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Britax USA Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat

Avoiding the complication of many other brands, Britax have decided to keep it simple! Their ClickTight Installation System uses an intuitive design – simply open up the front of the seat, fasten your car’s seat belt through the frame of the seat, and close it again. This tried-and-tested technology could not be simpler, and is also extremely robust, so there will be no more broken clips or torn straps!

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Editor’s Choice:Britax USA Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat

Editor’s Choice:Britax USA Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat

Avoiding the complication of many other brands, Britax have decided to keep it simple! Their ClickTight ...

User Rating: 3.65 (1 votes)
2 Cosco High Back Booster Car Seat

Cosco High Back Booster Car Seat

Lastly, we have the Cosco High Back Booster car seat. Whilst costing less than the majority of car seats, this seat ...

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3 RECARO Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster

RECARO Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster

The main word with this seat is “performance”. The first thing you will notice when unpacking this seat is the ...

User Rating: 2.7 (1 votes)
4 Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 is the latest offering from Maxi-Cosi, a company who really live up to their name. As their ...

User Rating: 2.7 (1 votes)
5 Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 Booster Seat

Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 Booster Seat

This seat does exactly what it promises – there are three seating positions, and the build quality is second to ...

User Rating: 1.9 (1 votes)
6 Disney APT Convertible Car Seat

Disney APT Convertible Car Seat

Undoubtedly the most fun car seat here, the Disney APT car seat is adorable, and your child will be itching to get ...

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7 Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat

Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat

As its name would suggest, safety really is the name of the game with this seat. The side impact protection on this ...

User Rating: 1.85 (1 votes)
8 Graco Nautilus 65 3-in-1 Harness Booster Car Seat

Graco Nautilus 65 3-in-1 Harness Booster Car Seat

Parents have really fallen in love with Graco car seats over the past few years, and it’s not hard to see why.

User Rating: 2.7 (1 votes)
9 Diono Radian RXT All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

Diono Radian RXT All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

The rugged Diono Radian RXT is the only car seat on the market today with a full steel frame, making them not only ...

User Rating: 2.85 (1 votes)
10 Evenflo Symphony DLX All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

Evenflo Symphony DLX All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

This new car seat from Evenflo builds on the success of their previous offerings, and offers many of the features ...

User Rating: 3.6 (1 votes)

Car seats today are nothing like those of a even few years ago. The seats on offer now offer a blend of comfort, safety features, and ergonomic design that would have been unimaginable before.

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Some advantages of these new seats include:

  • Many include high-tech materials that hikers and mountaineers have long known and sworn by, but have taken some years to be applied to car seats for children. The materials used nowadays are breathable and cozy, meaning that your child will stay at a comfortable temperature no matter whether you are driving up a mountain, or through a desert.
  • In addition, advances in ergonomic design mean that the car seats on the market at the moment are designed to fit the needs of growing children. Many now offer a huge range of adjustments, and are highly adaptable.
  • Whilst, on an everyday level, this means that you can adjust these seats for the optimum comfort of your child, it also has other benefits. If you have several children of different sizes, the ease with which you can quickly make straps longer or shorter mean that children can share the same seat.
  • The rugged materials that these seats are made of also means that they will last for an absolute age. Some offer steel frames, or combinations of metal, hard-wearing plastic, and impact-resistant foam. These seats also adjust as your child grows and develops.
  • Typically, when your child is an infant, they can be used in the rear facing position. Then, as they grow, the seat can be adjusted so that it faces forward. Finally, in the most adaptable seats, the back of the seat detaches, and the product transforms into a more traditional booster seat.

This means, in short, that if you buy a car seat now, you may never have to buy another!

One thing to look for, when buying a seat, is the mechanism by which it fastens to your car. We all have our own preferences, of course, and it is worth testing out a few fastenings at your local store before committing to a particular system.

Of course, many parents first concern when buying a seat is the safety it provides in the event of an accident. Here, too, significant advances have been made. Many hours of testing and development have resulted in seats that incorporate state of the art features.

