The Graco SnugRide 30 infant car seat is one of the most popular infant car seats on the market. It has very good safety ratings, and it costs less than some of its main competitors. As its name suggests, the SnugRide 30 accommodates babies up to 30 pounds and 30 inches tall. Reviewers say the car seat is light and easy to carry, and it's compatible with a number of travel systems. The Graco SnugRide 30 snaps easily into its base, according to reviews, and it's not a struggle to get a baby in and out of the seat. A wide assortment of colors and designs is another plus.
However, many experts prefer the Chicco KeyFit 30 (*Est. $200) overall. Although it is more expensive, the Chicco car seat gets better ratings for ease of use, and one tester says it fits small newborns better than the Graco SnugRide 30. In addition, the Graco SnugRide 30 does not install well using a vehicle's seat belt, according to a recent independent test. One interesting and common complaint -- there is a large, non-removable warning label where the baby's head rests. Parents say this is unattractive and they are worried it will be uncomfortable. Overall, reviewers prefer the Chicco KeyFit 30, but the Graco SnugRide 30 is a good alternative for parents on a budget.
ConsumerReports.org is the best source of information on the Graco SnugRide 30. It is one of the only independent sources that evaluates car seats on issues such as crash protection and fit to vehicle. Babble.com and Parents.com don't subject infant seats to crash tests, but the parenting sites have good information on ease of use and other considerations. ToysRUs.com is a good source for user reviews.
Testers evaluates 28 infant car seats in its latest test, including the Graco SnugRide 30. Each car seat is rated on crash protection, ease of use and fit to vehicle using both the LATCH system and safety belts.
Review: Infant Car Seat Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Babble.com names the Graco SnugRide 30 the best travel system in its review of car seats. Editors like the Graco seat because it is compatible with so many different strollers, and it's also very light, which makes it easy to carry. However, they say the Chicco KeyFit 30 is a better fit for small newborns.
Review: Best Travel System - Graco SnugRide 30, Editors of Babble.com, 2011
Parents.com selects the Graco SnugRide 30 as one of the best infant car seats in this brief review. Editors say the car seat is compatible with many different strollers.
Review: 2011 Infant Car Seats, Jessica Hartshorn, 2011
The Graco SnugRide 30 has a 4.5-star rating (out of 5) from more than 50 reviewers at ToysRUs.com. More than 90 percent say they would recommend the car seat to a friend, although a few parents say the seat is heavy and doesn't install well using a vehicle's seat belt.
Review: Graco SnugRide 30 Infant Car Seat, Contributors to ToysRUs.com
In about 20 customer reviews, the Graco SnugRide 30 earns an impressive 4.1-star rating out of 5. The big hit is its compatibility with a variety of strollers, making it a popular choice as part of a travel system. However, even satisfied parents express their dissatisfaction with the large, non-removable warning label inside the headrest, saying it's unattractive and may be uncomfortable for taller babies.
Review: Graco SnugRide 30 Infant Car Seat, Contributors to Amazon.com