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Chicco KidFit Review

Nicely priced, easy to use option with better crash test results
Chicco KidFit
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $100 List | $99.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easiest to use, better crash test results, price
Cons:  Average quality, widest seat bottom
Manufacturer:   Chicco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Oct 18, 2017
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  • Crash Test - 35% 7
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 8
  • Weight/Size - 15% 5
  • Comfort - 10% 6
  • Quality - 10% 6

The Skinny

The Chicco KidFit is a very easy to use, high backed booster with better crash test results than some of the competition. This booster is comfy with dual cup holders and LATCH connectors with a front tightening system that is virtually effortless. We like that this booster is close to 10 lbs making it easier to lift and carry, but it has the widest seat bottom making it a poor choice if you need to fit three kids in the backseat. This booster is nicely priced considering the added features, but the quality is also on par with the lower price which is a disappointment. This booster is a great choice for families on a budget who don't want to sacrifice safety or ease of use in favor of saving money.

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Pros Easiest to use, better crash test results, priceInexpensive, comfortable, easy to use, lightBetter crash test results, price, lighterLightweight and portable, budget-friendlyPortable, nicer quality, lower price
Cons Average quality, widest seat bottomWider, doesn't LATCHLess padding, qualityHarder to use, lower qualityLowest crash test results, hard to use, uncomfortable
Bottom Line Nicely priced, easy to use option with better crash test resultsInexpensive, easy to use booster that is comfy, light, and great for most familiesBudget-friendly choice with better crash test resultsAcceptable performance for a travel friendly, inexpensive choiceSuper easy to travel with but it has the lowest crash test results
Rating Categories Chicco KidFit Evenflo Spectrum Diono Monterey XT BubbleBum mifold
Crash Test (35%)
7.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
3.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
3.0
Weight Size (15%)
5.0
5.0
5.0
9.0
10.0
Comfort (10%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
2.0
Quality (10%)
6.0
7.0
6.0
3.0
8.0
Specs Chicco KidFit Evenflo Spectrum Diono Monterey XT BubbleBum mifold
Modes High Back Booster,
Backless Booster
High Back Booster,
Backless Booster
High Back Booster,
Backless Booster
Backless Booster Backless Booster
High Back Booster Weight Range 30 - 100 lbs 40 - 110 lbs 40 - 120 lbs n/a n/a
High Back Booster Height Range 38" - 57" 44" - 57" 38" - 63" n/a n/a
Width 20" 19.8" 18.4" 14" 9.4"
Weight 10.4 lbs 11.6 lbs 14.2 lbs 1 lbs 1.5 lbs
Backless Booster Weight Range 40 - 110 lbs 40 - 110 lbs 40 - 120 lbs 40 - 100 lbs 40 - 100 lbs
Backless Booster Height Range 38" - 57" 44" - 57" 38" - 63" 40" - 57" 40" - 57"
5 pt Harness Weight Range n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
5 pt Harness Height Range n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
LATCH Equipped Yes No Yes No No
Can you use LATCH in booster mode? Yes n/a Yes n/a n/a
Recline Positions 2 0 0 0 0
Foam Type EPS Air/ Crumple Zone EPS None None
Seat Lifespan 8 yrs 6 yrs 6 yrs Not Listed 7 yrs

Our Analysis and Test Results

As part of the Artsana Group, a lifestyle company, Chicco (kee-ko) is one of the most popular baby-centric brands in Europe. Started by Enrico Catelli, Chicco creates a variety of baby gear for little ones from before birth to preschool age. Chicco sells in more than 120 countries.

Performance Comparison



The KidFit headrest has EPS foam for potential protection in the...
The KidFit headrest has EPS foam for potential protection in the event of a crash, but it lacks additional softer padding for comfort.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Crash Test


The KidFit has better crash test results than much of the competition.


While all of the boosters in this review have met or exceeded the federal guidelines for booster seat safety, and are therefore considered safe, some earned better than average crash test results indicating an additional margin of protection. The KidFit is one such seat, with a portion of the crash test data being better than most.

