Keeping your baby safe is a lot easier if you have a good car seat. Using a high-quality car seat can often be the difference between a short stay in the hospital or something much worse.
But with so many car seats out there, it can be hard to know what the best baby safety car seats are.
In this article, we are going to review a select group of 5 car seats and explain why they deserve to be on this list. Our pick for the best overall car seat is the Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat.
The Best Baby Safety Car Seats 2019
Best Baby Safety Car Seats Reviews:
Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, Orion
If you look around online for the top-rated car seats, you will eventually see a recommendation for the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, Orion. While we can’t say whether this is truly the #1 rated car seat in the USA (as the manufacturer claims), it is definitely a very highly rated car seat that deserves to be placed on any list of the best baby safety car seats.
As you will see in this review, it has so many features that make it a really great purchase for any new parent.
For starters, the car seat is extremely comfortable and well-padded. With any car seat, you want to make sure that your child is secure in the seat and the Chicco accomplishes that. It has a lot of really soft, but still sturdy padding along the sides and the back of the car seat.
This is good for a number of reasons. First off, it helps it to keep your child comfortable. Secondly, it keeps them safe in the event of an accident. Finally, all that padding helps to absorb miniature shocks that occur during regular driving and that would otherwise be transferred to your baby.
For an extra layer of comfort, the car seat also comes with both removable head support and body support. So, when your child is really young and needs as much support as possible, you can put in the headrest and body support for extra comfort. As your child grows, they don’t need as much support, so you can remove the heady and body supports to give your child more space.
Despite not being part of the seat itself, one of the most important things to look at when evaluating the best baby safety car seats is the harness that the seat uses. In this regard, the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, Orion is very well equipped. The seat uses a 5-point harness (for those unfamiliar with this, we will explain later on why this is good), which is the safest kind of harness that a seat can have.
If you use any other Chicco baby products, then you may want to get this car seat because it is compatible with most of their other baby products. In particular, it is designed to be compatible with the Chicco stroller, so you can attach the car seat directly to the stroller, which is useful since this is a very heavy car seat and carrying it around is difficult.
- Compatible with Chicco stroller.
- 5-point harness.
- Lots of padding to keep your baby secure.
- Absorbs shock and impact well.
- Extremely heavy.
- Bad for carrying.
Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat
If you asked experts and parents what company’s products that they trust the most when it comes to keeping their children safe, among the top answers (if not the number one answer) would be Graco.
They have a reputation for making extremely high-quality, safe baby products of all sorts. This includes strollers, baby swings, cribs, and as you might have guessed, car seats. No list of the best baby safety car seats would be complete without at least one entry from Graco, which is why we are going to be reviewing the Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat.
Like all high-quality car seats, the Graco is equipped with a ton of really good padding. Just by looking at the car seat, you can tell that it is going to do a great job of keeping your baby both safe and comfortable.
The car seat provides a lot of support for your baby’s head and neck, which is also very nice. Not only does it protect against high-intensity impact, but the car seat also does a really good job of absorbing the little impacts created by things like stopping too quickly, hitting a speed bump, and more.
It is so comfortable in fact, that a lot of the times your child is likely going to end up falling asleep while in the car because the Graco does such a great job of keeping your baby insulated from the bumps and shock of a car ride.
A big part of the reason why we choose this particular Graco car seat for our best baby safety car seats list as opposed to the many other options from Graco is because of the SnugLock Technology. This essentially refers to the technology used to help make the car seat a lot easier to install.
Let’s face it, with some of these high-end car seats, it can be a hassle to get them installed properly. With the Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat, you can have the seat installed in a few minutes thanks to the straightforward installation method. The car seat just ends up locking into place.
Once the seat is in place in your car, you can take advantage of the multiple different reclining positions that it offers. The Graco is equipped with 4 reclining positions. Not only does this make it easier for your baby to get comfortable, but it also makes it possible to use the seat as your child gets bigger. So, this car seat can end up lasting you for quite a while.
Overall, if we had to pick one car seat on this entire list to recommend, we would pick the Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat. While the other seats that we have reviewed on this list have been good, the Graco really is the best overall car seat and the most well-balanced.
- Very well-built.
- Absorbs all the shock created by car ride.
- 4 different recline positions.
- Easy to install thanks to SnugLock Technology.
- Handle and canopy get jammed often.
Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat
If you are the type of parent who worries (and that probably applies to a lot of you out there reading this article), then you are obviously going to want your child to have the most protection possible.
If you are one of those types of parents, then the next review on this best baby safety car seats list is going to be for you. The Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat has quite a few good features, but the best thing about it is the amount of protection that it offers.
To say that the Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat is designed like a tank would be an understatement. This is an exceptionally well-designed car seat. The base of the car seat is made using an extra-thick, heavy-duty steel frame.
So, the base of the car seat is extremely strong. Complimenting the frame is a bunch of really thick, strong padding. When you combine all the safety features of the Britax together, you end up with a car seat that is easily one of the safest options on the market.
