Top positive review
Good. Not perfect.
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2018
I did a bunch of research on booster seats. This Chicco KidFit and the Evenflo Big Kid came up in pretty much every review as a top pick (that wasn't $250). Consumer Reports listed them both as well as top picks which sealed the deal for me. All the other boosters were inconsistently rated as top picks, even though I have seen a lot of support and good ratings for them on Amazon.
I bought both as I needed 2, one for each car. The Chicco went in my SUV and the Evenflo went in a Truck. The Chicco was appx $100 while the Evenflo was only $40. Right out of the box I noticed the Chicco was more padded and sturdier than the Evenflo. Without putting them in vehicles yet, the Chicco (put together) looked and felt sturdier and higher quality. Not that the Evenflo was bad, it just didn't have the same quality padding and components.
The Chicco latches to the seat while the Evenflo did not. I've read in reviews that it only supports 30lbs, but that was not stated anywhere in the manufacturers guidelines or brochures. Both have a recline feature that allows the backrest to form to the seat. The Chicco has some minor recline before you have to snap it into a "recline" level where it has a little more flexibility but is considerably more reclined. The problem with the "snap" feature is that if you tighten the seat latches, the booster is pulled tightly against the seat right were the "snap" feature is making it difficult to recline. I had to loosen the latches in order to allow for a recline to form to the seat, then you have to play with the recline angle of the seat. If you recline a little, the booster won't recline enough to "snap" into recline mode and there is a gap between the seat and booster back. It was odd, but I found the right recline angles to fit the back of the booster to the seat after a few minutes of playing with it.
The Chicco has a much better set of cup holders. The Evenflo has cup cut-outs with an elastic strap to hold the cup while the Chicco has these rubbery fully enclosed cup holders that fold in when not being used. The benefit to the fully enclosed cup holders is that if the cup drips/spills, the liquid stays in the cup holder while in the Evenflo, it goes all over your seat. In addition, you can use the cup holders on the Chicco for holding snacks without fear of them spilling. Since they are enclosed cups you can put cereal and goldfish in them and they don't fall out.
When it comes to seat belt adjustments, the Evenflo was easier to use. The Chicco fabric is thick and not as easy to pull the seat belt across. Plus, I've noticed that my 5 year old is pulling the shoulder strap out of the booster guide a lot. Since this is my first time having a booster seat, I'm not sure how common that is, but she plays with the seat belt and has taken it out of the guide a few times now. The Evenflo didn't have that problem. The guides look very similar, but only the Chicco have I noticed it. I've told my 5 year old to stop playing with it and since then its happened significantly less. Maybe the shoulder seat belt guide needs a clip to hold it in. I'm sure I can get a velcro strap and solve the problem.
When it came to overall comfort, the Chicco made a 4 hour trip in good fashion. No complaints from my 5 year old, but in the Evenflo she has been known to shuffle around a lot. I haven't gone as long in the Evenflo, but based on 30 minute trips I'm not confident a 4 hour trip will be as comfortable as the Chicco. Again, this comes back to the thickness and quality of the fabric and padding that is noticeable in the Chicco.
End result is I returned the Evenflo and bought a 2nd Chicco Kidfit. Its definitely more expensive, but it has a 10 year life, can be comfortable on 4 hour trips, has the latch feature and enclosed cupholders. I have a 1 year old that will need a seat in 3 years, so the life span was important and so is the durability. I have friends who have the Graco seats, which are fancy, but I rarely saw them on the top picks for safety or reliability. So, I chose research over experience and have been relatively happy with my choice.