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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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Bottom Harness Slot: 5.25"
Height Limit: Up to 29" or head 1" below the top of the 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” below the top of the 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: Up to 30" or head 1" below the top of the 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 Classic Connect 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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Bottom Harness Slot: 5"
Height Limit: Up to 30" or head 1” below the top of the 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:
Sensor Safe $149
Embrace LX $99
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Chicco KeyFit
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keyfit
Bottom Harness Slot: 6" with insert
Height Limit: Up to 30" or head 1” below the top of the 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:
KeyFit $199
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KeyFit Magic $209
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KeyFit Zip $229
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Britax B-Safe 35 and 35 Elite
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bsafe35
Bottom Harness Slot: 4.5" with insert
Height Limit: Up to 32" or head 1” below the top of the shell
Weight Limit: 4-35 lbs
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Allows handle in any position, easily accessible belt path for baseless installation, 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: Harness pads, lockoff, no-rethread harness on Elite model, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Retail Price:
B-Safe 35 $209
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B-Safe 35 Elite $249
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Cybex Aton
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aton
Bottom Harness Slot: 6" with insert
Height Limit: Up to 30" or head 1” below the top of the 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)

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Cosco Scenera Next
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CoscoSceneraNext
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 19-40″, or head 1" below the top of the 23″ shell
Forward Facing Limits: 22-40 lbs, 29-43″, with 13" top harness slots
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Inexpensive, 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
Evenflo Sonus
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Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 19-40", or head 1" below the top of the 25" 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:
Sonus 50 $79
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Evenflo Sureride
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EvenfloSureride
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 19-40", or head 1" below 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 Limits: 5-40 lbs, up to 49", or head 1" below the adjuster of the fully extended 28" headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49", with 17.5" top harness slots
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Tall shell 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, up to 49", or head to 1" below the adjuster of the fully extended 28" headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49", with 17.5" top harness slots
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Tall shell 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
Size4Me
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MySize
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Graco Extend2Fit Convertible
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GracoExtend2Fit
Rear Facing Limits: 4-50 lbs, up to 49", or head 1″ below the adjuster of the fully extended 28" headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, up to 49", with 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 fully extended 26" 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:
NextFit $299
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NextFit Zip $349
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Britax G4.1 Convertibles: Marathon/Boulevard/Advocate
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BritaxBoulevardG4.1
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, up to 49", or head 1" below the top of the fully extended headrest
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, and anti-rebound bar.
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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Rear Facing Limits: 14-50 lbs, 25″ through 43″, sitting unassisted, with the head 1" below the top of the fully extended 26" headrest
(*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 three across, optional anti rebound bar, dual length crotch strap.
Cons: Does not fit newborns and young infants without purchasing the Infant Thingy separately.
Price:
Fllo $379
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infant-thingy $70
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Nuna Rava
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Rear Facing Limits: 5-50 lbs, up to 49", or head 1" below the top of the fully extended headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 25-65 lbs, up to 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, or head 1" below 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, and anti-rebound bar.
Cons: Seat is fairly heavy at 29.4 lbs, short crotch buckle.
Retail Price:
Boulevard CT $370
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Advocate CT $420
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Clek Foonf
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Rear Facing Limits: 14 to 50 lbs, 25" through 43″, or head 1" below 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:
Foonf $499
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infant-thingy$70
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Multimode Car Seats (Rear and forward facing with an additional booster mode)

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Safety 1st Grow and Go
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Safety1stGrowandGo
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 19-40", or head 1" below the top of the fully extended headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, 29-49″, with 16.5" top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 43-52″, with 18.5" top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Compact once child is sitting independently, fits newborns well, and 3 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Bulky front to back when installed for a newborn, lower height limits for booster mode, and no re-thread harness is not available in newborn mode.
Features: Air protect in headwings on Air version, harness pads, hideaway harness in booster mode, some most models have dual cupholders, and no-rethread harness when not using the newborn harness position.
