Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:00 AM
 
We've compiled a combination of the industry's top infant car seats along with some parent favorites and put them side by side to give you a comprehensive comparison. With this information, you'll be able to pick the right car seat for your car, baby and budget.

Britax Chaperone

Price: $230

The Britax Chaperone has everything you need to ensure proper installation and proper use each time — plus, it's loaded with the safety features that parents have come to know and love from Britax car seats.

Britax Chaperone

Summer Prodigy

Price: $180

The new Summer Infant Prodigy is the first of its kind! The one-of-a-kind SmartScreen Technology built in to the base of the car seat walks parents through the installation process to ensure proper installation every time.

Summer Infant Prodigy

features^

  • For use with babies four to 30 pounds and up to 32 inches
  • Tangle-free, five-point harness has a quick-adjust feature that eliminates the need to re-thread the harness straps as your child grows
  • Removable newborn foam insert for babies four to 11 pounds
  • Built-in side-impact and energy absorbing foam liner

Base details

  • Easy-to-read level indicators
  • Height adjustment knob
  • LATCH connectors
  • Built-in lockoffs
  • Anti-rebound bar

Stroller compatibility

Britax B-agile, Britax B-ready, Britax B-scene, Britax B-nimble and with the use of the Britax Adapter Kit (included with the purchase of a Britax Chaperone), the Chaperone infant car seat can also be used with BOB, Valco Baby, Chicco, the Peg Perego Pliko three, the Maclaren Techno XLR, the Cybex Ruby, I'Coo, the Stroll-Air Zoom, Tike Tech, Joovy, Jeep and the Baby Trend Snap N Go.


features^

  • For use with babies four to 32 pounds and up to 32 inches
  • Two-piece, removable newborn head and body support
  • Safeguard one-Adjust five-point harness system automatically and properly adjusts based on your baby's height

Base details

  • Simple three-step installation process
  • SmartScreen Technology gives parents a smiley face when each step is completed properly
  • Easy-to-read screen encourages parents to check installation every six months
  • Unique belt-tightening system means no more climbing into the car to properly install the car seat base

Stroller compatibility

Summer Infant Upstart Stroller, Safety 1st Clic It Infant Seat Carrier

Orbit Baby

Price: $400

The Orbit Baby infant car seat has some seriously smart features to make daily life with a baby easy, enjoyable and comfortable.

Orbit Baby

Cybex Aton

Price: $230

The newly popular Cybex Aton is raising eyebrows (in a good way) among Child Safety Passenger Technicians.

Cybex Aton

features^
  • For use with babies four to 30 pounds and up to 32 inches
  • Full-coverage sunshade provides UV protection and privacy
  • Soft, ergonomic carry handle is a favorite among parents and helps keep baby close by
  • Deep cradle design provides side-impact protection
  • The Oeko-Tek certified seat fabric is free from toxins and chemicals
  • The car seat shell is made from baby-safe flame retardants

Base details

  • Built-in multi-directional impact protection
  • 60-second base installation
  • The circular SmartHub allows parents to dock the infant seat at any angle

Stroller compatibility

Orbit Baby G2


features^
  • For use with babies four to 32 pounds and 30 inches
  • One of the lightest infant car seats available
  • Easy installation with or without the car seat base
  • Comes standard with a newborn inlay and an infant insert for proper harness fit
  • Breathable, washable fabrics
  • Designer sun canopy stows behind the seat while not in use

Base details

  • Unique tensioning system for easy installation
  • Seat attaches directly to a metal chassis on the base
  • Unique base indicator shows proper attachment of car seat and base

Stroller compatibility

Cybex Callisto, Cybex Onyx, Cybex Ruby, Cybex Topaz, Baby Jogger and when paired with the Maxi Cosi adapter, the Cybex Aton is compatible with Bugaboo, Valco Baby, Mamas and Papas, Micralite, Bumbleride, iCandy, Trends For Kids, UPPABaby, Mutsy, Maxi Cosi, Phil and Teds and Quinny

Chicco KeyFit 30

Price: $180

The Chicco KeyFit 30 is a favorite infant car seat because it's extremely easy to use, install and attach/remove from the stay-in-car base.

Chicco KeyFit 30

Graco SnugRide

Price: $180

The Graco SnugRide is a popular name brand infant car seat that can accommodate babies a little longer than most other infant car seats — but because of this, it's not considered a low-profile or "slim" infant car seat.

Graco SnugRide

features^
  • For use with babies four to 30 pounds and 30 inches
  • Two-piece, removable body and head infant insert support
  • Energy absorbing foam
  • Easy-to-adjust five-point harness
  • Seamless attachment and release with car seat base

Base details

  • Spring-assisted level foot
  • Precision levels on each side of the base
  • Center-pull LATCH for precise tightening and fit
  • Quick and easy installation

Stroller compatibility

Chicco KeyFit Caddy Stroller Frame, Chicco Cortina, Chicco S3, UPPABaby, Phil and Teds, BOB, Baby Jogger, Mountain Buggy, Bumbleride, Baby Trend Snap N Go, Safety 1st Clic It Infant Seat Carrier, Bugaboo, Joovy, Britax, the Cybex Ruby, I'Coo, the Inglesina Zippy, Jeep, Stroll-Air Zoom and Contours


features^
  • For use with babies five to 35 pounds and 32 inches
  • GracoPedic luxury comfort foam
  • Energy absorbing foam
  • Removable infant head support
  • Convenient adaptability to most strollers

Base details

  • LATCH connectors with one-handed dial adjustment
  • Level indicators
  • Built-in belt lock-offs

Stroller compatibility

All Graco strollers, BOB, Cybex, Valco Baby, UPPABaby, Bugaboo, Inglesina, Jeep, Mutsy, 4Moms, Britax, Baby Jogger, Tike Tech, Trends For Kids, Baby Trend, Micralite, Bumbleride, I'Coo, Contours, Mamas and Papas, Mountain Buggy, Phil and Teds, Teutonia, Joovy and Stroll-Air.

Peg Perego Viaggio

Price: $330

The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 is considered to be one of the high-end infant car seats available.

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio

features^

  • For use with babies five to 30 pounds and 30 inches
  • Five-height adjustable, Side Impact Protection (SIP) headrest
  • Comfort dry fabrics for proper ventilation
  • Fail-safe, quick-release five-point harness
  • Removable newborn insert
Base details
  • LATCH equipped
  • Indicator levels

Stroller compatibility

Peg Perego Pliko Switch, Peg Perego Pliko 3, Peg Perego Skate, Peg Perego Vela, Peg Perego Aria Twin, BOB, UPPABaby, Bugaboo, Stokke, Baby Jogger, Phil and Teds, iCandy, Inglesina Avio, Valco baby, Britax B-Ready, Micralite, Trends For Kids, Contours and Tike Tech

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