Recommended Seats

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Last modified: May 17, 2016 @ 1:01 am

Types of Seats:

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"
Weight Limit: 4-22 pounds
Expires: Seat Manufacture Date prior to December 14, 2013 the expiration date is 6 years.
Seat Manufacture Date after December 14, 2013 the expiration date is 8 years.
Pros: Allows handle in any position, fits preemies and small infants well
Cons: No seat belt lock-off, some models have a rear adjusting harness. CSFTL recommends the front adjust harness mode.
Retail Price: $79
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Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30
Read CSFTL Reviewgracosnugridecc30
Bottom Harness Slot: 5"
Height Limit: 30" OR head 1" from top of shell
Weight Limit: 4-30 pounds
Expires: 7 years
Pros: Large canopy, front adjust harness, fits preemies, takes up an average amount of front to back space, allows handle in any position
Cons: No seat belt lock-off
Retail Price: $99
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Urbini Petal
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Bottom Harness Slot: 5.5"
Height Limit: up to 32″ OR 1" from the top of the head to the top of the shell
Weight Limit: 4-35 lbs
Expiration: 6 year expiration
Pros: Allows Euro routing on baseless installs, fits small infants and preemies well, seat is light and easier to carry than some other options, 2 position crotch buckle, 2 position hip harness positions
Cons: Harness material is thin and prone to twisting
Retail Price: $99
Safety 1st OnBoard Air 35
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Bottom Harness Slot: 5.5"
Height Limit: 32"
Weight Limit: 35 pounds
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Large canopy, front adjust harness, fits preemies well, seat belt lock-off and premium push on lower anchor connectors, allows handle in any position, provides a generous amount of leg room
Cons: Straps tend to twist
Retail Price: $128
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Evenflo Advanced Embrace DLX with Sensor Safe
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Bottom Harness Slot: 5"
Height Limit: Up to 30"
Weight Limit: 4-35 lbs
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Fits small infants and preemies well, seat is light and easier to carry than other options, 3 position crotch buckle, has SensorSafe technology
Cons: Handle cannot be left up in the vehicle, requires 1.5" clearance between vehicle seat and car seat
Retail Price: $149
Chicco Keyfit
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Bottom Harness Slot: 7" (6" with insert)
Height Limit: 30" or when the top of the child's head is 1" from the top of the shell
Weight Limit: 4-30 lbs
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Front adjust harness, fits preemies, push button lower anchor connectors, seat belt lock-off, allows handle in any position.
Cons: Seat is a bit heavy
Retail Price: $189
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Britax B-Safe 35 and Elite 35
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Bottom Harness Slot: 5.5" or 4.5" with insert
Height Limit: 32"
Weight Limit: 4-35 lbs
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Premium push-button lower anchor connectors, easily accessible belt path for baseless installation, no-rethread harness, infant insert for babies under 11 lbs
Cons: Seat is a bit heavy
Retail Price: $209
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Cybex Aton
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Bottom Harness Slot: 6" with newborn inlay
Height Limit: 30"
Weight Limit: 4-32 lbs
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Front adjust harness, fits preemies, push button lower anchor connectors, seat belt tensioning plate, Euro seat belt routing for baseless install, foot prop (Aton 2)
Cons: Small canopy, requires handle in the up position, long harness covers.
Retail Price: $269
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Convertible Car Seats (Rear and forward facing with 5 point harness)
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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 below the top of the 23″ shell
Forward facing: 2 year old minimum, 22-40 lbs, 29-43″, with 13" top harness slots
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
Cosco Apt 50
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CoscoApt50
Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, 19-40"
Forward Facing Limits: 2 year old minimum, 22-50 lbs, 29-43", with 16" top harness slots
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Inexpensive, fits small newborns and preemies
Cons: Seat is fairly wide, straps can be twisty.
Price: $58
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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 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
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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
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.
**Note** Britax G4 convertible seats all offer the same growing room but have slightly different features. For a comparison chart check out their website.
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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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 facing, forward facing, convert to belt positioning booster)

This small but growing category includes the seats that CSFTL has found that can do all of these things well.


