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Phil and Teds Lobster High Chair Review

Phil & Ted's Lobster Travel High Chair
Price:   $90.00 List | $89.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Sturdy, safe, travels very well, durable, convenient
Cons:  Only works on tables without a lip, tray doesn't lock to the chair so not very useful
Bottom line:  Easy-to-travel-with high chair that's sturdy, safe, cleans well, and is nice-looking, too
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Manufacturer:   Phil and Teds


Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD

Last Updated:
May 1, 2013

Phil and Teds Lobster High Chair can go wherever you go. At less than 4 pounds, this lightweight travel high chair folds up easily into a flat shape, which makes traveling with it a cinch. The 5-point padded harness secures your baby or toddler from moving around too much, while the sturdy, strong bolts keep the chair locked into place on any 0.8" - 3.75" thick lipless table. The brushed stainless steel frame makes it durable and stylish at the same time, too.

Appropriate for ages 6 months to 3 years (with a maximum weight of 37 pounds), the Lobster is available in Black and in Black/Red washable material with an unattached food tray that's dishwasher safe.

The included food tray is not all that useful, since it isn't locked in. We prefer to use a mat instead, one of our favorites being the Summer Infant Tiny Diner.

We like this travel high chair because it makes dining out with little ones less stressful for many reasons: it keeps your toddler from running around and your baby out of your arms so you can eat hands-free; you don't have to worry about dirtying up the restaurant's high chair, and it's safer all around than traditional dining-out child-seating options (it has a European safety certification of ECE R44/04 in Europe). Some parents even choose to use this product at home as their main high chair, especially those who live in smaller spaces.

The Phil and Teds chair is very similar to the Inglesina Fast Table Chair which we also like. Here's a quick comparison to the Inglesina chair:
  • The Phil and Teds is easier to clean
  • The Phil and Teds chair is $30 more expensice than the standard model Inglesina
  • The Inglesina clamp system is different, works on most tables, and unlike the Phil and Teds it can work on tables with a lip
  • We think the Phil and Teds clamp system is more secure, so long as the table doesn't have a lip (in which case it won't work at all)

Our two-cents is biased to safety considerations: if your table will work with the Phil and Teds straight-clamp system, we recommend going with it because we consider it more secure. However, the Inglesina is a very fine product, and for use dining out or traveling, when you can't be sure the table will have a lip or not, it is the right product.


The most commonly cited likes for this product are:
  • Sturdy and safe
  • Cleans easily
  • Convenient
  • Travels well


User reviews frequently note these disadvantages:
  • Included food tray serves little purpose because not locked in
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