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Best Car Seats 2018

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.

1) Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base


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. For further information, read our Chicco Keyfit 30 review.

2) Combi Shuttle Car Seat

This is another top car seat for 2017. 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.

3) Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air


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; customizable insert and low harness slots

Read our Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air car seat review.

4) Britax B-Safe 35


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.

5) Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX Infant Car Seat


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.

6) Peg Perego Viaggio 4-35


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

7) UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat


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

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.

1) Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seat


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

2) Britax Roundabout G4.1 Convertible Car Seat


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

3) Britax USA Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat


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

4) Clek Foonf Convertible Car Seat


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 seat that has regular LATCH connectors and an optional anti-rebound bar. Both seats are designed for  extended rear-facing use (up to 50 pounds).

5) Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat


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.

6) Evenflo SureRide DLX Convertible Car Seat


Features: 5-40 lbs. rear-facing, 22-65 lbs. forward-facing; 6 shoulder strap positions; removable body pillow; up-front harness adjustment; removable cup holder; budget-friendly

7) Evenflo Symphony Elite Convertible Car Seat


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.

8) Graco Size4Me 65 Convertible Car Seat


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

9) Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat


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.

10) Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Infant Convertible Car Seat


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

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

1) Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat


Features: 30-100 lbs.; 40-100 lbs. as a backless booster; multi-layer, one-hand adjustable head rest; EPS energy absorbing foam, padded height adjustable armrests; dual retractable cup holders

2) Clek Oobr Full Back Booster Seat


Features: 33-100 lbs.; 40-100 lbs. as a backless booster; rigid lower LATCH connectors; EPS foam; tall armrests; recline feature; Crypton fabric provide stain, moisture and bacteria resistance

3) Graco Affix Youth Booster Seat with Latch System


Features: 30-100 lbs.; 40-100 lbs. as a backless booster; EPS foam in head rest; dual cup holders; one-hand adjustable headrest

Best Backless Booster Seats

1) Evenflo Amp Performance No Back Booster Car Seat


Features: 40-100 lbs; comfortable, contoured padding, elastic dual cup holders; tall armrests; machine-washable car seat pad

2) Graco Backless TurboBooster Car Seat


Features: 40-100 lbs and up to 57 inches tall; padded, height-adjustable armrests; one-hand adjustable headrest; hide-away cup holders;

3) Clek Olli Booster Car Seat


Features: 40-100 lbs and up to 57 inches tall; Crypton fabric provide stain, moisture and bacteria resistance; Confirms that latches are locked with an audible “Click”

Clek Foonf Review

The Clek Foonf is one of the top convertible car seats, which means it can be used in 2 configurations – as a rear-facing infant car seat and as a forward-facing car seat. What is great about this car seat is that it is designed to international best practices for extended rear-facing use up to 50 pounds. It lets your child sit in the rear-facing position longer than most car seats in the country. This is great since rear-facing is the safest position for your child to sit in.

The seat is only 17 inches wide at its widest point and 13 inches wide where installed at the base, making it possible to fit 3 car seats across the back seat in most vehicles.

Clek Foonf Safety

Like all baby safety seats on the market, Clek Foonf meets Federal Safety Standards. It crash tested to NCAP, which simulates forces experienced in extreme collisions. It comes standard with a steel anti-rebound for enhanced safety performance. The anti-rebound bar is designed to reduce the rebound and promote stability of the car seat during a crash, absorbing the energy that would otherwise go to the child.

Its REACT (Rigid-LATCH Energy Absorbing Crumple Technology) safety system delivers rear-facing safety performance in a forward-facing seat. Its aluminum honeycomb technology absorbs the energy from a crash, minimizing the forces transmitted to the child.

The Clek Foonf advanced side-impact protection protects the child in a side-impact collision with its adjustable structural headrest with deep side wings, dual layers of energy absorbing foam, and complete metal substructure.

