I read many reviews of various learning stools, intent on getting the exact right one. I was looking for a compact, sturdy and attractive stool for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday, and considering their prices, I wanted to get this right. I succeeded with SDADI. Very, very sturdy! My daughter was delighted with the natural wood and the fact that it didn't take up much room. And Esme, the fantastic toddler, figured out how to climb in and out in about a nanosecond. You can certainly pay more, but you're not going to find a better learning stool than SDADI.