We identified the best baby car seats out there. The best options we found are the Chicco KeyFit 30, the Britax BOB B-Safe and the Combi Shuttle. Not only are these seats reasonably priced, but they offer all the safety and convenience features we looked for.
In our review, we looked for the best seats we could find within a price range that most families can afford. Some of the seats are specifically designed for infants, but others can be converted to accommodate toddlers who weigh up to 65 pounds and are 50 inches tall. Such devices start as backward-facing seats and convert to forward-facing when the child gets older.
The warranties for the car seats in our lineup vary from 90 days to two years, though the majority of the seats we reviewed are covered for one year. As with any warranty, longer is better. We liked to see manufactures stand behind their products with generous warranties. We also gave scores to each manufacturer based on how responsive they were to our questions. Attentive service will be important if you have questions or concerns when buying your seat.
We bought 2 of these seats in granite. They don't look very appealing on the website and almost looked like they would be hard and uncomfortable but are actually nice-looking and posh seats. I and a CPS tech installed these seats together. Since one was going forward-facing in the middle and the other was going rear-facing on the side, we had to use seat belt installation on one and latch on the other. Rear-facing installation with latch was relatively quick but did require 2 people and much elbow grease. Front-facing with a seat belt is actually pretty difficult. Be sure to get help with this from someone who is good at carseat installation. These seats are heavy, but they are made of steel so that should not be surprising. The heaviness meant that the top was difficult to secure rear-facing. We do love these seats. I am glad we bought them and plan to use them until my children reach the weight limits. My daughter told me that her seat is comfortable and my son seems to enjoy napping in his. They are soft and the material cleans easily. I have recommended this seat to several friends and believe it was a great purchase.