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When choosing an infant seat for your little one, Britax is a no-nonsense option. This year, the Britax car seat company is celebrating their 80-year anniversary, and if that tells you something on its own, hold on till you hear the rest. Excellent consumer ratings? Check. Made in USA? Check. Bombproof construction? Check. And, most importantly, you also get all these goodies for pretty sweet, pretty few dollars. Need anything more to be convinced?
|Name||Type||Weight Limit||Parents Rating||Price|
|Britax B Safe-35||Infant Seat||35 lbs||4.2||View Price|
|Britax Marathon||Convertible Seat||65 lbs||4.5||View Price|
|Britax Advocate||Convertible Seat||65 lbs||4.2||View Price|
Best Britax Convertible Car Seat Reviews
Here are some top rated convertible car seats from Britax.
The B Safe-35 is one heck of an infant seat. This becomes readily apparent when you first take a look; it’s a hulky, bulky beast, with actually less than half of the visible parts of the contraption being comprised of, you know, the actual seat.
The rest is designed to maximize safety and comfort to every degree, with things like enlarged carrying handles, safety locks, switches, adjustable structural bars and latches to accommodate strollers, umbrella-style weather protection, plastic moldings all around with extra deep cushioning and flexible padding to counteract shock damage—and the list goes on.
There are even indicators near the bottom of the base to tell you exactly at what angle the seat is sitting or standing to help with the mounting process and assure precision.
To call this thing a mere ‘seat’ wouldn’t do it justice; after all, you are buying much more than solely a place for your child to make themselves comfortable in with your money here.
That is also why the B Safe features so many handles, latches and pullbars; you really can take it with you wherever you go, and you should, according to Britax, who’ve tested the device in a variety of environments for optimum safety.
Sure, it stays in place, sure, it feels heavy and looks like it can take a beating, but still, there’s too much Chinese plastic involved for it to feel convincing. Sorry, Britax, but you’ll have to improve on this one a bit before we can call it perfect.
- Amazing variety in and number of features
- High quality
- Safe and sturdy
- Generous mounting options
- Customizable to the highest degree
- Price-performance ratio like no other
- A little finicky and flimsy in places, which may impact on safety
- Perhaps not so sturdy as it looks; lots of plastic used in the construction
No modular mounting capabilities, no extra safety features, no high-tech gizmos and weather coverings or any add-on contraptions; just a well-designed, snugly-fitting seat.
There’s still all that’s needed for optimal safety, though. In what seems to be shaping up to become somewhat of a Britax tradition, the Marathon, too, is available in dozens of fancy color schemes.
Depending on your child’s age, the Marathon can be installed in either a front-facing or rear-facing configuration and includes different mounting ports for each.
Also, for extra stability and a tight fit, the entire frame of the seat is one piece of molded steel that encases the occupant not just from the rear, following the shape of the spine to aid with proper posture, but also from the sides, holding them firmly in place during the ride.
Of course, this does come at a price. $280 isn’t a lot to ask for, say, an upgraded version of something like a B Safe-35, a universal seat, but for the decidedly single-purpose Marathon, it is quite a bit. Even worse: When this model came out just shy of a decade ago, it was worth $340!
Thankfully, those times are over, and Britax has become a bit more sensible. Additionally, in comparison with the B Safe, we noticed some moments during the initial installation process that weren’t exactly as hassle-free as the owner’s manual would have us believe.
- Tight, safe and sturdy build
- High-quality materials and construction
- Safety-essential features, but no excess
- Optimized for protection and practicality
- Can be used front-facing or rear-facing
- A tad bit expensive, though more affordable than it was a few years ago
- Somewhat difficult to install
Though it might sound at this point as if Britax pulls the names of their products out of a huge bin of torn-out dictionary pages, we can’t really find that many faults within the actual product behind the title ‘Advocate’.
This seat is, in basic terms, a heavily upgraded variant of the Marathon. The biggest, and most readily visible difference, is heavily increased padding and cushioning all around.
In fact, protecting the most vulnerable parts of the young body, like the head, legs and pelvic region, there are up to three times as many layers of protective padding compared to the Marathon.
Even the steel frame has been strengthened and reinforced by adding more mass and thickness to it.
Not only does the Advocate include the Marathon’s ClickConnect system, allowing it to be mounted facing the front or the rear at your choosing, but it also features the very same 7-position reclining adjust and an upgraded version of the headrest adjust system; this one has 14 settings compared to the original’s 12.
- An improvement over the Marathon in every functional, practical way
- Safer, more resilient and tougher than any other Britax model
- Built to last for ages
- Still maintains the smaller models’ flexibility and versatility
- Very expensive
- Tough to install
See the Advocate as a Marathon Extreme Edition or something of the sort: Safer, tougher, larger, heavier, sturdier, more of a pain to haul around and harder on the wallet, too.
Companies of all sorts, operating in every industry, tend to have some sort of diversification policy when it comes to their marketing strategy: They want to cover as broad of a niche within their segment as they can, without alienating buyers and without trying their luck by doing something that’s out of their league. Oftentimes, this leads to prospective buyers not understanding what exactly it is the company wants to sell them, or why they should be even presented with the choice between products A, B and C.
Can’t they just make up their mind and sell something specific that suits me, you might have asked yourself at some point? Of course, it isn’t that easy. Usually, at least. We work towards changing that. By spending countless hours on research and comparison tests just like the one you just read, we can inform buyers of what kind of product may suit them far better than any PR pamphlet ever could. We hope that we succeeded this time around in informing you of your options, of bringing you a little closer to the right kind of buying decision—a confident, educated one. Cheers, and till next time!