Best Booster Car Seats

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 19, 2017
Safety of a child on a road is surely of high importance, this is where buying a booster car seat is a must. Consider our review of the best 5 booster car seats on the market, and find an ideal safety seat for your child. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Baby Weight
Baby Height
Baby Age
Safety
Convenience
 
PROS
This is a versatile safety seat, used in forward-facing and high-back positions. Very quickly to install due to the ClickTight Installation System.
CONS
The car seat is quite heavy, hence, it may be a bit problematic to mount and demount it oftentimes.
OUR VERDICT
If you look for a high-quality booster car seat to ensure safety of your child, don’t look any further. This seat might be quite expensive, but it does what it’s supposed to. All safety and comfort options are combined in this seat.
detailed parameters
Type
High-back
Baby Weight
25-120 pounds
Baby Height
30-62 inches
Baby Age
2-12 years
Safety
SafeCell impact protection includes an absorbing base, Tether/ harness thread, Side impact protection, Tough stabilizing steel frame, 5-point harness with 9 height positions, 2-position buckle, Latch support
Convenience
The ClickTight Installation System, Quick adjust no-rethread harness, Armrests, Headrest, Front-adjust recline, Easy-removable seat cover, Integrated cup holders and storage, Memory foam
PROS
You won’t spend longer than 5 minutes to get this seat installed. Features a HERO harness system and the CoolMesh Air Ventilation technology to provide maximum security and comfort on the road.
CONS
A few customers have mentioned that the shoulder straps could have more regulating positions.
OUR VERDICT
A great-looking booster seat, available in 9 colors, to fit the interior of your car. Apart from design, it offers an enhanced latch system and comfort options to guarantee complete safety of a child on the road.
detailed parameters
Type
High-back
Baby Weight
20-120 pounds
Baby Height
27-59 inches
Baby Age
2-9 years
Safety
Full Body Side Impact Protection, Twist-resistant HERO harness technology, Five-point harness, Built-in latches and universal top tether, Safety Stripe System
Convenience
Temperature balancing fabrics, 4 Zones of CoolMesh Air Ventilation, QuickFlip recline mechanism, Cup holders, Stylish trim details, EasyAdjust no re-thread harness, Cloud Comfort Memory Foam
PROS
Armrests ensure enhanced convenience of a child in a car. Special cup holders will accommodate the drinks and prevent the spillage.
CONS
The heavy weight of the seat quite often makes the disassembly a chore.
OUR VERDICT
This seat might not be the best option for a small kid, but surely will fit a growing child. It looks good and it provides high security.
detailed parameters
Type
Backless
Baby Weight
40-100 pounds
Baby Height
40-57 inches
Baby Age
4-10 years
Safety
Vehicle's seat belts, Seat-belt clip
Convenience
Soft removable cover, Padded, height-adjustable armrests, Hide-away cup holders
PROS
You can easily mount this lightweight car seat in your automobile within 5 minutes. Moreover, the item has a hide-away storage compartment for keeping snacks and toys for your child at hand.
CONS
Seat belts are quite narrow.
OUR VERDICT
American Academy of Pediatrics defines this car seat as the best solution for child’s safety on the road. Adjustable armrests and a head support will provide your child with maximum comfort during the trip.
detailed parameters
Type
High-back/Backless
Baby Weight
30-100 pounds
Baby Height
38-57 inches
Baby Age
2-10 years
Safety
Rigorously crash-tested, EPS impact-absorbing foam, Shoulder belt positioner, One-hand front adjust LATCH system, Side-impact tested
Convenience
Comfort seat pad and body support, Harness and buckle covers, Fully-adjustable headrest, Padded 2-position adjustable arm rests, Single cup holder, Storage compartment
PROS
The car seat can be easily cleaned due to its removable and washable seat pad. The price for this item is moderate.
CONS
Not suitable for long trips with small kids who need to sleep during the day.
OUR VERDICT
This is an amazing car seat for a child of 2-10 years age. Safe and comfortable, this booster seat will become an ideal attribute of all your trips.
detailed parameters
Type
High-back/Backless
Baby Weight
30-110 pounds
Baby Height
38-57 inches
Baby Age
2-10 years
Safety
Energy absorbing foam, Designed and tested for structural integrity
Convenience
1-hand full-body adjustment to 6 positions, ComfortTouch padding around head and body, Removable and washable seat pad, Elastic dual cup holders

What is a Booster Car Seat

The car seat or booster is an exclusive requirement for the transportation of the child. A good quality children booster car seat will protect the kid from injuries in case of an accident. Or will minimize the chance of injury during aggressive maneuver or slowdown. In addition, suitable car booster seats will make the trip for the child more comfortable. Your kid will be satisfied!

We also suggest considering one of the best diaper bags which will surely come in handy during strolls.

What Features to Compare

If your child is already over 40 pounds Weight, he or she definitely needs a booster seat. However, if you’ve never had one, you might experience a problem of making the kid sit in it. This is where it may be a good idea to look into different types of car booster seats and decide on the one that should totally fit your needs. Basically, there are 2 types of boosters available on the market - a high-back seat and a backless booster. All are aimed at different needs. Backless booster seats are usually easier to move and mount in a car, but they are surely not the best fit for small kids who still need headrest and neck support. On the contrary, the seats with high-back are going to perfectly work for the youngest and those children who love to have a nap during the trip. With all that said, it’s obvious that the Type of a car booster seat really matters, and what’s good for one is not necessarily good for another child.

The other thing you should definitely be concerned is Safety of a seat that you’re going to buy. Otherwise, what’s the point to get a car booster seat at all? Most seats come equipped with a belt, however, having the belt only in security for your child’s protection might be not enough, especially if he or she hasn’t reached at least 5 years’ age. So you may also be interested in considering seats with full body side impact system. Such boosters offer not only head and neck support but also 5-point harness system to ensure firm fixation and full body support on the road. If your child is already 9 or 10 years old, you can easily abandon the strongest security and go for something simpler, yet comfortable for a long trip.

You may not have thought about this one, but Convenience is also very much important. Not only does the booster seat have to be comfortable and supportive, it’s also got to be easy to be moved in and out of a car. If a seat is too heavy or wide, you’ll find it a chore to mount it and dismount on a permanent base. A good seat is supposed to require easy and quick mounting. So, make sure to check what installation is going to be like in the first place. The other “frills” you may want to look for is a variety of extras like cup holders, temperature-controlled material and so on. These are all those things that are not necessary, but definitely great for enhanced comfort of a child.

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Britax E9LY76L

Type

This is the best model in our review! You can use this booster as the forward-facing seat when your baby is about 2 years old. And then, when your child is more than 90 pounds you can transform the car seat into a high-back booster seat and satisfy the needs of your "big kid". This car booster is not recommended for use of babies who weigh less than 25 pounds. Otherwise, you won't be able to adjust the seat belt and ensure the safety of your kid on the road. The maximum weight limit envisioned by a manufacturer is no more than 120 pounds.

Safety

The Britax Frontier G1.1 is crash tested and meets the U.S. safety standards. Thanks to the SafeCell impact protection which features such great safety elements as an absorbing base, a tether/ harness thread, the side impact protection, a tough stabilizing steel frame, you can be sure that your baby will be protected against all unforeseen situations. In addition, due to the 5-point harness, you can be confident that your kid is tightly fastened. You can also regulate the belts in conformity with your kid height.

Convenience

Because of the unique ClickTight Installation System of the Britax manufacturer, you can be sure that the installation of children booster car seat will be simple and safe. Even your grandmother can fix the child in the booster car seat! If you want to have several necessary things at hand, this model is a great variant because it is packed with the car seat storage. If your kid is sleeping, you can recline the car booster seat to the comfortable position. In addition, armrests and headrest provide more comfort to your best booster car seat!

VIDEO
Britax Frontier G1.1 ClickTight Harness 2-Booster Car Seat. SafeCell.
Britax E9LY76L
Britax E9LY76L
 

RECARO 386.01.ROSE

Type

This is a universal car booster seat that can be used for children from 2 till 9 years. Owing to the harness mode, the seat can be installed for the littlest and then, converted into the booster seat (in a booster mode) when kids grow up. You can confidently buy this model if your baby weight is 20 pounds and height is about 27 inches. It will be better to accustom a baby to the car booster seat from the cradle.

Safety

Due to the Side Impact Protection, your child is going to be totally safe on the road so that you've got no fear of any traffic accidents. Once a child sits in the seat, all you need to do is to tighten up a chest-clip strap and fix the position. The five-point harness is used to guarantee the safety and protection of children and release a headache of their parents.

Convenience

Growing children will surely like the sporty style of a booster car seat. Made of bright, temperature balancing fabrics (cotton/poly and EPS foam), it appeals to the most. Regardless of the weather conditions, the seat will maintain the optimal temperature, staying cool in summer and warm in winter. The cloud memory foam contours to the shape of a kid and ensures maximum comfort during a trip. You may not want to keep the drinks close to a small child, but for growing kids the cup holders will surely make the journey more fun.

VIDEO
RECARO Performance Sport Car Seat Quick Overview
RECARO 386.01.ROSE
RECARO 386.01.ROSE
 

Graco Backless Turbo

Type

This is a backless child booster seat which can be a great addition to your child transportation. But remember, you can start using this model if the weight of your kid is not less than 40 pounds and the height is not less than 40 inches. This model is created for kids from 4 to 10 years. So, if you want your child to enjoy a comfortable ride, Graco Backless TurboBooster will satisfy these needs.

Safety

Graco Backless TurboBooster is not as safe as high-back models in our shortlist. It uses only vehicle's existing seat belts to tightly fasten your kid in the booster. In addition, a seat-belt clip will help to fasten seat belts in the right position. This child's booster seat will fit almost in any car. It is a great purchase for 'big kids'.

Convenience

The cover of Graco Backless TurboBooster is padded, so the trip will be as comfortable as possible. In addition, the cover of the seat is removable and easy to clean. So, don't be afraid of the dirt. The kids may use built-in cup holders while drinking. Or can even keep favorite toys inside. Everything is done to enjoy the traveling!

VIDEO
GRACO Backless Booster car seat installation guide
Graco Backless Turbo
Graco Backless Turbo
 

Graco Affix Youth

Type

The design of Graco seat allows using it as both, a high-back and backless booster. Thus, this item is universal for transporting children of a different age and body constitution type. You can easily accommodate a child of 38-57 inches in height and 30-100 pounds in weight in such a car booster. As for the age, the children from 2 to 10 years can enjoy themselves in this super cozy booster seat. To sum up, this item is perfect for child's safety on the road and his or her comfortable long-distance journey. Cool!

Safety

This car booster can provide your child with a number of important security features. For one, it is filled with a special absorbing foam that neutralizes kinetic energy. For two, it's got the shoulder belts for enhanced safety and firm fixation of your child in the seat. Graco booster seat has also passed a number of crash tests and proved to be a reliable and super-secure seat for both, small and growing children. If you've ever had doubts about purchasing a car booster seat for your child, you shouldn't do anymore. This seat is worth the money and your piece of mind.

Convenience

Besides being reliable, this car seat can provide your child with maximum comfort. It is lined with soft and elastic material which is great for the convenient accommodation of your child. Furthermore, the booster is featured with a cup holder, adjustable armrests, and a special compartment for keeping favorite toys of your child. Finally, the seat is available in four colors, enabling you to choose the matching one to your preference. Such a good reason to buy it!

VIDEO
Graco Affix Youth Booster Seat
Graco Affix Youth
Graco Affix Youth
 

Evenflo Big Kid AMP

Type

Evenflo booster seat will ideally suit kids of a different age, from 2 to 10 years old. The weight restriction is pretty big, 30-110 pounds, which makes it a safe option on a road for both, small and growing children. Owing to its design, the seat can be used both ways, as a high-back and backless booster. However, a few customers mentioned that this seat isn't as convenient for sleep as some other models in our review, so if you've got small kids, make sure they feel comfortable in it. After all, children (just like adults) are all different.

Safety

This booster seat is lined with a special washable energy absorbing foam for added safety and comfort on travels. Whenever the pad gets messy, you can quickly wash it in a washing machine and make your seat look neat and clean. What's distinguishing about this model is that it's the only booster in our review that has gained the title "The Best Bet Booster" by the experts from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Which, of course, makes up for the safety of the seat.

Convenience

This booster seat has a 6-position height adjustment. With only one hand you can regulate the height position and ensure the maximum comfort for your child. For growing children who can’t survive a long trip without their favorite drinks, the seat has two elastic cup holders. Now you can set out on long travels with a light heart without worrying about stains and spillage over the seat. Evenflo booster seat is also available in five different colors so you can pick the one to suit your car interior the best.

VIDEO
Evenflo AMP Booster Seat Review
Evenflo Big Kid AMP
Evenflo Big Kid AMP