Top positive review
18 people found this helpful
Heavy Duty. 12 years old and still like new.
on October 2, 2011
I recently purchased an older Prima Pappa High Chair on Craigslist. The manufacture date was April of 1999 and the chair was pretty dingy looking when I got it home. After cleaning the chair up I was amazed at how well it has held up both inside and out. None of the screws were showing signs of corrosion. Even the cables and rivets inside of the chair looked in great shape. None of the plastic, even at high stress points, was cracked, weak, or flexing. After cleaning the chair still looks like new. I posted some pictures so you can see how well it has held up.
I read many complaints about the gaps, nooks, and crannies in this chair being impossible to get clean. This just isn't true. You may need to grab a screwdriver and remove a few screws, but you can completely disassemble the chair and clean it inside and out if you have a hard time keeping it clean while using it. The first thing I did was take the vinyl seat off and wipe it down. A little OxiClean solution and the seat looks like new again aside from being torn near the base. Then I began disassembling parts of the chair. If I saw a screw I took it off. I pried the tray apart and cleaned it inside and out. I was amazed out how well the cable inside the tray still looked. Everything was corrosion free and all of the plastic tabs that keep the cable inline were intact and looked no worse for wear. I removed all the straps and soaked them in an OxiClean solution for a few minutes. The receiving end of the tray on the chair itself was the area that had collected the most food over the years from the previous owner. I removed the thin plastic flashing and then removed the screws underneath and was able to pry the pieces out and get them as clean as they were when the chair was made. Everything on this chair can come apart, or be wiggled free for cleaning if you are determined enough to do so.
As many moving parts as there are, the chair comes apart and goes back together pretty easily. If you have a big accident and get something deep into the mechanisms of the chair don't worry. You can get it apart and clean it back out if you area anal about it. The internal design is simple enough that you can get it back together and nothing is going to gunk it up so bad that the chair will stop functioning properly.
The chair is really well built and stands the test of time and abuse. Nothing is one size fits all, but if you want quality this chair definitely has it. Our daughter fits the chair just fine, but she has been in the 95+ percentile for her age in height since we began using it. My biggest concern is durability and safety, and I don't worry about either with the Peg Perego.