This is the booster that makes big kids want to sit in a booster. Really.  Maybe it’s the bright, high gloss colors, or the dual integrated cup holders, or the armrests that kids can actually rest their arms on. Maybe it’s the low profle of a backless booster or the cool graphics available on certain AMP models.  Whatever it is – this seat appeals to older, school-age kids and that is really, really good news. Great news, in fact, because this same age group (generally 6-10 year olds) are considered the “forgotten children” because way too often they have been prematurely “graduated” to the adult seatbelt even though they don’t pass the 5-Step Test.  Who knows, maybe if every second through fifth grader in America had a seat with cool factor like this one, they wouldn’t be so quick to want to ditch their booster seats.  Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of a stretch even for me to imagine but regardless, I’m happy when a CR really appeals to kids (especially older kids) and the Amp does just that.  *Update: The newest Amp models are called “Amp Performance” & “Amp Grahphics“.

       

Specs & Features:

  • Weight range: 40 – 100 lbs
  • Height range: 40 – 57″
  • Age requirements: At least 3 yrs old
  • Child’s ears must be below top of vehicle seat headrest
  • Product weight: 4.6 lbs (according to my digital bathroom scale)
  • Inside width at hip area: 11″
  • Depth: 14-15″
  • Overall width measured across bottom (15″, flares slightly to 16″ at widest point)
  • Smooth bottom won’t scratch or dent vehicle upholstery
  • Shoulder belt positioning strap (if needed) is attached at the bottom center of the seat and can be used for  either side without detaching and reattaching

       

Belt Fit:

The Amp is rated a “Best Bet” by the IIHS and did an excellent job positioning the seatbelts properly on the various children I tried in the seat.  It fits my 7 year old, 56 lbs, 49″ son really well.  Seat depth is perfect for his legs and the width is neither too wide nor too narrow.

   

 

Comments:

The Evenflo Amp is on our Recommended Seats list for a reason!  It’s cool, it’s comfortable and it does a great job positioning the seatbelt properly.  While it isn’t the cheapest backless on the market, it’s a good value for what you get.  The only potential downside is that it’s wide. The Amp isn’t going to be a good choice if you’re looking to squeeze 3 CRs next to each other in a small or midsize backseat.  And it probably won’t fit in the narrow center seating position of many vehicles.  But if have the space and don’t want or need a highback booster – the Evenflo Amp definitely deserves your consideration.

The Amp used in this review was purchased by yours truly!