The 50 Safest Booster Seats for Your Child

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Feb. 22nd, 2016

When properly installed and used correctly, booster seats can reduce the risk for serious injury for children aged 4 to 8 years by 45% compared with seat belt use alone, which makes their use imperative.

Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that more than 127,250 children aged 12 and under were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2013. The CDC also found that “in one year, more than 618,000 children ages 0-12 rode in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat or a seat belt at least some of the time.” As a result, 38% of the children who died in a crash in 2013 were found not to be properly buckled.

A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that up to 72% of nearly 3,500 observed car and booster seats were installed incorrectly or misused in such a way they might increase a child’s risk of injury during a crash. If you’re unsure if your child’s car seat or booster seat is installed correctly, you can find a child passenger safety technician at this site, or visit your nearest fire station or police station for guidance.

Aside from Florida and South Dakota, there are 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, that require booster seats for youngsters who are still too small to use an adult seat belt safely. There are standards set by the NHTSA under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that provide minimum safety standards for all booster seats sold in the USA. No matter what your budget, you can rest assured your child is protected with these standards, with any additional safety features considered an added bonus.

With the above tips and information in mind, in no particular order here are 50 of the booster seats that we consider safest, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

1. Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat

This backless booster seat is suitable for use by children aged 4 to 10, weighing between 40 and 100 pounds, who are less than 57 inches tall. It has received numerous top ratings from leading consumer magazines and various other media.

Key features:

  • Meets or exceeds US standard FMVSS 213
  • Cup holder included
  • Frustration-free packaging

Cost: *Est. $24.68

2. Evenflo Big Kid AMP Booster Car Seat

This sharp-looking booster seat can be used both backless and with the back for a 2-in-1 design that’s easy to install. Make adjustments with just one hand and choose from 6 different positions as your child grows.

Key features:

  • Includes 2 cup holders
  • Machine washable pads
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $39.99

3. Cosco Juvenile Top Side Booster Car Seat

This backless booster seat offers an economical way to protect your child without compromising on safety. It is suitable for use by children weighing from 40 to 100 pounds and from 43 to 57 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Lightweight design
  • Removable pad for easy cleaning
  • Won’t leave marks on vehicle seat

Cost: *Est. $15.93

4. Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat

This high back booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing between 30 and 100 pounds, up to 57 inches tall and has received top ratings from various leading consumer magazines. It easily converts to a backless booster for years of comfortable use.

Key features:

  • Meets or exceeds U.S. safety standards
  • Hide-away cup holders
  • Frustration-free packaging

Cost: *Est. $48

This booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing from 40 to 100 pounds and between 43 and 57 inches tall. It easily converts to a backless booster seat when needed and the adjustable headrest grows with your child.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS

Cost: *Est. $54.05

6. Safety 1st Summit Booster Car Seat

This car seat is suitable for use by children weighing between 40 and 100 pounds. The headrest is fully adjustable along with the harness straps, without the need for inconvenient rethreading.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for airplane use
  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS

Cost: *Est. $114.01

7. Graco Affix Youth Booster Seat with Latch System

This booster seat is suitable for use by children from 30 to 100 pounds, up to 57 inches tall and features a one-handed adjustment system for easy installation. It can be used as a backless booster when your child is ready to make the transition.

Key features:

  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS
  • Cup holder included
  • Frustration-free packaging

Cost: *Est. $69.99

8. BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat

This backless booster seat is suitable for use by children aged 4 to 11, weighing from 40 to 100 pounds. Thanks to its lightweight, inflatable design, it’s ideal for use in taxis, on vacations, and for carpooling.

Key features:

  • Can seat three across
  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named this a “Best Bet” booster
  • 2011 JPMA Innovation Award winner

Cost: *Est. $29.43

9. Britax Frontier Clicktight Combination Harness-2-Booster Car Seat

This booster seat is suitable for use as a forward-facing car seat by children aged 2 and older, weighing between 25 and 90 pounds, before converting to a belt-positioning booster for those between 40 and 120 pounds.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Clicktight installation system for secure and quick installation
  • Easy-to-adjust 9 position harness

Cost: *Est. $263.99

10. Graco Nautilus 65 LX 3-in-1 Car Seat

This booster seat offers 3-in-1 versatility that can be used as a harnessed booster for those from 22 to 65 pounds, a high back booster for kids 30 to 100 pounds, and a backless booster for those from 40 to 120 pounds.

Key features:

  • Harness and headrest adjust at same time
  • Includes a storage compartment for snacks
  • Frustration-free packaging

Cost: *Est. $169.99

11. Evenflo Maestro Booster Car Seat

This booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing 40 to 100 pounds. It can be used with the integrated 5-point harness by those weighing 22 to 50 pounds and even includes a cup holder for your child.

Key features:

  • The IIHS named this a “Best Bet” booster
  • Harness and headrest adjust at same time
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $72.66

12. Britax Pioneer Combination Harness-2-Booster Car Seat

This booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing between 40 and 100 pounds, and as a forward-facing car seat with 5-point harness before that for those from 25 to 70 pounds. The easy on/off latch connectors make installation a breeze and plush foam padding provides impeccable comfort.

Key features:

  • Integrated cup holders and storage
  • Made in the USA
  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS

Cost: *Est. $183.99

13. Britax Pinnacle G1.1 ClickTight Harness-2-Booster Car Seat

This booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing between 40 and 100 pounds, and as a forward-facing car seat with 5-point harness before that for those from 25 to 90 pounds. Energy absorbing side cushions provide your child with extra impact protection.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Clicktight installation system for secure and quick installation
  • Easy-to-adjust 9 position harness

Cost: *Est. $296

14. Evenflo Chase LX Harnessed Booster Car Seat

This booster seat is suitable for use by children from 22-110 pounds, and features a 5-point harness for added security. Upfront harness adjustments make for easy ins and outs and the machine washable pad makes cleanups a cinch.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Choice of colors

Cost: *Est. $54.88

15. Britax Parkway SGL G1.1 Belt-Positioning Booster

This booster seat is suitable for use by children between 40 and 120 pounds and the energy absorbing side cushions provide your child with extra impact protection. The easy-adjust headrest and SecureGuard belt-positioning clip help to keep your child safe and secure.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS
  • Cup holders included

Cost: *Est. $128

16. Diono Rainier Convertible Plus Booster

This booster seat offers an all-in-one package as it can be used as a rear-facing car seat for children from 5 to 50 pounds, forward-facing from 20 to 90 pounds, and as a booster seat for those from 50 to 120 pounds and up to 57 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Durable, 12-year product life
  • Adjustable head support with 12 positions
  • FAA certified

Cost: *Est. $299.99

17. Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat

This booster seat offers an all-in-one package as it can be used as a rear-facing car seat for children from 5 to 45 pounds, forward-facing from 20 to 80 pounds, and as a booster seat for those from 50 to 120 pounds and up to 57 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Can fit 3 across
  • Durable, 10-year product life
  • FAA certified

Cost: *Est. $287.94

18. Cosco Ambassador Booster Car Seat

This backless booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing from 40 to 100 pounds and features padded armrests for added comfort. It includes an integrated cup holder that folds down for convenient use and is made in the USA.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors and patterns
  • Washable seat pad
  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS

Cost: *Est. $13.84

19. Disney Store and Go Backless Booster Car Seat

This backless booster seat offers reliable protection for children weighing from 40 to 100 pounds in a cute and stylish Minnie Mouse motif. It features an integrated cup holder and slide-out drawer to help keep all your child’s gear close at hand.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Lightweight design is easily portable

Cost: *Est. $29.99

20. Graco Argos 80 Elite 3-in-1 Car Seat

This booster seat boasts the 3-in-1 convenience of forward-facing car seat with 5-point harness for children weighing between 20 and 80 pounds, a forward-facing booster seat for those from 30 to 100 pounds, and a backless booster seat for those from 40 to 120 pounds.

Key features:

  • Suitable for use in cars that experience extreme temperatures
  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS
  • Integrated cup holder

Cost: *Est. $179.99

21. Diono Radian R100 Convertible Car Seat

This booster seat offers an all-in-one package as it can be used as a rear-facing car seat for children from 5 to 40 pounds, forward-facing from 20 to 65 pounds, and as a booster seat for those from 50 to 100 pounds and up to 57 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Durable, 10-year product life
  • FAA certified
  • Add up to 4 cup holders

Cost: *Est. $223.99

22. Clek Oobr Full Back Booster Seat

This booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing from 33 to 100 pounds and can be used as a backless booster when your child is ready to make the transition. Its special fabric is stain-, moisture- and bacteria-resistant.

Key features:

  • Reclines for safety and comfort while sleeping
  • Made in the USA
  • Durable, 9-year product life

Cost: *Est. $199.99

23. Evenflo Amp Performance No Back Booster

This backless booster seat is ideal for those aged 4 and older, weighing from 40 to 100 pounds and from 40 to 57 inches tall. It features integrated cup holders so that your child’s drink and snack are always within reach.

Key features:

  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS
  • Choice of colors

Cost: *Est. $26.89

24. Cosco Pronto Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat

This booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing from 40 to 100 pounds, from 34 to 57 inches tall and can be used as a backless booster seat when your child is ready to make the transition.

Key features:

  • Meets or exceeds Federal and ASTM Safety Standards
  • Made in the USA
  • Machine washable and dryer safe pad

Cost: *Est. $35.99

25. Clek Ozzi Backless Booster Seat

This backless booster seat has been designed to mimic a traditional vehicle seat and is suitable for use by children weighing between 40 and 120 pounds. It comes complete with a 1-year warranty and is recyclable through the brand’s car seat recycling program.

Key features:

  • Additional padding prevents “numb bum”
  • Machine washable fabric for easy cleaning
  • Durable, 9-year product life

Cost: *Est. $59.99

26. Cosco High Back Booster Car Seat

This booster seat offers 2-in-1 convenience and is suitable for use by children as a forward-facing car seat with 5-point harness from 22 to 40 pounds, and 40 to 80 pounds as a belt-positioning booster.

Key features:

  • Cup holder included
  • Lightweight design for ease of portability
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $54.99

27. RECARO Performance BOOSTER High Back Booster Car Seat

This booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing from 30 to 120 pounds and from 37 to 61 inches tall. It features side-impact protection for increased safety and boasts memory foam padding for added comfort.

Key features:

  • Integrated cup holders
  • Choose from 11 headrest positions
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $119.99

28. Safety 1st Incognito Kid Positioning Seat

This sleek and streamlined-looking booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing from 60 to 120 pounds and up to 60 inches tall. It has been designed to blend into your vehicle and helps to prevent your child from slouching.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Made in the USA
  • Helps keep seat belt in ideal position

Cost: *Est. $24.83

29. RECARO Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster Car Seat

This booster seat is suitable for use by children in the 5-point harness weighing from 20 to 65 pounds and 27 to 49 inches tall, and as a high back booster for those from 30 to 120 pounds and 37 to 59 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Memory foam cushioning for added comfort
  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS

Cost *Est. $249.99

30. Dream On Me Coupe Booster Car Seat

This backless booster seat is suitable for use by children aged 4 to 10 weighing from 30 to 100 lbs and from 34 to 57 inches tall. It boasts extra comfort foam throughout the seat for increased comfort.

Key features:

  • Belt guide for ease of use
  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Removable, machine-washable pad

Cost: *Est. $15.77

31. Diono Olympia Convertible Plus Booster Car Seat

This booster seat offers an all-in-one package as it can be used as a rear-facing car seat for children from 5 to 45 pounds, forward-facing from 20 to 75 pounds, and as a booster seat for those from 50 to 110 pounds and up to 57 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Durable, 12-year product life
  • FAA certified
  • Folds flat for convenient storage

Cost: *Est. $239.99

32. Graco Affix Backless Youth Booster Seat

This backless booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing from 40 to 100 pounds and up to 57 inches tall. It comes with an integrated cup holder and storage compartment so that your child’s drink and snack are always within reach.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS
  • Removable, machine washable cover

Cost: *Est. $33.26

33. Graco SmartSeat All-in-One Car Seat

This booster seat is suitable for use as a rear-facing car seat for children weighing from 5 to 40 pounds, a forward-facing car seat with 5-point harness for those from 20 to 65 pounds, and as a belt-positioning booster from 30 to 100 pounds.

Key features:

  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS
  • Suitable for use in cars that experience extreme temperatures
  • Phthalate-, latex-, lead-, and BPA-free

Cost: *Est. $259

34. Diono Pacifica Convertible Plus Booster Seat

This booster seat offers an all-in-one package as it can be used as a rear-facing car seat for children from 5 to 50 pounds, forward-facing from 20 to 90 pounds, and as a booster seat for those from 50 to 120 pounds and up to 57 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Durable, 12-year product life
  • FAA certified
  • Folds flat for convenient storage

Cost: *Est. $209.99

35. Kids Embrace Harness Booster Car Seat

This booster seat offers 2-in-1 versatility and is suitable for use by children as a forward-facing car seat from 22 to 65 pounds and 29 to 49 inches tall, or as a belt-positioning booster for those weighing from 30 to 100 pounds and 38 to 57 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Choice of designs
  • The IIHS named this a “Best Bet” booster
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $149.99

36. KidsEmbrace Fun-Ride Series TM Backless Booster, Batman

This backless booster seat features a fun logo design of Gotham’s favorite superhero and is suitable for use by children who are aged 4 and up, weighing from 40 to 100 pounds and 40 to 57 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Cup holder included
  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS
  • Belt-positioning clip included

Cost: *Est. $29.99

37. Baby Trend Hybrid Booster 3-in-1 Car Seat

This booster seat boasts 3-in-1 versatility as it can be used as a forward-facing car seat for children weighing from 20 to 50 pounds, as a high back booster seat for those from 30 to 100 pounds, and as a backless booster seat for those from 40 to 100 pounds, up to 57 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Cup holders included
  • Removable seat and arm pads for easy cleanup
  • 6 position head support

Cost: *Est. $79.99

38. Chicco KidFit Zip

This high back booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing from 30 to 110 pounds and can also be used backless when your child is ready to make the transition. It features 10 position side and head impact protection and double foam padding for increased comfort.

