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550 reviews | 4.4 out of 5
I just wanted to share our story. We were on a very tight budget when we purchased this seat for our daughter. Originally we had bought a cheaper-larger seat, but it wouldnt fit in our car. We were pleased to find this one as is was compact enough to fit in our small KIA. About a week ago we were T-boned dead on. My 8 month old daughter was behind the passenger seat. Not only did she survive the crash, but she didnt have a single scratch!!! This seat absolutely saved my daughters life. I was going to purchase it again, but decided to upgrade to the Safety 1st - Complete Air 65 Convertible Car Seat. If you are on a tight budget this is the seat to buy!!
I suddenly found myself needing to buy a new convertible carseat for my toddler, as our Evenflo Triumph LX only rear faces to 35 lbs and my daughter (2 1/2) is 35 lbs, and I am not ready to turn her forward facing for safety reasons. But I could not afford $170-$300 for a carseat that would fit her rear facing. I bought this one and am just amazed. First, according to the manual, they are safe to ride in it rear facing until the top of their head reaches the top of the head rest (which moves up), not with an inch in between as many carseats are...which means my 36" two year old has a lot more room to grow before turning forward facing. It RF to 40 lbs, and even though it isn't rated for this height (only to 40 inches), my 39 lb, 42 inch almost-five-year old fit in it rear facing with his head just even with the top of the headrest. I was also surprised at how comfortable the carseat seemed...side impact head protection and EPS foam...Not hard as a brick like the Scenera. And lastly, they really are not lying when they say it is a compact carseat. Though my daughter had plenty of room in it, it looked tiny compared to our Evenflo Triumph. Sitting in one of the captains' chairs of our Grand Caravan minivan, i could put both arm rests down on either side without it touching them, and with the front seat in a normal position I could easily get between the back of her carseat and the front seat...they weren't even close to touching as with many other rear facing seats. The box shows pictures of these seats three-across in the back of a standard sized car, and I believe it.This carseat didn't take up much more room than our son's Evenflo Big Kid Sport High back booster. I am very impressed.
My son is 2 years old and non-mobile/non-ambulatory! The adjusting head rest comes down and supports his shoulders as well as his head. He has severe Hypotonia (low muscle tone) so it holds him in place! :-) Couldn't be happier with this product!
Not only does this seat allow you to rear face to 40lbs, but it fits so nicely in our car and doesn't take up as much room as the Evenflo convertible seat we just replaced. Both my husband and I are tall and need the seats back as far as we can and this seat gave us an extra 2 or 3 inches! The seat is not black like it looks in the picture, its actually navy blue, but it's still nice.
I bought this for my daughter who is almost 8 mo because I felt that she was too big for her infant seat! It is absolutely adorable and super easy to switch the level of the harness and the part that goes between the legs it took me 2 minutes to finish and move the headrest! My daughter loves her new seat! It is a great car seat for the price. I have a 2001 mitsubishi galant so its super small inside and it fits good behind the passenger seat I just moved it up some so she can stay rear facing its hard to get car seats to fit in my car her infant one barely fit it had to go in the middle and it was still a tight fit. I love this car seat!
I'm a firm believer in extended rear-facing; children under 4 years old are much safer rear-facing in the event of an accident. This seat will allow my children to rear-face until 40 pounds or 40 inches, whichever comes first, which is a fairly high limit. For the money, you can't get higher height or weight limits for rear-facing. This seat does not have all of the bells and whistles that pricier ones have, but it is well-made, fairly compact & light weight, and comfortable. I now own two of these, one for each of my boys ages (1 and 2) as the younger one just grew out of his Scenera. I appreciate that they're well-made and easy to use. It can be hard to get the correct angle when installing, but a tightly rolled towel placed in the seat bight does the trick for us and is CPST-approved. Don't turn your little ones forward-facing too soon! Get one of these and keep them safe.
My wife and I were going nuts looking for a car seat. They're all so big and I have an extended cab pick up truck. This one fits!! On the downside now I don't have an excuse to buy a new truck. Bummer. Can't beat it for the price. We paid almost $250 for the Recaro. That thing is like a recliner and my son loves it. It just won't fit into a truck.
I purchased this for my 6 mo. old son who had outgrown his infant seat. I was looking for a seat that would not take up a great deal of space in the back seat but without compromising on safety. This is a perfect seat. I am continuing to use it as a rear facing seat and it takes no more space than his infant seat. I have a Honda Accord with this seat in the rear middle, I am still able to accommodate two basic travel booster seats when my niece and nephew are running about with me.
I had intended to purchase a comparable seat in the Eddie Bauer line; however, this seat is primarily identical to it. The only exception is a small pad in the other brand. The price on this one however is substantially less so I could not see paying a higher price for the same style seat.
*The additional head support.
*Comfort- it is very well padded/cushioned under baby's bottom and back.
*Doesn't take up a lot of room...can still accommodate 2 passengers in the back seat with the seat
*Adjustable harness, buckle, and head support to grow with child
*Some difficulty bracing the seat in the reclined position for babies under 20 lbs. (This could be unique to my make of car...the seat has to be in the middle due to side impact air bags).
The biggest plus is my son loves it!!
So far this seems to be a great seat and it doesn't take up a lot of room in our vehicle which I absolutely love. My sons seems to be comfortable in it too and for the price, you just can't go wrong. I will add though that where it looks black in the picture, it is actually a dark blue.
This is a new color, the seat that I bought a couple months ago was more of a "hot" pink or magenta and it's no longer on the site, but I still wanted to review the Guide 65 because I LOVE it. (And I love the new colors, I wish they were out a couple months ago!) I searched throughout my whole pregnancy for a convertible car seat that would fit rear-facing in my car, and this one does. I was also so frustrated that I kept finding reviews from people who have minivans and SUV's, I wanted to find reviews from people with SMALL vehicles. So, here is what we're working with: I have a 4-door Pontiac G6, I am 5'3", my husband is 6'2". Our son is front facing behind the driver seat, so the baby's seat wouldn't fit in the middle, it had to go behind the passenger seat. It fits behind the passenger seat and I can comfortably sit in it. My husband would probably be uncomfortable in the passenger seat, but when he's in my car he's usually driving, so that's not an issue. I was able to install the seat securely, it seems very comfy and overall I am just so happy with it. Keep in mind that it doesn't have strap covers or a newborn insert, if you're buying it for a newborn/small baby.
My son has the Safety 1st Complete Air 65, which I also love, but it's very big, only works front facing in our car.
Outstanding! I just bought this for my 9 month old. He is very comfortable in it and I love how the sides are really substantial as opposed to every other one I've seen that has the side impact air protect head pillows. This one really sort of hugs them from every angle and I think i will also be upgrading my two yr old's alpha and omega to this one as well...that is if I can find another one in store as I bought the last one :)
I love this car seat! It's great for smaller cars or as a second seat for your 'other car' or grandma's car! It doesn't have some of the bells and whistles as some other expensive models, but who care's it's only $80. All car seats have to be crash tested the same way, it's just as safe as a $200 in my option. I was in search of a second car seat to fit my 19 month old son #34in & 28lbs# and was looking for something that would rear face up to 40lbs because I want to rear face him up until he's at least 2yr or 2.5yrs. # I should note I have another car seat that I bought a year ago that rear faces only to 35lbs and I paid $199.99 for it, so we'll switch him full time to this Safety 1st seat for rear facing until he's 40lbs.# He fits great in it! He's only on the the second shoulder harness slot, he has 3 more slots till he's grown out of it, so there is tons of room for growth! He seems to really like it and is comfortable, the fabric is soft and seem to be enough padding. And I love the added safety of the adjustable headrest. I highly reccomend this seat!
I thought that by reading the reviews on this carseat I would make a good choice, but as it turns out I don't quite like all the features. I like the fact that the carseat is light, spacious,and easy to assembly, however the belt is kind if hard to release your child. my son is okay being in there, but he has fried when I try to put him back in. I don't know if it's because of the belt harness or what, but he has fried a few times not wanting to be buckle. Also, I've taken noticed that when he sleeps his head slightly falls forward.There is a cup holder, but it is not connected to the seat. you must clip it on either side of the car seat, whichever side you'd like. Overall, this carseat is not bad, but if I wasn't budgeting honestly, I'd go for a better one. I hope my review on this carseat helps.
