Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:00 AM
 
We've compiled a combination of the industry's top convertible 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.

Clek Foonf

Price: $450

The new car seat for 2012, the Cleck Foonf has all the latest and greatest — from safety features to top-of-the-line materials.

Clek Foonf

Britax Advocate 70 CS

Price: $380

Britax car seats are a popular "household name" with parents, but the Next Generation Britax Advocate 70 CS seems to be the one with all the safety and practical features wrapped into one.

Britax Advocate 70 CS

features^

  • Lightweight, strong magnesium frame
  • Built-in rigid LATCH system for forward-facing installation
  • Flexible LATCH connectors and snap-in anti-rebound bar for rear-facing installation
  • Narrow profile allows installation of three side-by-side Foonf car seats in a standard-sized car

Child compatibility

  • For babies six months and older
  • Rear-facing weight and height limits: 15-45 pounds and 43 inches
  • Forward-facing weight and height limits: 20-65 pounds and 49 inches

features^

  • Side Impact Cushion Technology — energy-absorbing cushions for side-impact collisions
  • Click and Safe (CS) harness indicator clicks when the five-point harness straps are tightened to the proper position
  • Quick-adjust, no-rethread harness

Child compatibility

  • Rear-facing weight and height limits: Five to 40 pounds and 49 inches
  • Forward-facing weight and height limits: 20 to 70 pounds and 49 inches

Orbit G2 Toddler Seat

Price: $380

Orbit Baby is the first company to lead the way to chemical-free car seats and strollers. The new, improved and highly anticipated G2 Toddler car seat offers parents practical options for everyday use and travel.

Orbit G2 Toddler Seat

Britax Roundabout 55

Price: $200

The Britax Roundabout 55 is Britax's economical option without safety compromises. The Roundabout is also a great option for use with a second car or for grandma's car.

Britax Roundabout 55

features^

  • Free of brominated flame retardants
  • Easy exit and entry of child with rotating seat function
  • Compatible with the Orbit Baby G2 stroller
  • Can be installed with the optional car seat base or included braces

Child compatibility

  • Rear-facing weight and height limits: 15-35 pounds and 53 inches
  • Forward-facing weight and height limits: 25-65 pounds and 53 inches

features^

  • Britax safety features at a lower price point
  • Deep sidewalls for side-impact protection
  • Two buckle positions
  • Three shoulder-height positions
  • Smaller size for all car types

Child compatibility

  • Rear-facing weight and height limits: Five to 40 pounds and 46 inches
  • Forward-facing weight and height limits: 20-55 pounds and 46 inches

Recaro ProRide

Price: $280

The Recaro ProRide car seat comes from a family of safe and comfortable racecar and auto seating. Recaro car seats are designed with safety in mind.

Recaro ProRide

Safety 1st Complete

Price: $240

The Safety 1st Complete Air 65 SE offers a revolutionary side-impact protection technology, higher weight and height ranges and practical features at a lower price point.

Safety 1st Complete Air 65 SE

features^

  • QuickPull front-adjust five-point harness
  • EasyAdjust system adjusts the PUR head restraint with the turn of a knob
  • CoolMesh fabrics for ventilation
  • Five-zone side-impact protection

Child compatibility

  • Rear-facing weight and height limits: Five to 35 pounds and 37.5 inches
  • Forward-facing weight and height limits: 20-70 pounds and 50 inches

features^

  • The AirProtect Side Impact Technology system releases air in the event of a side-impact collision
  • QuickFit five-point harness adjusts from the front
  • Easy to clean cover

Child compatibility

  • Rear-facing weight and height limits: Five to 40 pounds and 19-40 inches
  • Forward-facing weight and height limits: 22-65 pounds and 34-52 inches

Diono Radian RXT

price: $340

The Radian RXT is one of the only car seats that can grow with your child and could be the only car seat you'll need to purchase for your child.

Diono Radian RXT
FEATURES^
  • LATCH system can be used with children up to 80 pounds
  • Transforms into a booster seat for children up to 120 pounds
  • Low, narrow profile allows installation of three side-by-side Radian RXT car seats in a standard-sized car
  • 12 height positions
  • Longer seat bottom
  • Expandable sides
  • Ten-year life span
  • Folds for travel

Child Compatibility

  • Rear-facing weight and height limits: Five to 45 pounds and 44 inches
  • Forward-facing weight and height limits: 20-80 pounds and 57 inches

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