Clek Foonf 2017

2017 Clek Foonf is the newest version of the Foonf. Improvements have been made from its previous versions, including harness straps that fit better. The Clek Foonf’s Rigid-LATCH system makes proper forward-facing installation easy, allowing you to remove and install your seat quickly.

The Foonf is tailored in GREENGUARD Select Certified Crypton Super Fabrics, which provide permanent protection against stains and moisture and odor-causing bacteria.

Clek Foonf Installation

When you install the Clek Foonf rear-facing, you will need to use the anti-rebound bar. When you install it forward-facing, you should use tether. Don’t use tether while rear-facing. Overall, the car seat is relatively easy to install in both cars and on airplanes. Unless you’re in first class, the Foonf will not fit in the storage compartments above, but it can fit the actual airplane seat.

Clek Foonf Specs & Features

  • The maximum weight and height in the rear-facing position is from 14-50 lbs and 25-43 inches tall. For forward-facing, it is 20-65 pounds and from 30-49 inches in height. The top of your baby’s head should be at least 1 inch below the top of the headrest.
  • The seat weighs 38 pounds when rear-facing since it includes the base and the anti-rebound bar. It weighs 33 pounds when installed forward-facing.
  • Comes with anti-rebound bar designed to limit rebound
  • Rigid-LATCH forward-facing installation
  • Built-in lockoffs for both rear-facing and forward-facing positions
  • Energy absorbing foam both inside and outside the frame of the car seat
  • Adjustable structural headrest with deep side wings
  • Advanced side-impact protection
  • Rigid substructure – It has a steel and magnesium sub-structure
  • Crypton Super Fabrics: Its fabric protects against stains, moisture and odor-causing bacteria
  • Approved for use in aircraft
  • This is one of the narrowest convertible car seats at 17 inches wide, allowing you to fit 3 car seats across in the back of most vehicles.

Clek Foonf Measurements

  • Seating Depth 12.5 in.
  • Seating Height 21.5–26 in.
  • Shoulder width 12 in.
  • Harness-Slot Height 8–17 in.
  • Width 13-17 in.
  • Fore-Aft Measurement in Rear-Facing 33 in.
  • Height Measurement in Rear-Facing 25.5–28.5 in.
  • Height Measurement in Forward-Facing 28–32.5 in.
  • Seat Weight in Forward-Facing 33 lb
  • Seat Weight in Rear-Facing 38 lb (includes rear-facing base and anti-rebound bar)

There is also a Clek Foonf infant insert designed to accommodate a child in rear-facing and weighing between 5–22 lb in a Clek Foonf and Fllo convertible seat, which is the cheaper alternative of the Foonf.

 

Britax B-Safe 35 Review

The Britax B-Safe 35 car seat is an updated version of the popular B-Safe and is rated as one of the best car seats for infants. This newer model is able to fit bigger children and has more legroom. The maximum child weight limit increased from 30 to 35 lbs. It also has a new deeper shell that’s designed to keep your child safe from flying debris and has a base that is easier to adjust and install.

B-Safe 35 is patented with SafeCell Impact Protection, has an impact-absorbing base, and is made in the USA with global components. Its contoured shell also takes up little space in your car and minimizes side-to-side movement to maximize protection.

Britax B-Safe 35 Safety

Like all baby car seats on the market, Britax B-Safe 35 is crash tested and meets Federal Safety Standards. Britax features:

  • SafeCell Impact Protection, which is an integrated system of safety components that work together to protect your child beyond the established standards. An example of a safety component is its impact stabilizing steel frame through the spine of the car seat reducing forward flex and at the connection points to the vehicle.
  • SafeCell Complete Side Impact Protection, which surrounds your baby in a deep protective shell designed to shield your child from crash forces and debris.
  • Safecell Impact Absorbing Base, which reduces the potential for injury by compressing to absorb energy during a collision.

