Graco 4Ever Vs Extend2Fit: Which One Wins?

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With new research proving the need to keep children in child safety seats for longer, and new laws requiring the seats, buying a car seat for a child is no longer as simple as just buying the first one you see at the store. Parents expect more from their car seats now. They often prefer seats that will last for years, growing and adjusting with their child, so that they don't have to go back and buy a whole new seat every six months when their child's needs change. The Graco 4Ever and Extend2Fit child safety seats are two popular models, but which one is best? In this article, we will help you decide the Graco 4Ever vs Extend2Fit debate for yourself.

Graco 4Ever vs Extend2Fit — What Are They?

The Graco 4Ever is a car seat that works as a rear-facing seat, forward-facing seat, high-back booster seat, and backless booster seat. The Extend2Fit, on the other hand, works as a rear-facing seat, forward-facing seat, and high-back booster, but does not become a backless booster seat. While the Extend2Fit's lack of backless booster seat capabilities is one difference, there are other features of the seats that should be compared.

Product Specs

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First, we'd like to look at the technical specifications of the Graco 4Ever vs Extend2Fit.

Rear Facing

Forward Facing

High-Back Booster

Backless Booster

Harness Positions

Seat Measurements

Safety Features

Pricing

Both seats are very similar in price. The price also varies depending on color pattern.

Graco 4Ever

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The Graco 4Ever car seat is a seat that is designed to grow with a child from the time they are a newborn until the time that they no longer need a car seat at all. It includes two removable cup holders so that when a child is old enough to have snacks and drinks in the car, they have a nice place to set them. Safety features include a steel-reinforced frame, side impact technology, and energy-absorbing foam.

  • Ease of Use
  • Versatility
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

Most users agree that the Graco4Ever seat is easy to install, with clearly labeled and color-coded belt paths to take away the guesswork. It has only one set of LATCH straps, which have to be used in both the front-facing and rear-facing positions. When switching positions you'll have to move them, which is not very difficult to do. The LATCH system is easy to install, and you'll hear an audible click when it is installed correctly. The rear-facing position makes use of a bubble indicator so you can be sure that it is level when you install it. Users said that the hardest part of this seat's installation process was tightening the seatbelt in the rear-facing position.

Pros

  • Converts to four positions
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to convert
  • Wide range of harness positions
  • Many color patterns available

Cons

  • Infant position reclines less than regular infant seats
  • Difficult to rec
  • Uncomfortable back
  • Child may sweat a lot while riding

Extend2Fit

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The Extend 2Fit car seat is similar to the Graco 4Ever in many ways. It is a convertible car seat that grows with a child, though it does not have the Graco 4Ever's backless booster seat feature. It also has two removable cup holders. Like the Graco 4Ever, its safety features include a steel-reinforced frame, side impact technology, and energy-absorbing foam.

  • Ease of Use
  • Versatility
  • Design Quality
  • Warranty

Users found that installing this car seat using the LATCH system is fairly easy as it just snaps into the vehicle's LATCH anchors. The seatbelt method is more difficult, especially in the rear-facing position. When comparing the Graco 4Ever vs Extend2Fit, it seems that the Extend2Fit's seatbelt path is smaller and a little harder to weave a belt through. Transitioning the seat to a booster is just as easy as the Graco 4Ever's transition, involving tucking the harness into a special compartment.

Pros

  • Easy to install using LATCH system
  • Six different reclining positions for rear-facing children
  • Leg extender with four positions
  • Children up to 50 pounds can ride rear-facing
  • No-rethread harness
  • Easy to transition to booster seat

Cons

  • Seat cover is difficult to remove and reattach
  • Bulky
  • No backless booster seat option
  • Installation using seatbelt can be difficult

Conclusion

It is difficult to compare the Graco 4Ever vs Extend2fit, when they are similar in so many ways. They are both convertible car seats with easy-to-install LATCH systems, six reclining options in the rear-facing position, no-rethread harnesses, and adjustable headrests. While the Graco 4Ever car seat converts to a backless booster seat for after a child has outgrown the high-back booster, the Extend2Fit offers leg extension and is good for an extra ten pounds in the rear-facing position. Price-wise, the two seats are very similar. It may come down to a parent's personal preferences. If parents really want their child to ride in a rear-facing seat for as long as possible, the Extend2Fit is the obvious choice. Keep in mind that there is also a height limit for the car seat's rear-facing position, so if your child is tall he may very likely outgrow the rear-facing position before he hits fifty pounds, anyway.

Parents should also take into consideration the fact that car seats have expiration dates. In the case of both the Graco 4Ever car seat and the Extend2Fit car seat, the expiration date is ten years after the seat is manufactured. This means if you have a newborn, by the time she is tall enough and heavy enough for a backless booster seat, your convertible seat may be close to expiring — or newer and even safer versions of backless booster seats may be on the market to replace your convertible seat. If this is the case, going with the Extend2Fit and forgoing Graco 4Ever's backless booster seat option may be a good choice. On the other hand, if your child is three or four years old and is very close to outgrowing the height requirement for the Extend2Fit's rear-facing option, going with the Graco 4Ever may be the more sensible choice.

There is definitely a lot to think about when it comes to choosing between the Graco 4Ever vs Extend2Fit. Take your time, do your research, and choose the seat that will be the perfect fit for your family. Your child's safety is always the top priority.

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