The Best Convertible Car Seats

The Best Convertible Car Seats

Our pick

Britax Marathon ClickTight

Britax Marathon ClickTight

The best convertible car seat

The Britax Marathon ClickTight is safer and easier to install than any other car seat we could find.

Buying Options

$280* from Bed Bath & Beyond
$300 from Amazon
$41 from Target

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $272.

The Britax Marathon ClickTight performed better than any other seat in our side-impact crash-testing, earns excellent safety scores in government front-impact tests, and is significantly less frustrating to install than any other convertible car seat we’ve ever used. Britax’s innovative ClickTight installation system relies on a car’s seat belt instead of a car’s built-in LATCH system, meaning there’s no fishing between seat cushions to locate sometimes hard-to-find hardware, and little muscle—or sweat—required to get a quick and secure install. It also has easy-to-adjust straps, and, like most seats of this type, can be used in the rear-facing installation up to 40 pounds, which is well past 2 years old for the vast majority of kids. It doesn’t have a built-in cupholder, though.

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Runner-up

Graco Extend2Fit

Graco Extend2Fit

Less expensive, not as easy to install

This solid seat is likewise very safe, but it’s not as easy to install as our pick.

Buying Options

$200* from Target
$160 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $160.

The Graco Extend2Fit performed second to the Britax in our crash-testing. It’s not nearly as easy to install as the Britax ClickTight system, but our testers were able to achieve a sufficiently tight installation without too much difficulty. At 22 pounds, the Graco seat is lighter than the Britax’s 28.4 pounds, which means the Graco is slightly easier to move around. It also has a much higher rear-facing weight limit than the Britax Marathon ClickTight—50 pounds versus 40—meaning you can keep an older kid in a rear-facing position for considerably longer in this seat if that’s what you choose. And, unlike the Britax, the Graco seat has not just one but two built-in cupholders.

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Our pick

Britax Marathon ClickTight

Britax Marathon ClickTight

The best convertible car seat

The Britax Marathon ClickTight is safer and easier to install than any other car seat we could find.

Buying Options

$280* from Bed Bath & Beyond
$300 from Amazon
$41 from Target

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $272.

Runner-up

Graco Extend2Fit

Graco Extend2Fit

Less expensive, not as easy to install

This solid seat is likewise very safe, but it’s not as easy to install as our pick.

Buying Options

$200* from Target
$160 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $160.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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