Booster Seats: Ratings of Sources
Total of 15 Sources
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by Editors of CarSeatBlog.com
Our AssessmentCertified child passenger safety technicians run CarSeatBlog.com. Recommendations list crucial features, pros and cons, and often link to more detailed reviews. Editors base their recommendations off both their work helping others install and use seats correctly as well as their own experiences as parents. They note that their picks are subjective and not based on crash testing, and they do not include newer seats that they may not have much experience with.
Booster Evaluations for 2012
by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Our AssessmentThe IIHS evaluates booster seats on how well they make a seat belt fit an average 6 year old. Engineers measure belt fit on a crash dummy. Seats are rated best bets, good bets, check fit or not recommended based on those measurements. While the picks are unbiased, they do not take into account anything other than belt fit or any kind of crash testing.
Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings
by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Our AssessmentNHTSA rates car seats on a 5-star scale for ease of use, focusing on label content and clarity, instruction content and clarity, ease of installation and ease of securing a child. While the picks are unbiased, they do not take into account anything other than ease of use or any kind of crash testing.
Car Seats: Picking the Right Child Safety Seat
by Denise and Alan Fields
Our Assessment"Baby Bargains" 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.
Toddler Booster Seat Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThe staff of ConsumerReports.org crash tests 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.
Our Best Picks for Boosters
by Editors of TheCarSeatLady.com
Our AssessmentCar-seat experts and child passenger safety technicians from TheCarSeatLady.com pick the best boosters for a variety of factors: travel, carpools, tall kids, long legs, wide kids, combination seats and budget picks under $50. Picks are based on those thought to be "the most versatile for the widest range of children and vehicles," they note. However, there are no in-depth reviews of the seats.
The Best Booster Car Seats for Big Kids
by Editors of BabyCenter.com
Our AssessmentBabyCenter.com editors pick five booster seats for their best-of roundup. Picks are based on parent reviews from the web as well as editors' personal experience. Reviews are short but informative, and each one notes potential cons for the seats. The reviews are not comparative.
Best Booster Seats
by Erin Smith
Our AssessmentParents' booster-seat roundup features 10 seats drawn from the IIHS best bets.' The short reviews include helpful height and weight capacities and detail the seats' best features, but they do not note any cons or compare seats. It's also unclear how they picked specific models from the IIHS list.
Best Booster Seats
by Editors of 10Rate.com
Our AssessmentEditors at 10Rate.com base initial picks on parents' reviews from around the web, then rate each seat according to seven criteria: portability, compact fit, ease of installation, safety, affordability, quality and conversion ability. Each review includes informative quick specs and a box noting strengths and weaknesses.
Best Booster Seat
by Natasha Puryear
Our AssessmentBestcovery.com recommends five booster seats and backless booster seats. The short reviews are informative, but they are not comparative and do not note many cons, if any, for each seat. The product guide expert chooses top picks, and runners-up are based on user reviews from around the web.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is one of a parent's best resources for real-world reviews of booster seats. Reviews are often quite detailed and even-handed. Expensive seats may have fewer reviews than cheaper seats. Prospective buyers should read carefully, since reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with a seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of older reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product with flaws that have been addressed.
Babble Blogger Favorites: Infant and Toddler Car Seats
by Michelle Horton
Our AssessmentMichelle Horton bases her picks -- best new seats and best for innovation -- on consultations with experts, personal research and real-world seat tests. The reviews are informative, highlighting age and height recommendations as well as key features. They also note pros and cons for each model, but do not compare them.
Top 8 Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seats
by Heather Corley
Our AssessmentHeather Corley is About.com's baby products expert and a child passenger safety technician. Her picks include short but informative reviews. However, the reviews don't note cons, and it's unclear what methodology she used to make the picks. Her picks also include a couple of discontinued models, indicating that this may be an older list.
Bubblebum Booster Review
by Heather Corley
Our AssessmentHeather Corley is About.com's baby products expert and a child passenger safety technician. Her in-depth reviews of baby products are quite detailed, and they include a rating on a 5-star scale. The review for the BubbleBum includes all of these things, though it doesn't compare it to any specific products.
Booster Car Seats
by Editors of BabyGizmo.com
Our AssessmentIn addition to top picks, the editors of BabyGizmo.com offer an overview of what to look for in booster seats and links for further reading. However, the picks are not accompanied by any in-depth reviews, and the methodology behind them is unclear.