The average American eats out between four and five times a week.
According to a study released by Bloomberg Commerce Department, last year Americans spent more on dining out and convenience foods than they did on their groceries.
Restaurants provide high chairs and booster chairs, but...
Have you ever taken a good look at the options for children's seating in most restaurants? The safety and security features are almost non-existent.
And, you really don't know just when they received their last deep clean.
Finding the best portable high chair is a great strategy for every parent.
These can function as a travel high chair for restaurants in your neighborhood or across the world. They can provide a tremendous peace of mind.
So you need a portable high chair, but what where do you even begin looking?
Fear not, we've got you covered. To make your life easier, we spent hours pouring reviews and considering the opinions of parents willing to share their experiences.
We came up with the best list of the portable high chairs out there. We're sure you'll find one you love.
An award winning travel high chair brought to you by phil&ted, Lobster packs into its own flat carrying bag case that will easily fit inside a diaper bag or can be carried on its own with the convenient carrying strap. It’s incredibly versatile and will sit atop just about any table or bench—both indoor and outdoor—to keep baby clean, safe, and comfortable (and did we mention stylish?).
Honestly, the only downfall we can come up with is the price. However, if you can get over that hurdle, the quality and features of this portable high chair are entirely unrivaled by any of the other products on our list.
The luminum frame includes padded back support for baby, and a shoulder harness system makes transport a breeze—and it’s super lightweight, weighing in under 4 pounds.
The highchair is also super adaptable, with the robust aluminum, non-slip grip clamps adjusting to fit tables anywhere from 0.8" up to 3.75" thick. Plus, it’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
The design includes a 4-pont safety harness with shoulder straps and is globally safety certified to accommodate children 3 months to 3 years, up to a max weight of 37 pounds. On top of that, the aluminum clamps include non-slip grip pads between the clamp and the table to ensure even the wriggliest of babies will stay safe and secure throughout mealtime.
What several of the other portable high chairs on our list lack in easy of cleaning, the Lobster more than makes up for. The Lobster fabric is not only durable, but also very easy to wipe clean and slides right off the high chair frame for hand washing. The highchair also includes a food tray that slides between the clamps to protect your table surface from food spills and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
Not only is the design of the seat simple, classic, and stylish, but it includes a dishwasher safe tray and travel bag that packs flat and fits easily into diaper bags, purses, and stroller gear baskets. It’s convenient to transport, super safe, and easy to setup and pack down, making this portable high chair worth every penny.
At just under $90, this portable high chair is by far the most expensive on our list. That being said, the quality, durability, and safety features of this portable highchair far outweigh the majority of products on our list, and, for that, we think the Lobster is a worth while investment if you're looking for a safe, lightweight and easy to clean portable high chair that will last you for years to come (and, we'll mention again, it's super stylish too!).
This portable booster seat is designed for babies and features a tray that can be easily stored beneath the seat. (Score!) Plus a foam insert can be removed as your child grows from an infant to toddler.
Removing the tray can cause the chair to tip forward; you'll need to work on how you hold the seat to remove the tray.
This travel high chair is solid. You don't need to worry about this seat tipping, breaking, or wearing out before your baby is done with it - it may even last through several kids. And, you can use it just about anywhere, including the floor. It weighs less than 6 pounds and supports up to 50, so you know it's serious.
You're going to love the security this seat provides your babies. The insert is designed to support new sitters, and it pops out easily when it's no longer needed. (They grow up too quickly if you ask us.)
You get the 3-point safety harness that you would expect along with the straps that ensure this travel high chair doesn't rock off a chair during an especially active mealtime.
Wow, wow wow! This plastic chair easily wipes clean with a damp cloth, but it's the removable tray that makes us smile whenever we think about this booster seat. It pops in the dishwasher for a super clean. Incidentally, that tray also has a cup holder.
We're not quite done talking about that tray yet. It slides underneath the seat so you can easily store and transport this space saving high chair. (We absolutely love that, as most parents do.) Then, of course, there's the fact that this chair is designed to support young children that are just learning to sit on their own. That's a big deal for social babies that can't wait to sit at the table with their family.
Being incredibly lightweight, this is easy to grab and pack with a single hand (it feels like forever before you'll have both hands to yourself again). And, you get a choice of colors too. Bonus!