Britax B-Safe 35 Base

You can purchase a second Britax car seat base. This car seat base is compatible with both Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe Elite car seats. You can also install the Britax car seat without the base. This way, you can keep the base in your car and if your baby ever needs to ride in someone else’s car, you can install the car seat without the base. This can help you save money from having to purchase another base.

There are steps on how to install the seat without the base safely in the Britax instruction manual.

Britax B-Safe 35 Compatible Strollers

The integrated Click and Go System allows you to transfer your B-Safe 35 to a stroller easily. The B-Safe 35 works with any Britax stroller with the Click & Go system and quick-release handle. This car seat also works with all Britax and BOB strollers that work with the original B-Safe model. A simple click lets you know that your baby’s car seat is securely attached and ready to go.

Compatible strollers include the Britax Affinity, B-Agile, B-Agile Double, and B-Ready. It is also compatible with the BOB motion stroller using the Click and Go attachments. Using the Britax adapter, you can make the B-Safe 35 compatible with all the other BOB strollers. You can purchase a Britax Travel System with the B-Agile stroller.

        

Britax B-Safe 35 Specs & Features:

  • The maximum weight and height is from 4-35 lbs and 32 inches tall. The top of your baby’s head should be at least 1 inch below the top of the headrest.
  • SafeCell Impact-absorbing steel frame base reduces the potential for injury by compressing to absorb crash energy
    Complete Side Impact Protection
  • Deep shell lined with energy-absorbing foam EPS, which shields your baby from front and side impacts
  • SafeCenter LATCH Installation features convenient center-pull straps and quick, push-button, lower LATCH connectors
  • Easy-Release Harness Button makes it simple to loosen the harness straps
  • Built-in slide lockoffs for seatbelt installation
  • Dual recline angle indicators to get the correct seat angle
  • Spring-assited recline
  • 2 crotch buckle strap positions – before 11 lbs and after 11 lbs
  • Lightweight ergonomic design
  • Removable head pillow to ensure newborn heads are properly positioned
  • Extra-Large Canopy protects your baby from rain and sun
  • FAA approved for airplane use
  • Expiration: 6 years lifespan
  • Made in the USA

Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat Measurements
Dimensions: Length: 26.5″, Width: 17.75″, Height: 25″

Weight without base: 10 lbs
Weight with base: 19 lbs
Base width (inches): 14 inches
Carrier width (inches): 18 inches

If you read and follow the Britax instruction manual, you may find that this infant car seat is easy to install regardless of whether you are using the LATCH anchors or the seatbelt. Keep in mind that you can only use one method of attachment. Do not install the car seat base with both LATCH and seat belt.

You can purchase the Britax B-Safe car seat for $168 on Amazon. This car seat is a great value, especially considering all the premium features it offers. It comes with a manufacturer’s one-year warranty.

Combi Shuttle Car Seat Review

The Combi Shuttle infant car seat ranks as one of the best baby car seats in 2017. It is a lightweight, travel-friendly and sturdy. The Combi Shuttle replaces the Combi Shuttle 33 car seat and is equipped with 360 degrees of protection for front, rear, and side-impact collisions.

To this day, the Combi Shuttle is the only baby car seat that has an anti-rebound bar on the carrier instead of its base. The anti-rebound bar minimizes the movement of the seat in the event of a car crash. Having the anti-rebound bar on the carrier allows you to install the seat without its base to any car and still have all the same safety features. Keep in mind that the anti-rebound bar is not adjustable and therefore, must be touching the back of your seat cushion to reduce the force of the impact in the event of a crash.

Combi Shuttle Safety

Like all baby car seats on the market, Combi Shuttle meets Federal Safety Standards. It features the Combi Tru-Safe Side Impact Protection, which offers a head restraint with deep side walls and a layer of EPS foam to distribute crash energy away from your baby’s head, neck, and spine. Combi Shuttle also has an anti-rebound bar which stabilizes the baby car seat by minimizing rotational forces in front and rear collisions.

