car seatseach type of car seatbooster seatmuch less margin for errorrethreading. Plus, they weigh less than convertible car seats, so they’re instantly more portable and easier to move between vehicles. All the car seats on our list have a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ease of use rating of three stars or higher; all car seats rated by NHTSA meet federal safety standards and crash performance standards.
This car seat transitions from forward-facing harness mode to booster mode. Unlike other models, you get more use out of this one: It fits kids from 25 to 120 pounds. Britax's ClickTight technology makes for easy installation: Open, thread and buckle, and close. There's a nine-position, quick-adjust five-point harness and headrest that move together, and a two-position recline. And for hungry kids, there are four integrated cup and snack holders. This bad boy weighs 20 pounds, so while not the heaviest model on our list, it's not something you'll move around much. NHTSA ease of use rating: Not yet available. It's currently marked down from its usual list price of $330.
This 22-pound car seat converts from a five-point harness booster, to a highback booster, and to a backless booster, and with the three different modes, fits children from 22 to 100 pounds. It installs in minutes, using either a car seat belt or LATCH. You can adjust the harness and headrest together without the need for rethreading. It has a four-position recline and integrated dual cup holder. NHTSA ease of use rating: 4 stars.
At 25 pounds, this is a hefty harness booster seat that segues into a belt-positioning booster. It's also one of the most solid ones you can buy. It seats children weighing up to 100 pounds, has a five-point no-rethread harness system, and it turns into a lap-positioning booster for older kids. Comfort is key here: The car seat has zip-off backrest and seat cushions for extra padding, a four-position recline, a nine-position headrest that accommodates a growing child in both modes, and a contoured seat for total support. You can install it using LATCH connectors, and the car seat has built-in levelers to show you when it's installed correctly. And the cup holders are removable. NHTSA ease of use rating: 3 stars.
You get fewer options this car seat, which goes from a harness booster to a highback booster seat, but you also get serious ease of use. You can adjust the harness and headrest together, without any annoying rethreading. It fits children 22-100 pounds in both modes. It has a five-point harness system, dual cup holders, loop belt guides, and a 10-position height adjustable headrest. The car seat weighs 18 pounds. NHTSA ease of use rating: 5 stars.
This is definitely the most budget-conscious option on our list. It's basic, sure, but gets the job done. This booster converts from a five-point harness to car seat belt use as your child grows. It fits your child up to 100 pounds, and is LATCH-equipped. It weighs just 11 pounds, so it's eminently portable. NHTSA ease of use rating: 4 stars.
Graco's popular booster seat grows with your child from forward-facing harness to highback booster to backless booster. The minimum weight is 40 pounds, and it's usable until your kid hits 110 pounds. It has a no-rethread harness system that lets you adjust the headrest and harness in one motion. It has two cup holders, which are removable, a machine-washable seat pad, body insert, and harness covers. It weighs just 15 pounds. NHTSA ease of use rating: 4 stars.
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