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Recommended Car Seats

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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 April 24, 2023 4:07 pm.


Price Range Key:  $= up to $150 • $$= $150-$250 • $$$= $250-$350 • $$$$= $300 and up
Century Carry On 35 LX

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Bottom Harness Slot: 6 in. with insert
Height Limit: Up to 32 in or head is within 1 inch of the top of the shell
Weight Limit: 4-32 pounds
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Fits small infants well, lower price point, lightweight, ultra compact.
Cons: Not many "extra" features.
Features: 2 sets of harness loops, robust infant padding.
Price Range: $
Cosco Light n Comfycosco 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.
Price Range: $
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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.
Price Range: $
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Graco SnugRide 35 Lite

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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: 4-35 lbs
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Fits small infants well, front adjust harness, large canopy, lightweight, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Must remember to remove infant insert at 12 pounds
Features: Allows European routing for baseless installation
Price Range: $
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Evenflo LiteMax Sport

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Bottom Harness Slot: 4"
Height Limit: 17-32" or head 1” below the top of the shell
Weight Limit: 3-35 lbs
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Fits small infants well, front adjust harness, lightweight, price, and 3 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Requires 1.5" clearance between vehicle seat and car seat.
Features: Buckle tongue storage and lockoff.
Price Range: $
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Chicco Keyfit 30
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.
* Note: the Keyfit comes in a 22 lb version also.
Price Range: $$
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Graco SnugRide SnugLock Series
Graco Snugride Snuglock

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Bottom Harness Slot: 5"
Height Limit: Up to 30" or 32" depending on model, or head 1" below the top of the shell
Weight Limit: 4-30 or 35 lbs depending on model
Expiration: 7 years
Note: There is a SnugLock 30 version that has lower limits.
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, and SnugLock lockoff. Other features vary by exact model. Some have premium lower anchor connectors, no rethread harness, and/or one button handles. Read the CSFTL reviews to determine which features are available.
Price Range: $$-$$
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Britax B-Safe 35 Gen2
Britax B Safe 35
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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 length and crotch buckle position at 11 pounds, and not as lightweight as other options.
Features: Harness pads, lockoff, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$
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Evenflo SecureMax Gold

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Bottom Harness Slot: 6" with insert
Height Limit: 17-32" 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, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Requires 1.5" clearance between vehicle seat and car seat, and load leg cannot be used in seating positions with store and go seating.
Features: SensorSafe system, harness pads, load leg, lockoff, no-rethread harness, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$$
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Chicco KeyFit 35

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Bottom Harness Slot: 6" with insert
Height Limit: less than 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.
Cons: Must remember to remove infant insert at 11 pounds and not as lightweight as other options.
Features: Allows European routing for baseless installation, anti-rebound bar on base, harness pads, lockoff, no-rethread harness, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$$
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Nuna Pipa
Nuna Pipa
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Bottom Harness Slot: 6" with insert
Height Limit: Up to 32" or head 1” below the top of the shell
Weight Limit: 4-32 lbs
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Allows handle in any position, fits small infants well, front adjust harness, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Can be difficult to find locally and load leg cannot be used in seating positions with store and go seating.
Features: Allows European routing for baseless installation, dream drape canopy, harness pads, load leg, lockoff, and rigid lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$$
Evenflo Shyft DualRide

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Bottom Harness Slot: 5" with insert
Height Limit: 15.7 – 32" or head is within 1 inch of the top of the headrest
Weight Limit: 4-35 pounds
Expiration: 6 years
Pros: Fits small infants well, easy install.
Cons: Fairly high price point, not everyone wants a stroller.
Features: Is also a stroller, fits tiny infants well, very convenient.
Price Range: $$$

Convertible and Multimode Car Seats

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Convertible Car Seats (Rear and forward facing)

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Price Range Key (Harnessed Seat):  $= up to $99  •  $$= $100-$199  •  $$$= $200-$299  •  $$$$= $300 and up
Cosco Scenera Next
coco scenera

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Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 pounds, 19-40 in./child's head 1" below the top of the 23" shell
Forward Facing Limits: 22-40 pounds, 29-43 in., 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.
Price Range: $
Evenflo Sonus

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Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 pounds, 19-40 in./child's head 1" below the top of the 25" shell
Forward Facing Limits: 22-50 pounds, 28-50 in., with 18" 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, 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.
Price Range: $-$$
Sonus 50
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Graco Contender and Admiral 65
Graco Contender

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Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 pounds, child's head 1 in. below the adjuster of the headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 pounds, 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 in. rear facing height limit), 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: No-rethread harness, single cupholder.
Price Range: $$
Admiral
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Contender
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Graco Convertibles:
Size4Me, MySize, Headwise, Fit4Me

