The Clek Oobr is a high-quality high backed booster with a rigid LATCH system that keeps the seat securely attached to the car. This booster has the best combined crash test results indicating an additional margin of protection compared to the other booster seats we tested. With a steel frame and EPP foam, this booster is designed with safety in mind. We liked the self-contained shell and narrower width of the Oobr, but it is heavier than some and not as comfortable as little ones would like. We think this booster is a great choice for most families, but if you need a high-backed booster for travel it may be too heavy and the shoulder strap is a little harder to manage without help. Also, while it is a little more expensive than some, it isn't the most expensive we tested and the crash test results and high-end materials merit the higher price tag.Editor's Note: The Clek update from December 21, 2021, has more information on the multiple small tests that make up the larger test metrics.
Clek Oobr Review
Pros: Great crash test results, high quality, rigid LATCH
Cons: Heavy, hard to move, harder to use
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|Pros||Great crash test results, high quality, rigid LATCH||Reasonable price, better crash test analysis, super comfy, high-quality||Inexpensive, comfortable, easy to use, light||Easiest to use, better crash test results, price||Lightweight and portable, budget-friendly|
|Cons||Heavy, hard to move, harder to use||Heavier, can't go backless||Wider, doesn't LATCH||Average quality, widest seat bottom||Harder to use, lower quality|
|Bottom Line||Impressive crash test results and quality materials make this a great choice||This high-quality booster is super comfortable, with better crash test analysis and a reasonable price||Inexpensive, easy to use booster that is comfy, light, and great for most families||Nicely priced, easy to use option with better crash test results||Acceptable performance for a travel friendly, inexpensive choice|
|Rating Categories||Clek Oobr||UPPAbaby Alta||Evenflo Spectrum||Chicco KidFit||BubbleBum|
|Crash Test (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Weight Size (15%)|
|Specs||Clek Oobr||UPPAbaby Alta||Evenflo Spectrum||Chicco KidFit||BubbleBum|
|Crash Test HIC Score||493||390||456||557||603|
|Crash Test Chest G Clip||40||53||48||46||45|
|Modes||High Back Booster,
|High Back Booster||High Back Booster,
|High Back Booster,
|High Back Booster Weight Range||33 - 100 lbs||40 - 100 lbs||40 - 110 lbs||30 - 100 lbs||n/a|
|High Back Booster Height Range||38" - 57"||38" - 57"||44" - 57"||38" - 57"||n/a|
|Weight||19.3 lbs||16.1 lbs||11.6 lbs||10.4 lbs||1 lbs|
|Backless Booster Weight Range||40 - 100 lbs||n/a||40 - 110 lbs||40 - 110 lbs||40 - 100 lbs|
|Backless Booster Height Range||40" - 57"||n/a||44" - 57"||38" - 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|
|Can you use LATCH in booster mode?||Yes||Yes||n/a||Yes||n/a|
|Foam Type||EPP||EPP||Air/ Crumple Zone||EPS||None|
|Seat Lifespan||9 yrs||10 yrs||6 yrs||8 yrs||Not Listed|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Clek was started by one of the world's largest automotive suppliers. They base their designs on thinking about the product and the experience with the goal of creating uncompromising products that are safe, comfortable, convenient, and stylish. They manufacture all their car seats and booster in North America to support business here but also to be closer to ensure better quality in the production process.
The Clek has some of the most impressive crash test results in this review.
The Clek did not have the best score in any single crash test result, but it did have the best-combined results for the head and chest sensors in the crash test dummy. While all of the seats in this review have passed the federal minimum guidelines and are, therefore, considered safe, the Clek earned better than average test results indicating an additional margin of protection compared to the other boosters we tested.
The Oobr earned a 493 for head sensor (HIC) results. The maximum allowed is 1000, where a lower number is better. The lowest score in the review is 390. The Oobr has one of the best results in our tests. The chart below shows a comparison between the Oobr and all other seats we tested.
For chest (g) results, the Clek earned a 40 where the maximum allowed is 60, and lower results are better. This result is only one point away from the best result in the review of 39.
Ease of Use
The Clek is about average for ease of use with a few more features than some of the competition.
The Oobr includes rigid LATCH system connectors (shown above left) that we found fast and easy to use, and work without the need for tightening. This seat also includes an adjustable recline (above right) that we found somewhat more difficult to use than we expected, but it can make the seat more comfortable.
The should belt retainer is somewhat tricky for little ones to use, and keeping the belt in the retainer at all times often leads to the vehicle belt getting stuck.
The headrest on the Clek is adjustable (above left), much like a vehicle headrest. Moving it up and down also moves the shoulder belt retainer. Most of the colors for the Oobr come with a drink holder (above right) except for the Drift. This plastic holder can attach to either side, and you can purchase a second one for the other side. The holder is sturdy and easy to use, but on the smaller side, and won't fit larger water bottles.
This booster is spot clean only, and the fabric is not removable. Clek sells a cleaning kit that includes a scrub brush and fabric cleaning solution.
Weight and Size
It weighs 19.3 lbs, making it one of the most substantial in our tests. This size makes it harder to carry and move from car to car. On the upside, it is relatively narrow and increases the potential for multiple car seats in the same row. With a width of 17.7 inches, it is the second smallest backed booster. While the seat can be cumbersome thanks to its weight and taller headrest, the ability to use it without the back means it can still be a good option for travel or carpooling.
The Clek is more comfortable than much of the competition.
Little testers didn't really care for this seat. The seat bottom is short and leaves long legs dangling and feeling "weird." The pad is overly firm, and while comfortable for shorter distances, it may not be suitable for longer trips. Little ones also didn't like how the fabric felt or the distance in the headspace. We felt the headrest is narrow but should be better for napping. The fabric is like a high-quality towel-like material, and the seat bottom firmness should wear well over time offer more support than some of the softer competition.
The Clek offers high-quality materials and construction.
The Clek has a nice finished shell that is smooth with no place for gunk to collect. The padding is very firm, and it doesn't have the softer cushy feel found in some of the others. The fabric is a Crypton fabric that is high-end and supposedly easy to keep clean. The body is EPP foam, which has more tolerance for impact and doesn't off-gas compared to the boosters with EPS.
Should You Buy the Oobr?
There is no doubt that the Oobr is a booster we love as more than one BabyGearLab team member has chosen this eat for their children. The steel frame design, rigid LATCH connection, and high crash test results make this booster a winner in our review and our hearts. While some kids have said it feels too hard, we think there is much to love about this booster for most families.
What Other Booster Seat Should You Consider?
While we love the Oobr, it is unbelievably heavy and is not suitable for travel or carpooling. Even without the back, it is heavier than some competition, and we think there are better choices for carpooling and travel. The BubbleBum is our favorite travel booster. This small and light booster fits in most backpacks, and little ones can use it by themselves. If you want a standard booster but the Oobr is too expensive, the UPPAbaby Alta is less expensive and offers more for comfort and quality. While it has a slightly lower crash-test score, we think it is comparable enough if money is tight.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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