The world of convertible car seats is quite confusing and complex. There are so many companies producing really fantastic car seats, so many different options to take into consideration, and of course the safety ratings and price points to consider. I’ve reviewed quite a few car seats over the last months, some great and some not so great. But, which one is The Best? I think this is going to vary from person to person depending on their exact needs, but there are some overall standouts that I want to round up here today.
What are the best convertible car seats?
Britax Boulevard ClickTight
Standout Features: Innovative ClickTight installation system, HUGS chest pads, no-rethread harness height adjuster, side impact protection, base with SafeCell technology, EZ-Buckle system, and a 5 point harness system with weight limit from 5-65 lbs.
Drawbacks: Heavy and bulky, so install it and don’t move it around too much, but with the ClickTight system, installation won’t be an issue, it’ll just be lifting the 20 lb seat. Also, this seat is on the pricier end of convertible seats, but I think for the quality of the seat, you really do get what you pay for.
My Thoughts: The ClickTight installation system really makes this seat come a step above the rest. The Boulevard is also in the middle ground between its little brother the Marathon and older brother the Advocate. So for me, it has all the added safety features that don’t come with the Marathon but is cheaper than the Advocate, which in my opinion doesn’t offer too much more safety wise. This seat is also well ranked by the NHTSA and a favorite among parents. Check out my review of the Britax Boulevard here and of the Britax ClickTight upgrade here.
What are the best booster seats?
Britax Frontier ClickTight and Britax Pinnacle ClickTight
Standout Features: Innovative ClickTight installation system, no-rethread harness height adjuster, 3 different buckle positions, energy-absorbing foam liner, EZ-Buckle system, and a 5 point harness system with weight limit from 5-90 lbs.
Drawbacks: Heavy and bulky, so my advice here would be install it and don’t move it around too much, or count it in as your workout for the day.
My Thoughts: The ClickTight installation system really makes this combination booster seat a dream to install. It also has high weight and height limits, which helps to ensure that our kids aren’t going to grow out of the seat. I also appreciate that Britax put a minimum 2 year age limit for these seats to encourage parent to keep their little ones rear facing until 2 years. These seats also get high safety ratings from the IIHS and a lot of love from parents who have bought it. Check out my review of the Frontier here and of the Pinnacle here.
What is the best car seat for money?
Graco Fit4Me, MySize, and Size4Me
Standout Features: LATCH installation system, EPS energy absorbing foam, high side-impact testing, machine washable cushions, 5-point harness, 4-65 lb weight limit, infant insert (removable), and a no-rethread harness with 8 different height positions.
Drawbacks: Heavy, at almost 20 lbs the seat weighs quite a bit, but this happens with convertible seats as they serve a dual purpose going both forward and rear-facing plus boast a lot of safety features. This seat also has less padding then some other seats and the harness can be difficult to tighten.
My Thoughts: This seat is a great choice, especially for taller babies with its extended length rear facing. It’s also a pretty easy seat to install and comes with a tether for forward-facing and a child weighing over 42 lbs. I also like this seat because it has very high safety ratings, great reviews from parents, and comes in at a more affordable price then the Britax seats I mentioned above. For more information on these seats check out my Graco 65 review here.