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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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Last modified at November 16, 2017 6:12 pm.


Urbini Sonti

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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.
Features: Harness pads, lockoff, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Retail Price: $77
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Cosco Light n Comfy


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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 lbs
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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Safety 1st OnBoard 35 LT

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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: 8 years
Pros: Fits small infants well, front adjust harness, lightweight, and price.
Cons: Only two available recline positions and recline line is only on the restraint portion of the seat.
Features: Large canopy.
Retail Price: $99
Graco Snugride Click Connect 30LX

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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 lbs
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: $129
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Evenflo Advanced Embrace DLX with Sensorsafe

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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: $152
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Chicco Keyfit

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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: $199-$229
KeyFit Buy at Amazon
Keyfit Magic Buy at Amazon
Keyfit Zip Buy at Amazon
Graco SnugRide SnugLock Elite 35

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Bottom Harness Slot: 5"
Height Limit: Up to 32" or head 1" below the top of the shell
Weight Limit: 4-35 lbs
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Allows handle in any position, fits small infants well, front adjust harness, large canopy, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Insert has specific weight requirements.
Features: Adjustable base, no-rethread harness, one hand adjustable handle, premium lower anchor connectors, and SnugLock lockoff.
Retail Price: $136-$169
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Snuglock 35 Elite Buy at Amazon
Britax B-Safe 35 and 35 Elite

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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, and 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: $209-$249
B-Safe 35 Buy at Amazon
B-Safe 35 Elite Buy at Amazon
gb Asana 35 DLX

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Bottom Harness Slot: 5.5" 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, and 3 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Load leg cannot be used in seating positions with store and go seating.
Features: FirmFit belt tensioning plate lockoff, harness pads, load leg, no-rethread harness, and premium lower anchors connectors.
Retail Price: $238
Nuna Pipa

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Bottom Harness Slot: 6" with insert
Height Limit: Up to 32" or head 1” below the top of the shell
Weight Limit: 4-32 lbs
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Allows handle in any position, fits small infants well, front adjust harness, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Can be difficult to find locally and load leg cannot be used in seating positions with store and go seating.
Features: Allows European routing for baseless installation, dream drape canopy, harness pads, load leg, lockoff, and rigid lower anchor connectors.
Retail Price: $299

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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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: Compact front to back, easy to install, lightweight, narrow, and price.
Cons: Low harness height makes the seat outgrown forward facing before rear facing. Many children will outgrow the seat completely around age 3.
Features: Optional cupholder.
Retail Price: $40
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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: Easy to install, fits average size newborns, lightweight, narrow, price, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Does not allow the seat to overhang the vehicle seat when rear facing, narrow set harness straps do not have strap covers and may irritate the child's neck, no infant body padding to help fit, and single required recline angle.
Features: Dual cupholders.
Retail Price: $80-$150
Sonus 50
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Sonus 65
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Evenflo Sureride

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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: 22-65 lbs, 29-54", with 19" top harness slots
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Easy to install, fits average size newborns, lightweight, narrow, price, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Does not allow the seat to overhang the vehicle seat when rear facing, harness isn't long enough to fit some kids at the upper end of the seat's weight/height limit, narrow set harness straps do not have strap covers and may irritate the child's neck, no infant body padding to help fit, and single required recline angle.
Features: Harness pads can be purchased separately from Evenflo.
Retail Price: $90
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Graco Contender 65

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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, price (for a seat without a 40" rear facing height limit), and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Recline block to switch between rear and forward facing modes, harness can be difficult to tighten on the lower settings.
Features: Dual lower anchor connector straps, no-rethread harness, and single cupholder.
Retail Price: $120
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Graco Convertibles:
Size4Me/MySize/ Headwise/Fit4Me


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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 and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Harness can be difficult to tighten on the lower settings.
Features: Dual lower anchor connector straps, harness pads, no-rethread harness, RapidRemove cover available on some models, and single cupholder.
Retail Price: $141-$159
Size4Me
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Size4Me with Rapid Remove Cover
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Graco Extend2Fit Convertible