Graco Headwise

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Rear Facing Limits: 4-40 pounds/child's head 1 in. below the headrest adjuster
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 lbs, up to 49 in., 17.5 in. 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.
Price Range: $$
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Graco Extend2Fit Convertible
Graco Extend2Fit

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Rear Facing Limits: 4-50 pounds/child's head 1 in. below the headrest adjuster
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 pounds, up to 49 in., 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, 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” in. of extra legroom, dual cupholders, harness pads, and no-rethread harness.
Price Range: $$
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Britax Emblem and Allegiance


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Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 pounds, up to 49 in./child's head 1 in. below top of the fully extended headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 pounds, up to 49 in. tall, 16.75 in. 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: Carry handle, EZ buckle holds the buckle forward when buckling/unbuckling, harness pads, lockoffs, no-rethread harness, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$$
Allegiance
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Emblem
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Chicco Nextfit
chicco nextfit

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Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 pounds, up to 43/49 in. (depending on date of manufacture), head contained in the fully extended 26" headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 pounds, up to 49 in., 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.
Price Range: $$$-$$$$
Nextfit Zip
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Britax ClickTight Convertibles
Britax Boulevard Clicktight
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Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 pounds/child's head 1 in. below the top of the fully extended 29" headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 20-65 pounds, up to 49 in. tall, 18.65" top harness slots
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Compact front to back, easy to install, easy to remove cover for cleaning, fits average newborns, tall shell for rear facing, taller harness height than G4 models, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Heavy, small interior doesn't provide much leg room for child.
Features: Anti-rebound bar can be purchased separately if not included with your model, ClickTight installation, EZ buckle holds the buckle forward when buckling/unbuckling, harness pads, lockoffs, no-rethread harness.
Price Range:: $$$-$$$$
Marathon
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Nuna Rava


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Rear Facing Limits: 5-50 pounds, up to 49 in./child's head 1" below the top of the fully extended headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 25-65 pounds, 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 in. of leg support both rear facing and forward, flexible dual cupholders, harness pads, no-rethread harness, premium lower anchor connectors, and true tension installation.
Price Range:: $$$$

Multimode Car Seats (Rear and forward facing with an additional booster mode)

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Price Range Key (Harnessed Seat):  $= up to $99  •  $$= $100-$199  •  $$$= $200-$299  •  $$$$= $300 and up
Century Drive On

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Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs or head 1" below the top of the fully extended headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, less than 49″, with 16" top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 43-57″, with 18" top belt guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 7 years in harness mode, 10 years in booster mode
Pros: Fits newborns well, lightweight, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Single required rear facing recline line and lower height limits for booster mode.
Features: Harness pads, hideaway harness in booster mode, dual cupholders, and no-rethread harness.
Price Range: $$
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Graco TrioGrow SnugLock

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Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, head 1" below the top of the headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, up to 49", with 17" top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 43-57", with 18" top belt guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Easy to install, fits newborns well, compact, 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 as 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, RapidRemove cover (on LX model), and premium lower anchor connectors (on LX model).
Price Range: $$-$$$
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Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1

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Rear Facing Limits: 4-50 lbs, head 1" below the top of the headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, up to 49", with 17.5" top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 43-57", with 18.5" top belt guide (does not become backless)
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, tall shell for rear facing, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Can be bulky front to back with the extension panel in use, does not allow the seat to overhang the vehicle seat in booster mode and booster not as tall as other options.
Features: 3-position extension panel that provides 5" of extra leg room, 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 Range: $$$
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Graco SlimFit3 LX and True3Fit LX

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Rear Facing Limits: 5-40 lbs, up to 49", head 1" below the top of the headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, up to 49", with 16.75" top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 43-57", with 18.5" top belt guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Easy to install, fits newborns well, 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 as tall as other options.
Features: Three-across friendly, can use lower anchors and tether in booster mode, dual cupholders (optional), harness pads, lockoff for forward facing installation, hideaway harness for switching to booster mode, no re-thread harness, RapidRemove cover, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$$
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Graco 4Ever DLX

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Rear-Facing Limits: 4-40 lbs, head 1" below the top of the headrest
Forward Facing Limits: 22-65 lbs, up to 49", with 18" top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 43-57" with 19" top belt guide (backless: 40-120 lbs; 43-57")
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, lockoff for forward facing installation, hideaway harness for switching to booster mode, no re-thread harness, RapidRemove cover, and premium lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$$
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Combination Seats (Forward facing only, 5 point harness, convert to belt positioning booster)

