A properly installed booster seat can help to protect bigger kids in case of an accident, but there’s a lot to consider when it comes to purchasing the right one.

Research shows that up to 73% of car seats and booster seats are incorrectly installed, putting children at risk. You can visit a car seat safety clinic to ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly, or visit your local police/fire station to have your install checked. Just like car seat, when properly installed a booster seat can significantly reduce the risk of death.

Rear-face as long as possible. Studies show that rear-facing is the safest for children, up to the age of 2 years old, and beyond, if possible. Keep your child rear-facing in their car seat until they reach the manufacturer’s maximum height or weight limit for the seat. Laws vary from state to state. Purchasing an all-in-one seat can provide you with long-term use, even though the upfront costs are a little higher.

When installed forward facing, booster seats are most effective with a five-point harness, but a seat belt is suitable for bigger big kids.

There are a few different styles of booster seats:

Convertible: This style of seat can be used as a rear-facing car seat, forward facing, and as a booster — with or without the back. These models offer value for the money due to their all-in-one design, however, the initial cost can be steep. They can also be quite heavy, making them not ideal for switching between vehicles.

Highback: A highback booster seat is just what it sounds like — it has a high back which helps support the child in the seat. They are typically used for children aged 4-8, and are available with or without a 5-point harness. Some models will convert to backless for when your child is ready, and they are typically lighter than convertible models.

Backless: Backless booster seats are a popular choice due to their lightweight and compact design, which makes them easily portable from vehicle to vehicle. They still provide all the proper positioning until your child is ready to use just a seat belt.

Always check the expiration date of any booster seat to ensure that it’s still safe for your child to use. You must also ensure that your child meets the minimum age, height, and weight requirements for the seat’s use — this will vary from model to model.

Ensure buckles are properly secured each and every time you put your child in their car seat, ensuring the seat belt is properly positioned over the shoulder and lap. You always want to purchase a new seat for each child — never used, as you do not know if it has been in an accident, thus reducing its effectiveness.

The good news is that all booster seats for sale in the U.S. must meet strict guidelines set out by the Federal government. So even if you can’t afford a top-of-the-line model, you know your child will still be adequately protected. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) provides annual ratings of booster seats, and Consumer Reports offers unbiased reviews of many car seats and boosters.

With the above information in mind, here are 35 of the booster seats we consider to be the best, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews. Products are listed in descending order of cost, so you can easily find one to suit your budget.

For additional safety measures, Family Living Today has put together A Parent’s Guide to Child Safety.

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

This booster seat boasts a number of great safety features that make it a top pick of parents everywhere. It offers a special installation system that ensures it’s installed correctly each and every time with a single click, and deep energy-absorbing shell, foam-lined headrest, and side cushions to provide your child with a safe and comfortable ride.

Key features:

Use from: 25 to 120 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $292

2. Diono Rainier Convertible plus Booster with Adjustable Head Support

This convertible booster seat just might be the only car seat your child needs as it can be used both rear-facing for infants and toddlers, and then forward-facing as a car seat and booster for older children. The steel frame provides unparalleled protection, and the memory foam cushioning provides little ones with a comfortable ride.

Key features:

Use from: 5 to 120 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
12 year expiration date

Cost: *Est. $259.99

3. Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat

A favorite brand among parents, this booster seat boasts a full steel frame and is suitable for air travel use as well. It features memory foam padding to provide your child with a more comfortable ride and sits low in the vehicle for easy loading.

Key features:

Use from: 5 to 120 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
10 year expiration date

Cost: *Est. $248.90

4. RECARO Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster

This booster seat is suitable for use in vehicles with the LATCH system and boasts twist-resistant shoulder straps and two integrated cup holders. It comes with breathable fabrics and features a memory foam padded seat to provide little ones with a comfortable ride. It is suitable for air travel use and offers racing-inspired side impact protection.

