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phil&teds Lobster

Est. $80
Reviewed
March 2014
by ConsumerSearch
phil&teds Lobster

Best portable high chair

Pros
  • Very compact and portable
  • Five-point harness
  • Brings baby to table
  • Fits many tables and countertops
Cons
  • Tray does not attach
  • May not work on table with skirting

Bottom line

The phil&teds Lobster provides a great seating option where space is at a premium, and for travel or eating out. The seat folds down easily for transport and storage. Parents say the Lobster is safe and sturdy, and experts praise its ease of use. It doesn't recline or have multiple height adjustments, unlike conventional high chairs, but parents who eat out a lot or are short on space say they love this chair regardless.

Safety

Safer than other hook-ons. Weight-rated to 37 pounds, the phil&teds Lobster is strong and sturdy when properly installed, say parents and reviewers. It hooks onto table or counter edges with clawlike clamps that twist on and off securely with a generously sized handle. Unlike other hook-on feeding chairs, the phil&teds Lobster includes a five-point harness that prevents the child from climbing up and out of the seat. The Lobster feeding chair has a metal frame that surrounds baby with good back support.

Ease of use

Seat fabric can be removed for thorough cleaning. The phil&teds Lobster has a thick fabric seat that can be wiped clean or removed for a more thorough hand washing. A number of reviewers wish it were machine-washable, but say it's generally easy to clean. The Lobster includes a tray that slides under the clamps, but which parents say is easy for their child to pull out and dump. The seat can also be used without the tray, and at least one expert reviewer says generic-brand table trays work very well with the Lobster. The large handles on the clamps make it easy to install and remove, and you don't have to reach under the table to do so.

Lifestyle features

Use it every day, and take it anywhere. Thanks to its fold-flat design and included carry bag, the phil&teds Lobster is a highly portable option for travel and dining out. A number of parents say they can toss it in a stroller basket and use it at picnic tables and other outdoor seating. It also works well for those who want to feed their child at the table and conserve floor space. Thanks to its sturdy clamps, the Lobster requires considerably less table depth for attachment than other hook-on seats, so it may be usable with more tables and countertops. It does not work on round tables, however.

Where To Buy
phil&teds Lobster Highchair, Black

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Our Sources

1. BabyCenter.com

The phil&teds Lobster gets a thorough review by editors of BabyCenter.com, who say it's a great option for meals out anywhere, and call its claws intuitive and easy to use. They wish the fabric were machine-washable, but note that it's easy to remove and hand-wash.

Review: Phil & Teds Lobster Clip-On Highchair, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated

2. BabyGearLab

The phil&teds Lobster is recommended at BabyGearLab.com as one of its "favorite baby essentials for 2013." Juliet Spurrier gives it 5 stars out of 5, comparing it to the Inglesina Fast Table Chair. Her thorough review includes pros and cons.

Review: Phil And Teds Lobster High Chair Review, Juliet Spurrier, MD, May 1, 2013

3. Amazon.com

After more than 140 reviews, the phil&teds Lobster earns 4.4 stars out of 5. Parents love it not only as a travel high chair but also as an everyday chair, saying it moves well between different surfaces like from table to counter. A few say their children outgrow it quickly.

Review: phil&teds Lobster Highchair, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014

4. BabyGizmo.com

Hollie Schultz reviews the Lobster in everyday use, clamping it to her countertop and demonstrating how it works with her young toddler. She praises its convenience and its potential as a travel high chair, but says she wished the tray were a bit more secure so children could not push it out so easily.

Review: Baby Gizmo phil&teds Lobster Review, Hollie Schultz, Jan. 9, 2011

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