed by Inglesina. But perhaps the biggest plus: it folds down compactly so parents can shove it under the table when not in use.
Reader feedback on the Zuma is positive. They love the easy fold and seat height adjustment as well as the one hand tray. Some negatives: food sticks to the Velcro that attaches the seat pad and the instructions are difficult to follow, especially regarding the tray. The chair does come pre-assembled, so at least parents don’t have to put it together. Finally, the front wheels on the Zuma are fixed, making it hard to maneuver.
New in the past year, Inglesina has added the Gusto ($120 to $150) to their lineup. The seat has a compact fold, three position recline, four height adjustments and double tray (snack tray is dishwasher safe). Unfortunately, the bar to keep a child from sliding out of the chair is attached to the tray, not the chair. That isn’t our preference for safety reasons. The Gusto scores well with parents. They like the easy fold and cleanability. The price is an improvement over the Zuma with a lot of the same features.
Bottom line: Inglesina’s high chair offerings look pretty, but their drawbacks outweigh the positives. Rating: B-