The mifold is a variation of the traditional booster seat that folds up very small and easy to transport for travel or move for carpooling. Unlike a more traditional booster seat, however, the mifold does not "boost" children up, and into a seatbelt friendly position, rather it pulls the seatbelt down to fit the child as they sit on the vehicle seat. While the ease of transport is convenient, the crash tests results were some of the lowest in the group and the product itself is hard to use and hard for little ones to buckle around. Overall, it didn't fare well compared to the competition, and we feel the BubbleBum, another small and lighter weight booster, is a better choice for travel thanks to the better crash test results.
Pros: Portable, nicer quality, lower price
Cons: Lowest crash test results, hard to use, uncomfortable
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|Pros||Portable, nicer quality, lower price||Great crash test results, high quality, rigid LATCH||Inexpensive, comfortable, easy to use, light||Easiest to use, better crash test results, price||Better crash test results, price, lighter|
|Cons||Lowest crash test results, hard to use, uncomfortable||Heavy, hard to move, harder to use||Wider, doesn't LATCH||Average quality, widest seat bottom||Less padding, quality|
|Bottom Line||Super easy to travel with but it has the lowest crash test results||Impressive crash test results and quality materials make this a great choice||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||Budget-friendly choice with better crash test results|
|Rating Categories||mifold||Clek Oobr||Evenflo Spectrum||Chicco KidFit||Diono Monterey XT|
|Crash Test (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Weight Size (15%)|
|Specs||mifold||Clek Oobr||Evenflo Spectrum||Chicco KidFit||Diono Monterey XT|
|Modes||Backless Booster||High Back Booster,
|High Back Booster,
|High Back Booster,
|High Back Booster,
|High Back Booster Weight Range||n/a||33 - 100 lbs||40 - 110 lbs||30 - 100 lbs||40 - 120 lbs|
|High Back Booster Height Range||n/a||38" - 57"||44" - 57"||38" - 57"||38" - 63"|
|Weight||1.5 lbs||19.3 lbs||11.6 lbs||10.4 lbs||14.2 lbs|
|Backless Booster Weight Range||40 - 100 lbs||40 - 100 lbs||40 - 110 lbs||40 - 110 lbs||40 - 120 lbs|
|Backless Booster Height Range||40" - 57"||40" - 57"||44" - 57"||38" - 57"||38" - 63"|
|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?||n/a||Yes||n/a||Yes||Yes|
|Foam Type||None||EPP||Air/ Crumple Zone||EPS||EPS|
|Seat Lifespan||7 yrs||9 yrs||6 yrs||8 yrs||6 yrs|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The mifold booster was invented by Jon Sumroy after having children and experiencing the problems that inevitably arise with carpooling and having his children driven in other people's cars. Jon set out to create a small, tough booster seat that could easily be transported and moved from car to car that would still keep children safe and allow for three children to sit across in most back seats. They call the invention the "Grab-and-Go" booster, and it was officially released in 2015.
The mifold earned the lowest score overall for crash test results. This booster earned the lowest chest sensor score (g) and one of the lowest head sensor score (HIC). The sensors in the crash test dummy record the forces to the dummy that result from the impact of the sled crash.
The front chest sensor (g) for the mifold recorded a 48. This amount of g's is above the average for the group of 44. The maximum allowed result is 60 to pass Federal guidelines. The lower the score, the better. No other product had more forces than the mifold. The best result for this sensor in this group is 39 (see above).
The head sensor or HIC score for the mifold is 733. The maximum allowed by Federal law is 1000, where a lower score is better. The lowest (best) result in the group is a HIC of 456. The chart above shows the results of the mifold compared to the top performer.
Ease of Use
The mifold is the most challenging options to use in the review. The mifold is hard to use and keep positioned correctly with the lap belt retainers sliding in and out when you don't want them too. Adjusting the seatbelt positioner is also difficult, and our little testers had significant trouble buckling the seatbelt because the mifold bottom gets in the way of the buckle. Overall, the children in our tests struggled to use the mifold when they didn't have trouble with the competition.
The best thing about the mifold is its ability to be easily and quickly moved from car to car or carried in your purse for travel, and this is likely why parents are attracted to the product.
This booster is spot clean only, and there are minimal parts to clean.
Weight and Size
The mifold is small and very lightweight. This metric is where the mifold shines. With a weight of only 1.5 lbs, it is one of the lightest in the group. This product is the smallest in the group with a width of only 9.4 inches. This width makes it ideal for fitting three across for multiple children and carpooling, and it makes it small enough to fit in your child's backpack for travel in cars other than your own.
The mifold isn't comfortable; it lacks a true cushion with just a small firm base and relies on the vehicle seat for support, unlike the competition. The seat feels nice, but the anti-slip fabric isn't soft and still slips out from under kids while driving negating the reason for the less than desirable material.
The mifold booster feels like a durable and quality seat there just isn't much to it. The seat bottom is thermo-molded with thin, firm padding and a slip-resistant back. The exterior is simple and easy to wipe clean with few places for gunk to hide.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz