I'll be buying a new seat soon for my 11 month old. I'm debating three seats:
Evenflo Triumph 65
Graco My Ride
I'm leaning toward the Triumph as it has many features I like at a good price. The one thing I don't like is the twist knob to adjust the straps is in the front and won't be easy to use when she is rear facing.
She's in a Graco SnugRide now and I've liked the seat fine. My only quibble with it is the straps get twisted. I'm afraid the My Ride might have the same issue. I've heard the Britax straps never get twisted? I also like the dual LATCH system on the Britax.
I drive a full size pick up now (a GMC Sierra) so room isn't an issue. I'll be getting another vehicle when my lease is up this fall...most likely a GMC Acadia and the seat will be on a captains chair then.
Any input on these seats? Price is somewhat of an issue, I'd like to stay under $200 and all these qualify. Thanks!
Of the three, I would rule out the Roundabout. It will last less time rear facing, less time forward facing, and has less leg room for a rear facing toddler. If you like 'dual LATCH' the My Ride has it :-)
The dimensions on the Graco show it being taller than the Evenflo one. Doesn't that mean it will last longer for a taller child?
What about the knob to tighten that is on the front of the Triumph? How often do those need to be adjusted? I'd have to unbuckle the seat to access it because it's in front. Thanks for you help...it's been a while since I've had to buy these seats!
Not sure where you got the dimensions? The Evenflo Triumph 65 is taller than the My Ride by about 1/2"-3/4" of or so. For an older rear facing toddler that could be six months or more of growth. :-)
That knob is REALLY vehicle specific. Try the seat in your car. For some cars, the knob gets completely buried by the vehicle seatback making it really hard to access. For other cars, the knob is easily turnable rear facing. Sometimes moving the seat to a different position (say, outboard to middle) makes it better too.
The knob's job is to tighten/loosen the harness. If you don't tighten/loosen every time you put baby in or out, it's not such a big deal.
The Triumph dimensions say 28.5 x 22 x 20 inches
My Ride says 31.6 x 20 x 19 inches
The BRU store near me doesn't even stock the Triumph! I have to buy the seat online. I probably will be adjusting the straps, we're in Michigan...lots of weather changes, so the baby is in a coat one day, not the next..I wish I could try it in my truck to see for sure.
Those are outer dimensions, they have nothing to do with internal dimensions, which is what fits the kid ;-)
What do you mean by 'in a coat'? The baby should not be wearing anything heavier than a layer of polar fleece over street clothes. No winter jackets, no buntings, no coats with two layers.
Here is the spreadsheet with the measurements of different convertable carseats:
As Maedze mentioned, the outer measurements don't matter--- it's the inside ones that count. A seat that is taller with higher strap heights will last longer than one with lower strap heights (the straps need to go below the shoulders rear facing, above the shoulders forward facing).
The chart above shows the top harness height of the Triumph 65 as 16.5-17" and the top harness height of the My Ride being 16.5." For the top of the seat measurment the Triumph 65 is 23.5" and the My Ride is 24.5". Some carseats have a larger/taller base which ads to the overall dimensions but doesn't actually add any extra space for the child. From what I know, I think the strap height is often the first thing outgrown, so a higher strap height (given that you don't have a newborn) is advantageous. Most important, though, is to get a good install. If you can try the seat out in your car (either at a store or borrow a friends) that would be best!
My dd is 28.5". Her torso is long'ish, but my older kids aren't tall at all, actually are on the shorter end among their peers.
Wish I could try the seat first!
The bowl shape of the Triumph makes it hard to get a good measurement, I think -- I agree that it does "fit" noticeably taller than the MyRide.
Carseat-checking (CPST) and WAH mama to a thirteen-year-old girl.