Recommended Car Seats

Note: This is the Recommended Car Seats Page for US shoppers. If you are in Canada, please use this list of Canadian Recommended Car Seats instead, as it will direct you to Amazon.ca links, which you need for shopping in Canada rather than Amazon.com links. Some Canadian seats also have different weight limits than their US counterparts.

Although this is partially a car safety blog, car seat safety is also important, as our children are our most precious travelers. As a result, this is also a car seat blog, with information about car seat safety, recommended car seats, car seat reviews, and similar information.

When it comes to car safety, you can focus on driving safely and you can focus on choosing a safe car. However, if you have children, you also need to focus on choosing a safe car seat. In fact, choosing the right car seat and installing it properly can easily mean the difference between life and death for a child. Here are my reviews and recommendations of what I consider to be the best car seats on the market. For our stroller reviews, check out the recommended strollers page.

Looking for a specific kind of seat? Jump to Recommended Convertible Seats, Recommended Infant Seats, Recommended Combination Seats, or Recommended Booster Seats.

On Choosing and Using the Right Car Seat

On Rear-Facing, Forward Facing, Boostering, and Seat Belt Safety
Why Rear-Face Your Car Seats Past Age 2?
The Best Car Seats for Extended Rear-Facing in the United States by Weight
Rear-Facing vs. Forward-Facing Car Seats: What Happens in a Crash?
When Is it Safe to Switch From Forward-Facing to a Booster Car Seat?
When Can Kids Stop Using Boosters? A Guide to the 5 Step Test
2014 IIHS Booster Ratings: What’s the Safest Booster?
Top 5 Tips for Surviving Extended-Rear Facing with Toddlers
5 signs your child isn’t ready for an adult seat belt (and should stay in a booster seat)
3 out of 4 parents forward-face too early: Don’t join them!
The Orphan Seat: 3 Huge Rear-Facing Advantages for Kids

On Car Seat Installation, LATCH, Seat Belt, Tethering, and Clothing Safety
5 Big Mistakes You’re Probably Making With Your Car Seat (and How to Fix Them)
How To and Why Tether When Forward Facing Car Seats
How To and Why Tether When Rear Facing Car Seats
3 Safe Ways to Dress Your Child in a Car Seat This Winter
When to use seat belts vs. LATCH for car seats, and which is safer?
Car Seat Safety in Trains: How to Keep Children Safe on Trains

On Seating Children in Vehicles by Row and Seat Position
Which Car Seat Side or Position is Safest, Outboard or Center?
Is the Third Row Safe for Children, Car Seats, and Passengers?
When Can Children Ride In the Front Seat? For Safety, Not Until 13!

On 3 Across Installation and Compatibility
3 Across Installations: A Guide to Which Car Seats Will Fit Every Vehicle
The 6 Narrowest Car Seats that Will Fit 3 Across in Any Vehicle

On Car Seat Safety in Countries around the World
Norway: Where (Almost) No Children Die in Car Crashes


Convertible Car Seats


Convertible car seats are my favorite kinds of car seats. You can use them in both rear-facing and forward-facing configurations, and convert them from one to the other, hence the name. Many of these seats will fit newborns, which means you can use them from the day you leave the hospital. Best practices indicates you should rear-face your seats until your child reaches the weight or height limits in the rear-facing position, and then switch to the forward-facing position. The drawbacks of convertible seats is that they tend to be heavier, larger, and more expensive than infant car seats.

Convertible Comparisons
Clek Foonf vs. Diono Rainier Comparison: What’s the Difference?
Diono Rainier vs. Pacifica Comparison: What’s the Difference?
Diono Rainier vs. Radian RXT Comparison: What’s the Difference?
Clek Fllo vs. Clek Foonf Comparison and Mini Review: Which Car Seat is Better?
Britax Advocate ClickTight vs. Boulevard ClickTight Comparison and Mini Review.
Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 vs. Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 with TinyFit Comparison and Mini Review.