$40 is a score when you think about it. Especially as it will likely be used longer than other travel high chairs. You get a top of the line high chair for a middle of the road price.
For families who don't have a lot of extra space in their home, this quality space-saving high chair is perfect. It has no legs, is ultra lightweight, and folds flat for easy storage.
Removing the cover for cleaning can be a bit of a pain. Snap on dining tray is sold separately.
Inglesina is an Italian company with a reputation for making quality baby products. This high chair is designed with twist tight couplings that can be used with almost any table up to 3.5 inches thick. We get it, it looks really scary to have your baby floating on the edge of the table. However, this chair is actually very sturdy and secure once attached. The tubular structure of the chair is covered with polyester fabric that is extremely soft and breathable. The deep seat features a thick cushion and high back rest. So, you're little one will be comfortable enough to finish those peas.
Although this high chair doesn't look the safest, it's actually very secure. Once you get your hands on it, you will see. Plus, it comes with a 3-point harness that buckles your baby in nice and snug.
When you're a busy mom, cleaning a high chair everyday is the last thing you want to do. Luckily, the cover on this chair is removable and machine washable. Just be sure to air dry it if you want it to last longer. And, in between washes you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Most moms say they wash this chair roughly once per week. That's totally doable, right?
When it comes to hook-on high chairs, the Inglesina doesn't disappoint. This chair includes a handy rear pocket perfect for storing snacks or toys. And, hidden under the seat is a drawstring carrying bag. Although, we do wish the bag came with a shoulder strap - perhaps on next years model. Also, this chair comes in 9 vibrant colors to choose from - our favorite being cream.
Not only is this a small high chair, but it comes with a small price tag. And, we like that. At $69, this high chair is one of the cheapest on our list. Which means you can justify buying the $12 dining tray (or two). Trust us, it's a must.
The adjustable tray is a bonus for growing babies and busy parents. The seat itself features two safety straps and there's an additional shoulder strap for convenience on the go.
The chair itself is a lot of what you want at a great price, but it is a little bulky to carry around regularly.
You know you're in for quality when you're dealing with a company like Fisher-Price; it's just that sort of a brand. We grew up with the logo and trust it almost implicitly, and so should you.
This portable high chair is a booster seat, but it's meant for taking with you to restaurants or the homes of family and friends. It's about as durable as you're going to get from anything made of plastic. And, the practical design makes it easy to incorporate into your life.
The chair features two straps to secure it to just about any chair. The safety belt clicks closed on both the right and left-hand sides as it connects to the strap in the front. The tray is adjustable as well, so you can avoid your baby reaching too far forward.
You can't remove the safety straps for cleaning separately, but being made of plastic, the entire body wipes down quickly and easily. The removable tray can go in the dishwasher and is a comfortable size to do so. Most parents rave about the ease of cleaning (though we're not necessarily crazy about the manufacturer's statement that it's easy for moms to clean without any mention of dad).
The removable tray locks into a storage position that makes this travel high chair easier to transport than it may initially appear. However, it is on the bulky side when packed. However, the inclusion of a shoulder strap certainly makes it easier to transport than some of the other travel high chairs on this list. It also weighs just over 4 pounds and is a serious bonus for any parent or care taker laden with the accessories that follow babies everywhere.
C'mon, the price will make you look twice. It's less than $25 which makes it a real score for budget conscious families. While travel high chairs are certainly less expensive than those with a permanent place at the table, this is an especially terrific deal.
This portable high chair fits most tables and can negotiate table skirtings up to 6 inches. It also folds flat so you can pack it just about anywhere in the car - or store in the closet between occasions.
Sadly, this portable high chair doesn't come with a carrying case. It also doesn't have a tray.
Let's just talk about the style of this portable high chair before we get into the materials used to create it. For a hook-on chair, it's clearly one of the best looking. And, let's face it, baby products aren't necessarily known for being gorgeous.
The streamlined design of this Chicco chair comes from Italy. It's streamlined with durable materials that withstand stress over time. The chair weighs a mere 7 pounds, but can support 50 pounds.
Rubberized grips securely hold this high chair in place. You don't need to worry about those grips marking tables - or pinching your little one's fingers. There's also the 3-point safety harness so you know your baby is as secure as possible.
High chairs meant to travel to restaurants and picnic tables are going to get dirty. You know that - and so do the manufacturers of this chair. The nylon material wipes clean - as do the supports. If the insert and seat become ridiculously dirty, you can unhook it and toss it in the washing machine.
