The Best Car Seats for Your Kids in 2017

Girl in booster seat

Few car accessories are more important than a child’s booster seat. But how do you select the right one for you and your child’s needs? Reviewing the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) annual list of booster seat ratings can help make the decision easier.

BEST BET ratings are given to booster seats that provide a good belt fit for 4 to 8-year-olds in most cars, minivans and SUVs. Below are some of the best booster seats on the market. Click here for a complete list of booster seats that received the “BEST BET” ranking.

Booster Seat Model Model Tested with BEST BET Ranking Price
Aidia Pathfinder Highback $125.99
Britax Frontier ClickTight Highback $309.99
Cosco Pronto Highback $39.99
Diono Cambria Backless & Highback $79.99
Dream On Me Turbo Booster Highback $54.99
Evenflo Advanced Transitions Backless & Highback $140.00
Harmony Youth Booster Seat Backless $12.98
Recaro Performance Booster Highback $159.99
Safety 1st Store ‘n Go No-Back Backless $27.99

With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits your price point. All manufacturers are required to meet the same safety regulations, so whether you go with a less or more expensive model, you can rest assure that each seat was tested against the same standards. The more expensive seats, however, may include more convenient features, easier installation and longer expiration dates.

For a complete list, visit the IIHS booster seat ratings page. No matter which seat you choose, make sure you adhere to the booster seat safety requirements for your child’s age and weight.


This information is accurate as of March 31, 2017.  Always be sure to check current safety ratings and recall statuses before purchasing.