Best Car Seat
December 17, 2012
I did a lot of research before coming to my top three (Diono Radian RXT, Britax Frontier SICT, and the Recaro ProSport). It was a tough choice, as it seems all three car seats are pretty darn good, with just a few cons here and there. It finally came down to two things: Made in the USA and matches European safety standards (which, for side impact, apparently, there are no standards to be tested against in the US). The Recaro was the only one of the three that was made in the USA *and* met European safety standards. If you don't mind your child being forward-facing, then I would totally recommend the Recaro (being an only forward-facing seat). Our daughter was very ready to be forward-facing. However, if you want your child to stay rear-facing forever (aka a very long time - up to five years old, even), then the Diono is the one for you.
The Recaro is extremely well built; very sturdy and very comfortable - this is the first car seat our daughter doesn't scream in or try to get out of. She falls asleep in it and her head, thankfully, doesn't roll forward.
Coming from Europe, I was very familiar with the Recaro brand (their seats are in a lot of racing cars). The price will put a lot of people off, but for this particular car seat, it is worth it.
Albee Baby's service was impeccable. It got shipped on time and actually got here a day early.
ProsThe material, the built, the design, and most definitely, how safe it is.
ConsThe price! (Though Albee Baby's price was, by far, the best deal I found.)