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Infant Car Seats: Ratings of Sources

Total of 18 Sources
1. Baby Bargains
2013, 10th edition
Car Seats: Picking the Right Child Safety Seat
by Denise and Alan Fields
Our Assessment"Baby Bargains" covers all major infant car seats in-depth, both by brand and by individual model. Authors Denise and Alan Fields consider performance, ease of use and the brand's track record to come up with their overall rating for each seat. Reviews are comparative, thorough and unbiased.
2. ConsumerReports.org
Not dated
Infant Car Seat Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors of ConsumerReports.org test 29 infant car seats on safety, ease of use and fit to vehicle. The ratings are reliable and unbiased, and they include editors' "highs" and "lows" for each seat -- helpful for parents who want a quick summary of each seat. It can be unclear when the tests were performed.
Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings
by Editors of NHTSA
Our AssessmentNHTSA testers evaluate nearly all infant car seats for overall ease of use. Evaluations of a seat's labels, instructions, ease of use and installation features contribute to the overall one-to-five-star ranking. The rankings are unbiased, but they do not account for safety features or owners' opinions.
4. CarSeatBlog.com
As of February 2014
Recommended Car Seats
by Editors of CarSeatBlog.com
Our AssessmentThis website, run by professional child passenger safety technicians and instructors, names a number of infant car seats to its recommended list based on personal experiences with a wide range of seats. Short reviews note key features as well as drawbacks.
5. CarSeatBlog.com
Not dated
CarSeatBlog Reviews
by Editors of CarSeatBlog.com
Our AssessmentThis website, run by professional child passenger safety technicians and instructors, names a number of infant car seats to its recommended list based on personal experiences with a wide range of seats. It also reviews a range of seats in-depth including the Evenflo Embrace 35 and Graco SnugRide 30, detailing installation, fit to child and vehicle, primary features and pros and cons.
6. Babble.com
Nov. 12, 2012
Babble Blogger Favorites: Infant and Toddler Car Seats
by Michelle Horton
Our AssessmentMichelle Horton "consulted with local experts, did endless research, and tested seats on a variety of ages" to pick the best infant and convertible seats in a number of categories, including new seats, most innovative and most budget-friendly. Reviews are thorough, noting important specs, key features and pros and cons.
7. Good Housekeeping
Not dated
Infant Car Seat Reviews
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentThe reviews conducted by Good Housekeeping are unbiased and thorough, including pros and cons and product specifications. Although the Good Housekeeping Research Institute has a stellar reputation, a couple of discontinued models are included in this roundup, indicating that the information may be a bit dated.
8. BabyCenter.com
Not dated
The Best Infant Car Seats
by Editors of BabyCenter.com
Our AssessmentFive infant car seats are included on this "best" list, and each is accompanied by a brief summary about why each seat is great as well as "what to watch out for." The seats were chosen by editors' input and experience, as well as by parent reviews from the BabyCenter blog and across the web.
9. BabyCenter.com
2012
Top 15 Baby Products of the Year: Moms' Picks
by Contributors to BabyCenter.com
Our AssessmentThe Chicco KeyFit 30 earns the top spot in BabyCenter's 2012 Top Moms' Picks in the infant car seat category, beating out the Britax Chaperone because of its easy installation, compact design and safety. Editors quote moms about the seat's ease of use. More than 2,000 BabyCenter moms were polled for this annual "best of" roundup.
10. Amazon.com
As of February 2014
Infant Car Seats
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is one of a parent's best resources for real-world reviews of infant car seats. Reviews are often quite detailed and even-handed. Expensive seats may have fewer reviews than cheaper seats. Prospective buyers should read carefully, since reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with the seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of older reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product with flaws that have been addressed.
11. CarSeatMoms.com
Not dated
Child Safety Seat Reviews and Ratings
by Editors of CarSeatMoms.com
Our AssessmentCarSeatMoms.com "is a collaboration of moms, child passenger safety technicians and advocates" that offers forums and short but informative reviews of most of the car seats on the market, including the Cosco Comfy Carry and Baby Trend Flex-Loc. It details specs, important features and pros and cons. There is also a forum where parents can ask questions.
12. About.com
Not dated
Top 6 Infant Car Seats
by Heather Corley
Our AssessmentHeather Corley, About.com's guide to baby products, names six infant car seats that she says stand out for ease of use, adjustability and durability, based on her experiences as a child passenger safety technician. The reviews are brief and don't note any cons, and it's unclear if she's actually tried all of the seats or is merely familiar with them.
2013 Best Baby Car Seat Comparisons and Reviews
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentTopTenReviews.com ranks 10 popular car seats in the following categories: safety, ease of use, features and help and support. The top-rated car seats are all familiar names that show up on most top roundups of infant car seats. Although methodology is unclear, reviews are in-depth and tend to be very positive regardless of ratings.
14. Walmart.com
As of February 2014
Infant Car Seats
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com is a solid source for customer reviews of infant car seats, particularly certain budget models such as the Cosco Comfy Carry. Owners rate seats on a one-to-five-star scale, and reviews can be sorted by "most helpful" and "newest" among other criteria. There are a good number of reviews, but the information generally isn't as detailed as it is at some other sites.
15. Babies 'R' Us
As of February 2014
Infant Car Seats
by Contributors to Babies "R" Us
Our AssessmentBabies "R" Us is a solid source for customer reviews of infant car seats, particularly popular seats and those exclusively sold at Babies "R" Us. Owners rate seats on a one-to-five-star scale, and the site offers a helpful snapshot of reviewers' pros and cons. However, information generally isn't as detailed as it is at some other online consumer sites that sell infant car seats, and there tend to be not as many reviewers overall.
16. TheBump.com
Not dated
Top 10 Car Seats
by Sarah Yang
Our AssessmentThis list includes infant, convertible and booster car seats. The blurbs name a particular "niche" for each seat, such as "space saver" or "for teeny babies," and provide a short overview. However, all the reviews are overwhelmingly positive and it's not clear how these particular models were chosen.
17. Parents Magazine
Not dated
Best Car Seats for Babies and Toddlers
by Jessica Hartshorn and Hallie Scheflin
Our AssessmentThis list includes short blurbs based on each infant car seat's most notable features. Though it appears to be up to date, the information is far from comprehensive and the reviewers don't offer any criticisms. It's also not clear how these particular models were chosen.
18. BabyGizmo.com
Not dated
Infant Car Seats
by Hollie Schultz
Our AssessmentHollie Schultz of BabyGizmo.com provides an overview of infant car seats and an "editor's choice" list of the five best infant car seats. While some are reviewed in-depth, others are not. It's also unclear when the list was compiled.
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