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The Best Car Seats on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing.

We’ve done comprehensive guides to the best stuff for kids and babies, including mom- and nanny-approved strollers, five-star baby mobiles, and an exhaustive list of baby-shower gifts. Here, we’re buckling up to find the best car seats and booster seats for babies, toddlers, and young kids currently available for purchase on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best infant car seat

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat

“I can’t imagine that there is a better car seat out there. This Graco is strong and durable. It has some weight, but you know your baby is safe inside. I love everything about it. How simply it locks into the base in our car is more than I could have expected. It is so simple to get in and out of the vehicle. It is the perfect car seat and baby carrier. A must-buy.”

Best convertible car seat

Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

“Seriously, my child slept through a pretty significant fender bender tucked safely in this car seat. We are running around taking care of errands, and I am stopped at a stop sign when BAM, a truck smashes into our tiny hybrid HARD, and I mean HARD — it’s been determined that the driver was going between 30 to 45 miles per hour … and I was completely STOPPED. I jarred both of my legs into the floor, bruised my shoulder area (where the buckle was), and had some pretty serious whiplash. My daughter (rear-facing in this car seat) SLEPT through the crash and sustained no injuries … not a single bruise, not a hair out of place. I find that impressive.”

Best convertible reclining car seat

Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

“After trying many car seats (cheap and expensive), I’ll be keeping this one because it’s not outrageous, yet has all the qualities I love about the top brands … and more! Very easy installation, pretty lightweight, keeps my baby cool in a hot car, and is not insanely huge like some of the others we have tried. But best of all, the reclining feature is PERFECT. It moves the whole seat rather than just the back, so that it takes up less room, but also keeps baby in a cozy V-like position and seems much more comfy to sleep in. Haven’t used it many times yet, but so far this is my favorite car seat of all!”

Best easy-to-install convertible car seat

Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat

“I LOVE this seat and so does my son! I bought this seat to replace one that I had and hated because I could never get it installed tight enough by myself. I had this seat installed in under a minute, and it is in tight! It does not budge! I no longer have to have anxiety every time I need to move it and reinstall my car seat. I wish I would have bought this seat from the start and saved myself a lot of hassle. This is truly the only seat I have ever been able to install correctly by myself. My son seems a lot more comfortable in it as well. Wish I could give it 100 stars!”

Best lightweight convertible car seat

Evenflo Tribute Sport Convertible Car Seat

“I bought this car seat for use on a plane, so that we didn’t have to lug our much heavier Britax through an airport or risk damaging it. After using this, I’m not convinced our Britax seat was worth the extra $200. This seat is easy to install, easy to uninstall, and easy to carry. The harness does not have the same padding as more expensive seats, but my child did not seem to notice. Ditto for the cushioning of the seat; my child seemed perfectly comfortable, even if the Evenflo didn’t have as much cushioning as the Britax.”

Best car seat–stroller combo

Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System

“This stroller has been a dream. It is by far the easiest assembly I’ve ever had for a stroller (it took just minutes to set up, and everything was extremely intuitive). It collapses down, so it’s easy to store in a closet or fit in a relatively small trunk. And the storage space! It’s huge! I can fit a jumbo diaper bag, and my purse, and a snack bag, and shopping bags, and … I could go on.”

Best convertible booster seat for toddlers and kids

Graco Affix Youth Booster Seat With Latch System

“We just replaced the last car seat like this that we had, after being in an accident. Our car flipped three times on the highway and my son emerged without a scratch. As soon as we were safe at home, I came here to order the same seat again because I was so impressed with how well it kept him safe. It’s also very easy to install and not too wide. Wish we hadn’t had the opportunity to test it out in such awful circumstances, but now I will tell everyone we know how grateful we are to this car seat.”

Best convertible booster seat for small seats

Cosco Highback 2-in-1 Booster Car Seat

“We purchased this car seat for a plane trip from LAX to Florida in the summer. Our son is 4 years old and 30 pounds. Great, because it is narrow, light, not bulky, AND affordable. His regular car seats are heavy and BIG, so this one is perfect for plane rides … My personal recommendation for kids on an airplane is a car seat … at least for my little guy because it reminds him of being in a car where he needs to stay in his car seat. Then when you get to your destination, you already have a car seat and do not need to rent one from a car-rental agency (who knows where that car seat has been).”

Best convertible booster seat under $50

Evenflo Big Kid AMP Booster Car Seat

“We had our 6-year-old son in this seat when our 2010 Toyota Camry was sideswiped by a semi on the interstate. We were going around 50 mph in a construction zone at the time. We bounced off a concrete barrier twice afterward. Airbags deployed. Car was totaled. Our son didn’t have a single cut, scratch, bump, or bruise anywhere on his entire body. With the insurance money, we bought a new one without hesitation. This car seat did its job and saved our son. Five stars seem woefully inadequate.”

Best lightweight booster seat

Cosco Topside Booster Car Seat

“Finally, a slim-design booster that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles — like cup holders that take up extra room! We needed a slim-design booster for a smaller 8-year-old. Three car seats across the backseat of a Ford Escape. Seat belt fits well and the seat itself was fine. No complaints from our little passenger. Even more impressive? Three across in my daughter’s Jetta!”

Best superhero-themed booster seat

KidsEmbrace Batman Booster Car Seat

“I was a little leery before I ordered it, thinking it was gimmicky, but knew Amazon would take it back if I didn’t like it. I absolutely love it — maybe more than my 4-year-old grandson! It’s large and roomy, very sturdy, and I know he is safe. I recommend this product for grandparents like me to keep in their car. A forewarning — you may get startled when you look back. His eyes are intense!”

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The Best Car Seats, According to Amazon Reviews