phil and teds Lobster Review
Pros: Very portable, easy to place, 4-point shoulder harness
Cons: Expensive, leg holes small, tool needed to remove seat cover
Manufacturer: phil & teds
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|Pros||Very portable, easy to place, 4-point shoulder harness||Comfortable, high-quality, and easy to use||Lightweight, small when folded, and the seat's cover is easy to access, remove, and replace||Removable canvas is machine washable, easy to pop open and close, removable tray, backside pocket to store small items||Easy to clean, two dining trays and cover, three height adjustments|
|Cons||Expensive, leg holes small, tool needed to remove seat cover||Not the lightest or smallest||Hand wash only, some crevasses collect crumbs, and the seat lacks features of comfort||Not the smallest when folded||Bulky, not as travel-friendly|
|Bottom Line||With the smallest weight and size, this chair is very travel friendly, but it lacks comfort and is harder to clean||While not the smallest, this quality chair is still travel-friendly and comfy for meals away from home||As a compact and lightweight chair, this option is most suitable for families who want the absolute smallest for travel||An inexpensive portable high chair with convenient extras, such as a removable tray and carry bag that is quick to set up and dismantle||Easily attaches to most chairs, durable and easy to clean|
|Rating Categories||phil and teds Lobster||Inglesina Fast Table||Mountain Buggy Pod||hiccapop OmniBoost||Fisher-Price Health...|
|Ease of Use (40%)|
|Ease of Cleaning (10%)|
|Specs||phil and teds Lobster||Inglesina Fast Table||Mountain Buggy Pod||hiccapop OmniBoost||Fisher-Price Health...|
|Product Weight||4.3 lbs||4.2 lbs||2.2 lbs||4 lbs||4.7 lbs|
|Usage Range||6 mo to 36 mo, Max 37 lbs||6 mo - 36 mo, Max 37 lbs||6 mo - 36 mo, Max 37 lbs||6 mo - 3 yrs||Max 50 lbs|
|Folded Dimensions||13.7" x 13.4" x 4"||14" x 17" x 4"||13.5" x 13.5" x 2.2"||17" x 7" x 7"||17" x 16.2" x 13"|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Founded in 1994 by a father-son team and later purchased in 1998 by current CEO Campbell Gower, phil and teds is an innovative company whose mantra is "adapt and survive." This New Zealand-based company has infused the baby industry in the US with contemporary inspiration and vigorous competition.
At 4.3 lbs, the Lobster is easy to carry and falls right in the middle for weight in the group of chairs in this review. When folded, it is one of the smallest hook-on chairs in our lineup. The chair and tray fit together snugly in the included carry bag and can be transported using the tote handles, or the whole kit and kaboodle can fit into a large diaper bag.
Ease Of Use
The Lobster is simple to set up, unfold, slide onto the table, and twist tight. Then, voila, you're finished!
There are limitations to the type of surfaces that work with the Lobster. For example, it only works with tables that have straight edges and no skirts or lips, which can make it challenging to use at all restaurants.
The Lobster has a 4-point harness and is suitable for use with babies from 6-months to 37 lbs. However, the seat feels cramped inside. We had a 25 lbs tester who pushed its space limits and was downright irritable in the seat. Sadly, the Lobster isn't as comfortable as some of the other chairs we reviewed.
Putting the baby inside and strapping them in is not a walk in the park either. The smaller leg holes can be difficult to maneuver, especially if you have a baby with chunkier thighs, shoes, or an older child. It can be challenging to get them settled into the seat as the leg holes are not as large as most babies will likely need. Also, the seat installs close to the edge of the table, and if you have a wiggly toddler, it can be difficult to get them into the tight space. With the baby in the seat, you have an even smaller space to fit your hands so you can buckle your baby in and tighten the straps. This design creates a very frustrating experience. The harness straps include large, padded covers that you can remove for more space, but you sacrifice comfort for more room to maneuver.
Ease Of Cleaning
Though a quick wipe with a wet cloth should be sufficient after most meals, the polyester seat fabric is removable for a more thorough cleaning. Unfortunately, you will need a tool to remove the cover from the frame. In addition, the chair is hand wash and air dry, which will take more time and forethought than if you could use a washer and dryer. The tray is top-rack dishwasher safe, but we suggest hand washing to minimize plastic degradation and potential chemical leaching into your baby's food.
— Molly Bradac
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