October 2021

Convertible Car Seats: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Convertible Car Seat rankings posted by key online experts, as of October 2021.

At a glance - October 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Convertible Car Seat
Strolleria
Healthline
Parenting Pod
Best Products
babylist
what to expect
BabyGearLab
Parents
Good Housekeeping
Verywell Family
1
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Nuna RAVA
1
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3
4
5
7
-
9
2
2
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Cosco Scenera Next
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1
4
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4
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2
8
3
- $279
Graco 4Ever DLX
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2
2
5
2
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7
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4
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Clek Foonf
3
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6
7
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5
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7
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5
- $191
Graco Extend2Fit
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5
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5
7
2
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-
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6
- $232
Diono Radian 3RXT
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4
6
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8
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9
7
- $306
Graco 4Ever TrueShield
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1
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1
8
- $380
Britax One4Life
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1
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1
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9
- $325
Britax Boulevard ClickTight
2
6
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2
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-
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10
- $80
Evenflo Tribute LX
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9
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3
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4
11
- $165
Safety 1st Grow and Go
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7
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3
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-
-
-
5
12
- $380
Evenflo Gold Revolve360
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7
6
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10
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13
- $289
Britax Boulevard Clicktight ARB
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4
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1
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14
- $280
Britax Marathon ClickTight
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8
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3
15
+3 $224
Evenflo Symphony DLX
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3
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6
16
-1 $350
Uppababy Knox
5
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3
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17
-1 $300
Chicco NextFit Zip
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3
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9
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-
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18
-1 Check price
Nuna EXEC
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10
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3
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19
- $250
Chicco NextFit Sport
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7
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3
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-
-
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20
- $312
Chicco NextFit Zip Max
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2
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6
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21
- $180
Graco SlimFit All-in-One
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4
7
22
- $450
Cybex Sirona S SensorSafe
4
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8
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23
+1 $260
Maxi-Cosi Magellan
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4
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6
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24
-1 $238
Graco SlimFit3
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-
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8
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11
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We ranked Nuna RAVA #1 in October 2021 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Nuna RAVA as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Strolleria

Most Popular Convertible Car Seat

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Best Products

Chemical Free

Pros
Chic
Multiple safety indicators
Long rear-facing window

Cons
Expensive
Heavy

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babylist

Modern,Stylish and Safe

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Most Splurgeworthy Convertible Car Seat

Pros
Stylish
comfortable fabric helps kids stay cool
made without flame-retardant chemicals

Cons
Expensive
heavy

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BabyGearLab

Best for Quality

Pros
Top-quality
Better crash analysis
Easy to install

Cons
Heavy & wide
Expensive

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Good Housekeeping

Best Looking Convertible Car seat

Pros
Weight range: 5-50 pounds rear-facing, 25-65 pounds forward-facing
Height range: Up to 49 inches
Carrier weight: 27.2 pounds
Carrier width: 19 inches

Cons
Expensive at $450

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Verywell Family

Best Splurge

Pros
Modern, sleek design
Easy seat belt installation
Added legroom for comfort

Cons
Expensive

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We ranked Cosco Scenera Next #2 in October 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Cosco Scenera Next as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best Convertible Car Seat for Travel

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Parenting Pod

Best for Budget

Pros
The seat’s fabric is both washer- and dryer-safe
the seats comes with detachable cup holders
has a one-year warranty
price tag is low

Cons
With a forward-facing weight limit of just 40 pounds
no booster option
this car seat probably won’t fit your child past preschool

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Best Affordable Convertible Car Seat

Pros
Affordable
extremely lightweight

Cons
Low weight limit of 40 pounds in the forward-facing position
thin padding

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Good Housekeeping

Best Value Convertible Car Seat

Pros
Weight range: 5-40 pounds rear-facing, 22-40 pounds forward-facing
Height range: 19-40 inches rear-facing, 29-43 inches forward-facing
Carrier weight: 7 pounds
Carrier width: 17.5 inches

Cons
Only approved for children up to 40 pounds

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Verywell Family

Best for Travel

Pros
Easy to travel with
Inexpensive

Cons
Not very comfortable
Lacking features

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Convertible Car Seats.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Convertible Car Seats, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for October 2021 ranking

We ranked Graco 4Ever DLX #3 in October 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best Convertible Car Seat for Lasting Use

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Parenting Pod

Best for Low-Weight Babies

Pros
easier-to-remove fabric cover
one-step LATCH installation

Cons
This car seat’s rear-facing weight limit is 40 pounds
it only has a year-long warranty

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Best Products

Most Popular

Pros
Reasonably priced
Slim
Two cupholders

Cons
Not dryer-safe
Cupholders not removable

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babylist

Babylist Parent Pick

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Parents

Best for Big Kids

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We ranked Clek Foonf #4 in October 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Strolleria

Most Unique Safety Features

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Best Products

Safest Slim Model

Pros
Tons of safety features
Almost stainproof
Easy to install
Narrow

Cons
Not as comfortable as others
Very pricey
Not machine-washable
Not suitable for newborns

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babylist

So Many Safety Extras

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BabyGearLab

Best for Narrow Seat Width

Pros
Easy installation
Comfortable
Additional safety features

Cons
Harder to use
Heavy
Expensive

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Good Housekeeping

Best Constructed Convertible Car Seat

Pros
Weight range: 5-50 pounds rear-facing with infant insert, 22-65 pounds forward-facing
Height range: 19-43 inches rear-facing with infant insert, 30-49 inches forward-facing
Carrier weight: 38 pounds
Carrier width: 16.9 inches

Cons
Expensive at $500
Requires separate infant insert to use from birth
Rethread harness requires manual harness adjustments

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We ranked Graco Extend2Fit #5 in October 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Parenting Pod

Best Extended Rear-Facing

Pros
Easy LATCH installation
High rear-facing weight limit
Fits babies weighing 4 lbs and up

Cons
Seatbelt installation can be difficult
Does not convert to a booster seat

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babylist

Best Convertible Car Seat for Extended Rear-Facing

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Best Convertible Car Seat for Rear-Facing Toddlers

Pros
High weight limits for both height and weight in rear-facing position

Cons
No seatbelt lockoff devices, so you'll need to read your car's manual to figure out the seat belt installation process, harness can be tricky to tighten

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BabyGearLab

Best Crash Test Result

Pros
Best crash test results
Rear-facing for longer
Reasonable price

Cons
Average quality
Harder to install with the vehicle belt

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We ranked Diono Radian 3RXT #6 in October 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best Narrow Convertible Car Seat

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Parenting Pod

Best For Travel

Pros
The Radian can rear-face up to 45 lbs
its cover is machine washable
It has a one-year warranty
this seat is suited for infants as well

Cons
seat is hard to install
heavy

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Parents

Best for Big Families

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Verywell Family

Best for Tall Kids

Pros
Slim and narrow
12 position headrest
Comfortable

Cons
Hard to install
Heavy

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We ranked Graco 4Ever TrueShield #7 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Graco 4Ever TrueShield as #1.
Critic endorsements:
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Best Convertible Car Seat Overall

Pros
Easy to install
plush fabric feels cozy

Cons
Harness can be difficult to tighten
straps can be tricky to loosen when you're in a rush to get out of the car

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Verywell Family

Best Overall

Pros
Can be used for up to 10 years
Easy to use straps
Quick installation

Cons
Tough to fit in small vehicles

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We ranked Britax One4Life #8 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Britax One4Life as #1.
Critic endorsements:
babylist

Best All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

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Parents

Quickest Setup

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We ranked Britax Boulevard ClickTight #9 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Strolleria

Best Rated Convertible Car Seat

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Healthline

Best Convertible Car Seat for Easy Install

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Easiest Convertible Car Seat to Install

Pros
Clicking sound gives you peace of mind that you've installed it correctly

Cons
Heavy
straps may get twisted in forward-facing belt path

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We ranked Evenflo Tribute LX #10 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best Budget-friendly Convertible Car Seat

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BabyGearLab

Best Bang for the Buck

Pros
Super inexpensive
Better crash test results
Narrower width

Cons
Lower quality
Harder to install

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Verywell Family

Best Budget

Pros
Good for travel
Inexpensive
Easy to install

Cons
Not as comfortable as other options
Height allowance

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We ranked Safety 1st Grow and Go #11 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best User-friendly Convertible Car Seat

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babylist

Best Budget Convertible Car Seat

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Verywell Family

Best 3-in-1

Pros
Good value
Lightweight
Machine washable pads

Cons
Installation can be tricky

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We ranked Evenflo Gold Revolve360 #12 in October 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Best Products

Most Convenient

Pros
Easy to put baby into and take out of
Machine-washable cover
All-in-one

Cons
Not airline-certified
Hard to clean
Huge

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babylist

Best Rotating Convertible Car Seat

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Parents

Easy Access

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We ranked Britax Boulevard Clicktight ARB #13 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Britax Boulevard Clicktight ARB as #1.
Critic endorsements:
BabyGearLab

Best for Easy Installation

Pros
Foolproof installation
Easiest to use
Comfortable

Cons
Average crash test results
Higher Price

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Good Housekeeping

Best Overall Convertible Car Seat

Pros
Weight range: 5-40 pounds rear-facing, 20-65 pounds forward-facing
Height range: Up to 49 inches
Carrier weight: 29.4 pounds
Carrier width: 18.5 inches

Cons
Heavy and bulky

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We ranked Britax Marathon ClickTight #14 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Parenting Pod

Best Without Booster

Pros
comfortably padded and shaped
It also uses the least amount of flame retardant chemicals
offers easy cleanup, and is just 1.5 inches wider than the Clek seat
making it one of the easier convertible car seats to fit in a back row with three-car seats.

