Most Recommended Car Seats under $250

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Sometimes you need a great car seat on a budget. Curated Experts take each shopper's budget into account every time they make recommendations. This list brings together their top recommendations for car seats under $250. Want a more personalized fit for your particular needs and preferences? Don't forget to chat with a Baby & Toddler Expert here on Curated for free advice and recommendations on the best car seat for your needs.

Kristina Spencer, Baby Expert
Wendy Murillo, Baby Expert
Alex K., Baby Expert
By Booster Car Seat ExpertsKristina, Wendy, Alex and others
The Maxi-Cosi Pria All-in-One Convertible Car Seat is a versatile and comfortable option for parents seeking a long-term solution. It's designed to grow with your child from birth to 10 years, with adjustable settings for rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster seat modes. The seat is praised for its better-than-average padding, breathability, and neat harness holder. It also features two removable cupholders and one-click LATCH connectors for easy installation. However, it lacks the premium fabrics and ClipQuick Auto-Magnetic Chest Clip found in the more expensive Pria Max model.
Ideal for
  • Parents seeking a long-term car seat solution
  • Those who value comfort and adjustability
  • Parents who prefer easy installation with LATCH connectors
  • Those who appreciate added features like cupholders and a neat harness holder
Not ideal for
  • Those seeking premium fabric finishes
  • Parents who prefer the ease of a magnetic chest clip
Kristina Spencer, Baby Expert
Mariah Wear, Baby Expert
Alex K., Baby Expert
by Curated experts Kristina Spencer, Mariah Wear, Alex K.
The Graco TriRide™ 3-in-1 Car Seat is a versatile choice for parents, accommodating children from 5 to 100 lbs. It offers a comfortable ride with its recline and adjustable headrest, and the no-rethread harness and harness straps make it easy to use. It's also LATCH compatible and offers side impact protection. The machine washable fabric and level indicator are added bonuses, making it a top pick for car seats under $250.
Ideal for
  • Parents looking for a versatile car seat
  • Those who value safety with side impact protection
  • Parents seeking easy-to-clean options
  • Those who prefer easy-to-use features like no-rethread harness and harness straps
  • Parents looking for a car seat that grows with their child
Kristina Spencer, Baby Expert
by Curated expert Kristina Spencer
The Graco SnugRide® SnugFit 35 DLX Infant Car Seat is an excellent choice for parents seeking a safe, stylish, and convenient solution for their baby's travel needs. Its side impact protection, anti-rebound bar, and easy-to-adjust no-rethread harness ensure safety, while the quiet, large canopy and easy-to-install seat pad offer comfort and convenience. It's perfect for parents who want to transport their sleeping baby without waking them up, and it's not overly bulky, making it easy to carry from car to destination.
Ideal for
  • Parents seeking a safe and stylish car seat
  • Parents who need to transport a sleeping baby without waking them
  • Parents looking for a non-bulky car seat that's easy to carry
  • Parents who value easy installation and maintenance
Not ideal for
  • Parents who are concerned about stain removal from the fabric
Wendy Murillo, Baby Expert
Kristina Spencer, Baby Expert
by Curated experts Wendy Murillo, Kristina Spencer

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The Graco SlimFit® 3-in-1 Car Seat is a versatile, space-saving option that grows with your child. It's perfect for those needing a compact yet robust car seat, accommodating children from 5-100 lbs. It offers easy installation with rigid LATCH, safety with energy-absorbing foam and side impact protection, and comfort with a 4-position recline. The adjustable harness and headrest ensure a perfect fit as your child grows.
Ideal for
  • Parents seeking a space-saving car seat
  • Parents wanting a car seat that grows with their child
  • Those prioritizing safety with energy-absorbing foam and side impact protection
  • Parents needing easy installation
  • Those valuing comfort with a 4-position recline
Alex K., Baby Expert
by Curated expert Alex K.
The Maxi-Cosi RodiSport Booster Car Seat is a versatile and comfortable option for children weighing between 40 and 100 lbs. Its standout features include the ability to convert to a backless booster, seven head adjustments, seat recline for a better fit, and rigid latch for easy installation. The removable and machine washable fabrics make it a breeze to keep clean. This booster seat is perfect for growing kids, ensuring their comfort and safety on every car ride.
Ideal for
  • Children weighing between 40 and 100 lbs
  • Parents looking for a convertible booster seat
  • Those who prioritize comfort and adjustability
  • Parents seeking easy installation
  • Families who value ease of cleaning
Allie L., Baby Expert
Franco D, Baby Expert
by Curated experts Allie L., Franco D

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Result Summary
  1. Maxi-Cosi Pria All-in-One Convertible Car Seat
  2. Graco TriRide™ 3-in-1 Car Seat
  3. Graco SnugRide® SnugFit 35 DLX Infant Car Seat
  4. Graco SlimFit® 3-in-1 Car Seat
  5. Maxi-Cosi RodiSport Booster Car Seat
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