Weight: 30 to 100 lbs.
IIHS rating: Best bet for high back mode; check fit for backless.
NHTSA ease of use rating: Not yet.
Pros: Affordable. Four position head rest.
Cons: Lack of seat padding, no cup holders.
Comments: The Dream on Me Deluxe booster is as generic as its name. Beyond the four position headrest, there really isn’t much that distinguishes the Deluxe from the other under-$50 boosters on the market. Yes, it converts to a backless booster, but so does the Graco TurboBooster.
In fact, Dream on Me once named the Deluxe Booster the Turbo. After we assume was a lashing by Graco’s lawyers, this booster morphed into the Deluxe booster.
Reader feedback has been mixed on this booster. Several folks complained about the lack of padding in the seat and the lack of LATCH attachments to keep it from flying around when unoccupied (which is expected at this price point; seats with LATCH start at $80). There are also no cup holders. But most parents are happy enough with this booster for that price.
Bottom line: the Dream on Me Deluxe Booster is ok, but for the same money you can buy the Graco TurboBooster, a better constructed seat with a superior brand reputation—and yes, two cup holders. Rating: C