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The Best Infant Car Seats

BOTTOM LINE
PROS
CONS
Top pick
Infant Car Seat Britax B-Safe 35 black front right angle
Britax
B-Safe
 
BOTTOM LINE
A surprisingly pleasant seat for both the child and the parent.
PROS
Ease of use. His sun visor. Sturdy. Comfortable.
CONS
Heavy. The handle that lacks stability.
Runner-up
Infant Car Seat Chicco Keyfit 30 gray front right angle
Chicco
Keyfit 30
 
BOTTOM LINE
A seat that made its reputation with its reliability and safety, but still remains heavy.
PROS
Ease of use. Reliability. Comfortable.
CONS
Heavy. The sun visor too short. Difficult installation without the base.
Infant Car Seat Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 black front left angle
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35
 
BOTTOM LINE
An excellent seat with an impeccable look, but expensive.
PROS
His look. Ease of use.
CONS
Heavy. The straps are difficult to lock. Difficult balancing on the ground.
Infant Car Seat Evenflo Litemax gray front left angle
Evenflo
Litemax
 
BOTTOM LINE
A lightweight seat at a good price that represents an excellent value for money.
PROS
Affordable price. The cover of the sun visor. Lightweight.
CONS
Its size. High number of confusing adjustments. Low quality fabric.
Infant Car Seat Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 black front left angle
Graco
Snugride Click Connect 35
BOTTOM LINE
A perfect seat for anyone whose main criterion is weight.
PROS
Affordable price. Lightweight.
CONS
The sun visor too short. The friction of the sun visor with the handle. Lack of comfort in the baby’s head area.

Best Infant Car Seats Buying Guide

Buying an infant car seat is a must in the list of essentials for baby’s arrival. Choosing one or the other from a wide range of models available depends, of course, on how you want to use it. Indeed, a parent living on the 3rd floor of a building and a parent wishing to take multiple walks outside will not be advised the same seat. One thing is certain: the ease of installation and the safety of the seat demonstrated by the crash tests are criteria to which everyone pays the most attention, and rightly so.

As part of this review, 5 of the most popular models on the market were selected. The functionality of each is compared and the inventory of the pros and cons of each seat has been completed.

Four main criteria were evaluated: Safety, representing the results of the crash tests; Ease of Use, for installing the seat in the car and attaching the baby; Comfort, for the quality of the materials and the comfort of the seat; and finally, Overall Appreciation for reliability and overall performance.

My top pick is the Britax B-Safe 35. This seat is easy to use and the efficiency of the sun visor has been highly appreciated. In fact, most of the car seats evaluated did not offer effective protection against the sun, which is essential for the baby’s health during walks. An overview of the various comments on the web about this seat will leave you in no doubt about the satisfaction of its buyers. The Britax B-Safe 35 is in the median price range. I hesitated for a long time between this model and the Chicco Keyfit 30 which is also an excellent pick. If you don’t have that kind of budget for a car seat, I suggests the Evenflo Litemax, which represents excellent value for money. The sun visor is interesting, but the multiple possible adjustments can be confusing.

The installation of a seat may differ from one car model to another. I recommends that you have your seat installation checked by a certified body. Remember that the safety of a seat depends above all on the quality of its installation.


Our Opinion on the Britax B-Safe

Top pick
Infant Car Seat Britax B-Safe 35 black front right angle
Britax B-Safe
A surprisingly pleasant seat for both the child and the parent.
90
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Security 9
  • Ease of use 9
  • Comfort 9
  • Overall Appreciation 9
Pros
  • Ease of use
  • His sun visor
  • Sturdy
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • Heavy
  • The handle that lacks stability

Why We Love It

The Britax B-Safe is a great seat that offers maximum protection from the sun with great comfort for your baby. The base is easy to install in the car, and what about the sun visor! Without a doubt the greatest asset of this seat when compared to other seats on the market.

The seat is massive for maximum safety. The upholstery fabric is of high quality and is easy to clean. The depth of the seat offers the baby a cozy comfort. It can be used for babies from 4 to 35 pounds.

The price of the Britax B-Safe is reasonable. The only major problem with this seat is its weight. Although it is at the top of this review, if you live in a multi-story apartment complex, I recommend that you do not choose this seat. The Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 seat may be a better option for you.

This seat is an excellent pick. You won’t be disappointed. Britax is renowned for the comfort and quality of its products. This product is no exception to that reputation.


Our Opinion on the Chicco Keyfit 30

Runner-up
Infant Car Seat Chicco Keyfit 30 gray front right angle
Chicco Keyfit 30
A seat that made its reputation with its reliability and safety, but still remains heavy.
90
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Security 9
  • Ease of use 9
  • Comfort 9
  • Overall Appreciation 9
Pros
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • Heavy
  • The sun visor too short
  • Difficult installation without the base

Why We Love It

Many consumers preach about the Chicco Keyfit 30 and with good reason. This seat combines safety performance, ease of use and the right price. With this look, it is not difficult to convince anyone to buy this seat. It can be used for babies from 4 to 30 pounds.

