One car seat will last your little one for years!
I received the Maxi-Cosi Magellan car seat from My-Take as a product test from the company. The timing was actually perfect since we were leaving for a week-long vacation one day after the car seat arrived. My 2.5 year old was able to test out the car seat right away on our 5 hour road trip.
My first impressions were that the seat seemed like a high quality product, very solid and sturdy, and the extra padding found throughout the seat would make it comfortable. In fact, my toddler seemed quite comfortable sitting in the seat even for hours at a time and he was able to nap comfortably in it as well. I really liked that the extra headrest positioning prevented his head from leaning over so far to the left or right during his naps. I like the extra padding on the seat belt to prevent the straps from digging into my toddler but found it a little difficult to use the adjustment button to loosen the straps since it is hidden and the positioning makes it a little awkward at times.
I also did not like the fact that the latch system was only good for rear facing. Using the seat belt to secure the seat takes longer, and I believe that there are more chances to do it incorrectly. With the latch system, installation and removal is quicker, and I'm more confident that it's been installed properly. It is nice that the two cup holders are detachable, but we had one come out unintentionally when we were taking our son out of the seat. We didn't realize it until we went to put him back in the seat, and unfortunately, it got run over. The cup holders are tall and a little on the small side. They'll accommodate a bottle or a thin sippy cup, but they do not fit a lot of the newer style of sippy cups.
However, I think it is a great car seat overall and even though it is a little pricey, the fact that this car seat can be an all-in-one and last for the duration of the time my toddler will be in a car seat, booster, etc., I think that makes it well worth the investment!
* This product review was collected by the manufacturer.