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Published Sep. 13, 2021

A car seat organizer can come in handy for so many reasons. But more than just a bin in the backseat to throw stray toys or a spot to store an extra roll of paper towels, this crop of organizers provide space and specially designed compartments for all your must-haves—from tablets and laptops to snacks and water bottles to books, gear, and games.

There are plenty of placement options to choose from, depending on your needs: Some stay put in the backseat, while others can be used in both the front and back of the car. We’ve also included a couple options that can easily be taken out, extending their use. So whether your car is full of kid stuff, work necessities, or everyday essentials (or all of the above!), these organizers all provide great options.

How We Picked the Best Car Seat Organizers

Methodology 

There are lots of different types of car seat organizers on the market. As a writer and editor, I’ve vetted and reviewed products for product pages and gift guides. And as a mom of two young kids, I know firsthand the chaos you can find in your backseat (stray Goldfish! one sneaker! 57 crayons!) and how beneficial—and grateful I am—for my family’s car seat organizer. To make our selections, we looked at different aspects of some 30 different styles, seeing what made each organizer stand out, including the specific storage features offered.

Price: The majority are relatively inexpensive and fall at a similar price point—most we looked at were within the $20 to $30 range. 

Compartments: How many compartments are there and do they vary in size? Is there room for a tablet and can the screen be used by passengers (especially kids) while in the car? Ensuring there’s enough room for things to fit is key to helping you stay organized, after all.

Placement and Installation: These were also big considerations. Since car seat organizers can be used in different spots within the car—back, front or middle seats, for example—we wanted to be sure there were options that fit varying needs. We also looked at how the organizers were installed—is it simply latched onto the seat back or is it more complicated?—and taken out of the car, if needed.

Best Overall: H Helteko Backseat Car Organizer

Has it All

This organizer has room for everything your family needs—and then some. H Helteko

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Why It Made The Cut: This handy organizer—which comes two to a pack—fits nicely in your backseat, offering plenty of storage space and a lifetime warranty, all at a reasonable price.

Specs:

  • 25 x 19 inches
  • For use in the back seat
  • Has 9 storage pockets
Pros:Cons:
  • Includes 2 organizers
  • Not sold individually
  • Each organizer has 9 pockets
  • Has a clear holder that fits a 10” tablet
  • Space to plug a charger into the tablet
  • Families juggling everything from a tablet to toys and books to practical items like water bottles will appreciate that there’s space for everything in the nine pockets provided by the H Helteko Backseat Car Organizer. (Though, really, anyone who needs that additional level of storage would benefit.) Plus, the fact that the pockets vary in size—you’ll find bigger ones on the bottom, with smaller, mesh ones on top, along with a hook—makes it easy to fit a variety of items.

    The practical features also add up: This organizer comes in two different colors (black and grey), is waterproof, and has a lifetime warranty once registered. It’s large enough to cover the whole back seat on most standard vehicles. And while some people might not need the two organizers that come in each pack, the price is super reasonable for two, and we like that it allows you to use one at a time or both in the car at once, especially in vehicles with a third row.

    Best Value: Lusso Gear Car Seat Organizer for Front or Backseat

    A Movable System

    This portable car organizer stores everything you need and then folds up when you’re done. Lusso Gear

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    Why It Made The Cut: The versatility of this organizer really makes the grade—from the multiple compartments and drink holders to the fact that it can be used in different spots in the car.

    Specs:

    • 10 x 18 x 9 inches
    • Easily foldable
    • Has 8 storage pockets
    Pros:Cons:
  • Simple to install
  • No space for tablet
  • Lots of compartments
  • Cup holders are best for kid-sized bottles
  • Can be used in the back or front seat
  • Folds up when not in use
  • Lusso makes a number of different practical items for your car, from seat covers to trash cans—and this organizer fits right into the mix. While most of the organizers on this list are installed to hang from the seat of the car itself (Lusso also offers that style), we liked the versatility that this model provides. It fits well in the middle of the back seat, with the flexibility to be moved elsewhere in the car, too.

    We also love the portable nature of this one: It’s easy to install—you just thread the seatbelt through the loops in the back—and even easier to remove, should you want to bring it with you. It delivers on the storage front, too, with two main compartments, smaller mesh pockets in front, and space for four small drinks. There are additional great features, such as reinforced sides, five color options, and two ergonomic handles for easy grip.  

    Best for Travel: Tsumbay Car Back Seat Organizer

    Road Trip Ready

    Level up your car organization game with a tray table that folds down. Tsumbay

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    Why It Made The Cut: This option not only keeps you organized thanks to its multiple compartments but with its foldable tray table, too, it makes longer trips even more relaxed.

    Specs:

    •  24.4 x 16.5  inches
    • Tray table can hold up to 5.5 pounds
    • Has 9 storage pockets
    Pros:Cons:
  • Foldable tray table
  • Doesn’t work with all seat types
  • Storage compartments on the back of the table
  • Wide pockets
  • Foldable tray table, anyone? While we know organizers are meant to, well, organize, we also know that they often double as entertainment centers on car rides, allowing access to everything from electronics to games. With that in mind, this foldable tray table definitely takes things up a notch, making it our choice for road trips and other long car travel. The foldable tray table can hold up to 5.5 pounds and when not in use, is held in place by Velcro.  

