Boulevard needs a cup holder!
July 9, 2022
I received this carseat in exchange for an honest review from Stellar Product Testing Panel.
This seat is sturdy and seems like a quality, safe, car seat. It our first Britax product and if this seat had a cup holder, I would purchase.
1. ClickTight system.
I (apparently) have been strapping my children into their car seats way too tight. The audible click when the harness is appropriately tight is a wonderful feature. I'm sure my daughter appreciates this!
It is very nice that the seat locks into place on top of the seatbelt and is very secure. Definitely more secure than just using a seatbelt or LATCH anchors.
2. Very soft material
3. Extra padding
The car seat that this has replaced (NOT Britax) digs into my daughter's belly at the harness buckle. We installed an aftermarket pad toward a barrier between, but it did next to nothing. This Britax Boulevard seat, however, has diligently solved that problem. There is a nearly 1/2" thick and soft pad that is positioned behind the buckle. WONDERFUL!
The shoulder pads (labled as high-impact absorbing) are a nice quality as well. They are recommended for use with forward facing seats, optional for smaller children that are still rear facing.
4. I love that it does not contain added flame-retardant chemicals.
5. The seat itself looks nice. It appears comfortable. My daughter says it's more comfortable than her last seat, but that brings me to the cons.
1. NO CUP HOLDER
We have become accustomed to this feature on our last seat and may honestly be a deal breaker. It did not take me very long to get tired of fetching a sippy cup or snacks.
2. Leg room
My daughter can't sit with her feet in the seat. She likes the option to do that if she's going to be in it for a while. I wish this came with some sort of leg extention/support.
3. Support padding
Our last seat had a lot of support/impact padding. This seat does not. There is only one thin pad between the structure and the child in both the back and bottom of the seat. My daughter says its comfy, but on a long car ride, I cannot imagine that sitting directly on a steel frame can feel great. (Our last seat had a plastic shell surrounding the seat- this does not.)
It does, however have a deeper, more streamlined head support.
Overall, my two favorite features on this seat are the serious crotch buckle padding and the deep head support/protection. The head support part (the part that adjusts the shoulder straps) is in a deep U shape. It is narrow and looks like it will prevent head drooping when the rare car seat nap happens. (It has not happened yet, so I am purely speculating) It looks like it would make a good headrest for a sleeping little person.
We live in Florida and I do wish we would have had the opportunity to test a cool flow version of this seat. That seems like a fantastic option.
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