Originally Posted by mbhf
okay, sure, but then there would also have to be a sign on most other carseats that say the same thing. The roundabout isn't a bad seat and telling people they wasted money on it doesn't do anyone any good. It just has a shorter shell (and lower ff weight) than the other britax convertibles (and some other seats of course) and only very recently have there been other seats on the market that went above the standard 40 pounds FF/15" top slots. So really, the Roundabout it a more cushy (and RF tether-able) version of the standard carseat. So not "a waste of money" just a more expensive standard seat. Now that there are other options out there for harnessing past 40 pounds you can get a longer lasting seat for the cost of a roundabout, but that may not have been so when the OP bought her seat.
Originally Posted by Chimpmandee
OP, you did NOT waste your money on the Roundabout. You bought a safe, top-quality seat that has served your son well and kept him safe in the car. True, you will need to purchase another seat to get him to a safe booster age, and that will likely be another expensive seat. But that does not mean that the money you spent on the RA was wasted.
I don't think that bobandjess99 was criticizing the OP, but rather the RA itself. While it is a high-quality, easy to install, and easy to adjust seat, it is a seat that will almost always need to be followed by another convertible for more rear-facing time or another harnessed seat before a booster. Given all the seats on the market today, there are others for slightly more or the same price and even cheaper that will last way longer. Even other seats of a similar size are at least a lot cheaper.
Also, I respectfully disagree that it has served her son well. If he is only 18 months, then he would be much safer rear-facing, which the OP knows as she stated the she did not want to turn him FF. Since he has outgrown it RF by height, then he would need another convertible in order to continue to rear face. Again, this is a criticism of the seat itself.
While it may not be helpful for the OP to hear now that the Roundabout is not as cost effective as just buying a taller convertible like the Marathon/Boulevard, Radian, True Fit, or Evenflo Triumph Advance, it still is true that the Roundabout will not serve most children well compared to other seats on the market. I don't think pointing out that the seat is very limited in its use and to wish that is was labeled that way is somehow wrong.