Combi Shuttle Base

The Combi Shuttle infant car seat clicks in and out of the base easily. You can also install this seat without the base. This way, you can keep the base in your car and if your baby ever needs to ride in someone else’s car, you can install the car seat without the base. However, once your baby reaches 22 pounds or 29 inches, you cannot install the seat without its base.

There are steps on how to install the seat without the base safely in the Combi Shuttle instruction manual.

Combi Shuttle Compatible Strollers

The Combi Shuttle is compatible with several Combi strollers, including the Cosmo, Cabria, Catalyst and Twin Cosmo strollers.

The Combi Catalyst stroller is an excellent option and offers multiple configurations, including a bassinet stroller, travel system, or toddler stroller. You can also purchasing the Combi Shuttle Travel System, which includes the car seat and the Shuttle Stroller in a matching set, for less than $340 on Amazon. You can easily attach the infant car seat to the Shuttle stroller, which features a one-step linked brake, a one-hand self-standing fold, 5 point safety harness, extended canopy, and removable cup holders.

Combi Shuttle Specs & Features

  • The maximum weight and height is from birth-35 lbs and 33 inches tall. The top of your baby’s head should be at least 1 inch below the top of the headrest.
  • Adjustable head restraint with deep side walls for proper positioning of the head
  • Adjustable harness shoulder height for a snug and secure fit
  • One-pull front harness adjuster
  • Four position height adjustment for proper seat angle and positioning
  • Lined with energy absorbing foam EPS
  • Carry handle features ergonomic design with comfort grips
  • Anti-rebound bar
  • Premium, push-button LATCH connectors with storage compartment
  • Built-in Lockoffs
  • Wide belts paths for easy installation
  • Easy-to-read level indicators to ensure accurate installation
  • Adjustable recline base
  • Contoured, anti-slip base
  • Machine washable cover
  • Large canopy to protect sensitive eyes from the sun
  • FAA approved for airplane use

Combi Shuttle Infant Car Seat Measurements
Dimensions: Length: 27″, Width: 15″, Height: 25″

Weight without base: 9.25 lbs
Weight with base: 17 lbs
Base width (inches): 16 inches
Carrier width (inches): 17 inches

If you read and follow the Combi Shuttle instruction manual, you may find that this baby car seat is easy to install regardless of whether you are using the LATCH anchors or the seatbelt. Keep in mind that you can only use one method of attachment. Do not install the car seat base with both LATCH and seat belt.

One drawback of the Combi Shuttle is that the groin buckle is nonadjustable, which can make your baby uncomfortable as he or she gets older.

You can purchase the Combi Shuttle baby car seat for $179 on Amazon. This car seat is a great value, especially considering all the premium features it offers. It comes with a manufacturer’s one-year warranty.

Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air Review

The Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air is one of the top budget friendly infant car seats. The OnBoard 35, made by Dorel, is a favorite amongst many mothers. This child safety seat comes with a customizable infant insert and low bottom harness strap slots which were specifically designed to fit preemies starting at 4 lbs.

Even though Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air is an older model, this reliable infant car seat has excellent safety features. It offers both energy-absorbing foam and side impact protection to protect your baby in the event of a car crash.

Unfortunately, some parents might find this car seat high maintenance since the cushions are not machine-washable. Depending on often your car seat gets dirty, you might have to spend some time hand-washing it.

Safety First OnBoard 35 Air Crash Test

Like all baby car seats on the market, the Safety 1st OnBoard meets Federal Safety Standards. Safety 1st claims that the OnBoard 35 Air has been crash tested for the “Air Protect” side impact technology, which comprises of an air cushion system in the head area of the seat. They claim that the additional cushion inside the plastic covering permits air to escape gradually upon impact and absorbs some of the energy in a crash, providing additional protection for your baby’s head.

safety 1st air protect

Safety 1st OnBoard Compatible Strollers

Compatible strollers for the OnBoard 35 Air include the AeroLite, Clic It, Quinny Buzz Xtra and the SleekRide. The Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air is not compatible with as many strollers as some of the other popular car seats.

