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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:52:07 PM
I'm getting ready to buy a convertible car seat for my LO. I'm trying to decide between the Britax Roundabout or the Graco My Ride.
Does anyone have any experience with either of these? Any other recommendations? I'm open to suggestions.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:55:57 PM
Graco My Ride! My 3 and 4 year-olds still use theirs. When I was researching, I liked that it had such a high upper limit for keeping it rear facing. It's also reasonably priced and carried at Target, etc. so it's easy to find. And from what I remember, they were much cheaper than the Britax, but it' been a few years.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:57:40 PM
Britax is a better brand in general. Look up reviews for each on amazon and see which one people prefer and go from there.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:58:02 PM
I've got a Britax for Finn and really like it. It's not the same model you mentioned, I think his is the Boulevard 70 CS or something like that. I've also heard good things about the My Ride.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:59:17 PM
We had a Graco (not sure of the model) for our newborn but then switched to Britax around age 2. I wish we had used Britax from the start. They are high quality with excellent safety ratings. The Britax was also very easy to get an extremely tight fit with the hooks so it didn't move at all.

ETA: we had the Britax Marathon which takes a while to outgrow

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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:03:40 PM
My 7 year old and 3 year old both have My Rides. The Britax were too expensive since we were having o get 2 seats at one time, but so far the Graco seats have done well. We've had them for just over 2 years and the kids don't complain and seem pretty comfy. The seat covers still look good too after a few washings, and they're easy to take apart, put together and switch between cars, in my opinion.

I have no experience with Britax but I've heard they're great seats too.

My kids are small and lightweight so they'll be using them until they outgrow them or the seats expire

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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:12:52 PM
Both seats are around the same price. There is about a $20 difference in the two.
One thing that I've read about the My Ride is that it's hard to install. Has anyone had that issue?

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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:19:44 PM
i hate how the straps twist on the graco's. ugh.

I think Britax is worth every penny you spend on it. And really, should we be going cheap on our kids carseats?? To me, this is what you give up McD's and Starbucks for. We bought our 3 year old a Britax Frontier 85

Because it will hold him from now until he's done with car seats.

This one is a pretty good deal right now :
http://www.amazon.com/Britax-Frontier-Combination-Booster-Rushmore/dp/B0038W0JI0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359606014&sr=8-1&keywords=britax+frontier+85

(read the reviews!)

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:02:05 PM
I had the My Ride for DS2. I hated it. It was so big and bulky. I have a minivan and at 2.5 he'd hit the point where he could pretty much put his feet on the passenger's shoulder in the front seat. It was not comfortable for him at all. No installation problems. I would go with the Diono Radian, personally. A nice compact convertible to booster seat.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:36:58 PM
LOVE everything Britax makes. So well designed and easy to use. My graco infant carrier was *okay* really barebones and awkward in so many ways that you can't know until you've used it a few times. After installing our new britax seat for our new DS, DH declared that we will only be buying britax in the future because it was so easy to install. We also have the Britax Marathon for our DS1 and I only have good things to say about it.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 12:13:42 AM
There's a GREAT Facebook page for car seats that I highly recommend. Search for "car seats for the littles" and request to join. Someone will approve you.

These ladies know their stuff! Tell them your LO's stats (age, weight, etc.), your price range, the car you drive and any other seats it needs to fit next to (siblings, etc.) and they'll hook you up with options. Or they can give you plus and minuses on these two seats. Many of the members are car seat techs.
Others are highly educated on the subject and just passionate about car seat safety.

Something to know too is that ALL car seats, from the bare bones budget seat to the top of the line most expensive have to pass the same tests. You're paying extra for things like comfort padding, cup holders, ease of use, longevity of seat, brand name, marketing of specific features, etc. But a $40 seat used correctly passed the same tests as a $400 one used correctly. I didn't know this until I started doing my own research for DS's seat. Just something to consider as Britax makes great seats, but they are usually more expensive than a comparable quality seat. Britax spends A LOT of money and time on making their name synonymous with safety I know the one you mentioned is awesome, but tends to be outgrown quicker than the My Ride, which is another highly recommended option (but buckle stickiness is a common complaint).

