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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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