Great Buy! Fits great in my 4door sedan!
February 13, 2014
I've had this seat for about a week now, and so far I love it. Disclaimer: I've only used it in rear-facing. I did lots of research as far as reading customer reviews and comparing features. I wanted something that I could compare in store as well, so I pretty much had my selections narrowed down to the Chicco Nextfit, Britax Marathon, and Graco (65 i think, I already forgot the exact one). My concerns were safety, comfort for my 8 month old for rear & forward facing, fitting in my car & how much room it would take up, easy transferring from one vehicle to another, ease of strapping my son in, easy cleaning, & looks. Things I like: The Latch system makes it easy to transfer from car to car. Following the instructions provided in the manual, I was able to install this seat within about 30 minutes. The hardest part was finding a comfortable recline position for both the carseat & the passenger seat because I kept readjusting them until I was happy with both. I was automatically attracted to the looks of the Nextfit compared to the others, but I wanted to make sure I was buying a quality seat, and not just something "pretty". In the store, the seats mentioned above didn't even compare to the Chicco on multiple levels. The Chicco is very soft & plush, and the others were hard & seemed uncomfortable. I could feel the plastic through the cloth on the others. The Chicco's fabric seemed to be much better quality than the others (It seemed that the others would fade or look worn a lot quicker than the Chicco). I drive a 4 door Honda Accord & this seat fits great. I have 2 older kids & I needed something that wouldn't take up too much room in the backseat. I read so many reviews of other car seats being too large while they were rear-facing, but with the Chicco I was able to put my passenger seat in the farthest position back & still recline it to a comfortable position for the passenger (I had the carseat reclined a little to make it more comfortable for my baby, but I'm pretty sure my passenger seat can recline more if I sat the carseat at the most upright position). This seat actually fits better than the Chicco Keyfit 30 because I don't need that extra space behind the passenger seat to reach the latch each time I take him out. Also, this seat is not as wide as the others in the store, and my 7yr old & 15yr old fit fine in the back. Some complaints about this seat that I've read in other reviews: The strap covers were bulky & non-removable: They must have changed this because the ones on my seat are removable (They have velcro). The harness is difficult to tighten in rear facing: It's a little difficult to pull the strap at the bottom to tighten the shoulder straps, because it hits against the vehicle's seat making it hard to pull, but I have my carseat reclined & pull straight up to tighten the shoulder straps & it works fine. It's not the MOST convenient thing... but it's not that bad either. The crotch buckles fall back & have to dig for them: I can see where this could be annoying, but I've never had a seat that didn't require digging for them, so I'm used to it. The chest clip can be unclipped by older children: My son isn't old enough yet, but if I come across this problem, I would make sure that he learns to leave it alone. Children need to be taught about safety & following rules as soon as possible. I've had 2 other kids & this have never been an issue. My complaints: I wish it had a handle in the back to make it easier to carry from car to car, and the head rest is a little difficult to move up & down because I can't seem to easily get a good grip on it. It's a little pricey, but I see it as an investment, because I plan to use this seat until my son outgrows it & I've read reviews about children walking away from accidents with no complaints. So basically, the pros to this seat FAR out way the cons, in my opinion, compared to the other seats I saw & read about!!! I know it's a long review, but I hope it helps other parents out there! :) I can't give it 5 stars until I use it in forward facing.
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