Many now feature side impact protection, adding extra layers of padding and foam in order to make sure your little one stays safe, no matter what happens. Whilst your car may not survive a bad crash, you can be sure that your car seat will!

But what should you look for in a car seat, nowadays? Simple – as with other products, make a list of what is important to you. Whilst you should never compromise on safety, of course, the rigorous testing procedures for car seats today means that all come fully approved.

But beyond this, would you prefer a seat with style, or one that is easy to use, or one that simply best fits your child? Whilst the best seats on the market today offer unique mixes of all these qualities, ultimately the choice is yours.

You are not on your own, though! Below, we take a look at this new breed of car seats, and pick our favorites.

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Editor’s Choice:Britax USA Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat

Avoiding the complication of many other brands, Britax have decided to keep it simple! Their ClickTight Installation System uses an intuitive design – simply open up the front of the seat, fasten your car’s seat belt through the frame of the seat, and close it again. This tried-and-tested technology could not be simpler, and is also extremely robust, so there will be no more broken clips or torn straps!

Britax USA Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat

This tried-and-tested technology could not be simpler, and is also extremely robust, so there will be no more broken clips or torn straps!

PROS:
  • The easy-to-adjust harness is also a masterpiece of simplicity. Featuring a 1 position harness, all you need to do is push a button, and the harness slides up and down easily – perfect if you have more than one child, and often need to adjust your seat.
  • The safety features on this seat, on the other hand, are anything but simple – the SafeCell Impact Protection incorporates a wide range of features designed to keep your child safe and well in the unfortunate event of an accident.
  • With a steel frame, energy-absorbing base, and a tether that maximizes seat rotation, this might be the safest car seat on the market today.
  • This seat is also as practical for you as it is comfortable for your child. Many parents find that the compact design of the seat – despite incorporating all those safety features – gives them more clearance in small cars, and allows them to carry both child and groceries back from the shops!

CONS:
  • Some people have had problems with the seat, claiming that the hip and crotch strap are a little tight, but don’t believe everything you read! I’m assured by the company that these problems were caused by confusions over how to use the seat, and that if you have any problems with this they are more than happy to set you straight!


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Evenflo Symphony DLX All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

This new car seat from Evenflo builds on the success of their previous offerings, and offers many of the features that have made their seats so popular. Combining safety, comfort, and ease of use, this is the most luxurious car seat available!

The seat adapts as your child grows and develops, meaning this is the only car seat you’ll ever need to buy! Offering three modes – front facing, rear facing, and a booster option – the seat can accommodate children from 5 lbs right up to 110lbs.

This means that even the tallest, largest children will fit easily into the seat, which can easily be adjusted to any size.

Evenflo Symphony DLX All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

The seat adapts as your child grows and develops, meaning this is the only car seat you’ll ever need to buy! Offering three modes – front facing, rear facing, and a booster option – the seat can accommodate children from 5 lbs right up to 110lbs.

PROS:
  • And of course, then there are the new and exclusive Sure LATCH connectors. With just a few movements, these mean that you can fit the seat to your car in under 30 seconds, and provide a secure, snug fit in any vehicle.
  • Your child will be just as secure, because the seat features an infinite-slide harness that is easily adjustable as your child grows, but always provides a comfortable fit.
  • And just in case of accidents, the seat will protect your child with e3 side impact padding, which reduces crash forces by up to 50%. Even if your car is totally wrecked, you can be assured that your child will be safe in this almost indestructible seat!

CONS:
  • Of course, with all this extra protection, the seat has some downsides. It is a little bulky, and it cannot recline. Still, these drawbacks are a small price to pay for the added protection, and ease of use, that the seat provides.


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Diono Radian RXT All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

The rugged Diono Radian RXT is the only car seat on the market today with a full steel frame, making them not only safe but long-lasting.

This frame is paired with aluminum reinforced sides, and energy absorbing EPS foam, so the seat is almost unbreakable.

