When your child outgrows other forms of forward-facing restraints, it’s time for a booster. But which ones are best?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its latest report last week with belt fit data on more than 100 booster seats currently on the market.
Of the 41 new seats tested, 27 were listed as “Best Bets“(meaning that they fit most kids ages 4 to 8 well in most cars) and three seats were listed as Good Bets (acceptable fit in most cars).
Around eight seats fall into a middle “Check Fit” category (they work in some cars, but not others).
Three seats were not recommended–the Diono’s Olympica and Pacifica models and the Kids Embrace Batman No Back booster.
12 Popular “Best Bets” include seats at a wide range of price points starting at around $25:
I’m also including buy-it-now prices (the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly) on these seats, and I’ve linked to Amazon below, so you can check out the seats there.
- Recaro Performance Sport Buy-it-now price: $200
- Recaro Performance Booster Buy-it-now price: $115
- Britax Frontier 90 Buy-it-now price: $240
- Britax Pinnacle 90 Buy-it-now price: $260
- Diono Radian RXT Buy-it-now price: $270
- Graco Affix (backless and highback) Buy-it-now price: $69
- Graco Nautilus (highback) Buy-it-now price: $139
- Cosco Pronto Buy-it-now price: $35
- Graco Argos 80 Elite 3-in-1 (highback and backless) Buy-it-now price: $154
- Graco Backless Turbobooster Buy-it-now price: $23
- Evenflo Amp Buy-it-now price: $21
- BubbleBum (backless) Buy-it-now price: $30
- When choosing a seat, you might also check these seats against the National Institute for Highway Safety’s Ease-of-Use ratings.
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