Belt-positioning booster seats are high-back boosters that often convert to backless boosters. They are a safe option for kids who have outgrown their convertible car seats and who are tall and heavy enough -- and mature enough -- to sit in a seat without a five-point harness, generally around age 5 or so.
The Clek Oobr (Est. $300) mixes safety and style in a way that pleases both parents and kids. It boasts a strong magnesium frame, energy-absorbing foam, side-impact protection and rigid LATCH connectors that make the seat a breeze to install and keep firmly in place, owners say. The Oobr converts from a high-back booster to a backless booster. It also features moisture- and stain-resistant Crypton fabric. It has an easy-to-adjust headrest and recline, and the seat's funky, modern look and color choices may please opinionated older children who think boosters are for babies. While the price is a downside for some, other reviewers complain that the seat is too heavy and bulky. One expert notes that the seat may not be deep enough for kids with long legs, and some parents say they expect more padding at this budget-busting price.
For almost $200 less, the Britax Parkway SG (Est. $105) has a lighter, narrower frame than the Clek Oobr, which helps it fit in tighter spaces. In addition to side-impact protection and energy-absorbing foam (common to most high-back boosters), it features a SecureGuard seat-belt plate that helps keep children from slipping under their lap belts in a crash. The Parkway SG also converts from a high-back to a backless booster, and it's relatively light at just over 11 pounds. However, some reviewers complain that the small, low armrests and SecureGuard plate make the seat uncomfortable for their kids. Others say it's hard for their children to buckle up independently in the Parkway SG.
Truly budget-minded parents will find a solid pick in the Graco Highback TurboBooster (Est. $50). Reviewers say the seat, which converts to a backless booster, is easy to install and adjust. It also notches top ratings for belt placement. The narrow frame is a good choice for tighter vehicle seats, and parents say the seat cover is a snap to remove and wash. They also appreciate the retractable cup holders and wide range of colors and patterns -- big bonuses for boosting kid appeal. But the Highback TurboBooster is hard to carry despite being relatively lightweight, reviewers say. The seat also has less side-impact protection than competing models such as the Clek Oobr and Britax Parkway SG.
For top-of-the-line safety, comfort and convenience features, the Clek Oobr is a standout in this category, and reviewers say it's well worth its price.