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92% Recommend this product (899 of 979 responses)
By cmd27
Abilene, TX, United States
Love love love this seat
February 22, 2015
I was in the market for a new car seat because my 18 month old was inches from having to be turned around in our old seat. I bought it to keep him rear facing longer he has lots of room left to rear facing. I also like that u can fit 3 across a seat. It is right next to the drivers seat with out the angle adjuster and with it I have a few inches, I own a Toyota camry. I will be getting one for when we decide to have baby number 2.
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By Charles
Denton, TX, United States
not sure
February 21, 2015
Well it's built a truck and twice as heavy. Its also a pain to install. This is daughter number 3. 13 years of putting car seats in and out and I have been humbled.I got it installed and need to do some fine tuning. My wife is not thrilled with the adjustment straps. I'm sure it's bulletproof for forward facing. Rear facing meh.
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By atuch
United States
great carseat
February 20, 2015
Nice and compact with still being sturdy and safe. The only con I have is the strap and buckle between my daughters legs on the 5 point harness, seems a bit short and makes it difficult to buckle when she has winter layers and a coat on. Otherwise very happy with this carseat.
By bioandbonus
Traverse City, MI, United States
I went from hate to love with support from Diono.
February 20, 2015
My daughter has been in this seat for about a month now. It fits beautifully between two boosters in my Subaru Forester and with the angle adjuster, we can have both of our front seats all the way back since this seat is narrow enough to fit in between the two front seats, too. I hated it at first because I didn't understand how to tighten the straps, but after hearing back from Diono on their Facebook page, I completely understand the tug method and it works for me. I did find the padding to be a bit much and it was too difficult to get it to stay in place while trying to get my squirming 1 year old in her seat and buckled, so I removed it. I also took off the strap covers. I like the pattern that I chose and am happy with my purchase.
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By Lulu
California, United States
I was in a head on collision
February 17, 2015
I have 3 children in the back seat; ages 5 year to 4 months. We were in a head on collision on Subday 2/15/15 and all survived with minimal injuries. My 5 and 2 to we're in the RXT model and they preformed! We will be getting 3 more replacements. We were in a Sorento and the other car was speeding towards us. See image below
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By Vics 3.
Chula Vista, CA, United States
Great product
February 16, 2015
Heavy duty car seat, it's kind of heavy to make be from one vehicle to another but overall great buy.
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By julieR
Vienna, VA, United States
Great Car Seat!!
February 12, 2015
This is the 3rd Diono RXT that I own. I have three granddaughters ages 20 months to 5 1/2 and this car seat is perfect for them, and will last them until they are no longer in need of seats. I particularly like that with my arthritic fingers, I can get them into and out of the belts and buckles without too much difficulty! Love them!
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By E234
Great car seat!
February 9, 2015
I bought this about a month ago and I love it! We have a smaller car and it fits great Facing backwards! There is plenty of room on the passenger side for a passenger in the front seat. The seat looks intimidating to install but once you do it one time it's easy. This car seat is a great size width wise too and doesn't take up an obscene amout of space in the backseat. It's a very sturdy car seat as well and I am very happy with our purchase.
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By Kaelo
Great seat, great colors!
February 8, 2015
Plum is my favorite color; portability and compactness are all pluses!
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By FrozenMom
Arkansas, United States
Wonderful seat
February 6, 2015
I originally bought a RXT to keep my 16 month old daughter rear facing for longer than her britax would allow. I love the way Diono makes their seats! It is heavy and solid and feels like your child is very protected. My 2.5 year old niece was in a graco the felt flimsy after installing and I could move the sides of the seat in with my hands. It was in no way the same caliber as the rxt. My niece cried and begged to use the "cool and pretty" seat. So I bought a Rainier for my daughter and now both my daughter and niece are rear facing in Dionos. I am so happy with both car seats, wish I would have gotten these before buying any other.
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By plagD
Love Love Love
February 6, 2015
I have had this seat for about 16 months. I bought to rear face my son longer and we have loved this seat. The low sides have been amazing for loading and unloading whether I do it or he does. I moved him to a combination seat for his 4th birthday and bought a plum cover for my two year old. She has always enjoyed it herself. She usually rides in a Guide 65 or a Nextfit and would always smile and laugh when I put her in her brother's seat (my kids have almost the same seated height which helps). I love the RXT and my kids have never experienced head drooping even though we use it with the angle adjuster (absolute must if child meets necessary criteria... major space savor) because they rest their heads on the wings. Of course it is heavy. It's a high end seat which all seats that are, are about the same weight. The big harness pads are little odd to work with but I have learned a lot about the little quirks this seat has from the Facebook group Car Seats For The Littles. This seat is very low profile so I had a few issues when first installing with a seatbelt in my Equinox since it has long belt stalks but a few twists of the female end of the belt solved my issue. I have 9 car seats and have owned more all of different brands whether they be cheap or higher end brand seats (Safety 1st, Evenflo, Britax, Chicco and Combi) and this has been my favorite.
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By Anonymous
Oklahoma City, OK, United States
great overall!
February 5, 2015
The seat its self is very heavy. The seat is very open. It is also very safe. My daughter loves the seat too.
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By babyphat013
Fredericksburg, VA, United States
great slim profile
February 2, 2015
We bought this with 3rd child on the way. After trying multiple carseats this was the only one to fit with our other 2 car seats, one infant Chico, and other convertible evenflo. Very good quality, easy for my 3 year old to get in and out of. Only con is its heavy and takes up lots of driver side space if using it rear facing.
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By sem17
Ft Lauderdale, FL, United States
Works great. My child is ...