    Tsumbay makes two other versions of this organizer—one that comes with a tissue holder and another with a trash can. While the addition of the trash can is a great idea, especially while traveling, that version isn’t compatible with child seats, which is why we went with this pick. (Though if you don’t have to worry about young kids in the car, that’s definitely an option to consider.) With faux leather fabric, additional features include nine storage pockets—two of which clock in at around 10 inches—multiple colors (hello, pink!) and adjustable tray straps.

    Best for the Basics: High Road DriverStash Front Seat Car Organizer

    Arrange Away

    A quick-to-install organizer that really packs a punch. High Road

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    Why It Made The Cut: We love how easily you can keep things contained with this streamlined organizer, which offers multiple storage compartments and can seamlessly be used in the front or the back seat.    

    Specs: 

    • 10.5 x 7 x 10.5 inches
    • Has 8 storage pockets
    • Easy installation
    Pros:Cons:
  • Insulated cup holder that can fit larger bottles
  • Fewer entertainment frills
  • Has 8 pockets
  • Works in either the front or back seat of the car
  • As one of the first brands in the car organization space, High Road has been in the game for over 30 years and their experience shows. While this organizer might not be as flashy—or as big—as some of the others, the bells and whistles aren’t missed here, thanks in part to the eight different storage pockets, including a padded compartment for a tablet. There’s enough room to store all your essentials, with the insulated drink holder a true standout. In our research, this was one of the only organizers we came across with a cup holder that was insulated.  

    Also great? While it’s listed as a front seat organizer, they also note that it can be easily moved by swinging it around to the back seat, giving you a bit more flexibility on where to store it. Plus, installation couldn’t be easier: Loop the adjustable strap around the headrest and you’re good to go.

    Best for Business: Tidify Car Front Seat Organizer

    Job Requirements

    Keep your work life organized in and out of the car. Tidify

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    Why It Made The Cut: Ideal for those who spend lots of time on the road for work, this Tidify can transition to a briefcase, while still keeping everyday essentials in order.

    Specs:

    • 7 x 15 x 2 inches
    • Over 9 storage pockets
    • Can be used in either the front or back seat
    Pros:Cons:
  • Multiple storage pockets
  • Slightly pricier than typical car organizers 
  • Simple installation
  • Doubles as a carrying case
  • The Tidify organizer is billed as “your portable office on the road ”—and that description couldn’t be more accurate. Everything you’d usually have on your desk at work has a place here, from a padded spot for your laptop to smaller compartments for water bottles, pens, and more. And as remote work continues to rise in popularity, we could see even those who don’t usually have a commute benefitting from many of these features.

    And speaking of remote work, to us, one of the standout features is how this organizer doubles as a briefcase/carrying case when it’s time to actually leave the car. The padded shoulder strap makes it easier to carry—and you won’t have to worry about switching (and forgetting) items from one bag to another. There’s a quick, two-step installation process and it can be used in either the front or back seat—though the front seat seems to be the more common position here.

    Things to Consider Before Buying a Car Seat Organizer

    There are a few different things to take into account when choosing a car seat organizer:

    Storage

    What do you want to store in the car seat organizer? This will help determine what style you should look for. For instance, there are no-frills options for just the necessities, like a water bottle and phone, that keep everything in place for daily use. For longer road trips, a car seat organizer with more compartments and more options—multiple water bottle holders, even a tray table—might be your best bet, especially with passengers in tow.

    Users

    Who will be using the car seat organizer? This might seem obvious, but it’s smart to think about. For kids and teens, for instance, you want something they can use (for example, little ones might benefit more from an organizer in the middle seat than one on  the seat back), that’s easy to clean, and has spots for chargers and headphones.

    Versatility

    Can the car seat organizer be used in multiple spots in the car? As we’ve mentioned, some organizers are fixed to one spot in the car, while others can be moved, so be sure to check that out before buying. While you might love your front seat organizer when you’re driving by yourself, it’s nice to have the option to quickly move it to the back without removing the whole thing when others join you.

    Fit

    The last thing you need when driving is for everything to fall out and become completely disorganized again—defeating the entire purpose of an organizer. Be sure to check how it fastens into place, and if that works with the model car you have. Some organizers we looked at, for instance, don’t fit with fixed headrests or child seats.

    FAQs

    Q: What is the best way to organize your car?

    There is truly no “right” way to organize your car—and so much of how you do it will depend on how you use your car and who is typically riding with you. For instance, if you regularly use your car for work or to commute, front seat storage is likely your best option, with room for everyday essentials. If you have kids—and lots of toys, books, etc.—backseat storage with multiple compartments affords you the space for each item to have its own place (crayons here, snacks there) and still be within their reach for easy-access entertainment.

    Q: What’s the best way to clean your organizer?

    Start by checking the instructions on your specific model, which is important, especially for those organizers that can hold drinks or food—including those that are waterproof. Most organizers we looked at are able to be spot-cleaned and can be wiped down by hand.

    Q: What can you put in a car seat organizer?

    So much! As we’ve mentioned throughout, there are organizers with specific compartments for tech or water bottles, but you can get creative based on your own individual needs, whether that’s for emergency supplies, reusable bags for when you go shopping, and more. There are some caveats, though: Be sure any liquids are secure and closed and that your items actually fit into the compartments to prevent them from falling out.

    Final Thoughts

    If your car is a black hole filled with stuff (like it is for so many of us!) a car seat organizer can really be a game changer. And since most are reasonably priced, the decision really comes down to which is best suited to your needs. From commuting to traveling, these organizers, with their varying sizes and storage options, can truly help cut the chaos—keeping everything secure, offering up additional entertainment options, and so much more.

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