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I am in the market for a new convertible carseat and I have it narrowed down to two: Britax Boulevard 65 CS or Graco MyRide 65. Britax is 369.99 and Graco is 199.99 (I'm in Canada, if that matters.)
I know that with carseats it's a personal type thing, but in YOUR opinion, is Britax still the best of the best and worth spending so much extra on? I have no problem spending the extra money if it truly is better, but if I can get something just as good (or possibly even better?) for way cheaper, of course I'll go that route.
Britax is not the best, and is not the safest. No brand is. The best seat for your child is one that your child fits properly, fits in your vehicle, will be used correctly 100% of the time, and fits your budget. That could be a $50 seat, or that could be a $400 seat. The higher price doesn't automatically mean it's the best and the safest. It just means that it might have more bells & whistles, which might make a seat more comfortable, or more easier to use... but it doesn't make it the best. Too many people believe in the Britax bubble, where they think it's the best and must have it otherwise you don't love your child enough and are putting their lives in danger.... which is simply not true.
We had the My Ride 65 and I really loved it. My daughter outgrew it REARFACING by height and weight just after she turned 3, so we turned her forward facing in it. We eventually sold it for a different forward facing seat, but it's not a bad seat at all. I have never, and will never, own a Britax convertible car seat. There are definitely other options for lower price, same safety, similar or better features, etc. I do own two Britax seats (booster & forward facing combination seats) that my kids ride in regularly, but I still love my other brands too!
Like Erica said, both are great seats that both come highly recommended. Between the two, I'd go with the MyRide over the Boulevard because it will give your RFing toddler more leg room. I also am not a fan of any of the Britax convertibles because other seats offer so much more for a smaller price tag. I am not anti-Britax - the Frontier 85 is a great seat which I also own. It's just that their convertibles are really lacking and behind the times, although they are trying.
Try them both out in your car, put your kiddo in it, and see what you like. You may find you prefer one over the other once you actually get your hands on both. I don't think you can go wrong either way, but don't think that the Britax price automatically means it's the best.
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I never tried the My Ride but I've tried the Boulevard, Cosco Scenera and the First Years True Fit... Personally I think the Boulevard is far superior for me because I know for a fact that I install it correctly and its easy to adjust (you don't have to rethread the straps at all). The Scenera I couldn't get installed correctly for the life of me (nor could my husband, dad, or SIL) and we ended up returning it...the True Fit just seemed so difficult and cumbersome compared to the Boulevard (I could seriously install that thing in my sleep). We now own 3 Boulevard CS, one for my car, one for my husbands car, and one for travel. And that's just for my daughter, I am pregnant and we will probably buy another 3 lol.
Anyway, having said all that, I've only heard good things about the My Ride so I would test both of them.
Also my daughter is almost 20 months and fits just fine rear-facing in it...I'm planning on keeping her rear-facing until age 3 and I think she should be fine but I don't know at this point of course.
Last edited by Daffodil; February 16th, 2012 at 09:11 AM.
Like the others said, as long as it is safely installed, you use it properly, and your child fits in it...whichever you choose is the "best" seat.
I hated my Britax. We had the Marathon for my son and I found it bulky and lacking in some essential features (leg room topping the list). We bought a MyRide and love it. He is RFing in it right now at 2 years, 4 months and has plenty of growing room. I suspect he will make it at least to 3 in it.
If you do have access to both seats, try them out. You might favor one strongly over the other. And if you don't...you can save some money and go with the cheaper seat