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February 6, 2017

Best Car Seat (2017) – Buyer Reviews Guide

TOPS Guide Best Car Seat 2017

We scoured the internet for the best car seat (2017) and the good news is we found some AWESOME  options no matter your price range.  Whether for an infant, toddler or big kid, picking out a car seat is probably the most important safety purchase you can make as a parent.  Luckily there are lots of great options for you to choose from.

Most parents will opt to start with an infant car seat and then at least one more as baby grows.  The infant seats have a separate base that stays in the car so you can lift baby right out of the car and keep them in the seat while they snooze.  These also usually integrate with strollers… making an “integrated travel baby system” (sounds fancy, I know).  For this reason, our top infant car seat got bonus points for also having the best integrated stroller options.  Check out our full Best Stroller (2017) guide here.  

Next up would then be a convertible seat that can fit up to big toddler sizes of 35 or 40 pounds or if you want to simplify things some go all the way to big kid size of up to 100 pounds.  If you don’t go that route you will need to get a “booster” seat for your big kids and there are plenty of great options there at great prices.

PRO TIP: if you want to prevent stains and marking on your seats under the baby, pick up a great car seat protector like this one.  

Without further ado, here is our guide to the best car seats of 2017.  Keep in mind that in addition to helping you find products you LOVE, our goal is to save you time and money – so we will be proactively monitoring the prices for all our TOPS recommendations below.  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be the first to know when great deals are available.

 

Best Car Seat 2017

Product Price Range Average Rating Recommendation
1. UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat

$280 – $300

4.3

TOPS Infant

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2. Evenflo Symphony DLX All-In-One Convertible Car Seat

$150 – $180

4.5

TOPS Convertible

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3. Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat

$42

4.3

TOPS Budget

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4. Evenflo Maestro Booster Car Seat

$57 – $77

4.5

TOPS Booster

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5. Graco 4ever All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

$250 – $300

4.7

Convertible

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6. Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Car Seat

139.99

4.5

Convertible

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7. Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat

$100 – $130

4.5

Infant

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8. Evenflo Embrace LX Infant Car Seat,

$70 – $100

4.4

Infant

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9. Graco Nautilus 65 3-in-1 Harness Booster Car Seat

$120 – $150

4.4

Booster

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1. UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat – Our Best Car Seat (2017) – Infant

best car seat 2017 tops guide UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car SeatOur infant best car seat (2017) recommendation.  When you have an infant you want to be able to move them from the car to a table to the stroller without disturbing them.  That’s why you get an “integrated baby travel system.”  The UPPAbaby system is a top of the line system that has all the features and good design that will make you and your baby happy.  Many parents view the UPPAbaby line as the best car seats and strollers on the market.  By and large they live up to that reputation.  These systems are not cheap though.  If you are ready to make an investment in a car seat and stroller system that will make you happy and keep baby more than safe, you should love UPPAbaby.  If you are looking for great value, read on (the Graco Click Connect system is significantly cheaper and people really like it as well).  

  • Highlights:
    • Designed for rear facing infants 4 lbs+ up to front facing toddlers up to 35 lbs
    • Weighs 11.2 lbs (including one car seat base)
    • Quick latching system with red/green visual indicators so you know when baby is secured
    • No rethread harness
    • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5 star rated
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at 299.99, prices have trended between $280 and $300 in the past few months (which included holiday deals) so unfortunately this is about as good as you are going to get.  Keep an eye out for Amazon Warehouse Deals though, currently there is an “Open Box” product for $40 off.
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.3 stars on 107 reviews but keep in mind a lot of the negative reviews are related to the price point.  Trending over the past month is great with 9.5 out of 10 Verified Purchase reviews positive so you can buy with confidence.  Released in October 2015.

 

2. Evenflo Symphony Convertible Car Seat – Our Best Car Seat (2017) – Convertible

best car seat 2017 tops guide Evenflo Symphony DLX All-in-One Car SeatOur convertible best car seat (2017) recommendation.  We didn’t crown a best overall car seat because it really does depend so much on what you are looking for.  For our convertible category, this means car seats that can handle your rear-seat infant all the way up to a front facing big kid over 100 lbs.   In this case, Evenflo is a great American made baby brand that makes high quality products at a great price.  Their Symphony car seat can be the only car seat you will ever need to buy for your baby, which does make things simpler!  People are really happy with this car seat for good reason and we are happy to make it our best convertible recommendation.    

  • Highlights:
    • Fits children 5 – 110 lbs
    • Weighs 14 lbs
    • Integrated cup holders
    • People really like the design of anchors into the car seat and harness latches for baby
    • Meets or exceeds all applicable federal safety standards, and made in USA
    • FYI this is a big and wide car seat which you may have issues with in a smaller car, also the recline options are more limited than some other models
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $172.49, prices have trended between $150 and $180 in the past few months so you may be able to find a slightly better deal (follow us on Facebook or Twitter for notifications).  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.5 stars on 743 reviews.  Trending over the past month is great with 9 out of 10 Verified Purchase reviews positive.  Released in April 2014.

 

3. Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat – Our Best Car Seat (2017) – Budget

best car seat 2017 tops guide - Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car SeatOur budget best car seat (2017) recommendation.  You can’t beat this price.  This is a high quality car seat from Evenflo at a really great price point if you need to save some money (babies get expensive!).  

