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Choosing a car seat is tough!  There are so many options, and one look at the car seat aisle can make your head swim with weight limits and bells and whistles.  So how do you know what the best seat is for your child?  The safest seat is the one that fits your child, fits your vehicle, and can be used correctly 100% of the time.  It’s important to look at the height and weight limits printed on the box, but they often do not tell the whole story.  It is also important to note things like the height of the shell, and height of the harness positions, which will factor into when the child will outgrow the seat.  If you’re not sure which type your child should be in, start with our best practice guide through the four steps of car seat safety.  If your child’s car seat isn’t on the list, don’t worry!  That doesn’t mean it isn’t safe or isn’t recommended.  All seats pass the same safety standards and are safe when used correctly.  Our list is a short guide to seats that we find easy to use, long lasting, or fit a specific niche.   Looking for a review of a seat that isn’t listed here?   It might be in our review archive.

The car seats listed on this page are generally listed from least to most expensive, but prices do fluctuate often so click on the photo of the seat to check pricing. To take a more in-depth look at the seat, most have an accompanying review that is linked in the title.  If you wish to select seats to compare, there is a link at the beginning of each section to a comparison page.If we have helped you select a seat, we’d ask you to consider purchasing your seat on Amazon.com using our affiliate link. This gives us a small referral fee and helps support the cost of the resources CSFTL provides. We appreciate your support!

If you are in Canada, we have a list of Recommended Seats for Canada, too.


Rear Facing Only Car Seats (also called infant seats)

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Cosco Light n Comfy DX
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lightncomfy
Bottom Harness Slot: 5.25"
Height Limit: 29" or head 1" from the top of shell
Weight Limit: 4-22 pounds
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Allows handle in any position, available with recommended front adjust harness, fits small infants well, lightweight, price, and 3 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Some models have a rear adjust harness, look for front adjust model. Some models do not have adjustable bases.
Retail Price: $79
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Urbini Sonti
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sonti
Bottom Harness Slot: 4.5" with insert
Height Limit: up to 32″ or head 1” from top of shell
Weight Limit: 4-35 lbs
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Allows handle in any position, fits small infants well, front adjust harness, lightweight, price, and 3 crotch buckle and hip positions.
Cons: Harness material is thin and prone to twisting and must remember to remove infant insert at 8 pounds.
Features: Harness pads, lockoff and premium lower anchor connectors.
Retail Price: $94
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30
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Bottom Harness Slot: 5"
Height Limit: 30" or head 1" from top of shell
Weight Limit: 4-30 pounds
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Allows handle in any position, available with recommended front adjust harness, fits small infants well, large canopy, lightweight, price, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Some models have a rear adjust harness, look for front adjust model. Some models do not have adjustable bases or separate pieces that may be lost. Snugride22 is not recommended due to bottom harness position being too high.
Features: Some models offer a lockoff ,premium lower anchor connectors, or harness pads.
Retail Price: $99
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Evenflo Advanced Embrace DLX with Sensor Safe
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embracesensorsafe
Bottom Harness Slot: 5"
Height Limit: Up to 30" or head 1” from top of shell
Weight Limit: 4-35 lbs
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Fits small infants well, front adjust harness, lightweight, price (non Sensor Safe model), and 3 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Handle cannot be left up in the vehicle and requires 1.5" clearance between vehicle seat and car seat. Seat does allow handle in ARB position to help with space.
Features: Sensor Safe technology
Retail Price: $149
Chicco Keyfit
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keyfit
Bottom Harness Slot: 6" with insert
Height Limit: 30" or head 1” from top of shell
Weight Limit: 4-30 lbs
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Allows handle in any position, fits small infants well, and front adjust harness.
Cons: Must remember to remove infant insert at 11 pounds and not as lightweight as other options.
Features: Harness pads, lockoff, and premium lower anchor connectors. Zip model offers easy to remove cover.
