Booster Car Seat review: Britax Skyline / Midpoint/ Highpoint.
Booster type: Belt-positioning
Weight: 40-120 lbs. Height: 38-63″
IIHS rating: Best Bet.
NHTSA ease of use rating: Not yet.
Pros: 10-position headrest, can be used with LATCH. Highpoint has added side impact protection.
Cons: Don’t convert into backless boosters.
Comments: Britax more affordable line of boosters are the Skyline, Midpoint and Highpoint. The entry level Skyline $99.99 is a basic belt-positioning booster that can be installed with LATCH.
We liked the 10 positioning headrest, but there is no extra side impact protection. You also get two cup holders.
Step up to the Midpoint (we wonder if Britax is running out of names) and you get a fancier fabric that Britax claims is more breathable. Also on the Midpoint: a SecureGuard belt positioning clip that keeps the belt in the correct position on a child’s lap. Price: $119.99.
The top-of-the-line Highpoint has all the features of the Skyline/Midpoint plus additional side impact protection. Price: $159.99. FYI: Britax is also making a special version of the Highpoint with Nanotex, which Britax claims is spill, stain and odor resistant. We will see how well it works in the real world—toddlers and older kiddos have a special way to make the stain resistant not so resistant.
So what’s missing? You’ll note that none of these boosters convert to a backless booster, that last step in the booster journey. That’s disappointing for boosters that run $100-$150. Of course, these seats are half the price of Britax’s Frontier harnessed booster, reviewed here.
That said, we think Britax boosters are high quality and easy to use. If you have the extra $50, we’d go for the Highpoint. Rating: A