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Car Seat Rating Sources

Total of 17 Sources
1. Baby Bargains
Tenth Edition, 2013
Car Seats: Picking the Right Child Safety Seat
by Denise and Alan Fields
Our Assessment"Baby Bargains" covers all major convertible car seats in depth. 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 and take into account owner feedback, as well as the expertise of the authors.
Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings
by Editors of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Our AssessmentNHTSA testers evaluate all convertible car seats for overall ease of use. Evaluations of a seat's labels, instructions, ease of use and installation features contribute to the overall 1- to 5-star ranking. The rankings are unbiased, but they do not account for safety features or owners' opinions. This is because the NHTSA says that it doesn't matter what types of safety features a seat has if it's not properly installed -- making ease of use a crucial feature.
3. ConsumerReports.org
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Convertible Car Seat Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests 27 convertible car seats. 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. However, there are a couple of discontinued models listed, and it's unclear when the tests were performed.
4. CarSeatBlog.com
September 2012
Recommended Carseats
by Editors of CarSeatBlog.com
Our AssessmentThis website, run by professional child-passenger safety technicians and instructors, names a number of convertible 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, and the site also links to more in-depth reviews when available.
5. MommiesLike.com
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Convertible Car Seat Reviews
by Editors of MommiesLike.com
Our AssessmentThis site offers top-five lists in different price brackets: Under $150, $200 and $250. It also has thorough, in-depth reviews that cover safety, comfort, ease of adjustments, ease of installation, dimensions and pros and cons of each seat. The site is an Amazon.com affiliate, but the information appears sound.
6. Babble.com
Nov. 12, 2012
Babble Blogger Favorites: Infant and Toddler Car Seats
by Michelle Horton
Our AssessmentHorton "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
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Convertible Car Seat Reviews
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentThe reviews conducted by Good Housekeeping are relatively unbiased, including pros and cons and product specifications. A couple of discontinued models are included, however, so the information may be a bit dated.
8. BabyCenter.com
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Top 15 Baby Products of the Year: Moms' Picks
by Contributors to BabyCenter.com
Our AssessmentBabyCenter.com contributors pick the Britax Marathon as their top 2012 convertible car seat because of "durability, looks and ease of use." Editors quote moms' comments about the seat but note it can be pricey.
9. BabyCenter.com
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Toddler Car Seats
by Editors of BabyCenter.com
Our AssessmentThis list of best car seats includes both convertible seats and boosters. Each short review includes a brief summary about why the seat is great, as well as what to watch out for. But it's unclear how the seats were chosen, and the inclusion of both convertibles and boosters could confuse some parents who want a seat that can be used both rear- and forward-facing.
10. BabyCheapskate.com
Feb. 8, 2013
Top Convertible Car Seats Under $150: 6 Picks
by Angie Wynne
Our AssessmentWynne picks six less expensive seats as good budget picks, based on expert reviews from sources including Car-Seat.org and CarSeatMoms.com. She lists highlights for each seat and links to more in-depth reviews on other sites, but does not note any cons.
11. Amazon.com
As of February 2014
Convertible Car Seats
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is one of a parent's best resources for real-world reviews of convertible 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 a 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.
12. Viewpoints.com
As of February 2014
Convertible Car Seat Reviews
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com has a growing number of baby-gear user reviews, and there's good coverage of some of the top convertible car seats. Reviewers rate each seat on a 1- to 5-star scale, and seats are ultimately assigned a rating out of 100 points. Many discontinued seats are among those that earned top ratings, however.
13. Buzzillions.com
As of February 2014
Convertible Car Seats
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com offers an easy-to-use interface and aggregate pros-and-cons lists. Products are rated on a 1- to 5-star scale. The site compiles reviews from external sources like BabiesRUs.com and Diapers.com. Searching by most reviewed, you can get a better sense of overall ratings.
14. BabyGizmo.com
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Convertible Car Seats
by Hollie Schultz
Our AssessmentHollie Schultz provides an overview of convertible car seats and an Editor's Choice list of the five best convertible car seats. While some are reviewed in depth, others are not. The list also includes a couple of discontinued seats, indicating that it's based on older information.
15. About.com
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Top 8 Convertible Car Seats
by Heather Corley
Our AssessmentHeather Corley, About.com's guide to baby products, names eight convertible car seats that she says stand out "based on my experiences as a child passenger safety technician, as well as the experiences of other techs." Corley doesn't say which experts she consulted, however.
16. Parenting.com
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17 Convertible Car Seats with Extended Rear Facing
by Melanie Monroe Rosen
Our AssessmentRosen rounds up 17 seats with higher height and weight capacities that may allow parents to keep their children rear-facing past age 2. She notes that many children will outgrow their seats by height before weight. The accompanying reviews are informative but brief, and some don't mention cons for a particular model.
17. TheBump.com
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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 and provide a short overview, but they are overwhelmingly positive. It's also not clear how these particular models were chosen.
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