Retail Price: $199
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Britax B-Safe 35 and Elite 35
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bsafe35
Bottom Harness Slot: 4.5" with insert
Height Limit: 32" or head 1” from top of shell
Weight Limit: 4-35 lbs
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Allows handle in any position, fits small infants well, front adjust harness, 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Must remember to change harness positions and remove insert at 11 pounds, not as lightweight as other options, and seat is narrow inside making it seem outgrown earlier.
Features: Easily accessible belt path for baseless installation, harness pads, lockoff, no-rethread harness on Elite model, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Retail Price: $209
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Cybex Aton
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aton
Bottom Harness Slot: 6" with insert
Height Limit: 30" or head 1” from top of shell
Weight Limit: 4-32 lbs
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Fits small infants well, front adjust harness, and most compact front to back on the market.
Cons: Long harness covers can interfere with proper fit, small canopy, and specific handle position required in vehicle.
Features: Allows European routing for baseless installation, harness pads, premium lower anchor connectors, and seat belt tensioning plate.
Retail Price: $249
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Convertible and Multimode Car Seats

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Convertible Car Seats (Rear and forward facing)


Cosco Scenera Next
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CoscoSceneraNext
Rear facing: 5-40 lbs, 19-40″, Harness positioned at or below the child's shoulders, and head 1" below the top of the 23″ shell (older versions had "head even with the top"- check your manual)
Forward facing: 22-40 lbs, 29-43″, with 13" top harness slots, (older versions have a 2 year old minimum also)
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Inexpensive, fits newborns, allows rear facing until at least 2 years for a budget price, does not require pool noodles to achieve proper recline
Cons: Will be outgrown forward facing before it's outgrown rear facing
Price: $46
Safety 1st Guide 65
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Safety1stGuide65
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 19-40", head to the top of the 24" fully extended head support.
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, 29-52", with 17" top harness slots
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Inexpensive, fits well in small spaces
Cons: Usually needs a pool noodle to install, does not fit newborns and young infants, straps can be twisty, headrest sometimes pushes kids' heads forward.
Price: $99
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Evenflo Sonus
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Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 19-40", 1" from the top of the 26" shell
Forward Facing Limits: 22-50 lbs, 28-50", with 18" top harness slots, 2 year old age minimum
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Inexpensive, fits average size newborns, fairly easy to install, fairly narrow side to side.
Cons: Narrow set harness straps do not have strap covers and may irritate the child's neck, no infant body padding to help fit.
Price: $79
Evenflo Sureride
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EvenfloSureride
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 19-40", 1" from the top of the 25" shell
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, 29-54", with 19" top harness slots
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Inexpensive, fits average size newborns, fairly easy to install, fairly narrow side to side.
Cons: Narrow set harness straps do not have strap covers and may irritate the child's neck, harness isn't long enough to fit kids at the upper end of the seat's weight limit.
Price: $99
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Graco Contender 65
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GracoContender
Rear facing 5-40 lbs, head to 1" from the 28" red adjuster
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49", with 17.5" top harness slots
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Tall shell with no standing height limit for rear facing, no re-thread harness, fits average sized newborns, two crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Standard lower anchor connectors, Recline block to switch between rear and forward facing modes, some parents have experienced issues with tightening and loosening the harness properly.
Price: $139
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Graco Convertibles:
Size4Me/MySize/ Headwise/Fit4Me

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GracoMySizeSize4Me
Rear Facing Limits: 4-40 lbs, head to 1" from the 28" red adjuster
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49", with 17.5" top harness slots
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Tall shell with no standing height limit for rear facing, easy to install, no re-thread harness, recline for forward facing mode (under 40 lbs only), fits average sized newborns, dual lower anchors straps, two crotch buckle positions
Cons: On early models of the seats, some parents experienced issues with tightening and loosening the harness properly. Those issues don't seem to affect 2014 and 2015 models.
