Top Convertible Car Seats Under $150: 6 Picks

Repeat after me: I do not need a convertible car seat that costs more than $150. I do not need a convertible car seat that costs more than $150…

It’s true! It’s easy to spend big on car seats, but the seats on this list will serve your family well for much less–less than $150, to be exact.

These seats are on the list because they’re priced right AND they get good reviews and ratings from folks who know about seats and safety: The American Academy of Pediatrics, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the folks at and others.

Notes on choosing a seat: All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer. And remember, there is no perfect seat for every child. Ultimately, the seat that’s best is the one that fits your vehicle and your child well. For more info on choosing a car seat check out’s “basics” page.

Under $100

Cosco APT 40RF Convertible Car Seat: $59.99 at

Highlights: RF: 5-40 lbs. FF: 22-40 lbs. – 19″ to 36″. 4 harness heights. 3 buckle locations. Side Impact Protection. 5-point harness with up front adjuster. | review

Safety 1st OnSide Air Protect Convertible Car Seat: $59.99 at

Highlights: RF: 5-40 pounds. 19″ to 40″. FF: 22 to 40 lbs., 34″ to 43″, 4 harness heights and 3 buckle locations. Air Protect Revolutionary Side Impact Technology: Breakthrough system shields head and immediately reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air. Nava notes that the OnSide “is pretty much a Scenera in ‘fancier’ clothing.”| review

Safety 1st Guide 65: $78.27 at

Highlights: RF: 5-40 lbs and 19″-40″. FF: 22-65 lbs and 34″-52″ tall. 5 harness heights and 3 buckle locations. Sturdy frame with side impact protection. | review
$100 to $150

Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat: $125.99 at AlbeeBaby

Highlights: RF: up to 40 lbs. FF: up to 65 lbs. up to 50″ height. 5-point, front-adjust harness. Removable infant insert and headrest. Side impact tested for occupant retention by the harness system. EPS foam for effective impact energy management. | review

The First Years True Fit Recline C650: $128.60 at Dealomite

Highlights: Great ease-of-use rating. For use with children 5-65 lbs and up to 50′ tall. RF: up to 35lbs.Easy-to-read center angle indicator with two position settings. Easy adjust, no rethread harness for use to 65 lbs.

Safety 1st Complete Air 65 Convertible Car Seat: $149.99 at AlbeeBaby. [Edited: Amazon has it for 115. Thanks, Brandi!]

Highlights: RF: 5-40 lbs. and 19-40 inches (head below top of headwings). FF: One year of age and 22-65 lbs. 34-45 inches, shoulders below top of harness, ears below top of headrest. Breakthrough system shields head and immediately reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air. QuickFit Harness System adjusts harness height from the front in one easy step without uninstalling from the car. One Click LATCH installation system allows for faster and easier installation when moving between vehicles. | review

Which looks best for you? Do you have any other seats you’d put on the list? 

Thanks to BC FB page admins Nava, Sarah and Leah for help with this post!

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  1. Rose C. says:

    We love Graco My Ride 65 and still keep our 2-year old DD RF in it 🙂

  2. Lauren says:

    The Cosco APT 40RF is on sale for $39.99 at Kmart right now. You can order it online and have it shipped site to store for free or $6.50 to have it shipped to your house if you don’t have a Kmart near you.

  3. Wendy says:

    I’m glad I found this website because I am searching at this very moment and for the past 3 weeks. After all day today I got fed up, I did my last search on Google and I curiously clicked on your website. I said to myself, “I bet these ppl are going to show me a bunch of car seats that are 149.99!” To my surprise I saw all of the car seats that I have been trying to price check all day and I’m now deciding on which one to get. I’ve actually been wondering about the Graco Classic Ride 50. I found it new in box with Fast & Free Shipping for $62.00 on EBAY. I will probably buy it tomorrow unless someone doesn’t recommend that car seat. My son is 6 and a half months and is 21lbs and 30in long. I might purchase a different onw when he’s older but rights now I’m worried about his safety, also making sure that it’s not too big. I’d like it to help him not slump over and just be comfortable but not by putting a Snuzzler in the seat. We live in S. Texas and I had to my son in his car seat in the winter wearing a short sleeve shirt and the pants with footies…I don’t leave my kids jackets on while in the car seat. We drove to my mom’s house 8 min away, when we got there I had to change my son and wash him up from all the sweat that had soaked his clothes and the head support. The head support didnt cut off a the neck it had a layer of fabric down to his bottom, I thought replacing it with a less heavy fabric and only the head support with out the body portion and that didn’t even help. Full summer is coming so in and we hit the tripled digits, I can’t let my son suffer. My car has rear a/c but until he is old enough to face forward then it won’t help all that much.

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