Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat, Go Green

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We like

Converts from high back seat into backless seat

Affordable price

Easy to install

Lightweight

Suitable for kids from 4-10 years old

Adjustable headrest

We don’t like

Requires an assembly

No latch system for installation

How it works

If your child has grown out of the infant car seat and he/she is ready to make the next step and move to a seat for “big kids” then it is time to start your search and find the most proper seat according to your conditions and requirements. This is the time when you have to make a choice and buy a booster seat for all the journeys and trips that can be more frequent and longer now when the child is old enough and you would like him/her to experience more adventures together with you. Among the range of booster seats and great variety with many common characteristics, it can be extremely difficult for a parent to choose the right booster seat for the growing child. If you are thinking to narrow down your choice make sure you read our review of the top ten high back booster seats and if you seem interested in the Graco and Turbobooster seat, we had prepared this review to assist you in reaching a decision of finding a seat that will suit the child’s needs and your requirements.

Product Specifics

Product Specifics

This seat is a booster seat that can be used as a high back booster seat but also it can be converted into a booster seat without a back, which assures a long time of utilization of the seat. The seat comes in size of 26.5 in height and it is 16.5 inches wide and 15 inches deep. The weight is 9 lbs. Looking at the dimensions of the seat and its weight we can say with certainty that this booster seat is not bulky or oversized and it is definitely a lightweight product so if you have to install and remove the seat all the time, you will not have worries with this one. When shipped, it arrives not assembled so you will have to do the assembly by yourself. The Graco booster has an expiration period of 10 years from the date of manufacturing, which is also good as it gives plenty of opportunities for the seat to be used for other kids in the family.
Who is it for?

Who is it for?

The Graco booster is recommended for kids who are at least 4 years old and can be used until the child is about 10 years old. The requirements regarding the weight of the child who is to be seated in this booster is a minimum of 30 lbs and the maximum weight is 100 lbs, which compared to the other related seats is just fine as all of them have, if not the same, similar weight requirements. You can choose the way you want to use the booster -with or without back support as in both cases the seat can be used according to the same weight and height requirements. When we talk about height, especially when using the seat without support, the child should be at least 40 inches and the maximum height is 57 inches. This booster is loved by many parents because of the ease of use but one thing to have in mind is that the seat is not recommended by parents for larger kids in terms of size but mostly for kids who are smaller in size or rather average sized kids.
Assembly and Installation

Assembly and Installation

The Graco seat comes in the package in few parts and the assembly is easy to perform. In order to conduct the assembly, you have to find a Philips screwdriver as the assembly requires two height adjustment screws which are very important. The other main parts are the base, left and right armrests, shoulder belt clip that can be positioned, headrest and back support. When you attach the armrests to the base you will have to choose the height of the armrests that you would like to have and then to tighten the screw. This basically means that the next time you would like to adjust the armrests for the growing child you will have to remove the screw and then repeat the process of adjusting and put the screw once again. This model also offers back support that also needs to be attached to the base of the seat. The assembly and the installation can be done by following all the steps that are described in the manual. The instructions are easy to understand and follow and there are some pictures to support the instructions. When we talk about installation of the seat we have to mention that the seat uses a shoulder or lap belt in order to be installed and this model does not have a latch system for installation. This, however, has been listed by many parents as a con for this product. This seat can be installed only in forward -facing position.
Design

Design

The particular product that we are reviewing today is a combination of green and black color and is called Go green. The seat is also available into three other color combination: Mosaic, Glacier, and Denver. All the models are in gender neutral colors and mostly darker, and usually, they are a combination of two-three colors. There may not be a whole range of selection of colors and designs but these four designs are just enough for most of the car interiors and we are sure you will find the one that fits you the most. The car seat has two cup holders, one of each of the side of the seat, so you can put some drinks or even a snack in the cup holders. Both of them can be hidden if you need extra space. What parents also like about the seat is the compartment for storage that is really cool and useful because we all know that kids love taking their toys with them so this can be a great place where you can put them away.
Comfort

