Consumer Reports ranked 25 infant car seats for crash protection, ease of use and fit and Chicco KeyFit came out on top with a score of 76 out of 100.
Safety 1st onBoard35 and the Graco SnugRide 30 (Classic Connect) were named best buys by Consumer Reports for their high scores — 63 and 62 — and moderate price tags — $110 and $100.
"Parents should remember all seats on the market are safe and they should factor in, is it going to fit in my car, is it going to fit my lifestyle, is it going to fit my budget," said Jennifer Walker, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
She stresses proper usage over brands. "You can have the best seat on the market but if you don't have it in properly and you're not using it properly, it's not going to perform to the level it was tested at and it's not going to provide adequate protection."
The top ten were given "very good" scores, and the bottom two ranked "fair." No car seat was given a "poor" rating.
Check out the rankings — for car seats with capacities of more than 22 pounds — below. Those in bold are recommended as a "best buy" by Consumer Reports. If you're a subscriber, you can see the full report here.
- Chicco Keyfit 30
- Combi Shuttle
- Cybex Aton 2
- Safety 1st onBoard35 Air
- UPPAbaby Mesa
- Britax B-Safe
- The First Years Contigo
- Safety 1st onBoard35
- The First Years Via I470
- Graco SnugRide 30 (Classic Connect)
- Evenflo Secure Ride 35
- Cybex Aton
- Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35
- Baby Trend Inertia
- Britax Chaperone
- Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
- Graco SnugRide 35 (Classic Connect)
- Teutonia T-Tario 35
- Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40
- Summer Prodigy
- Maxi-Cosi Prezi
- Orbit BAby Infant Car Seat G2
- Baby Trend Flex-Loc Adjustable Back
- Evenflo Embrace 35 (Select)
- Snugli Infant Car Seat