The Chicco Car Seat Nextfit is a luxury convertible seat that is not meant for everyone. Because of its size and “design flaw,” only parents with HUGE vehicles will appreciate it.

Here’s how I see it.

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Chicco Nextfit*

 

Ideal Use


 

Rear-Facing Weight: 5-40 pounds
Forward-Facing Weight: 22-65 pounds
Height Limit: Up to 49 inches

 

Good 2-Way Car Seats


 

Will It Fit In My Car?


 

Width 19 inches
Height 29.2 inches
Depth/Length 21 inches

Fitting this seat into your vehicle can be answered by the 9 recline positions it comes with. This is probably one of the few convertible car seats that offer this much option to recline the seat.

 

Good All-In-One Car Seats


 

Installation


 

Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel? No
Easy To Install Rear-Facing? Yes
Easy To Install Forward-Facing? Yes
Easy To Uninstall? Yes

For parents worrying about installation issues, this seat comes with a fool-proof and intuitive design that would let you install the seat in the breeze. The LATCH straps even have labels in them saying that you have to pull this first, and the next one after.

No issues about not being a rocket scientist as even a first-time parent can handle the seat installation even if this is their first time seeing this seat.

 

How To Install The Chicco Nextfit Rear-Facing With LATCH


 

How To Install The Nextfit Rear-Facing With Seat Belt


 

Safety


 

Country Of Origin: China
Steel Frame: Yes
Five-Point Harness? Yes
Side Impact Tested: Yes
Approved For Airplane Use: Yes
Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle? Yes

No questions about how sturdy the seat is and if it can protect your child when an accident happens. As long as you install it properly (which is easy to do), you can entrust your child’s safety to how this seat is built.

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How To Tighten The Chicco Nextfit Buckles


 

The Seat


 

Is The Material Breathable? Yes
Seat Weight: 25.5 pounds
Machine Washable Cover? Yes
Roomy? Yes
No-Rethread Harness? Yes
Comes With An Infant Body Support? Yes
Easy To Remove Cover? No
Expiration 8 years
Comes With A Cup Holder? Yes
Shoulder Harness Has Pads? Yes
Leg Straps Has Pads? No

The seat is very well-padded not just for safety but also for the added protection of your little passenger.

You don’t need to rethread the harness as your child grows. Just pull the headrest up or down and the harness height will adjust with it.

The removable infant insert doesn’t seem to help if you have a newborn. It’s a little ironic because although the specifications of the seat say rear-facing from 5 to 40 pounds, the manual also says that you may have to wait for your child to be a bit bigger to fit comfortably.

The Seat Is Deep And The Sides Are High. I understand that the depth of the seat is supposed to be for the purpose of giving more leg room but that, combined with the high sides have a major impact on user-friendliness. Here’s what can happen.

If you have a small car where you cannot directly position yourself across the seat, you can have a hard time getting in your arms to adjust your child before you buckle them.

When you are parked beside another vehicle and therefore is limited to open the door all the way, the sides’ height can make it tricky to reach in and position your child.

Also, because of this, the airflow for your little passenger will seem to be restricted, resulting in discomfort and therefore an unhappy passenger.

It Is Difficult To Take The Cover Apart For Cleaning. Removing and putting back the seat cover when you need to wash it can be a little challenge. Chicco has provided a solution for this problem by altering the design a bit and making it “zippable” in the Chicco Nextfit Zip car seat*. The price is up by USD 50. It’s a good solution but an additional price to pay.
 

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Conclusion


 

It seems that the Chicco Car Seat Nextfit is built for a truck or an SUV. Having this in a smaller vehicle would let you deal with the high sides issue.

It’s good that they have provided a solution for easily laundering the cover when they came up with the Nextfit Zip model.

Because it is not ideal for a newborn, that would mean getting an infant seat until your child is ready for this.

Safety-wise, it can satisfy you. But if I will get this seat, I will wait until my child has outgrown her infant car seat and I will surely get the Zip model instead. Just watching the “how to clean” video for 18 minutes plus makes me think that paying a little more to save time when removing the cover and putting it back is worth the money.

If your car is big enough to position yourself in front of the seat to help your toddler buckle up, I think it might be worth to give it a try.

I highly suggest that you check out the feedbacks of parents who got this seat to help you decide more.

 

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What do you think?

I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

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  1. Hi,

    Thank you for very helpfull information.
    Do you know maybe is there any official car seat test results, so I can compare products. For me the safety of my kid is on the first place and I ‘m worried because I red an article which sais that many expensive car seats failed on tests…

    thanks a lot

    1. Hi Vjekoslav,

      There’s no link to “official crash test results” but major car seat blogs rate the Chicco Nextfit with flying colors when it comes to safety.

      However, thank you for raising up the “safety” question, I did a further digging over the weekend. Turned out there’s one parent who had a major issue with the design of the buckle. He said his toddler can quickly open and close it. So Chicco representative advised that parent to instead teach the toddler not to play with it. The dissatisfied parent of course was furious since the manufacturer should do something about the buckle design according to him.

      Here’s the link of the video I’m talking about.

      Thanks to your question, I have to update the rest of my Chicco comparison articles. 🙂

      Have a nice day!

      Regards,
      Pitin

  2. I would like to ask if this car seat is the best one out there? We are pregnant with our first child and your post has been very helpful to us and we are glad we found it. Is Amazon the best place to purchase car seats? Are their prices the lowest? Thank you kindly.

    -Matt B.

    1. Hi Matt,

      In my opinion, it is a bit pricey given that it can only be used until 65 pounds. I would like to think that spending money on something you can use longer would be better. Better options are the following:

      1. Evenflo Symphony DLX (My Review Here) and the
      2. Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Car Seat (My Review Here)

      These two are the “best bet” in my book.

      However, should you not like them, there are more options I have rated at 8/10 and you can find them here: Convertible Car Seats 8/10 Reviews.

      Amazon offers great deals every now and then (in fact, almost every day). As per writing this comment, you can get the Chicco Nextfit for USD 254.99 instead of the usual USD 299.99.

      Regards,
      Pitin

  3. I’m a first-time parent and we’re going to have to get another one since our one-year-old is almost too big now for our infant car seat. I was considering this one but after this review, I may go with one of the cheaper versions you suggest. I also have to have one that isn’t too wide because I have to lay back in my seat. Maybe the Evenflo Sureride?

    1. Hi Dan,

      The Sureride dimensions are 29 x 20 x 20 inches. If that is something you can fit nicely in your car, by all means, consider the seat.

      Please take note that it can be tough to install, not padded enough, and can be hard to release the lower buckles.

      If you are fine with it, then the Sureride is definitely roomy, lightweight, affordable and comes in nice looking designs.

      Regards,
      Pitin

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