Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Convertible Car Seat Review

When the kid outgrew her car seat, we looked around a bit for a replacement. The Evenflo Triumph was well-reviewed, but a little pricy, plus nobody local had any in stock. It was right before Christmas, actually, so most of our local stores seemed to be out of stock of convertible car seats, so we ended up getting some Graco seats from Wal-mart.

Luckily, Wal-mart has a pretty good return policy, because they sucked. Among their problems, the chest buckle was very hard for Christie to open and close. But the biggest problem was that you tighten the straps by pulling a strap on the front of the car seat, and if you have the seat installed in the rear-facing position, that strap is pressed into the cushion of the actual seat in the car.

That's pretty much the way all the convertible car seats that we looked at function, which kind of sucks. The Triumph, on the other hand, has a little knob on the side, which is much better. That's not the only nice feature on this carseat. Basically, it's very easy to adjust, which is particularly nice in Missouri this time of year, when sometimes she's in a coat, sometimes a light jacket, and sometimes just a shirt.

Basically, the Evenflo Triumph is a little more expensive than the cheap car seats, not nearly as expensive as the fancy-pants ones, and is easy to install and easy to use. It's a winner.

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