Consumer Reports and the Best Convertible Car Seats
The best convertible car seats! Consumer Reports has made their picks.
Consumer Reports is widely respected and I have a subscription. They’ve made their choices for the best car seats and this is for the category of convertible car seats.
Consumer Reports Split Their Ratings into Two Categories
They split the category into seats that will fit a maximum 40 lb. child and seats that will work for larger children.
I personally like the seats that will fit larger children as it simply means that you won’t have to buy another seat as soon.
This saves you money and time.
I’m going to start with their over 40 pound favorites.
Remember that price is very important in their choices and many seats Consumer Reports chooses tend to be cheap baby car seats.
Three Car Seats were Chosen for the Over 40 Pound Category
The three seats they like in the large child category are the Evenflo Triumph Advance LX/DLX, the Evenflo Momentum 65 Deluxe and the Graco My Ride 65.
These seats are all priced under $200.
The Evenflo Triumph scored as excellent in crash protection and how the seat fit when forward facing.
Ease of use was rated very good and the rear facing fit is good.
The rear facing recommendations are for children from 5-35 pounds and front facing from 20 to 50 pounds.
I’m not thrilled with the 50 pound limit.
Here is a more detailed article on the Evenflo Triumph.
Evenflo Momentum 65
The Evenflo Momentum 65 is rated as very good for crash protection, fit as a forward facing seat and for ease of use. It’s rear facing fit is rated as good.
This seat is designed to be used rear facing from a child’s weight of 5 pounds to 40 pounds. Front facing is 20-65 pounds.
This seat will give you more use because of the weight maximum of 65 pounds and the cost now is around $179. There is not a lot of user feedback on this seat.
Graco My Ride 65
The Graco My Ride 65 is similar to the Evenflo Momentum.
Graco is a company that makes some of the best convertible car seats and this is one of my favorites.
The Graco My Ride 65 is also one of the cheap baby car seats as it sells for between $112-$150 depending on your choice of color.
It also is designed to accommodate children from 5-40 pounds rear facing and 20-65 forward facing.
This seat ranks as excellent for its forward facing fit, very good for crash protection and fit for facing the rear and good for ease of use. Of the three choices I really like this seat the best. I like Graco quality and the price is excellent.
Cosco Scenera Scores High in the 40 Pound Maximum Category
The leader in the 40 pound maximum seats was the Cosco Scenera. The Scenera is a rear facing seat from your child’s weight of 5 pounds to 35 pounds. It’s front facing from 22-40 pounds.
The Scenera scored high with Consumer Reports for crash protection(excellent) and fit as a forward facing seat(excellent). It rated good for ease of use and fit when facing the rear.
The Scenera is a very cheap seat at around $70. Consumer Reports does say that it doesn’t have any of the more modern extra features but that it’s straightforward to use. I wrote an article about the Cosco Scenera, too.
Consumer Reports rated these seats as some of the best convertible seats on the market. If you’re in the market for cheap baby car seats, any of these seats may well fit your car seat needs and your budget demands too.
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