50 lbs Rear-facing

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The 
Clek Foonf – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Diono Rainier – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Diono Pacifica – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Clek Fllo – Review Here, Buy Here
The Graco Extend2Fit – Review Here, Buy Here.

45 lbs Rear-facing

 
The Diono Radian RXT – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Diono Olympia – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Diono Radian R120 – Review Here, Buy Here.

40 lbs Rear-facing

 

The Graco Size4Me 65 – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Graco Fit4Me 65 – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Graco Head Wise 65/70 – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Graco Contender – Review Here, Buy Here.

   


The Chicco NextFit – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 with TinyFit – Review Here, Buy Here
The Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 – Review Here, Buy Here.

   

The Britax Advocate ClickTight – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Britax Marathon ClickTight – Review Here, Buy Here.  
The Britax Boulevard ClickTight – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Evenflo Triumph LX – Review Here, Buy Here.

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The Recaro ProRIDE – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Britax Advocate G4.1 – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Britax Boulevard G4.1 – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Britax Marathon G4.1 – Review Here, Buy Here.

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The Evenflo Symphony Elite – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Maxi-Cosi Vello 65 – Review Here, Buy Here.

Travel / Portable / All In One Seats
 
 

The Combi Coccoro– Review Here, Buy Here.
The Graco 4Ever All-In-One – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Graco Milestone All-In-One – Review Here, Buy Here.

Infant Car Seats

Infant car seats are the most commonly purchased kinds of car seats. You can use them only in rear-facing configurations, and they are designed to fit newborns, which means you can use them from the day you leave the hospital. Best practices indicates you should rear-face your seats until your child reaches the weight or height limits in the rear-facing position, and then switch to one of the long-range convertibles above to allow you to continue to rear-face! The drawbacks of infant car seats is that they aren’t practical solutions for ERF compared to convertible car seats. At least, that’s the case unless you’re buying the Kiddy Evolution Pro.

35 lbs Rear-facing and 37″ Height Limitsevo2The Kiddy Evolution Pro – Review Here, Buy Here.

35 lbs Rear-facing 

  


The UPPAbaby MESA
 – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Cybex Aton 2 – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Phil and Teds Alpha – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Recaro Performance Coupe – Review Here, Buy Here.

 

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The Britax B-Safe 35 – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Britax B-Safe 35 Elite – Review Here, Buy Here.

30-34 lbs Rear-facing


The Chicco KeyFit 30 – Review Here, Buy Here.



Combination car seats

Combination car seats are the next phase in car seats after the infant/convertible stage. You can use them in forward-facing harnessed and booster configurations, as they are harnessed and booster seats combined, hence the name. Best practices indicates that after rear-facing, you should forward-face harness until children reach the weight or height limits in the forward-facing position and are mature enough to use boosters, which is ideally no earlier than 8. The drawbacks of combination seats is that they tend to be heavier, larger, and more expensive than simple harnessed or booster car seats. 

90 lbs Forward-facing
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The Britax Frontier G1.1 – Review Here, Buy Here.

The Britax Pinnacle G1.1 – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Recaro Performance SPORT – Review Here, Buy Here.

<90 lbs Forward-facing


The Britax Pioneer G1.1 – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Evenflo Maestro – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Graco Nautilus 80 Elite – Review Here, Buy Here.

Booster car seats

Booster car seats are the next phase in car seats after the forward-facing stage when your child outgrows a convertible or forward-facing only seat. They are essentially combination seats without the forward-facing configuration. You can only use them in booster configurations. Best practices indicates that after rear-facing, you should forward-face harness until children reach the weight or height limits in the forward-facing position and are mature enough to use boosters, which is ideally no earlier than 8. The drawbacks of booster seats is that they aren’t as versatile as combination seats.

20″ or more top shoulder height

 


The 
Clek Oobr – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Britax Parkway SGL – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Maxi-Cosi RodiFix – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro – Review Here, Buy Here.
The Jané Montecarlo R1 – Review Here, Buy Here.

Under 20″ top shoulder height


The Graco Highback TurboBooster – Review Here, Buy Here.

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