KidsEmbrace Superhero Booster Review

When we heard that Kids Embrace was coming out with a series of superhero-themed backless boosters, the CSFTL team was pretty excited!  We’ve already taken a close look at the Kids Embrace combination seats, so a backless booster for some of the older kids was a great option.

 

KidsEmbrace Supergirl backless booster in the box

KidsEmbrace Supergirl backless booster in the box

The four caped crusaders Superman, Supergirl, Batman, and Batgirl are upholding truth, justice, and providing a safe seat belt fit for big kids over 40 lbs and 40″.

CSFTL recommends that kids are at least 5 before riding in a belt positioning booster, and the unique fit of this booster makes it best suited for older, bigger kids. More on that in a flash, but first, here’s a refresher on how to gauge if your Junior Crimefighter is ready for a booster seat and if they are ready to move out of their super booster.

 

 

 

CSFTL Quick Stats

  • Weight range: 40-100 lbs.
  • Height range: 40-57″
  • Expiration: 6 years

The seats started arriving and our first thought was oh!  They look so nice!  Who wouldn’t want such a fancy-looking booster in their car?  The cover is quite plush and the bottom is fairly padded.  This is a big thing for some of our crimefighters who are quite picky about comfort when it comes to car seats.

 

 

KidsEmbrace backless booster cup holder has super strength!

KidsEmbrace backless booster cup holder has super strength!

One thing we noticed right away was the cup holder.  It can be such a small thing, a cup holder, but for many kids, having a place to put their most urgent items is a requirement.  Kids Embrace has made a very solid cup holder — having one on backless boosters is pretty rare.

 

 

 

 Batgirl

KidsEmbrace Batgirl backless booster

KidsEmbrace Batgirl backless booster

 

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KidsEmbrace Batgirl- 7 years, 65 lbs., 47 inches

Fit to Child: 7 Years Old

  • Secret Identity: Batgirl
  • Age: 7
  • Height: 47″
  • Weight: 65 lbs.

This model has ridden in several backless boosters and typically does not need a shoulder belt adjuster, but the Batgirl booster put the shoulder belt very close to the edge of her shoulder without it in our minivan (alas, the Batmobile was in the shop!). Finding the shoulder belt adjuster required x-ray vision: it’s hidden in a secret superhero compartment underneath the cover. Once buckled, the short armrests made it difficult for her to tighten the lap belt and she needed some assistance. Overall she liked it, but will be moving back to her high back booster. It was comfortable, fun, and gave her good leg support.

 

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KidsEmbrace Batgirl- 5 years, 44 lbs., 44 inches

 

 Fit to Child: 5 Years Old

  • Secret Identity: Batgirl
  • Age: 5
  • Height: 44″
  • Weight: 44 lbs.

This model is at the lowest age range CSFTL recommends for a booster, but was dying to try it in the driveway. The lap belt was very low on her small frame. She’ll be sticking with her five point harness for a while yet, but she did ask for this seat for her 7th birthday- she’s been trained well!

 

 

 

Supergirl

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KidsEmbrace Supergirl backless booster

 

KidsEmbrace Supergirl- 6.5 years, 44 lbs., 48 inches

KidsEmbrace Supergirl- 6.5 years, 44 lbs., 48 inches

 Fit to Child: 6.5 Years Old

  • Secret Identity: Supergirl
  • Age: 6.5
  • Height: 48″
  • Weight: 44 lbs.

Declan instantly loved this Supergirl booster and wanted to use it. The Supergirl booster provided a good belt fit for him in the second row captain’s chair of our minivan, placing the lap belt on the top of his thighs and the shoulder belt at the right spot on his shoulder.

 

 

 

 

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KidsEmbrace Supergirl- much lower lap belt fit

Third Row: Belt Fit

In the back seat of our secondary vehicle, a larger sedan, the shoulder belt hit him in the right place but the lap belt sits very low. A proper seat belt fit places the lap belt low on the hips and should be touching the tops of the thighs. This booster put the lap belt completely on his legs, not at all in contact with his pelvis. This is why the IIHS gave it a Not Recommended rating.

 

 

 

 

 

KidsEmbrace Supergirl can place the lap belt too low on the lap

KidsEmbrace Supergirl can place the lap belt too low on the lap

Like our other caped crusaders,this model sometimes found it difficult to buckle himself because of the short armrests. We took a couple of very short trips around Metropolis with the Supergirl booster and he told us that it was very comfortable. He felt there was enough padding and that it felt good to sit on. His younger sisters fell in love, but our little Supergirls aren’t ready for a booster just yet.

 

 

 

 

 

Batman

Na na na na na na... Batseat!

Na na na na na na… Batseat!