You can also buy Safety 1st travel system, which is a combination of the car seat and stroller. Consider the SleekRide travel system and the AeroLite travel system.


Safety 1st OnBoard Compatible Base

The OnBoard 35 Air infant car seat is compatible with Safety 1st OnBoard Adjustable Base so you can purchase a second car seat base to install in another vehicle.

You can also install this seat without the base. This way, you can keep the base in your car and if your baby ever needs to ride in someone else’s car, you can install the car seat without the base. There are steps on how to install the seat without the base safely in the Safety 1st instruction manual.

Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Specs & Features

  • The maximum weight and height is up to 4-35 lbs and 32 inches tall. The top of your baby’s head should be at least 1 inch below the top of the headrest.
  • 5-point harness system with up front harness adjustment
  • 17% more legroom than most infant car seats
  • Customizable insert and low harness slots specially designed for tiny travelers (4 pounds+)
  • 1-Click LATCH on the base for quick installation
  • Belt Lock on the base easily secures your car seat belt during installation
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Air Protect Revolutionary Side Impact Protection (SIP)
  • Advanced air cushion system
  • Two position adjustable base
  • Three position crotch strap
  • 2-stage level indicator
  • Adjustable base designed for extra deep seats
  • Carry Curve handle features ergonomic design and has a soft-touch grip for extra comfort when carrying
  • Multi-position canopy to protect sensitive eyes from bright light
  • Removable, hand washable pad (not machine washable!)
  • Quick Click stroller attachment for easy placement
  • FAA approved for air travel
  • Expiration: 8 years (seats made before 1-1-2014 have a 6 year expiration)

Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air Measurements
Dimensions: Length: 29″, Width: 17″, Height: 24.5″

Weight without base: 9.5 lbs
Weight with base: 16lbs
Base width (inches): 15 inches
Carrier width (inches): 17 inches

If you read and follow the Safety 1st instruction manual, you may find that the OnBoard 35 Air car seat is easy to install regardless of whether you are using the LATCH anchors or the seatbelt. Keep in mind that you can only use one method of attachment. Do not install the car seat base with both LATCH and seat belt.

You can purchase the Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air for $139 on Amazon. This is cheaper than about many of their competitors yet has managed to impress us with its quality. This car seat ranks as one of the best value car seats, considering all the features they offer at a below average price. It comes with a manufacturer’s one-year warranty.

Safey 1st also makes other infant car seats, such as the Safety 1st OnBoard 35 which does not have side impact “air” protection and costs about $40 less. There is also the OnBoard 35 Air+ with Air Protect advanced cushion system and GCell HX patented foam, costing about $30 more.

Chicco Keyfit 30 Review

The Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat is one of the most popular infant car seats available on the market today, which is why we have written a Chicco Keyfit 30 review. In fact, it is ranked the number 1 infant car seat in America by consumers on multiple websites, including Consumer Reports. It is a high-quality baby car seat, selling for less than $200.

Chicco Keyfit 30 is best known for its ease of installation, safety, and fit. Unlike other seats that require additional support such as blanket rolling in order to fit premature infants properly, the Chicco Keyfit fits preemies (babies over 4 lbs) easily. The included Chicco Keyfit 30 infant insert provides extra support and keeps your newborn secure.

If you have a compact vehicle, you need a small car seat that can fit in your back seat. However, it’s not the easiest task to find a small car seat. Luckily, the KeyFit 30 is a compact and convenient infant car seat. Its small proportions make it suitable for 2-door cars.

Chicco Keyfit 30

Like all infant car seats on the market, the Chicco KeyFit 30 is crash tested and meets federal crash-test safety requirements. It offers extra side-impact protection, has a sturdy design, and plenty of head and body support.

Chicco Keyfit 30 Stroller

Since the Keyfit is such a popular car seat in the U.S., you won’t have much trouble finding a stroller adapter for this seat. You can choose from dozens of Chicco’s KeyFit compatible strollers for easy click-in travel, including Chicco Bravo, Cortina, Neuvo, TRE, Activ3, Cortina Together, Liteway Plus, and KeyFit Caddy strollers. There are compatible strollers from other brands as well, including UPPAbaby Cruz, Britax B-Agile 3, and BOB Revolution Flex.

Chicco Keyfit strollers are better quality than Graco but they generally aren’t lightweight. For a lightweight frame stroller to use with your car seat only, you can purchase the KeyFit Caddy. The Chicco Liteway Plus is another great lightweight car seat carrier, which can be used as a regular umbrella stroller.

You can also consider the Chicco Bravo stroller, which is a high-quality, all-purpose stroller but it is not lightweight, weighing 23 lbs. If you’re looking for a jogging stroller, you can consider the Chicco Activ3 Jogging Stroller (or combo with car seat here). Overall, there are many Chicco car seat strollers to choose from.

    

Keyfit 30 Base

The Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat carriers are compatible with Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit30 Infant Car Seat Base so you can purchase a second car seat base to install in another vehicle. The Keyfit secures easily onto the base with a reassuring audible “click” sound.

You can also install this seat without the base. This way, you can keep the base in your car and if your baby ever needs to ride in someone else’s car, you can install the car seat without the base. There are instructions on how to install the seat without the base safely in the Chicco Keyfit manual.

Chicco Keyfit 30 Specs

  • The maximum weight and height is up to 4-30 lbs and 30 inches tall. The top of your baby’s head should be at least 1 inch below the top of the headrest.
  • 5 point harness with a one-pull tightener for easy adjustments
  • Removable Infant insert to hold newborns weighing 4-11 pounds comfortably and securely
  • Seat interior is lined with EPS energy-absorbing foam for increased safety and comfort
  • Adjustable, multi-position canopy
  • Easy one-hand removal from base
  • Accommodates vehicles without Latch using a built-in, belt routing, lock-off system
  • Smooth underside of base protects against damage to vehicle seats
  • Spring-loaded leveling system provides an accurate fit in a wider range of cars
  • Car seat can be installed without the base
  • Two bubble level-indicators to indicate accurate seat angle
  • One-pull Latch tightener with force-multiplying technology that helps achieve a tight and secure fit with little effort
  • Machine washable seat cushions
  • FAA approved for use in an airplane

Chicco Keyfit 30 Measurements

Dimensions: Length: 26.75″, Width: 17″, Height: 24″

Weight without base: 9 lbs
Weight with base: 16.4 lbs
Base width (inches): 15 inches
Carrier width (inches): 17 inches

The Chicco Keyfit 30 has been rated the number 1 easiest car seat to install by many third-party websites. If you read and follow the Chicco instruction manual, you may find that the Keyfit car seat is easy to install regardless of whether you are using the LATCH anchors or the seatbelt. Keep in mind that you can only use one method of attachment. Do not install the car seat base with both LATCH and seat belt.

Chicco has a variety of infant car seats, with cheaper models offering fewer features than the Keyfit or fit for a smaller size range. They also have expensive models with the word “Magic” in their titles that offer more features, such as better fabrics and padding.

You can purchase the Chicco Keyfit for less than $200 on Amazon. This is cheaper than about half of their competitors and is very reasonably-priced, considering its quality. The KeyFit 30 comes with a manufacturer’s one-year warranty.

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX Review

Graco Snugride 35 LX Click Connect is one of the most popular infant car seats and is a favorite of moms. Like all infant safety seats, Graco Snugride is designed to accommodate infants in the rear-facing position. Graco Snugride comes with a convenient car base that stays latched to your vehicle while you can easily connect the seat to the base or disconnect from it. It uses “Click Connect,” which is their newer technology to connect the seat to the base. Their older technology was called “Classic Connect.”