Key features:

Use from: 20 to 120 pounds, 27” to 59”
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $224.99

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

This booster seat boasts the brand’s easy-to-use ClickTight installation system that makes for safer and easier installs, and comes complete with a deep energy-absorbing shell and foam-lined headrest to provide little ones with a safe and comfortable ride. Choose from 9 easy-to-adjust heights for the perfect fit as your child grows.

Key features:

Use from: 25 to 120 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $221.85

6. Clek Oobr Full Back Booster Seat

This booster seat can be used both as a highback and a backless unit, making it suitable for smaller and bigger kids alike. It has been made in North America to meet or exceed all safety standards and comes complete with a 1 year warranty. It boasts Greenguard certified fabrics and advanced side impact protection.

Key features:

Use from: 25 to 120 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
9 year expiration date

Cost: *Est. $207.62

7. Diono Radian R100 Convertible Car Seat Booster

This convertible booster seat just might be the only car seat your child needs as it can be used both rear-facing for infants and toddlers, and then forward-facing as a car seat and booster for older children. The steel frame provides unparalleled protection, and the memory foam cushioning provides little ones with a comfortable ride.

Key features:

Use from: 5 to 100 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
10 year expiration date

Cost: *Est. $197.90

8. Diono Radian R120 Convertible Car Seat Plus Booster

This is another convertible booster seat that offers superior value as it can be used from birth through until your child is ready to use only a seat belt. The space-saving design folds flat for convenient storage and can even be used for air travel. Memory foam padding and an included cup holder provide little ones with a more comfortable ride.

Key features:

Use from: 5 to 120 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
10 year expiration date

Cost: *Est. $189.99

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

This combination booster seat can be used with or without the harness for both small and bigger kids, and boasts the brand’s world-class SafeCell Impact Protection system which features a steel frame, energy-absorbing base, and impact-absorbing tether. With 9 harness positions to choose from, you’ll get the right fit every time your little one buckles up.

Key features:

Use from: 25 to 110 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $130

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

This belt-positioning booster seat is ideal for bigger kids that aren’t quite ready to ride with a seat belt alone. It boasts the brand’s world-class SafeCell Impact Protection system which features a steel frame, energy-absorbing base, and impact-absorbing tether. The special belt-positioning system prevents kids from sliding out in an accident, and the height easily adjusts with just the push of a button.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 110 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $128

11. Diono Monterey High Back Booster with Adjustable Headrest

This convertible booster seat can be used highback or backless as your child grows. It boasts energy-absorbing foam, aluminum-reinforced sides, and an extra-deep headrest for superior accident protection. Choose from 11 headrest positions for the best fit possible.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 120 pounds, up to 63”
Available in a choice of colors
Folds flat for convenient travel and storage

Cost: *Est. $119.99

12. Harmony Defender 360 Convertible Deluxe Car Seat

This convertible car seat and booster combo can be used as a forward-facing car seat, highback booster, or backless booster to provide excellent value for your money while it grows with your child. The no-rethread harness adjusts up to 9 positions and it’s compact enough to fit 3 across in most vehicles.

Key features:

Use from: 22 to 110 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
Certified frustration-free packaging

Cost: *Est. $119

13. WB KidsEmbrace Combination Toddler Harness Booster Car Seat

The superhero-inspired booster seat your little Batman fan deserves, this seat meets or exceeds all U.S. safety standards and received a Best Bet Booster rating from the IIHS. The deep headrest provides added protection in case of a collision. It comes complete with two cupholders and the seat pad is machine washable for easy cleanups.

Key features:

Use from: 22 to 100 pounds, up to 57”
Available in a choice of superheros
1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $112.49

14. Chicco KidFit Booster Car Seat

This convertible booster seat can be used both highback and backless to grow with your child. It boasts 10 adjustable positions that provide combined head and shoulder side-impact protection and the one-pull tightening system ensures little passengers are secure.