Price: $180
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Graco Extend2Fit Convertible
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GracoExtend2Fit
Rear Facing Limits: 4-50 lbs, up to 49", 1″ from the adjuster
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, 49" or less, 18" top harness slots
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: 3-position extension panel that provides 5” of extra legroom, 6 position recline, very compact front to back when extension panel is not used
Cons: Cupholders must be attached, very bulky front to back with the extension panel in use
Price: $199
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Chicco Nextfit
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ChiccoNextfit
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, up to 49", head contained in the 26" fully extended headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, up to 49", with 17.5" top harness slots
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Easy to install, has seat belt lockoffs, push button lower anchor connectors, no re-thread harness, fits average newborns, 9 recline settings, two position chest clip, two position crotch buckle.
Cons: Harness can be difficult to tighten on the lower settings.
Price: $299
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Britax G4.1 Convertibles: Marathon/Boulevard/Advocate
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BritaxBoulevardG4.1
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, head 1" from the top of the 24" shell, ** Seats made after 10/14, rear facing height limit: when head is 1″ from the top of the extended head restraint
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49", with 16.75" top harness slots
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Easy to use and install, no re-thread harness, seat belt lock-offs, push button lower anchor connectors, takes up a small amount of front to back space, allows for tethering rear facing.
Cons: Small interior doesn't provide much leg room, and is outgrown in height earlier than some other seats.
Price:
Marathon $290
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Boulevard $329
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Advocate $380
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Clek Fllo
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ClekFllo-1
Rear Facing Limits: 14-50 lbs. (USA), 14-40 lbs. (Canada), 25″ through 43″, and sitting unassisted
(*5-22 lbs. and 19-33" with the Infant Thingy)
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, 30-49", with 17" top harness slots
Expiration: 9 years
Pros: High rear facing weight limit, water-resistant fabric, narrow enough for 3-across, optional anti rebound bar, dual length crotch strap.
Cons: Crotch buckle is uncomfortable for some kids, high price, does not fit newborns and young infants (minimum requirements: 14 lbs and sitting unassisted),
Price: $379
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Nuna Rava
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Rear Facing Limits: 5-50 lbs, less than 49"
Forward Facing Limits: 25-65 lbs, less than 49", with 17" top harness position
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: True Tension installation makes installation simple, high rear facing weight/height limits, no-rethread harness.
Cons: High price tag, seat is fairly heavy at 27.2 lbs., must also lock the vehicle belt with the True Tension System.
Retail Price: $450
Britax ClickTight Boulevard/Advocate
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BritaxBoulevardClickTight
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 1" from the top of the fully extended 29" headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49", with 18.65" top harness slots
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: ClickTight installation makes installation simple, high rear facing height limits, no-rethread harness.
Cons: High price tag, seat is fairly heavy at 29.4 lbs., short crotch buckle.
Retail Price:
Boulevard Clicktight $370
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Advocate Clicktight $420
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Clek Foonf
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ClekFoonf2
Rear Facing Limits: 14 to 50 lbs, 25" through 43″, or head 1" from the top of the fully extended 26" headrest
(*5-22 lbs. and 19-33″ with the Infant Thingy)
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49", with 17" top harness slots
Expiration: 9 years
Pros: High rear facing weight limit, water-resistant fabric, rigid lower anchor connectors for forward facing, narrow enough for 3-across, anti-rebound bar, dual length crotch strap.
Cons: Sits very high up in the vehicle, can be difficult to assemble, crotch buckle is uncomfortable for some kids, high price, does not fit newborns and young infants (minimum requirements: 14 lbs and sitting unassisted).
Price: $499
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Multimode Car Seats (Rear and forward facing with an additional booster mode)

Safety 1st Continuum
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continuum
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 19-40"
Forward Facing Limits: 22-50 lbs, 29-45″, with 16.5" top harness slots
High Back Booster: 40-80 lbs, 43-52″, with 18.5" top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Good fit in all modes: rear facing, forward facing, booster. No rethread harness after newborn setting. Hideaway harness in booster mode. Multiple recline angles for rear facing mode.
Cons: Takes up a lot of front to back space when installed for a newborn. 16.75" top harness slot is a little lower than the other seats in this category. The no re-thread harness is not available in newborn mode. Lower height and weight limit for forward facing.
