Inglesina Fast Table Review
Pros: Easy to use, versatile, safe, comfortable, removable fabric for cleaning
Cons: Heavy, not as compact as the competition
Our Analysis and Test Results
Inglesina is an Italian company with a self-described reputation for making quality, functional baby products designed with style and "built with heart". Inglesina's founder Liviano Tomasi combined his love for both children and go-karts and created the company's first product in the early '60s, a pram called the "London". In fact, this is where Inglesina derived its name, which is Italian feminine for the word pram.
Ease Of Use
The twist-tight couplings make it easy to place securely onto most surfaces. In fact, this hook-on wins extra kudos for being compatible with tables that have curved edges and vertical skirts. The Inglesina can accommodate tables with a thickness of up to 3.3" which is very generous and will fit most everything it encounters. All of these features make it a trustworthy seat to travel with, as you will seldom find a table that isn't compatible.
Babies are well supported and seem to be comfortable in the Inglesina. It has a deep seat with a thick cushion, a high backrest, a comfortable harness around the waist, and the polyester fabric that makes up most of the seat is soft on exposed baby skin and is breathable.
Safety and Quality
The materials and fit of this high chair are exceptional. With strong rubberized arms and a well-functioning easy to use twist-tight coupling attachment mechanism, the Fast Table feels sturdy in every use. This chair has a deep seat with an adjustable 3-point harness, nice side padding, and seat back height of 10.5" to keep little ones in place safely and comfortably. At 6" from seat to counter, it doesn't make it difficult for the baby to reach their food, but it does create a space between baby and table that allows food to fall through to the seat and onto the floor. Before attaching the chair to a table, check that the O-rings that hold the harness in place are in the correct position to ensure that the crotch strap is tightly secured. There is no fear for pinching tiny little fingers or getting limbs caught thanks to the rubberized arms and extra fabric that zips up around the u-shaped attachment mechanism.
As with all hook-on chairs, it is imperative that it is not attached to a glass table, a flimsy surface like a card table, or a pedestal table with one central support.
Although we appreciate that the Inglesina has an attached carry bag, we would like to see a nicely padded shoulder strap, as it can get tiresome to carry without any sort of strap or handle. One feature that we like is the storage pocket found on the back of the seat. This is perfect for storing small items such as utensils or pacifiers that are often forgotten on the way out the door but come in super handy during or after mealtimes.
Ease Of Cleaning
The Fast Table Chair has removable fabric that can be hand washed and then air-dried, but this entails multiple steps, time, and added vigor. However, we find the Fast Table's polyester seat fabric is quite resilient and resistant to everyday wear and tear and was, therefore, one of the easiest to clean.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig