If you are looking for the best car seats 2018, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you need an infant, convertible, combination, or booster car seat for your child, choosing the best car seats are vital for your children’s safety.
Car Seat Reviews
Below is a list of the 2018 top car seats. Read our car seat reviews for infant car seats and convertible car seats.
Best Infant Car Seats
Infant safety seats are designed for newborns and need to be installed in a rear-facing position. Here are the best infant car seats for 2018.
Features: 5-55 pounds; up to 32 inches tall; no re-thread harness; Adjustable headrest with side impact protection; energy absorbing EPS lined shell; infant insert used for smaller babies 4-8 lbs; auto-retracting latch connectors; built-in lockoff for seatbelt installation
The UPPAbaby MESA car seat is one of the best car seat for newborns. It is a lightweight infant car seat, weighing only less than 10 pounds! It includes an infant insert with a built-in wedge that creates a flatter and safer riding position, recommended for babies 4-8 lbs.
The MESA car seat features an adjustable headrest with EPP foam, giving your child the necessary side impact protection. The integrated design keeps your child’s head stationary in the event of a side impact collision, resulting in up to 4 times higher than other premium infant car seat brands.
It has a no-rethread harness with 5-position headrest. There are 2 crotch straps/buckle positions. You can easily install the car seat using its SMARTSecure System that features auto-retracting lower anchor LATCH attachments or use their built-in lockoff for seatbelt installations. There is a tightness indicator and dual-sided level indicators to confirm whether the base has been installed correctly.
Read more for a complete list of the best infant car seats 2018.
This is one of the best car seats that you can find. Features: 4-30 pounds; up to 30 inches tall; 5-point harness adjusts with one-pull tightener for easy adjustments; Removable infant insert used for smaller babies 4-11 lbs; Adjustable, multi-position canopy; easy removal from adjustable base; one-pull LATCH tightener for secure fit; built-in lockoff system for easy seatbelt installations; indicators to determine accurate seat angle; lined with energy-absorbing foam for increased safety and comfort.
Chicco KeyFit 30 is packed with features that make them one of the easiest car seats to install using either the LATCH system or the vehicle’s safety belts. These car seats can also fit in dozens of Chicco’s KeyFit compatible strollers.
Chicco Keyfit is also a great infant car seat for travel as it is a FAA approved car seat and is certified for use on an airplane.
For more information, read our Chicco Keyfit 30 review.
Features: 4-35 pounds; up to 32 inches tall; 5-point harness; no re-thread harness with 6 height positions; energy absorbing EPS lined shell; includes 2 cushions to keep babies head properly positioned; adjustable hood; push-on lower LATCH connectors; built-in lockoff for seat belt installation
Made in Italy, this Peg Perego car seat is a luxury car seat that has a base with an integrated anti-rebound bar for superior protect in the event of a crash. Its shell is lined with energy absorbing EPS foam that enhances protection and is perforated for maximum air circulation.
The Primo Viaggio car seat is easy to install and has a no-rethread harness. Its protected sides cushion and position the baby’s head and shoulders.
Primo Viaggio 4-35 is one of the best car seats for taxi because it can be installed without the base. This car seat can attach directly to many Peg Perego strollers without any adapters so you can create your own travel system.
This is another top car seat for 2018. Features: birth-35 pounds; up to 33 inches tall; adjustable head restraint; 4 position height adjustment for proper seat angle and positioning; anti rebound bar stabilizes seat by minimizing rotational forces in front and rear collisions; one-pull harness adjustment; lined with energy-absorbing foam; easy installation using LATCH system or vehicle seat belts.
The combi shuttle infant car seats are lightweight and compatible with all Combi Cosmo, Cabria, Catalyst and Twin Cosmo strollers to help you create a complete travel system. Read our Combi Shuttle review.
Features: 4-35 pounds; up to 32 inches tall; 4 sets of harness slots; 2 buckle positions; complete side impact protection; impact-absorbing base; center-pull straps for easy LATCH installation; built-in lockoffs for seatbelt installations; extra-large canopy
Britax’s Click and Go System makes transferring the B-Safe 35 to a stroller easy and convenient. A simple click assures that your child’s car seat is securely attached and ready to go. Read Britax 35 infant car seat review.
Features: 4-35 pounds; up to 32 inches tall; 5-point harness; no re-thread harness; energy-absorbing EPS foam; level indicator; 6 base recline positions; 3-panel canopy with lining and visor; 1-second LATCH attachment; built-in lockoff for seatbelt installation
This Graco LX model car seat also provides 1-step secure attachment to all Graco Click Connect Strollers for a convenient travel system. Read Graco SnugRide Click Connect infant car seat review.
Features: 4-35 pounds; up to 32 inches tall; advanced air cushion system protecting your child’s head; additional leg room; extra padding for impact protection; one click LATCH installation system; base belt lock easily secures your vehicle seat belt; low harness slots.
This Safety 1st car seat features GCell honeycomb HX energy-absorbing foam inside the seat to provide superior body protection. It also features Air Protect advanced cushion that protects your baby’s head. It includes an infant insert and a super low harness setting, designed for smaller babies.
Features: 4-35 lbs; up to 32 inches tall; 5-point safety harness; 3-layer side-impact protection; adjustable handlebar that is also used as an anti-rebound protection; includes the Doona Infant Insert & Head Support, which supports your newborn’s posture and provides extra side protection through energy-absorbing materials.
The Doona infant car seat is the world’s first infant car seat with integrated wheels that come out easily to create its own baby travel system. This means that you can just take the car seat out of your car, pop out its wheels, and use it like a stroller. Unlike the traditional travel systems, this is lightweight and doesn’t require any extra frame.
The Doona car seat has passed safety standards both as a car seat and as a stroller. It is one of the FAA approved car seats and is certified for use on aircraft. One of the best things about this car seat for traveling is that instead of having to bring your stroller and carry your car seat onto the plane, you can easily roll this on, fold the wheels and install it right in the airplane seat! There is a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Features: 4-30 pounds; up to 32 inches; includes infant insert; rebound protection; superior side protection; one-click Latch system for easy installation; extended canopy with flip-out visor for maximum UV protection; machine washable and dryer safe pad
It is one of the lightest premium car seat. You can remove the seat pad without having to unthread the harness, allowing you to take it off in a few seconds. You can create your own baby travel system with the Maxi-Cosi, Quinny, and many other premium strollers.
Features: 4-35 pounds; easy to use LATCH system; 3 shoulder harness positions; adjustable base; includes a central pendulum level indicator to ensure a proper recline
The Evenflo Embrace LX car seat is one of the top cheap infant car seats. You can usually purchase one for under $75. It is a lightweight infant car seat, weighing about 13 pounds.
Some parents think this car seat’s canopy is too small. If this is the case for you, you can also purchase a car seat cover if you want to keep your baby more protected.
Best Convertible Car Seat
Once your child outgrows the infant car seat, he will need to switch to a convertible child safety seat. This versatile seat can be installed in both rear-facing and forward-facing positions. Here are the best convertible car seat 2018.
Features: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 20-65 lbs. forward-facing; no-rethread harness removable with 6 height positions; automatic harness adjustment; removable infant insert with extra padding for smaller babies starting from 5 lbs; 9 recline positions for a better fit in vehicles; RideRight Dual level indicators for correct seat angle in both rear-facing and forward-facing modes; SuperCinch LATCH tightener; built-in lock-offs for vehicle belt installation
The Chicco NextFit is one of the top convertible car seats. What’s great about this car seat is its Super Cinch LATCH Tightener, which uses force-multiplying technology for a tight and secure fit with little effort.
The NextFit comes with a removable infant insert and has extra padding to give newborns added support. It has a 9-position leveling system and 6 height positions to grow tih your child. When you adjust the headrest to a new height position, the 5-point harness automatically adjustments to accommodate your child’s shoulders.
Features: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 20-55 lbs. forward-facing; 3 recline positions; adjustable 2-position buckle; angle-free, 5-point harness prevents the straps from twisting; premium push-button LATCH connectors; built-in lockoffs for seatbelt installation; impact absorbing base and complete side impact protection
The Britax Roundabout convertible car seat has superior protection with its impact stabilizing steel frame and deep energy-absorbing foam to protect your baby from side impacts.
Features: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 20-65 lbs. forward-facing; 7 recline positions; no-rethread harness; Quick-adjust 12-position harness and 2-position buckle; SafeCell Impact Protection only available with Britax car seats; steel frame; foam-lined shell; impact-absorbing tether; energy-absorbing base; ClickTight makes installation easy with one click
Features: 14-50 lbs. rear-facing, 20-65 lbs. forward-facing; REACT safety system; steel anti-rebound; advanced side-impact protection; dual layers of energy absorbing foam; adjustable structural headrest; secure rigid-latch installation; lockoffs with seatbelt installation
Also check out Clek Fllo convertible car seat, which is the newer, more affordable car seat that is 10 pounds lighter than the Foonf. The Fllo has regular LATCH connectors and an anti-rebound bar. Both seats are designed for extended rear-facing use (up to 50 pounds).
