Britax Roundabout Convertible Car Seat Review
Britax Roundabout Convertible Car Seat
Weight of Seat: 13.09
Dimensions: 24.1H x 17.7W x 22D”
Baby Weight: 5-35 lbs rear-facing, 20-40lbs (and one year) front-facing
Colors Available: tan, granite, denim, black, grey
Safety Features: 5-point harness, EPS energy absorbing foam, Engineered & Crash Tested to Meet or Exceed US Standards, True Side Impact Protection, Energy-absorbing Versa-Tether (stops forward movement in a crash), built-in lock-offs, energy absorbing base (crushes in case of accident to absorb force)
Front or Rear Facing: rear or forward-facing
Part of stroller system?: no
Extras: compact size, harness holders, high density comfort foam, premium seat cover, LATCH equipped, rear and forward facing recline
MSR Price: $179.99
The Britax Roundabout is convertible seat that can be rear-facing until 35lbs, and forward-facing until 40lbs. Also available from Britax, for about $20.00 more, is the very similar Roundabout 50 Convertible, which is different because it will hold a child up to 50lbs forward facing. This review is of the standard Roundabout.
For parents that have had difficulty fitting other car seats in the back seat of their cars, this is definitely a seat to look at. Designed with small cars in mind, the footprint of the Roundabout is considerably smaller than other infant and convertible seats (convertible seats are often quite large). In addition, this small footprint base is also designed to be energy-absorbing in event of a crash, which is an added safety feature.
The Roundabout is loaded with the full line of the usual Britax safety features: Britax True Side Impact Protection, a patented energy-absorbing ‘Versa-Tether’ which keeps the seat from moving forward in case of a crash, and the built-in “Lock-offs”, which guarantee the seat will not move more than an inch in any direction once it is installed. As far as safe and secure seats go, Britax offers many options in this convertible seat that other companies do not.
Britax has not only thought about safety, however – they have also thought about usability and comfort. The padding on the Roundabout is generous, and the material on many styles (such as Tan Swirl) is soft and easy to clean. Harness holders are also installed on the sides of the seat, which keep the harness straps to the side when the seat is not in use and when you are putting baby into the seat. This means you no longer need to dig underneath your child to pull out the straps, something which can upset a baby who has finally calmed down!
One feature many parents like is that the child sits up higher in Roundabout than in other infant carriers, and therefore can see out of the window of the vehicle much easier. This is great for curious little minds, and can keep your baby happier and occupied on either short journeys or long! A few users have noted that when small infants dose off their heads can bob around, but this problem can easily be fixed with an inserted head support or rolled up blanket.
Again, it is a Britax, and as such has a Britax price tag, but if this is within your budget many feel it is a good seat – though if you have a baby on the bigger side, you may want to look at the Roundabout 50, which can be used 10 pounds longer.
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