The Best Booster Car Seats

The Best Booster Car Seats

Our pick

Diono Monterey XT

Diono Monterey XT

The best booster car seat

This attractive, comfortable booster seat performed the best in our side-impact crash testing, and its unique backrest adjusts in width as your kid grows.

Buying Options

$110* from BuyBuy Baby
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

The design of the Diono Monterey XT is notably better at positioning the shoulder strap of the safety belt onto a kid’s shoulder and preventing the strap from twisting or coming out—a convenience for parents. Our kid testers found the seat comfortable and had no difficulty buckling themselves in and sitting properly in it, making it easier for parents to ensure that their kids use the seat correctly and ride safely. Like our other picks, the Diono converts from a high-back to a backless booster, and comes with a LATCH option. It’s one of the widest seats we looked at, however.

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Runner-up

Chicco KidFit

Chicco KidFit

Easier to use

This booster seat performed well in crash testing and is lighter and easier to use than our main pick in some ways, but its back has a tendency to come apart when it’s being moved around.

Buying Options

$100 from Amazon

The Chicco KidFit is not our main pick because it did not prevent head contact in our side-impact testing, but otherwise it performed just as well as the Diono. It’s simpler to use than the Diono in some ways: it weighs 3½ pounds less, and is thus easier to move around; its push-button latches are less frustrating; and its tightening mechanism makes getting an extra-secure fit easier. Some parents may find it annoying that the back comes off easily when they’re moving the seat around, but that doesn’t affect its function.

Budget pick

Graco TurboBooster LX

Graco TurboBooster LX

A safe, no-frills option

This booster seat had a strong performance in our crash testing. It’s slimmer and lighter than our other picks, which makes it easier to move and to fit in smaller cars.

Buying Options

$57 from Amazon

The Graco TurboBooster LX performed well in crash testing, but not quite as well as the Diono or Chicco. It also doesn’t feel quite as nice as those two models, but it costs half as much. Like our other picks, it has a LATCH option, converts to backless, and has two cupholders. It’s also slimmer and weighs less than the Diono or the Chicco.

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Our pick

Diono Monterey XT

Diono Monterey XT

The best booster car seat

This attractive, comfortable booster seat performed the best in our side-impact crash testing, and its unique backrest adjusts in width as your kid grows.

Buying Options

$110* from BuyBuy Baby
Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

Runner-up

Chicco KidFit

Chicco KidFit

Easier to use

This booster seat performed well in crash testing and is lighter and easier to use than our main pick in some ways, but its back has a tendency to come apart when it’s being moved around.

Buying Options

$100 from Amazon

Budget pick

Graco TurboBooster LX

Graco TurboBooster LX

A safe, no-frills option

This booster seat had a strong performance in our crash testing. It’s slimmer and lighter than our other picks, which makes it easier to move and to fit in smaller cars.

Buying Options

$57 from Amazon

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