phil&teds Lobster High Chair Review

I’ve got another review for a product from the fine folks at phil&teds.

This time it’s their Lobster High-Chair, which is a travel high chair that you can clamp onto most tables. Personally, I would consider using this as my permanent high chair because it stays out of the way, is fairly easy to clean up, and functions just as well as a traditional high-chair.

You can check out all the features in my video below.

Here are my top points:



  • Your baby is right up at the table with you (I find some of the boosters put them lower than the table and don’t work well on puffy bench seats)
  • It clamps on really well – nothing is going to slip on this sucker
  • It folds down to a really compact size to toss in the car, take on a trip or take to Grandma and Grandpa’s house
  • The seat is washable, although, I think I’d just run it under a tap
  • It comes with a detachable tray that is dishwasher safe and has a lip to keep food off grimy restaurant tables
  • It can hold a child up to 37lbs



  • It’s pricey so if you think you’re only going to use it once in a while you may want to consider a booster or even a chair tie seat as a less expensive option
  • If you wanted a comparison, check out the Inglesina or even the Chicco or Regalo – none of them come with the tray though
  • It doesn’t work on all tables – pedestal, card tables, etc. aren’t stable enough
  • Fabric is always harder to clean than a hard plastic, but you aren’t going to get any easier to clean than nylon and I find it more comfortable and easier to get a baby ‘unstuck’ when they have their ham hock legs


You can find it on Amazon for around $80 as well as and Target.

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  • Got this as a shower gift and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I now buy it for my friends off registry.. My husband and I are considering putting some block of wood in the bag for table that have a lip.

  • We were just looking at this yesterday! Thanks so much for doing such a thorough review! Just from what we observed of the different options for this kind of clamp-on chair, one con for this one is that the table has to be flat. If there’s any kind of lip underneath the table, the clamps probably wouldn’t work well (unless of course it’s far enough back away from the edge). Other types seem to accommodate this better by having one point of contact on the bottom instead of the long lobster claw clamp. Just curious if anyone has experience with the Chicco 360? Is the swivel feature useful or just kinda cool looking in the store?

  • I love mine. Currently being used on my third babu and it has held up great. I use it at restaurants and at my parents on their granite island. He loves being at the table with the bigger boys and not removed from the action like with our high chair at home.

  • I love mine. But I did find that I’d often take it places and then the table had a short lip or was really skinny or something else to prevent it from working at all. 🙁 But the rest of the time it was great.

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