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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 17.5" top harness slots
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: 50 pound rear facing weight limit, compact front to back when extension panel is not used for older infants/children, fits average size newborns, price (for a 50 lb rear facing limit), tall shell for rear facing, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Can be bulky front to back with the extension panel in use, harness can be difficult to tighten on the lower settings, and heavy.
Features: 3-position extension panel that provides 5” of extra legroom, dual cupholders, harness pads, and no-rethread harness.
Retail Price: $160
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Chicco Nextfit

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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: Compact front to back, easy to install, fits average size newborns, 2 position crotch buckle.
Cons: Does not allow noodles to increase recline if needed and harness can be difficult to tighten on the lower settings.
Features: Easy to remove cover on the Zip version, harness pads, lockoffs, no-rethread, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Retail Price: $299-$349
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NextFit Zip
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Chicco Nextfit iX Zip

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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: Compact front to back, easy to install, fits average size newborns, 2 position crotch buckle.
Cons: Does not allow noodles to increase recline if needed and harness can be difficult to tighten on the lower settings.
Features: Easy to remove cover, harness pads, lockoffs, no-rethread, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Retail Price: $349
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Britax Marathon G4.1/Boulevard G4.1

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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: Compact front to back, easy to install, easy to remove cover for cleaning, fits average newborns, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Small interior doesn't provide much leg room for child. Features: Anti-rebound bar can be purchased separately if not included with your model, EZ buckle holds the buckle forward when buckling/unbuckling, harness pads, lockoffs, no-rethread harness, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Retail Price: $230-$270
Marathon
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Boulevard
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Britax ClickTight Boulevard/Advocate

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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: Compact front to back, easy to install, easy to remove cover for cleaning, fits average newborns, tall shell for rear facing, taller harness height than G4 models, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Heavy, short crotch buckle, and small interior doesn't provide much leg room for child.
Features: Anti-rebound bar can be purchased separately if not included with your model, ClickTight installation, EZ buckle holds the buckle forward when buckling/unbuckling, harness pads, lockoffs, no-rethread harness, and side impact cushion technology (SICT) on the Advocate.
Retail Price: $380-$470
Boulevard CT
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Boulevard with Anti Rebound Bar
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Advocate CT
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Advocate with Anti Rebound Bar
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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: 50 pound rear facing weight limit, narrow, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Does not fit newborns and young infants without purchasing the infant-thingy separately, heavy, and can be difficult to find locally.
Features: Dual length crotch strap, harness pads, lockoffs, optional anti-rebound bar, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Retail Price: $380
Fllo
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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 slots
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: 50 pound rear facing weight limit, compact front to back when calf extension is not used for older infants/children, easy to install, fits average newborns, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Can be difficult to find locally, heavy, and must also lock the vehicle belt with the True Tension System.
Features: Buckle tongue holders, calf extension adds 2” of leg support both rear facing and forward, flexible dual cupholders, harness pads, no-rethread harness, premium lower anchor connectors, and true tension installation.
Retail Price: $450
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: 50 pound rear facing weight limit, narrow, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Does not fit newborns and young infants without purchasing the infant-thingy separately, heavy, sits very high in the vehicle, and can be difficult to find locally.
Features: Anti-rebound bar, dual length crotch strap, harness pads, lockoffs, and premium lower anchor connectors, and rigid lower anchor connectors for forward facing.
Retail Price: $450
Foonf
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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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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 belt 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.
Retail Price: $170
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Safety 1st Grow and Go EX

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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 belt 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.
Retail Price: $199
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Graco SlimFit

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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 belt guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Easy to install, fits average newborns, narrow, tall shell for rear facing, and 3 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.
Retail Price: $230
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Graco 4Ever

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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, 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.
Retail Price: $299
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Combination Seats (Forward facing only, 5 point harness, convert to belt positioning booster)

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Cosco Finale

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Harness Limits: 30-65 lbs, 32-49", with 16.75" top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 43-52", with 18.25" top belt guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Lightweight, narrow, and price.
Cons: Does not convert to backless, often provides poor belt fit in booster mode, and shorter top harness slot height.
Features: Ability to attach single cupholder and upgraded version offers more padded cover
Retail Price:
$49
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Evenflo Maestro

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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.
Retail Price: $80
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Harmony Defender

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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.
Retail Price: $99
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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).
Retail Price: $99
Tranzitions
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Price:
Wayz $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 18.25″ 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.
Retail Price: $150-$210
Nautilus 65
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Nautilus 65 LX
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Nautilus 80 Elite
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Evenflo Evolve/SafeMax 3-in-1

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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: 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, buckle tongue holders, dual cupholders, harness pads, hideaway harness when switching to booster mode, premium lower anchor connectors, and 2 recline positions.
Retail Price: $160
Evolve
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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, 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, EZ buckle holds the buckle forward when buckling/unbuckling, hideaway harness when switching to booster mode, no-rethread harness, premium lower anchor connectors, and 1 recline position.
Retail Price: $230
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Britax Frontier G1.1/Pinnacle 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, 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, EZ buckle holds the buckle forward when buckling/unbuckling, hideaway harness when switching to booster mode, no-rethread harness, premium lower anchor connectors, side impact cushion technology (SICT) on the Pinnacle, and 1 recline position.
Retail Price: $340-$390
Frontier
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Pinnacle
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High Back Boosters

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Evenflo Big Kid

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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.
Retail Price: $30
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Evenflo Big Kid Sport
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Booster Limits: 40-110 lbs, 44-57″, with 19″ top belt guide
(backless: same limits)
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.
Retail Price: $35
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Cosco Pronto

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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.
Retail Price: $35
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Graco TurboBooster

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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, 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.
Retail Price: $49
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Diono Hip Booster (previously Little Tikes)

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Booster Limits: 40-110 lbs, 38-60″, with 21″ top belt guide (backless: same limits)
(follow your manual as limits can vary)
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.
Retail Price: $58
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Safety 1st Store and Go

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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.
Retail 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, 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.
Retail Price: $80
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Diono Cambria

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Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 38-63″, with 21″ top belt guide
(backless: same limits)
Expiration: 10 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.
Retail Price: $89
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Diono Monterey XT

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Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 38-63", with 21″ top belt guide
(backless: same limits)
Expiration: 6 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.
Retail Price: $99
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Britax Parkway SG-L G1.1

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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.
Retail Price: $160
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Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120

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Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 39-57, with 19″ top belt guide
(backless: same limits)
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Converts to backless, deep head support, and narrow.
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, and requires vehicle head support.
Features: Rigid lower anchor connectors.
Retail Price: $199
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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.
Retail Price: $249
Peg Perego Viaggio Flex 120

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Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs, 39-63″, with 22″ top belt guide
(does not become backless)
Expiration: 12 years
Pros: Deep head support, does not require vehicle head support, narrow.
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, cupholders not very useful, and does not convert to backless.
Features: Folds for easy storage and travel, and rigid lower anchor connectors.
Retail Price: $279
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Ride Safer Delight (previously Ride Safer Travel Vest)

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Booster Limits: Size small: 30-60 lbs and 35-50″
Size large: 50-80 lbs and 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.
Retail Price: $159
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Harmony Youth Booster


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Booster Limits: 30-100 lbs and 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.
Retail Price: $13
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Diono Hip No-Back Booster (previously Little Tikes)

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Booster Limit: 40–110 lbs and 38-60″ (follow your manual as limits can vary)
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
Retail Price: $13
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Evenflo Amp

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Booster Limits: 40-110 lbs and 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.
Retail Price: $25
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Graco TurboBooster

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Booster Limits: 40-110 lbs and 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.
Retail Price: $25
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Safety 1st Incognito

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Booster Limits: 60-120 lbs and 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.
Retail Price: $30
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BubbleBum

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Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs and 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.
Retail Price: $30
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Graco TurboBooster LX (previously Graco Affix)

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Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs and 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.
Retail Price: $35
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Chicco GoFit

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Booster Limits: 40-110 lbs and 38-57"
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Allows up to 2" of overhang which will help in three across seating, easy to carry, and lightweight.
Cons: No shoulder belt guide available.
Features: Dual flexible cupholders.
Retail Price: $39
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Diono Solana

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Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs and 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.
Retail Price: $40
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Clek Olli

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Booster Limits: 40-120 lbs and 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.
Retail Price: $99
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Ride Safer Delight (previously Ride Safer Travel Vest)

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Booster Limits: Size small: 30-60 lbs and 35-50″
Size large: 50-80 lbs and 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.
Retail Price: $159
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