User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Cushier than other boosters, 2 cup/snack holders.
Cons:Cup/Snack holders are a little hard to open.
The Bottom Line: I definitely recommend this seat. I have used others that were more money and this one beats them. Plus my little one loves it!
My daughter has grown out of her infant seat!!! I can't believe it's time to buy another booster! Now my son has a Graco High-back Turbo-booster and I figured I would run to Wal-Mart and just buy another one of those. It's not a perfect seat but it works, right? Besides, I have lots of faith in Graco products and my son seems to be comfortable.
Recommend this product?
When I went to Wal-Mart, I saw that I must have paid almost $50.00 for my son's booster. I also saw an Evenflo Big Kid Booster ON SALE for $29.97. Now, I don't want to compromise safety for $20.00, so I have to look at them both.
The Evenflo Big Kid Booster is the last seat your child will need...it accommodates children 30-100lbs and up to 57" inches tall. The Graco seat does the same.
Both of these seats convert to a no-back booster-this is a good thing, so you get extra use out of the seat and don't have to go and purchase another seat. They both have height positioning to accommodate a growing child. And they both have the hook for the belt to loop through so it stays in it's correct position.
That's where the similarities end.
*The Evenflo seat, to me, is cushy. Even my son said that "Sissy's seat is softer than mine". It just has a nicer feel and feels like the padding is thicker. The material feels like a microfiber-ish and seems like spills could be cleaned up easily (we'll see). I have not had to wash this seat yet, so I don't know how it will turn out. I do know that I have washed my Graco covers and they come out very nice.
*There are 2 cup/snack holders. My daughter loves this. I have to open them for her because they aren't the easiest to open. But we need them and they work nice. You can position the seat on either side of the car and still have a functioning holder. My graco seat has 2 cup holders but they are solely cup holders. There are no extra little cubbies. My son is still a little mad about that : )
*The armrests pivot. This is a big deal! My Graco seat's armrest don't and my son has gotten stuck on them numerous times. And, if he's sleeping, it's difficult to maneuver around the armrest. My new Evenflo, the armrests move to an upright position so my daughter can move out freely.
Now installation is a brreeeezzeee for booster seats. Place on car seat. You have to loop the seat belt through the belt holder and you're done! Both seats come with a positioning strap. It connects to the bottom of the seat and keeps the belt in place. I haven't used these, my kids are big movers in the car. (They sleep)
I will say that putting this seat together was a little difficult--it just *snaps* together but some of the *snaps* are very hard! My graco seat was already pretty much put together-I just had to connect the backrest with the base. I don't think that it makes either seat safer or not, I would say that maybe Evenflo made the seat in a couple of parts to put it in a smaller box? : ) The cover was easy to put on. My graco was the same way.
All in all I really like this seat. I purchased it because of price and because it seems so much softer than the Graco seat.
The only negative --and I don't really think it's that big of a deal--is the cupholders are a little hard to operate. They seem to stick. I don't really even notice, but I know my daughter can't open them herself (she's 2 1/2)
So that's basically my opinion of this seat. I purchased mine at Wal-Mart but I do know that Target, Kmart, and Sears all have similar seats.
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Amount Paid (US$): 29.97
Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months