Convertible Car Seats

Recommended Convertibles

Britax Marathon /Boulevard  5-40# RF, 20-65# FF, 17″ top harness position, no-rethread harness, 2 crotch strap positions, available ARB (accessory in US), energy-absorbing rip-stitch tether, 3 positions recline (1 RF, 2 FF), RF and FF lock-offs, anti-slip base, Safe-cell technology in base, steel frame, premium non-handed (no switching between RF and FF) LATCH connectors on LATCH bar, generally easy to install, HUGS, EPP foam, shoulder and crotch pads, infant insert that is required until 22#, EZ Buckle crotch buckle, easy to remove cover, cupholder available as accessory (Britax seat comparison)

Britax Marathon Clicktight, Boulevard Clicktight, Boulevard Clicktight ARB, Advocate Clicktight, Advocate Clicktight ARB 5-40# RF, 20-65# FF, 17″ top harness position for Marathon, 19″ top harness position for Boulevard and Advocate models, integrated steel bars, click tight install (super easy, also takes place of locking clip or lock off), multiple recline positions with bubble indicator, click n safe harness tension indicator (not on Marathon), HUGS, Safe Cell in base, energy absorbing versa tether, no-rethread harness, Advocate versions have SICT/SafeCell Max, EZ Buckle crotch pad, multiple buckle postions, easy remove cover, infant support and plush padding, traditional hook style LATCH connectors (Britax prefers seat belt install), ARB versions of Boulevard and Advocate come with the ARB but ARB available as accessory for other version (in US – in Canada they all come with ARB), cupholder available as accessory

 Chicco NextFit/NextFit CX/NextFit Zip/NextFit Zip Air 5-40# RF, 22-65# FF, no-rethread harness with energy absorbing foam in headwings, 2 crotch strap positions, 2 position chest clip, 9 position one-hand adjust recline, bubble levels for RF and FF recline, RF and FF lock-offs, integrated slide path for moving LATCH from RF to FF, premium LATCH connectors with SuperCinch tightener, integrated LATCH storage, infant insert, removable cup holder, machine washable cover, CX version has Comfort Flex harness management (extra padding for hips and crotch,supposed to help hold the harness open), Zip version has zip off cover in addition to the Comfort Flex system, Zip Air version has comfort flex and zip off cover as well as 3D Air Mesh fabric with air flow channels

Clek Fllo/Foonf 14-50# RF. 20-65# FF, 17″ harness height, anti-rebound bar, premium LATCH connectors for RF and FF, flip foot for recline on Fllo, multiple recline positions on Foonf, GreenGuard certified Crypton fabrics, headwings, steel and magnesium substructure, REACT safety system in Foonf, EACT seats in Fllo, 2 different length adjustments on crotch straps, pricey, may be used from 5# with addition of the Clek Infant Thingy, available cupholder accessory (drink thingy)

Diono Olympia, Pacifica, and Rainier 5-45# (Olympia) or 50# (Pacifica, Rainier) RF, 20-70# (Olympia) or 90# (Pacifica, Rainier) FF, 50-110 (Olympia) or 120# (Pacifica or Rainier) in booster mode, 17″ top slot, allows RF tethering, difficult to get more upright in many vehicles when RF without angle adjuster (sold separately) and may be quite reclined in some vehicles even with the angle adjuster, narrow (not as narrow as the Radians), deeper side wings in shoulder area than Radians, SuperLATCH connectors, 3 buckle positions, FF recline feature, adjusts for width at hips, rubber grips on bottom, Rainier has headwings (only adjust down to the third slots), cupholders, folds for travel and has straps that can attach for carrying, booster mode is short-lived due to relatively high minimum weight combined with no height adjustments, infant support pillows and memory foam (except Olympia), cupholders, Olympha and Pacifica “not recommended” in booster mode by IIHS, Rainier rated “good bet” by IIHS

Diono Radian R100/R120/RXT 5-40#( R100) or 45#(R120, RXT) RF, 20-65# (R100) or 80# (R120, RXT) FF, 50-100# (R100) or 120# (R120, RXT) in booster mode, top slots 17.5″, compatibility issues with some vehicles (may be tougher to install), allows RF tethering, difficult to get more upright in many vehicles when RF without angle adjuster (sold separately) and may be quite reclined in some vehicles even with the angle adjuster, narrow (good for 3 across), SuperLATCH connectors, 3 buckle positions, steel frame, FF recline feature, rubber grips on bottom, RXT has headwings (only adjust down to the third slots), cupholders (some come with one, additional sold separately, can add up to 4), IIHS “best bet” in booster mode but booster mode is short-lived due to relatively high minimum weight combined with no adjustments for height, folds for travel and has straps that can attach for carrying, infant support pillows & memory foam (except R100)

