So, I have tried my top name brands in car seats (Chicco & Britax) and the Recaro blows them out of the water. Not to say that I have been unhappy with the others, but when I took the Recaro out of the box, I could just tell how well built the car seat was. The integrity of the structure is amazing. I have no doubt that my child will be safe in this seat if we were to get into an accident. I liked that every part of the seat is made from a hard plastic and then padded. My fear with other seats is either the foam core breaking like it did twice with our Britax or if we were to get into an accident, how much pain would come from impact on to solid plastic like some arm rests that are on other models of boosters.
I really enjoyed the variety of the colors for the fabric. My daughter feels especially special having a pink seat all for herself. It was fairly simple to install in the back of my VW Jetta. We have yet to install the other seat into our Toyota Highlander. I am leaving that to Dad, since it is his car. :) The seats feel soft and comfortable. I like the extra padding through out the seat. I would have given the seat 5 stars except that my daughter has yet to figure out the cup holder, a pocket is hard for a 4 year old to get a cup into and I wish that the arm rests were a bit higher. Other than that, which are truly minor issues. I would recommend this seat to everyone. In fact, I have gotten two of my friends to order one for their children.
ProsColor options, extra padding, solid frame
Conshard to use cup holder, low arm rests