January 31, 2015
Works great. My child is comfortable as she has already taken a handful of naps in the car since installing it. Only thing if the seat is intended to use the foam block/ adjuster it should probably come with one. However I have read that people end up ordering more after only a few months as it will flatten and so I ended up using a sturdy cotton rug folded to give the same affect to lift the seat up & so far its doing the trick. Either way I would buy this seat again for my next child.
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By Kai
Love It
January 30, 2015
My daughter love this car seat and so do I its a little on the heavy side but that's ok I'm a little upset I didn't get it sooner
Prossleek, comfortable, easy to install, just an overall good car seat.
Consprice is the only con I had and now that I think about it its not a con you get what you pay for and my daughter's safety is the most important to me.
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By bordenja
Cool Colors
January 27, 2015
Storm and Plum are my favorite colors, but they are all good choices.
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By Christy
Easy Install, Very Secure
January 26, 2015
I bought this to replace my expired Britax Marathon. I have a 2015 Ford Explorer and use the latch with tether on the side seat (this would not fit in the middle row middle seat without blocking access to other seat belts). I love this seat and have two other boosters in the same row (Bubble Bum and Graco). The seat is very secure and my son seems to enjoy it more than he did the Britax. Two things I feel are worth mentioning, 1) in my explorer you could not fit three of these across and you cannot fit two regular sized boosters in the same row with this seat, 2) this seat sits lower than the britax so my son cannot see out the window as much but he is able to get in his seat on his own. Overall, this is a great car seat! And side note, my son threw up all over his seat and it was very easy to take the cover off and wash the seat. The cover also washed very well.
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By carmynspring
Ely, NV, United States
we LOVE our radian!
January 26, 2015
We've had our radian rxt for about a year now and my toddler has no complaints. Its got great rearfacing limits and its so compact with the angle adjuster. I called customer service to get different straps and they were amazingly helpful.
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By amandatx
Dallas, TX, United States
Low profile and extended rear facing
January 21, 2015
My oldest son has been in his diono since he was about a year. He's 2.5 now, in the 97th percentile for height and still rear facing. We recently purchased the RAT for my now 6 month old. He no longer screams when we get in the car, which is reason enough for 5 stars. We put the seats neXT to each other and there is room for my 6 foot 1 husband to sit next to them.
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By MamaBruff
Lubbock, TX
3 across and comfortable!
January 21, 2015
We bought this after reading a review on Carseats For the Littles about 3 across in a Honda CR-V. With a third baby due soon, we needed just that in our CR-V. Our FF 4 year old is now in a Diono R120 as is our RF 2 year old. The kids love them and are comfortable. My husband was able to install them really well, as was confirmed when we had a CPST check the install. We love the safety reputation of Dionos and fit for our vehicle. So far the only struggle is that the harness just doesn't snug as securely as our previous carseats, though it passes the "pinch" test at the collar bone and the CPST checked both our kids buckled in and assured us they are tight enough... it isn't easy to get them secure like I like. For our 2 year old, the longer pads for the harness straps are just too big and we wish the shorter ones were included with the purchase as now we have to figure out how to get them for her. Other than these two things, we are pleased with our purchase.
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By Agiomom
Long Pond, PA, United States
love this car seat
January 14, 2015
I have bought this car seat a month ago for my 8 month old. I loved it so much that I replace my 4 & 2 year olds car seats with this product as well. They are all happy now that they can all sit next to eachother in are van. As well as they are very sturdy seat which my children are extremely comfortable in. I don't find my four year olds head hanging all the way over anymore as in her other seat. Over all I would recommend this product to anyone. So happy with my purchase!
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By Agiomom
Long Pond, PA, United States
love this car seat
January 14, 2015
I have bought this car seat a month ago for my 8 month old. I loved it so much that I replace my 4 & 2 year olds car seats with this product as well. They are all happy now that they can all sit next to eachother in are van. As well as they are very sturdy seat which my children are extremely comfortable in. I dont find my four year olds head hanging all the way over anymore as in her other seat. Over all I would recommend this product to anyone. So happy with my purchase!
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By Laura
Wonderful seat
January 4, 2015
This seat fits in our car (Nissan Rogue) very well! My son is very comfortable in it! Very user friendly!
By Z O.
Great compact car seat
January 2, 2015
This car seat is very compact. I've only used it for front facing, and it doesn't occupy too much space as my other car seat. The child also seats more upfront than the other car seat, which is more comfortable when the child is awake, but less so when he tries to sleep while sitting.
By Brandi
Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Great for Forward Facing
January 1, 2015
We bought this last month and have been pleased with everything except the rear facing attachment. It definitely makes the seat extend into the front seat area much more. I'm 5'4" and had a neck ache after driving for an hour with it behind me in our Toyota RAV4. Fortunately, we were able to move it to the middle and that fixed the problem.
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By pavan
Very hard to fix this car seat
December 27, 2014
It took almost 1 hr for me to fix this car seat. Lot of manual work.
By LindsayG0731
Tewksbury, MA, United States
December 25, 2014
Love everything about this car seat...not one complaint...wish I had gone with this car seat for my first two kids
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By KimZ
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Love it!
December 23, 2014
I love this car seat! Positives: VERY comfy, extremely sturdy, high quality of materials, and great extras. Negatives: very heavy and it does not come with the advertised carrying straps, additionally the instruction manual is so large it takes a minute just to figure out where the instructions to put the seat together from the box are. But all-in-all we love it for our 9-month old and are very happy with it.
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By Harry
DC, United States
Great seat
December 23, 2014
We bought this seat a few weeks ago following a recommendation from a friend for one of its predecessor models. The seat easily fits into the car and can be fixed securely without too much hassle (although I have seen more practical solutions for fixing it to the car's latch system). The low entry makes it easy for our three years old son to climb into the seat. Fastening the harness belts could be a bit easier, as it requires the buckle to be quite straight (which is not always that easy with thick coats in the winter). The seat is pretty narrow, i.e. not well suited for full-bodied kids but all fine for kids with regular weigh. The unused straps can be stored away easily, which help keeping everything tidy. The foldable seat facilitates transport, although the seat is quite heavy.
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By LNG55
Dublin, CA, United States
Awesome toddler seat!
December 22, 2014
I first started checking out these seats because they are so narrow. I've seen so many that take up so much space in a backseat, anyone else sitting back there is smashed. These are so narrow, very easy to install with LATCH, and so safe. It's great that they are available to use for newborns all the way up to when your kid needs just a booster. I love that it transforms from baby seat, to toddler, front-facing, booster, etc. We now have 2 of the same seat and are very happy with them.
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By Mamaoftwocrazies
Love our radians
December 18, 2014
I've purchased my second radian rxt for my 10 month old since he's outgrown his infant seat, and I am just as happy with it as I was two years ago when I purchased one for my now-3 year old. Both children are still happily & comfortably rear facing. These are very tall and can take up a good bit of room front to back, but the angle adjuster helps that problem very easily. My older son likes being able to prop his feet up, or just being able to throw them over the low sides. Customer service is very quick to respond & happily sent out new strap covers to me for my older son, since his came with the older, smaller covers. If/when we have another child, I will definitely purchase a third radian rxt & easily squeeze it in right between these two. Two thumbs up from a happy mama & two happy & safer rear facing boys.
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By Diono
Denver, CO, United States
Very high quality construction
December 18, 2014
I am quite impressed with the heavy duty construction and high quality materials. Both of my kids think they are very comfortable and love them, this was the only brand that would allow me to fit 3 car seats across my back seat and they fit and work great!
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By Jessica
United States
Very happy with this car seat, now own two!
December 17, 2014
We have had this one for two years now and have recently bought another exactly like it for our next little one. We've been very pleased with it's performance, style, comfort, and ease getting it in and out of the car. And it cleans easily, which is great! It is heavy, but that's due to it's steel construction which makes me confident in its durability and safety. It's so versatile, it's the only car seat you'll ever need. The only con is that the seat back is very straight up, so when my son falls asleep, his head often bobbles forward and doesn't stay back in the seat.
By Mama B.
Spanaway, WA, United States
Great car seat!
December 15, 2014
This is the second RXT that we have purchased. This is a very sturdy, easy to operate, and fits in our vehicles very easily. My husband is an ultra researcher when it comes to big purchases and after months or research he decided this was the carseat for our kiddos. It scores very high on safety, ease of use, and durability which were the most important points for us. This car seat is definitely worth the price.
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By Ashley
Boston, Massachusetts
Best car seat for the middle seat!
December 10, 2014
We could not live without this as the center car seat in our Tucson. We tried several car seats before we settled on this model and I cannot imagine using anything else. The slim frame and low profile make for an ideal center seat in a three across scenario. This seat was worth every penny and I would buy it over and over again!
By Jwal
Doesn't seem comfy
December 8, 2014
I purchased this car seat because we needed a narrow car seat to fit in our vehicle. Yes, it is narrow but unfortunately it seems very uncomfortable. My 3 year old cannot sleep comfortably in it at all.
By mom t.
Great, sturdy, safe seat!
December 6, 2014
I bought this seat a month ago and I'm very happy with my purchase. I bought it for my 16 month old who needed to transition from her infant carrier to a convertible seat. I use it rear facing in my Jeep Grand Cherokee and it fits great with and without the angle adjuster. I only have two children, but I love the option of being able to fit three car seats across my bench backseat. An adult can also sit comfortably between my two car seats. My only wish is that I had purchased the RXT. My 16 month daughter is super petite and when she falls asleep, her head falls awkwardly to the side. Although she doesn't seem to mind, it does look uncomfortable. We've taken one road trip since purchasing the seat and she slept great, so I guess my concern is not one for her! I also didn't realize that it's slender size means there is no side barriers on the seat. The Diono R120 makes my son's Britax Boulevard look like a Lazy Boy. When I put three car seats across my seat, my daughter (rear facing) can easily kick the unfortunate rider next to her. Once we turn her seat, I'm sure it wouldn't be an issue. Overall, I'm extremely happy with my purchase and recommend it highly.
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By Porter
San Antonio, TX, United States
New Car Seat
December 2, 2014
I got this because my son and daughter-in-law (and her mother) have the same one. it works great and will last until my grandson no longer needs a seat.
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By helen
clearwater Florida
beautiful engineering.
November 28, 2014
Was just what I had ordered. Not disappointed at all.
By Rebecca
Sturdy safe seat.
November 28, 2014
Sturdy seat. I like the fact that it is metal and has a longer shelf life than most car seats. I also like the fact that you can fit people next to the car seat unlike the Graco My Ride 65 that we have.
ProsCan fit 3 to a row.
ConsAt times difficult to adjust straps to tighten.
By SueZeeQ
Hillsborough, NJ
compact, safe, stylish car seat
November 27, 2014
This is my second radian rxt. It is compact which is great for my VW GTI. It allows for 5 point harness for older children and is highly rated for safety. One negative is the weight...this thing is HEAVY! Don't buy this if you plan on taking it in and out of the car...just buy multiples instead!
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By armymommy11
Denver, CO, United States
great seat
November 26, 2014
I do love this seay it is sturdy and comfortable for my daughter and will keep her rearfacing for a while still but there are cons.. it is difficult to install securely rear facing and I have a difficult time tightening the harness enough I have tried pulling from the back, the pull release for the ratchet system and I've removed all padding and harness covers and it just won't tighten enough when she is in the seat I have to tighten it first then put her in I do still love the seat and would recomend but it is difficult to use compared to my other 3 seats that are britax.
