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#1 MakesMeHappy

Posted 07 January 2020 - 09:53 PM

If you had to pick a car seat for under $200 which one would it be?

It needs to be convertible 0-4+
Ideally, the ability to rear face as long as possible
Ideally, as slim as possible
Not to hard to adjust the harness

Thanks for any help. I really have no idea about car seats in this price range. Any practical pros and cons are also appreciated :)

#2 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 07 January 2020 - 10:31 PM

The cheapest Safe n Sound is the  Cabrini.
https://www.bigw.com...black/p/808523/
I had the previous version for my youngest.

#3 Cheesy Sanga

Posted 07 January 2020 - 10:36 PM

Baby Love Ezy switch $159
It's an 0-4 RF/FF seat, extended rear facing.
It's slim in width but medium sized in RF depth.
It's manual re-thread harness so must be uninstalled to change the strap height.

Britax compaq $269
It's an 0-4 RF/FF seat, extended rear facing.
It's slim in width and small sized in RF depth.
It's an easy adjust harness so can be left installed when changing the strap height.


#4 Cheesy Sanga

Posted 07 January 2020 - 10:39 PM

View PostFuzzyChocolateToes, on 07 January 2020 - 10:31 PM, said:

The cheapest Safe n Sound is the  Cabrini.
https://www.bigw.com...black/p/808523/
I had the previous version for my youngest.

It's an 0-4 RF/FF seat, but it's not extended rear facing.
It's slim in width and small sized in RF depth.
It's manual re-thread harness so must be uninstalled to change the strap height.

#5 MakesMeHappy

Posted 10 January 2020 - 05:56 PM

Thank you so much! That is super helpful!

Cheesy Sanga do you have an opinion on the Infasecure Kompressor Caprice? It is on sale at Baby Bunting for $199

#6 Cheesy Sanga

Posted 10 January 2020 - 08:19 PM

The kompressor is not an extended RF seat. But the kompressor 4 is an ERF seat. I wouldn't get the kompressor. The kompressor 4 is ok, as it's reasonably priced and has great recline in FF mode. But it's a massive seat in RF mode (but slim in width) and it's a manual re-thread harness so needs to be uninstalled to adjust the strap height.

#7 Purple Polka Dots

Posted 10 January 2020 - 08:51 PM

Cheesy Sanga you seem to know your car seats! Any chance you have any recommendations for after a 0-4 seat? I need to move my 3.5 yr old into another seat to use the britax compaq for the new baby.
It’s such a minefield!

OP, sorry for asking a question on your thread.
I have the britax compaq which has been great for slim line and extended rear facing. The only thing I would have liked is some more head support. But it’s been easy to use and doesn’t take up much space, even rear facing.

#8 PrincessPeach

Posted 10 January 2020 - 08:59 PM

My 5 year old is in a britax maxiguard. I also had a compaq.

#9 Cheesy Sanga

Posted 10 January 2020 - 09:15 PM

The next seat after an 0-4 is a type g harnessed seat. They are FF harnessed to 8yo approx.

Recommended options are:
Britax maxi guard pro or maxi guard.
Baby Love Ezy Grow (baby love is made by Britax).
Infasecure grandeur aka titanium or emperor or achieve or cadence.

#10 Purple Polka Dots

Posted 10 January 2020 - 09:20 PM

View PostCheesy Sanga, on 10 January 2020 - 09:15 PM, said:

The next seat after an 0-4 is a type g harnessed seat. They are FF harnessed to 8yo approx.

Recommended options are:
Britax maxi guard pro or maxi guard.
Baby Love Ezy Grow (baby love is made by Britax).
Infasecure grandeur aka titanium or emperor or achieve or cadence.

Thank you - that’s a great starting point for me!
When it comes to such a cost difference in seats, does it make one safer than the other?

#11 Cheesy Sanga

Posted 10 January 2020 - 10:45 PM

All seats sold in Australia to Australian Standards are safe. The price difference is due to convenience factors like an easy adjust harness, or a bamboo fabric, or a compact size, etc.

#12 Purple Polka Dots

Posted 11 January 2020 - 01:39 PM

View PostCheesy Sanga, on 10 January 2020 - 10:45 PM, said:

All seats sold in Australia to Australian Standards are safe. The price difference is due to convenience factors like an easy adjust harness, or a bamboo fabric, or a compact size, etc.

Great, thank you - just seems crazy when you can spend anywhere from $100-$700 on a seat!




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