An infant car seat is one of the most important purchases for new parents. In many countries, the law requires all children travelling in a vehicle to be restrained appropriately depending on their age and weight.
For example, children travelling in the front or rear seat of any car, van, or goods vehicle must use a child car seat until they are either 135cm or 12 years old (whichever comes first) in the UK. On the other hand, children under the age of 1 must ride in a rear-facing car seat while those under the age of 6 are required to must be in a child safety seat (or a booster seat) in some parts of the US.
When shopping for the perfect one, be sure to as much research as you can because nothing is more important than your little one’s safety. Although the car seat’s design and comfort levels are important elements to look out for, you should also inquire for its crash test results.
To ease your search, we have compiled a list of the highest-rated infant car seats in the market:
1. Chicco KeyFit 30
The Chicco Keyfit 30 is popular product that has received compliments from parents and institutions alike. According to Consumer Reports, this car seat is the best overall pick for safety, ease of use, durability, and comfort levels.
Customer review: “This car seat kept my 4-month-old daughter safe when we were in an accident from someone pulling out in front of us we impacted their car going 50mph. I would highly recommend buying this product to everyone.”
Chicco KeyFit 30 is available at Chicco Shop for $199.99.
2. GB Asana 35 DLX
The GB Asana 35 DLX is the first child seat offered under the GB (Goodbaby) brand. The CarseatBlog claims that Asana is a well-designed, lightweight infant seat with great safety and convenience features. Besides that, it’s one of the few infant seats with a “load leg” feature.
Customer review: “This car seat was exactly what I was looking for. Love the padding inside, which makes the car seat comfortable and secure. Easily snaps into the car and easy to secure in a car without the base. You can tell it is very high quality just by looking at it, but also how it feels. It is also a pretty classy looking car seat. Nice to feel like my baby is protected while I am driving.”
GB Asana 35 DLX is available at Toys “R” Us for $249.
3. Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat
If you’re always on the go, then the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat is perfect for you and your little love. It helps protect rear-facing infants from 4 – 35 lbs (and up to 32″). And that’s not all, the Click Connect technology provides one-step secure attachment to Graco Click Connect strollers and bases.
Customer review: “We received this as a baby shower gift and have been pleased with the car seat and stroller. Like the click noise so you know seat is locked in place. Like that it fits easily into our jogger and elite strollers. Safe. My husband and I have been pleased with it!”
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat is available at Graco Baby for $149.99.
4. Maxi-Cosi Mico AP
Suitable for babies 5 to 22 lbs, the Maxi-Cosi Mico AP is one of the lightest premium infant car seats available and it has superior side impact performance with Air Protect technology. According to Consumer Reports, the car seat is excellent for its ease-of-use and very good for fit-to-vehicle installations.
Customer review: “We had a great experience using the Mico AP with our son from birth-10 months. I found that the seat was easy to install, and very easy to use overall. It was light, it looked good, and adaptable to our stroller. I will use it again with baby #2.”
Maxi-Cosi Mico AP is available at Amazon.com, $199.99.
5. Combi Shuttle
As Top Ten Reviews puts it, the Combi Shuttle is a sturdy baby car seat with great safety features, a reclining base, and machine-washable covers. Furthermore, its anti-rebound bar allows you to install the seat without its base and still have all the same safety features. This makes it a great choice if you use multiple cars!
Customer review: “I am very happy with my Combi car seat and stroller. I find it very easy to put the baby in and easy to detach if you do it the right way. The stroller is a breeze and so easy to open and close. My baby is now 10 months old and 22 pounds, 29 inches and fits comfortably in it so I can use it a little longer.”
Combi Shuttle is available at Combi, $199.99.
6. Evenflo Embrace LX Infant Car Seat
The Evenflo Embrace LX is a stylish yet inexpenise baby car seat with all the safety and convenience features you need. Not only does it fit 4 Evenflo strollers, but it also offers a reclining base to match your baby’s height as well as both energy-absorbent foam and side-impact protection. Moreover, it has 3 shoulder harness positions to help grow with baby!
Customer review: “Baby seems very comfortable. Seat is lightweight and easy to carry and fits securely into base. Easy installation. Best seat I have owned for my kids.”
Evenflo Embrace LX Infant Car Seat is available at Amazon.com, $74.82.
7. Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
Like the Combi Shuttle, the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 has an anti-rebound bar on the base to offer extra protection in a front or rear collision. Stylish yet functional, it is compatible with any Peg Perego stroller and it can recline to multiple angles to offer the most comfort and safety for your little one.
Customer review: “This is a good seat. I don’t think the base is quite as easy as advertised but the seat clicks in and out easily. I love the canopy, it clicks in a forward locking position and stays up, even when carried. The fabric is soft and comfy for baby. The different stage inserts worked perfectly.”
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4/35 (with base) is available at Amazon.com, $299.97.