So easy to install!
August 12, 2020
I have been using this car seat for a couple of weeks now with our 20 month old daughter. She is about 26 lbs and 30" tall. I was given this Convertible Car Seat to try as part of the Stellar Product Testing Panel.
First, the pros:
The car seat is made with a very nice fabric that is easy to wipe down, if necessary. It is not heavy, definitely lighter than the car seat we used previously.
There is Velcro on the straps and the side of the car seat. This is so great to hold the straps out of the way while loading a child in the seat. This would have been so useful to have when my daughter was younger.
Installation was a breeze. The latch system is easier than others we have used, and it took almost no effort to get it tightened correctly. No more sitting in the car seat, pulling with all my might, and breaking out into a sweat!
The car seat has a smaller footprint than other seats as well... this can be a positive, but also leads me to some of the negatives...
The seat is very narrow compared to our previous car seats. This isn't an issue with smaller children, but I'm not sure how comfortable it will be going forward as my daughter gets bigger.
When the car seat is in the 3rd recline position, the seat still seems like it isn't reclined enough. The manual says it should be between 30-45 degrees, and it was definitely closer to the 30. This made it a tighter fit to actually get my daughter into the seat when installed in the car. There is also no level on the car seat, which makes it much harder to gauge if it is installed and angled correctly. Every other seat I've used has had this feature, so that was a bummer.
There is a lot going on with the straps. There are the soft shoulder pads, and then where the chest buckle is, there are also rubber pads that I found didn't add function and got in the way more than anything. I found it a little more difficult to get a proper fit, but with practice, it gets easier.
No cup holder! Our kids always have drinks, and not having a cup holder is an inconvenience, but not a deal breaker.
Overall, this was a quality, safe, functional car seat. It had some nice features that others don't, and with a few tweaks, I would definitely rate this one a 5.
This product review was collected by the manufacturer.