Unfortunately, getting the best infant car seat is a priority that too many parents do not treat as such and take seriously.

NOT JUST FOR LOOKS!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, between 2010 to 2014, 18,500 fatal accidents involved children under 15. Of the children in those accidents, 15.9%. In 2017, a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that 43% of children who died in car accidents were not restrained properly or not restrained at all.
While all of this sounds grim, it’s best to be prepared and have a worthy infant car seat ready, so let’s look at some of the best together.

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10. Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible Car Seat

Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible Car Seat (Seaport)

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You can use the Safety 1st Guide 65 convertible car seat as both a rear- and forward-facing car seat. It holds kids from 5 pounds to 65 pounds, and you can easily keep your baby rear facing for the recommended two years or up to 40 pounds.

The seat also has side impact protection and an adjustable headrest. It weighs about 15 pounds, and the dimensions are 30 inches high x 18 inches wide x 14 inches long, making it perfect for small and large cars.

Other features include a 5-point harness with up-front adjustment, three buckle locations for proper occupant fit, five harness heights, a removable cup holder, EPP energy absorbing foam, and lumbar body pillows.

Keep in mind though, the people who have said it is not level may just be installing the seat incorrectly. Despite the complaints, 75 percent of the parents who bought it gave it top ratings.

Yass

  • Slim and portable
  • Comfortable for small and big toddlers
  • Stain and smell fee

Nopes

  • Can’t be installed properly
  • Buckle is difficult to tighten
  • Hard to clean

9. Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max Convertible Car Seat

Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Max Convertible Car Seat, Graphic Flower

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The Maxi Cosi is another convertible car seat, but it is a higher end seat. Like the Safety 1st seat, the Maxi Cosi seat is rear-facing up to 40 pounds.

As a forward facing seat, your child can safely sit in it until they are 85 pounds. It also has side impact protection, with air protect technology that keeps your child’s head safe, and all of its paddings are machine washable. The seat weighs 23 pounds, and its dimensions are 18.5 inches high x 20.8 inches wide x 29.6 inches long.

Other features of this seat include a cup holder, ClipQuik auto-magnetic chest clip, removable insert cushions to give infants a snug fit, and Perfect Fit one-hand harness height adjustment.

A few customers said that it tilts to the side and others complained that ClipQuik is extremely difficult to open.

Yass

  • Cover is easy to remove for washing
  • Easy to install
  • Head rest and head side cushions are durable

Nopes

  • Time-consuming to buckle
  • Magnetic chest clip is difficult to undo
  • Will not properly secure

8. Evenflo Symphony Elite All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

Evenflo Symphony Elite All-in-One Convertible Car Seat, Raspberry...

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This all-in-one convertible car seat holds children from 5 pounds to 110 pounds. For rear-facing, your baby can stay in the seat until they weigh 40 pounds.

The forward facing seat works until they are 65 pounds and the booster seat is good up to 110 pounds. The Evenflo seat has a 5-point harness, auto-retracting SURE latch, side impact protection, and its dimensions are 19.5 inches high x 21.5 inches wide x 28 inches long.

Parents have had some complaints including that the straps come loose and it does not recline enough.

Yass

  •  Cushy, super plush seat
  • User friendly and fit for small car
  • Plenty of cushion

Nopes

  • Straps are hard to tighten
  • Head portion very loose
  • Hard to install

7. Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat

 

Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, Orion

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The Chicco infant car seat touts itself as the number one rated car seat in America, and it does feature some pretty cool things. First of all, it holds infants from four to 30 pounds.

The car seat has two easy-to-read bubble levels that let you know if you installed it correctly. It also has a spring-loaded leveling foot that helps you out.

Some of the car seat’s other features include a newborn positioner, one-pull harness, detachable car seat base, and EPS energy-absorbing foam for impact protection. The dimensions of the seat are 27.5 x 17 x 24 inches, and it weighs 17 pounds.

Some customers, have complained that the chest latch wore out quickly and it is heavy.

Yass

  • The base is easy to install
  • Very sturdy and easy to adjust straps.
  • The infant insert is great

Nopes

  • Deep bucket seat gets way too hot

6. UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat

UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat, Jake (Black) 2015-2016 Model.

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The MESA car seat is one of the best infant car seats, and while it is a little expensive, it’s worth it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the car seat a 5-star rating.

The seat is the only one that uses a technology that alerts you when the seat is installed properly. An indicator light turns from red to green when you have strapped it in right. It holds infants from four to 35 pounds, weighs 25 pounds, and its dimensions are 17 x 17.5 x 31 inches.

The seat’s other features include an adjustable headrest, side impact protection, a 5-point harness, and soft, breathable fabric.

Some parents complained that the straps are too short and the buckle is hard to use.

