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Peg Perego Siesta Review

Editors' Choice Award
Price:   $300.00 List | $299.97 at Amazon
Pros:  Quality materials, easy to clean, folds for storage, auto-lock brakes
Cons:  Heavy, expensive
Bottom line:  A well-built, easy to clean, foldable high chair that both you and your baby will enjoy using.
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Manufacturer:   Peg Perego

The Skinny

The Peg Perego Siesta is a beautiful high chair that can be used with your baby right from day one. It's soft padding and easy-to-clean seat upholstery will keep your baby comfy all through mealtime. You will be confident that your baby is safely secured with the 5-point restraint and passive crotch bar built right into the chair. As an added safety feature, this chair features an auto-lock brake system that is controlled by hand at the top of the chair, rather than down on the wheels - super convenient in our book. There are many smooth-operating height, footrest, and recline options to help you decide how it might be most comfortable for you to feed your baby. If your child is already past the infant stage, and you think they are a bit too active to settle down the for the recline feature, check out our Top Pick award winner for Light and Compact, the Baby Bjorn, which accommodates children from ages 6 months up.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Jessica Stevenson & BabyGearLab Team

Last Updated:
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May 21, 2015

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The Peg Perego Siesta, one in a line up of five manufactured by the Italian company, is a beautifully-made, versatile chair. Its soft, leather-like seat (which they've lovingly dubbed Prima Classe, or "First Class") will not only keep baby cozy and comfortable from birth through the toddler years, but is also a breeze to keep clean by simply wiping down with a damp cloth. It features a unique 'auto-lock' system of brakes that were not seen on any of the other eight chairs we tested, and from the very first brake, we were in love. Our toddler tester never once put up a fight when we were slipping her into this luxurious seat (granted, she knew she was about to be fed), and often enjoyed using the adjustable footrest to sit back and relax. Now, we invite you to do the same while we share our testing experience.
The snack tray on the Siesta offers plenty of space and room for a cup.  The lip around the edge of the tray helps prevent small spills from making it onto the floor.
The snack tray on the Siesta offers plenty of space and room for a cup. The lip around the edge of the tray helps prevent small spills from making it onto the floor.

About Peg Perego


Since 1949, the Perego family has been designing and manufacturing baby equipment out of their home base of Italy. After they experienced great success selling their products in Europe, they decided to test their luck in the USA market, and began selling products out of New York in the early 1960's. Today, their United States Headquarters produces more than 4,000 units a day, and features an in-house customer service center, as well as a distribution center, warehousing, and business offices. The company takes pride in the fact that from beginning to end, design idea to shipment, their products never leave the Peg Perego family, ensuring their top-notch quality and craftsmanship.

Performance Comparison



Ease of Use


The five-point restraint is easily released with one hand while the passive crotch restraint stays in place as part of the seat.
The five-point restraint is easily released with one hand while the passive crotch restraint stays in place as part of the seat.
The Peg Perego Siesta, being our Editors' Choice Award Winner, was of course one of our most favorite chairs to use. Right from the start, it impressed us with an inviting seat to rest baby in. Once we sat baby inside, she was temporarily supported by the passive crotch restraint that is built into the seat while we got her buckled up in the 5-point harness. The straps were nice and wide, gray in color, and pretty heavy duty. They were slightly more difficult to adjust than the straps of the Keekaroo Height Right, but at the same time we appreciated that the adjustment wouldn't loosen once we got it where it needed to be. Additionally, some users reported that the straps were difficult to get on to a squirmy toddler, but we did not find them any more difficult that any of the other 5-point restraint systems. Yes, it is going to take a couple seconds, but once your baby is buckled, you will notice that there is a one-hand release feature that allows you to easily press and release when you're ready.

At 18 months and 31" long  baby's legs were not long enough to reach the footrest on the Siesta.  However  using the black lever on the sides of the footrest  you can easily move it up so that baby is sitting with her legs straight out instead of dangling.
At 18 months and 31" long, baby's legs were not long enough to reach the footrest on the Siesta. However, using the black lever on the sides of the footrest, you can easily move it up so that baby is sitting with her legs straight out instead of dangling.
In terms of how comfortable our toddler tester was with her positioning in the seat, let's just say that she didn't have any complaints. The padding of the seat cushion sufficiently supported not only her back and bottom, but the sides of the chair as well, and even under her knees. The easily-adjustable, 3-position footrest allowed her to rest her legs and not have them dangling during each meal. Moreover, with five recline positions and nine different height positions, you'll easily find the setting that's just right for you and your baby. This chair truly does grow with your child, from infant through 45-pound toddler, with ease, and for that reason, earned a 9 of 10 for ease of use.

Ease of Cleaning


Luckily  those sneaky food-collecting creases in the seat cushion were super easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Luckily, those sneaky food-collecting creases in the seat cushion were super easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.
The upholstery really is something special, and it's easy to see why they've dubbed it "first class" material. Not only is it nice to look at, but is also stain resistant, easy to clean, removeable and quite durable. Simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth and neutral detergent. Users report having no issues with the fabric holding up in the long run, even after multiple daily cleanings. Be aware that there are slight folds along the edge of the seat for food and crumbs to get stuck in, much like any other chair with a seat cover. The next closest competitor with a seat cover resembling that of the Siesta belonged to our Best Value Award winner, the Graco Blossom.