 

 

KidsEmbrace Batman- 6.5 years, 46 lbs., 47 inches

KidsEmbrace Batman- 6.5 years, 46 lbs., 47 inches

Fit to Child: 6 Years Old

  • Secret Identity: Batman
  • Age: 6 and a (very important!) half
  • Height: 47″
  • Weight: 46 lbs.

This model absolutely loved the seat.   He was nearly dancing in excitement when I removed it from the box and asked to have it forever as his permanent seat.  Sorry, Batkid, you still have ants in your pants and will remain harnessed a while longer yet.

He declared the seat extremely comfortable.   The shoulder belt created a very good fit.   As the other Superheroes have noted, the lap belt wasn’t perfect.    It rested well below his hips and the far-forward belt path created quite a gap at the buckle.  I would not be comfortable with this as a restraint for a child of this build and size.

 

Fit to Child: 8 Years Old

KidsEmbrace Batman- 8 years, 62 lbs., 52 inches

KidsEmbrace Batman- 8 years, 62 lbs., 52 inches

  • Secret Identity:  Batman
  • Age: 8 going on 13
  • Height: 52″
  • Weight: 62 lbs.

You can see here a few pounds makes a huge difference in fit.  The lap belt is still not ideal, but the fit is much closer to being a great fit.   She also found the seat comfortable and also had a great shoulder belt fit.
Fit to Child: 9 Years Old

KidsEmbrace Batman- 9 years, 77 lbs., 58 inches

KidsEmbrace Batman- 9 years, 77 lbs., 58 inches

  • Secret Identity: Batman
  • Age: 9 disguised as the size of a 12-year-old
  • Height: 58″
  • Weight: 77 lbs.
  • At 58″, Matthew exceeds the 57″ limit set by Kids’ Embrace for maximum height usage.   I had him model the seat for two reasons.  You can see that his lap belt is quite excellent.  Also,  despite his height, he has great leg support and rested comfortably in the seat.I should also note that every time a kid popped happily into the booster, the cup holder, which can slide onto either side of the seat, popped right off.  I expect this was due to the sculpting of the captain’s chair and would not be an issue on a flatter surface.   The cover is well designed, seems like long-lasting quality and has very, very high kid appeal.

 

 

 

Superman

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a... SuperBooster!

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a… SuperBooster!

 

 

KidsEmbrace Superman- 8 years, 53 lbs., 50 inches

KidsEmbrace Superman- 8 years, 53 lbs., 50 inches

Fit to Child: 8 Years Old

  • Secret Identity: Superman
  • Age: 8
  • Height: 53″
  • Weight: 50 lbs.

The first thing this model said when he saw his Super booster was, “Is that mine?  Can I keep it?!” then continued on, raving about the cool colors.  He is convinced the fabric must be just like Superman’s costume and may give him special powers if he sits in it every day.  While I would be a bit concerned if my child suddenly became faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, I did think it seems comfortable and would keep him cool during heat waves.

We had the same issues with the cup holder as mentioned above when used in the captain’s chairs in our vehicle so it has been stored for future use.

The belt fit was excellent for this model, lying low on his hips and touching his thighs.  The shoulder belt fit was perfect so the adjuster was not necessary. One problem we had was caused by a combination of the seat belt geometry and the location of the booster’s belt path.  When Brennon tried to tighten the lap belt after buckling, like he has with every other booster, he had to pull the shoulder belt away from him quite far.  Sometimes there was still slack on the opposite side of the buckle that was hung up on the small belt path; I made sure to have him check (then I double-checked) that the slack was taken out before driving off to save the day.

 

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS

It seems this seat’s Joker or Kryptonite is the low lap belt fit. Here you can see the difference between other booster seats and the superhero booster lap belt fit.

 

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While you want the lap belt low enough so it’s off the stomach, you don’t want it so low that is doesn’t come in contact with the pelvis. The pelvis is one of the strongest parts of the human body and helpful in protecting the body from crash forces. You can see here how the difference in arm rest design changes the placement of the lap belt.

The armrests on the KidsEmbrace backless booster can be hard to use

The armrests on the KidsEmbrace backless booster can be hard to use

 

 

 

 

The super booster has a more shallow arm rest design which brings the lap belt forward, while the other booster allows the lap belt to go back farther towards the pelvis.

 

 

 

 

 

While they may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, these boosters are still pretty Super. We love the Superhero theme for appealing to older kids, the plush construction and fabric, and of course, the cup holder. The seat belt fit can be a bit quirky, and we recommend choosing this booster for bigger kids and always checking the belt fit before use.

Kids Embrace would like to give one of our readers their choice of a superhero booster of their own, you can enter the giveaway below! You can also find the boosters for purchase on Amazon.com.

Giveaway is now closed, congrats to the winner, Katrina S.! 

Kids Embrace provided the boosters for this review, but we were not otherwise compensated. Opinions, as always, are all our own!

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