Chicco® NextFit™ Convertible Car Seat in Intrigue™
I had previously purchased 2 car seats before decided that you have to invest into these things to get the best for your child. it is soooo easy to install just like an infant car seat with the base except this is without the base but it pretty much has the same procedures. i dont have to worry that the babys head will slump over when she sleeps the recline levels are perfect. over all i recommend this car seat to everyone.
April 23, 2014
Love this seat!
This was my third convertible car seat purchase. I returned the other two after having to use towels under them to get the proper recline in my 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. My husbands hates the idea of having to use a towel for proper recline even though many user manuals and some other safety sources says it is safe. No more worrying about it! There is a bubble level on both sides of the seat so I can do a quick visual check to know the seat is still in the proper recline. I had previous bought the Evenflo Symphony DLX which was super easy to install so I was concerned this seat may be a little more difficult, but I wasvery easy to install. I'm 5'4 and 110 pounds and I was able to get it taut by myself with little effort in no time. The one handed headrest adjustment with connected harness adjustment is also easy to use. My 7 month old son seems comfortable in the seat since he falls asleep in it almost every time without his head slumping forward. It fits nicely rear facing in the middle of the backseat in my Jeep (my husband is 5'8 and I'm 5'4 so leg room in the backseat is usually not a problem). Although we don't use it yet, I like the idea of a removable cup holder for easy cleaning.
Be aware that different models or manufacturing dates (I'm not sure which) have different belt pads. I bought a "Intrigue" manufactured in August 2013 and it has permanent non-removable pads and then I bought a "Gray" manufactured in December 2013 and it has removable pads. I opted for the removable belt/neck pad color/model.
The only drawback so far, this seat is heavy. It can be used on an airplane and if I flew frequently with it, I would reconsider my purchase because of the weight of it. It's not something you would want to drag through an airport frequently.
Overall, I highly recommend this seat!
March 28, 2014
Easy to install
After lots of research, I decided on this convertible car seat when it was time to convert my son from his rear facing seat. We had the Chicco KeyFit 30 and loved it, so I was happy that this seat came highly rated. It is extremely easy to install, feels very sturdy and safe, and my son loves the cup holder! I would recommend this seat.
November 13, 2014
I am very very strict when it comes to my child in a car seat. I research and find the 'best' possible. We ended up with this Chicco. Not I honestly hate it although I would recommend it to anyone.
Complaints - so hard to tighten the straps. I always unloosen them to get babe out so I have to tighten them when I put him back in. If he has a jacket on its super hard. And other times it's just bipopular on whether to be hard to easy to pull. I also think the sides come up to far compared to others. I wanted babe in the middle of the car (best spot) but I have to move him to the outside because it's just so hard to get him in and out.
I honestly love everyother aspect of this seat. It's a great seat if those problems wouldn't bother you. I just take my son in and out so much that it gets frustrated.
November 12, 2014
Love, Love, Love it!!!
I bought this seat about a month ago and my son loves it! It is very comfy and practical, not to mention super easy to install.
October 12, 2014
We are fans!!!
As a "do lots of research before I buy" kinda mom, I have been wary of reviews from people who JUST received the item or review before the baby is even born, so I wanted to wait for a few months to review our experience. Since my son has used the NextFit for the last 9 months, it feels like a good time to write a review.
As background the NextFit is our second Chicco car seat. My son used the KeyFit 30 until he was too tall for the seat but nowhere near the weight maximum. Since a convertible car seat was the most cost effective next choice, I did a lot of research on the top rated chairs for safety, comfort, and ease of use and found that the NextFit fit the bill.
EASE OF USE - The Chicco LATCH system makes installing the seat super easy. So easy that at 5’1” I can install it without help into my crossover SUV. I admit that the chair is heavy, but I would expect that for safety and I am not lifting it in and out of my car like the infant seat. The one-handed adjustment of the harness/ headrest and the chair recline is just that....ONE-HANDED. I tested the function of several other convertibles at the baby store and many are NOT easy to use, in fact I was unable to make the Britax convertibles recline and could not bring the Evenflo convertibles back to vertical. I have even been able to adjust the NextFit recline while my son is in the chair. As for getting him in and out of the chair, the harness takes two hands...one to depress the button between his feet and one to pull the straps, which glide out fairly easy. Although the straps do stick more at certain recline angles both forward and rear facing, so I did have a little issue loosening the straps when I had him rear facing.
My only real complaint for ease of use is that the height of the sides of the seat make getting a sleeping child out of the seat difficult. For this reason I would not recommend this seat as your infant seat. In my opinion the seat is best used once your child has reached a developmental age to be able to "help" get themselves in or out of the chair. (benchmark may be when they can help you get them dressed)
COMFORT - The seat cover doesn't shift or move, ever. The padding is more than just Styrofoam covered in batting. The seams are placed in spots that don't appear to rub or irritate my son (based on a lack of red spots when I get him out of his chair). My son has less penchant for coming out of the chair damp from sweat (short or long trips) than he did in his infant seat. And finally, my son has no problem falling asleep in this chair nor does he complain going in. This is my ultimate measure of comfort.
SAFETY - My basis for safety is “does the chair FEEL sturdy and how secure is it in my car.” I have to rely on the industry tests for how it performs in an accident as the ultimate test is having an accident. I addressed sturdiness earlier so I will just comment on how secure it is in my car. I have a mid-sized crossover SUV, so it fits pretty well especially since I turned the seat forward facing. There is now much more room for the passenger and plenty of room for my son's feet over the chair's edge. It even fits well in the center of the back seat, which I do from time to time if I am going to carry 3 adult passengers.
My only caveat - most of my family is under 6 feet tall, so please take that into consideration when I say there is plenty of room with the chair installed. I have noticed when my dad (6'2") is in the passenger seat it is a little more "cramped" up front but he says he is comfortable.
I did find the chair was VERY snug in the rear-facing position and the front passenger was much more cramped. Every car is different and I can’t say how I would feel about the fit in a sedan so please take that into consideration as well. There are plenty of reviews that talk about fit in a smaller vehicle.
All told, I recommend this car seat, even with the few “issues” I mentioned. I am in the hunt for a second “less-expensive” car seat, but find I am rating all the others against the NextFit and feeling that the cost savings is not worth a substandard seat.
October 5, 2014
I bought two and have one seat forward facing for my nearly 3 yr old and one rear facing for my 13 month old. Both were easy to install using seat belts and both make it easy to get the child in the seat. I only have one complaint the raising and lowering of the headrest/straps feels unsteady and cheap and it's often difficult to get it into a locked position. I love that everything else feels very heavy and secure.
October 1, 2014
Trust in Chicco
I really like the car seat. Think it's pretty comfortable for my lo. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it is very hard to get my 8 mo old in and out of the car. Cld be the car size (Subaru forester) but the car seat is pretty big. It was very easy to install!!!! I like that the back is adjustable for shoulder straps so I hope this will last us for a few yrs, which I think it's worth the money since you use it every day and it's for the safety of your lo. I wld buy again and recommend this car seat to anyone.
September 15, 2014