Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat (Review) 2019

BEST FOR:

  • Larger vehicles with ample legroom

TOP BENEFITS:

  • Has dual cup holders to be installed after unwrapping
  • 10 position headrest and easy height adjustment
  • Has six recline positions
  • Pocket to store buckles

CONSIDERATIONS:

  • Once the cup holders are attached, the car seat width increases significantly. In a larger vehicle, this may not be an issue but in smaller back seats, it may be challenging to fit three car seats together.
  • In some vehicles, the headrest may hinder visibility to the rear window.

 BOTTOM LINE

The GracoExtend2Fit Convertible Car seat is a contender to being one of the favourites to many parents. It is affordable and is designed to grow with your child. One thing this car seat has above other brands is its ability to keep your child rear-facing longer.

See: The 2019 Best Car Seats for Toddlers (Infants) & Big Kids

FEATURES:

  • WEIGHT OF CAR SEAT 
    • 19.33 pounds
  • DIMENSIONS 
    • Width: 19.2 inches
    • Height: 22.1 inches extends to 25.2 inches
  • WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS 
    • Rear-facing: 4- 50 pounds
    • Forward- facing: 22-65 pounds
  • HARNESS
    • 7 – 17.5 inches
    • 4.5 and 6.5 inches for the crotch strap depth
    • Quality anchor connectors
  • SAFETY FEATURES
    • Clear labels
    • Meets Federal guidelines for safety

REVIEW

The Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car seat is amazingly rare in its capabilities. It caters to your child’s transportation needs from infancy.

One aspect that makes it a powerful contender in the market is the ability to have a child up to 50 pounds in the rear facing position.

This position has been found to be the safest option for young children. With all its perks, the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car seat also has some aspects to it that may or may not appeal to every parent.

Here, we review and critique the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car with the objective of assisting you to make this very crucial purchase.

So here goes!

INSTALLATION  

The Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car sear offers an easy latch installation, they call this the ‘InRight Latch System’. This system enables you to attach the straps of the seat to the anchors on the car. To dislodge the straps, you need only push a button. Sounds pretty easy right? Well, the catch is, this capability can only be used on a child’s weight of up to 45 pounds. Considering you have about 20 more pounds of use with this seat, it seems a little disheartening to advertise a system that stops working halfway through your journey.

TheGraco Extend2Fit Convertible Car seat is also equipped with a foot extender (for when your rear-facing child grows taller of course) which can be used in the rear facing position. The one thing the manufactures did right is the labels. There are clear instructions on the base that show you where the base should be if you’d like to use the foot extender. Another catch; you cannot use the foot extender with the forward-facing position! In addition, you need to make sure that the crotch strap is also forward facing.

We found some reviews expressing difficulty while installing the seat belt for the rear facing option. The path where the seat belts is fed into is significantly smaller that that for the forward-facing position. This would also make tightening the harness harder, I think. Despite this shortfall, the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car seat is still a worthy contender to be considered.

SAFETY  

The Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car seat has been shown to hold its’ own in an accident. Some users have stated real life accounts of how it held up in a car crash, stating their children were unharmed. There doesn’t seem to be enough information about the padding or energy absorption pertaining to this seat. However, the manufacturers are required to meet or surpass the Federal Safety Standards which include crash tests and minimum amounts of energy absorption capabilities.

The Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car seat is also serenaded with labels. They are BIG; they are COLORFUL, and they are filled with recommendations and warnings. They would be hard to miss! One such label statement is that the cup holders should be installed at all times when using the car seat – something even I would probably not give a thought towards.

SIZE AND RECOMMENDED WEIGHT

For the rear facing position on t the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car seat, the weight limit is between 4 and 50 pounds. Remember that most rear facing cars eats have a maximum weight of 25 to 30 pounds. In terms of the recline, even with the foot extender, customers clearly have no issue – we did note that many of these had vans therefore, legroom may be an issue for compact cars. The weight limit of the car seat is 65 pounds – to add some context, my 7-year-old just reached 59 pounds!!

FABRIC

The fabric on the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car sear is machine washable and comes in a variety of color options – not just blue and pink! It is easy to remove the cover, however some reviews we came across suggested extending the seat tray first. The seat itself also gives instructions – through the labels of course – to lift the seat pad.

COMFORT

The recline positions are usually added features to increase comfort. The Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car seat has 6 positions. The first four can only be used in the rear-facing position. The seat has an indicator on the side that would assist you in determining the right recline for an infant. Some reviews stated that their infants’ heads slumped significantly even after using the recline correctly. Others state that the belt installations would not get tight enough to secure the seat.

FINAL WORD

Despite a few kinks here and there, the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car seat offers safety and comfort to both child and parent. It might not be the best for compact cars due to its size and is not portable compared with simply getting an infant car seat but we think it definitely hold its own and worth the consideration!

Reference sources:

  • GracoExtend2Fit Convertible Car Seat-https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079PM11WW?th=1
  • https://www.amazon.com/Graco-Extend2Fit-Convertible-Seat-Spire/product-reviews/B019EGMGNE
  • FederalSafety Standards -http://www.preventinjury.org/Child-Passenger-Safety/About-Child-Safety-Seats/National-Highway-Traffic-Safety-Administration/Federal-Safety-Standards

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