Reviewers say the Evenflo Triumph Advance LX offers a good price-to-performance ratio. BabyGizmo.com's Hollie Schultz says the Evenflo "sets a standard for affordable convertible car seats." Triumph Advance seats were redesigned after a previous version failed a crash test conducted by one independent review organization.
What sets this Evenflo convertible apart are its adjustment features for harness tension and its secure belting. The up-front adjustment knobs get good feedback from parents, and reviewers say the feature makes the car seat safer by reducing opportunities for incorrect reinstallation, although some reviewers say the harness-tension knob is in an awkward spot when the seat is rear-facing. Owners also say they like the moderate price of the Evenflo Triumph Advance LX, although it's possible to get a top-rated car seat like the Cosco Scenera (*Est. $55) for much less.
Independent crash testing makes ConsumerReports.org our top review source on the Evenflo Triumph Advance LX, but coverage is thin otherwise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes ratings for ease of use only. For more details, we turned to the comprehensive baby gear buyer's guide "Baby Bargains" and consulted a solid review by BabyGizmo.com's Hollie Schultz. User reviews at Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com provide some additional information on comfort, fit and ease of use.
ConsumerReports.org reviews the Evenflo Triumph Advance LX/DLX. Editors rank this seat against 16 other convertible car seats, rating them for crash protection, ease of use and fit to vehicle.
Review: Convertible Car Seats, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Jan. 2010
2. Baby Bargains
This short review covers all three versions of the Evenflo Triumph Advance, comparing them with earlier Evenflo car seats and assessing them in terms of quality and features. Denise and Alan Fields don't perform independent crash testing, but their reviews take into account personal experience, brand reputation and reader feedback.
Review: Convertible and Forward Facing-Only Car Seats, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth Edition, 2009
Hollie Schultz gives the Evenflo Triumph Advance a 5-star rating and a detailed editorial review, calling it "phenomenal" and "affordable." The only real downside, according to Schultz, is that the seat's bulk prevents it from being moved easily between vehicles.
Review: Evenflo Triumph Advance LX -- Harbortown, Hollie Schultz
4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The Evenflo Triumph Advance scores 2 stars out of 5 in government ease-of-use tests. The NHTSA tests the seat both forward- and rear-facing, and it rates its labels, instructions and installation features and ease of securing the child.
Review: Child Safety Seat Ease of Use Ratings, Editors of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Buzzillions.com hosts hundreds of user reviews on the various incarnations of the Evenflo Triumph Advance. Parents say it's easy to install and to adjust. The biggest complaint is this seat's weight and bulk.
Review: Evenflo Triumph Advance, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
The Evenflo Triumph Advance LX is one of the top-rated convertible car seats at Amazon.com, with more than 270 owner reviews. About nine out of 10 reviewers give it 4 or a perfect 5 stars, although some give it low scores, saying it's uncomfortable for their child, hard to wash or won't fit properly in their car.
Review: Evenflo Triumph Advance LX Convertible Car Seat, Contributors to Amazon.com