I don't know many parents who get excited about long car trips with their kids, but they're a necessary evil in the world of parenthood. Two things that do make the experience easier are some good snacks and comfortable seating for said kids. With one tot in a high-back booster and another just two pounds and half an inch from making the switch from car seat to booster, I've had my eye on a new seat for my little one. While I love my older son's seat, having used it for three years, I could definitely recommend a few improvements, including how difficult it is to install with LATCH, where the headrest is set, and the lack of seat padding (which my son loves to complain about on the four-hour trip to Grandma's house). So I jumped at the chance to give Evenflo's new SecureKid DLX All-in-One Booster Car Seat ($160, available for preorder) a test run. Part of Evenflo's new line of Platinum Protection Series of seats with temperature-regulating fabric and SureLATCH installation technology, the All-in-One booster is designed to be used as a harnessed booster for kids weighing 22-65 pounds and as a belt-positioning booster for kids weighing 40-110 pounds.
With a number of innovative booster seats coming to market this year — the Maxi-Cosi RodiFix, Safety 1st Store N Go With Back Booster Car Seat, and Cosco's Light n' Comfy Elite Booster, to name a few — my 4-year-old and I put the SecureKid DLX All-in-One Booster Car Seat to the test as we drove for a getaway weekend. Here's what we thought.