This graph is a comparison of the HIC crash test results for the...
This graph is a comparison of the HIC crash test results for the Chicco and the Evenflo Spectrum which has the best data in the group for this sensor.
Credit: BabyGearLab, MGA Research

The Chicco crash test data for the head sensor (HIC) in the crash test dummy is 575 with a maximum Federal limit of 1000, where a smaller number indicates better performance. The best result in the group is 456; this result is less than half the maximum allowed.

This graph is a comparison of the chest sensor (g) crash test...
This graph is a comparison of the chest sensor (g) crash test results for the Chicco and the Peg Perego Viaggio Flex which has the best data in the group for this sensor.
Credit: BabyGearLab, MGA Research

The crash test data for the KidFit's chest sensor (g) is 46 where the maximum allowed is 60, and a lower result is better. The best result for the group is 39 and the high is 48.

The Chicco is one of the easiest boosters in the review to use both...
The Chicco is one of the easiest boosters in the review to use both for parents and children.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The KidFit proved to be very easy to use in our tests.


This metric is where the Chicco shines. Little testers were able to use the seat and buckle themselves in without problems. Like most of the products with armrests, children need some practice to learn how to work around the rest, but the added comfort makes this learning curve worth it.

The KidFit has the quick release button style LATCH anchors that are...
The KidFit LATCH anchors store in the bottom of booster to keep out...

The KidFit installs using LATCH anchors (above left) that retract into the shell when not in use (above right). This attachment prevents the booster from moving freely in the car when not in use and is a useful safety feature.

The KidFit LATCH anchors are tightened from the front, which makes...
The bottom of the KidFit is the storage location for the shoulder...

The LATCH straps tighten and release from the front (above left) making it easier to install than a convertible or infant car seat. The seat bottom houses the LATCH anchors and the shoulder belt retainer (above right) for the booster when it is without the back. The base is relatively smooth with no rough edges, and it has a slip-resistant edge.

The headrest/height is adjustable with a lever on the back, but it...
The shoulder strap retainer on the KidFit is attached and moves with...

The KidFit headrest height is adjusted using a button on the back of the headrest (above left). This maneuver is possible from the front with your child in the seat. The shoulder strap retainer is on the headrest (above right) and moves with the headrest for proper seatbelt alignment.

The KidFit has two cup holders attached to the seat bottom of the...
The KidFit has two cup holders attached to the seat bottom of the booster.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This booster has dual cup holders molded into the sides of the seat bottom. They are sturdier than much of the competition.

The KidFit is the lightest booster with a back in this review...
The back of the KidFit can be removed to create a backless booster...

Weight and Size


The KidFit scored lower than average for weight and size.


This result is directly related to the KidFit being the widest booster in the review. This width means it is unlikely it will fit across the backseat with two other car seats. However, it is the lightest high backed booster in the review with a remarkable weight of only 10.4 lbs. This weight makes the Chicco more comfortable to carry, but the girth means it will be more challenging to move.

The Chicco isn't as comfortable as some of the competition but kids...
The Chicco isn't as comfortable as some of the competition but kids did think the bottom was sort of "cushy".
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Comfort


The KidFit isn't the most comfortable option you can find in this lineup of products.


Little testers like the fabric of this booster and said the headrest is "sort of" comfortable and the bottom is "cushy." They aren't wrong as the seat bottom is nicely padded, but the headrest is less so. The headrest is also shallow and splays out wider than it needs to which creates possibly the least supportive in the group for napping. It does have armrests though, and that improves the comfort over those without them.

The Chicco quality is average compared to the competition with a...
The Chicco quality is average compared to the competition with a sturdy seat that has some disappointing material choices.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The KidFit offers average quality compared to the competition.


The overall fit and finish of the booster are uninspired and nothing to crow about. The padding is adequate and better than some but not as thick as others. The fabric is only okay, but at least it isn't as rough as some competitors. The shell is self-contained and looks good without the nooks or exposed fasteners found in some of the competition. The booster feels sturdy; it is just the materials that seem lackluster.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz