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Superior safety ratings and ease of installation. Comes equipped with every safety feature imaginable. Accommodates infants up to 30 pounds.

Accommodates riders 4-22 pounds. Safe, stylish, and fun.

A powerhouse safety system for your child. Recommended by many health departments for its safety and reliability.

AirInfuse technology prevents infants from overheating. Unique SmartAdjust headrest works in tandem with the harness to ensure a safe and secure fit.

Accommodates rear-facing riders up to 40 pounds. Lined with energy-absorbing foam for maximum protection during crashes.

Bad

Fabric can make babies sweat if they are heavily bundled.

Some mechanics (seat belt, attachment to base) require elbow grease to work properly.

Some owners find it a bit heavy to carry around.

A debut product, but it is taking the market by storm.

Heavier and bulkier than some competitors due to higher weight limit.

Bottom Line

The very best infant car seat on the market today. Designed and engineered with a focus on safety.

A budget-priced infant car seat with all the basic functions and an adorable Disney design.

The best value for your money. You won't find another car seat with a better combination of safety and affordability.

An innovative, powerhouse product that protects and pampers.

A bit pricey when compared to similar products.

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Best Infant Car Seats

All of the contenders on our shortlist are excellent products with high safety ratings and a history of customer satisfaction. Our chosen finalists are:

Products we Considered

Chicco
Keyfit 30
Disney
Minnie Dot
Britax
B-Safe 35
Ingenuity
InTrust 35 Pro
Graco
SnugRide Click Connect 35

Considerations

Safety

No matter what kind of budget you're on, you want an infant car seat that will safeguard your baby in the event of an accident. All of the models on our shortlist have received stellar safety ratings. Energy-absorbing foam, side-impact protection, and a five-point harness system are three important characteristics to look for in an infant car seat.

Portability and Other Features

There's no way around it: infant car seats are heavy and cumbersome. Some products do a better job than others at easing your burden, however. We take a look at portability, maneuverability, and other features that make each infant car seat on our shortlist "worth its weight" in gold!

Ease of Installation

A car seat can be a confusing contraption. Some people feel better equipped to handle the mechanics of installation than others. However, the modern infant car seats on our shortlist incorporate user-friendly functions (push-button controls, easy-pull levers) that make installation less of a chore.

Price

Infant car seats range in price from under $100 to over $300. More expensive seats tend to offer more padding and other user-friendly options. We help you weigh the pros and cons of each seat so you can decide if the price is worth it for you.

Considerations

Safety

Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base

The Chicco Keyfit's engineers obviously put a lot of time and energy into designing a seat that safeguards precious cargo. Energy-absorbing foam shields infants from violent side impact, but the Chicco Keyfit's best safety feature is actually its ease of installation. A well-installed car seat is a safe car seat, and the Chicco comes with simple, push-button technology that ensures a proper fit each time. One owner who was in a rollover SUV accident told us that the Chicco Keyfit kept her five-month-old solidly planted in her seat throughout the entire upset. Parents of newborns don't have to worry, either; this product includes a body-hugging insert that cradles floppy babies and keeps them safe and snug.

Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Light N Comfy Luxe Infant Car Seat

This seat offers all the traditional safety features you'd expect in a modern infant car seat: a five-point harness system, side-impact protection, and an infant head cushion to protect "floppy" baby heads. If you're enchanted by the adorable Minnie/Mickey Mouse pattern (this seat is available in a pink-themed Minnie motif and a red-themed Mickey motif) and simply MUST have it due to its "cuteness" factor, rest assured that this Disney seat also meets or exceeds all safety standards. That being said, this manufacturer's specs do not outline safety measures quite as extensive as the Chicco, Britax, or Ingenuity .

Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat, Black

Britax products are well-known for their high safety ratings. In fact, at least one mother we spoke to purchased the Britax B-Safe because it was on a shortlist of safety seats recommended by her local health department. The B-Safe's energy-absorbing foam liner and body-hugging, head-cradling side impact protection uphold the company's fine reputation. Because proper installation is such an important safety factor, Britax offers push button-enabled LATCH installation to keep precious cargo safe and snug. The seat's five-point harness (which can be readjusted as the child grows) is "tangle free," eliminating frustration and ensuring a tight, protective fit.

Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Car Seat

The InTrust 35 is Ingenuity's first foray into the manufacture of infant car seats, and according to the owners we talked to, it's a huge success. Safety and functionality are the reigning features in this deluxe product -- although we think you'll like the other features, too. The Ingenuity's unique, SmartAdjust headrest simultaneously adjusts the headrest AND harness to ensure a perfect, whole-body fit for baby. The seat's SureClick Connection System provides an audible click that confirms correct LATCH installation of the base and/or Ingenuity stroller (not included). Some parents have found out the hard way that the LATCH system can be a headache, but this model's push-button LATCH function makes getting the seat into the car easy. If you don't have a LATCH-enabled car, don't worry; you can still install this seat easily with the help of the Ingenuity's vehicle belt positioner. According to one satisfied owner, this seat is "ruggedly well-made." You're not likely to be disappointed with the safety features of this debut product.

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat

Graco is well-known for its affordably priced baby products. The Snugride Click Connect 35 is one of its newer models, but it has already become immensely popular with Graco fans. As with all of its products, Graco has thoroughly crash-tested the Connect 35 and lined it with energy-absorbing foam to protect passengers in the event of an accident. This product has the highest weight limit of any infant car seat on our list (35 pounds). This means you could theoretically keep your youngster in rear-facing position until two years of age -- a recommended practice by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Britax products are well-known for their high safety ratings.
"We got the Britax B-Safe infant car seat with two bases so we could easily transfer the car seat between our two cars. It's very convenient." — Marcie, a local mom
Considerations

Portability and Other Features

At 15 pounds, Chicco Keyfit is a bit heavier than some other infant car seats on the market. It's not an item you'd want to lug around very much -- especially with the added weight of a baby. Other features include a five-point harness that can be adjusted with one hand, thickly cushioned seats, and the aforementioned ease-of-installation features. Several owners noted that the Chicco's fabric upholstery is not very "breathable," causing some babies to get hot and sweaty, especially if they are warmly bundled.

Owners of the Disney Light N Comfy Infant Car Seat claim it's a lot lighter and easier to move than its competitors. In fact, the manufacturer boasts a "Lightest Infant Car Seat" seal as of March 2014. This seat's most notable feature, however, is its adorable Minnie Mouse/Mickey Mouse design. The "Minnie Mouse" version of the seat comes with black trim and pink upholstery with white polka dots, while the "Mickey Mouse" version comes with red trim and black upholstery with white Mickey "silhouettes." For many buyers, the design of this infant car seat will seal the deal -- especially considering the fact that matching accessories (bouncer, stroller, messenger bag) are also available for purchase from Disney.

Most infant car seats are bulky and heavy, and the B-Safe is no exception. Although the B-Safe's base is smaller than that of some other models, it's still a hefty piece of equipment that is best suited for mid-sized sedans and larger vehicles. In fact, the only resounding complaint we uncovered during our research is that the B-Safe is very heavy -- too heavy for some users. Potential buyers should keep in mind, however, that a heavier seat is often a more secure seat. One parent summed up her thoughts on the matter by saying that she would "rather have a seat that is sturdy and heavy when it comes to my babies." That being said, the B-Safe easily clicks in and out of its base for on-the-go parents who run a lot of errands or do a lot of traveling.

Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Car Seat

Like most of its competitors, the Ingenuity is quite heavy and bulky. This carrier, however, features a better-than-average, ergonomically designed handle that one user described as "supple." When you're toting around a baby in a cumbersome car seat, any bit of comfort helps! Speaking of comfort, Ingenuity goes to the trouble of covering both the buckle and the harness with soft padding -- a luxurious "extra" you often don't see in an infant car seat. Ingenuity also includes an infant insert for floppy babies and a storage compartment in the rear of the base. However, one of this seat's most impressive extras is the mesh upholstery and ventilated panels (called "AirInfuse" technology) that help keep young riders cool in their seat. Sweaty "car-seat babies" are a common occurrence; even if you blast the A/C, your infant might become uncomfortably hot in a synthetic-lined car seat. Not so with the Ingenuity, however; you can count on a cool, comfortable ride for your baby every time you get in the car thanks to AirInfuse technology.

The Graco Snugride, unlike most infant car seats, can accommodate rear-facing children from birth to two years (or 35 pounds). For this reason, it is even heavier and bulkier than some other infant car seats on the market. Potential buyers should weigh these pros and cons before making a purchase. On the one hand, it's great to have an infant car seat from a reputable manufacturer than will keep your child in rear-facing mode for up to two years. On the other hand, it's burdensome to tote around a larger-than-average, bulky infant car seat for two years. The American Academy of Pediatrics does recommend that children ride facing the rear until two years old; this fact may help you make your decision. Other features offered by the Graco include eight different reclining angles. This is a plus because "growing legs" can be accommodated easily using the adjustable reclining function. One slight feature flaw noted by some customers: the seat's handle comes a bit close to the canopy shade, which could lead to a "pinched hand" during manual transport if you're not careful.

