Safest Convertible Car Seat
After taking into account the NHTSA’s ratings, parent ratings and our own research, we came up with our list of safest convertible car seats;
We then took into account the factors that we mentioned earlier in this article and narrowed down our list to our top 2. According to Consumer Reports, both these car seats received the BEST rating for crash testing safety.
This Graco Car Seat is one of the safest convertible car seats around. It not only meets the US crash safety standard but also meets the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)’s standards which are 2x the car seat standard. Its frame is made of steel and this car seat has been side-impact tested for occupant retention using the 5-point harness too.
This car seat allows rear-facing starting from a mere 4 lbs which means that you can use this car seat for newborns. This seat allows your child to remain rear-facing till 40lbs and front-facing till 65lbs. After that, this car seat can be adjusted to become a high-back booster seat for up to 100lbs and finally, the booster seat can be completely removed for extended use till 120lbs. You can expect about 10 years of use from the date of manufacture of this car seat.
The head rest can be adjusted in 10-positions and there are 6 recline positions. The chest clip makes a nice click so that you can be sure that you have done it up properly. The harness strap can be adjusted relatively easily. In addition, this car seat comes with 2 cup holders for drinks and/or snacks. The seat cover can be removed for washing when it gets dirty.
A safe buy, we think!
This Graco Milestone All-in-1 is very similar to the Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 above. However, there are a few differences. Besides being cheaper, this Graco Milestone All-in-1 only goes up to 100lbs instead of 120lbs. This is because it doesn’t come with the backless booster capability. This car seat only has 4-recline positions instead of 6. Also, although the head rest has the same energy absorbing foam technology, it doesn’t have the 10-position function that the Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Car Seat has. It also comes with 1 less cup holder.
Of course, these functions may not matter to you. You could always buy a booster seat separately and you may not care about the 10-position head rest or extra cup holder. As the manufacturer may have deals at certain times of the year, we suggest that you do a price comparison and then decide if the price difference is worth the extra features.
Here is a quick comparison chart of these 2 car seats.
| ||Graco 4Ever||Graco Milestone|
|Maximum weight limit||120 lbs||100 lbs|
|Rear-facing weight range||4-40 lbs||5-40 lbs|
|Front-facing weight range||20-65 lbs||20-65 lbs|
|Booster weight range||30-100 lbs (high back belt-positioning)||30-100 lbs|
| ||40-120 lbs (backless belt-positioning)||Nil|
|Expiry date||10 years from the date of manufacture||10 years from the date of manufacture|
|Side impact protection||Yes & energy absorbing foam||Yes & energy absorbing foam|
|Head rests||Yes- 10-position head rests||Yes|
|Straps with comfort pads||Yes||Yes|
|Easy adjustment for harness straps||Yes- Simply Safe Adjust Harness System without need to rethread||Yes- Simply Safe Adjust Harness System without need to rethread|
|Ease of installation||Yes- Easy-to-read level indicator||Yes|
|Bonus||2 cup holders||1 cup holder|
We hope that you found this useful. If you can, nothing beats going into a store yourself with your little one and testing the car seat out directly.