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Best Car seats

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Car seats

Best Car seats

We tested 111 car seats to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Car seat based on the following criteria:

  • Ease of use
  • Crash protection/beltfit highback
  • Crash protection/beltfit backless

Below lists the Car seats that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Car seat is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Car seats

Best Car seat for Ease of use

Our judgment of how easy each seat is to use including items such as the clarity of labels and instructions, the ease of achieving an appropriate belt fit and the transition between highback and backless modes where applicable.


This Car seat which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Rear facing weight range (lbs.), Forward facing weight range (lbs.), Height range (in.), Seat weight (lbs.), Base width (in.), Overall width (in.), Shell height (in.), Overall height (in.), LATCH connectors, Harness adjustment, Recline level indicator type, Recline level indicator position, Multiple recline positions and Spanish language instructions.

Best Car seat for Crash protection/beltfit highback

A rating that combines the potential for highback boosters to limit injury and movement in a crash based on simulated frontal crash tests and the potential for the seat to provide a good belt fit in various vehicles using child sized dummies.


This Car seat which tested best for Crash protection/beltfit highback has the following features: Weight range (highback), Weight range (backless), Height range (highback), Height range (backless), Seat weight backless (lbs.), Seat weight highback (lbs.), Base width (in.), Overall width (in.), Shell height (in.), Overall height (in.), Adjustable head restraint/slots, Lowback shoulder belt guide/clip, Cup/snack holder and Spanish language instructions.

Best Car seat for Crash protection/beltfit backless

A rating that combines the potential for backless boosters to limit injury and movement in a crash based on simulated frontal crash tests and the potential for the seat to provide a good belt fit in various vehicles using child sized dummies.


This Car seat which tested best for Crash protection/beltfit backless has the following features: Rear facing weight range (lbs.), Rear facing height range (in.), Forward facing weight range (lbs.), Forward facing height range (in.), Booster weight range (lbs.), Booster height range total (in.), Seat weight (lbs.), Base width (in.), Overall width (in.), Shell height (in.), Overall height (in.), LATCH connectors, Harness adjustment, Recline level indicator type, Recline level indicator position and Spanish language instructions.