The Best Infant Car Seats of 2016 Announced by BabyGearLab.com
BabyGearLab releases results of extensive testing on the 15 most popular infant car seats
And the winners are:
The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 earned the Editors’ Choice Award and the highest score in the group with a score 7 points from the closest competition. BabyGearLab founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier, says “The Peg Perego surprised and impressed us with better than average scores in every metric. It was hard for us to deny how nice it is in side-by-side comparisons.”
The Chicco Keyfit 30 earned the second Editors’ Choice Award with a seat that impressed testers and has a cheaper price tag than the Peg Perego. Juliet Spurrier MD, from BabyGearLab says, “The Chicco is a seat that has something for everyone, and we think its unique LATCH install and higher margin of protection over the basic seat, make it a great buy.”
The UPPAbaby Mesa earned the award for Top Pick for Travel and Urban Life. This seat has unique self-ratcheting anchors that make it easy to install compared to most of the competition. Pediatrician Juliet Spurrier says, “The UPPAbaby Mesa is great for Travelers because it is easy to install quickly and securely without the base. It also has a super easy to use harness height adjustment that can be operated with baby still in the seat and from the front for a proper fit every time.”
The Safety 1st onBoard 35 Air earned the Best Value Award. Dr. Spurrier, BabyGearLab founder, says, “This seat is a budget friendly seat that gives parents what they are looking for without sacrificing the essentials. While it might be missing the bells and whistles found in some of the competition, it gives parents what they need for a reasonable price.”
BabyGearLab spent several months performing tests and using the seats in multiple vehicles to compile input and points for overall scoring. Testing was overseen by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure that installations were performed according to manufacturer directions and applicable safety guidelines. Test results and user feedback were used to determine the scores and award winners.
BabyGearLab also published an extensive buying advice article to help parents narrow their car seat choice to a few optimum choices according to their individual needs. It discussed the features and functionality parents should be most concerned with when making a car seat buying decision, in the event that the award winners won’t fit their needs.
BabyGearLab.com is baby gear testing and review website founded by pediatrician Dr. Spurrier. The review site is committed to offering unbiased quality testing and reports on baby products to help parents make informed purchasing decisions. The website also includes information pertaining to health and safety for children, including a recent article on avoiding infant car seat installation mistakes.