Despite being really heavy, the actual car seat itself is surprisingly easy to install and to take out. The seat makes use of patented “ClickTight” technology which essentially makes it possible to just snap the seat into place with relative ease.
Another great thing about this car seat is the variety of different recline positions that it offers. When compared to some of the other entries on our best baby safety car seats list, it comes off very well.
The Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat offers 7 different recline positions, which is much more than a lot of the other products that we have reviewed so far. These 7 different positions, plus the fact that the seat supports your child up until they reach 65-pounds means that this car seat is the only one that you will ever need to buy.
- Built to last.
- Offers an extreme amount of protection for child.
- Surprisingly simple to install.
- 7 different recline positions.
- Fits both rear-facing and forward-facing infants equally well.
- Very heavy.
- Hard to clean; cover isn’t machine washable.
Evenflo EveryStage DLX All-in-One Car Seat
The next review on this best baby safety car seats list is going to be the Evenflo EveryStage DLX All-in-One Car Seat. As the name indicates, this is a high-quality car seat that is also really handy since it is designed to last for the entirety of your child’s car seat life.
As the name of the products says, this car seat is intended to last for as long as your child needs a car seat (from birth until they weigh about 65-pounds or so). This isn’t the first car seat of this type on our best baby safety car seats article, but it is still worth noting because of how useful of a feature it is.
As with any car seat that is meant to last for such a long time, it is very easy to adjust the harness to account for your child’s growing size. Furthermore, it also has a variety of recline positions to help make your child more comfortable as they age.
While the Evenflo could use a bit more padding, overall it still offers pretty solid protection for your child. There is a solid frame underneath all the padding, the harness is really well-made, and the padding that is there is pretty good. It has a 5-point harness, which as we said in an earlier review is the safest type of harness that you can get on a car seat.
- Has a 5-point harness.
- Lasts from birth until seatbelt.
- Harness is easy to adjust as baby grows in size.
- Lacking a bit when it comes to padding.
Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat
We have come to the last review on this best baby safety car seat list and we have saved a good car seat for last. The Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is a great option that is sure to keep your child safe and secure while in the car.
First off, as you can see from the name of the product, this is a 3-in-1 car seat. What that means is that you can use it throughout the 3 different stages of your child’s early life. First, it acts as a rear-facing car seat, then as a forward-facing car seat, then finally, as a booster seat. So, like all car seats that do this, it provides great value for your money since you never have to buy another car seat.
One really good thing about this car seat that parents will love is the really good side protection that it offers. Studies have found that in car accidents, most of the potential damage to your child will come from the sides, not the front.
This includes both force from the crash and debris like glass. The Safety 1st provides extra protection on the sides, so your child is even safer than they would usually be in the event of an accident.
- 3-in-1 car seat that lasts until your child is ready to switch over to seat belts.
- Side impact protection to keep your child extra safe.
- Harness can be adjusted on the fly.
- Easy to clean.
- Difficult to install and to take out.
Secrets To Buying A Good Car Seat
In the first part of this article, we introduced you to our picks for the best baby safety car seats. In this second part of the article, we want to share with you’re the secrets for picking out a really good car seat on your own.
By “secrets” we mean that we are going to focus on the few criteria that we think are essential for picking out a really good car seat that will keep your child safe and comfortable.
Strong Frame and Padding
The first thing that you want to look for when buying a car seat is a mixture of a strong frame and good padding. There is a good reason for this. These two factors alone account for the vast majority of what makes your child safe when using their seat.
The padding will absorb shock, bumps, etc. Meanwhile, the frame will keep your child secure and in the event of a serious accident, the frame will absorb the impact instead of your child. Obviously, there are a lot of factors that go into professionally rating a car seat’s ability to keep a child safe, but as long as the car seat that you buy has a good frame and a lot of padding, there is nothing to worry about.
When it comes to these two factors, there are several entries on our best baby safety car seats list that stand out. The Britax Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat is the undisputed winner when it comes to the quality of the frame, while the Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Elite Infant Car Seat had really good padding.
As we mentioned in one of the reviews on our best baby safety car seats list, one of the most important things to look for when shopping for a good car seat isn’t even related to the seat itself, but the harness. In the event of an accident, the harness will keep your child secure in the seat.
In order to ensure that they always remain secure, you want to make sure that you have a 5-point harness. This type of harness provides the most security because it has more straps securing your baby in place (2 coming from above, 2 from the sides, and 1 through the legs). Plenty of the car seats on this list had 5-point harnesses.
Multi-Stage Car Seats
Finally, you want a car seat that is going to last until your child is ready to graduate to seat belts. There are a few reasons why. Firstly, it makes your life easier as a parent since you don’t have to spend money on buying a new car seat and you don’t have to spend time getting your child used to a new car seat.
Furthermore, it is better for your child too since you don’t need to get used to a bunch of new safety features; you can learn how to use one car seat and you don’t need to fuss about with a new one.
If you have any more questions, feel free to leave them down below in the comments section. We look forward to seeing what you have to say about our best baby safety car seats list.