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post #21 of 47
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post
Um, they are $179 at Target
Ours hasn't had them in stock forever.
post #22 of 47
Online

Our Target still stocks them, for $199, but everything is more expensive here. The Nauti is $219 and the one time I saw the Uptown it was $169.
post #23 of 47
Online is totally the way to go!! Once you know what you want/what works, with a little patience you can save $$ for sure. I got a Marathon online for $179 a couple of months ago
post #24 of 47
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
Because they give price too much weight compared to safety.
CosumerReports.org?

There is nothing on it about price at all.
post #25 of 47
Online for sure. My Target has a TF on the shelf with a date of manufactor of 4/08: already a year of use lost. Of course I'm also a tad annoyed about the lack of a demo seat there.
post #26 of 47
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Originally Posted by tinyblackdot View Post
CosumerReports.org?

There is nothing on it about price at all.
Yep, they take points away for price. They also did that horrible study a couple years ago that got retracted days later. The ratings are ridiculous--they rate the Triumph and the 3-in-1 seats higher than the Marathon, when both will be outgrown by height MUCH sooner than the MA. They also rate the Roundabout really high which is ridiculous since it is outgrown so early as well. They really need to take into consideration the longevity of a seat--the weight limits and the top strap heights--instead of just "hey this one is cheap and it looks cool".
post #27 of 47
Hm...well im looking at it right now, and it shows the prices of the seats, but it they are put in 1st-5th because of their crash testing outcomes aswell as the ease of use of the seats and the fit to vehicles. The ratings are not which seat is the best one for my money, its which has the best safty features, with the least likley to be misused. There is nothing on there about the way it looks.

Do you have a membership there? Because that is how you get all of the real comparison charts.

So where do you get your information from? I have always gone to consumer reports, i have googles car seat safty a billion times and it always seems to be the only place that comes up,
post #28 of 47
Their "crash testing" is extremely unreliable.

I don't have a membership, because their reports are worthless, but I have seen them.

The only testing that car seats undergo are from the manufacturers themselves, and random spot testing from NHTSA. Either they pass, and are available for sale to the public, or they fail and aren't released. There is no way of knowing the crash test results since only one company (Sunshine Kids) releases that data. That's why when people say one seat has "better crash test results" it's a bunch of hooey, since they ALL undergo the same test, on a pass/fail scale.
post #29 of 47
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Originally Posted by goodheartedmama View Post
True fit $249--about $50/year, or $4 month
Britax--same as true fit
Never seen a True Fit that pricey; Amazon has them for $160-189 (depending on color) right now. "List price" is $189 there.

The Britax Marathon is actually more like $280 unless you get it on sale, and the Boulevard is even more. I love my Britax seats (we own three in total; two Marathons and a Frontier) but it's really hard to argue for them over the True Fit, especially considering the price (the True Fit will also fit much taller kids, and has a longer lifespan).
post #30 of 47
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Originally Posted by Ironica View Post
Never seen a True Fit that pricey; Amazon has them for $160-189 (depending on color) right now. "List price" is $189 there.

The Britax Marathon is actually more like $280 unless you get it on sale, and the Boulevard is even more. I love my Britax seats (we own three in total; two Marathons and a Frontier) but it's really hard to argue for them over the True Fit, especially considering the price (the True Fit will also fit much taller kids, and has a longer lifespan).
I had a True Fit for 1 day and i returned it for my Britax. They have these weird tabs on the straps that dug into my dds shoulders! I guess they are there so you dont have to relace the straps to make them taller, but i found them super uncomfortable, pluss here in Texas in the summers, boiling hot plastic tabs touching my dds skin would equal alot of screaming and unnecessary drama. But my sister and my mom use them and love them.

But if you are looking for something reasonably priced i do like my Cosco Alpha Omega seat aswell.
post #31 of 47
Do you mean the EFTA (Evenflo Triumph Advance)? Because the TrueFit does not have tabs on the straps.

The 3-in-1 seats are very expensive for the amount of live you get out of them--all but the brand-nrew 2009 versions are generally outgrown by height by 2.5 or so
post #32 of 47
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post
Do you mean the EFTA (Evenflo Triumph Advance)? Because the TrueFit does not have tabs on the straps.

The 3-in-1 seats are very expensive for the amount of live you get out of them--all but the brand-nrew 2009 versions are generally outgrown by height by 2.5 or so
Ah...yes your right. Why cant i get my car seats strait?

Well i bought it because it was the most reasonably priced and got good reviews on CR (now i guess that doesnt matter). My dd is pretty tall and is 27 months and there is no way she is going to out grow that seat any time soon.
post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by tinyblackdot View Post
Ah...yes your right. Why cant i get my car seats strait?

Well i bought it because it was the most reasonably priced and got good reviews on CR (now i guess that doesnt matter). My dd is pretty tall and is 27 months and there is no way she is going to out grow that seat any time soon.
Just remember that the top harness setting is only for use in booster mode, so you can't use it with the harness
post #34 of 47
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post
Just remember that the top harness setting is only for use in booster mode, so you can't use it with the harness

Wait huh?
post #35 of 47
Yep, the top adjustment is for booster mode only, so you can't use it for the harness. It's not marked clearly at all, and most people aren't aware, but if you turn the seat over it's stamped in the plastic.
post #36 of 47
Wait wait wait....im confused.

What harness? The 5pt one? If you cant use it with the harness then what do you use it with?

Do you mean you have to take the "carseat" part off so that you can use it as a booster?
post #37 of 47
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Originally Posted by tinyblackdot View Post
Wait wait wait....im confused.

What harness? The 5pt one? If you cant use it with the harness then what do you use it with?

Do you mean you have to take the "carseat" part off so that you can use it as a booster?
The 5-point harness, yes. The 3-in-1 seats have that adjustment that slides up and down, and the top setting is just for booster more. In order to use that top setting, you have to take the harness straps out. So, when your child is even with the second-to-top setting, it's outgrown.
post #38 of 47
The whole Consumer's Reports thing is very confusing. I understand that they CAN be a reliable source of information on other things, but for car seats, please do not rely on them. The other posters have listed good info, but the one thing I don't see is that their info is consistently different from what we see in the field. Those 3 in 1 seats are terrible in booster mode, difficult to install rear facing, and outgrown pretty early on. Now, the new 3 in 1's are much better, with a higher harness weight, but still crappy in booster mode and hard to use rear facing.

Consumer's will not release how they test their seats, so we don't know what it is they are doing to lend such different results to what we see in real life. And sometimes, they end up just pulling everything because it was all wrong. It's frustrating for parents, but there is no "best car seat " rating.

Your best bet is to go to store that will let you take them out to your car and play with them. See what you like, and what you don't, what works in your car and what doesn't. All of that will make a huge impact on what works best.

It's not fun as a car seat tech to have to tell parents that this "great" seat that was rated so good on Consumers, is extremely difficult to install in their vehicle, or that their two year old has outgrown it, or that it fits their 5 year old very poorly as a booster, and now they need a new seat. I've yet to meet a parent who was happy in the end with their 3 in 1.

The bigger convertibles need to be marketed better, they really will last most children until 5 or even older, when you truly could just buy a booster. Or you could get a decent, cheaper covertible, like the Cosco Scenera, and then a bigger forward facing only seat, like the Graco Nautilus.
post #39 of 47
I would totally go with the Evenflo Triumph Advance (EFTA) if that's in your budget if you like it after checking it out- a lot of parents, including car seat technicians who would never place their child in an "unsafe seat", love it. It is the most affordable high weight convertible you will find, and the top slots are just as high as the britax 65 lb convertibles slots. All car seats pass the same tests, and no one here can tell you that one brand is superior in safety to another. There are no car crash tests released that are reliable.

ALL car seat companies INCLUDING britax have skeletons in their closets. The EFTA is a well made, SAFE seat at a very affordable price point- I would put a child in it with no worries. I would, though, make sure to get my installation checked by a car seat technician- car seats are only safe if used 100% properly.
post #40 of 47
Actually, the EFTA's top slots are higher than the Britax seats The TrueFit's slots are taller still, and it's a little more expensive $150-$180.
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