Yass

  • Lighter than some less expensive car seats
  • Fits into the car seat base perfectly, and very securely
  • Very well designed car seat

Nopes

  • Head support is also too high for newborns 
  • Canopy is flimsy
  • minus-circleThe inside cushions cannot be removed and are very uncomfortable for the baby Element

5. Baby Jogger City Go Infant Car Seat

Baby Jogger City Go Infant Car Seat and Base - Black/Grey

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The Baby Jogger City GO baby car seat fits perfectly in Baby Jogger stroller with an adapter that is sold separately. The seat only needs a seat belt to be secure in your vehicle, but it still comes with an easy to install six position base. It also has an adjustable headrest. The car seat is a rear-facing seat that supports four to 35 pounds.

Parents did say they disliked some things. For example, customers complained their babies were cramped after using it for just a short period. Others said there are two warning labels on the headrest that irritate their infants.

Yass

  • Head support is so nice and comfy
  • Fast and very easy to use
  • Very safe and functional

Nopes

  • Straps are also very hard to adjust 
  • The headrests have giant warning labels on them, which are ugly and not a breathable material.

4. Peg Perego Primo Viaggio

 

 

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible, Atmosphere

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This car seat is a convertible seat made in Italy. It can be a rear-facing seat until your baby is 45 pounds and then work as a forward-facing seat until they weigh 65 pounds.

The seat also has side impact protection that will protect your baby’s head, neck, and spine in an accident. It adjusts to ten different positions and has energy absorbing foam.

Other features include a contoured steel back plate, contoured base, top hook for extra stability, and the manufacturer makes them with high quality, soft materials.

The only complaints are that toddlers can loosen the harness and the car seat moves sometimes. Remember though, three out of four car seats are not installed properly.

Yass

  • Install is easier and faster
  • Safe, sturdy, comfortable
  • It is easy to clean

Nopes

  • Seat is very hard to use if you are using LATCH.
  • Recline is too high 
  • Shoulder pads are very stiff 

3. Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30 Infant Car Seat

 

 

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Graco’s SnugRide is one of the best infant car seats on the market. It is a rear-facing car seat that will hold your child until they are 30 pounds. It has a 5-point harness, and it has been side-impact tested.

Additional features are a 3-position adjustable base, canopy to keep the sun out of the baby’s eyes and adjustable cushions for the head. The car seat is the lightest of those on this list at 11 pounds. Its dimensions are 26.8 x 17.5 x 14 inches.

Parents who have purchased the car seat are happy with it for the most part. Some parents complained that the base got stuck in their car and others said it’s hard to snap into the base.

Yass

  • Lightweight
  • It can be removed by pressing the red button and lifting a handle at the back of the seat in one quick motion
  • The straps are also simple to use and fit snugly around baby

Nopes

  • Handle is rough to hold
  • Click system is terrible
  • Car seat is unstable

2. Graco 4Ever All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

 

 

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The Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 car seat is the second Graco on our list because it is one of the most trusted brands for baby stuff. This car seat is a lot more expensive than the other one, but it can last up to ten years.

It is a rear-facing car seat from four to forty pounds. The seat then converts into a forward facing car seat until your child is 65 pounds. After they reach that weight, it turns into a high-back booster up to 100 pounds and finally, a backless booster until 120 pounds.

Other features include a 10-position headrest, 6-position recline and it has side-impact protection. It weighs 23 pounds, and its dimensions are 21.5 x 20 x 24 inches.

Yass

  • Easy to adjust no-rethread harness with lots of heights
  • Latch system worked and installed quickly
  • The seat recline nicely

Nopes

  • Terrible to install rear facing
  • Bulky and heavy

1. Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat

 

 

Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat, Red, Back Seat Mirror, and 2...

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Our final product on our best infant car seats list is the Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat. This car seat has energy-absorbing foam that shields your child from both front and side impacts.

It supports infants up to 35 pounds, weighs ten pounds, and its dimensions are 17.75x25x26.5 inches. The seat also has built-in lock-offs that ensure it is safely secured in your vehicle, an easy release harness, and an extra large canopy.

Yass

  • Easily snaps in and out
  • The leveling system on the base is great

Nopes

  • Too narrow
  • Not much padding for comfort
  • The latch system loosens up by wiggling the base slightly

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Our Verdict

All of the car seats on our list are pretty great and would be worth a buy. They are all highly rated by parents just like you and have great features. What you choose depends on how much money you have in your budget and which dimensions you think will be right for your vehicle.

And if you’re off traveling, you should probably be on the look out for a travel system stroller too!

Is there a car seat that you think should be on our list? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Editor’s note: this post was first uploaded in July 2018 and has received multiple updates, including the most recent one in April 2018.

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