The B-Safe's energy-absorbing foam liner and body-hugging, head-cradling side impact protection uphold the company's fine reputation.
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Considerations

Ease of Installation

Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base

The Chicco Keyfit is the easiest infant car seat to install out of all of the leading contenders. That's no small feat, considering how complicated (and frustrating) installation of an infant car seat can be. A push-button installation mechanism helps achieve the proper base angle. Two bubble-level indicators let you know when the seat is at the accurate angle. A one-pull LATCH indicator helps assure a tight and secure fit. If you're not mechanically inclined -- or if you just don't feel like fussing with a complicated installation system day in and day out -- this product is definitely worth your consideration.

Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Light N Comfy Luxe Infant Car Seat

The Disney Luxe Infant Car Seat, though lightweight and fairly easy to carry around, can be more difficult to install than some other models. One owner complained that she actually had to crawl inside her car to get the seat fitted to the base just right. This seat's hardware is not as "user friendly" as some other models, either; once baby is secured in the seat, some owners have had difficulty getting the front buckle to snap together. Using two hands usually solves this problem (the two parts of the buckle must be aligned "just so" in order to work), but as many harried parents know, it's difficult to free up both hands with little kids in tow.

Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat, Black

The Britax is an intuitive product, and as such, it's easy to install. One user told us that it took him five minutes to install the base and one minute to attach the seat. Once the baby is inside, this product's harness is also very easy to adjust, and the buckle is easy to maneuver. That being said, potential buyers should keep in mind that the B-Safe is a heavy, bulky seat and the handle, unlike that of the Ingenuity seat, is not ergonomically designed. One owner said, "There is no comfortable way to carry this thing around."

Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Car Seat

The Ingenuity was designed with a parent's ease of installation in mind. Push-on LATCH connectors and easy-to-understand level indicators simplify the chore of installing the seat as much as possible. If you're not mechanically inclined, you also have the help of the instruction book -- which customers tell us is very easy to read and comes with clear diagrams and pictures. When it comes time to remove the car seat from your vehicle, simply pull the green lever -- it's as simple as that. Like most car seats, the Ingenuity can be installed using the LATCH system or the car's seat belt system. Customers tell us that seat belt installation is actually a little easier with the Ingenuity than some other models because it comes with a built-in "lock-off" feature that makes the whole process less complicated.

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat

The Graco uses the popular, audible "click" technology to let owners know when their baby's seat has been installed correctly. This technology also works with the Graco's corresponding Click Connect stroller, which is sold separately. A LATCH-equipped base and bubble level indicator help reassure you that you've done the job correctly. Many parents know from experience that an infant car seat harness can quickly become a tangled nightmare, but Graco's "No Rethread" promise aims to eliminate that frustration. The Graco's Simply Safe Adjust Harness system allows you to readjust harness and headrest height as your child grows, and thankfully, this task can be done with one hand! Simply squeeze the red buttons at the back of the seat.

The Chicco Keyfit is the easiest infant car seat to install out of all of the leading contenders.
Considerations

Price

Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base

At a cost of $199, the Chicco Keyfit is a solid contender on our shortlist. Its biggest strengths are its safety features (energy-absorbing foam, sturdy base connection) and its user-friendly installation process. Its biggest weakness is its bulk and size, but you must remember that this bothersome characteristic can be attributed to just about every infant car seat on the market today. If you're not mechanically inclined, you may want to consider this product simply because of its user-friendly features. Thanks to the push-button installation mechanism and easy-to-use five-point harness, you're likely to avoid a lot of installation and adjustment-related headaches! This is a gender-neutral, stylish seat that indeed looks very comfortable, although babies tend to get sweaty when they're nestled against the Chicco's "non-breathable" fabric.

Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Light N Comfy Luxe Infant Car Seat

A price of $89 makes the Disney Luxe Infant Car Seat an affordable option for most families. It's also a very cute and stylish option for Disney lovers, available in both "Minnie Mouse" and "Mickey Mouse" decor. For the money, you get a comfortable infant car seat that has successfully passed rigorous crash testing. One of this seat's greatest characteristics, aside from its aesthetics, is its portability. All infant car seats are a bit cumbersome, but the Disney car seat is actually one of the lightest infant car seats on the market today. If you're into matching baby accoutrements, you may want to consider the corresponding Disney bouncer, stroller, and messenger bag that go with this product.

Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat, Black

$168 is a relatively small price to pay for all the Britax B-Safe has to offer. This user-friendly, intuitive infant car seat has earned high customer ratings for its safety and functionality. The "tangle free" harness is one of its strongest assets; after all, a complication-free harness is a universally appealing feature for harried parents! The B-Safe is also a very easy product to install; one father told us it took him six minutes on the first try, but he expected it would take him even less time on subsequent tries. One of this seat's largest drawbacks is its bulk. Owners tell us it's difficult to carry around, and while this "flaw" applies to most infant car seat to some extent, our research uncovered more negative statements about the Britax's uncomfortable portability than any other infant car seat on our shortlist.

Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Car Seat

The Ingenuity InTrust 35 is a debut product from the Ingenuity company. This fact, in combination with the product's $169 price tag, may give some potential customers pause. However, we think the Ingenuity is definitely a product you can believe in! It's the only product on our shortlist with a SmartAdjust headrest that simultaneously adjusts the headrest AND the harness, ultimately delivering more comfort and security to the baby. High-tech safety features like this, in combination with the Ingenuity's breathable mesh upholstery, ergonomically designed handle, and clearly written owner's manual, elevate our opinion of this product to the very highest rating. The hefty price tag is not for everybody, of course, but if you're willing to spend a little more for a "high end" debut product that delivers in terms of safety and other features, the Ingenuity is a terrific choice.

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat

Graco is a popular company with a history of manufacturing reliable baby products, and the Snugride Click Connect 35 is no exception. A cost of $134 makes this seat much pricier than our lowest-priced seat, but it's a worthy contender for many reasons. First and foremost, you can use this seat in rear-facing mode until your child reaches 40 pounds. That's the highest weight limit of any product on our shortlist, and for larger-framed children, that's a huge selling point. Keeping children in rear-facing mode is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics until the age of two, so if you've got a heavier child who is likely to reach 40 pounds by his/her second birthday, the Graco could be a very good choice for you. Other highlights include the Graco's NoRethread harness and eight available reclining positions -- great for growing children. The Graco's biggest drawback is its bulk and weight. As a seat that accommodates larger children, it's only natural that the Graco would be a bit more cumbersome than some models with lower weight capacities.

Don't let its "newbie" status fool you: the Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Car Seat is a rock-solid product we should all be paying attention to.

Best of the Best

Chicco is a staple in the world of infant car seat manufacturing, and the Keyfit 30 is is a rock-solid product that only adds to its pedigree. According to the customers we interviewed, this product's safety features and user-friendly design are simply unmatched. If you're in the market for an infant car seat and you want to buy the best of the best, this product is it.

The Chicco Keyfit demands a pretty penny. At a price of $199, it's certainly not a budget-priced model. But you get a lot for this money, including an easily adjustable five-point harness and a push-button installation mechanism that takes the headache out of seat installation.

The most important Chicco features, however, have less to do with ease of use and more to do with safety. One look at the Keyfit, and it's easy to see that it was specifically designed with safety as its top priority. From the energy-absorbing foam construction to guard against side impact, to the body-hugging insert that prevents smaller babies from flopping around, Chicco takes no chances when it comes to safety. Most importantly, however, the seat installation mechanism is virtually fool-proof, which means that your baby will be safe and secure in the rare case of a vehicle collision.

All of the infant car seats on our shortlist have their strengths, and you can't go wrong with any of them. The Chicco, however, has beaten out the Ingenuity (hard to do) and the Britax B-Safe (even harder to do) in our comprehensive review. If you want the absolute best infant car seat on the market and you don't mind paying a little more for it, the Chicco is, hands down, the best choice for your child.
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The Keyfit's safety features and user-friendly design are simply unmatched.

Best Bang for your Buck

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect Infant Car Seat is affordably priced at just $134, and for this amount of money, you get an infant car seat packed with safety and security features. Not only that, you get a fun and stylish piece of car furniture that both you and your child are bound to love.

The SnugRide is a powerhouse safety system for your child. It comes equipped with side-impact protection, a five-point harness system, and energy-absorbing foam liner designed to protect newborns. Ease of installation is another plus; most infant car seats are relatively difficult to install, but the push-button latch connectors of the SnugRide take all of the pain and hassle away. The only complaints we encountered during our research had to do with the fact that this seat is relatively heavy and bulky, making it not quite as portable as some of the lighter seats on the market. That being said, we feel confident that many parents on a budget -- when they consider the money-saving price and appealing design of this highly rated infant car seat -- won't mind dealing with this issue, especially considering that the bulkiness of the seat adds to its safety and security. If you're one to purchase coordinating accessories for your baby, you may also be interested in purchasing a Graco stroller that comes with the Graco Click Connect system and is designed to fit seamlessly with this seat.

The Graco SnugRide Car Seat is a solid, functional product that offers the best value for your money. There is simply no other infant car seat at this price point that delivers as much in terms of safety, functionality, and user-friendliness, making it our pick as the Best Bang for Your Buck.
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The SnugRide is a powerhouse safety system for your child.
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