The DaVinci Kalani Convertible Crib generally earns high marks from consumers, who appreciate its sturdiness, sleigh style and reasonable price. The crib's variety of finishes, four mattress-height levels and ability to convert into a toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed (rail kit purchased separately) also draw favorable comments from owners. However, Kalani critics report that the soft pine construction is easily scratched and dented, and the finish is prone to chipping. While owners of both the Graco Lauren (*Est. $149) and Sarah convertible cribs (*Est. $150) tell of similar wood and finish issues, they cost significantly less than the DaVinci Kalani and receive better reviews overall.
We found crib ratings in the latest edition of "Baby Bargains," and on Bestcovery.com and HubPages.com. Scores of parents post feedback on the DaVinci Kalani on BabiesRUs.com, Target.com and Cribs.com. These reviews provide valuable information on how to set up the crib, how different mattresses fit in it and various issues that can occur over time, such as the finish warping and crib-to-bed conversion difficulties.
1. Baby Bargains
While "Baby Bargains" doesn't specifically discuss and rate the DaVinci Kalani crib, authors review the brand and parent company Million Dollar Baby as a whole. They also note that cribs made of Asian pine, a soft wood, are more prone to nicks and dents.
Review: Crib Brand Ratings, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth edition
Parent and online children's storeowner Jennifer Bryant lists her five choices for best baby cribs, naming the DaVinci Kalani Convertible Crib her top pick. While she provides product details, style notes and pricing considerations, there isn't much comparison between models.
Review: Best Baby Crib, Jennifer Bryant, March 4, 2011
Target doesn't group product reviews by model, but the DaVinci Kalani crib has a high average customer rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 based on about 150 reviews for the five available finishes.
Review: DaVinci Kalani 4 in 1 with Toddler Rail, Contributors to Target.com, As of Jan. 2012
4. Babies 'R' Us
Babies"R"Us carries a good selection of cribs, many with several customer reviews for a fairly balanced picture of their popularity. More than 140 owners give the DaVinci Kalani 4.4 stars out of 5. In general, parents like the crib for its durability and stability, but some mention assembly difficulties.
Review: DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Crib with Toddler Rail, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of Jan. 2012
Cribs.com offers a wide variety of cribs, but only a few have many customer reviews. The DaVinci Kalani Convertible Crib is one of them, attracting comments from more than 80 owners and a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. While most reviewers find the crib durable and attractive, some complain of difficult assembly and scratches to the finish.
Review: DaVinci Kalani 4 in 1 Convertible Sleigh Crib Collection, Contributors to Cribs.com, As of Jan. 2012
While this review describes the three recommended cribs in great detail, much of the content appears to be taken directly from online vendor pages. In addition, there's no information about selection criteria or if any other models were considered.
Review: Best Baby Cribs 2012, "jimmythejock", Not dated