Evenflo SureRide/Titan 65 5-40# RF, 22-65# FF, 19” top slots, tall shell, EPS/EPP foam, removable cupholder, Sure Safe version has click on LATCH connectors, will be a Sensor Safe version of the Titan coming out soon (alerts parents that child is in the car), 2 position crotch strap

Graco Extend2Fit/Extend2Fit 3 in 1 4-50# RF, 22-65# FF, 30-100# HBB (3 in 1 version), 18″ top harness slot, 18.5″ belt guide for booster mode (3 in 1 version), no rethread harness with headwings, EPS foam, multiple recline positions, click on LATCH connectors, easy to read level indicator, cupholders, infant padding extension tray provides additional leg room, some versions have easy to remove cover, steel reinforced, buckle pockets, 3 in 1 not yet rated by IIHS

Graco Milestone/4Ever/Slim Fit 4-40# RF, 20-65# FF, 30-100# HBB, 40-120# backless (4Ever), 18″ harness height,  18.75″ booster belt guide, infant padding, no-rethread harness height adjustment with headwings, EPS foam, multiple recline positions, click on LATCH connectors, easy read level indicator, cupholders, 4Ever has built in harness storage for conversion to BPB mode, 4Ever & Safety Surround versions of Milestone are steel reinforced, rated “best bet” in booster mode by IIHS, SlimFit has cupholders that rotate out of way for slightly narrower width, Safety Surround Versions have larger headwings with additional safety features

Graco MySize /Size4Me /Head Wise /Fit4Me/Contender 4 (all but Contender)/5 (Contender)-40# RF, 20-65# FF, 17.5-18” harness height, infant padding, no-rethread harness height adjustment with headwings, EPS foam, 3 position recline, 2 position crotch strap, built-in cupholder, Head Wise has Safety Surround side impact protection, click on LATCH connectors, easy read level indicator, some versions have easy to remove cover, Contender is “lower level” seats with smaller headwings, regular LATCH connectors, and different recline mechanism

Maxi Cosi Vello 70/Pria 70/Pria 70 with Tiny Fit/Pria 85 4 (Pria 70 with tiny fit) or 9 (Vello or Pria 70) or 14 (Pria 85) -40# RF, 22-70 (all but Pria 85) or 85 (Pria 85 only) # FF, 17.5” harness height, Vello has removable cupholder and removable storage pocket, Tiny Fit version includes tiny fit insert (like a seat within the seat), infant pillows, and smaller chest clip (for the version with Tiny Fit, use of the Tiny Fit system is required 4-18#, optional 18-22#), no-rethread harness (except when Tiny Fit in use), 3 crotch strap positions, all but Vello have Air Protect SIP (also in the Tiny fit system), body pillow (all but Pria 85), easy remove cover (all but Tiny Fit version of Pria 70), 3 recline positions (1 RF only, 1 RF and 22-40# FF, 1 40-70# FF), click-on LATCH connectors, squishy built in cupholder (except on Vello), on the wider and heavier side, Tiny Fit requires rethreading of harness and makes the seat a little more complicated to use, harness may be difficult to adjust w/ Tiny Fit in place, available in leather version without tiny fit, single recline line (externally more upright which is why the Tiny Fit is needed for smaller babies as it results in more recline internally)

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP Convertible 5-45# RF, 22-70# FF, 17” harness height, EPS foam, SAFE (shock absorbing foam element) device, no-rethread harness and headwings, only lower 7 harness positions allowed for RF use, steel backplate, contoured adjustable base, premium LATCH connectors, infant padding, (Canadian version has ARB)

Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air+/Advance EX 65 Air+ 5-40 (non EX versions) or 50 (EX versions)# RF, 22-65# FF, 18″ top harness position, air protect and g cell hx SIP features, steel reinforced frame, no-rethread harness, 4 position recline, integrated cupholder

Safety 1st Complete Air 5-40# RF, 22-65# FF, a17″ top harness position, air protect SIP, no-rethread harness, 17″ top slots, dual recline lines, removable cupholder, 3 position crotch strap, click on LATCH connectors, flip foot for recline

Safety 1st Grow And Go/Grow And Go Air/Grow And Go EX Air  5-40 (non EX versions) or 50 (EX versions only) # RF, 2 years and 22-65# FF, 4 years and 40-100# HBB, 17.25″ harness height, 18″ booster belt guides, EPS foam, Air versions have Air protect SIP system, no rethread harness (except with small babies), dual recline lines with 3 position recline, buckle holders, 3 crotch buckle positions, integrated cup holders (sport versions have only one), additional infant padding/pillows, Air versions have quick clean covers, harness stores in seat for booster mode, rated as Good Bet by IIHS as booster

Safety 1st UltraMax Air 360 4-50# RF, 22- 65# FF, 4 years and 40-120# HBB, 17-18″ harness height, about 18″ belt guides, Air protect and G Cell HX SIP systems, steel reinforced frame, motion control headrest, infant positioning wedge (required 4-11#, optional 11-15#), dual recline lines with 3 position recline, multiple crotch buckle position, quick clean cover, no rethread harness, comfort pillows, harness holders, removable and dishwasher safe cupholders, harness stores in seat for booster mode, not yet rated by IIHS as booster

 

 

Other Convertibles

Baby Trend PROtect Sport/Premier/Elite 5-22# RF without the headrest, 5-40# RF with the head rest, 23-65# FF, 16.5″ top slots, no rethread harness, click on latch connectors (not typical premium but same as on the flex loc infant seat), removable infant inserts, 2 position crotch strap, removable cupholder, easy off pad snaps off, EPS foam liner and headwings, Premier and Elite versions have dual bubble level indicators whereas the Sport version has a single molded recline line, Premier and Elite have 5 position reclining base vs the flip foot of the Sport, Elite version has lock-offs for both RF and FF (based on the First Years True Fit but has some Baby Trend adaptations)

Britax Roundabout 5-40# RF, 20-55# FF, 16″ top slots, 2 crotch strap positions, available ARB (purchased as accessory in US), energy-absorbing rip-stitch tether, 3 positions recline (1 RF, 2 FF), RF and FF lock-offs, anti-slip base, Safe-cell technology in base, steel frame, premium non-handed (no switching between RF and FF) LATCH connectors on LATCH bar, generally easy to install, HUGS, EPP foam, shoulder and crotch pads, infant insert that is required until 22#, shorter shell than other 40# RF seats, cupholder available as accessory

Combi Coccoro 3-33# RF, 20-40# FF, 15” top slots, EPS foam, RF tethering allowed, compact (good for 3 across as well as front to back), very lightweight, compatible w/ the Coccoro Flash stroller frame (no longer made, may be difficult to find), lock offs for FF and RF, allows European belt routing and “infant seat” style routing for RF, infant insert for smaller babies (required for babies less than 25#), push-on LATCH connectors, plastic puzzle buckle

Cosco Apt 50/Apt 40RF / Comfy 5-40# RF, 22-40 (for Apt 40RF) or 50# FF, 2 year minimum for FF, 16″ top slots, built-in cupholders, dual recline lines, recline changes based on install rather than moving pieces on seat, 3 position crotch strap, comfy version has extra cushy cover

Cosco Easy Elite 5-40# RF, 22-50# FF, 40-80# HBB, 16.75″ top harness slot, 18″ booster belt guide, no rethread harness with headwings, comes with infant insert, 3 position crotch strap, dual recline lines

Cosco Scenera NEXT 5-40# RF, 22-40# FF, 2 year minimum to FF, 13.5″ top slots (will be outgrown FF before RF), no EPS/EPP foam, recline changes based on install rather than moving pieces on seat, single recline line (but allows for more upright install), 3 position crotch strap, detachable cup holder

Evenflo Triumph  5-40# RF, 22-65# FF, infinite slide harness, 17″ top harness position, harness not removable, harness tension knobs for tightening but lever for releasing, various levels of infant padding, Sure Safe versions have click on LATCH connectors, some versions have buckle pockets to keep straps out of way for loading and unloading, Platinum versions have OutLast temperature regulating fabric, ProComfort Versions have Gel Matrix

Evenflo Symphony/SafeMax All in One 5-40# RF, 22-65# FF, 40-110# HBB, 4 year minimum for booster mode.  infinite slide harness, 17″ top harness position, 19″ belt guide for booster mode, most versions have SureLATCH (self ratcheting click on connectors) but some have Sure Safe click on LATCH connectors, adjustable head rest, EPP/EPS foam or E3 side impact protection (3 layers of foam), infant padding, should fit average newborns ok, IIHS “best bet” in booster mode, Platinum versions have OutLast temperature regulating fabric, ProComfort Versions have Gel Matrix, Safe Max touts roll over testing as well as additional safety features in the headrest, integrated steel frame, and harness protection system

Evenflo Tribute 5-40# RF, 22-40# FF, 14” top slots, EPS/EPP foam, pretty short shell, easier to install than Scenera

Graco MyRide  4-40# RF, 20-65/70# FF, 17″ harness height, infant padding, built-in cupholders, deep recline for FF and RF, Safety Surround version has enhanced padding to fit small newborns (even preemies) as well as enhanced SIP, some versions may have In Right LATCH (click on, pull loop to remove)

Orbit Toddler Seat 15-35# RF, 20-65# FF, 18” top slots, EPP foam, compatible w/ Orbit base (for RF only) and stroller frame and docks on from any angle, removable sunshade, braces for install either RF (w/o base) or FF, “green” fabrics and flame retardants, easy to remove cover, lock-offs for RF & FF, premium LATCH connectors, seat and base are pricey, QR code for instruction manual

Recaro Roadster/Performance Ride/Performance Racer/Performance Rally/ProRide 5-40# RF, 20-65# FF, 18” top slots, 22.5″ seated height limit RF, EPS foam, no rethread harness, lock-offs for FF but none for RF, base is bulkier than other bases, tends to feel very high up and be difficult to load children over high sides, especially narrow in shoulder area, seems to have much less leg room than average RF and poor leg support FF, premium LATCH connectors, air flow system with shell vents and coolmesh, automotive foam lined head wings, safety stripe system on harness (visually cues whether harness is straight or twisted), Twist-resistant HERO strap covers (on all but ProRide which just has regular strap covers), chest clip holders (to hold harness out for loading/unloading), built in cupholders on Racer and Rally provide antirebound protection, Performance Ride and Roadster come with clip on cup holder, memory foam padding (all but ProRide), one hand recline adjustment, Rally has quick flip foot for additional recline adjustment, temperature balancing fabric on Racer, Roadster, and Performance Ride, High Impact Energy Absorbing system in Raacer, Roadster, and Rally

Safety 1st Continuum 4-40# RF, 2 years and 22-50# FF, 4 years and 40-80# HBB, 16.5″ top harness position, 18.5″ booster belt guides, no-rethread harness (when not used with small babies), harness holders, recline line (but can be more upright for older babies and toddlers) with 3 position recline, 3 crotch buckle positions, removable dish washer safe cupholder, harness stores in seat for booster mode, IIHS Good Bet in booster mode

Safety 1st Guide/SportFit/Eddie Bauer XRS/Cosco MightyFit 5-40# RF, 22-65# FF, 17” harness height, adjustable head support, body supports on some models, dual stage recline, multiple position crotch buckle, removable cupholder

Safety 1st Chart Air 5-40# RF, 22-65# FF, 16.5” harness, no-rethread harness, Air Protect head wings

Safety 1st OnSide Air 5-40# RF, 22-40# FF, Air protect SIP, about the same size as the original Scenera

 

Less Recommended Seats

 

Graco Comfort Sport/Ready Ride/ Classic Ride short shell won’t get kids RF much longer than the average infant seat, short top slots mean it will be outgrown FF not long after it’s outgrown RF

Cosco/Eddie Bauer/Safety 1st Alpha Omega/Alpha Omega Elite/3 in 1/All in 1 (not the Grow N Go, Ultramax, etc. 3 in 1 type seats) Some versions have a short usable top harness position, tends to be difficult to install, requires full recline, makes unsafe booster

Sit N Stroll (marketed under numerous brands) short shell, very short top slots, difficult to install

 

Moderate Budget Seats These seats are decent seats that can be commonly found for about $200 or less and are worth the extra $ due to length of use

Baby Trend PROtext Sport/Premier/Elite

Britax Roundabout or Marathon (non clicktight)

Diono Olympia or Radian R100

Evenflo Triumph or Symphony

Graco Extend2Fit (non 3in1) or Milestone or Contender/MySize/Size4Me/Headwise/Fit4me

Maxi Cosi Vello or Pria 70 (without Tiny Fit)

Recaro ProRide

Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air+/Advance EX 65 Air+ or Complete Air or Grow And Go/Grow And Go Air/Grow And Go EX Air or Chart Air

 

Lower Budget Seats These seats are decent seats that can commonly be found for around $100 or less.