As long as the table is sturdy, this is an awesome choice for a portable high chair. Because it hooks on to the table, you don't need to worry about trays or additional accessories.
It's super lightweight and folds flat to make it easy to travel with - though the lack of a travel bag is lamentable. (Just find one that works; you won't want to leave home without this chair.) There are also adjustable arms so you can easily make adjustments to any table while keeping your kid comfortable.
At $40, this is definitely not the most expensive portable high chair on this list, but it's not the cheapest either. However, with amazing reviews from adoring parents, it does appear to be worth every cent. If you head out to eat frequently, this chair will pay for itself in no time at all.
The Brica GoBoost Travel Booster Seat is exactly what parents need for on-the-go and definitely beats those dirty old restaurant high chairs. While it’s not heavy duty enough for seating on the airplane, it's lightweight enough to easily pack in a suitcase or use a carry-on and will be a necessity once you reach your vacation destination, for road trips, or any fine dining experience.
Reviewers wish that the fabric was a bit more waterproof, and the seatbelt mechanism a bit better quality, but other than that this portable highchair is pretty much perfect!
With smart design, resilient fabric, and an unbeatable price point, this seat offers both quality and convenience. Additionally, the expandable legs allow this seat to grow with your child, so this seat will definitely last you throughout the entire toddler phase.
Not only is this portable high chair constructed with a strong and stable frame built for children 12-36 months, or up to 50 pounds, but the Xtra-Grip traction pads provide a no-slip grip on chairs for increased stability.
While the harness on this seat is only a 3-point, versus the 5-point harness featured on similar products, reviewers indicate the lap belt more than gets the job done and you can rest assured knowing your little one will be safe and secure throughout your travels.
Material is durable and relatively easy to wipe clean, but reviewers to advise adding your own waterproofing spray before use in order to increase the life of the fabric.
Our favorite feature of this seat (aside from the seat itself, of course), and the reason this product snagged the highest rankings for travel and portability, is the spacious under-seat storage feature. When folded up, this portable high chair includes a storage pocket that can easily fit a change of clothes, diapers, wipes, and snacks – with room to spare! It even includes a shoulder strap for easy transport.
Reviewers cannot stop raving about the convenience of this combination portable high chair and diaper bag in one.
The fact you can score this seat for under $25 is actually a little unbelievable. While reviewers do wish that the fabric and seatbelt design were a bit higher quality, the seat is well-designed and will conveniently travel with you for years to come.
A lightweight and sturdy high chair for families on the go. This chair is perfect for camping, restaurants, picnics, or for taking to grandpa and grandma's house. If you want a high chair that you can keep in the back of your car for portable use, you must give this chair a try.
The most common complaint is about the tray. The attached tray starts sloping toward your baby over time, so food may slide right off. But this seems to be unavoidable for a fabric, fold-up chair.
For a cheaper high chair we were surprised at the durability of this chair. It actually holds up really well, even if you take it camping. You can expect the BPA-free material to hold up just about the same as a lawn or camping chair.
The Ciao Baby High Chair is ideal for baby's first year because the maximum weight limit is 35lbs. Of course, you can rest assured that your baby will be safe thanks to the T-shaped lap belt that holds them in place. However, reviewers did complain that the leg openings are somewhat small, so if you have a baby with chunky legs it may be a struggle to get them out!
The great thing about this chair is that it's so lightweight, you can literally pick it up and shake out the crumbs. Of course, it's also quick and easy to wipe clean. The attached tray is covered in vinyl and can be easily wiped down.
This high chair is one that should be in the back seat of every mom's car. It's perfect for picnics at the park, beach trips, visiting grandparents, or to use as an alternative to those gross restaurant high chairs. The Ciao Baby unfolds and folds back up in seconds, and it's super lightweight. In fact, it weighs almost nothing - 8lbs to be exact. Plus, it includes a carrying bag that makes it easy to tote around. As a bonus, this chair features a mesh pocket cup holder that's just the right size for your little one's sippy cup. It looks similar to a camping chair and you can choose from 9 unique colors ranging from navy to sage.
If you're looking for a quality high chair that you can fold up and take with you everywehre you go, this is definitely worth the $60. While you may be tempted to buy something with a few more frills, this offers a pretty good value for what you get.