Cons
This car seat can’t be used as a booster, and it rear-faces only to 40 pounds, not 50. Also, its fabric isn’t machine washable.

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Verywell Family

Most Comfortable

Pros
Easy to install
No rethread required
Comfortable

Cons
No booster seat option

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We ranked Evenflo Symphony DLX #15 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Parenting Pod

Best Value for The Money

Pros
offers cup holders and has a sleeve to cover the buckle so it won’t get too hot.
the seat has shoulder strap indicators
both to fit your child and the seat’s orientation
its Infinite Slide harness adjusts easily

Cons
This seat doesn’t have seatbelt lock-offs
it only has a 90-day warranty

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Verywell Family

Best All-in-One

Pros
Easy to use
Simple installation
Has recline options

Cons
Large in size

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We ranked Uppababy Knox #16 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Strolleria

Best Convertible Car Seat Warranty

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Good Housekeeping

Best Convertible Car Seat for Switching Cars

Pros
Weight range: 14-45 pounds rear-facing, 25-65 pounds forward-facing
Height range: Up to 49 inches
Carrier weight: 32.5 pounds
Carrier width: 18.8 inches

Cons
Installation is more complicated than other options
Not suitable for newborns

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We ranked Chicco NextFit Zip #17 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best Easily Washable Convertible Car Seat

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babylist

Easiest to Clean Convertible Car Seat

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We ranked Nuna EXEC #18 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best Splurge-worthy Convertible Car Seat

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Parents

Coolest Design

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We ranked Chicco NextFit Sport #19 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Parenting Pod

Best Belt Tightener And Zip-Off Fabric

Pros
seat pad is comfortable
it’s easily adjustable
offers nine reclining positions
zipper feature allowing you to easily remove the fabric for washing
has many safety features such as a Superior DuoGuard protection with a deep rigid shell and EPS energy-absorbing foam, plus a steel frame (or rather steel-reinforced frame).

Cons
it’s not clear what the warranty is.

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Most Foolproof Convertible Car Seat

Pros
Bubble indicator takes guesswork out of installation

Cons
High minimum weight limit (12 pounds) means you can't use it from birth

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We ranked Chicco NextFit Zip Max #20 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Best Products

Best cover

Pros
Washable
Easy-to-remove cover
Extra legroom
Breathable

Cons
Takes a bit to install
Quite large

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Good Housekeeping

Easiest to Clean Convertible Car Seat

Pros
Weight range: 4-50 pounds rear-facing, 22-65 pounds forward-facing
Height range: Up to 43 inches rear-facing, up to 49 inches forward-facing
Carrier weight: 26.7 pounds
Carrier width: 19 inches

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We ranked Graco SlimFit All-in-One #21 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

Pros
Weight range: 5-40 pounds rear-facing, 22-65 pounds forward-facing, 40-100 pounds booster
Height range: Up to 49 inches, 43-57 inches booster
Carrier weight: 19.5 pounds
Carrier width: 19.9 inches

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Verywell Family

Best for Small Cars

Pros
Good for small cars
No rethreading required
Easy installation

Cons
Straps are hard to tighten
Straps cannot be removed to clean

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We ranked Cybex Sirona S SensorSafe #22 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Strolleria

Most Innovative Convertible Car Seat

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Good Housekeeping

Best Convertible Car Seat with Built-in Sensor

Pros
Weight range: 4-50 pounds rear-facing, 22-65 pounds forward-facing
Height range: 17-49 inches rear-facing, 28-49 inches forward-facing
Carrier weight: 30.4 pounds
Carrier width: 19 inches

Cons
Bulkier design
Expensive at $500

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We ranked Maxi-Cosi Magellan #23 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Best Products

Best All-in-One

Pros
Comfortable
Easy to clean
Adjustable head-to-torso side-impact protection

Cons
Heavy
Huge
Small cupholders

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Most Long-Lasting Convertible Car Seat

Pros
Serious longevity
sleek
sophisticated look

Cons
Expensive
installation not the simplest

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We ranked Graco SlimFit3 #24 in October 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Convertible Car Seats” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
babylist

Best Convertible Car Seat for Three Across

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Parents

Best Fit

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