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Best Convertible Car Seat - The Top 5 Seats Tried And Tested!

Best Convertible Car Seat

With so many types of car seats available, we do understand that it can be pretty confusing when it comes to choosing the right seat for your child.

In this guide we have listed the best convertible car seats available at the moment for everything from safety to convenience.

Use the guide to find the best overall, the best design, the most snugly and the most secure fit convertible car seats.

Best Convertible Car Seat - The Top 5 Seats Tried And Tested!

Best Overall: Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

The Grow to Go 3 in 1 convertible car seat is our pick for editor’s choice. It has everything going for it: a 5 point safety harness, 3 positions recline, harness holders, reduced footprint, Quickfit harness and 2 integrated cup holders. It features extended use at each stage.

It distinguishes itself by its design to provide more comfort to parents by giving up more legroom space when placed rear-facing.

Safe adjust harness system helps keep your child secure in the seat while on the road. The quickfit harness provides a struggle free installation so getting your little one secured in the car seat.

Best Overall Convertible Car Seat

Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

The Grow to Go 3 in 1 convertible car seat is our pick for editor’s choice. It has everything going for it: a 5 point safety harness, 3 positions recline, harness holders, reduced footprint, Quickfit harness and 2 integrated cup holders. It features extended use at each stage.

It distinguishes itself by its design to provide more comfort to parents by giving up more legroom space when placed rear-facing.

Safe adjust harness system helps keep your child secure in the seat while on the road. The quickfit harness provides a struggle free installation so getting your little one secured in the car seat.

What we like

  • Value for money

  • Built to grow through 3 stages of use

  • Easy removable car seat pad

  • Extra layer of side impact protection

  • Legroom space

What we dislike

  • Un-moveable baby when asleep

Key Takeaway

The Grow to Go 3 in 1 is completely sound in terms of safety with extra legroom space in your vehicle making it a great car seat for your family and your pocket.

Best Value Convertible Car Seat

Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat

The Graco extend2fit convertible car seat is by far affordable on our list and keeps up with the rest in terms of functionality.

This fantastic convertible car seat features a 4 position extension panel, 6 position recline, 10 position headrest, simply safe adjust harness system, fuss free harness storage, ultra strong frame, latch system and store-it-all cup holders.

What we like

  • Extra legroom

  • As your child grows, so does their headrest

  • Safety

What we dislike

  • No reduced footprint

  • Un-moveable sleeping baby

Key Takeaway

Affordable and fully functional convertible car seat for your growing child makes the Graco extend2fit the number 1 convertible car seat in our top 5.

This is the best convertible car seat out there when it comes to functionality and safety.

Best Design Convertible Car Seat

Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat

The main reason why the Safety first Omega Elite convertible car seat made this list is because of its unique design.

We awarded this convertible car seat the best design award because we think it has the best value for your baby’s comfort, safety and your pocket. It’s economical for you and an asset for your growing toddler.

What we like

  • No rethreading

  • Latch system

  • Design

  • Removable arm rest

What we dislike

  • Limited legroom space

  • Unable to move a sleeping baby

Key Takeaway

Safety first Omega Elite has superior comfort and a unique design that fits any car perfectly.

Its durability and its built design are for your convenience and your little ones safety.

Most Comfortable Convertible Car Seat

Evenflo Symphony Elite All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

The Evenflo Symphony DLX was the only car seat that we reviewed for this list, so obviously it wins the award for being the most snugly seat.

Ultimate luxury in child restraints has put the parent at ease with the Evenflo Symphony DLX convertible car seat.

The convertible car seat has a 5 point infinite slide harness, E3 side impact protection, 3 layers of expanded zone protection, latch system, multi-purpose recline, energy absorbing foam liner, 1 hand adjustable headrest, removable head and body pillow, easy-off car seat pad and an integrated cup holder.

What we like

  • Ultimate luxury in child restraints

  • E3 superior impact protection and expanded zone of protection

  • Soft material

What we dislike

  • Price

Key Takeaway

Comfort and safety puts your mind at ease with the Evenflo Symphony DLX, with its superb features for a comfortable, safe and sound journey on the road.

Most Secure Fit Convertible Car Seat

Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat

The Britax Boulevard click tight convertible car seat has been nominated by us for the most secure fit.

The Britax Boulevard click tight convertible car seat features click tight installation system, extra layer of side impact protection, click and safe snug harness indicator, safe cell impact protection, steel frame, energy-absorbing base, V-shapes tether, plush foam padding fabric, 7 recline positions and 14-position easy-adjust harness.

What we like

  • Easy installation

  • No rethreading

  • Safety harness can be adjusted accurately

  • Steel frame

What we dislike

  • Price

Key Takeaway

The Britax Boulevard click tight provides your little one with a secure fit; this car seat is for parents who are willing to pay a premium for the most secure car seat out there.

Buyer's Guide For Convertible Car Seats

All children travelling by car are required to use the correct car seat until the age of 12 or a height of 135 centimetres. It is always best to buy them new, buying a second hand car seat means you don’t know the history of the car seat and it could’ve been weakened or damaged in a previous accident. There are different groups of car seats that correspond with your child’s weight rather than their age. From the day they leave hospital (new-born), they must drive in a rear-ward facing position; in group 0-1 (Combination/convertible car seat). From 9 kg your child can use a combined group 1-2-3 convertible car seat. Once your child reaches 15 kg, they can use group 2-5 booster seat.

Safety

The material used for convertible car seats tends to be the overarching determinant of the key features such as durability, weight and comfort. This makes the choice of material especially important when making the decision to purchase a convertible car seat. Most convertible car seats are enforced with a steel frame, padding and extra E3 side padding for that extra protection; however, with each one of these materials providing its own range of pros and cons.

In terms of safety, convertible car seats are of tougher fabrics/ materials and sometimes a metal frame, designed to withstand high impact force in case an accident occurs. Generally, convertible car seats have a long lifespan when not damaged. A new regulation takes into account your child’s height to make choosing your car seat even easier. This also makes rear-ward facing travel to 15 months mandatory for extra protection.

For ease and added safety you may want to consider a car seat that use ISOFIX fitting, meaning the seat can be locked in the car without using a seat-belt. This makes it virtually impossible to fit the seat incorrectly and it makes fitting and removing the seat much easier. You need to check compatibility first though, as not all cars have ISOFIX systems, therefore read up on the fitting specifications first.

Comfort

Comfort is the primary job of any convertible car seat, whether it be through proving you with stability or by giving you peace of mind knowing your little one is protected in your car. As stated above, comfort largely depends on the material of the seat as this is the only part of the convertible car seat that comes into contact with your baby’s body.

The convertible car seat is also a great way to get your baby to fall asleep, because they are so convenient, making it easy for you to get your baby in and out, while providing great support and they are designed for that extra comfort.

Weight

Weight is an issue when it comes to convertible carriers. Surely, infant seats are lighter to carry around than a convertible car seat.

Typically, where you gain on weight you lose in weight appropriate regulations and this largely holds for baby carriers. All car seats fall into different categories and these groups are indicated by a number. This number explains which weight range the set is suitable for, therefore it is absolutely essential that you choose the correct group number for the weight of your little one.

Portability

A convertible car seat can be the most important pieces of parenting equipment for added safety when you are on the road. A convertible car seat is suitable for when you are on the road with your child; it is more structured, has tougher material and at times a metal frame making it heavier and bulkier, and comfortable padding for your journeys on the road.

It isn’t has light to carry as an infant seat, so it’s best to leave this seat in your car, everywhere you may go.

Versatility

Convertible car seats are considered to be versatile in general as they are suited for all your personal needs, all you need to do is find the perfect convertible car seat that suites you.

They can be convenient when you have to be on the road and your baby requires the necessary child restraints. Whether you are driving to the store or journeying around the mountains, there are convertible car seats designed to help keep baby comfortable and protected on the road.

You can pick a convertible car seat for your bundle of joy according to their age, weight, and according to your comfort and utility. Consider a car seat with more than 1 group number, these can be adjusted as your child grows and often have adjustable headrests and harnesses. Although, they may cost much more initially, over the years it can work out to be less expensive than buying a complete new seat every few years.

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