The Great Car Seat Debate – Graco vs. Britax
Soon you will be bringing your new baby home from the hospital. It is time to pick out the car seat that will protect your child and keep them safe for the first several years of their life. This article will compare two car seats and look at the features side by side in order to make an informed decision about car seats for your child.
The Graco 4Ever™ is an all-in-one car seat rated for children from 4 to 120 lbs. This car seat also has four modes: rear facing, forward facing, high back belt booster and no back belt booster. This car seat will last you 10 years of keeping your child safe.
- Crash and side impact tested to improve the safety needs of children
- Adjustable headrest – 10 positions to grow with your child
- Steel frame for strength and durability
- Simply Safe Adjust™ Harness System
- InRight™ LATCH system for easy latching
- Easy 6-position reclining
- Cup holder
- Removable, washable seat cover
- Car seat weight: 23 lbs.
Britax Advocate ClickTight ARB
The Advocate ClickTight ARB is the top of the line car seat for Britax. This car seat can handle children from 5 to 65 lbs and be used in rear or forward facing modes.
- Anti-rebound Bar (ARB) – stabilizes the car seat and minimizes the force of a crash in rear facing positioning
- Three layers SafeCell impact protection
- Steel frame and base designed to absorb impacts
- The ClickTight system allows for hassle-free, easy installation every time
- 14-position headrest
- Removable body pillow
- 7-position reclining
- Stage release stitching slows down forward motion; Britax patented
- Automatic indicator to tell you when the seat is level and aligned properly
- Car seat weight: 30.6 lbs.
Safety is Graco’s number one priority. They subject their seats to a wide range of testing to ensure the best possible car seat for children the world over. The price of this car seat is $300. Graco’s tests have included side-impact test; 5-point harness test for occupant retention and other tests to meet or exceed the US standards.
The fun fashion features include 11 color schemes that include a combination of red/black/gray; green/black/gray; blue/black/gray; gray/black/gray and more. This seat has two cup holders and also has a removable lining that is washable.
The Graco website includes a downloadable PDF with instructions installation of this model. They also have videos that show how to install the various different modes of the car seat from infant through booster.
The Britax car seat is loaded with safety features designed to protect your child and give you peace of mind. Every detail has been considered, right down to special impact absorbing stitching on the fabric – who knew that was even possible.
While this seat has a lot in its favor there are a couple downfalls. 1) There are no cup holders, while not a safety issue, it is an issue for the toddler who needs a drink every now and then on a long road trip. 2) The price; $470 seems very high for a car seat. There really is no price to put on the safety of your child, but this price may push some budget conscious folks toward other brands that offer similar protections for a lesser price. 3) This car seat only works for children up to 65 lbs. which is quite inferior to the 120 lb. limit of the Graco.
The Britax website has a variety of instructional videos and downloadable instructions for installation and child placement. The website also highlights a variety of situations including when to adjust the car seat, how to clean it, air travel and more.
Graco vs Britax Bottom Line
Safety is always first when it comes to your child. These two car seats really run neck and neck for safety features.
Those who are mindful of their budget may choose the Graco with a price of $300 vs. the pricey Britax at $470. The Graco also has cup holders if that is an important factor for you.
If you are looking for the top of the line and money is not a factor, then the Britax may be just right for you. You will sacrifice cup holders, weight limitations may be an issue and there is only one black-on-black color design.
These two car seats offer optimal protection for your child. Either one would be a great choice. The decision is ultimately up to you, the parents.