Key features:

Use from: 30 to 110 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
Machine washable covers

Cost: *Est. $99.99

15. Clek Olli Backless Booster Seat

This backless booster seat provides bigger kids with added protection, while preventing the dreaded “numb-bum” thanks to special padding. It comes complete with cup holders and boasts a lightweight and portable design that makes it perfect for use while traveling or in taxis.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 120 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
9 year expiration date

Cost: *Est. $99.99

16. Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 Booster Seat

This combination 3-in-1 seat offers excellent value for the price as it can be used from birth through when your child is ready to use only a seat belt. It offers a choice of 3 recline and 5 headrest positions to provide a safe and comfortable fit for children of many sizes.

Key features:

Use from: 30 to 110 pounds
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $99.99

17. Diono Cambria Highback Booster Car Seat

This booster seat can be used both highback and backless and boasts energy-absorbing foam and an extra-deep headrest for added protection. It offers convenient one-handed adjustments and features an ergonomically-designed seat. It comes complete with integrated snack and cup holders, along with a 1 year warranty.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 120 pounds, up to 63”
Available in a choice of colors
Folds flat for convenient travel and storage

Cost: *Est. $89.99

18. Graco Affix Youth Booster Seat with Latch System

This booster seat can be used both highback and backless, and boasts the LATCH connection system. Kids can still buckle themselves into this seat with energy-absorbing foam lining. The headrest easily adjusts as your child grows and the seat comes complete with hide-away storage and an integrated cup holder.

Key features:

Use from: 30 to 100 pounds, up to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Machine washable cushion

Cost: *Est. $69.81

19. Evenflo Maestro Booster Car Seat

This convertible seat can be used both rear-facing and forward-facing to provide extended use for little ones. It meets or exceeds all U.S. safety standards and boasts side impact protection. With multiple harness positions to choose from and easy, one-handed front adjustments, you’re sure to get a snug fit every ride.

Key features:

Use from: 22 to 110 pounds, 28” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $66.96

20. Clek Ozzi Backless Booster Seat

This backless booster seat provides bigger kids with added protection, while preventing the dreaded “numb-bum” thanks to special padding. It boasts a lightweight and portable design that makes it perfect for use while traveling or in taxis.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 120 pounds, 40” to 57”
1 year warranty
9 year expiration date

Cost: *Est. $59.99

21. Safety 1st Store N Go with Back Booster Car Seat

This highback belt-positioning booster seat features an adjustable headrest to grow with your child and easily converts to a backless system when your little one is ready. It boasts an integrated storage drawer with latch and integrated cup holder to keep all your child’s snacks and drinks secure.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 100 pounds, 43” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Meets or exceeds all U.S. safety standards

Cost: *Est. $59

22. Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat

This booster seat boasts energy-absorbing foam to help protect little ones in case of collision, while the open loop belt guides help to ensure proper seat belt positioning kids can do themselves. There’s integrated cupholders, adjustable head and armrests, and generous cushioning for a more comfortable ride.

Key features:

Use from: 30 to 100 pounds, 40” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Machine washable cover

Cost: *Est. $43

23. Cosco High Back Booster Car Seat

This highback booster seat has been FAA certified for use with air travel, and its lightweight design makes it easily portable. It comes complete with integrated belt guides and a removable cupholder.

Key features:

Use from: 22 to 80 pounds, 34” to 52”
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $39.88

24. Disney Pronto Booster Car Seat

This belt-positioning booster seat can be used both highback and backless to provide extended use for growing children. It boasts integrated shoulder belt guides, an easily adjustable headrest, and slide out cup holder.

Key features:

Use from: 30 to 100 pounds, 34” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $36.99

25. Evenflo Big Kid AMP Booster Car Seat

This belt-positioning booster seat can be used both highback and backless to provide extended use for growing children. It boasts energy-absorbing foam for added protection and the cover is machine washable for quick and easy cleanups. One-handed height adjustments and integrated belt guide loops make finding the safest fit a cinch.