Cosco Apt50/Apt 40RF/Comfy or Easy Elite or Scenera NEXT or MightFit

 

Evenflo SureRide/Titan65 or Tribute

Graco MyRide

Safety 1st Continuum or Guide/SportFit or Onside Air

 

 

Best Choices for Skipping the Infant Seat (assuming your baby is an average sized newborn)

Baby Trend PROtect Sport/Premier/Elite (6″ bottom slots with infant insert)

Britax Roundabout/Marathon/Boulevard (6.5-7″ bottom slots with infant insert)

Britax Marathon Clicktight/Boulevard Clicktight/Boulevard Clicktight ARB/Advocate Clicktight/Advocate Clicktight ARB (6.5-7.5″ bottom harness position with infant insert)

Chicco NextFit (all versions) (5.5″ bottom harness position with infant insert)

Combi Coccoro (8″ bottom harness position with infant insert)

Cosco Apt 50/Apt 40RF/Comfy (5.5″ bottom harness slot)

Cosco Scenera NEXT (5.5″ bottom harness slot)

Evenflo SureRide/Titan65 (6.5″ bottom harness slot)

Evenflo Symphony/SafeMax (6″ bottom harness position)

Evenflo Tribute (8″ bottom harness slot)

Evenflo Triumph (7-8″ bottom harness slot)

Graco Extend2Fit/Extend2Fit 3in1 (7″ bottom harness position with infant insert)

Graco Milestone/4Ever/SlimFit (7″ bottom harness position with infant insert)

Graco MyRide (7″ bottom harness slot with infant insert)

Graco MySize70/Size4Me70/Headwise/Fit4Me/Contender (7.5″ bottom harness position with insert for Contender, 7″ bottom harness position with insert for others)

Maxi Cosi Pria 70 with Tiny Fit (5″ bottom harness slot with Tiny Fit in use)

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio (6.5″ bottom harness position with included infant insert)

Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air+/Advance EX 65 Air+ (8″ bottom harness position)

Safety 1st Continuum (6″ bottom harness position with infant insert)

Safety 1st Grow And Go/Grow And Go Air/Grow And Go EX Air (5.75″ bottom harness position with infant insert)

Safety 1st OnSide Air (7.5″ bottom harness position)

Safety 1st UltraMax Air 360 (unreported bottom harness position but likely to fit small infants well as intended for 4# babies and no minimum height)

 

 

Best Choices for 3 Across (About 18″ or less width at widest point)

Britax Advocate Clicktight/Boulevard Clicktight/Marathon Clicktight (17.5-18″)

Clek Fllo or Foonf (16.5-17″)

Combi Coccoro (15″)

Cosco Scenera NEXT (17.5″) or MightFit (18.5″ but tends to do well 3 across) or Easy Elite (18″)

Diono Olympia/Pacifica/Rainier or Radian R100/R120/RXT (17-18″)

Eddie Bauer XRS (18.5″ but generally does well 3 across)

Evenflo SureRide/Titan 65 (18.5-19″ at widest but only about 10″ at belt path) or Tribute (17.5″)

Graco MySize70/Size4Me70/Headwise/Fit4Me/Contender (18.5-18.75″ but tends to puzzle well and still fit well in 3 across situations)

 

Safety 1st Complete Air (18.5″ but may fit well three across) or Continuum/Grow And Go/Grow And Go Air/Grow And Go EX Air (18′) or Chart Air/Guide/SportFit (18.5″ but tends to fit well 3 across) or OnSide Air (17.5″)

 

 

Best Choices for Front to Back Space (Refer to the TheUltimate RearFacing Convertible Carseat Space Comparison from Carseatblog.com!)

 

 

Coming Soon or Too New to be Placed in the List Yet…

 

Nuna Rava 5-50# RF, 2 years and 25-65# FF, unknown bottom or top harness positions, Simply Secure/true tension installation (similar to clicktight where belt threads under panel and closing panel tightens and locks belt), bubble free 10 position push button recline with settings for RF and FF, flip out leg rest can be used RF or FF, dual flip open cupholders, no rethread harness with headwings, 2 position crotch strap, steel frame and reinforced belt path, infant inserts, ventilation panels and breathable fabric

5 thoughts on “Convertible Car Seats

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    • The Graco Nautilus is not a convertible seat. It is a FF only seat. It is a great choice for a child who has outgrown a RF convertible, but I wouldn’t put a child under 2 in it.

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