I am the type of person who obseses over car seat safty, so when it came to swithing my 8 month old to a convertable car seat I was sure to look into MANY brands, styles and models. I unfortunetly had a price limit of 100 as he needed a convertable car seat before we planned he would (he maxed out the length on his infant car seat before he maxed out weight) So I was left to find a car seat in my price range, that would fit in a smaller car (a saturn) and would allow him to rear face for as long as possible, and Im not going to lie, I was looking for something I thought was cute looking to :) I was not disipointed with this car seat. It rear faces up to 40lbs and 40inches... The directions for instulation are thoural, the colors are great, my son seems to be very comfortable, it fits in my car pretty well, it has the front adjust for the straps rather than the back. it has 3 levels for the straps and 3 levels for the buckle so it will grow with your child, and if you decide to forward face this car seat after your child maxes the rear faceing hight and or weight, it will forward face for up to 65lbs and i believe 52 inches. needless to say, I am extreamly happy with the quality, and the safty of this product!!
My Wife and I bought two of these seats for our twin boys. We have a minivan with two captains chairs. These seats are much smaller than the larger models and fit perfectly! They are soft with very good head cusions on both sides of their heads, and very spacious. The boys have plenty of room to move around in the seat while securely fastned in. I would definitely recommend these seats. The boys are 14mo and 25in tall with easy adjustments on the seat, they should last a long time!
My husband and I both drive compact cars and this is the first car seat that we've had that really works well in the space available. Although our son is only two years old, he's VERY tall for his age (he's often mistaken for a three or even four-year-old) and this is also one of the only seats that I feel is adjustable to the right height for him as well. He thinks it's comfortable and the adjustments were all easy enough to figure out after having dealt with multiple other car seats. If you have a smaller car/back seat I highly recommend.
My son is a 31week preemie. We went through intense car seat training making me very picky about the type of car seat he rides in. Hes also a child that HATES the car lol, he seems to calm down and fall asleep very quickly in this. First off installing is a pain but I think all car seats are. Once in the correct position if buckled in correctly your child's head shouldn't flop. My son is 12pounds and 21in and sits nicely. I just leave the strap "pulled out" not tucked in and I don't find a issue adjusting the harness when rear facing. This is a picture of my peanut, the position looks odd but he was reclined to the correct level for him I just aimed my camera funny:). Really like this car seat overall. We have a volkswagon and its not very big at all and it fits good.
I needed to get a new car seat when my 6 month-old outgrew his rear-only facing seat. I had a car seat technician at our local hospital install this one when I had a hard time getting it to fit snuggly in my car. Even after she installed it, it comes loose after a day. I think it will be a great forward-facing seat, but I'm not impressed with it rear-facing.
I absolutely loved this. not only was it good for my wallet, but my son fits perfectly in it. The harness tightens up against him the way it should. The straps are very easy to adjusted if need. I bought 2 one for my car and one for a spare, so i didn't have to take mine in and out. My dad has some issues buckling him he says that it's like buckling him into a race car. I never had a problem with buckling and i don't think anyone else did either. When i got mine they only had the black and grey so when they came out with the blue i was a little jealous (another reason i got a 2nd one lol)
With every plus there is some bad things.
*The straps get twisted very easy (at least mine does)
*If the car doesn't have anchors for the rear facing the lap belt through the bottom will hold it but not very securely
* If changing slots on the harness have to take the seat completely out to be able to get to the straps in the back to move them
I seriously evaluated a lot of convertible car seats, I read online reviews, and followed parent blogs. When it was time to buy a convertible car seat, I also went to the Consumer Reports site to check for safety ratings. I drive a Kia Sportage which is on the small side, and needed something that would easily fit in the back seat and still let the front passenger sit comfortably without being forced up against the dash. I am soooo happy with this seat. Even in the rear facing position, this seat is so comfortable for my 11 month old grandaughter and the sides still allow her to look out which is great. It's cushy, well made, highly safety rated by consumer reports, and compact enough to easily fit two in the back of my small car. In fact the company says 3 of these seats can easily fit in the rear seat of a car. And all this for far under $80!! My daughter is wishing she would have bought this seat instead of the $225 one she bought. One of the best buys ever. You will not regret getting this car seat.