Key features:

Use from: 30 to 110 pounds, 38’ to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $32.99

26. Graco Affix Backless Youth Booster Seat with Latch System

This backless booster seat offers an incredibly lightweight and easily portable design that is ideal for use when traveling and boasts a one-handed easy-to-adjust LATCH connection system. It allows big kids to buckle themselves, while meeting or exceeding all U.S. safety standards. It comes complete with a hideaway storage compartment and single cup holder.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 10 pounds, 40” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Machine washable cover

Cost: *Est. $31.49

27. WB KidsEmbrace Belt Positioning Backless Booster Car Seat

The superhero-inspired booster seat your little Batman fan deserves, this seat meets or exceeds all U.S. safety standards and received a Best Bet Booster rating from the IIHS. The contoured seat provides little ones with a comfortable ride and the seat pad is machine washable for easy cleanups.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 100 pounds, 40” to 57”
Available in a choice of superheros
1 year warranty

Cost: *Est. $29.99

28. Disney Store and Go Backless Booster Car Seat

This belt-positioning backless booster seat offers a hideaway storage compartment and integrated cupholder for your little one’s snacks. It meets or exceeds all U.S. safety standards and boasts a lightweight design that makes it easily portable.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 100 pounds, 40” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $29.88

29. BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat

This booster seat inflates and deflates for quick and easy setup, making it an ideal option for travel use. This seat meets or exceeds all U.S. safety standards and received a Best Bet Booster rating from the IIHS.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 100 pounds, 40” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Can fit 3 across in most vehicles

Cost: *Est. $29.74

30. Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat

This booster seat has been designed and tested to meet or exceed all U.S. safety standards and has received top ratings from consumer publications and parents. It features height adjustable padded armrests to provide big kids with a more comfortable ride, and lets them safely buckle themselves.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 100 pounds, 40” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Machine washable cover

Cost: *Est. $29

31. Safety 1st Incognito Kid Positioning Seat

It might feature a minimalist design, but this booster seat doesn’t skimp on safety. It has been specially-designed to ensure correct positioning and is lightweight enough to take while traveling. Thanks to its unique design, parents can rest easy knowing their child is safely positioned, while big kids won’t feel self-conscious about using a booster seat.

Key features:

Use from: 60 to 120 pounds, up to 60”
Available in a choice of colors
Made in the USA for quality you can trust

Cost: *Est. $28.99

32. Evenflo Amp Performance No Back Booster Car Seat

This backless booster seat boasts contoured seat padding for a more comfortable ride and the cover is machine washable for quick and easy cleanups. It boasts integrated cup holders and comfortable, wipe-clean armrests. It meets or exceeds all U.S. safety standards and comes in certified frustration-free packaging.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 110 pounds, 40” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
IIHS Best Bet

Cost: *Est. $27.81

33. Evenflo Amp Lx No Back Booster Car Seat

This backless booster seat boasts contoured seat padding for a more comfortable ride and the cover is machine washable for quick and easy cleanups. The integrated belt-positioning clip makes helps your child correctly buckle themselves and it comes complete with integrated cup holders and comfortable, wipe-clean armrests.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 110 pounds, 40” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Side impact tested

Cost: *Est. $24.99

34. Evenflo AMP Select Car Booster Seat

This backless booster seat has been tested to meet or exceed all U.S. safety standards, and boasts a machine washable cover for quick and easy cleanups. Integrated cup holders and contoured seat padding provide little passengers with a more comfortable ride.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 110 pounds, 40” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Lightweight design for ease of portability

Cost: *Est. $23.88

35. Cosco Juvenile Top Side Booster Car Seat

This backless booster seat boasts a lightweight design that provides extra padding to provide little passengers with a more comfortable ride. The cover is machine washable for quick and easy cleanups, and its compact design makes for easy storage.

Key features:

Use from: 40 to 100 pounds, 43” to 57”
Available in a choice of colors
Specially designed to protect your vehicle’s seat

Cost: *Est. $15.99

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