Price: $149
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Safety 1st Grow and Go (Basic and Air)
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Safety1stGrowandGo
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 19-40"
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, 29-49″, with 16.5" top harness slots
High Back Booster: 40-100 lbs, 43-57″, with 18.5" top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Good fit in all modes: rear facing, forward facing, booster. No rethread harness after newborn setting. Hideaway harness in booster mode. Multiple recline angles for rear facing mode.
Cons: Takes up a lot of front to back space when installed for a newborn. 16.75" top harness slot is a little lower than the other seats in this category, short lived in booster mode.
Price: $169
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Safety 1st Grow and Go EX
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Safety1stGrowandGoEXAir-2
Rear Facing Limits: 5-50 lbs, 19-49"
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, 29-49″, with 16.5" top harness slots
High Back Booster: 40-100 lbs, 43-57″, with 18.5" top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Air Protect feature in headwings. No rethread harness after newborn setting. Stowaway harness in booster mode. Multiple recline angles for rear facing mode.
Cons: Takes up a lot of front to back space when installed for a newborn, cannot use LATCH in booster mode, must buckle in when unoccupied as a booster seat, can tip when the booster rider is getting in, short lived in booster mode.
Price: $199
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Graco Milestone
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GracoMilestone
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 1" from the top of the headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49", with 17.5" top harness slots
High Back Booster 30-100 lbs, 38-57", with 18.75" top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Lightweight, easy to install, good fit for most children in all 3 modes, fits average newborns, can use LATCH in booster mode.
Cons: Does not convert to a backless booster.
Price: $229
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Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1
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GracoExtend2Fit3-in-1
Rear Facing Limits: 4-50 lbs, 1" below the adjuster handle
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, up to 49", with 18" top harness slots
High Back Booster 30-100 lbs, 38-57", at least 4 years old, with 18.5" top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Extender for additional legroom, fits well in smaller vehicles, no re-thread harness, can use LATCH in booster mode.
Cons: Shoulder belt can slide out of the belt guide while the child is trying to buckle, rear facing belt path is narrow but removable cover helps access it, not a lightweight seat for travel, short lived in booster mode.
Price: $250
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Graco 4Ever
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Graco4Ever
Rear-Facing Limits: 4-40 lbs, head 1" from the top of the 28" shell
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49", with 18" top harness slots
High Back Booster: 30-100 lbs, 38-57" with 19" top belt guide (backless: 40-120lbs; 40-57")
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Fits newborns and children through booster age
Fairly compact — good in small spaces, two buckle positions, push button lower anchor connectors, can use LATCH in high back booster mode, hideaway harness for switching to booster mode, no re-thread harness.
Cons: Cannot use LATCH in backless booster mode, will most likely expire before child is truly ready to travel without booster, high price
Price: $299
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Combination Seats (Forward facing only, 5 point harness, convert to belt positioning booster)

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Evenflo Maestro
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Maestro
Harness Limit: 22-50 lbs, 28-50", with 18″ top harness slots
High Back Booster: 40-110 lbs, 43-57", with 19″ top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install, can use LATCH in booster mode
Cons: Booster function is outgrown in height very quickly after the harness is outgrown, narrow set harness straps may dig into a child's neck (some models have harness covers though)
Price: $79
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Harmony Defender
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HarmonyDefender
Harness Limit: 22-65 lbs, 27-57", with 18.5″ top harness slots
High Back Booster: 30-110 lbs, 34-57", with 20″ top guide (backless: same limits)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install, narrow enough for 3-across
Cons: Requires assembly, short crotch strap that can be uncomfortable (a longer strap is available at no charge from Harmony). Cannot use LATCH in booster mode
Price: $100
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Graco Tranzitions/Wayz
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Harness Limit: 22-65 lbs, 27-49″, with 18.25″ top harness slots
High Back Booster: 30-100 lbs, 38-57", with 19.5″ top guide
(backless: 40-110 lbs, 40-57″)
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Narrow enough to work in many 3 across situations, inexpensive, easy to install, lightweight, easy to convert between harnessed and booster mode, can use LATCH in booster mode
Cons: High, narrow belt path can make installation a challenge in some vehicles, no dedicated storage location for manual or harness (when seat is in booster mode)
Price:
$129/$99
Graco Atlas
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atlas
Harness Limit: 22-65 lbs, 27-49", with 18.25″ top harness slots
High Back Booster: 30-100 lbs, 38-57″, with 20″ top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install, lightweight, easy to convert between harnessed and booster mode, can use LATCH in booster mode
Cons: Does not convert to backless
Price: $129
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Evenflo SecureKid
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securekid
Harness Limit: 22-65 lbs, 28-50", with 18″ top harness slots
High Back Booster: 40-110 lbs, 43.3-57", with 20″ top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install, DLX model has self tightening SureLATCH, can use LATCH in booster mode
Cons: Narrow set harness straps do not have strap covers and can dig into the child's neck uncomfortably. Does not convert to backless
Price: $129
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Graco Nautilus
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nautilus
Harness Limit: 22-65 lbs (80lbs for the 80 Elite), 27-49" (27-52" for the 80 Elite), with 18″ top harness slots
High Back Booster: 30-100 lbs, 38-57", with 21″ top guide (backless: 40-100 lbs, 40-57″)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install, one recline setting, can use LATCH in booster mode
Cons: Doesn't have great head support for sleeping which can be uncomfortable for some kids
Price: $149
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Evenflo Advanced Transitions/Evolve Platinum
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transitions
Harness Limit: 22-65 lbs, 28-50", with 18″ top harness slots
High Back Booster: 40-120 lbs, 44-57″, with 20.5″ top guide (backless: same limits)
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Easy to use, padded seat, buckle tongue holders, narrow at 19″ in width, can use LATCH in booster mode, "Quick Connectors" push on lower anchors
Cons: Harness must be rethread, narrow set harness straps
Price:
Advanced Transitions $149
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Evolve $179Buy at Amazon
Britax Pioneer G1.1
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pioneer
Harness Limit: 25-70 lbs, 30-58", with 20.5″ top harness slots*
High Back Booster: 40-110 lbs, 45-62", with 23″ top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 9 years
Pros: No re-thread harness, push button lower anchor connectors, two crotch buckle positions, recline mode, easy off cover, can use LATCH in booster mode
Cons: This seat is basically a stripped down version of the Frontier 90 with slightly lower harness heights and none of the fancy features like the ClickTight installation and EZ buckle pad. On the Pioneer 70, install is a little quirky -- seatbelt goes OVER the plastic panel in the belt path, LATCH anchors go UNDER. On the G1.1, seat belt or lower anchors installations use the same belt path (though not at the same time!)
*Pioneers made before 4/4/14 have 18.5″ top harness slots, 56" harness height limit, and 60" booster height limit.
*Pioneers made between 4/2014 and 10/2015 have 19.5" top harness slots, 56" harness height limit, and 60" booster height limit.
Price: $229
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Britax Frontier G1.1
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frontier
Harness Limit: 25-90 lbs, 30-58", with 20.5″ top harness slots
High Back Booster: 40-120 lbs, 45-62", with 23″ top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 9 years
Pros: Click tight clamp makes it extremely simple to install using the seat belt, highest harness height capacity available, no re-thread harness, EZ buckle holds the buckle forward when buckling/unbuckling, push button lower anchor connectors, easy remove harness, can use LATCH in booster mode
Cons: Seat is very large and heavy, high price
*We also love the Britax Pinnacle 90, which is the same as the Frontier with added side impact cushion technology (SICT).
Price:
Frontier: $329
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High Back Boosters

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Evenflo Big Kid
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EvenfloBigKid
Booster Limits: 30-110 lbs, 38-57″, with 19″ top belt guide
(backless: 40-110 lbs, 40-57″)
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Converts to backless, does not require vehicle head support, high armrests are easy to route seat belt under, lightweight, narrow, price, shoulder belt guide to help with seat belt fit when used backless, and wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids.
Cons: Lacks padding and head/torso support.
Features: Dual cupholders.
Price: $35
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Cosco Pronto
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CoscoPronto
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 43-57″, with 23″ top belt guide
(backless: same limits)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: 23" top shoulder belt guide and converts to backless.
Cons: 40lb minimum does not allow small but appropriately mature 6-7 year olds to use the seat, can be difficult to find locally, lacks padding, requires vehicle head support, and no shoulder belt guide when used backless.
Price: $35
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Diono Hip Booster (previously Little Tikes)
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LittleTikes-1
Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 38-60″, with 21″ top belt guide (backless: same limits)
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Converts to backless, deep head support and seating area, price, shoulder belt guide to help with seat belt fit when used backless, and wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids.
Cons: 40 lb minimum does not allow small but appropriately mature 6-7 year olds to use the seat, can be difficult to find locally, does not allow overhang, lacks padding, and requires a vehicle head restraint.
Features: Dual cupholders.
Price: $45
Graco TurboBooster
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GracoTurboboosterHBB
Booster Limits: 30-100 lbs, 38-57″, with 19.5″ top belt guide
(backless: 40-100 lbs, 40-57”)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Converts to backless, does not require vehicle head support, lightweight, price, and shoulder belt guide to help with seat belt fit when used backless.
Cons: Does not allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat, lacks padding, and requires assembly, specifically screws in the armrests.
Features: Dual cupholders.
Price: $49
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Safety 1st Store and Go
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Safety1stStoreNGo
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 43-57″, with 23″ top belt guide
(backless: same limits)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: 23" top shoulder belt guide and converts to backless.
Cons: 40lb minimum does not allow small but appropriately mature 6-7 year olds to use the seat, can be difficult to find locally, lacks padding, requires vehicle head support, and no shoulder belt guide when used backless.
Features: Single cupholder and storage drawer.
Price: $59
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Graco Turbobooster LX (previously Graco Affix)
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Booster Limits: 30-110 lbs, 38-57″, with 20.5" top belt guide
(backless: 40-110 lbs, 43-57”)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Converts to backless, does not require vehicle head support, lightweight, and shoulder belt guide to help with seat belt fit when used backless.
Cons: Lower anchors can limit three across seating, and wider seat make it a less viable option for three across seating.
Features: Dual cupholders and lower anchors.
Price: $80
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Diono Cambria
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DionoCambria
Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 38-63″, with 21.5″ top belt guide
(backless: same limits)
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Converts to backless, cupholders on both sides, deep head support and seating area, shoulder belt guide to help with seat belt fit when used backless, and wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids.
Cons: 40 lb minimum does not allow small but appropriately mature 6-7 year olds to use the seat, can be difficult to find locally, does not allow overhang, lacks padding, not easily available, and requires a vehicle head restraint.
Features: Lower anchors.
Price: $115
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Diono Monterey
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DionoMonterey
Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs with 21″ top belt guide
(backless: same limits)
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Converts to backless, deep head/torso support and seating area, shoulder belt guide to help with seat belt fit when used backless, and wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids.
Cons: 40 lb minimum does not allow small but appropriately mature 6-7 year olds to use the seat, can be difficult to find locally, does not allow overhang, and requires a vehicle head restraint.
Features: Adjustable width back support, dual cupholders, and lower anchors.
Price: $120
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RECARO Performance Booster
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RecaroPerformanceBooster
Booster Limits: 30-120 lbs, 37-61″, with 21″ top belt guide
(does not become backless)
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Deep head/torso support and seating area, does not require vehicle head support, nicely padded, and wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids.
Cons: Can be difficult to find locally, does not convert to backless, lower anchors don't tighten so they only secure the seat when unoccupied, and very wide seat which can make it hard to buckle.
Features: Dual cupholders and lower anchors.