Comfort

The comfort of the seat can be ensured by the adjustable headrest and it is easily done with the help of a red handle. The highest that the seat can go is 19.5 inches. The headrest has multi-layers of padding in order to support the head of the sleeping child and parents are generally satisfied with the comfort offered by the headrest. Kids can rest their arms on the armrests that can be adjusted in height and the armrests are padded. The high back support is also welcomed for the back of the child. There is cushioning along the length and width of the high back that makes it comfy and soft for the child. When you restrain the child you will have to use both the lap and the shoulder belt in this seat. The cup holders also contribute to the comfort of the child as they come handy and as this is a seat for a big child they do have a place for larger bottles but also a smaller bottle can stay secured in them. The cover of the seat is also removable and machine-washable so as always there are some spills and it is nice not to worry about the cleaning part of the seat. Many of the customers claim that their kids find this seat extremely comfortable and love seating even in the longer rides.
Safety

Safety

The safety of a seat is, of course, one of the most important factors. This seat as well as other Graco seat has withstood many safety tests and was voted one of the top safety seats from the high back booster seats that can be converted into a backless booster. One thing considering safety is that the car seat contains a foam that absorbs the energy and this helps in the management of the side impacts as there are more side impacts from collision than frontal ones, so this is extremely significant. The seat does not have a restraint system but uses the shoulder and lap belts from the vehicle to keep the child safe in the seat. Although many parents comment on the lack of harness points and latch system, the Graco brand has developed baby products for over 60 years and it has been confirmed by the Association of Pediatricians that after kids reach the conditions regarding weight and height maximum of riding in the forward facing position seat it is perfectly safe and recommendable to use a car seat - a booster that can be positioned with a belt. For the correct positioning of the seat belt that belongs to the vehicle the belt guides that are with open loop come quite handy.
Maintenance

Maintenance

Although the care and the maintenance of this particular seat may not be so important to you because we expect that there will be fewer spills or leakage in the car seat as it is a booster for kids older than 4, still it can be significant, especially for families whose kids get car sick, to know that the maintenance of the seat is extremely easy. The cover of the car seat can be easily removed and on the plus side it is machine-washable and of course, you can do spot-cleaning as well. The fabric is easy to clean as well as both of the cup holders. If you want to clean the whole seat it is also easy to take the seat apart and put it back again. You can clean the other parts of the seat which are metal as well as plastic with mild soap and damp cloth. One thing that is nice is the handle on the seat that is very convenient cause you can grab it and remove the seat from the car or place the seat in the car. It is a durable and sturdy seat with great fabric whose color does not fade away.
Price

Price

The price tag of this booster seat that can be used from 4 -10 years of age is in the mid-range price and one of the reasons for the popularity of this product is definitely its affordable price. When we consider the value of any car seat we definitely have to take into account the length of use of the seat. This booster can be used when the child satisfies the requirements and once he/she is ready for use of a booster seat than you can use it for almost 6 year period. The seat has a lifespan of 10 years which is a long period so it can be used for siblings or within the family. For a reasonable price you can get a comfortable and durable seat for your child. It is definitely a product that is also suitable for families with a tight budget without having to compromise comfort or safety.

Bottom line

This type of Graco booster is a convertible seat that can be used with high back support and in no time and with no hassle you can convert it into a seat without support. It is a seat that can be used by kids who are ready for a booster seat, meaning mostly from ages of 4 to 10. One of the unique selling points of this seat is the headrest that is extremely comfortable for the head and neck of the child who may fall asleep during long drives so you do not have to worry that the head will keep falling. It has extra padding that adds to the comfort but it also can be adjusted for better safety. The other extraordinary point that adds to the comfort of the child is the adjustable armrests that are also padded. The installation can be done without any problems and it is really easy and quick but it can be done only with shoulder and lap belt as this seat does not have a latch. The design of the seat is just right for older kids and the seat itself is sturdy and durable with a cover that can be removed if you need to clean it up. On top of this, the Graco Turbooster has an affordable price that can fit anyone’s budget.
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