Like many modern car seats, it also adjusts and adapts as your child grows. So when your child is an infant, they can use the seat in its rear-facing mode, then later change to face forward. The seat will take children from 5 lbs, right up to 45lbs, which means that combined with the seat’s rugged construction, you will never need to buy another!

Diono Radian RXT All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

This frame is paired with aluminum reinforced sides, and energy absorbing EPS foam, so the seat is almost unbreakable.

PROS:
  • Of course, you might need to if you have another little one. But not to worry – the extremely slim profile of this seat means that three (yes, three!) will fit across the back seat of most cars.
  • The practicality of the seat doesn’t end there, though. It can also fold flat, making it a convenient size to strap to your back and carry. Traveling with a car seat has never been easier than this.
  • Perhaps most importantly, the seat is really stylish! The company prides itself on always being one step ahead in terms of looks, and this new line of car seats have been inspired by the latest European fashions. The fabrics used are of the highest quality, meaning they are almost impossible to tear, will last for ages, and will always look stylish and presentable.
  • Not that style means you have to compromise on comfort. The memory foam cushions in this seat, combined with the added support cushions, offer the ultimate in comfort for your child, and indicate just how much thought and effort has gone into creating this seat.

CONS:
  • With that steel frame, and all the reinforcing material, the seat can feel a little bulky. This is a small price to pay, however, for such a robust and rugged seat.


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Graco Nautilus 65 3-in-1 Harness Booster Car Seat

Parents have really fallen in love with Graco car seats over the past few years, and it’s not hard to see why.

Graco Nautilus 65 3-in-1 Harness Booster Car Seat

Parents have really fallen in love with Graco car seats over the past few years, and it’s not hard to see why.

PROS:
  • Like many car seats on the market today, the Graco Nautilus can be used in three different ways – as a front facing seat, a rear facing one, or as a backless booster set. The difference here is the ease with which the seat can be adjusted from one mode to the next. It is really like having three car seats in one, and is extremely useful if you have several children and they are always arguing about where to sit!
  • The 5 position adjustable harness in this seat is also state of the art, providing the maximum possible comfort and safety for your child. This is coupled with a 5 position head rest, itself easily adjustable, so you can be assured that your child will be happily asleep within a few minutes of getting in the car, no matter what age they are!
  • The open loop belt guides on this seat are also a stand-out feature. After fitting the seat, you can rest assured that the seat will remain snugly fitted for many, many miles, whilst also being easily removable.
  • In case of little accidents, the seat cover and all the cushions are removable and machine washable – perfect for when little Timmy decides to throw his juice everywhere!

CONS:
  • There have been some rumors that the crotch strap on this seat is a little tight, but don’t worry – this seems to have arisen from a misunderstanding of how to use the seat. The instructions that come with the seat, as well as the Graco website, provides full information on how to use the seat properly.


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Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat

As its name would suggest, safety really is the name of the game with this seat. The side impact protection on this seat is state of the art, and the energy-absorbing EPP foam mean that even in the worst of wrecks you can be assured that your child will be absolutely fine.

Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat

As its name would suggest, safety really is the name of the game with this seat. The side impact protection on this seat is state of the art, and the energy-absorbing EPP foam mean that even in the worst of wrecks you can be assured that your child will be absolutely fine.

PROS:
  • This attention to safety is also shown in the position the car seat sits in. It allows for longer use in the recommended, rear facing, position than many other seats – up to 40 lbs.
  • It is also one of the most adaptable car seats on the market today, being able to take children from 5 lbs right up to 100 lbs. This means that at every stage of childhood – from when you are driving your tiny child home from the hospital, to taking them to soccer practice at school – the seat will support and protect them.
  • In addition, the Quickfit harness makes it easy to adjust the seat for your child, no matter how old they are. With just a few movements, the seat can be completely adjusted.
  • Plus, of course, this adaptability means that you will only have to buy one car seat, and not three, saving you both money and the time spent shopping around for a new car seat every few years!
  • And, perhaps most importantly, the seat is made in the USA! In Columbus, Indiana, to be precise, by one of the top ten furniture manufacturers in North America.