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By Mcdomanski
Jackson, MS, United States
Great chair
November 24, 2014
As a physician at a trauma center, it is not rare for me to see a child (or adult) injured in a car accident. After doing my research, my conclusion that a rear facing child seat till age 4 is the safest way to go (look up Sweden car seat law). The seat may be a little tall, but I am perfectly willing to move the passenger seat up a couple of inches. Had we known how big our kid was going to be, we might have forgone the infant car seat and just bought this one from the start.
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By MeganS
Louisville, KY, United States
Love this seat
November 24, 2014
This is our third Diono seat. They last forever, have a full steel frame, and have EXCELLENT customer service. Need I say more?
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By Nickie
Washington, United States
Excellent product!! I love diono car seats.
November 21, 2014
I bought a second Diono car sent for our second vehicle so we would not have to share it between the two cars. Now we have one for each car. This company has the best products for kids safety and I plan on purchasing more products in the near future, thank you
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By safe b.
Plantation, FL, United States
a cut above the rest.
November 19, 2014
Did extensive review research. So far, the best car seat
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By Baby B.
Eugene, OR, United States
Best. Seat. Ever!
November 19, 2014
When we found out we were having a third child we faced two choices: buy a new car or get smaller car seats. The Diono seats are thin but not uncomfortable for either our 4 year old son or 2 year old girl. They love their Diono seats! Due to the design of the seat itself, this has to be the easiest car seat I've ever installed. It's a bit heavy though and I like that. I feel like my kids are safe. I know they're comfortable. Perhaps the best part is that the back of the seat comes off so the bottom can be used as a booster seat. Best car seat ever!
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By MommaBearBarton
Royal Oak, MI, United States
Amazing seat!
November 18, 2014
This is the 4th radian RXT we have bought. We have one for each of our boys. The seats fit amazing 3 across the back in our Town and Country with our youngest RF in the captains chair. It's low profile makes it easy for my 5,3,& 2 year olds to get in and out of there seats with minimal help from me, which is a godsend because I'm dealing with getting my 6 month old into his seat. I can't say enough how much I love these seats. Super easy to install but they are freaking heavy! I like that though.
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Ft Bragg, NC, United States
Pain to set up but baby likes so m&d happy
November 18, 2014
A PITA to set up but baby is comfortable and secure. I like it much better than our Graco. Baby always falls asleep right after I get going. When we had the Graco, she would cry nonstop.
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By Pinkertonjm
Delaware, United States
Happy with the car seat!
November 18, 2014
We bought three of these for our 11 month old since he was outgrowing his infant seat. It fit well in three very different vehicles a mid size SUV, a small SUV, and a mid size sedan. It took a little time to set it up correctly for his size, but it was straightforward. Inatsllation was a breeze. Our little guy seems very comfortable.
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By egood227
Houston, TX, United States
Car seat's a dream!
November 15, 2014
Have been using for 3 wks now and my baby loves it. She seems super comfy and I know she's secure. My favorite feature is the low boarding- my 8 month old is almost in 100th percentile for height so I needed a car seat that would allow me to get her in and out without hitting her head on the roof of the car. Also liked that she could ride rear facing at a higher weight (in 97th percentile). Seat was easy to install and seems sturdier than other brands
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By Kari
San Diego, CA
We love this seat!
November 11, 2014
This is our second time buying a Radian and our second time ordering from this site! We will do it every time we need large baby items in the future!
By Lindz23
Seattle, WA, United States
So far so good
November 10, 2014
This car seat seems very safe and my daughter is quite comfortable in it. It's pretty big even in my SUV so the passenger front seat is squished, hence one star taken. There was no sticker with the serial # on it, but customer service was great and helped me get one. However that made me a little concerned about the quality assurance that no one noticed such an important tag was not placed on the seat prior to boxing up. That is why I give only 3 stars.
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By mommyshain
Fits 3 Across
November 9, 2014
Bought this to fit an infant seat and 2 forward-facing toddlers across the back of a Mercury Sable. Worked great. Easy install, and seat is so narrow!
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By amholc
Phoenix, AZ, United States
everything I thought it would be
November 7, 2014
I absolutely love this car seat. I have a tall 2yr old, she is still rear facing and is very comfortable. I love the low sides for getting her in and out! Perfect seat that will last a long time
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By MrsGravity
Durham, NC, United States
Awesome and sturdy
November 6, 2014
My son has been using it for over a year and we love it, you can tell he is comfy and secure at the same time. It is heavy duty and I like that, I have another cheap one in our other car and I don't trust it, I always want him on his diono because it gives me peace of mind. I would recommend it to everyone.
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By Jsortiz413
New Jersey
The last car seat we'll ever need!
November 4, 2014
We bought this for our toddler and are so pleased. This will be the last car seat we'll ever need and the best part is that we can rear face our little one for as long as possible. We are very pleased with the construction of the product and would highly recommend it! We've gotten many compliments on it too :)!
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By drsdavis
Kansas City, KS
Great, narrow car seat!
November 3, 2014
I bought two of these for my husband's car a month ago. Chose the Radians simply because of the three-across capability. So far, it works well with our infant car seat in the middle and have our finger's crossed that a third Radian will fit in between when our baby goes to a convertible car seat. Am disappointed, however, that Diono does not automatically include the angle adjuster for rear facing. I experimented for when we will have a rear facing Radian in the middle and we won't be able to make it work without the angle adjuster. Many friends have told me that the piece of foam is a must, but that you have to get a new one about every 3 months, which seems ridiculous. I think it should be standard accessory if you pretty much have to have it to make the seat work for you. You certainly pay enough for the seat to begin with, why not add in the foam pad?
