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Best Baby Car Seat 2016

Updated on November 5, 2015

There are many car seats on the market. So how do you know which one to pick? To help you find a car seat that fits your vehicle, your budget and your baby I am going to review 4 of the best-selling car seats in best baby car seat 2016.

What to look for when buying a car seat:

  • Does the seat fit your baby?
    Consider your baby's weight, height and age when selecting a car seat.
  • Will you be able to install the seat yourself?
    The seats I review here are fairly easy to install. Just follow the directions carefully.
  • Will the seat fit into your car?
    There are many different types of cars and car seats. Use a car seat's measurements to see whether the seat will fit into your car.

Top rated baby car seat 2016
Top rated baby car seat 2016

Britax Marathon 70 Convertible Car Seat

The Britax Marathon 70 has integrated steel bars that compress in a crash lowering the centre of gravity reducing the flexing forward of the seat. It also uses a tether to increase head safety, minimizing head movement and reducing head injury and frontal impact risk factors.

I found this car seat particularly easy to install. The Britax Marathon 70 fit babies that weigh 5 to 40 Pounds in a rear facing position. The rear facing position is considered the safest for babies in a crash. Toddlers of around one year old, weighing 20-70 face the front. The Quick-Adjust Harness repositions harness shoulder height without disassembling the straps. Your baby will seat snug and feel safe in this car seat. Pretty much all the adjustments are manual from shoulder height to anchor clips to strap length.

The new Marathon is often outgrown by height, so getting it for a growing child is probably not best.

Best selling baby car seat 2016
Best selling baby car seat 2016

Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat

Offering three modes of use you may never have to buy another car seat, ever. You have rear facing mode for an infant, forward facing with a 5-point harness and finally converts to a belt positioning booster for a toddler. Your child will be comfortable and safe as the ‘Safety 1St’ is outfitted with EPP energy absorbing foam, infant head support, and a 3-position pivoting armrest.

The tilt is user-friendly and installs quitckly and with a latch. Parts of this seat can be put through the washer and dryer. Users also love the easily adjustable straps; pull the red handles at the top and the straps slide up or down.

Users testify to it being sturdy, easy to use and clean, inexpensive, comfortable and durable. Manufacturers’ worst critics and the real reviewers are of course the children using it, and they love the soft, cushiony seat rubbing the surface with their bare feet, loving the extra room and the freedom a bigger seat provides.

Very popular car seat 2016 - Graco Nautilus
Very popular car seat 2016 - Graco Nautilus

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat

This is the only forward-facing car seat your child will need. Don’t budget for numerous seats and boosters, just buy one. The Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat’s five point harness accommodates heavies up to 60 Pounds. The convertible backless booster allows children up to 100 Pounds.

It’s a 3 in 1 multi-mode car seat accommodating infant’s up to ten years old. The 5-point harness seat installs easily and it has a lock-off buckle for easy secure installation. Its frame is re-enforced with steel for durability with a 3-position recline for proper setting up and comfort. Easy storage places and cup-holders delights children, after all, they are the users.

Convincing users’ decisions to finally make this purchase is the price, sturdiness of the overall product, particularly the frame, the comfort it afforded the child allowing comfortable snoozing in the vehicle and finally, size. Another user who happens to be a pediatrician were looking for a safety seat and recommend the Graco, mentioning the five point harness as critical.

Best budget baby car seat 2016
Best budget baby car seat 2016

Cosco Juvenile Scenera Convertible Car Seat

This is two car seats in one. It’s a rear facing seat for babies from 3-3 pounds and then converts to a forward-facing seat fro children 22-40 pounds. It sports four harness locations to accommodate a growing child and a 5-point harness system with up-front harness adjustment allowing for a comfortable fit.

Having been recommended by Consumer Reports for safety, this affordable seat is easy to install. Users keep mentioning thin padding in some units which is unfortunately the case here. I say safety before comfort, don’t you? It’s not unbearable but consumers, omitting the great affordability of the Cosco Juvenile Scenera Convertible Car Seat it is not advisable for long trips cross-country.

I hope you found the reviews in best baby car seat 2016 useful. You might also like to read best baby strollers 2016 and best tricycles for toddlers.


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      mama_em 6 years ago

      Thanks for the post, this is a great breakdown of the top picks for seats. Our baby has outgrown her bucket seat and still needs a rear-facing seat for a few more months. I am leaning towards the Britax as it has side impact protection which some of the others don't.