The Complete List of Every 4 in 1 Convertible Car Seat

Learn everything about 4-in-1 convertible car seats to find out if they are right for you and your baby.

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Britax One4Life ClickTight

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Pros

  • Extended rear-facing for children up to 50 pounds keeps your child safe
  • Easy to install
  • This seat’s small profile means it will fit in just about any vehicle 
  • Seat cover is removable and washable so you can use it for years without accumulating a mess

Cons

  • The heaviest seat on this list at 30 pounds! 
  • The harness can be difficult to tighten
  • Not compatible with the Britax anti-rebound bar

Chicco Fit4

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Pros

  • Removable seat cushions for easy cleaning
  • Easy to install and cinch tightly into place
  • Foldable cup holders save space

Cons

  • Somewhat bulky so may not fit in smaller vehicles
  • Can be tricky to reconfigure. Keep the owner’s manual handy when switching between stages

Diono Radian 3QXT

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Pros

  • Narrow width means you can fit 3 across in most mid-size vehicles 
  • Steel car seat core provides safety
  • Folds flat for storage
  • Kids can easily climb into the seat

Cons

  • No head support for younger babies- must buy your own 
  • Installation can be difficult compared to other seats on this list

Evenflo Everyfit

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Pros

  • Removable, machine- washable seat liner for easy cleaning
  • Cupholders and snack tray are easily removed so you can wash them

Cons

  • Can be difficult to tighten the straps 
  • Made of Jersey- like fabric, which holds a lot of crumbs 
  • Difficult to install if your car doesn’t have LATCH anchor system

Evenflo EveryStage DLX

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Pros

  • Ratchet-type installation makes tightening the seat easy
  • Great angle for head support for small babies so their heads don’t slump

Cons

  • Due to the shoulder positions for the harness, your child may not be able to rear-face for as long as other seats 
  • Feels flimsy and cheap
  • Child can easily remove the cupholders

Evenflo Symphony Elite

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Pros

  • Lots of padding means the seat is comfortable for your child
  • Seat cover is removable for easy cleaning 
  • Very easy to install

Cons

  • Large- definitely not possible to fit 3 across in most vehicles 
  • May require a pool noodle or rolled up towel to install at the correct angle in some cars 
  • Your baby’s head may slump forward at young ages due to the seat angle

Graco 4Ever DLX

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Pros

  • Cover is easy to wash and clean
  • Easy to install rear-facing

Cons

  • Baby’s head may slump forward
  • Difficult to install forward-facing

Graco Grows4Me

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Pros

  • Good value for the price with many features

Cons

  • Newborns do not fit well in this seat
  • Difficult to remove from the car

Maxi-Cosi Magellan Max

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Pros

  • Comfortable for the child
  • Easy to remove and clean the cover
  • Easy to buckle the child in
  • Dishwasher safe cup holders

Cons

  • Can be difficult to install securely in some vehicles
  • Buckles often get twisted
  • Can be difficult to unfasten the center buckle
  • Top harness height is short, meaning it won’t last long for tall children

FAQ

What’s a 4-in-1 car seat?

A four in one car seat converts into four different car seats as your baby grows
1. Rear- facing seat 
2. Forward- facing seat 
3. Booster seat 
4. Backless booster seat
To learn more about each type of seat, read more in my post here, Car Seat Timeline here.

What are the advantages of 4 in 1 car seats?

First, you’ll save money. If you buy the middle of the road rear- facing infant seat ($200), a convertible car seat ($150) a booster seat ($100), and a backless booster ($30), you’ll be spending around $480. But a middle of the road 4-in-1 seat is around $200-300.

What are the disadvantages of a 4 in 1 car seat?

Your child will be using that same car seat for a long time! The CDC recommends the average child uses a booster seat up until age 12! Imagine how much wear and dirt that car seat will accumulate! 
If you have multiple children in car seats, they will each need their own seat. If you have seats of each type, you could reuse them.
You miss out on the advantages of an infant seat. Parents love infant seats that pop in and out of their bases and into strollers. That way, they don’t have to wake a sleeping newborn! 
The 4 in 1 car seat is the jack of all trades. It’s pretty good at a lot of things but not great at any of them.  If your newborn is on the small side, they may not fit well in the rear- facing 4-in-1 seat.

Can I use a 4 in 1 car seat with a stroller?

Four in one car seats are meant to be left in the car. They cannot click into a stroller like an infant seat.

How can I clean my 4 in 1 car seat?

Many 4 in 1 car seats have removable fabric covers you can hand or machine wash- check the owner’s manual. Be sure to vacuum out crumbs and other debris your child leaves in the seat, and wipe down the plastic parts with water and a rag. Check the manual to see what other types of cleaners you can use.

Can I take a four in one car seat on a plane?

In theory, most four in one car seats are FAA-approved for use on an aircraft. However, 4-in-1 seats are large, heavy, and bulky, meaning they probably won’t fit in most plane seats and will be challenging to carry through the airport. I recommend purchasing a separate small car seat better designed for air travel.
Related post: Read more about the best FAA-approved car seats.

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