Also, I personally wouldn't use consumer reports for comparison in this case. Their tests for car seats are not consistent.

I don't know your LOs stats, but judging from your choices, others to look into as options are the Diono Radian, Maxi Cosi Pria and Safety First 65 (I think it's called onboard air).

I hope that helps and didn't confuse you further
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Posted: 1/31/2013 12:17:26 AM
Also, if for some reason you don't want to join the FB group, feel free to PM me the info, I'll post it for you in the group, and let you know what they recommend
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Posted: 1/31/2013 1:22:37 AM
Unless you need the Roundabout, I'd go with the Marathon. I do not like the straps on the Graco - I really like the straps on the Britax.

Also, one point about the safety - IIRC, it has been a while since my girls were that small, from what I've read, our car seats are typically safety tested at lower speeds 30? 35? mph and the Britax are tested at 60 or 65 mph. That is what I was paying for - the same basic safety, until I'm on the freeway.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:01:27 AM
Marking my place so I can get the fb page info Alissa recommended. Thanks, Alissa!

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:37:20 AM
Neither. I was set to buy a Britax for my twins but when I checked them out in person I thought the adjustable head wing/panel was super flimsy. We went with Recaro. Love love love them.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:00:31 AM
Thanks for the FB page info, Alissa. I'll check it out. My lo is 9 months and weighs 16 lbs. She is a tiny little thing. My older kids are in 2nd and 4th grade and still weigh under 50 lbs, so I'm not too worried about the weight limit. I doubt she would reach it before the seat expires or she no longer needs it.

Do the less expensive seats have the steel reinforcements like the Britax and the My Ride do?


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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:15:11 AM

Unless you need the Roundabout, I'd go with the Marathon.


What features make the Marathon a better choice?

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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:16:29 AM
My DD out grew her infant seat at 6mos and used her Britax Marathon until she was about 5.5 and she outgrew it (from height). The Marathon was VERY easy to install tightly in any car we put it in. It also lasted over 5 years...

Then we bought the last car seats she will need (2 vehicles)- she is still in a 5pt harness in a Graco Nautilus 3 in 1 (converts to high back booster, then booster). The Britax Frontier wouldn't fit in our truck (height).

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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:44:52 AM
We have a Graco my ride 65 (I think now it is 70). My 4 year old has been in it since he was a year old. He is 41 lbs and 41 inches tall. He fits in it well. We have had no problems with the straps twisting or anything.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:53:06 AM
I don't know what would make the Graco harder to install than any other seat. Aren't all Latch systems the same? I'm curious now and will have to check out a Britax next time I'm at the store. I haven't had any problems installing. No problems at all, actually. I think it is a good size to fit a younger child as well as an older one. Not sure how it compares to a Britax in that department since I have never had one.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 12:01:34 PM
I've always had a better, tighter fit using the seat belt than the Latch system. Once they get to a certain weight, you can't use the Latch any more anyway.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:37:43 PM

I don't know what would make the Graco harder to install than any other seat. Aren't all Latch systems the same?

I don't know. In the reviews I've read, several people complained about them being hard to install. I wonder what the difference is?

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Posted: 2/1/2013 4:55:52 PM
I have had no problems installing but sometimes getting them out can be tricky since they are in so tightly. I don't think I have had many problems with that with the My Ride but have an older Evenflo that seemed to be a little more difficult.

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Posted: 3/25/2014 12:15:21 PM
you can check out the car seat comparison site for this ...
I too got my britax by comparing it there.

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Posted: 3/25/2014 12:25:02 PM
Neither. Chicco ("key-co ) , which makes the best infant seat in the market, hands down (the keyfit), now makes a convertible seat called the Nextfit. It has SuperLATCH technology that makes LATCH super easy to install (and to answer someone's questions, all LATCH systems are not created equal.)

I have one and I love it. I love Chicco products though over Britax so I'm sure I'm biased
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Posted: 3/25/2014 12:55:21 PM
We bought Lexi a Graco carseat and any trip over 15-30 minutes she would scream the whole time. She would also thrash around enough that she would loosen it up a bit and she would get her whole upper body out of the straps and part of her legs.

We were thinking she was just a terrible rider and dealt with the miserable trips. After dealing with this for a few months I told my dh that we should try a different car seat. We went to a few different places and talked to the associates and they all recommended the Chicco convertible seat. One lady had us look at how the latch was digging into her thigh. Both dh and I felt terrible that all this time we assumed that she was just a bad car rider when in reality she was in pain.

We have had the Chicco for about 3 months and she has not screamed in it once. We even made a 5 hour trip last month and didn't have a problem. We had 2 of the Graco car seats (one for each vehicle) so I hate thinking about the money that we wasted on them. However, not only was she in pain while in the Graco she also was not safe since she would get the straps off.

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Posted: 3/25/2014 12:59:09 PM
I didn't like our graco infant seat and love the britax convertibles.

Here are some things I like about britax over graco.

Tested to European standards which is 70 or 80 mph. Graco is tested to US standards, 50 or maybe 55 mph.

Britax is tested in crashes from 6 angles, including side. Graco is tested to US standards which is I believe just front and rear and does not require any side impact testing.

Britax has a steel frame. Graco I don't believe has any or much steel in the frames, they are plastic.

Britax has side impact on their seats, not familiar with roundabout. They also have similar to a race car on the Advocate which is the only outside edge of seat impact panels on the market currently.

Britax has a lower center of gravity to protect the child in a crash.

Britax is not just assembled but made in the US.

Our model of infant graco was made in China.

Carseat blog and car seat lady are also great resources. Several chain stores will take the models to the car and show you how they fit your vehicle. Britax had a comparison took on their site for models.

(If you watch for a deal I have seen roundabout go as low as $85).

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Posted: 3/25/2014 1:04:58 PM
I don't know how to link but found this:

http://www.carseatvs.com/Graco-My-Ride-65-vs-Britax-MARATHON-70_G3

The graco you list doesn't have steel and can't be used for flying if you prefer either. Note that is the g3 britax and now the g4 is out with a few minor changes.

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Posted: 3/25/2014 1:15:24 PM
My dh has installed both.

What it comes down to is they're both good seats, both are safe and have passed safety tests. Both have high limits, etc....

But he says installing the britax versus installing a graco is like driving a BMW versus driving a honda. Both are good cars, both are safe, but there is a smoothness to the BMW when you drive, and there is a smoothness to the britax when you're installing it.

Dh commends our britax choices every time he has to install a seat - which isn't often - but it sure saves time on vacation when you just want to get in and go. And it installs easily in an airplane.

My dd has been in her roundabout since she left her bucket. She is 5 years old. She stayed in it until 2 years old rear facing. I'm just getting ready to move her to our frontier, that my 8 yr old dd is just getting ready to stop using and move to a booster. Unfortunately, she loves the frontier and isn't in a rush. We'll probably wait another 6 months. So we'll get almost 6 years out of the roundabout.

I think ours is a marathon. We had the roundabout, were in an accident and had to replace and replaced with the marathon. Or perhaps we started with a boulevard. I think he roundabout is smaller.

Eta - I think the marathon is roomier / lasts longer.

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Posted: 3/25/2014 2:04:37 PM
I revise my earlier opinion.

Clek Foonf all the way. All. The. Way.

Rigid LATCH. Holy mother of pearl I could rave about this for an hour.

Only car seat on the American market that allows you to continue to use LATCH with the seat belt once the child is bigger.

Super roomy, tiny footprint (17" wide)

Steel construction, built the same way a vehicle's seat is.

It's the only car seat I'd buy were I buying again. I'd consider marrying it

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Posted: 3/25/2014 2:05:46 PM
We have a Britax Marathon and seriously love it! The Britax is a better brand all around and plus, I have 3 kids crammed in the backseat and those Graco seats are freaking huge. The Britax is more slim and it wasn't that much more expensive on Amazon.

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Posted: 3/25/2014 2:15:37 PM
When our ds was ready for a convertible seat, I did a lot of research and settled on the Britax Roundabout. If I remember correctly (this has been about 11 years) one plus was the non-twisting straps. They were guaranteed to not twist up. We upgraded him to the Marathon once dd was ready for the Roundabout.
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