The Insurance Institute for Highway for Highway Safety today announced its finding for the safest booster seats. After researching 62 models, the IIHS designated 31 seats as “Best Bets”. Because many booster seats can be used in different modes (highback, backless), they appear twice on the list and receive different recommendations depending on mode of use.

As always, a good fit with your child and in your particular car is most important. The IIHS says, “Boosters elevate children and position safety belts so the belts will fit them better. The lap belt should lie flat and on top of a child’s upper thighs, not higher up on the abdomen. The shoulder belt should fit across the middle of a child’s shoulder. If it falls off the shoulder or rests on the neck, a child might move the belt behind the back or under an arm.”

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Best Bets Booster Seats

Britax Frontier 85 , $300 (on sale from $215)
Britax Frontier 85 SICT, $330 (on sale from $250)
Britax Parkway SGL (highback mode), $150 (on sale from $120)
BubbleBum , $40
Chicco Keyfit Strada (highback mode), $180 (on sale from $127)
Clek Oobr (highback mode), $275 (on sale from $210)
Cosco Pronto (highback mode), $40
Cybex Solution X – Fix , $140
Diono/Sunshine Kids Monterey (highback mode), $140 (from $111)
Eddie Bauer Auto Booster (highback mode), $110 (on sale from $70)
Evenflo Big Kid AMP , $40 (on sale from $30)
Evenflo Big Kid Sport (backless mode), $60 (on sale from $45)
Evenflo Maestro , $85
Evenflo Symphony 65 e3 , $230 (on sale from $165)
Ferrari Dreamway SP (highback mode), $250
Graco Argos 70 (highback mode)
Graco TurboBooster – Baldwin (highback mode)
Graco Highback Turbo Booster Seat Elite (highback mode), $70
Harmony Cruz Youth Booster/Harmony Carpooler
Harmony Dreamtime (backless mode)
Harmony Dreamtime (highback mode)
Harmony Olympian/Secure Comfort Deluxe
Harmony Youth Booster Seat
KIDSEmbrace Dale Earnhardt, Jr. , $160
Maxi-Cosi Rodi XR (highback mode), $180
Recaro ProBooster , $130
RECARO ProSPORT , $280 (on sale from $235)
Recaro Vivo, $90 (on sale from $80)
Safety 1st Boost Air (highback mode), $80
Safety 1st S1 Rümi Air
The First Years Compass Pathway B570 , $90 (on sale from $80)

See the complete IIHS announcement here.

Image via The IIHS.


Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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  1. 1.

    I love these post you do – they’re so helpful. The one you did on sunscreen had me change brands and I’m happy to see our booster is on your reco list!

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      Thanks, Heather. I wish I could take some credit, but really I just share what the experts say. 🙂

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    Carrie Phelps

    Great post, thank you. I have shared this on FB because it’s such an important topic.

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    We have the Clek Olli, and it’s not on the list 🙁 We aren’t using it yet because my daughter doesn’t weigh enough yet.

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