Best Convertible Car Seat Review for 2017
Table of Contents
- 1 Best Convertible Car Seat Review for 2017
- 1.1 3 of the Best Convertible Car Seats
- 2 What to look for when buying a convertible car seat
We have all watched crash test videos trying to figure out which one is the best convertible car seat to buy for our little one! With all the choices out there it can get really tricky picking a car seat out.
Below we feature three of the best convertible car seats that will, hopefully, put you at ease as you purchase a seat.
Here is a short summary.
|Car Seat Name||Weight||Editors Rating||Price|
|Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat||9.1 pounds||Check Price|
|Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat||15.8 pounds||Check Price|
|Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat||25.1 pounds||Check Price|
3 of the Best Convertible Car Seats
Evenflo Tribute LX convertible car seat
The Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat is an amazing bargain and doesn’t skim on the most important features! Ecause of its very low cost, the Evenflo seat is the best selling convertible car seat on Amazon.
Installing the seat in your car is a breeze as it features the LATCH system.
The Evenflo Tribute LX seat is also the lightest seat in our review weighing in at only 9.1 pounds. If you are looking for a seat that you can haul around on family trips, you might want to take a look at this seat.
This car seat has 5 different cover color options to choose from that we found very easy to detach for cleaning.
However, the seat has a few down sides to it. To keep the seat weight down and to keep its low price point, the Evenflo tribute LX car seat has strap slots instead of a strap adjustment mechanism. You will need to unfasten the straps and move them into their new positions when your child outgrows the initial position. You don’t have to worry, though, as this adjustment happens at most twice every three years.
Some users have noted that the seat padding seems to be too thin for their liking. They also found that the seat material seems to get hot and retains the heat.
We found that the LATCH straps were short and couldn’t reach the vehicle seat anchors.
This car seat more than delivers in terms of value compared to the extremely low price point it is offered at!
What we liked
-Weighs 9.1 pounds which is good for airline travel
-Easily detachable cover for easy cleaning
-Very good features for its inexpensive cost
What we didn’t like
-The seat has thin padding. You may need to add some padding especially for long travels.
-Short straps for use with the LATCH system
Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat
Graco have been making convertible car seats for a long time and their Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat is definitely worth its price tag.
This car seat is LATCH equipped making it easy to attach to your car via the LATCH anchors located at the base of the rear chairs.
Much like the other seats in this review, the Graco convertible car seat has a five point harness which keeps your child safely harnessed in case of impact.
We found that the 2 integrated cup holders handy especially for toddlers while on a long car trip. They are only useful when your child is older and may be of no use in their infant years.
The car seat cover is easy to remove and install and is machine washable. The seat has 2 different color options that you can pick off Amazon.
With the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that children stay in the rear facing, the Graco Convertible seat allows up to 40 pounds weight in the rear facing position.
This seat does not have an automatic height adjustment and you have to reroute the straps as your child grows taller.
Due to the fact that this seat doesn’t recline, it may be harder to install in smaller car in the rear facing position.
What we liked
Has 2 integrated cup holders
child can stay in rear facing up to 40 lbs
What we didn’t like
-No auto height adjustment. You have to reroute the straps
-Might not fit well in the rear-facing position in smaller cars
Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat
From the makers of the safest infant car seat, the Keyfit 30, comes the Chicco NextFit Convertible car seat.
While many convertible seats do not offer a recline function, Chicco some how managed to fit in 9 recline levels. This means that whatever space you have in the back seat, the Chicco NextFit Convertible car seat will probably fit in there.
It also features one of the most convenient features, the integrated harness management. As your child grows, all you need to do is push the conveniently located button at the top of the convertible car seat and pull of push to your desired position.
Installation of the seat is also a breeze with the bubble indicators that they have on the side of the seat. You don’t need to bring out measuring instruments to know if the seat is properly installed!
We found their click lock LATCH system very easy to use and ensures that you get a very tight installation every time. The straps need very little effort to get them properly installed into the seat anchors.
This seat is also very highly rated by the NHTSA for its convertible car seat class.
The two issues that we have with the seat are its heavy weight and its price tag. The seat weighs in at 25.1 pounds and is not ideal for air travel. Its price tag is steep but with the features it sports, it worth the cost.
What we liked
-It has 9 different recline positions
-The seat has 2 bubble level indicators to ensure that you install the seat correctly.
– Pull to adjust strap positioning (integrated harness management)
What we didn’t like
-The fact that you don’t need to do any harness rethreading means that it is difficult to remove the fabric for cleaning.
-25.1 lbs. May not be the ideal car seat for airline travel.
What to look for when buying a convertible car seat
From the time a child is born to the time that they can finally use the adult seat belts, they can go through three or more car seats. The beauty with a convertible car seat is that it combines the rear-facing infant car seat with a forward facing car seat, hence the name convertible car seat.
These seats are typically bigger and bulkier and will not give you the convenience that an infant carrier car seat gives you in your baby’s early days. The infant car seats have a base that allows you to move your child in and out of your car without removing your baby from the car seat. Very important if your baby is fast asleep and you want to move them quietly.
But children do not stay in the infant stage too long and so a convertible car seat might be your best bet to avoiding making multiple car seat purchases.
The convertible car seat that you choose can be used in the rear facing position for much longer than an infant car seat will. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you keep an infant in the rear facing position until they reach the age of two years.
So what are some of the things that you can look for as you are making your convertible car seat purchase.
Things to look for when buying a Convertible Car seat
. Convertible car seats come with straps that can be rerouted. Check to ensure that the straps are easy to move from slot to slot as your child grows. Some seats such as the Advocate series by Britax have a pull handle that automatically adjusts the strap height.
This is the safest harness type there is especially when your child is young. It offers better protection in the case of a collision ensuring that your child is not ejected out of the car seat
Front harness adjustments.
This is a pull strap that is located near the base of the car seat. When this strap is pulled it makes the shoulder straps snug which experts agree reduces whip lash in the event of a collision.
All cars manufactured after 2002 feature the LATCH (Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children) system. LATCH allows you to hook the car seat to anchors that are ideally located behind and on the side of the rear seats.
You can find instructions on how to connect your new convertible car seat in the car seat manual and your vehicles owners manual (in case you cant locate the anchors). The LATCH system only carries a combined child and seat weight of 65 pounds. If the combined weight exceeds this number, please use the car seat belts to secure the convertible car seat.
Convertible Car seat rating.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has assigned a car seat rating for different car seats. It is an exhaustive list and the car seat you are planning to get is likely to be featured on their list. They offer a simple 5-star rating for Labels, Instructions, Securing the Child and installation features. They finally give an overall ease of use rating that you can use to base your purchase decision.
Be sure to the NHTSA site to see whether the seat you would like to purchase has been recalled. Different manufactures have recalled seats for different reasons. Graco and Evenflo have recalled seats for buckle stiffness that would make it difficult removing a child during emergency situations. When you buy a convertible car seat, make sure you register with the manufacturer so that you can be notified during any recalls.
We picked the Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat for its combination of features and value. While it does not have an integrated harness management system, it enables your little one to stay in the rear facing position longer as it is rated up to 40 pounds weight in the rear facing position.
If you are looking for extreme value or you just need to have a secondary car seat around, take a look at the Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat