Portable high chairs attach directly to tables, chairs or countertops using hooks, clamps or some similar device. These lightweight seats fold flat for travel and storage and fit in a tote bag, making them indispensable travel solutions. They are only suitable for ages 6 months and up and have lower upper weight ratings than traditional high chairs, usually around 35 pounds.
The The phil&teds Lobster (Est. $80) is reported to be very safe and secure by parents, who love its ease of use and extreme portability. The Lobster uses clawlike clamps to secure to most tabletops or countertops, creating a secure seat for babies and toddlers up to 37 pounds. It's one of the few portable high chairs to include a five-point safety harness, and parents say the metal frame provides good back support.
The clamps of the Lobster are said to be very easy to attach, with large handles that you don't have to reach under the table to turn. It's easy to clean, too; the fabric wipes clean or can be removed for hand-washing, although a few parents wish it were machine-washable. The seat is highly portable, folding down flat and fitting into an included tote bag. It weighs less than 5 pounds.
The tray on the Lobster does not attach, which doesn't bother some reviewers, but others say it's too easy for their babies to toss or dump it. But the Lobster can be used without the tray or, as one expert review suggests, with a generic tabletop tray. This chair is a great choice for travel or for eating out so your baby doesn't have to use a yucky restaurant chair.
The Chicco 360 Hook On (Est. $105) has only a three-point harness, but parents love its 360-degree rotation. They can feed baby from anywhere or just turn the baby in the direction of wherever the family activity is taking place. Its tray attaches to the chair, or it can be used without the tray to bring baby directly to the table.
Parents say the Chicco is easy to attach, but it does not work with all tables: It requires 12 inches of depth for secure installation and is not compatible with tables that have a lower lip that is deeper than 5.5 inches. It also doesn't get great reviews for ease of cleaning, and while the fabric is removable, owners say it's too hard to do.
Either one of these chairs is a good choice to tote around, but the Lobster beats out the 360 Hook On for its great ease-of-use features.