Booster seats are produced for children who have hit the height of 4’9” or whom have hit the age range of 6-7. Booster seats are a transition from a car seat, when the child is no longer small enough to fit into one, into a regular vehicle seat belt.
There are two types of booster seats, a high back booster seat and a no back booster seat. There are benefits to both, so it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you.
Here we present one of each. The high back contender to consider is the Evenflo Big Kid Amp. The no back contender is the Evenflo Amp Performance.
We’ve taken the time to analyze four categories to provide you with significant amount of information to help you make an informed decision. The categories we chose to evaluate are: weight restrictions, safety features, average consumer rating, and additional fun features.
Having the high back allows the Evenflo Big Kid Amp to accommodate a slightly smaller child. The weight restrictions on this high back booster seat start at 30 lbs. and goes up to 110 lbs.
The no back option, Amp Performance, has a slightly smaller weight restriction range. The weight restrictions start at 40 lbs. and go to 110 lbs.
There are numerous safety features to love on with the Evenflo Big Kid Amp. The back and seat are made with energy absorbing foam liner that works double time to provide not only comfort but protection from impact forces during a crash.
There are six height positions available for the back piece to allow the booster seat to grow with your child. This helps to ensure that they are receiving the proper protection at all ages. In addition, the Evenflo Big Kid Amp can transition into a no back booster seat to accommodate larger children.
The Amp Performance has gone through rigorous safety testing to provide the best product possible. It is side impact tested, tested against both the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for Child Restraint Systems (FMVSS 213) and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for Flammability of Interior Materials (FMVSS 302). In addition, this model is also undergone temperature testing for integrity at not only high temperatures but low temperatures as well.
Average Consumer Rating
As parents, many of us are constantly asking what other parents think of products. Opinions and testimonies can sometimes make or break a decision. With that said, here are the average consumer ratings for both products.
The Evenflo Big Kid Amp receives an average consumer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The positive reviews that it’s easy to install and that children are happy they can choose their own seat designs. Parents feel like it’s a good product for everyone involved.
One of the few complaints I found was that it isn’t very comfortable for the child to sleep in.
The Amp Performance received a slightly higher average consumer rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. The positive aspects that were listed for this seat is that it is comfortable, great for its price and easy to install.
A few complaints have been noted of it being slightly narrow for the child and, in certain vehicles, the booster seat does not sit flat due to the vehicle’s seats being curved.
Additional Fun Features
Just as safety is important for you, fun features can be nice to add a touch of fun to your vehicle.
The Evenflo Big Kid Amp has two cup holders for your kiddo to enjoy both a drink and a snack on the road. For an added parental bonus, the pad is machine washable.
For the fashion side, the Evenflo Big Kid Amp comes in the following color options:
- Carissa (black and pink with two flower graphics)
- Sprocket (bright blue and black with two geometric swirl graphics)
- Pink Angles (pale pink with black)
- Maui (black with light grey)
- Danica (bright pink and black with two whimsical flower graphics)
The Amp Performance also has two cup holders for dual enjoyment for the kiddos. In addition, similar to Evenflo practices, the pads are machine washable.
For the fashion options on this model, your choices are:
- Blue (bright blue, black and light grey)
- Black (shiny black, dark grey and light grey)
- Charcoal (medium grey, light grey and black)
- Grape (bright purple, black and light grey)
- Green (lime green, black and white)
- Pink (medium pink, black and white)
- Plum (deep purple and dark grey)
- Red (bright red, dark grey and white)
Overall Product Recommendation
The overall product recommendation for these two are close. While having the back on the booster seat does allow for the child to be in a booster seat 10 lbs. earlier, I think the winner of this comparison goes to the Amp Performance. The Amp Performance has gone through more testing, including temperature testing.
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