Graco Snugride vs. Chicco KeyFit
We review so many car seats on BabyMomStreet.com that we’ve become pretty familiar with all of them. The moms on our Mom’s Panel have been very generous in sharing their experiences and we’ve done our own testing and evaluations as well before coming up with our Top Ten lists. Today, we cover here Graco Snugride vs. Chicco KeyFit.
However, there are some brands that have more than one model on our list of favorites or sometimes we have two brands that seem to be tied in the eyes of our moms. In those cases, it can be hard for moms to decide between the two.
So, we’ve decided to offer a few side-by-side comparisons of these popular car seats, to make it easier for you to make an informed buying decision.
For the most part, we’ll be comparing the two models (Graco Snugride vs. Chicco KeyFit) on these points:
- Safety ratings and safety features
- Ease of use
When there are other features that really go into our decision of one car seat over the other, we’ll let you know about those, too. Sometimes it’s little extras that really make a difference between one car seat and another.
Here, we’re comparing two of the most popular models of infant car seats, the Graco Snugride vs. Chicco KeyFit 30. Both made it to our Top Ten List this year and both are favorites with both our Mom’s Panel and our readers. If you’re having trouble deciding between the two, this should help!
Safety Features and Safety Ratings for Graco Snugride vs. Chicco KeyFit
- Both the Graco Snugride and the Chicco KeyFit have been crash-tested for side impacts, but the Graco Snugride does have additional foam within the seat to absorb energy from a side impact before it reaches your baby.
- Both seats have integrated lock-offs so that you don’t have to mess with locking clips.
- Both car seats have very convenient level adjusters that you adjust by turning a knob, though they differ slightly in design.
- Both have five-point harnesses that are easily adjusted without having to rethread the straps.
- In comparing the Graco Snugride vs. Chicco KeyFit 30, one safety feature stands out: The Snugride is rated for up to 35 pounds, which means most children can be rear-facing for a year or even more. The Chicco is only rated to 30 pounds. This should be considered carefully, as rear-facing is still the safest position for your baby.
Ease of Use – Graco Snugride vs. Chicco KeyFit
- As we’ve already said, the ease of installation and the ease of adjusting the harness are pretty much identical between the Graco Snugride vs. Chicco KeyFit 30.
- The Graco Snugride fits into any Graco stroller or baby swing, which is a serious plus when you have a newborn. The Chicco KeyFit 30 works with a few models of Chicco strollers, but does not work with any swings.
- The Graco Snugride is significantly lighter than the Chicco KeyFit. This should be factored into your decision if you think you’ll have to carry your baby in the car seat any significant amount.
Cost for Graco Snugride vs. Chicco KeyFit
The pricing of these two car seats is one of the reasons so many Moms find themselves torn between the two. Both are usually available on Amazon for $155 and with free shipping.
The one difference you may want to factor in with the pricing issue is what kind of stroller you have or want to buy. Your stroller may not work well with an infant unless you’re attaching your infant car seat to it.
Conclusions, All things considered, we ended up deciding that the fact that the Graco Snugride is rated up to 35 pounds and is also usable with any Graco baby swing or stroller really make it the best value when comparing the Graco Snugride vs. Chicco KeyFit 30.
The Chicco is a wonderful car seat, but we think that between the two, the Graco is a better choice.