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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.