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By G F.
Georgia, United States
Perfect for us
November 3, 2014
We received our first Diono as an option from taking a car seat class. It came highly recommended. We opted for the Diono after seeing how expensive it was. After installing it and owning it for over a year, we see the value. Not only is this a one time buy for your child, the seat can take a beating from normal wear and tear. This car seat is truly an investment. We recommend to all of our friends to look at this car seat because it can last from birth until the child is old enough to sit safety without a car seat. We liked it so much. We purchased another one for our 2nd child when he was born. Now both of them sit comfortably and secure in the back with a 3rd passenger. This is only possible because of the slim profile of the car seats. One con is that this seat is really heavy. I wouldn't recommend passing it from car to car. This is a car seat and not a carrier so keep that in mind if you plan to use it for a newborn.
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By Frustrated
Nice Seat, but far from perfect!
November 2, 2014
My wife and I bought 2 Diono car seats, a Radian RXT and a Radian R120. While I agree with most folks about the quality and such of these Dionos, I find it very, very difficult, if not impossible, to install the seat properly. As we all know, the seat must be secured to the vehicles seat suck that there is less then 1" of movement in any direction. The design of the Diono prevents this. In the forward facing position in harness mode, the location of the belt path is so far rearward (due to the very slim nature of the car seat) that the angle of the belt is almost vertical. Without any horizontal component of the belt angle, there is no rearward force when the belt is tight. Hence, the seat can be pulled forward quite easily. And, the same things happens using the Latch system. Now, I except folks to tell me that if the belt is tight enough, the seat is secure. But all that is happening is the car seat is being sucked into the bottom cushion of the vehicles seat. In a collision, the car seat will flip out of the indent in the seat cushion. Now, if the car seat is reclined and some kind of "spacer" is used between it and the vehicles seat back, some amount of belt angle can be achieved and some amount of security realized. But really, that's what I have to so with the most expensive, supposedly best car seat on the market? And the worst part about doing that is the the whole reason to get ripped off paying such a premium for a car seat is to get an ultra compact seat that will fit in smaller spaces and blah blah. Once the bottom is kicked out forward, a whole bunch of room is lost and the kids legs are jammed up to the seat in front, just like the so-called "big and bulky" car seats. I know, I've had seats from brand X and while they may be more bulky, I never had this issue (in the same vehicle, by the way). To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. Frustrated and ticked off would be more accurate. Because, I don't have enough to do in my life then spend umpteen hours fooling around trying to get a car seat safely installed. Ridiculous. Good luck to you all!
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By sarah
New Mexico, United States
November 1, 2014
The only complaint I have is that it weighs so much.other than that it's great
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By katiegrt
Indiana, United States
Slim yet sturdy
October 27, 2014
We just bought our Diono Radian this month so I am sure I will have more to say about it in the years to come, but even in this last month we have been impressed by how slim the seat is (our old one which was an INFANT carrier was much wider than this one taking up a lot more room) and how sturdy and tough it is. I hope we never get in a crash especially with our baby in the car, but it sure makes me a lot less afraid having him in the Diono. I also really appreciated the Diono customer support when I was having trouble locating the infant/toddler seat insert (it was tucked under the seat and under the lining) and they were so nice and helpful and patient. My one reason that I am not giving it 5 stars is that after taking out the LATCH system one time from the back of the seat and then trying to put them back in place I found that the bar to hold one of the LATCH pieces is already broken. Minor issue but still disappointing.
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By jnwfasch
San Diego, CA, United States
Great seat!
October 27, 2014
It's awesome! Very easy to install and adjust. My 8mo old loves how plush and soft it feels--she is so much happier in the car now! I wish I would have known about this seat earlier-- I would have skipped the infant bucket seat and gone straight to a Radian RXT.
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By Vovo A.
Arroyo Grande, CA, United States
Excellent product!
October 26, 2014
Sturdy and well made. It will grow together with my grandson. More expensive than others.
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By jebro
Mixed Feelings.
October 24, 2014
Without a doubt the Radian RXT is a solid, well built, and expectedly safe car seat. Most importantly in our situation, it is slim and able to fit where other car seats will not. However, if it were not for the size factor, I would return the seat. The adjustable head piece is very difficult to move up and down, but it has no problem sliding down on its own through usual use, requiring us to always make adjustments. The seat belt guide is not positioned well and does not allow belt to retract fully when not in use. The seat attachments of the tether straps are also located poorly, too low on the seat back, and does not allow for correct positioning dependending upon the seat back height of the vehicle. Additionally, our son will outgrow the seat in regards to height before he will in weight. The adjustable head piece will not reach as high as needed.
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By chic971
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Airplane compatible!!
October 18, 2014
I bought this for my then 18 month old to rear face. We had problems with our older car seat taking her on the airplane as it did not fit. With diono radian rxt, I love it! It fits in my car-you have to man handle the installation, it's not for the faint of heart. I suggest getting two back straps to pack it around vancouver airport as a backpack is way easier to carry it than trying to get toddler infant, all your luggage and a car seat on a plane is not fun. We bought a new truck and it fits amazing. She's now 4 years old and still fits well as she's tall but her weight is on the below average size. We bought a britax frontier for the other car but I took it back and bought a diono Pacifica instead. Like it way better. The only con I have is the weight of the seat but compromise for the safety, I will take it any day.
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By net23
Tampa, FL, United States
Solid, good features, fits three across
October 18, 2014
This is our fifth Radian seat, two in our other car and now three in our Volvo. They fit three across, including if the middle is rear facing. Som3 say they are too heavy but I disagree. The solid steel frame is heavy but I'll trade up in safety for down in portability any day. You buy a good carseat for the one-in-a-million chance it'll save your child'S life, not to make life easy on yourself. They come with cupholders, nice latch connectors, rear facing angle adaptors and more. So many other car seats feel like molded plastic junk, but not these. I highly recommend them to all my Internet strangers.
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By Maryam
Chicago, IL, United States
Snug, sleek, and fits like a glove!
October 13, 2014
We were looking for another carseat that would fit better in our small SUV. Our son had sat in this carseat in a friends car and I was blown away by how sleek and slim it is. We love it!
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By Jennifer
Liverpool, New York
Best Carseat- well worth the price!
October 12, 2014
When looking for a convertible car seat, we wanted one that would be comfortable, allow us to rear face for as long as we wanted, and fit a tall child. This car seat far exceeded our expectations. In addition, I love that it is narrow enough to fit in the middle seat, so we can easily accommodate 2 children in the back seat and still have some space back there. Because of the lower sides, my 18 month old can almost crawl in by herself, and it is much easier than our prior convertible car seat to get her into. This was the first item I ordered from Albee Baby, and I was very satisfied with the service. It shipped quickly and we received it quickly. I was very impressed. All in all it was a great experience and a fantastic product. Would definitely recommend!
By swempn
Wyoming, United States
Very comfy seat!
October 6, 2014
We bought this car seat for our one year old who just outgrew her "infant carseat". We ended up going on a four day long roadtrip (8 hrs a day of driving each day) and I can honestly say that without this seat, the trip wouldn't have been so enjoyable. We own a small 4 door car and have the seat rear facing (it is a tight fit). My daughter loves this seat and I love how safe she is while riding in it. I only wish that the bottom corners of the seat were covered so food couldn't get down in the little holes.....
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By JustineM
Amazing seat
October 5, 2014
I bought this seat last month as my 4 month old HATED his infant car seat. I have to say it is hands down the best seat I've ever bought. I am a paramedic and mother of 3 so safety is very important to me. My 4 year old recently turned forward facing and I'm not sure if I still like her Britax seat. I'm tempted to buy her a Diono. Installation was very easy and the instructions are very easy to follow. I did find the seat belt covers to be too big and bulky for such a little baby but I emailed Diono and they mailed out small sized one free of charge (I was pretty impressed by that). The only thing I found odd was that it folds up for travel but I don't know who would use it for travel because it is SO heavy...definitely not a car seat move from vehicle to vehicle.
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By scl317
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Safe and secure
October 3, 2014
Very safe and secure, we feel comfortable knowing our daughter is using this seat. It is heavy due to the construction. The velcro padding on the straps was rubbing on her face and caused a brush burn but we adjusted the velcro and haven't had any issues since. The rear facing takes up a lot of space and pretty much has to go in the middle (in both our Honda Civic and Honda Ridgeline) or the front seats would have to sit up too far, so I don't this this seat would be good for twins in the rear facing direction. My daughter's toys also frequently fall on the floor since there aren't really any sides to catch them. We bought it for the safety and compact size and overall we are very happy with it.
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By Happy D.
Los Angeles, CA, United States
My Baby Girl love her Diono
October 3, 2014
This so far its the best Seat ever, my baby felt so comfortable when she sat on it that she just went right to sleep on it. it feels very strong and was easy to install, its a little heavy but that's ok if it keeps my baby safe.
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By Amasea
Seattle, WA, United States
I have almost no complaints!
October 2, 2014
I've now owned my Radian RXT for about a year, and have been almost entirely pleased. It seems comfortable, easy to adjust as my toddler grows, secure in my car (a 2009 Subaru Forester) and very durable. I haven't been in any crashes, so I can't comment on that element, but the main factors in my decision to buy a Radian were its crash test ratings, the fact that it is manufactured locally, and that it uses minimally toxic flame retardants. My only complaint is that, rear-facing (my son just turned 2, and is 34 lbs and 42", and we're still rear-facing), the seat in front of the car seat must be pushed forward quite far. For a small person in that seat, it is a little cramped but OK, but my husband and his family are very tall, so he cannot ride comfortably in that passenger seat. I am using the angle adjuster, but the car seat still does take up an awful lot of space from front to back.
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By Amanda
Madison, WI
awesome for extended rear facing
September 22, 2014
Many people may not know, but it is recommended to seat your child rear facing as long as possible. The additional safety is astounding, and every parent should watch crash testing videos for car seats. It will make you think twice about turning your kids before four! That said, this is one of the only seats I found with such a high weight/height allowance for rear facing. It's also extremely sturdy and well made; I've been very impressed with the quality of the materials, etc. Additionally, it is one of the slimmest seats available and it's supposed to accommodate all ages. We haven't used it for an infant as we used a Graco snug ride 35 bucket seat (also highly recommend). Because it accommodates older children it is quite tall; this means a lot of real estate behind your front seats gets eaten up. I recommend the foam angle adjuster from diono to minimize this. We've had this behind the driver's side of a town and country minivan, which had more than ample room left up front. It's currently behind the driver's seat of an elantra touring (a compact hatch back) and I admit I'm short and my husband is 5'8" and there is *just* enough room for him. I would say that's the only downside. The seat is extremely easy to install and adjust and well worth the expense.
By Dancindragonfly
Boston, MA, United States
Love it!
September 21, 2014
I have owned other car seats, but nothing compares to the Diono R120! It's slender, easy to install, and my son loves it. My first R120 was involved in a car crash, so I had to replace it. I would not settle for any other seat, so I replaced it with a new R120. My son couldn't be happier! He hated the backup seat I used for a but. He's rear facing at almost 3 years old, and still fits nicely.
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By Mommo
All the comfort I was looking for
September 18, 2014
I bought this a month ago and it is working out well. My little one is comfortable, it was easy to install, the cup holder is great for snacks and water (wish it came with two).
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By Steph
Arlington, TX, United States
Great car seat
September 16, 2014
Very good investment since you'll never have to purchase another car seat. I wish I would of bought this before I wasted money on a infant seat
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By Laura G.
KY, United States
Love it!
September 5, 2014
We have two of these seats. Our oldest is almost 3 and we've had hers for about a year and a half. She and my 18 month old are rear facing in these seats. I love how little room they take up. We still have room in the back seat for another person to sit or in the future another car seat. They seem to be comfortable for both kids. The straps were a little difficult to tighten with them rear facing, but a friend with the same seat suggested pulling the straps from the back then pulling the tightening strap, and now I have no trouble. I would absolutely recommend this seat to friends, and especially to those with more than one child.
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By Aide06
Fort Irwin, CA, United States
Love it!
August 27, 2014
We have had this seat for about a year! First in a small car and this seat gave us tons of space for others to sit in the back, even to install other seats next to him. We love how slender it is and how easy it is to install. Our son loves the low profile which allows him to see everything that is going on.
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By Raina
California, United States
Great Customer service
August 7, 2014
I bought my seat about 18months ago for my daughter. Icalled the company to inform them of the side wing that had broken. They wer quick to offer and solution and in the process provided STELLER customer service.
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By jordonsmum
Victoria, BC, Canada
This seat saved my son
July 29, 2014
I own a daycare and purchased diono radian seats because of their crash ratings and because of their slender structure. It is easy to fit 3 across the back of almost any vehicle. We were sitting at a stop light on the highway this past weekend when a commercial van ploughed into the back end of my van. He was texting and driving and never applied the breaks. The doctor said my 8 yr old son must have been sitting in an amazing car seat because with the number of bruises he sustained, he should have sustained more serious injuries. Thank you Diono for keeping my son safe!!!!
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By Heather88
North Dakota, United States
Love, Love, Love our car seat!!!
July 25, 2014
We have had our Diono RXT for 6+ months and love it! We drive long distances to visit our family and it made travel easy! Our daughter doesn't get crabby because she is so comfortable. It also adds a huge piece of mind as we live in the oil field with lots of heavy truck traffic.
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By Dawn
We were in a car accident and my son isn't injured
July 25, 2014
My son is 22 mo and approx 28 lbs. & still rear facing. We were in a car accident and waiting to here if my car is totalled. It was not drivable after the accident. My son didn't cry other than the initial scream of surprise when I hit a car in front of me. He isn't showing any signs of soreness or discomfort. I'm pleased. My only compliant is that this car seat is heavy and difficult to install but otherwise, so worth it.
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Rhode Island
Harnesses tall, older kids
July 15, 2014
I've had this seat for over a year. My 7 year old is tall (49 inches), but doesn't weigh enough for just a booster/seatbelt to keep her safe in a crash (she's just barely 40 pounds). I wanted to find a seat where we could still keep her in a 5-point harness. We have owned eight different seats for our two kids and this one, by far, is my favorite. I believe Diono has created close to *the* most perfect seat on the market. Pros: 1) Literally the only seat you'd need to buy to last your son or daughter's entire childhood. Rear-faces for newborns, all the way up to 45 lbs. Forward-faces with 5-point harness up to 80 lbs (my 7 year old is 49 inches tall and is still wearing the 5-point harness - she cannot do this in any other seat, even seats that boast extended harnessing). Converts to a booster up to 120 lbs. 2) Has a ten-year life, compared to 4-6 years for most other seats 3) Durable and safe with an easily-adjustable headrest and side-impact protection. I feel like my kid is in a tank when she's sitting in this 4) Folds for travel 5) Airline approved (not all seats are!) 6) Narrow enough to fit three across the backseat of a sedan - which is a huge consideration if you don't have a minivan or a 3rd row in your vehicle but you have 2 or more kids. Cons: 1) It's pricey (shop around, prices vary widely) 2) It's HEAVY (but that goes along with its safety and durability, so it's a trade-off) 3) It's not the easiest to install. I don't like the LATCH clips; I prefer the style of LATCH that other companies like Britax use, where you can adjust from both sides. This one only has the adjuster on one side. I don't feel like I can get as tight a fit as I can with other seats. It is also difficult to install using the seatbelt. I have very small hands, but I have such a hard time sticking my hands back there to thread the seatbelt through. 4) The adjustable headrest is a little *too* easy to adjust. It tends to slide down on my daughter with normal use (this could be a defect in my particular seat, though). Not enough of a nuisance to dissuade you from buying, though. 5). To adjust the height of the shoulder straps, you have to uninstall the seat, partially take off the cover, un-hook the straps from behind the seat, un-thread them from their current setting, and re-thread them back through the slots at the desired height. This is a big inconvenience to me because a lot of other comparable seats on the market have figured out how to adjust the height with the turn of a knob, and you don't have to un-install the seat. Come on Diono, you can do this. If you figure this out, you will have created the perfect seat. 6). My daughter complains that there is not enough padding on the seat part of the seat. I agree that it is minimal padding. On long trips, she complains about how uncomfortable she is, and she is a great traveler who rarely complains. She cannot be the only one. Overall, the pros outweigh the cons, and I wholeheartedly recommend this incredibly safe and versatile seat. It is expensive, but worth its weight in gold.
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By Andrea
Riverview, FL
Great seat
July 11, 2014
We love this seat so much that we bought one for each car. My son is 2 and still rear facing. He should be able to stay rear facing until at least age 4 in this seat.