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Price Range Key (Harnessed Seat):  $= up to $130  •  $$= $130-$199  •  $$$= $200-$299  •  $$$$= $300 and up
Cosco Finale
Safety 1st Finale
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Harness Limits: 30-65 pounds, 32-49 in., 16.75 in. top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs, 43-52 in., 18.25 in. top shoulder 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, short lived in booster mode, shorter top harness slot height.
Features: Ability to attach single cupholder and upgraded version offers more padded cover
Price Range: $
Finale DX
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Evenflo Maestro Sport

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Harness Limits: 22-50 pounds, 28-50 in., 18.5 in. top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-110 pounds, 44-57 in., 19 in. 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, and narrow set harness straps may dig into child's neck.
Features: Allows use of lower anchors in high back booster mode and dual cupholders.
Price Range: $
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Graco Tranzitions and Wayz

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Harness Limits: 22-65 pounds, 27-49 in., 18.25 in. top harness slots
Booster Limits: High back: 40-100 pounds, 38-57 in., 19.5 in. top belt guide. Backless: 40-100 pounds, 40-57 in.
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 high back booster mode and harness pads and dual cupholders (not usable in very narrow mode).
Price Range: $
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Graco Atlas

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Harness Limit: 22-65 pounds, 27-49 in., 18.25 in. top harness slots
High Back Booster: 40-100 pounds, 38-57 in., 20 in. top shoulder belt guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install, lightweight, easy to convert between harnessed and booster mode, can use LATCH in high back booster mode
Cons: Does not convert to backless
Price Range: $$
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Graco Nautilus
graco nautilus

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Harness Limits: 22-65 pounds, 27-49 in., 18.25 in. top harness slots
Booster Limits: High back: 40-100 pounds, 38-57 in, 19.5 in. top shoulder belt guide.

Backless: 40-100 pounds, 40-57 in.
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, 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 Range: $$-$$$
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Chicco MyFit

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Harness Limits: 25-65 pounds, 54 in, 19.5 in. top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-100 pounds, 38-57 in., 20 in. top shoulder belt guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Allows up to 3" of overhang, high harness slots, well padded, and 2 crotch buckle positions.
Cons: Complicated steps to convert from booster to harness, does not become backless and headrest can make a rattling noise.
Features: Allows use of lower anchors in high back booster mode, dual "cupfolders" that fold in for more space in tight installs, hideaway harness when switching to booster mode, LE model includes SuperCinch® LATCH Tightener, lockoff, no-rethread harness, premium lower anchor connectors, and 4 recline positions.
Price Range: $$-$$$
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Britax Grow With You (Regular, ClickTight, and ClickTight Plus)

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Harness Limits: 25-65 pounds, 34-49 in., 20 in. top harness slots
Booster Limits: 40-120 pounds, 44-63 in., with 22 in. top shoulder belt guide (does not become backless)
Expiration: 9 years
Pros: Highest harness slots available, 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 in 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, lockoff (on CT and CT Plus versions), no-rethread harness, premium lower anchor connectors, and 1 recline position.
Price Range: $$$-$$$$
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High Back Boosters

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Price Range Key (High Back Booster):  $= up to $49  •  $$= $50-$99 •  $$$= $100-$140  •  $$$$= $150 and up
Graco TurboBooster
graco turbobooster
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Booster Limits: 40-100 pounds, 43-57 in., 19.5 top shoulder belt guide
(Backless: same limits)
Expiration: 10 years

Note: weight and height limits on previous models may differ, verify limits on product labeling.
Pros: Converts to backless, does not require vehicle head support, price, 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, requires assembly, specifically screws in the armrests.
Features: Dual cupholders.
Price Range: $
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Graco Turbobooster LX (previously Graco Affix)
graco turbobooster LX
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Booster Limits: 40-100 pounds, 43-57 in., 20.5 in. top shoulder belt guide
Backless: same limits.
Expiration: 10 years

Note: weight and height limits on previous models may differ, verify limits on product labeling.
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.
Features: Dual cupholders and lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$
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Diono Cambria
diono cambria
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Booster Limits: 40-120 pounds, 38-63 in., 21 in. top shoulder belt guide
Backless: same limits.
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Converts to backless, deep head support and seating area, shoulder belt guide to help with seat belt fit when used backless, wide seating area is comfortable for bigger kids.
Cons: Can be difficult to find locally, does not allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat, lacks padding, requires a vehicle head restraint.
Features: Dual cupholders and lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$
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Diono Monterey XT
diono monterey
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Booster Limits: 40-120 pounds, 38-63 in., 22 in. top shoulder 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: Can be difficult to find locally, does not allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat, requires a vehicle head restraint.
Features: Adjustable width back support, dual cupholders, lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$
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Britax Skyline