CONS:
  • Of course, with all these added safety features, the seat can be quite bulky, and hence difficult to fit if you have a particularly small car. Still, once the seat is installed it will not move an inch, and you can be assured that with all that extra padding, your child will definitely be cozy and warm!


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Disney APT Convertible Car Seat

Undoubtedly the most fun car seat here, the Disney APT car seat is adorable, and your child will be itching to get in the car! It comes in two variants – Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, so let your little one choose their favorite!

Even if your little ones are still too young to appreciate the bows and mouse ears included with the seat, they will be entranced by the cute designs that cover the whole seat.

Disney APT Convertible Car Seat

Undoubtedly the most fun car seat here, the Disney APT car seat is adorable, and your child will be itching to get in the car! It comes in two variants – Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, so let your little one choose their favorite!

PROS:
  • Despite its bright and colorful design, the seat has not compromised on features. Dual cup holders mean that your little one’s juice will always be close to hand, which is a must on those long, stressful journeys.
  • The seat is also fully adjustable, offering 5 harness heights that are easily selectable. The straps adjust via an innovative front buckle, meaning it is easy to fit the seat from your child.
  • The seat is recommended for children from 5 lbs up to 40 lbs, and its durable construction means that you won’t have to buy a new car seat for quite a while.
  • Just like more “serious” seats, this one also comes with extensive side impact protection, meaning the seat will survive the worst of accidents, even if your car doesn’t!
  • It also comes equipped with the LATCH system, so it is easy to fit to your car, no matter what the make and model.
  • And perhaps most importantly, the seat comes with a Deluxe Disney Softgoods package, so your child will be almost as happy when it arrives as you are!

CONS:
  • The only problem that people seem to have faced with this seat is attaching the adorable ears, no doubt on the strict instructions of their children! This is simple, though – just hook them on to the straps, and they will provide added comfort for your child, whilst also ensuring that they look cute!


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Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 Booster Seat

This seat does exactly what it promises – there are three seating positions, and the build quality is second to none. Eddie Bauer have built a name for the quality and durability of their products over the past few years, and this car seat continues with that tradition. Everything from the solid frame to the small design features attest to the amount of thought and effort that have gone into the product.

Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3-in-1 Booster Seat

Everything from the solid frame to the small design features attest to the amount of thought and effort that have gone into the product.

PROS:
  • The seat, as a result, is extremely stylish. The subtle blend of colors means that it looks like a cross between hiking gear and high fashion – half high-tech fabrics, and half stylish patterns and design.
  • And this may be one of the most adaptable seats on the market. Like many of its competitors, it offers three positions, so you can be assured that your child will fit no matter what their age. What really stands out here, though, is the level of adjustment that can be made – everything from the headrest to the reclining position can be altered, ensuring that your child will be happy and comfortable even on the longest car journeys.
  • This level of adaptability also extends right through the design of this seat, which has one of the largest weight and size ranges of any I’ve seen. Infants from as small as 5 lbs can be accommodated, right up to toddlers of 100 lbs.

CONS:
  • Of course, with all these extra features, the seat is quite bulky in comparison to its competitors. If you have a really small car, it might be difficult to fit, but once you wrestle it into the car and get it secured, you can rest assured that it will not move an inch.


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Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 is the latest offering from Maxi-Cosi, a company who really live up to their name. As their brand suggests, the focus here is on comfort, but not at the expense of style or safety.

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 is the latest offering from Maxi-Cosi, a company who really live up to their name. As their brand suggests, the focus here is on comfort, but not at the expense of style or safety.