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
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: $130
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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
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: $169-189
Buy Basic at Amazon
Buy Air at Amazon
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
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: $199.99
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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
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: Fixed rear facing angle
Price: $229
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Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1

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
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
Babies R Us Exclusive
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 Booster: 40-120 lbs, 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
40-100 lbs booster weight range
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 Booster: 30-110 lbs, 34-57"
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 Booster: 40-100 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:
Tranzitions at Babies R Us $129
Wayz at Walmart $99.98
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
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
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 Booster: 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 Booster: 40-120 lbs, up to 57″.
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
***The Transitions is exclusive to Wal-Mart. The Evolve Platinum is exclusive to Babies R Us and has the OUTLAST Performance Fabric.
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 21-23″ top guide (depends on Date of Manufacture) *
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 / Britax Pinnacle 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
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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Pinnacle: $369
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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: inexpensive, does not require vehicle head support, converts to backless
Cons: Not much head/torso support, no lower anchors
Price: $35
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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 (seats made before mid-2011 have a 6 year expiration).
Pros: inexpensive, does not require vehicle head support, converts to backless
Cons: Not much head/torso support, does not allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat, no lower anchors, pre-mid 2015 models "fall apart" while carrying between vehicles. Newer models have an updated base to back connection that does not "fall apart." Requires assembly, specifically screws in the armrests.
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: high 23" top shoulder belt guide, cupholders, storage drawer
Cons: shoulder belt can get caught in the belt guide, requires vehicle head support
Price: $60
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Graco Turbobooster LX
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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: easy to adjust, lightweight, has lower anchors
Cons: width/size make it a less viable option for 3-across situations than some other boosters
Price: $80
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: Lower anchor connectors, lightweight, deep head & torso wings for lots of support
Cons: 40 lb minimum does not allow small but appropriately mature 6-7 year olds to use the seat, does not allow overhang, requires a vehicle head restraint, backless portion doesn't stay connected to the high back portion when the seat is being moved around
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: Older versions are 6 years, newer ones are 8 years (check the manual)
Pros: Lots of head/torso support, wide and deep seating area, has lower anchors, adjustable back support fits a variety of builds
Cons: Requires a vehicle headrest behind it.
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: Lots of head/torso support, wide and deep seating area, has lower anchors
Cons: Does not convert to backless, very wide, lower anchors don't tighten so they only secure the seat when unoccupied, they don't make it any more stable for the rider.
Price: $149
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Britax Parkway SG/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: SG clip helps position lap belt low on the hips, does not require vehicle headrest, SGL model has lower anchors, converts to backless, very tall.
Cons: SG version does not have lower anchors, 40 lb minimum does not allow small but appropriately mature 6-7 year olds to use the seat.
Price: $160
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Backless Boosters
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Harmony Youth Booster
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harmonyyouth
Booster Limits 30-100 lbs, 34-57″
(Canadian versions of this seat have a 40 -100 lb. weight range)
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: inexpensive, lightweight, narrow
Cons: short, narrow armrests can be difficult to thread belt under, not much padding, no lower anchors
Price: $13
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Harmony Transit
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transit
Booster Limits 30-100 lbs, 34-57"
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: storage bin, two removable cupholders
Cons: short seat pan means less leg support than some other boosters
Price: $25
Evenflo Amp
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amp
Booster Limits 40-110 lbs, 40-57″
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: inexpensive, lightweight, high armrests are easy to thread the belt under and wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids
Cons: No lower anchors, not much padding
Price: $25
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Graco TurboBooster
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turbobooster
Booster Limits 40-100 lbs, 40-57”
Expiration: 10 years (models before mid 2011 have a 6 year expiration)
Pros: inexpensive, lightweight
Cons: No lower anchors, not much padding, may require assembly (specifically screws in the armrests)
Price: $25
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Safety 1st Incognito
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incognito
Booster Limits 60-120 lbs, 47-60″
Expiration: 10 years (earlier models may be 6 years; check your manual)
Pros: No armrests, deep seating area, designed for big kids 6 & up that have outgrown more traditional boosters
Cons: Not very padded
Price: $30
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BubbleBum
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bubblebum
Booster Limits 40-100 lbs, 40-57"
Expiration: 4 years
Pros: Inflatable, stores in a bag for easy portability so it's great for travel, very narrow
Cons: Small belt guides can be difficult to thread the belt through, not much leg support
Price: $30
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Graco Affix
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Booster Limits 40-100 lbs, 40-57"
Expiration: 10 years (models before mid 2011 have a 6 year expiration)
Pros: easy to adjust, lightweight, has lower anchors
Cons: width/size make it a less viable option for 3-across situations than some other boosters
Price: $35
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Diono Solana
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solana
Booster Limits 40-120 lbs, 38-63″
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Lower anchor connectors, lightweight, cupholders on both sides
Cons: 40 lb minimum does not allow small but appropriately mature 6-7 year olds to use the seat, does not allow overhang
Price: $40
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Clek Olli
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Booster Limits 40-120 lbs, 40-57″
Expiration: 9 years
Pros: Rigid lower anchors, no numb-bum cushion, stain resistant Crypton fabric, high armrests are easy to buckle seat belt, wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids
Cons: high price, rigid lower anchors may not sit nicely in some vehicle seats
Price: $99
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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: Lightweight, portable, easy to use with lap/shoulder belt, doesn't take up any more space than the child's body does
Cons: Can be tricky to thread the seat belt through, head support is bulky
Price: $159
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