Graco SnugRide Crash Test

The Graco Snugride 35 infant car seat has been rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed all United States safety standards. It has also been side impact tested for occupant retention in the harness system. The Snugride Click Connect was tested at 2x car seat standard and to extreme car interior temperatures.

Graco Snugride Base Compatibility

The Graco Snugride Click Connect 30, 35 and 35 LX infant car seat carriers are compatible with SnugRide Click Connect 30/35 infant car seat base so you can purchase a second car seat base to install in another vehicle. The Click Connect feature lets you “click” the baby car seat into the base in just one step, in about one second. The Click Connect models cannot be used with any of the Graco “Classic Connect” bases.

You can also install this seat without the base. This way, you can keep the base in your car and if your baby ever needs to ride in someone else’s car, you can install the car seat without the base. There are instructions on how to install the seat without the base safely in the Graco Snugride manual.

Graco Snugride Stroller Compatibility

The SR Click Connect 35 LX infant seat is compatible with all Graco Click Connect strollers so there are many to choose from! The Graco Snugride is specially designed to connect securely to these strollers, allowing you to have the flexibility to create your own travel system. You will hear a clear audio “click” that will let you know the seat is secured to the stroller.

The Graco SnugRider Elite is a great option for a lightweight stroller that is compatible with this car seat. It has a huge storage basket and is very easy to fold. If you need a double stroller to fit one or two Graco Snugride infant car seats, consider the Graco Ready2grow Click Connect LX or the Graco Fastaction Fold Duo Click Connect.

      

SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX Specs & Features

  • The maximum weight and height is up to 4-35 lbs and 32 inches tall. The top of your baby’s head should be at least 1 inch below the top of the headrest.
  • In Right LATCH system makes an easy, one-second LATCH attachment.
  • 5-point harness which you can adjust and tighten from the front
  • Includes EPS energy absorbing foam which lines the entire headrest and sides of shell
  • 3-panel rotating canopy with lining and visor, perfect for shielding your baby’s eyes from bright light.
  • Click connect system provides a one-step secure attachment to all Graco Click Connect Strollers for a convenient travel system
  • Simply Safe Adjust Harness System is safe and simple with a one-hand, no-rethread harness that automatically adjusts
  • Base has 6-position dial adjustment to make proper installation easier
  • Base features Integrated belt lock off for easier seat belt installation (as opposed to using the locking clip)
  • Multiple base recline positions
  • Car seat can be installed without base
  • Easy-to-read level indicator to ensure accurate installation process
  • Machine-washable cushion
  • Infant head and body support (for babies under 12 lbs)
  • Adjustable crotch strap length for smaller babies
  • FAA approved for use in an airplane
  • 7 year lifespan before expiration

SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX Measurements
Dimensions: Length: 28″, Width: 18.66″, Height: 15.59″

Weight without base: 9.6 lbs
Weight with base: 15.82 lbs
Base width (inches): 14 inches
Carrier width (inches): 18 inches

The SR 35 LX Click Connect is a lightweight infant car seat, making it easy to carry your baby in the car seat from your vehicle to your stroller or to anywhere else.

If you read and follow the Graco instruction manual, you may find that the Snugride car seat is easy to install regardless of whether you are using the LATCH anchors or the seatbelt. Keep in mind that you can only use one method of attachment. Do not install the car seat base with both LATCH and seat belt.

For under $150, the Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 LX is one of the budget-friendly options for infant car seats. The Graco Snugride is available on in several fashions including “Harris”, “Rittenhouse” and “Studio.” You can purchase Graco car seats on Amazon, BuybuyBaby, Kohl’s, and more. The Graco Snugride comes with a manufacturer’s one-year warranty.