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Booster Limits: 40-120 pounds, 44-63 in., 23 in. top shoulder belt guide. Backless: 40-120 pounds, 46-63 in.
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Cupholders can be removed for more room, does not require vehicle head support.
Cons: Does not have the Britax SecureGuard clip, booster cannot overhang the vehicle seat.
Features: Premium lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$$
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Britax Highpoint

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Booster Limits: 40-120 pounds, 44-63 in., 23 in. top shoulder belt guide. Backless: 40-120 pounds, 46-63 in.
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Cupholders can be removed for more room, does not require vehicle head support.
Cons: The booster cannot overhang the vehicle seat.
Features: Premium lower anchor connectors, optional SecureGuard clip.
Price Range: $$$
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Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120
Peg Perego Viaggio HBB

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Booster Limits: 40-120 pounds, 39-57 in., 19 in. top shoulder belt guide. Backless: same limits.
Expiration: 7 years
Pros: Converts to backless, deep head support, narrow.
Cons: Booster cannot overhang the vehicle seat, requires vehicle head support.
Features: Rigid lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$$$
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Nuna Aace
nuna aace
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Booster Limits: 40-110 pounds, 38-60 in., 21 in. top shoulder belt guide. Backless: 50-110 pounds, 38-60 in.
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Converts to backless, deep head/torso support, well padded, does not require vehicle headrest.
Cons: Backless booster has a 50 pound minimum, can be difficult to find locally.
Features: Ability to attach single cupholder, adjustable length leg support, lower anchor connectors with guides.
Price Range: $$$$
Ride Safer Delight (previously Ride Safer Travel Vest)
Ride Safer Delight Travel Vest

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Height/weight Limits: Size small: 30-60 pounds, 35-50 in., Size large: 50-80 lbs and 45-57 in., Size x-large: 80-110 pounds and 47-62 in.
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Does not take up any more space than the child's body, lightweight, portable.
Cons: Can be tricky to thread seat belt through guides, must be ordered online.
Features: Optional top tether that can be used with lap only belts, we reccomend using the tether with all seat belt types.
Price Range: $$$-$$$$
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Backless Boosters

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Price Range Key (Backless Booster):  $= up to $30  •  $$= $30-$49 •  $$$= $50-$99  •  $$$$= $100 and up
Cosco Rise
Cosco Rise
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Booster Limits: 40–100 pounds, 43-57 in.
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Lightweight, narrow, and price.
Cons: Lacks padding.
Price Range: $
Graco TurboBooster
graco turbobooster
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Booster Limits: 40-110 pounds, 43-57 in.
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Lightweight, price, and shoulder belt guide to assist with seat belt fit.
Cons: Does not allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat and lacks padding.
Features: Dual cupholders.
Price Range: $
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Graco TurboBooster LX (previously Graco Affix)
turbobooster LX
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Booster Limits: 40-100 lbs and 43-57"
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Lightweight and shoulder belt guide to assist with seat belt fit.
Cons: Does not allow the booster to overhang the vehicle seat and lower anchors can limit three across seating.
Features: Dual cupholders and lower anchor connectors.
Price Range: $$
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Chicco GoFit
chicco go fit
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Booster Limits: 40-110 pounds, 38-57 in.
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Allows up to 2 in. of overhang which will help in three across seating, easy to carry, and lightweight.
Cons:Does not have LATCH so must be buckled in when unoccupied .
Features: Dual flexible cupholders.
Price Range: $$
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Graco RightGuide

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Booster Limits: 50-120 pounds, 43-60 in.
Expiration: 10 years
Pros: Lightweight, fits in a backpack, consistent vehicle seat belt fit, great option for three across.
Cons: Not very padded.
Price Range: $$
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Diono Solana 2

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Booster Limits: 40-120 pounds, up to 63 in.
Expiration: 8 years
Pros: Wider seating area fits bigger children well, two cupholders, extra padding, lower anchors, and shoulder belt guide to assist with seat belt fit.
Cons: Too wide for three across.
Price Range: $$
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Peg Perego Viaggio Shuttle
Peg Perego Viaggio Shuttle
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Booster Limits: 40-120 pounds, 39-63 in.
Expiration: 12 years
Pros: Wide, low seating area fits older children well. Rigid lower anchor connectors.
Cons: Can be difficult to find locally.
Features: Easy to set up without (very much or any) adult assistance, easy to carry, consistent belt fit.
Price Range: $$$
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Ride Safer Delight (previously Ride Safer Travel Vest)
Ride Safer Delight Travel Vest
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Booster Limits: Height/weight Limits: Size small: 30-60 pounds, 35-50 in., Size large: 50-80 lbs and 45-57 in., Size x-large: 80-110 pounds and 47-62 in.
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 Range: $$$$
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