  • Highlights:
    • Rear facing for infants 5+ lbs up to front facing toddler 40 lbs
    • Great value
    • Machine washable pads, but less plush padding than other options
    • Weighs 9.1 lbs
    • Meets or exceeds all applicable federal safety standards, and made in USA
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $45.88, prices have trended between $42 and $55 in the past few months so this is about the best pricing you will see.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.3 stars on 2,546 reviews.  Trending over the past month is consistent with 8.5 out of 10 Verified Purchase reviews positive.  Released in March 2010.

 

4. Evenflo Maestro Booster Car Seat  – Our Best Car Seat (2017) – Booster

best car seat 2017 tops guide - Evenflo Maestro Booster Car SeatOur best car seat (2017) recommended booster seat.  If you don’t go with a convertible car seat that adjusts to all sizes, you will need a booster seat when your little one gets to 40 or 50 lbs.  This one from Evenflo is highly recommended at a great price.  

  • Highlights:
    • Converts from 5 point harness for 22 – 50 lbs to using the vehicle seat belt up to 110 lbs
    • Weighs 14.2 lbs
    • 2 integrated cup holders
    • Meets or exceeds all applicable federal safety standards, and made in USA
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $58.88, prices have trended between $57 and $77 in the past few months so this is about as good a deal as you are going to get!  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.5 stars on 1,053 reviews.  Trending over the past month is great  with 9+ out of 10 Verified Purchase reviews positive.  Released in April 2014.

 

5. Graco 4ever All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

best car seat 2017 tops guide - Graco 4ever All-in-One Convertible Car SeatPeople really like this all age convertible car seat from Graco and it has a super cute design.  If you’re ok with spending a little more money than the Symphony this is a great option.  

  • Highlights:
    • Rear-facing infant 4 to 40 pounds through forward-facing toddler from 20 to 65 pounds to booster seat up to 120 pounds
    • Fast click latch system and good recline options
    • Engineered & crash tested to meet or exceed US standard FMVSS 213
    • Highest overall reviews on our list – people are very happy with this car seat
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $299.99, prices have trended between $250 and $300 in the past few months so you may be able to find this for a bit cheaper.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.7 stars on 886 reviews.  Trending over the past month is great with 9+ out of 10 Verified Purchase reviews positive.  Released in August 2015.

 

6. Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Car Seat

best car seat 2017 tops guide - Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Car SeatAnother really good all size convertible car seat, we considered making this one our tops overall.  As you can see though, this is a really great price for a very solid car seat.  

  • Highlights:
    • Fits 5 lbs to 100lbs
    • Weighs 24 lbs
    • Great value
    • Machine washable
    • FYI reported issues with rear facing and recline options not working in smaller cars and difficulty adjusting straps which is why we recommended the Symphony instead for tops convertible
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $127.49, prices have trended between $120 and $150 in the past few months so this is about as low as you will see for a great deal.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.5 stars on 541 reviews.  Trending over the past month is a little down with 8 out of 10 Verified Purchase reviews positive.  Released in November 2015.

 

7. Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat

best car seat 2017 tops guide - Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car SeatIf you want an integrated system for your infant and don’t want to shell out for UPPAbaby, this is a great option that most parents are very happy with.   

  • Highlights:
    • Integrated infant system with Graco Click Connect strollers, includes one car base
    • Fits infants from 4 – 35 lbs
    • Weighs 7.5 lbs
    • Click in audible system so you know when baby is safe
    • SafeSeat Engineered and crash tested to meet or exceed US standard FMVSS 213
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $107.99, prices have trended between $100 and $130 in the past few months so this about as low as you will get.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.5 stars on 616 reviews.  Trending over the past month is great  with 9 out of 10 Verified Purchase reviews positive.  Released in April 2013.

 

8. Evenflo Embrace LX Infant Car Seat

best car seat 2017 tops guide - Evenflo Embrace LX Infant Car SeatThis is a good budget infant car seat so you can take your babe in and out of the car while keeping them in carrier, but FYI not compatible with other stroller manufacturers so if you want to save some money you will probably want to get the Evenflo stroller and car seat here.

  • Highlights:
    • Infant with Graco Click Connect strollers, includes one car base
    • Fits infants from 4 – 35 lbs
    • Machine washable pads and canopy
    • Weighs 15.6 lbs
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $69.88, prices have trended between $70 and $100 in the past few months so this about as low as you will get.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.3 stars on 254 reviews.  Trending over the past month is about average with 8 out of 10 Verified Purchase reviews positive.  Released in June 2014.

 

9. Graco Nautilus 65 3-in-1 Harness Booster Car Seat

best car seat 2017 tops guide - Graco Nautilus 65 3-in-1 Harness Booster Car SeatA solid booster seat though not as good a value as the Maestro above.  

  • Highlights:
    • Harness booster (22 – 65 lb.), highback booster (30 – 100 lb.), backless booster (40 – 100 lb.)
    • Weighs 20.5 lbs
    • 2 Integrated cup holders
    • Engineered & rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed US standard FMVSS 213
    • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $149.99, prices have trended between $120 and $150 in the past few months so you should be able to find a bit better price than current.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.4 stars on 4,210 reviews.  Trending over the past month is about on average with 8.5 out of 10 Verified Purchase reviews positive.  Released in March 2008.

 

Thanks for reading!!  Check out our other baby guides here:

Best Baby Monitor (2017)

Best Stroller (2017)