The phil&teds Lobster clip-on feeding seat gives parents a way to feed babies at the table or countertop in a highly portable package that most find secure and easy to use. The Lobster is an upgrade of phil&teds popular MeToo (*Est. $50) hook-on chair, which is a simpler design.
Weight rated to 37 pounds, parents and reviewers find the phil&teds Lobster strong and sturdy when properly installed. The Lobster hooks onto table or counter edges with claw-like clamps that twist on and off with a generously sized handle. Unlike other hook-on feeding chairs, the phil&teds Lobster includes a five-point harness that will prevent the child from climbing up and out of the seat. The Lobster feeding chair has a metal frame that surrounds the infant with good back support.
The phil&teds Lobster hook-on seat has a thick fabric seat that can be wiped clean. The Lobster's seat fabric can be removed from the frame for more thorough hand washing. The phil&teds Lobster comes with a tray that is secured under the clamps to ensure baby can't pick it up and dump it. But some parents say the tray still doesn't secure well and children can slide it around the table. The seat can also be used without the tray.
Thanks to its fold-flat design and included carry bag, the phil&teds Lobster is a highly portable option for travel and dining out. The Lobster also works well for parents 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-ons, and therefore may be useable with more tables and countertops.
The Lobster seat is safety certified and carries a one year warranty against defects.
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 so that you can take it anywhere and store it anywhere. This, along with its very reasonable price, makes it the best reviewed choice in our portable high chair category.
Hollie Schultz reviews the Lobster in everyday use, clamping it to her counter top and demonstrating how it works with her young toddler. Schultz praises the convenience of the clamp-on chair and its potential as a travel high chair, but says she wished the tray was 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
The phil&teds Lobster makes this roundup of the best high chairs as Best Travel high chair. Editors say it's incredibly secure, is safe as long as secured to a safe surface and wipes clean easily.
Review: Babble Best Highchairs, 2011, Editors of Babble.com, Not dated
3. Pregnancy & Newborn
Pregnancy & Newborn magazine collects reviews from readers of its magazine. The reviews are through, but they are not comparative or subjective. They are almost always completely positive, and the review of the phil&teds Lobster is no exception.
Review: phil&teds Lobster Clip-on Highchair, "Meredith", Feb. 10, 2011
The Lobster receives 4.4 out of 5 stars from more than 15 reviews on Amazon.com. Parents like the seat overall for its light weight and portability, but they note flaws that include difficulty attaching the seat on chairs with lips, children removing the tray table and difficulty in adjusting and cleaning straps.
Review: Phil and Ted's Lobster Highchair, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Sept. 2012