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", or head 1" below the top of the fully extended headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, 29-49″, with 16.5" top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 43-52″, with 18.5" top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Compact once child is sitting independently, fits newborns well, price (for a 50 lb rear facing limit), 3 crotch buckle positions, and 50 lb rear facing weight limit.
Cons: Bulky front to back when installed for a newborn, lower height limits for booster mode, and no re-thread harness is not available in newborn mode.
Features: Air protect in headwings, harness pads, hideaway harness in booster mode, dual cupholders, and no-rethread harness when not using the newborn harness position.
Price: $199
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Graco SlimFit
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GracoSlimfit
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, up to 49”, or head 1" below the top of the fully extended headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49", with 17.5" top harness slots
Booster Limits: 30-100 lbs, 38-57", with 18.75" top guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Easy to install, fits average newborns, narrow, tall shell for rear facing, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Does not allow the seat to overhang the vehicle seat in booster mode and booster not tall as other options.
Features: Can use lower anchors in booster mode, dual cupholders, harness pads, hideaway harness for switching to booster mode, no re-thread harness, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Price: $229
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Graco 4Ever
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Graco4Ever
Rear-Facing Limits: 4-40 lbs, up to 49”, or head 1" below the top of the fully extended headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49", with 18" top harness slots
Booster Limits: 30-100 lbs, 38-57" with 19" top belt guide (backless: 40-120 lbs; 40-57")
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Easy to install, fits newborns well, compact, tall shell for rear facing, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Cannot use lower anchors in backless booster mode, converts to a backless booster, does not allow the seat to overhang the vehicle seat in booster mode, heavy, and will most likely expire before child is ready to safely travel without booster.
Features: Can use lower anchors in high back booster mode, converts to a backless booster, dual cupholders, harness pads, hideaway harness for switching to booster mode, no re-thread harness, and premium lower anchor connectors.
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 Limits: 22-50 lbs, 28-50", with 18″ top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-110 lbs, 43-57", with 19″ top belt guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Easy to install, lightweight, price, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Booster function is outgrown in height very quickly after the harness is outgrown by height, does not convert to backless, harness must be fully removed when switching to booster mode, lower weight limit than other combination seats, must remember to move crotch buckle out when child reaches 40 lbs, and narrow set harness straps may dig into child's neck.
Features: Allows use of lower anchors in booster mode, dual cupholders, and some models do not have harness covers but they can be ordered from Evenflo.
Price: $80
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Harmony Defender
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HarmonyDefender
Harness Limits: 22-65 lbs, 27-57", with 18.5″ top harness slots
Booster Limits: 30-110 lbs, 34-57", with 20″ top belt guide (backless: same limits)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Narrow, price, shoulder belt guide to help with seat belt fit when used backless, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Can be difficult to find locally, does not allow the seat to overhang the vehicle seat in booster mode, harness must be fully removed when switching to booster mode, only allows 2” of overhang in harness mode when seat is tethered, and requires assembly.
Features: Ability to attach single cupholder, harness pads, and may allow use of lower anchors in booster mode if you call Harmony.
Price: $100
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Graco Tranzitions/Wayz
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Harness Limits: 22-65 lbs, 27-49″, with 18.25″ top harness slots
Booster Limits: 30-100 lbs, 38-57", with 19.5″ top belt guide
(backless: 40-110 lbs, 40-57″)
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Lightweight, narrow, price, shoulder belt guide to help with seat belt fit when used backless, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Does not allow the seat to overhang the vehicle seat in booster mode, harness must be fully removed when switching to booster mode, and high, narrow belt path can make installation a challenge in some vehicles.
Features: Allows use of lower anchors in booster mode and harness pads and dual cupholders (not usable in very narrow mode).
Price:
$129/$99
Graco Nautilus
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Harness Limits: 22-65 lbs (80lbs for the 80 Elite), 27-49" (27-52" for the 80 Elite), with 18″ top harness slots
Booster Limits: 30-100 lbs, 38-57", with 21″ top belt guide (backless: 40-100 lbs, 40-57″)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Easy to install, shoulder belt guide to help with seat belt fit when used backless, and 3 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Can cause head slump in some models, does not allow the seat to overhang the vehicle seat in booster mode, harness must be fully removed when switching to booster mode, harness pads on Elite model must be used, not easily switched from high back to backless modes.
Features: Allows use of lower anchors in high back booster mode, available with safety surround on some models, harness pads, no-rethread harness, single cupholder, and 1 recline position.
Price: Nautilus 65 $149
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Nautilus Elite $199
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Evenflo Advanced Transitions/Evolve Platinum
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transitions
Harness Limits: 22-65 lbs, 28-50", with 18″ top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 44-57″, with 20.5″ top belt guide
(backless: same limits)
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Buckle tongue holders, well padded, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Harness covers are required until 40 lbs and some smaller children can have head slump from the head rest pushing the head forward.
Features: Allows use of lower anchors in high back booster mode, dual cupholders, harness pads, hideaway harness when switching to booster mode, premium lower anchor connectors, and 2 recline positions.
***The Transitions is exclusive to Wal-Mart. The Evolve Platinum is exclusive to Babies R Us and has the OUTLAST Performance Fabric.
Price: Transitions $149
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Britax Pioneer G1.1
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Harness Limits: 25-70 lbs, 30-58", with 20.5″ top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-110 lbs, 45-62", with 23″ top belt guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 9 years
Pros: Cover easy to remove for cleaning, EZ buckle holds the buckle forward when buckling/unbuckling, highest harness and booster height capacity available (same as Frontier), and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Does not allow the seat to overhang the vehicle seat in booster mode, does not become backless, installation is more difficult than the Frontier, seat is large and heavy, using the booster with smaller children may result is the seat belt not moving properly in the seat belt guide.
Features: Allows use of lower anchors in high back booster mode, dual cupholders, hideaway harness when switching to booster mode, no-rethread harness, premium lower anchor connectors, and 1 recline position.
Price: $229
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Britax Frontier G1.1
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Harness Limits: 25-90 lbs, 30-58", with 20.5″ top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 45-62", with 23″ top belt guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 9 years
Pros: Cover easy to remove for cleaning, EZ buckle holds the buckle forward when buckling/unbuckling, highest harness weight and height capacity available (height only in booster mode), and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Does not allow the seat to overhang the vehicle seat in booster mode, does not become backless, seat is large and heavy, and using the booster with smaller children may result is the seat belt not moving properly in the seat belt guide.
Features: Allows use of lower anchors in high back booster mode, dual cupholders, hideaway harness when switching to booster mode, no-rethread harness, premium lower anchor connectors, and 1 recline position.
*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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Pinnacle $379
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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: Converts to backless, price, and 23" top shoulder belt guide.
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.
Price: $35
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Diono Hip Booster (previously Little Tikes)
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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 the booster to overhang the vehicle seat, 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: Converts to backless, price, and 23" top shoulder belt guide.
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: Does not allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat, 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 anchor connectors.
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, 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 the booster to overhang the vehicle seat, lacks padding, and requires a vehicle head restraint.
Features: Dual cupholders and lower anchor connectors.
Price: $115
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Diono Monterey
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DionoMonterey
Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 38-63", 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 the booster to overhang the vehicle seat, and requires a vehicle head restraint.
Features: Adjustable width back support, dual cupholders, and lower anchor connectors.
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 allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat, 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 anchor connectors.
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 and does not allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat.
Features: Dual cupholders, lower anchor connectors, 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: Ability to attach single cupholder, adjustable length leg support, and lower anchor connectors with guides.
Price: $249

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Harmony Youth Booster
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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, does not allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat, and lacks padding.
Features: Dual cupholders
Price: $13
Evenflo Amp
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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: Does not allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat and 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 the booster to overhang the vehicle seat, 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 from purchase
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: Does not allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat and lower anchors can limit three across seating.
Features: Dual cupholders and lower anchor connectors.
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 the booster to overhang the vehicle seat.
Features: Dual cupholders and lower anchor connectors.
Price: $40
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Clek Olli
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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 anchor connectors, 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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