The tray and tray liner are both dishwasher safe, although we always recommend washing plastic parts by hand in warm, soapy water. One minor gripe we had with the snack tray was its abrupt way of popping off. No matter how slowly we tried to remove it, it always came off with a jolt. Just be sure there's nothing on the tray that could hurt your baby before you go snapping it off only inches from your little one's face. Other than that, the tray was a decent size, plenty large enough to hold a plate and cup.

Every once in a while you may also want to wipe down the frame of the chair to keep it looking in tip-top shape. Simply do this with the same rag and neutral detergent you used to clean the seat with. Easy peasy wipe-down cleanings earned this chair an 8 of 10 in this category.

Quality


The Siesta has unique the ability to fully recline.  This can be a handy place for a young infant to hang out prior to starting solids while family is cooking or eating.
The Siesta has unique the ability to fully recline. This can be a handy place for a young infant to hang out prior to starting solids while family is cooking or eating.
The quality of the Siesta truly is unsurpassed, and it earned a perfect 10 of 10 in this category. From the auto-lock, mar-resistant caster wheels, all the way to the rubber net storage pocket on the back of the seat, the beautiful craftsmanship of this piece of furniture shines throughout. Its alluring blend of metals that make up the frame of the chair are not only nice to look at, but serve to keep the chair quite sturdy, especially while adjusting to one of the nine different height options. You will find that the chair slides easily up and down the frame, and can be adjusted to fit all the way from your dining table (or lower for an infant seat) up to counter height. Our baby loved sitting at our kitchen island to join her brothers for breakfast.

The 5-point restraint harness, as we've mentioned before, was comprised of thick, adjustable straps that did a great job of keeping baby safely fastened in place. We appreciated that the restraint post was attached to the seat rather than to the tray, as was the case with the Summer Infant Bentwood.

The evolved tilt-in-space seat was another favorite feature of ours, and what this fancy feature means is that the chair reclines to a flat position, ideal for resting or bottle feeding newborn babies. It also means that the entire seat moves with the recline, not just the back. This allows you to be sure that just because your baby is reclined does not mean that they will be slipping down/out of the chair. We are confident that you will quickly learn to love this feature, not only because it conveniently accommodates sleeping babies, but because you can operate it with one hand.

Ease of Set Up


Sometimes, when you're excited about the arrival of a new baby product, you forget that the products usually come in several pieces rather than ready-to-go out of the box. If the prospect of an hours-long, multiple-tools assembly makes you cringe, you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn that our grand total set up time for this chair was a swift 3 minutes and 43 seconds. You simply snap in the wheels and snap on the tray, and you're good to go. The instruction manual was clearly illustrated, and included pictures only, which were sufficient. The Siesta earns an 8 of 10 for it's fast, easy set up.

Footprint and Portability


For its size  the Siesta actually folds up quite nicely.  Here it is with it's tray folded up  ready to be stored.
For its size, the Siesta actually folds up quite nicely. Here it is with it's tray folded up, ready to be stored.
Our footprint and portability metric measured just that: the size of the chair's footprint and how portable it was. In this category, the Siesta earned a 6 of 10 for two main reasons. First, the footprint measures 689 inches, which is on the larger side when compared to the other high chairs we tested. Second, it weighs 25 pounds, which is also a bit heavy when compared to the others. All in all, although it is heavy and does take up a slightly larger amount of floor space, keep in mind that it also folds flat, a feature that many of the others could not offer. It also has extremely efficient wheels, so you should really never have to pick up the actual chair unless moving it up or down stairs.

Best Applications


From birth through toddler, this chair will meet all the must-haves on your checklist. It is best suited for expectant parents who are looking for a piece of equipment that they can invest in that will last for years to come. A quality, reliable product is what you should expect to get with this purchase.

Value


Averaging about $300, the Siesta was one of the most expensive chairs we tested, but for good reason, and well worth it in our opinion. If you still want a quality product but don't want to spend that much, take a look at our Best Value Award winning Graco Blossom.

Conclusion


To conclude, we really enjoyed using this product and we think you will, too. Roll it around from room to room, use it from infant all the way through toddler, and wipe it clean with a damp cloth in between. The quality features and deluxe fabrics will leave you and your baby touting it as the best invention since sliced bread.

Other Versions and Accessories



Peg Perego offers four other high chairs in addition to the Siesta, these include the Peg Perego Tatamia for $399, the Peg Perego Prima Pappa Best for $250, the Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero 3 for $200, and the Peg Perego Prima Pappa Diner for $200.

Other accessories:
  • The Peg Perego Play Bar at $50, fits with all Peg Perego Chairs and the plush play toys will keep baby happily entertained.
  • The Peg Perego Baby Cushion at $80, fits with all Peg highchairs as well as strollers. This reversible cushion adds a little bit of extra padding all around, making the seat more comfortable for babies.

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I have just purchased this high chair after the reading the review of Peg Perego Siesta in on the mentioned blog and I've found the all useful features cleanable and hygienic, traveling.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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