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Booster seats: Which one is right for you?

Christina Holt is a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Southern California with her husband and three boys. Christina uses her love of design, adventures in parenting and teaching background as inspiration for her writing on numer...

The car booster seat showdown

Booster seats should be the talk of the town (or the home) when it comes to safely securing your older child in a vehicle, but which one is right for you? Check out some of our favorite booster seats to see if they fit well for your car and child -- and don't forget to check your state laws.

Britax Parkway SGL Booster Seat

  • Weight range: 40 – 120 pounds
  • Height range with backrest: 38 – 63 inches
  • Weight of booster seat with backrest: 9.72 pounds
  • Weight of booster seat without backrest: 5.1 pounds
  • Price: $150

Features:

  • The Britax Parkway SGL booster seat has an ISOFLEX flexible lower LATCH connection system that keeps the booster securely attached to the vehicle at all times. The use of a booster seat LATCH system stabilizes the booster in the event of an accident and prevents a booster seat from becoming a projectile item when not in use.
  • The SecureGuard system on the Parkway SGL works in conjunction with the vehicle safety belt to prevent the child from sliding under the lap belt.
  • The quick-adjust head restraint adjusts to your child's height easily.
  • The color-coded vehicle belt guides on the Parkway SGL indicate the positioning and path of the vehicle lap and shoulder belt leaving no room for user error.
  • The Parkway SGL converts into a backless booster for extended booster use.

Graco Backless Turbobooster Booster Seat

  • Weight range: 40 – 100 pounds
  • Weight of booster seat: 5.1 pounds
  • Price: $30

Features:

  • The Graco backless Turbobooster is an economical option and popular choice for carpool or back-up booster seat needs.
  • The height adjustable armrests give your child a comfortable place to rest their arms and help keep the vehicle lap belt in place.
  • The Turbobooster comes with a flexible strap that attaches to the seat. This strap helps place the vehicle shoulder belt in the proper position.
  • The two hideaway cup holders keep your child's cups accessible at all times.
  • There are no built-in LATCH connectors on the Graco TurboBooster.

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BubbleBum Booster Seat

  • Weight range: 40 – 80 pounds
  • Weigh of booster seat: 2 pounds
  • Price: $40

Features:

  • The BubbleBum booster seat keeps kids safe with a smile -- kids love the name.
  • This booster makes keeping kids safe a convenience with its ability to deflate, roll up and store in a small space, making it ideal for travel, taxi, carpool or everyday use.
  • Because there are no armrests, the BubbleBum booster seat has the ability to fit across the backseat of a mid-sized vehicle.
  • The BubbleBum is for use with a 3-point vehicle safety belt and the belt is positioned with simple hooks and straps.

Clek Oobr Booster Seat

  • Weight range with backrest: 33 – 100 pounds
  • Weight range without backrest: 40 – 100 pounds
  • Height range with backrest: up to 57 inches
  • Weight of booster seat with backrest: 22 pounds
  • Price: $275

Features:

  • The quick LATCH installation on the Clek Oobr ensures the booster seat will be positioned and attached properly in the event of an accident and for everyday use.
  • The Clek Oobr has an adjustable headrest, stain-resistant fabric and Comfort Cube padding for added comfort.
  • The headrest is height adjustable and the backrest has the option to recline and additional 12-degrees.
  • The backrest can be removed for use as a backless booster.

Safety 1st Go Hybrid Booster Seat

  • Weight range without backrest: 100 pounds
  • Weight range with backrest and harness: 65 pounds
  • Height range: up to 57 inches
  • Weight of booster seat with backrest: 11.5 pounds
  • Price: $200

Features:

  • The Safety 1st Go Hybrid booster seat installs in less than a minute and is great for travel, grandparents, carpool or everyday use.
  • The Go Hybrid has a LATCH system, which keeps it safely secure it to the vehicle at all times.
  • This booster seat accommodates children up to 65 pounds in a 5-point harness but quickly converts to a backless booster for children up to 100 pounds.
  • The flexible back of the Go Hybrid allows it to fold and store easily when not in use or while traveling.
  • The use of the vehicle's top tether is required when using the backrest/5-point harness straps of the Go Hybrid – the backrest is held in place by the top tether system.

New California booster seat laws in effect Jan 1 >>

Diono Santa Fe Booster Seat

  • Weight range: 30 – 120 pounds
  • Weight of booster seat: 8 pounds
  • Price: $70

Features:

  • The Diono Santa Fe booster seat offers the convenience of a backless booster with an integrated LATCH system for a secure and safe installation.
  • The seat bottom of the Santa Fe has added length for proper leg support and AirTek foam for additional comfort.
  • The extra deep cup holders angle drinks to keep them upright and easily accessible.

More on booster seats

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