By The b.
Alameda, CA
Top tier and worth it
July 10, 2014
We initially bought the recaro convertible seat when our little one outgrew her bucket seat because it was race car-safe. However, our taller-than-average 1 year old's head hit the ceiling of our 2006 honda CRV half the time we put her in. We are keeping her rear facing until at least 2, so this was not sustainable. We decided to move the recaro to my wife's fit (which didn't have a seat, but needed one because of increased schedule demands) We looked and looked at a wide variety of options-cheaper entry level convertible seats, all 3-in-1's an decided the diono radian was the best long term investment. We are planning on a 2nd so it can fit next to a 2nd seat, it has the head-side-impact wings, and (praise be) we can put our child rear facing in the middle seat without hitting her head!! Also, despite the warnings on reviews, I found it quite easy to install with the seat-latch system, easier than the recaro.
Orlando, FL, United States
Best Seat for Moms of Multiple Children
July 5, 2014
I own three Diono Radian RXT carseats. I have a 2 year old, 4 year old and 5 year old. They really do fit three across! I have been able to do it in my JEEP Liberty, GMC Terrain, and my Chrysler Town and Country. They are the best!
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By jess88
The Perfect Carseat
July 5, 2014
This is the best carseat we have had. Very comfortable, easy to clean, even stylish!
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By originalpandora
Beaufort, SC, United States
June 28, 2014
My LO is so much happier in the car now. She loves the comfort and extra room!
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By Marisol02
Illinois, United States
Great reviews!
June 25, 2014
I have a group of moms, and many of them have this car seat and have recommended it to me. I have been looking for rear facing car seats for a while now, and this one looks comfortable!
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By Julia
Oklahoma City, OK
Great car seat!
June 21, 2014
Easy install, great carseat very happy with it.
By AnsR
Atlanta, GA
Long lasting, confortable seat
June 21, 2014
I purchased "Sunshine" car seats 4 years ago for my twin daughters, so when my now 3 year old son outgrew his infant seat I purchased the Diono Radian. All 3 seats fit beautifully across the back seat of my minivan; all 3 car seats have worn beautifully and are still in daily use. I have not moved them from car to car as they are quite heavy, but I love the safety and security of having my kids in such secure seats.
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By Bethany
Fort Irwin, CA
I wish this collapsed/no rethread
June 18, 2014
This is a GREAT seat. There is no denying that. But I wish it collapsed. Graco and nextfit both have seats that will hold a taller kid than this, but they collapse so it isnt so huge in the meantime
By MidwestMommy
Rhinelander, WI, United States
Would never buy any other car seat!
June 17, 2014
We bought this seat for my son when he outgrew his Chicco key fit infant car seat & am SO glad we did! It is easy to install, easily adjustable as child grows, & my son really seems comfortable in it. We travelled to New York City (from WI) with it & it was super easy to travel with. Getting it in & out of the airplane as well as our shuttle to the hotel was quick & easy. We purchased the travel bag for it to keep it clean & make it easier to carry during travel, which was very convenient. I LOVE this seat & plan to get one for our second child due in the fall. Look no further, you have found the seat you should get! Purchase with confidence, you will not be disappointed.
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By Jack
Oakland, CA
Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat
June 14, 2014
My daughter wasn't really a fan of her infant car seat, but once we installed this one car rides became much more enjoyable. It looks super comfy and she is more than happy to be in it. We're house hunting so each weekend she's put in and taken out of her seat multiple times and never complains like she used to with her infant seat. Mommy and daddy love how safe it is and how it can be used all the way through booster seat time. It fits well in my small honda civic backseat.
By Kellie
Easiest car seat to install
June 13, 2014
Easy setup and install! It has more legroom, made beautifully and the baby loves the reclined position!
ConsHeavy! We made sure to have enough car seats so we wouldn't have to take it out.
By MattWilson
Greenville, SC, United States
Long life, great value
June 11, 2014
Awesome seat. Folds for EASY travel and storage. Very Saturday and profile makes it easy to get my son in and out of the car. Liked the first one so much I got a second
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By Chris
Waukesha, WI
Great seat if you need to fit three car seats in one row
June 8, 2014
I have a four year old and twin 1 year olds. I originally bought two rear facing only seats for my twins (had to do some research to find three that would all fit in my car). Now that I moved my twins to forward facing I had to purchase another two seats for them that would fit along with the booster I have for my four year old. These seats are narrow enough to easily fit three across either forward facing OR rear facing. I have one fairy wide booster seat + two Radians and while its a bit tight, it easily works. I've also moved all three to different cars and it fit all of them without issues. If I had three Radians it would be even be easier (since my booster is a few inches wider than these seats). My kids like the seats, seem comfortable to them, and are easy to buckle them in with. I didn't try rear facing with the kids in them, but I put them in the car just to see and space was ok that was too. I currently have 10 car seats including my two Radians, and these are one of the easiest ones to install of the bunch.If you are looking to fit three kids in a standard car (I have a Tucson and an Altima), I would recommend going with these. My only regret is that I didn't purchase these originally instead of buying separate infant carriers.
Prosfits three across in a standard size vehicle (Camry, Fusion, Altima, etc). Rear facing OR front facing. Easy to install Easy to buckle children in Seems comfortable
Consnothing I've noticed
By Bronwyn F.
hammond, la
great car seat
June 7, 2014
We like the diono car seat. It has good crash test and side impact ratings. Also it allows us to keep out almost seven years old in a five point harness. The fact that it can be used from a newborn and up is a plus too. Also, it has a ten year rather than six year expiration date.
Prosheight harness, 10 year expiration, saftey

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