Graco Contender 65 - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

Graco Contender 65

Graco Contender 65
$90.24 View deals
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Pros
  • Seat features a Simply Safe Adjust Harness System that can be adjusted with just one hand, unlike other baby seats that requires dismantling for adjustment;
  • Side-impact tested that provides additional ...
Cons
  • When installed rear-faced, this car seat may be too big or bulky for small cars;
  • Cup holder cannot be removed for cleaning, you have to unscrew it which can be a hassle as toddlers are always spilling ...
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Pros
  • Both rear- and front-facing mode
  • Can accommodate children up to 65 pounds
  • Crash tested and safe for baby
  • 5-point harness system
  • 8 different headrest positions
Cons
  • No recline positions
  • Harness needs constant readjusting
Extremely popular in its price range of less than $150, the Graco Contender 65 can be used to accommodate children up to 65 pounds. You can use this convertible car seat in both rear- and front-facing... Read full review
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Key features
  • Rear-facing infant from 5 - 40 pounds
  • Forward-facing toddler from 20-65 pounds
  • Safe Adjust Harness System
  • Built-in 5-point harness system
  • One-hand, 8-position adjustable headrest

Graco Contender 65 is a very popular and one of the cheaper options. It's in the top 3 bestselling convertible car seats and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Safety 1rst Alpha Omega Elite or Safety 1st Continuum .

Graco Contender 65 was released in 2013. There are a lot of newer convertible car seats on the market. Show newer Convertible Car Seats

Graco Contender 65 is $48.76 less expensive than an average convertible car seat ($139).

General Info
Brand
Graco
Description
The Contender 65 can be used as a rear-facing seat for kids from 5 to 40 pounds and in a forward-facing position for children from 20 to 65 pounds. The headrest is 8-position adjustable, and the harness offers a 5-point front-adjust system. Users say that this model is easy to install and doesn’t take up much space in the car.
Details
  • This Graco convertible car seat is designed to help protect your rear-facing infant from 5 - 40 pounds; and your forward-facing toddler from 20-65 pounds.Car Seat Width Outside-20.75 in
  • Simply Safe Adjust Harness System is safe and simple with a one-hand, no re-thread harness that automatically adjusts
  • Side-impact tested In addition to meeting or exceeding all applicable US safety standards, the Contender 65 car seat has been side impact tested for occupant retention solely with the built-in 5-point harness system
  • Engineered and crash tested to meet or exceed US standard FMVSS 213
  • One-hand, 8-position adjustable headrest easily adapts to your growing toddler's needs, helping to keep her secure in her travels
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Child Restrictions
Age Range
Newborn and Up
Weight Range Minimum weight to maximum weight
20lb - 65lb
Height Range Minimum height to maximum height
52 inches
Rear facing weight limit How long can the child sit rear facing in this seat? (weight)
40 lbs
Rear facing height limit How long can the child sit rear facing? (height)
1 inches
Booster seat Can the convertible car seat be used as a booster seat?
No
Installation
How the seat is installed If the seat is clicked into a base, the seat can can be taken out of the car easily with the child still in it.
Installed directly into the car (the seat is not movable)
LATCH Connectors What LATCH system connectors does the seat use to be secured in the vehicle?
SuperCinch LATCH connector
Car Size What size vehicles does this seat work with?
  • Small (e.g. Toyota Prius)
  • Medium (e.g. Kia Optima)
  • Large (e.g. Dodge Charger)
  • SUV / Minivans
Adjustable features
Harness Type What type of harness is used to secure the child
5-point
Adjustable Recline Can the seat’s recline angle be adjusted?
Yes
Padding or insert included Extra padding is required to have a newborn or small baby fit properly in a convertible car seat
Yes
Adjustment Features How the straps and buckles adjust to ensure that the child is secured
Integrated belt lock-off for easy vehicle seat belt installation.
NHTSA Rating
NHTSA Evaluation of Securing the Child National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States ranking from 1-5, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best
4
NHTSA Evaluation of Ease of Use National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States ranking from 1-5, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best
3
NHTSA Evaluation of Installation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States ranking from 1-5, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best
3
NHTSA Evaluation of Labels National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States ranking from 1-5, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best
3
NHTSA Evaluation of Instructions National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States ranking from 1-5, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best
3
Physical Features
Color Mouse over a color for a picture
Sapphire
Glacier
Chili Red
Weight of the seat

5.2 lbs
 
Dimensions
1.8 x 1.5 x 2 ft
Premium Features
Detachable cover Does the car seat cover come off and on easily?
Yes
Machine washable cover Can the carseat cover be put in the washing machine?
Yes
Stroller system compatible Can this car seat be used with a compatible stroller system?
Yes
Size
Size Variations Mouse over a size variation for a picture
Ages
1m - 1m, 0 - 2m
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
96 / 100
Release Date
18 Nov 2013
Warranty
1 year from date of purchase.
Return Policy How long the trial period is and what the return policy is like
If such a defect is discovered during the limited warranty period, we will, at our sole option, repair or replace your product at no cost to you.
Model Numbers Mouse over a model for a picture
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Questions about Graco Contender 65

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Hi, I see there is a recall on the Graco My Ride 65. We have a Graco contender 65, so we are ok with the Contender? Thank You.
Related: Graco Contender 65, Graco My Ride 65, Convertible Car Seats | Submitted by anonymous 179 days ago

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I am trying to decide on a new seat for my 2 yo. She is 27.6 lbs and 36.75 in tall. I would like to stay under $150-175. Any feedback on these styles: Britax Roundabout G4.1, Graco Size4Me 65, Graco Contender or any other suggestions? Thanks!
Related: Graco Size4Me 65, Britax Roundabout G4.1, Graco Contender 65, Convertible Car Seats | Submitted by Angela 209 days ago

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I have a three year old, a 5 year old and a 7 year old. Which carseat would be best for all three?
Related: Diono RadianRXT, Britax Frontier G1.1, Convertible Car Seats | Submitted by Vanessa 32 days ago

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What car seat is safest between the graco 4 ever and the Nautilus 65
Related: Graco 4ever, Graco Nautilus, Convertible Car Seats | Submitted by Athena 76 days ago

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-budget is $400 max.
-My one year old daughter will be using the seat. She is 28" tall and 19 lbs. now.
- We drive a Subaru Outback.
-We fly at least once a year on a cross country flight and will need to bring the carseat. I like the option for her to use it on the plane instead of checking it.
I am torn between the Diono Rainier/Radian or the Britax Marathon Click Tight.
Questions:
-Safety comparison.
-Is the side impact better for the Rainier? But then what did the Radian score better on the Insurance rating? That's confusing.
Thanks for your assistance. This decision is not easy!
Related: Diono RadianRXT, Britax Marathon ClickTight, Convertible Car Seats | Submitted by Katie 89 days ago

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I am having a hard time deciding between these two. My daughter hates the car seat and I am hoping once we transition, it will get better. They both have a lot of nice features but I'm wondering if anyone has had experience with both. Does your child prefer one over the other? Do you feel one is easier/safer than the other? Thank you
Related: Chicco Nextfit Zip, Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit, Convertible Car Seats | Submitted by Lakyn 101 days ago

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Which is a better car seat: Chicco Nextfit or the Extended2fit by Graco? which is easier to use? Please provide detail.
Related: Graco Extend2Fit, Chicco NextFit, Convertible Car Seats | Submitted by anonymous 137 days ago

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