Key features:

  • Machine washable seat pad
  • Cup holders included
  • Choice of colors

Cost: *Est. $129.99

39. Diono Cambria Highback Booster Car Seat

This booster seat offers 2-in-1 versatility as it can be used as a high back booster for children from 40 to 120 pounds and up to 38 to 63 inches tall, before converting to a backless booster seat when your child is ready to make the transition.

Key features:

  • One-handed height adjustment
  • Removable, machine washable cover
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $89.94

40. Harmony Defender 360 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat

This booster seat offers 3-in-1 versatility as it can be used as forward-facing car seat with 5-point harness for children from 20 to 65 pounds, and as a booster seat (high back or backless) for those from 30 to 110 pounds.

Key features:

  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Cup holder included
  • 360 degree full-body impact protection

Cost: *Est. $129.99

41. Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat

This booster seat offers an all-in-one package as it can be used as a rear-facing car seat for children from 5 to 35 pounds, forward-facing from 22 to 50 pounds, and as a booster seat for those from 40 to 100 pounds and up to 52 inches tall.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Detachable cup holder included
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $109.97

42. Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120

This booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing from 40 to 120 pounds and from 39 to 57 inches tall. It provides superior side impact protection and features energy absorbing foam to help protect your child in case of an accident.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Breathable fabric for added comfort
  • Made in Italy

Cost: *Est. $199.99

43. Clek Olli Backless Booster Seat

This backless booster seat is suitable for use by children aged 4 and up, weighing from 40 to 120 pounds and from 40 to 57 inches tall. It features additional padding to help prevent “numb bum” and comes with a 1-year warranty.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Machine washable fabric for easy cleaning
  • Durable, 9-year product life

Cost: *Est. $99.99

44. Safety 1st Store and Go Backless Booster Car Seat

This backless booster seat offers reliable protection for children weighing from 40 to 100 pounds in a bright and vibrant color. It features an integrated cup holder and slide-out drawer to help keep all your child’s gear close at hand.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Seat belt-positioning strap for ease of use
  • Lightweight design is easily portable

Cost: *Est. $27.99

45. Chicco KidFit 2-in-1 Belt Positioning Booster

This booster seat can be used with or without the back and is suitable for children aged 4 and up, weighing from 30 to 110 pounds and from 38 to 57 inches tall. The contoured seat boasts double padding for increased riding comfort.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Cup holders included
  • Removable, machine washable cover

Cost: *Est. $99.99

46. KidsEmbrace Fun-Ride Series TM Booster, Batman

This super cool booster seat boasts a fun Batman motif and is suitable for use by children aged 4 and up, weighing from 30 to 100 pounds and from 38 to 57 inches tall. The contoured base provides increased riding comfort.

Key features:

  • Choice of designs
  • Removable, washable seat cover
  • Cup holder included

Cost: *Est. $79.99

47. Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Car Seat

This booster seat offers an all-in-one package as it can be used as a rear-facing car seat for children from 5 to 40 pounds, forward-facing from 22 to 65 pounds, and as a booster seat for those from 40 to 100 pounds. The quickfit harness adjusts the straps and headrest in one easy step.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Made in the USA
  • Removable, machine washable cover

Cost: *Est. $152.99

48. Baby Trend Hybrid No Back Booster Car Seat

This backless booster seat offers reliable protection for children weighing from 40 to 100 pounds between 42 and 57 inches tall in a cute and stylish Hello Kitty motif. It features two integrated cup holders to help keep your child’s drink and snacks close at hand.

Key features:

  • Padded armrests for added comfort
  • Lightweight design for ease of portability
  • Comfortable seat design

Cost: *Est. $48.94

49. Evenflo Big Kid Elite Harley

This backless booster seat offers reliable protection for your child in a stylish design that is suitable for use by those weighing between 40 and 110 pounds. The contoured seat padding provides additional comfort for extended journeys and the belt slip helps your child get the right seat belt positioning, every time.

Key features:

  • Removable, machine washable cover
  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Integrated cup holders

Cost: *Est. $29.85

50. Safety 1st Vantage High Back Booster Car Seat

This booster seat is suitable for use by children weighing between 30 and 100 pounds and boasts an adjustable shoulder belt and headrest to provide your child with increased riding comfort.

Key features:

  • Meets or exceeds all FMVSS
  • Made in the USA
  • Padded armrests for added comfort

Cost: *Est. $82.46

 
 
   
 
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