Nicest HBB under $60?

southpawboston

New member
We're getting an HBB for DD1 who is 6.5 and still EH in her Recaro Signo. It's for traveling by plane and in the Grandparents' car, and won't be used as her main seat. It should be lightweight for carrying. We don't want to buy an expensive one, but we are spoiled by the luxury and the wonderful head support of or current Recaros. Are there any HBBs out there in the $60 range that offer nice head side support? We also need it to be convertible to backless.

Suggestions? Evenflo Big Kid? Graco turbobooster? Other's? We'd love a SK Montery or Parkway or Recaro Vivo or Probooster, but the price would put any and all of those out of our range.

Thanks in advance.
 
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mylittlet

Senior Community Member
Graco Turbo. I like the way it fits kids better then the big kid. Pack the back of the Turbo in your checked luggage. Carry the base on.

Stefanie - CPStech in Iowa
 

Dillipop

Well-known member
I second the turbo. It's really a nice seat. I like it better than my vivo, which btw doesn't turn into a backless anyway.
 

zactayaus

Well-known member
Another vote for the TB here! We love ours and have tried out so many including the Vivo and the new Parkway and we keep going back to the TB's.
 

monstah

New member
We have a Turbo and a ParkwaySG but much prefer the belt fit in the Turbo. DS finds the PKWYSG more comfortable but I keep the Turbo as his primary seat.
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Have a safe trip!
 

joolsplus3

Admin - CPS Technician
Compass. Some of the B540's are pretty cheap (though they may have lost some lifespan). B530 is cheaper, but has smaller headwings (fine if you have side impact protection curtain airbags, but even the 530's are as deep or deeper than a Turbo and definitely better than a Big Kid.
 

carseatcoach

Carseat Crankypants
Under $60, a Turbo. Sometimes you can find a Vivo at Big Lots for something close to $60, but those don't convert to backless (and I don't think the Compass seats do either).
 

joolsplus3

Admin - CPS Technician
Yeah, true, Compass doesn't become backless. But a $13 LiteRider (or two High Rises from Kmart for $20, that was the sale this week) from Walmart makes a lighter (easier to toss from car to car) booster than the Turbo, so I wonder if just getting two would be in the budget? The Turbo converts itself into a backless every time you pick it up (ie, it separates really easily, and it's kind of a pain to put it back together repeatedly).
 

mlohry

New member
I don't own one, but a friend just bought the new Evenflo Big Kid Sport at Walmart for 30$. The base is an Amp, which we love and then it's got the high back that detaches. I love the fit of the Amp for my son. I also like the HB TB, but the back falls off easily. This Evenflo seat seemed to stay together better.
 

southpawboston

New member
Thanks for all the recs.

Yeah, true, Compass doesn't become backless. But a $13 LiteRider (or two High Rises from Kmart for $20, that was the sale this week) from Walmart makes a lighter (easier to toss from car to car) booster than the Turbo, so I wonder if just getting two would be in the budget? The Turbo converts itself into a backless every time you pick it up (ie, it separates really easily, and it's kind of a pain to put it back together repeatedly).

Yeah, I learned that when I played with one in the store. So you are recommending going with a dedicated backless booster? We were hoping to use it as a HBB most of the time, and just use it as backless when the convenience really calls for it (like when flying, or in a pinch in someone else's car). The idea of DD1 riding in her grandparents' car in a backless is frightening... and this coming from someone who hasn't drank the car-seat.org koolaid for the last few years ;).
 

carseatcoach

Carseat Crankypants
A backless for a 6.5yo isn't the worst thing ever, but no, it isn't what I'd recommend. I'd recommend buying a Vivo now if you can get one cheaply enough, and a Literider for when you need the backless.
 

joolsplus3

Admin - CPS Technician
Thanks for all the recs.



Yeah, I learned that when I played with one in the store. So you are recommending going with a dedicated backless booster? We were hoping to use it as a HBB most of the time, and just use it as backless when the convenience really calls for it (like when flying, or in a pinch in someone else's car). The idea of DD1 riding in her grandparents' car in a backless is frightening... and this coming from someone who hasn't drank the car-seat.org koolaid for the last few years ;).

Mmmmmm tasty car-seat.org koolaid :love:

Yeah, if you can tolerate the quality of the Turbo or Big Kid, they are fine, but the LiteRider or Cruze are much lighter smaller boosters for travel (actually, skip them, get a Bubble Bum). Vivo's nice if you can find it cheap, personally my little one finds it too difficult to buckle. The Compass isn't known for fitting every kid really well, but your oldest should be tall enough for it to be a good fit , and the flip up armrests make it easy to buckle, plus it has that heavy/quality seat feel you're used to ;) Here's a review... http://carseatblog.com/3453/first-years-b540-compass-folding-adjustable-booster-review/
 

southpawboston

New member
by the way you can't use a booster on a plane, but you can travel with it to use it in another car

Whoa, what's that? A booster can't be used on a plane seat? Even a backless? So you can only take them to check in baggage for use in a vehicle at your destination?

Pardon our ignorance since we haven't flown since they were toddlers... what exactly are the rules?

Oh, wait, I get it... no shoulder belts on the plane, right? So my kids (6.5 and almost 5) will have to sit in the seats without any booster?
 

rachelandtyke

Well-known member
Oh, wait, I get it... no shoulder belts on the plane, right? So my kids (6.5 and almost 5) will have to sit in the seats without any booster?

Yep, that's it.

My DD is small for her age and has fit very nicely in a plane lap belt since she was 4 (we have seats at destination). It stays nicely on her lap and she actually does really well sitting properly.

I have a hbb Turbo and a Vivo for her to start using in a few months. The Vivo will be her primary seat, but the Turbo will be her travel seat. It comes apart easier, so I can pack the back and carry the bottom as her carry on and it is lighter than the Vivo.
 

southpawboston

New member
Okay, so now can someone tell me if those two cupholders that stick out from the turbobooster's base are removable? 'Cuz if they're not, it's a deal breaker (what kid on earth needs two anyway?).
 

zactayaus

Well-known member
Okay, so now can someone tell me if those two cupholders that stick out from the turbobooster's base are removable? 'Cuz if they're not, it's a deal breaker (what kid on earth needs two anyway?).

The cup holders on the TB both slide into the base of the seat. So if you don't want to use them you pretty much can't even tell they are there.
 

DahliaRW

New member
For flying with a booster, we do what the others suggest. Pack the back, take the bottom on the plane with you. You can't use it, but you can put it in the overhead bin and it's safer there then checking it. And then you have it at your destination if your luggage gets lost.
 

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