At nearly $300, the Clek Oobr is pricey for a belt-positioning booster, but its owners say you get what you pay for. Reviewers say the rigid LATCH connectors and magnesium frame make the Oobr one of the safest boosters out there, and they also love the sleek style and moisture-resistant fabric. But the Oobr weighs a hefty 20 pounds, and some say the seat could be deeper.
First-class safety features. The Clek Oobr is a belt-positioning booster that uses a vehicle's existing seat belts. It has a magnesium frame, energy-absorbing foam, side-impact head protection and rigid LATCH connectors that help ensure a secure installation and keep the seat from becoming a projectile in a crash. LATCH can be used regardless of the child's weight. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) names the Oobr a best bet for proper belt fit in high-back booster mode but check fit in backless mode, meaning it doesn't offer a proper fit in as many vehicles as some competing seats.
Easy to install and use. Reviewers say the Clek Oobr's rigid LATCH connectors make the seat one of the easiest-to-install boosters on the market. The headrest and recline are also easy to adjust, and the seat belt is easy to thread through the Oobr's belt guides, reviewers say. In ease-of-use ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the seat receives a perfect score. Installation and instructions are clear, testers say, but there is no label demonstrating the conversion from high-back to backless booster.
Sleek but heavy. The Clek Oobr converts from a high-back to a backless booster. It has padded armrests and one detachable cup holder. Reviewers praise the seat's sleek style and Crypton fabric, which is moisture- and stain-repellant. The bottom seat cover is removable and machine-washable. While parents say the seat's 12-degree recline and head wings make it ideal for car naps, a few note that the Oobr doesn't seem as plush as some competing models. An optional carrying strap (*Est. $10) makes the seat easier to tote when it's in backless mode, but reviewers say the seat is heavy with the back attached. High-back mode can be used for children from 33 to 100 pounds and 38 to 57 inches; backless mode can be used from 40 to 57 inches and 40 to 100 pounds. One expert reviewer cautions that the seat might not be deep enough to comfortably accommodate longer-legged children.
Solid customer service. The Clek Oobr comes with a limited one-year warranty and reviewers generally give customer service high marks. The seat expires nine years from its date of manufacture.
Review Credibility: Excellent The Clek Oobr is one of CarSeatBlog.com's picks for best booster seat. Editors call the seat "oh so cool" and praise the rigid LATCH connectors, recline, stain- and moisture-resistant fabric and style choices. However, the seat is wide and heavy, and the seat depth may not accommodate some long-legged children as well as other models, they say.
Review: Recommended Carseats, Editors of CarSeatBlog.com, September 2012
2. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Review Credibility: Excellent The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluates booster seats on how well they make a seat belt fit an average 6 year old. The Clek Oobr is rated a best bet in high-back mode, meaning the lap belt was flat or nearly flat on the thighs, and the shoulder belt was correctly positioned at or very near the mid-shoulder. It is rated check fit for backless mode, meaning it offers good protection for some kids in some vehicles, but not in as many cases as top-rated boosters.
Review: Booster Evaluations for 2012, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety , Not dated
Review Credibility: Excellent NHTSA rates car seats on a 5-star scale for ease of use, label content and clarity, instruction content and clarity, ease of installation and ease of securing a child. The Clek Oobr receives 5 stars overall, as well as for installation and instructions. However, the seat's belt path is not labeled, and there is no label demonstrating conversion to a backless booster, the NHTSA notes.
Review: Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Not dated
4. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent Baby Bargains, a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors review popular car seats based on expert testing and parents' reviews, as well as information from manufacturers and retailers. Their website offers up-to-date information, additional reviews, recall information and forums for parents to discuss baby products.
Review: Car Seats: Picking the Right Child Safety Seat, Denise and Alan Fields, Tenth Edition, 2013
Review Credibility: Excellent Editors of ConsumerReports.org test 13 combination and 33 belt-positioning booster seats, including high-back and backless models. The ratings are reliable and unbiased, and they include editors' highs and lows for each seat -- helpful for parents who want a quick summary of each seat. However, there are a couple of discontinued models listed, and it's unclear when the tests were performed.
Review: Booster Seat Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good BabyCenter.com editors pick five booster seats for their best-of roundup. They praise the Clek Oobr for its sleek looks, 100-pound capacity, quality materials and rigid LATCH connectors. The magnesium frame makes the seat sturdier, and the easy recline makes the seat more nap-compatible, they say. However, the price is high for a seat without a lot of plush padding, and this isn't an ideal seat for children under 40 pounds, they say.
Review: The Best Booster Car Seats for Big Kids, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Parents' booster-seat roundup features 10 seats drawn from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's best bets. A short review praises the Clek Oobr for its easy installation and ability to convert to a backless booster. Editors also like the available stain- and moisture-resistant fabrics. The review does not note any cons or compare seats.
Review: Best Booster Seats, Erin Smith, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Editors at 10Rate.com pick the Clek Oobr as the best overall booster for quality and give it a rating of 8 out of 10. They like the magnesium frame, energy-absorbing foam, easy LATCH install and safety performance. They also like that it can turn into a backless booster, but they note that the price is high and say some of the instructions are lacking.
Review: Best Booster Seats, Editors of 10Rate.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Clek Oobr receives 4.6 out of 5 stars in more than 50 reviews on Amazon.com. Reviewers say the seat feels sturdy and is among the easiest to install. They also like the built-in storage, easily removable and washable fabric, sleek style and wide headrest for car naps. A few reviewers say there is inconsistency among fabrics, with others pointing out that the seat is heavy. In addition, some say it doesn't seem as comfortable as other seats, and others dislike the high price tag.
Review: Clek Oobr Booster Car Seat, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Heather Corley's short review says the Clek Oobr "is more than just a pretty face," praising its lightweight portability, rigid LATCH connectors, side head supports, adjustable headrest and torso protection. She also loves the range of colors. The review does not compare the seat to others or note any cons.
Review: Top 8 Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seats, Heather Corley, Not dated