With this seat, it is very easy to quickly install your baby and securely attach him/her. The bubble indicator will make it easy for you to ensure the safe installation of the base in your car. However, it does not offer maximum protection against the sun with its too short sun visor.

With a weight similar to the Britax B-Safe 35 and the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35, it may not be the first pick for any consumer whose weight is the main criterion. It is also difficult to install without the base, but you will tell us who use a seat without the base frequently!

Compatible with multiple strollers, it offers unparalleled flexibility. The fabric is easy to wash in case of accident. The padding in the center of the handle is very comfortable.

This seat is often found in the list of the best car seats. It also performs well in safety tests, all without hurting your wallet. Excellent pick.


Our Opinion on the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35

Good pick
Infant Car Seat Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 black front left angle
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
An excellent seat with an impeccable look, but expensive.
85
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Security 8
  • Ease of use 9
  • Comfort 9
  • Overall Appreciation 8
Pros
  • His look
  • Ease of use
Cons
  • Heavy
  • The straps are difficult to lock
  • Difficult balancing on the ground

Why We Love It

The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 is a very good seat with a much appreciated appearance. The seat is available in several original designs. This seat performs extraordinarily well in crash tests, making it a safe pick. It can be used for babies from 4 to 35 pounds.

Easy to install, it is difficult to regret this pick. The only question is: is it really worth the price? Is it worth significantly more than the Britax B-Safe 35 and the Chicco KeyFit 30? It’s hard not to think that the price of this seat is overestimated compared to the quality it provides.

Although this seat provides very good comfort for the baby, the straps are difficult to lock. It is the only device not to offer the quality expected of Italian Peg Perego products.

Once again, the weight of this seat is a brake to its purchase and it is not possible to swing the seat on the ground to put baby to sleep just before entering the car (you will tell us that the vibrations of the road will do it instead!).

In short, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 is not a bad pick for a car seat. I consider, however, that the price of this seat is not worth what it has to offer and several other seats offer similar functionality for less than 150$.


Our Opinion on the Evenflo Litemax

Good pick
Infant Car Seat Evenflo Litemax gray front left angle
Evenflo Litemax
A lightweight seat at a good price that represents an excellent value for money.
72
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Security 8
  • Ease of use 6
  • Comfort 7
  • Overall Appreciation 8
Pros
  • Affordable price
  • The cover of the sun visor
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Its size
  • High number of confusing adjustments
  • Low quality fabric

Why We Love It

Here’s a seat that’s surprising for his price. This seat lives up to the saying: you get what you pay for. The overall performance of this seat is not extraordinary, but it simply offers what you expect from a car seat: safety and user-friendliness. It can be used for babies from 4 to 35 pounds.

With a suitable weight of 8.7 pounds, it has a sun visor that covers the baby well. The seat has velcro all along the sunshade to make sure it stays in place. The head padding provides comfortable support for the baby.

This seat is still wide compared to the other models reviewed, so think twice if you have a small car or several children.

At this price, you should not expect top-quality materials. The straps are thin and the fabric is not the silkiest.

Although the base is easy to install using the level indicator, the many possible adjustments to the straps and seat inclination are confusing. These adjustments must be appropriate for the weight and height of the baby, which is not easy to remember. Keep the installation guide nearby.

The Evenflo Litemax is an appropriate pick for small budgets. I was impressed with this seat which has a lot to offer for its price.


Our Opinion on the Graco Snugride Click Connect 35

Good pick
Infant Car Seat Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 black front left angle
Graco Snugride Click Connect 35
A perfect seat for anyone whose main criterion is weight.
72
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Security 8
  • Ease of use 7
  • Comfort 7
  • Overall Appreciation 7
Pros
  • Affordable price
  • Lightweight
Pros
  • The sun visor too short
  • The friction of the sun visor with the handle
  • Lack of comfort in the baby’s head area

Why We Love It

The reputation of this seat was mainly made with its low weight which conquers anyone with small muscles… or a big baby. Offered at a more than reasonable price, the Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 is reliable and easy to install. The handle is comfortable and it is very easy to attach the baby to it.

Nevertheless, it does not offer optimal comfort for the occupant, mainly in the head area. The padding is thin and the fabric can irritate the sensitive skin of a newborn baby.

The sun visor does not stay in place and does not cover the surface expected. In addition, the sun visor rubs on the handle when deployed, which is a bit annoying.

However, this seat is among the most popular on the market, as weight is an important criterion for families. It can be used for babies from 4 to 35 pounds. This seat with Click Connect is compatible with all other Graco products in this line.

The Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 has passed all crash tests with flying colors, making it a safe pick. Installing this seat without a base is a charm, which is often not the case with other seats on the market.

The Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 does not impress the gallery, but is a good seat overall. The overall performance of this seat is below average, but its low weight is impressive.