Price: $149
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Britax Parkway SGL
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BritaxParkway
Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 38-63″, with 21.5″ top belt guide
(backless: same limits)
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Converts to backless, deep head support, and does not require vehicle head support.
Cons: 40 lb minimum does not allow small but appropriately mature 6-7 year olds to use the seat.
Features: Dual cupholders, lower anchors, and optional SG clip.
Price: $160
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Nuna Aace
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Booster Limits: 40-110 lbs, 38-60″, with 21″ top belt guide
(backless: 50-110 lbs, 38-60")
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Converts to backless, deep head/torso support, and does not require vehicle headrest.
Cons: 40 lb minimum does not allow small but appropriately mature 6-7 year olds to use the seat, backless booster has a 50 lb minimum, and can be difficult to find locally.
Features: Adjustable length leg support and lower anchors.
Price: $249

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Harmony Youth Booster
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harmonyyouth
Booster Limits: 30-100 lbs, 34-57″
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Lightweight, narrow, price, and shoulder belt guide to assist with seat belt fit.
Cons: Lacks padding, shallow seating area, and short armrests can be difficult to route seat belt under.
Price: $13
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Diono Hip No-Back Booster (previously Little Tikes)
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LittleTikesBackless-1
Booster Limit: 40–110 lbs; 38-60″
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Price, shoulder belt guide to assist with seat belt fit, and wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids.
Cons: Can be difficult to find locally and does not allow overhang and lacks padding.
Price: $13
Evenflo Amp
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amp
Booster Limits: 40-110 lbs, 40-57″
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: High armrests are easy to route seat belt under, lightweight, narrow, price, shoulder belt guide to assist with seat belt fit, and wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids.
Cons: Lacks padding.
Features: Dual cupholders.
Price: $25
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Graco TurboBooster
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turbobooster
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 40-57”
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Lightweight, price, and shoulder belt guide to assist with seat belt fit.
Cons: Lacks padding.
Features: Dual cupholders.
Price: $25
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Safety 1st Incognito
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incognito
Booster Limits: 60-120 lbs, 47-60″
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Deep seating area, no armrests help in three across seating, price, and wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids.
Cons: 60 lb minimum does not allow small but appropriately mature older kids to use the seat, does not allow overhang, lacks padding, must be ordered online, and no shoulder belt guide available.
Price: $30
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BubbleBum
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bubblebum
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 40-57"
Expiration: 4 years
Pros: Easily portable, narrow, and shoulder belt guide to assist with seat belt fit.
Cons: Can be difficult to find locally, shallow, and some kids find it uncomfortable.
Features: Inflatable for easy storage.
Price: $30
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Graco TurboBooster LX (previously Graco Affix)
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Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 40-57"
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Lightweight and shoulder belt guide to assist with seat belt fit.
Cons: Lower anchors can limit three across seating.
Features: Dual cupholders and lower anchors.
Price: $35
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Diono Solana
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solana
Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 38-63″
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Deep seating area, lightweight, shoulder belt guide to assist with seat belt fit, and wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids.
Cons: Can be difficult to find locally and does not allow overhang.
Features: Dual cupholders and lower anchors.
Price: $40
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Clek Olli
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olli-1
Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 40-57″
Expiration: 9 years
Pros: High armrests are easy to route seat belt under and wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids.
Cons: Can be difficult to find locally, no shoulder belt guide available, rigid lower anchors may not sit nicely in some vehicle seats and can limit three across seating.
Features: No numb-bum padding, rigid lower anchors, and stain resistant Crypton fabric.
Price: $99
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Ride Safer Delight (previously Ride Safer Travel Vest)
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RSTV
Booster Limits: Size small: 30-80 lbs, 35-50″
Size large: 50-80 lbs, 45-57″
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Does not take up any more space than the child's body, lightweight, and portable.
Cons: Can be tricky to thread seat belt through guides and must be ordered online.
Features: Version 2 and Delight have tethers that can be used with lap only belts and extra connector can be bought to make a tether anchor in some vehicles.
Price: $159
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