For parents who only need a safe and an affordable option, the Evenflo Embrace Infant LX car seat is a safe option ONLY WHEN YOU PLAN TO USE IT AS A BACKUP CAR SEAT. Is this the best affordable infant car seat?
Last Updated: October 25, 2017
*The Evenflo Embrace LX is nowadays sold as a part of a Travel System. The above photo comes with an Evenflo Vive stroller (Here’s link to my review of the Evenflo Stroller Vive Travel System)
|Rear-Facing Weight:||4-35 pounds|
|Height Limit:||Up to 30 inches|
Will It Fit In My Car?
* The handle is in the travel position
|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?||Yes (with or without base)|
|Level Indicator For Correct Recline Angle?||A label on one side of the carrier/Central Pendulum On The Base|
|Base: Easy To Install?||No|
|Carrier Easy To Install Without The Base?||Yes|
|Easy To Uninstall?||Yes|
|Carrier Easy To Click Into The Base?||Yes|
|Carrier Easy To Remove From The Base?||Yes|
The installation of the base is not the easiest to handle. If you are always hopping around in and out of the car, you will find that installing the seat using the car seat belt is a breeze.
Here’s How You Install This Seat Using A Car’s Seat Belt
|Country Of Origin:||China|
|Side Impact Tested:||Yes|
|Approved For Airplane Use:||Yes|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?||Yes|
One good thing about the seat is that the buckles are easy to use. Although you have to snap the crotch buckles one by one, the design seems to be intuitive as parents love how they can buckle and unbuckle the harness in no time.
It is something that can save you time and hassle since some infant car seats are complained to have a rocket-science buckle system.
The handles are comfortable to move from the front position to the stand position. It is very much appreciated for the price since sometimes, people tell you that you get what you pay for.
That is not the case when you deal with the Embrace LX handles.
The comfort of carrying around the car seat is also worth noting. It only weighs 7.5 pounds.
|Length Of Canopy||Extends to the middle|
|Does It Get In The Way Of The Carry Handles?||Yes|
|Does It Stay In Place?||No|
|Is It Easy To Move?||Yes|
For sunny days, you can drape over a receiving blanket for sunlight protection, something that you don’t need to do if the canopy provides enough coverage in the first place.
For the rain or the snow, you will need to get an extra gear for that.
|Is The Material Breathable?||Relatively|
|Seat Weight:||7.5 pounds|
|Machine Washable Cover?||Yes|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?||No|
|Easy To Remove Cover?||Yes|
|Shoulder Harness Has Pads?||No|
How comfortable your baby is should be one of the major factors to consider when choosing an infant seat. Long drives and hot weather can make your child fussy if the seat is not comfortable.
While some parents find that this seat makes their baby sweat a lot, it is not the case for the majority. The material is soft otherwise.
The removable head padding for the infant is complained to be “sloppy” and doesn’t seem to add value to the crash protection of the seat.
It is too cushiony and soft that there is no way it can absorb any collision impact should there be any.
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While it is perfectly safe for preemies and newborn alike, you need to get a separate newborn insert for added comfort and protection since the seat does not come with it.
The seat length can have a significant impact on the space you will need. Not a big deal for parents with larger vehicles, otherwise, you have no choice but to move the front passenger seat more to the front. It will also need more room width-wise as it is not very narrow when used with the base.
Installation with or without the base will need you to use a pool noodle or a rolled towel. When doing so, it is important to check that you have the proper recline to avoid making your child’s head fall forward.
Installing the infant car seat carrier directly using the car seat belt is apparently easier to do than dealing with the base, which is quite hard to tighten.
If you intend to use this as a temporary car seat, use the infant carrier without the base for easier installation. Make sure that you use a locking clip to ensure tight install without the base. The locking clip usually comes with the purchase.
If the weight is a deciding factor, then this is one of the lightest car seats in the inexpensive price range.
It would have been best to carry it by hand because of its weight. But because the canopy gets in the way of the carry handles (there is limited space between them) it would be best to snap this seat into a compatible stroller.
The canopy coverage only extends to the middle, and it does not stay in place. A separate purchase of an infant car seat cover will help.
You will have to manually remove the harness and re-feed them to the next higher slot every time your child needs more room height-wise.
You also need to get separate shoulder harness pads as it doesn’t come with it.
There is so much additional stuff you need to get in order to give your child a comfortable ride. You are better off looking for an alternative if you plan to use an infant car seat every day. Otherwise, if you only intend to use it for short drives seldom, it can do the job.
I highly suggest that you check out the feedbacks of parents who this seat to help you decide further.
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