The safety and well being of our family is something that we always look out for and that is especially true for our children. We were recently looking for the most recent child car seats as our niece is expecting soon and we thought that we would surprise her for Christmas and get one for under the tree. We did not expect to be inundated with so many possible choices. There are a ton of seats to choose from and we needed to narrow down our choices some how.
We went on the hunt for the top options available and found some reviews that were extremely helpful. My wife and I did not realize how hard this was going to be and we envisioned that it would be even harder for expecting parents with all of the pressures that come with delivering a new baby into the world.
This is why we are sharing our experience and how we got our list down to 3 different models as we went on a quest to search through all of the best rated convertible car seats of 2017. We understand that budget usually plays a big role in all of our purchases, so we found some child seats that fit a wide range of price ranges.
Our Top 3 Convertible Seats
We spend an inordinate amount of time researching what we thought would be a good choice that provided both excellent comfort and supreme protection.
This seems at first glance like the perfect car seat for everyone. It had everything that we wanted and more.
- All in one seat made for kids 4 to 120 lbs.
- Excellent safety ratings that provide side impact protection, solid frame, and padded foam seat cushion that absorbs energy
- Use of the LATCH system for easy and secure installation
- Simple to clean and maintain
- Two cup holders
- Nice looking patterns and design
- Superb customer reviews
The more that we read about the 4Ever the more we fell in love with it. The idea that you can buy one seat that will serve infants to toddlers and last almost 10 years we very appealing to us. The feedback from parents is what pushed us over the edge. It was not cheap, but this was the convertible car seat that we bought. We have yet to give it to our niece, but we are sure that it is going to help out a lot and last throughout the next few years.
Graco Size4Me 65
Needless to say, we have been impressed with Graco products and this particular convertible child seat was appealing for the apparent value that it offered. It was less expensive than the 4Ever model, but it did not skimp on safety.
- Machine washable seat cover
- Full set of important safety features that meet or exceed current regulations
- One cup holder
- Relatively easy to install
- Very good ratings from parents
Being a more budget friendly model, it did have some issues that steered us away but only because we were being extremely picky and could afford higher priced options. The comfort level was slightly lower than some other brands. Using easy to clean materials may lead to less comfort, which is understandable. This was really splitting hairs because this was a serious contender for us and if you do not have a lot of money to spend we think that this would be a great choice.
Evenflo Tribute LX
Evenflo has made a name for itself for making some of the best and most affordable child gear out there. The Tribute LX is one such example and it is a superb choice to provide parents a safe seat for their children without spending a lot. Even though this seat is well under $100 it comes with some safety features seen in higher priced models.
- 5 point safety harness
- Side impact protection that stands up to higher end seats.
- Energy absorbing foam pad and inserts
- Bright and stylish designs
- Adjustable harness (4 positions)
- Rear facing recline
One of the things that we did not like about this seat is that it is only rated for children from 5 to 40 lbs. This means that it does not have an extremely long lifespan and you will have to buy another seat in a few years. It is a great starter or back up convertible car seat, but you will have to invest in something else further down the road.
Can’t Wait For The Holidays
We are excited with the choice that we made and we really cannot wait to give it to our niece. It gives us a real sense of pride knowing that the newest member of the family will be riding in something comfy that is also going to protect them.
If you are struggling with trying to find the perfect seat, just remember that spending less does not mean that you are going to putting your kids in any greater danger. Even cheap seats must meet minimum requirements so you can rest assured that they will have a level of protection you can count on. Find your budget, then you can start to zero in on the perfect option for your family.