PROS:
  • Perhaps the most innovative feature of this seat is the high-tech materials it is made from. Fabrics more likely to be seen on high-end hiking gear make an appearance, and it is not hard to see why. The breathable fabric means that your child will stay comfortable no matter how hot the day is, and the durability of these fabrics ensure that the seat will last for an age.
  • Of course, the fabrics need to be strong, because the seat itself can be used for children from 9 lbs right up to 70 lbs, meaning you will not need to buy a new car seat until your tiny baby goes to school!
  • The attention to the design of the seat extends to its safety features as well – with air protect side impact protection and an extra base included in the box, you can be sure that the seat will stay firmly in place even in the unlikely event of an accident.
  • The Pria really is a five-star experience, for both you and your child. It has been designed to fit better than other seats in most common cars, which leaves more space for you, your passengers, and your luggage to fit around your little one. This is perfect for going on holiday, where you need to carry all those essentials alongside your child!
  • And lastly, Maxi-Cosi have not forgotten the little details that make so much difference in products such as these – there is a cup holder so your child’s juice is always ready to hand, and all the covers are easily removable for washing for when he or she spills it!

CONS:
  • Some parents have found that all the extra padding in the seat tends to mean that their child gets a little hot. Not to worry, though – in the Summer heat, this merely means you can have the air con blasting away, safe in the knowledge that your little one will not get cold!


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RECARO Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster

The main word with this seat is “performance”. The first thing you will notice when unpacking this seat is the styling – it would look more at home in a sports car than in your family sedan!

RECARO Performance SPORT Combination Harness to Booster

The main word with this seat is “performance”. The first thing you will notice when unpacking this seat is the styling – it would look more at home in a sports car than in your family sedan!

PROS:
  • Your little one can really live out their dreams of being a racing driver in this seat, which features HERO straps – a technology that resists twisting, and looks great whilst doing it. This innovative technology is unique to Recaro, and ensures the highest level of comfort and safety by always positioning the shoulder pads in the correct place fro your child, and also resisting the buckles twisting.
  • And if a twist does occur, the Safety Stripe system will make sure that you are alerted! This intriguing system is designed so that when the straps of the seat twist, a bright white flash is revealed, so you can quickly address the problem.
  • Recaro’s racing heritage is also evident in the impact protection offered on this seat. The side wings of the seat are metal reinforced, ensuring the highest level of protection in the event of a crash. In addition, the seat is designed to protect the five most vulnerable areas of your child during a crash, so you can focus on driving, safe in the knowledge that should the worst happen your child will be safe.
  • All this technology, though, does not mean that the seat is uncomfortable. Recaro have thought of this as well, and have used the most up to date materials in order to keep your child comfortable in all conditions.
  • The luxurious, temperature balancing materials keep your child cool even on the hottest days, and the memoryfoam padding is also state of the art.

CONS:
  • Some may find that the aggressive styling of this seat is no to their taste. But what Dad doesn’t want their little racer to feel like a racing driver?!


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Cosco High Back Booster Car Seat

Lastly, we have the Cosco High Back Booster car seat. Whilst costing less than the majority of car seats, this seat has all of the features that higher-priced seats brag about.

Cosco High Back Booster Car Seat

Lastly, we have the Cosco High Back Booster car seat. Whilst costing less than the majority of car seats, this seat has all of the features that higher-priced seats brag about.

PROS:
  • Like many of its more expensive competitors, it can accommodate a wide range of sizes, from 22 lbs right up to 80 lbs. Also like its competitors, its five point harness keeps your child safe and secure, whilst being easily adjustable.
  • And whilst the seat may not look as stylish as some others, its no-nonsense approach means that it is actually easier to use than some more complex designs. The simple design also means that it weighs a lot less than many other seats, and has become a favorite for parents for air travel.
  • Taken out of a car and put on a plane, this seat really comes into its own. Since it is so light, it can be easily carried through the terminal. Once on the plane, its narrow design allows it to fit neatly in even the smallest airline seat, where your child can snooze away those long hours in the sky.
  • Of course, because the seat was designed with flights squarely in mind, it is FAA certified, and has a sticker to this effect.

CONS:
  • And whilst the lack of padding, when compared to some other seats, might appear stingy, the level of comfort really depends on you and your child. Some infants actually prefer a no-nonsense seat like this, because it means they stay nice and cool.

Of course, it all depends on your own preference, but if you are looking for a no-frills seat that still provides the safety features of more expensive seats, this is the one for you!