You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

10 Best Booster Car Seats for a Smooth Ride

Road & Track Logo By Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Institute, Alissa Schulman, Good Housekeeping Institute of Road & Track | Slide 1 of 11: When your child has outgrown their car seat harness, but they're not quite ready to sit directly in your vehicle's back seat, it's time to transition to a booster seat. There are two options for booster car seats: high back or backless. High back booster seats offer the support and protection of a car seat, but use your vehicle's seatbelt to clip your child in rather than a harness. The booster appropriately guides the seatbelt through the shoulder of the back across your child's chest, and through the arms of the seat across your child's legs at the top of the thighs. When your child is big enough that they no longer need the shoulder guide, they may be ready for a backless booster seat, which only guides the seatbelt across the lap. Many booster seats transition from high back to backless.The parenting and product experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Little Lab test all of the must-haves for babies, toddlers and children, from baby humidifiers and crib mattresses to swing sets and everything in between. We've road tested a dozen booster car seats in the past year to evaluate safety, ease of use and fit adjustments. Here are the best booster car seats to buy:Best Overall Booster Car Seat: Diono Monterey XTBest Value Booster Car Seat: Evenflo Big Kid LXBest All-in-One Booster Car Seat: Graco 4Ever DLX 4-in-1 Car SeatBest 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat: Graco Tranzitions 3-in-1 Harness BoosterMost Comfortable Booster Car Seat: Chicco KidFit 2-in-1 Belt-Positioning BoosterBest Booster Car Seat for Big Kids: Britax Grow with You ClickTightBest Backless Booster Car Seat: Graco Turbobooster Backless Booster SeatBest Luxury Booster Car Seat: Clek OobrBest No-Frills Booster Car Seat: Evenflo Maestro Sport Harness Booster SeatBest Booster Car Seat with Seatbelt Positioner: UPPAbaby AltaWhat to look for when shopping for a booster car seat Height and weight limits: All booster seats come with minimum and maximum height and weight specifications. To ensure proper seatbelt placement and optimal security, make sure your child fits within those ranges.Seat adjustments: For the safest and most comfortable ride, look for a booster seat that offers neck or back height adjustments. Some models also feature width adjustments that can offer a more custom fit.Easy cleaning: Regardless of age, spills happen. Luckily, like infant and convertible car seats, many booster seats offer removable machine-washable seat covers and padding.Design: Big kids have opinions, and they'll likely want a booster seat that looks cool. Many seats come in a range of colors and patterns to choose from, as well as accessories like cup holders and snack trays that allow them to keep their items close.

When your child has outgrown their car seat harness, but they're not quite ready to sit directly in your vehicle's back seat, it's time to transition to a booster seat.

There are two options for booster car seats: high back or backless. High back booster seats offer the support and protection of a car seat, but use your vehicle's seatbelt to clip your child in rather than a harness. The booster appropriately guides the seatbelt through the shoulder of the back across your child's chest, and through the arms of the seat across your child's legs at the top of the thighs. When your child is big enough that they no longer need the shoulder guide, they may be ready for a backless booster seat, which only guides the seatbelt across the lap. Many booster seats transition from high back to backless.

The parenting and product experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Little Lab test all of the must-haves for babies, toddlers and children, from baby humidifiers and crib mattresses to swing sets and everything in between. We've road tested a dozen booster car seats in the past year to evaluate safety, ease of use and fit adjustments. Here are the best booster car seats to buy:

What to look for when shopping for a booster car seat

  • Height and weight limits: All booster seats come with minimum and maximum height and weight specifications. To ensure proper seatbelt placement and optimal security, make sure your child fits within those ranges.
  • Seat adjustments: For the safest and most comfortable ride, look for a booster seat that offers neck or back height adjustments. Some models also feature width adjustments that can offer a more custom fit.
  • Easy cleaning: Regardless of age, spills happen. Luckily, like infant and convertible car seats, many booster seats offer removable machine-washable seat covers and padding.
  • Design: Big kids have opinions, and they'll likely want a booster seat that looks cool. Many seats come in a range of colors and patterns to choose from, as well as accessories like cup holders and snack trays that allow them to keep their items close.
© diono

More from Road and Track

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon