When it comes to portable high chairs, the Inglesina Fast Table Chair earned its way to our hearts and became our favorite hook-on dining chair. Receiving top scores where it truly matters in ease of use, safety, and quality, the Inglesina walked away with our Editors' Choice Award. This chair is very versatile, particularly if you're looking for something that is able to fit onto curved tables, and those with skirts up to 1.3", which many hook-on high chairs cannot manage. Its twist-tight couplings are quick and easy to assemble and just as simple to secure to the table. Our little testers seemed very comfortable in this portable high chair and it allowed them to focus on eating free of discomfort or distraction.
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 60's, a pram called the "London". In fact, this is where Inglesina derived its name, which is Italian feminine for the word pram.
The Inglesina Fast Table Chair won our Editors' Choice Award for Best Hook-On High Chair.
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 unexpectedly find a table you can't use it with.
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 sturdily in place every use. A deep seat with adjustable 3-point harness, nice side padding, and seat back height of 10.5" is enough to keep little one in place safely and comfortably. At 6" from seat to counter, it is not so deep as to make it difficult to baby to reach their food, but it does create a space between baby and table that allows some food to fall through to the seat and even 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.
Although we appreciate that the Inglesina has an included, attached carry bag, we would like to see a nicely padded shoulder strap on this, 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 side 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 found the Fast Table's polyester seat fabric was quite resilient and resistant to everyday wear and tear and was, therefore, one of the easiest to clean.
The Inglesina is best suited for those who are out and about often, whether dining out, at family or friend's homes or vacationing. It travels well, is easy to setup and it is safe and comfortable for baby.
Priced at a list of $69, we feel the Inglesina is priced well for its quality and functionality. It can be used from 6 to 36 months, max 37 pounds, and is so convenient that we think you will get a lot of use out of this seat over its lifespan, especially when you consider that it can be used for multiple children thanks to its highly durable construction.
The Inglesina Fast Table Chair is our Editors' Choice for Best hook-on high chair thanks to its versatility, safety, quality, and ease of use. After just a few uses, we believe you will consider having a hook-on chair a staple that you will rely on from 6 months until your child is ready to sit in a regular chair. It quite easily may become your go-to both at home and out and about.
Other Versions and Accessories
The Inglesina Fast Dining Tray attaches to the Fast Table Chair's Rubberized arms and is available as an accessory, although we did not test it in this review. Amazon is currently selling the Fast Table Chair with Dining Tray together. Users complain that the tray still doesn't cover the 1" gap between the table edge and the chair, allowing food to fall onto the floor more than would be expected.Inglesina Gusto. Featuring a compact, self-standing fold, the Gusto is a nice full-featured option for those living in smaller spaces. It has a 5-point harness, 4-position adjustable height mechanism, 3-position reclining backrest, and 3-position adjustable leg rest, and is suitable for use with children from 6 to 36 months. It has a dishwasher-safe removeable snack tray and a stain-resistant, machine washable seat cover.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig