Boosters

20 Best Booster Car Seats Reviewed [2020 Update]

The best booster car seats are lightweight. Being light is the most popular attribute a booster seat can have. The reason perhaps is that boosters seats tend to be moved more frequently than other car seats.

However, being light is not the most important attribute–safety is! In this detailed buyers guide we will help you identify the best booster seat for your child.

Our Top Picks

1.Best 3-in-1 Harness Booster – Graco Tranzitions Harness Booster

2.Budget-Friendly – Evenflo Big Kid High Back Booster

3.Most Durable Backless Booster – Graco Backless TurboBooster

Best Booster Car Seats

NameWeight LimitHeight LimitMode
KidsEmbrace 2-In-1 Harness Booster22-100 lbs.57"Highback Booster
Graco Tranzitions 3-In-1 Harness Booster22-100 lbs.57"Both Highback/Backless Booster
Cosco Finale DX 2-In-1 Booster30-100 lbs.52"Highback Booster
Evenflo Maestro Sport Harness Booster22-110 lbs.57"Highback Booster
Britax Pioneer 2-In-1 Booster25-110 lbs.62"Highback Booster
Britax Frontier ClickTight Harness-2-Booster25-120 lbs.62"Highback Booster
Britax Skyline Belt Positioning Booster40-120 lbs.63"Highback Booster
Britax Midpoint Belt Positioning Booster40-120 lbs.63" Highback Booster
Graco Affix High Back Booster30-100 lbs.57"Both Highback/Backless Booster
Maxi Cosi Rodifix Booster40-120 lbs57"Highback Booster

Top Combination Booster Seats

Combination Car Seats are Boosters that have 5-Point Harness that can be removed and used with Vehicle Seat Belt when a child meets the qualifications. For optimal safety, is essential to use the seats with 5-Point Harness before transitioning your child to a booster mode. 

1.KidsEmbrace 2-in-1 Harness Booster – Appealing to Children

KidsEmbrace Booster seats are the perfect combination of novelty and quality. These combination seats are able to be used as a front-facing harness as well as a high-back, belt-positioning booster. The great thing about KidsEmbrace is that there’s an option for any child.

The seats come in several different superhero designs including Spiderman and Captain America among others. For girls, they offer princess designs like Cinderella, Belle, and Princess Tiana.

Various Designs

Prices vary depending on which design you choose, but all KidsEmbrace combination seats are built the same. The seat is contoured for maximum comfort and comes with two cupholders as well. These boosters are made to accommodate children from 22-65 pounds in harness mode and 30-100 pounds in booster mode.

The crotch belt has two different positions and the headrest can be adjusted in three different positions. The headrest is lined with EPS energy-absorbing foam and all KidsEmbrace seats have met and exceeded all federal safety standards.

They’ve even received the “best bet” rating by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. Installation for these seats can be done via the vehicle’s safety belt or with the included LATCH connectors.

What We Like

  • Can be installed via LATCH
  • Has EPS foam lining
  • Two different crotch belt positions
  • Three different headrest positions
  • Available in a slew of character designs
  • Comes with two cup holders

What We Dislike

  • Hard to get a tight installation
  • Difficult to clean
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KidsEmbrace 2-in-1 Harness Booster Car Seat, Marvel Spider-Man
  • 5-POINT HARNESS SECURITY: Two position points at each shoulder, two position points at the child's...
  • 3-HARNESS POSITION: There are three slots to position the harness shoulder straps depending on the...
  • TWO MODE OPTIONS: Forward-facing five-point harness car seat is made for children between 22 and 65...

2.Graco Tranzitions 3-in-1 Harness Booster – Super Versatile

This 3-in-1 booster made our list for its versatility. The Tranzitions will accommodate your child in three different modes: harness booster from 22-65 pounds, high-back booster from 30-100 pounds, and backless booster from 40-100 pounds.

It comes equipped with Graco’s Simply Safe harness adjustment system and the headrest has five adjustable positions to grow with your child. The open-loop belt guides are positioned to help with proper seat belt placement when in high-back booster mode.

The seat pad, harness covers, and body support padding are all removable and machine-washable. To prevent shrinking or shriveling, it’s best to let each piece air dry before putting them back in the seat. This one also comes with dual cup holders to hold any snacks or drinks your child has.

What We Like

  • Slim design
  • Has dual cup holders
  • Fabric is removable and machine-washable
  • Has the SimplySafe harness adjust system
  • Belt guides are easy to navigate
  • Five different headrest positions

What We Dislike

  • Cup holders aren’t removable
  • Harness twists easily
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Graco Tranzitions 3 in 1 Harness Booster Seat, Kyte
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Graco Tranzitions 3 in 1 Harness Booster Seat, Kyte
  • Simply Safe Adjust Harness System adjusts the height of Your harness and headrest in one motion; one...
  • Engineered & rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed US Standard FMVSS 213; the Nautilus 65 has...
  • Open loop belt guides properly position vehicle seat belt across child; seat pad, body Support and...

3.Cosco Finale DX Combination Booster – Super Lightweight

If you’re looking for a combination seat but your budget is tight, the Cosco Finale DX is a solid option. It comes in four different color options and is less than $100. It can be used as a 5-point safety harness from 30-65 pounds and a high-back booster from 40-100 pounds.

Despite being a high-back seat, the Finale DX is really lightweight at just 11.5 pounds. Like our top choice, this one has also received a “best bet” rating from the IIHS. The seat meets and exceeds all federal safety standards and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

It’s also designed to be slim enough to fit three across in most vehicles and comes in four different color options. To add to the convenience factor, the cup holder the seat comes with is removable and washable. The seat’s pad is also removable and can be machine-washed and dried.

What We Like

  • Fabric is removable and machine-washable
  • Cup holder is removable and dishwasher-safe
  • Slim design
  • Super inexpensive
  • Super lightweight
  • Comes with a one-year limited warranty

What We Dislike

  • Fabric isn’t super durable
  • Straps are flimsy
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Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 Booster Car Seat, Sport Blue
  • Extended Use: Forward-facing with harness 30-65 pounds and Belt-positioning Booster 40-100 pounds
  • Designed to fit 3 across in most vehicles - Great for growing families and car pools
  • Lightweight and easy to move from car to car

4.The Evenflo Maestro Booster Car Seat – Lightweight

This lightweight booster car seat has a sleek design and converts from a forward-facing seat. It is a sure bet for any car and any child. You can’t go wrong with this one.

What We Like

  • Convertible so there is one less thing to buy
  • Shoulder belt guide for better functionality
  • Harness Booster seat
  • It is easy to clean: wipeable or machine washable
  • It is super lightweight, making it easier to handle and install

What We Dislike

  • The shallow headrest may be uncomfortable or give reduced support to some kids’ heads
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Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 Booster Car Seat, Sport Blue
  • Extended Use: Forward-facing with harness 30-65 pounds and Belt-positioning Booster 40-100 pounds
  • Designed to fit 3 across in most vehicles - Great for growing families and car pools
  • Lightweight and easy to move from car to car

5.Britax Pioneer Combination Harness Best Combination Seat

Combo Booster Car Seats are the best pick for families who want to make fewer purchases. In some cases, it will save you money, but overall, we are looking at families who want to simplify less. Purchasing a combination booster seat means less time shopping and fewer extra items around to store or get rid of.

The Britax Pioneer Combination Harness-2-Booster Car Seat is the perfect seat for a family wanting to get a seat that transitions from harness mode to a booster.

What We Like

  • A super easy transition from a 5 point harness to a booster 
  • Very comfortable for long rides
  • Latch connections for ease of use
  • No rethreading for simplicity
  • This seat is very safe.
  • It features two layers of side impact protection, a steel frame, and an impact-absorbing base.
  • It has a V-shaped tether to reduce the possibility of the child moving forward in the seat.
What We Dislike
  • It is expensive as you are paying for the forward-facing seat features too
  • The seat is very heavy, as its functionality as a forward-facing seat adds considerable weight
Britax Pioneer Combination Harness-2-Booster Car Seat - 2 Layer...
  • Toddler to Big Kid: Easily transition from harness to belt positioning booster as your child grows
  • Easy Installation: Use LATCH connectors or the vehicle seat belt to secure the car seat
  • No rethreading, ever: Quick adjust 9 position harness for a comfortable, secure fit; Recommendation:...

6.Britax Frontier ClickTight Harness – Combination Booster Seat

This seat is another great option if you want a booster car seat that transitions as your child grows.

What We Like

  • Very easy to buckle
  • Extra safe with two layers of side impact protection, a steel frame, and an impact-absorbing base
  • It has a V-shaped tether to reduce movement forward
  • Very safe and sturdy

What We Dislike

  • Being a combination seat, it is expensive
  • It is heavier than the standard booster car seat that does not transition
Britax Frontier ClickTight Harness-2-Booster Car Seat, Tuxedo
  • Toddler to Big Kid: Easily transition from harness to belt-positioning booster as your child grows
  • Easy installation: Patented ClickTight makes car seat installation as simple as buckling a seat belt
  • No rethreading, ever: Quick-adjust 9-position harness with headrest for a comfortable, secure fit

Top High-Back Booster Seats

These Booster Seats can be only be used with Vehicle Seat Belt since there is no 5-Point Harness Feature.

7.Britax Skyline Belt-Positioning Booster – Long-Lasting

This new high-back booster seat from Britax is nice because it can convert to a backless booster if needed.

The Skyline will accommodate your child from 40 pounds up to 120 pounds and comes in two different colors (black or grey).

Keep in mind, the backless mode should only be used once your child reaches 48 pounds.

Optimal Safety

The seat comes with two layers of side-impact protection as well as an energy-absorbing shell and foam-lined headrest. Not only is this seat extremely safe, but it’s comfortable and practical as well. It has plush foam padded cushions and built-in armrests. Along with that, the cover and cup holders are removable and washable.

To make installation easier, the seat comes with color-coded belt guides to ensure proper seat belt placement. The seat may be installed via LATCH connectors or just with the vehicle’s seat belt. The headrest is able to be adjusted quickly and has ten different heights to choose from. This really helps ensure your child is seated properly.

What We Like

  • Ten different headrest heights
  • Lasts up to 120 pounds
  • Can be installed via LATCH
  • Has plush padding
  • Two layers of side-impact protection
  • Has an energy-absorbing shell

What We Dislike

  • Difficult to turn into backless booster mode
  • The seat belt may be left loose after use
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Britax Skyline 2-Stage Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat -...
  • 2-in-1: The skyline belt positioning high back booster car seat easily coverts to a backless booster...
  • Fit: 40 to 120 pounds and up to 63 inch height
  • Big kid comfort: Plush, foam padding and built in arm rests

8.Britax Midpoint Belt-Positioning Booster – Great for Sweaty Kids

If your child has a tendency to sweat while in the car, the Britax Midpoint is a smart seat to choose because it’s made with moisture-wicking fabric.

The fabric is designed to absorb moisture up to 25 percent quicker than other seats. The seat is made with deep side walls to maximize side impact protection and is spacious enough to where your child won’t feel cramped.

The seat’s shell is lined with energy-absorbing foam and the headrest has ten different positions to grow with your child. To add to the safety of this seat, it includes a Secure Guard belt positioning clip to help keep the safety belt in place.

The Midpoint also comes with two removable cup holders that are dishwasher safe. The Midpoint has an expiration date of ten years after the date of manufacture and comes with a one-year limited warranty.

What We Like

  • Expires after 10 years
  • Comes with a one-year warranty
  • Removable cup holders
  • Has a Secure Guard belt-positioning clip
  • Absorbs more moisture than other seats
  • Ten different headrest positions

What We Dislike

  • Difficult for a child to strap themselves in
  • Doesn’t come with much extra padding
Britax Midpoint Belt-Positioning Booster Seat - 2 Layer Impact...
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Britax Midpoint Belt-Positioning Booster Seat - 2 Layer Impact...
  • Dual comfort breathable and moisture wicking fabrics provide your child the comfort they deserve by...
  • Spacious design with deep side walls for full head, torso, and pelvic side impact protection
  • 2 layers of side impact protection, formed by a deep foam lined shell and quick adjust head...

9.Graco Affix High-Back Booster – Super Affordable

As far as high-back booster seats go, the Affix is one of the most affordable options available. It’s available in red or purple and has a slim seat for an easy fit. This seat is able to be used once your child reaches 40 pounds until they exceed 100 pounds.

The inside of the seat is lined with energy-absorbing EPS foam and offers full back support to keep your child’s entire body-safe. Unlike some other booster seats, this one can be installed via the LATCH system for added safety.

And unlike many LATCH-compatible seats, this one has a front adjustment strap to ensure a tight and secure installation. The Affix may also be used as a backless booster seat if preferred. Because this seat is securely installed when using LATCH, your child will also have a much easier time buckling themselves in since the seat won’t move around. This seat also comes with a snack holder and a cup holder for convenience.

What We Like

  • Has snack and cup holder
  • Can be used as a backless or high-back
  • Easy for children to buckle themselves
  • Lined with EPS foam
  • Super affordable
  • Lasts up to 100 pounds

What We Dislike

  • Cup and snack holder aren’t interchangeable
  • Initial installation can be tricky in some vehicles
Britax Midpoint Belt-Positioning Booster Seat - 2 Layer Impact...
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Britax Midpoint Belt-Positioning Booster Seat - 2 Layer Impact...
  • Dual comfort breathable and moisture wicking fabrics provide your child the comfort they deserve by...
  • Spacious design with deep side walls for full head, torso, and pelvic side impact protection
  • 2 layers of side impact protection, formed by a deep foam lined shell and quick adjust head...

10.Maxi Cosi Rodifix Booster – Reclinable Seat

This Maxi Cosi booster seat looks like something right out of a spaceship and comes in three different colors: Black, blue, or grey. The Rodifix can be used once your child reaches 40 pounds and can remain in use until they exceed 120 pounds.

We like this one a lot because it comes with extra cushioning and the seat pad is easily removable and machine-washable. This seat also features Air Protect inside the headrest to minimize impact in case of a crash. The Rodifix can also be installed via the LATCH method for a more secure fit and has belt guides to help you properly place the seatbelt.

With this seat, you can adjust the headrest in 12 different height positions and there is a recline option as well.

What We Like

  • 12 different headrest heights
  • Seat is reclinable
  • Can be installed via LATCH
  • Headrest uses AirProtect
  • Lasts up to 120 pounds
  • Modern, cool design

What We Dislike

  • Pricier than most boosters
  • Doesn’t come with a cup holder
Maxi-Cosi Rodifix Booster Car Seat, Nomad Blue, One Size
  • Belt-positioning booster 40-120 pounds and up to 57″
  • Premium cushioning for ultimate comfort
  • Easily removable pad is machine washable and dryer safe

11.Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat – Energy-Absorbing Foam

This seat is a great choice for many families. The headrest is super comfortable for little heads, and it is adjustable to get the right fit. Kids love the hideaway cup holder. The highback can be removed and the seat can be instead used as a backless if needed.

What We Like

  • Made of energy-absorbing foam to keep it same and comfortable
  • The fabric is machine washable and the rest can be wiped down
  • Converts to a backless booster
  • The price is right!

What We Dislike

  • It is a bit wide for some smaller cars
  • The removable parts can be loose, causing frustration or worries about safety
Graco Highback TurboBooster Car Seat, Lennon
  • Brand New in box. The product ships with all relevant accessories

12.Evenflo AMP SelectBest High Back Booster

Out of all the high back boosters, this one is by far the comfiest. It is made from foam and features six-position heights for that perfect fit. The adjustability accommodates a growing child and provides longevity. This booster car seat will last a long while.

What We Like
  • This booster car seat features two cup holders
  • The pad is removable and machine washable
  • Very comfortable
  • It is super lightweight
  • Ease of installation and practicality

What We Dislike

  • Not enough padding, particularly on the lower back.
  • This may affect some children’s experience, particularly on longer rides.
Big Kid Amp High Back 2-in-1 Belt-Positioning Booster, Sprocket
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Big Kid Amp High Back 2-in-1 Belt-Positioning Booster, Sprocket
  • 2 Seats In 1 Removable back for easy transition to a no back booster
  • One hand, 6 position height adjustment to accommodate growing children longer. Seat belt booster...
  • The child should be at least 4 years of age

13.Chicco KidFit 2-in-1 Belt-Positioning Booster – Safest Booster 

All parents care about safety, but if it’s your number one priority, this seat is the best choice. Worried parents can count on the extra safety features. It also provides a lot of extra benefits, including comfort and affordability.

What We Like

  • 10 positions of height adjustment
  • Height adjusts from the waist, not the neck
  • Double foam padding for comfort
  • Two-position backrest
  • Great price
  • Convertible
  • Two cup holders that fold away to save space, when needed
  • Side wings lined with EPS energy-absorbing foam for improved impact protection

What We Dislike

  • It is lighter weight than most combination seats
  • It may have limited durability
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  • DuoZone combined head and shoulder side-impact protection with 10 positions for growing children
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14.Evenflo Big Kid High Back – Best Budget-Friendly

Saving money is everyone’s priority. This car seat offers attractive and comparable features at a reasonable price. The downside is that Evenflo Big Kid High Back Booster is not as durable as its alternatives. The child isn’t supported as much as some parents will desire.

He may flop around in the seat, especially if asleep. This seat may not be the best pick for a child who frequently naps on the go.

What We Like

  • Convertible, for affordability over the long run
  • One-hand height adjustment
  • It is super lightweight
  • Of course, its affordable price

What We Dislike

  • There is no padding when the seat is adjusted for the taller child
  • Less comfortable
  • This seat is not as durable as comparable alternatives
  • Not the best pick for a child who frequently naps on the go
Big Kid LX High Back Booster, Static Black
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  • 6 Position Height Adjustment: Easily adjust the height with one hand, offering a better fit for your...
  • Dual, Integrated Cup Holders: 2 Cup holders are built into the seat, keeping drinks and snacks close...

Top Backless Booster Seats

15.Cosco Topside Backless Booster – Easy to Transfer

Those of you looking for a backup seat or a seat that won’t take a ton of space or time to use, this Cosco seat is a solid option. It comes in five different color options and is extremely inexpensive too. The Cosco Topside can be used once your child reaches 40 pounds until they exceed 100 pounds. Because it’s backless, it’s also super lightweight and easy to carry around.

This makes transferring between vehicles a lot easier than with a high-back seat. Unfortunately, the seat is hand wash only which can prove to be pesky, but it’s padded so you know your child will be comfortable.  It’s also designed to not leave any marks or indents on your back seat, which is really nice. To guarantee satisfaction, the Topside comes with a one-year product warranty.

What We Like

  • Comes with a warranty
  • Won’t leave dents or marks in your seat
  • Super lightweight
  • Five different color options
  • Good backup option
  • Very budget-friendly

What We Dislike

  • The seat fabric is hand wash only
  • Padding wears down easily
Cosco Topside Backless Booster Car Seat (Leo)
  • This Cosco backless booster securely fits in your car and gives your child the extra height they...
  • Made for growing kids, the seat holds kids weighing between 40 to 100 pounds and 43 to 57 inches in...
  • Lightweight, compact design makes the seat easy to move whenever you need to change vehicles

16.Graco Turbo Go Foldable Booster – Easy Storage

This seat made our list mostly for its uniqueness. Unlike other backless booster seats or any booster seat for that matter, this one is foldable for easy storage. It’s available in four different color options and won’t break your wallet either.

Like our first backless choice, this one also accommodates children from 40 pounds up to 120 pounds. The seat fabric is removable and machine-washable, which is really convenient for anyone on the go.

Its belt guides are steel-reinforced and help ensure proper seat belt placement to maximize safety. This seat would be a great back-up option if you need to transfer between vehicles or if you plan on traveling and/or using taxi services.

What We Like

  • Foldable for storage
  • Fabric is removable and machine-washable
  • Great for traveling
  • Four different color options
  • Inexpensive
  • Steel-reinforced belt guides

What We Dislike

  • Booster seat can’t be used in a middle seat
  • No armrests
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Graco Turbo GO Folding Backless Booster Car Seat
  • Booster folds compactly making it easy to carry, store or keep an extra on hand.
  • Helps safely transport your big kid from 40-100 lb
  • Seat pad is comfortable and machine-washable

17. Diono Solana 2 Backless Booster – Comes With Cup Holders

Unlike most backless booster seats, the brand new Solana 2 comes with dual cup holders. The cup holders both swivel, which is helpful when trying to install the seat. It’s also available in three different color options and will last with your child from 40 pounds to 120 pounds. The seat can be installed via the LATCH method and has a front adjustment strap to ensure a tight and secure fit. 

While this seat is slightly more pricey than other backless boosters, we really like this one for its convenience. Along with the dual swivel cup holders, this seat’s fabric is also removable and machine-washable. The seat is also super lightweight and easy to carry around too.

What We Like

  • Swivel cup holders
  • Super lightweight
  • Easy to install
  • Machine-washable fabric
  • Four different color options
  • Lasts up to 120 pounds

What We Dislike

  • Doesn’t have much cushion
  • The booster seat is wide, might not be able to fit three across
Diono Solana 2 Latch, XL Space Backless Booster Seat, Lightweight...
  • XL BACKLESS BOOSTER: Wide booster with ergonomically contoured seat prevents slipping and has extra...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND EASILY PORTABLE: The lightweight design makes it easy to transfer between vehicles
  • TWO RETRACTABLE CUP HOLDERS: Space saving cup holders keep drinks and snacks within easy reach

18.Graco Backless TurboBooster – Very Durable

Some parents will prefer to purchase a backless seat. Backless seats have many benefits. As long as the child’s head doesn’t reach over the back of the car’s bench, they are fine to use. If there aren’t any headrests on the car and the bench is low, a backless seat is not safe.

Backless seats cost less so you will save money. They are automatically going to weigh less, which is helpful to parents looking for a lightweight booster car seat. Overall, the seat will be smaller and easier to handle. A smaller seat means less to clean as well.

There is no need to be concerned about safety when it comes to backless booster car seats. Studies have shown no difference in their safety after a crash, as long as all appropriate precautions are taken. Always read and follow the manual.

The Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat offers great value and it’s very durable.

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What We Like

  • This seat sells at a great price
  • It is small and portable
  • Easy installation

What We Dislike

  • A bit bulky
  • Is not as lightweight as comparable models
Graco TurboBooster TakeAlong Backless Booster, Sonic
  • Backless booster car seat folds 50% smaller via the Fast Action Fold
  • Helps safely transport your big kid from 40-100 lbs.
  • Space-saving cup holders swivel in and out

19.Chicco GoFit Plus Booster – Best Comfort

This choice is for parents who prioritize safety and want the convenience and simplicity of a backless booster car seat. Backless booster car seats are just as safe as their backed alternatives, as long as all safety factors are attended to.

Parents must read the manual and follow its directions. Remember that a child’s neck and shoulders must always be supported. If a backless booster raises a child’s head above the back of the seat, the seat is no longer safe.

What We Like

  • Belt positioners for ease and better functionality
  • Plenty of padding and support for best comfort
  • Lap belt guides and shoulder belt guide for confidence that it’s on correctly
  • Carry handle for convenience and portability

What We Dislike

  • This booster car seat doesn’t anchor well
  • In some cars, the seat may slide around
  • No latch connection
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Chicco GoFit Plus Backless Booster Car Seat
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Chicco GoFit Plus Backless Booster Car Seat
  • Quick-release LATCH system
  • Built-in carry handle
  • Contoured ErgoBoost seat with double-foam padding

20.Hiccapop Uberboost Inflatable – Best Travel Booster 

Families who travel frequently will want a booster car seat that accommodates that. As will families who commonly make use of taxis or rental cars. A portable seat is best for using a variety of different cars. And when the seat needs to be packed for vacation or travel, an inflatable seat is the best bet. Inflatable seats deflate to take up very little packing space.

Of course, inflatable seats come with their fair share of drawbacks. Most families will want a specific travel booster car seat as an additional purchase to their regular one. Therefore, price becomes an important consideration. The Hiccapop Uberboost Inflatable Booster Car Seat takes all of these factors into account. This choice is the best pick for your travel seat. It is perfect for use in taxis and rental cars while on vacation.

What We Like

  • This seat is super easy to pack as you can simply deflate it when you bring it along.
  • A deflated seat is essentially flat so it’s by far the most compact.
  • The price is low and affordable.
  • Despite the fact that this booster car seat is inflatable, it is safe.
  • It meets all federal safety standards.
  • Small enough to fit well in smaller sized vehicles
  • By far the most lightweight booster car seat out there

What We Dislike

  • Being an inflatable car seat, it is naturally less comfortable.
  • Less durable and sturdy than most booster car seats.
  • Concern about inflatable seats possibly being punctured
  • Perhaps not inflated enough to be properly safe
  • The seat loses air and deflates frequently.
  • It needs to be reinflated often.
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Booster Types

There are three main types of booster car seats: Combination, High Back, and Backless

Combination Boosters 

Combination car seats can be used for younger children and adjusted to become boosters. They cannot convert to backless and are heavier duty.

Backless Boosters 

Backless boosters are simply a cushion to raise the child up. High back boosters include back and head support. Safety is important with booster seats.

A backless booster should only be used if the child’s head does not reach higher than the seat behind him. Otherwise, a high back booster is necessary.

Should I Buy A Used Booster?

It is generally best to buy a brand new car seat. If a seat is used it is vital that parents know the seat’s history. They need to know its expiration date and whether it has been damaged or even been involved in a crash.

School-Aged Children Ride Safest In A Booster Car Seat.

Although many parents may think of a five-year-old as ready to ride with just a seat belt, he is not there yet. All children require a car seat until the seat belt fits properly.
This is usually until somewhere between eight to twelve years old when the child is about four foot nine inches. There comes a time when a child has outgrown the forward-facing seat but does not yet fit a seat belt. That is when he needs a booster car seat.

Basic Safety Tips

As with all car seats, there are some basic safety measures to follow. Parents should not use any car seat that is too old, damaged, or has been in a crash. If the car seat has been recalled, is missing parts, or has no label it should not be used.

Amazon’s Top 3 Best Selling Boosters

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  • Ergo Boost contoured seat with double foam padding provides support in all the right places
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Big Kid Amp High Back 2-in-1 Belt-Positioning Booster, Sprocket
  • 2 Seats In 1 Removable back for easy transition to a no back booster
  • One hand, 6 position height adjustment to accommodate growing children longer. Seat belt booster...
  • The child should be at least 4 years of age
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Cosco Finale DX 2-in-1 Booster Car Seat, Sport Blue
  • Extended Use: Forward-facing with harness 30-65 pounds and Belt-positioning Booster 40-100 pounds
  • Designed to fit 3 across in most vehicles - Great for growing families and car pools
  • Lightweight and easy to move from car to car

Buyers Guide: What To Look For

The most important things to look for when buying a booster seat or any Lightweight Infant Car are safety, durability, and ease of cleaning. Safety is a given, being the main purpose of using a car seat. Durability and ease of cleaning are also important factors to consider.

Car Seat Safety

A booster seat is designed to raise the child up. They need to sit high enough so that the seatbelt secures them properly. A child should always wear both a lap and shoulder belt. Both belts should fit over the strongest parts of the body.

The child’s head and shoulders need full support. If the seats of the car are high enough, a backless booster seat will suffice. Headrests offer enough support too. However, a high backed booster seat is needed if the child’s head reaches above the seat’s top. Proper cushioning will help support a child in the case of a crash. A seat that doesn’t allow the child to slide around too much, including too far forward, is best.

Durability

A child will remain in a booster car seat for a long stretch of time. Once they outgrow their front-facing car seat, they will start using a booster.

Children continue with a booster as long as they still need it. That might be as old age twelve or thirteen years. So durability is an important factor to consider. If opting for a combination seat, durability is even more important to bear in mind.

Ease of Cleaning

Kids will inevitably spill something from time to time. Even if you never allow food or drinks in the car, messes will happen. You will want a booster you can wipe down easily without having to remove it.

Any parts that need to be machine washed should be easy to remove. They should also be easy to attach back on after washing. Of course, you’ll want to be able to clean spills quickly and without any special care instructions. Machine wash is a must for anything beyond wiping down.

Booster Car Seat Installation 

Below is the video to make sure that the booster is installed properly for your precious child.

Additional Consideration

There is not one most important factor in buying a booster car seat, with the exception of safety. No car seat is truly the safest.

Safety Standards 

All seats pass rigorous federal safety standards or they cannot legally be sold. A car seat’s primary purpose is safety. The most important thing a parent can do is follow all the guidelines and recommendations carefully.

Pricing

Price should never be the primary factor in choosing which booster car seat to purchase. Price can be taken into account, but always as a secondary factor. Don’t decide based on price alone. If you don’t know the car seat’s history, buying used is not recommended. It is always wise to buy a car seat new whenever possible.

Choose Quality Over Price

The good news about buying a booster car seat is that it will be your child’s last. After the child exceeds the height limits of his booster car seat, he can ride with the seat belt. Bear in mind that he should still be seated in the back seat and always wear his seat belt. This includes the shoulder belt.

The booster car seat will last the longest amount of time of all of the car seats your child uses. This is even truer if you choose a convertible option. Therefore, this is an important purchase to think through! Our guide will help you make the best choice!

Last update on 2020-09-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Elisa is a former elementary teacher with multiple certifications in child development. She loves writing about everything baby and child related. She is the creator of It's Toddler Time, a site for simple Montessori-inspired toddler activities, and she is a regular contributor to City Moms Blog Network's San Francisco Chapter. Her work has been featured on several popular parenting sites, including Scary Mommy and Her View From Home.

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