5 Best Car Seats of 2020

Child car seats indeed save lives. They are an important part of car security, and if there is a juvenile passenger going with you on a road trip, then a special seat is essential. It offers an extra layer of protection to an otherwise defenseless child.

The array of features and abilities of these seats today is very good – they protect from side collisions and even rollovers. But you have to know the way to pick a good seat. Otherwise you might end up buying a cheap, but rather unsafe option. And picking a good seat might make all the difference in a potential accident. Like the difference between life and death.

So, to aid you in picking a good seat, we have compiled a list of five good options – good specs and adequate pricing. Even if you do not decide to buy any of these, reading the list will help you in making a clever choice.

Best Car Seats
Place#
Product
Editors’ Rating
Editors’ Opinion
3-in-1
#1
Graco Extend2Fit Convertible
9.9
/
10
Editors’ Pick
#2
Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1
9.6
/
10
Customers' Choice
#3
Britax Marathon ClickTight
9.5
/
10
Best brand for these seats
#4
Graco 4Ever 4 in 1 Convertible Car Seat
9.2
/
10
Extremely long lifespan
#5
Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible
9.1
/
10
Best Budget
Best Car Seats
Graco Extend2Fit Convertible
#1
Editors’ Pick
Editors’ Rating:
9.9
/
10

Works for babies who sit facing the back, but also forward-facing. In that case the seat can handle a passenger from 22 to 65 pounds. The number of crash-tests and evaluations this one has gone through shows its superior quality.

Pros:

  • The crash-testing and expert opinion both agree, that this model has superior protection.
  • Weight – barely weighs 23 pounds - therefore placed among the lightest options. Much easier to transport.
  • Installing takes only a few seconds.
  • The harness keeper holds the harness, so it is not in the way. It will not hinder getting the baby out.

Cons:

  • It is hard to get the cloth covering of the rim. This is necessary to do in order to wash or clean.
  • The cupholder is placed in an inaccessible position, especially for a small toddler. Effectively useless.

Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1
#2
Customers' Choice
Editors’ Rating:
9.6
/
10

As the model’s name implies, there is a special ability – to get bigger as your kids grow up. Applicable weight goes from 5 to 40 pounds. If your kid sits forward-facing, the maximum weight is 65 pounds. And if you add a belt booster, then the maximum weight is 100 pounds.

Pros:

  • The reclining back of the seat can be set in 3 positions. The seat itself has a very compact shape and its width is only 19 inches.
  • The harness retainer makes removing the child from the seat much easier. Even if you are using a booster, the removal will be much easier.
  • Exceeds the requests of ASTM and JPMA. This means the seat is absolutely safe and makes adequate protection.
  • Has two cup holders where a glass or bowl can be placed.
  • The seat is amazingly easy to clean. The cloth easily peels off, and can then be placed in a washing machine.

Cons:

  • The seat tips forward too much, so that means the child does not have much place for his legs. This is remedied by moving the front seat forward, but that in turn makes less space for the one in front.

Britax Marathon ClickTight
#3
Best brand for these seats
Editors’ Rating:
9.5
/
10

This one is really easy to install. The unique mechanism lets you quickly snap the harness on – it might be simpler than using a seat belt.

Pros:

  • Patented way of buckling makes the installation and usage extremely quick and easy.
  • The harness can be set in 14 different places, so there will be no need for rethreading. As the passenger grows you just change the position of the harness.
  • Many comfortable relaxing poses for the seat’s back – there are 7.
  • The seat is very safe – both the side protection from unique composite and the sturdy steel frame assist in keeping your kid safe. This is proved not only by many tests, but by actual evidence from reviewers, whose children went through a serious accident unscathed.
  • Standard range of weight – up to 40 for rear facing and up to 65 for forward.

Cons:

  • Because of the sturdy construction this seat will seem heavy to most people. This can be a negative, if you have to unload it often.
  • Some cloth parts of the seat are prone to fraying. This will not impact its protective abilities, but looks untidy.

Graco 4Ever 4 in 1 Convertible Car Seat
#4
Extremely long lifespan
Editors’ Rating:
9.2
/
10

This model is intended to stay with your child for a long time – therefore it supports a maximum weight of 120 pounds, under the condition that you are using a backless belt.

Pros:

  • Wide range of supported weights. If you are using a simple rear positioning, it holds up to 40 pounds, and a forward position gives you a maximum of 65 pounds. Now if you use a booster for high back belt, the maximum is at 100 pounds. And only with a backless belt can it hold a 120 pound child. This one is probably the only reliable seat that supports this weight range.
  • The LATCH system is remarkably easy to use
  • The company has taken the time and effort to run many tests on their seat. Tests for rollovers, head on and side collisions have been run and the product has been determined as suitable for safety of children. Some other tests also prove that extreme temperatures do not hurt it.

Cons:

  • Rather hard to clean as some reviewers noted. The construction of the seat, albeit sturdy and safe, is not easy to take apart for cleaning. Also the fabric of the seat gets dirty easily.

Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible
#5
Best Budget
Editors’ Rating:
9.1
/
10

This seat has been carefully run through a multitude of tests that that show its ability to resist damage from a powerful hit. Good for defense against side hits. On many tests it exceeds the prerequisites. The impact tested was actually twice the required strength.

Pros:

  • All the cloth used here is polyester. The reason this is important – polyester is the sturdiest and most cleanable cloth. And the metal and plastic parts just require a quick wipe with soapy water.
  • Tested at twice the required impact force. Very few seats can handle such hits, and the fact it actually defends the child during such an intense impact, is a big plus.
  • Easily edit most settings, like harness position.
  • Comfortable cushions for both body and head make sitting for a long time more feasible.
  • Pretty cheap, especially compared to models on this list. No extra features, but some people look specifically for simple and functional.

Cons:

  • Very heavy. Will be hard to carry around. However its weight is a proof of its sturdy build.

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