Features: 5-45 lbs. rear-facing, 20-80 lbs. forward-facing in 5-point harness; converts to booster for children up to 120 lbs; steel alloy frame; adjustable head support; SafeStop energy absorbing harness; infant body support cushions and memory foam; includes one cup holder
This Diono all-in-one convertible car seat is one of the easiest car seats to install. Its narrow width of 17 inches means it is possible to install 3 across in a number of smaller vehicles. You can read the Narrow Booster Seats post to see a list of the narrowest booster seats on the market.
Features: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 28-50 lbs. forward-facing; 40-110 lbs. booster; sureLATCH for a secure, quick installation; upfront harness adjustment; upfront multi-position recline; e3 side impact protection
Evenflo Symphony Elite All-In-One Car Seat provides extended use from birth to booster mode up to 110 lbs. It installs to the vehicle in only 60 seconds with no pulling necessary.
Features: 4-40 lbs. rear-facing, 25-65 lbs. forward-facing; 1-Second InRight LATCH System; no re-thread harness; side impact tested; energy-absorbing EPS foam; front-adjust 5-point harness; removable and adjustable infant head support; 3 base recline positions; easy-to-read level indicator; one cup holder
Features: 9-40 lbs. rear-facing, 22-70 lbs. forward-facing; no re-thread harness; advanced air cushion system; Air Protect technology for enhanced side impact protection; 3 position base; integrated cup holder
Also check out Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Convertible Car Seat, which has a higher minimum and maximum weight than the Maxi-Cosi Pria 70. The Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 limits are 14-40 pounds for rear-facing and 22-85 pounds for forward-facing.
Features: 5-45 lbs. rear-facing, 22-65 lbs. forward-facing; no re-thread harness; EPS energy-absorbing foam; side impact protection (SIP); removable cushion for newborns; adjustable latch connectors that can be easily repositioned for forward or rearward installation
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio car seat is one of the best convertible car seats. It has one of the highest weight limits (45 pounds) for rear-facing positions. The car seat reclines in rear-facing so that your child can be seated in a relaxing angle. This recline also gives your child extra room for growth, so that your little one can sit in the rear-facing position for longer.
Read more for a complete list of the best convertible car seats 2018.
Best Booster Car Seat
Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seats, he will need to sit in a booster safety seat in the back seat. A booster seat has a three-point belt system to keep your child restrained and is the best way to keep your child safe until he is big enough to fit a vehicle’s seat belt. Below are the best booster car seats 2018.
There are 2 types of booster seats: booster seat with high back and backless booster seat
Top High Back Booster Seats
The Graco High Back TurboBooster child car seat is one of the narrowest high back booster seats. For more, check out the top narrow booster seats.
Features: 40-120 lbs.; 38-63 inches tall; extra-deep side walls reinforced with aluminum and lined with EPS foam; integrated LATCH connectors and front adjusters; dual cup holders and snack trays; easily converts to a backless booster.
Features: 40-120 pounds; SafeCell Impact Protection; ISOFLEX LATCH connection system; SecureGuard Belt-Positioning Clip
With the Britax SGL booster, you can change the height with just a push of a button, so that your child can fit comfortably in the seat as he grows.
Best Backless Booster Seats
The Graco Backless TurboBooster is one of the best narrow car seats. You can purchase the High Back TurboBooster seat and convert it to a backless booster so that you can use it for longer as your child grows.
Features: 40-100 pounds; inflatable, foldable and portable; made from durable material; shoulder belt positioning clip for added safety
It weighs less than 1 pound and comes with a convenient tote bag and positioning clip. Lightweight and convenient, this is one of the best booster seats for travel. You can easily fit 3 of these across the back of most vehicles.
Features: 40-100 pounds; 40-57 inches tall; compact, foldable, and portable.
It is more than 10x smaller than a regular booster seat yet it is just as safe. In fact, it even folds up to fit into a child’s backpack, glove compartment or bag. This also makes it one of the best booster seats for airplane travel. You can easily carry one around without cluttering up a car or luggage.