Top Rated Infant Car Seats

One of the top rated infant car seats britax
An infant car seat is one of the most important purchases you will make! We’ve put together some considerations and summarized reviews from five of the best-selling, top rated infant car seats below.

Infant car seats are designed for babies up to 30-35 lbs, before they switch to a convertible or toddler seat.

There are several different types of infant car seats out there and it can be really confusing to try to figure out what works best for both your family and your car.

One of the biggest things that we’ve found is that some of the top rated infant car seat models on the market are fairly HEAVY.

We just had our second child, and he is a big boy! He’s about 8 months old and I AM struggling to carry our Britax infant car seat around for longer than five minutes. Be sure that you’re able to lift and transport before you buy.

Another item to consider is whether or not the infant car seat has breathable material (especially since so many car seats come in black material!) and whether or not you can disengage it from the base quickly and easily.

Finally, consider whether or not the straps adjust from the front or back. Adjusting the straps with an infant from the back can be very difficult!


HERE ARE SUMMARIZED REVIEWS FOR FIVE OF THE TOP RATED INFANT CAR SEATS BELOW:


Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat

*Updated Sept 2016 from Graco Classic Connect

PROS review summary: 

  • Ultra lightweight infant seat at 7.5 lbs (without base)
  • Holds children up to 35 lbs and 32″
  • One step attachment to Graco Click Connect strollers
  • Five point harness that can be adjusted from the front

CONS review summary: 

  • Some reviewers note that the infant insert feels “flimsy” or “plasticky”
  • Reviewers note that you can’t carry the car seat while the canopy is down
  • Other reviewers note that they heard multiple delayed clicks with this system and trying to lock it down

 


Chicco Keyfit 30 Magic Infant Car Seat

PROS review summary: 

  • Rated #1 carseat in America by a leading consumer magazine.
  • 5 point harness & easy installation
  • Canopy has zip out, extendable mesh panel to help let air in
  • Easy one-hand removal from base (not all carseats have this)
  • Comes with infant inserts for babies 4-11 lbs

CONS review summary: 

  • One of the heaviest models on the market (weighs 10.1 lbs without the base)
  • Some consumers mention that it’s fairly heavy to carry

 

 


Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat

PROS review summary: 

  • Easy installation
  • 1-click in place lets you know the car seat is ready to go, easy to loosen harness
  • Designed to hold babies 4-35 lbs
  • Base and Side impact absorption and protection

CONS review summary: 

  • Heavier than standard car seats (weighs 11 lbs without the base)
  • Harder to carry when canopy is up
  • Not compatible with many strollers beyond Britax

 

 


Cybex Aton 2 Infant Car Seat

PROS review summary: 

  • One of the lightest top rated infant car seats on the market at 9 lbs
  • Easy to carry and transport
  • Integrated foldaway canopy offers SPF 50+ protection
  • 3 position handle

CONS review summary: 

  • Have to change handle angle with both hands
  • Some cite difficulty of tightening straps when car seat is on base

 

 


Safety 1st Onboard 35 Air Infant Car Seat

PROS review summary: 

  • Air Protect Technology for side impact protection
  • Infant car seat goes up to 35 lbs
  • Weighs 9.5 lbs without base
  • Machine-washable seat pad
  • Updated base offers five different angles to choose from

CONS review summary: 

  • Compatible only with Safety 1st strollers

 


Be sure to check out our top rated convertible car seats and booster car seats pages!