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Car seat reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent car seat reviews. Do you need an infant car seat or an all-in-one car seat? And what is a convertible car seat anyway? Or maybe you are at the booster-seat stage.

Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 120 current models at our on-site testing labs. Our reviews will provide you with Ratings for car seats (including boosters), where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the four review criteria: crash protection, ease of use, rear-facing fit to vehicle, and forward-facing fit to vehicle. We include such major brands as Britax, Chicco, Graco, Evenflo, Safety 1st, Peg Perego, and many others. We also include a product selector, where you can input brand, category, and price to narrow down the right model for your needs.

After reading the car seat reviews, you can compare models, review our list of the features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review. If you prefer visual information, you can watch our video buying guide.

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Read the car seat reviews below and compare the Ratings of each model before you shop.

Car seat reviews

Britax Roundabout (G4)

Type: Convertible car seats
Summary: The Roundabout is one of five convertible models from Britax based on the same design platform.
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Clek Oobr

Type: Booster seats
Summary: One of multiple Boosters currently offered by Clek, a new name in child restraints.
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The First Years Pathway B570

Type: Booster seats
Summary: One of multiple boosters offered by The First Years / Compass.
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The First Years Via I470

Type: Infant car seats
Summary: The Via I470 is one of multiple infant seats currently offered under The First Years brand. Similar to the First Years Contigo offered at some retailers.
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Diono Radian RXT

Type: All-in-one car seats
Summary: Diono is the new name for what was previously Sunshine Kids child seats that now incorporate a booster mode making them all-in-one seats. The RXT is desigend to accommodate larger kids with its 80 lb. harness capacity. The Radian RXT is similar to the Radian GTX.
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What's behind our car seat Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 127 models in car seats to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based on crash protection, ease of use, and fit to vehicle, using LATCH and lap/shoulder belts.
  • Crash protection
    A rating of the potential for each seat to limit injury and movement of a child in a crash based on simulated frontal crash tests using child sized dummies.
  • Ease of use
    Our judgment of how easy each seat is to use including the clarity of labels and instructions, adjustments of clips and buckles, the transition of the seat from rear facing to forward facing and installation features such as LATCH connections and top tethers.
  • Rear facing fit-to-vehicle
    A rating of how easy it is to securely and correctly install each seat using both the vehicle belts and LATCH in a variety of vehicles in a rear-facing orientation and how well they fit each vehicle once installed.
  • Forward facing fit-to-vehicle
    A rating of how easy it is to securely and correctly install each seat using both the vehicle belts and LATCH in a variety of vehicles in a forward-facing orientation and how well they fit each vehicle once installed.

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