User Rating: Very Good
Ease of Use:
Pros:Width adjustable, can be backless if necessary
Cons:Poor head wings, hard to make tall/backless, kids don't fit the narrow setting
The Bottom Line: If you can afford to, get the Parkway for kiddo's primary seat & Turbo as a spare for travel.
This was a *fantabulific* booster when it 1st came out, compared to others on the market at the time! However, it is quickly being surpassed....
Recommend this product?
We have the following boosters & used them all with kids between 4-10 years old in dozens of vehicles:
~ Britax Starriser Comfy (high back & backless)
~ Britax Bodyguard
~ Britax Parkway
~ Recaro Young Sport (with & without harness)
~ Graco Turbo (high back & backless)
~ Graco Platinum CarGo (with & without harness)
~ Cosco "somethingorother" (backless & flimsy)
The Starriser Comfy does fit every vehicle very well because the base can be adjusted by width, but so can the Bodyguard & the shape of the Parkway is just such that it hasn't yet not fit any vehicle we've tried. The Starriser Comfy does not require belt-locking like the Bodyguard, so in that respect it's more similar to the Turbo, Parkway & Recaro Young Sport. I won't even bother with the CarGo or Cosco because they offer no side impact protection. In fact, this is where the Starriser Comfy is lacking compared to the Recaro Young Sport, Bodyguard, Parkway & Turbo -- they all have much deeper head wings that not only protect the head during a side impact, but help prevent kiddo from slumping out of the seatbelt after falling asleep! The booster & seat belt can only protect a child if the child remains seated in the proper position for the entire length of every trip.... Another important factor is how easily the seat adjusts as the child grows: the Starriser Comfy is difficult! The Recaro Young Sport is difficult to adjust, too, but it's EPS-lined deep side wings make up for that; the Bodyguard, Parkway & Turbo are all very easy to adjust by height; the Turbo is much easier to make backless than the Starriser Comfy.
My 8 year old daughter is about 62" & 52#
My 4 year old daughter is about 42" & 33#
They both fit the Starriser Comfy well, little sis on the narrowest setting, yet buckling is still very difficult in our vehicle with 2 other seats; big sis can only fit if it's on the widest setting which means it does not fit between other carseats or next to a carseat & the door -- hence the reason we bought a Parkway.
If you have a big kid & tight seating arrangement go with the Parkway: the lack of armrests makes buckling easy enough for kiddo to accomplish in most cases & the head wings are much deeper so they're more protective & more comfortable for sleeping!
However, something else to consider is travel.... If you need to bring your booster in taxis or on vacation, the Starriser Comfy might be a better choice than the Parkway since it can be backless when necessary. We decided, though, to keep our Starriser Comfy as a spare in family members' vehicles, using the Parkway as the primary booster & backless Turbo for travel because both these seats are lighter weight than the Starriser Comfy.
The Starriser Comfy seems more difficult to clean than the Parkway, too, & the fabric on some Turbos is reversible, which is very handy for stubborn stains.
Amount Paid (US$): 100
Age Range of Child: Whole Family