The Chicco Nextfit Vs Britax Boulevard G4.1 come with their own strengths and weaknesses. For the price tag that they come with, it is easy to justify what they can offer.

While the Chicco Nextfit seems to be a safer choice, the Boulevard G4.1 can also be utilized effectively as long as you know what to watch out for.

Learn more.

 
Last Updated: November 3, 2017
 

 

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Chicco Nextfit  Vs  Britax Boulevard G4.1

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Ideal Use


 

Chicco Nextfit

Britax Boulevard G4.1

Rear-Facing Weight:

5-40 pounds

Forward-Facing Weight:

22-65 pounds

20-65 pounds

Height Limit:

Up to 49 inches

 

Will It Fit In My Car?


 

Chicco Nextfit

Britax Boulevard G4.1

Width

19 inches

18.5 inches

Height

29.2 inches

26  inches

Depth/Length

21 inches

21 inches

Recline Positions

9

3

The Britax Boulevard G4.1 is half an inch narrower than the Chicco Nextfit.

The Chicco Nextfit is taller than the Boulevard G4.1 seat. Reclining the Nextfit to the maximum position would add to the overall vehicle space length-wise that you would be needing. It has 9 positions plus the default 29.2 inches.

That’s a big difference when compared to the default height of Boulevard G4.1 which is only 26 inches plus 3 recline positions.
 
 

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Installation


 

Chicco Nextfit

Britax Boulevard G4.1

Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?

No

Yes

Easy To Install Rear-Facing?

Yes

Easy To Install Forward-Facing?

Yes

Level Indicator

Dual bubble indicator on both sides

Horizontal line printed on the side

Easy To Uninstall?

Yes

The limited recline positions for the Boulevard G4.1 would need you to make use of additional rolled towels or pool noodles.

Although both are easily installed and uninstalled, it can be easier to gauge the proper recline angle when dealing with the Nextfit. It’s because of the presence of dual bubble indicators that tells you what angle to use for what weight.

The Boulevard G4.1 would need you to align the printed line to the ground to “ensure” a proper recline, which can sometimes be challenging.
 
 

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Safety


 

Chicco Nextfit

Britax Boulevard G4.1

Country Of Origin:

China

USA

Steel Frame:

Yes

Five-Point Harness?

Yes

Side Impact Tested:

Yes

Approved For Airplane Use:

Yes

Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?

Yes

The Chicco Nextfit has “high sides” for added protection should there be a side impact collision. The Britax Boulevard G4.1 has 2 layers of side impact protection for the same function.

While both are easy to buckle and unbuckle, you will hear a click when you have reached the Boulevard G4.1’s proper fit upon pulling the harness adjuster.
 
 

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The Seat


 

Chicco Nextfit

Britax Boulevard G4.1

Is The Material Breathable?

Yes

Seat Weight:

25.5 pounds

19.5  pounds

Machine Washable Cover?

Yes

No

Roomy?

Yes

No-Rethread Harness?

Yes

Comes With An Infant Body Support?

Yes

No

Easy To Remove Cover?

No

Yes

Expiration

8 years

7 years

Comes With A Cup Holder?

Yes

No

Shoulder Harness Has Pads?

Yes

Leg Straps Has Pads?

No

Both seats come with breathable materials.

The Boulevard G4.1 is way lighter than the Nextfit. It’s something worth noting when you are deciding which of the two is easier to lug around for air travel.

The Chicco Nextfit is safe for machine wash while the Boulevard G4.1 can only be hand-washed. In addition, there are two specific seat colors of the Boulevard G4.1 that easily fray especially when they come in contact with velcroed materials – the Laguna fabric and the Domino colors.

The seat cover can be easily removed from the Boulevard’s seat while it can be time-consuming to remove the seat cover of the Chicco Nextfit.

Both are roomy but the Nextfit’s high sides can hinder not only the accessibility to the seat but also, your child’s comfort as they grow.

Both have the convenience of easily moving the headrest up and down to adjust the harness height.

You will have to get a separate infant support for Boulevard G4.1 as well as a cup holder since it is not included in the default packaging.

Nextfit expires in 8 years versus 7 years for the Boulevard G4.1.

 
 

Compare The Price Difference


 

Chicco Nextfit

Britax Boulevard G4.1

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Conclusion


 

From Amazon.com, both seats are priced at USD 100 apart. The Boulevard G4.1 is cheaper. Now let’s see why the Chicco Nextfit is more expensive.

  1. It has more recline positions and therefore, can be used for younger babies that the Boulevard G4.1 may not be able to accommodate because of being too upright.
  2. It has dual bubble indicators which can help in easily identifying the correct recline for certain weights.
  3. The seat cover is machine-washable and more durable.
  4. It comes with an infant body support.
  5. It comes with a cup holder.
  6. It has a year more than the Boulevard G4.1 before it expires.

The USD 100 difference is easily justified by the above six points. However, there is something worth noting before getting the Chicco Nextfit.

First, the high sides can hinder how easily you can put your baby on the seat to buckle and unbuckle them. This is particularly difficult to do for smaller vehicles.

For parents with larger vehicles, just position yourself almost in front of the Nextfit and it would easier to deal with the high sides.

Another thing about the Nextfit’s high profile is its tendency to hinder the comfort of your passenger as they grow. They can feel “cramped” inside especially for children with broad shoulders.

Getting the Nextfit would also need you to have more patience when removing the seat cover for washing. It can be a time-consuming job.

If the Nextfit is what you decide to get, consider upgrading to the Nextfit Zip so as to easily zip and unzip the cover for washing.

However, I feel that the Boulevard G4.1 is not bad for its price especially when used for older children. It also looks like your child will feel less cramped in it as they grow.

 

Do You Need More Help Deciding Between

The Chicco Nextfit Vs Britax Boulevard G4.1?

 

Read My Chicco Nextfit Review

See My Britax Boulevard G4.1 Review

 

What do you think?

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

 

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  1. I am torn on the Nextfit, because I have a vehicle that would be large enough to hold it comfortably. The problem is, if I ever need to switch the seat to our other car, it wouldn’t fit. I might have to go with a smaller seat just in case, even though this seems like the best seat for the price!

    1. Hi Chris,

      If you are planning to use the Chicco Nextfit for a younger child who cannot yet climb the car seat on their own, then yes, small cars and Chicco Nextfit’s high sides are not the most convenient duo. 

      However, using the Chicco Nextfit for a child who can already help themselves climb over its high sides, in a small car, will not be that inconvenient on the parent’s side since all you have to do is to buckle them up, which is a breeze to deal with.

      Regards,

      Pitin

  2. My baby will be close to 20 lbs soon and am in search of another car seat. I am glad I read your post. I actually love the design of Chicco Nextfit better than Britax Boulevard. I feel that it also has better safety features and I like that the seat cover is machine washable and it has a recline indicator as well. I will definitely consider Chicco as my next purchase.

    1. Hi Anna,

      I hope your vehicle is not small. As mentioned in the review, the high sides can sometimes hinder the every day getting in and out of the seat. Other than that, I think Chicco Nextfit is a good choice if you are after the high sides for added side impact protection.

      Regards,

      Pitin

  3. I noted your reply to Busy Girl, Pitin, and I am afraid I have to agree with you when it comes to ensuring the newborn babies have their head and neck supported. I use the Chicco car seat for my son. I highly recommend the brand, even if made in China. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if it takes a little longer to twist yourself in the car to get your baby to comfortably sit down in the car seat. The main priority to me should be given to the safety features and to ensure your baby feels well in the seat.
    Thank you for your honest review 🙂

    1. Hi Giulia,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂 Appreciate it. In all honestly, most things nowadays are made in China (not just car seats)…Also, there are China-made car seats that are better than USA-made ones. I’ll rest my case with is “made-in-where” issue before I get into trouble. LOL.

      Regards,

      Pitin

  4. While the Chicco Nextfit has more reclining positions and more features, I do not think all of that is necessary. And it’s not about the cost for me, but the country of origin. I’d go with the Boulevard G4.1 because it’s made in the USA.

    1. Hi there,

      I respect your point of view. 🙂

      Just something worth noting about the necessity to have a more reclined seat: you will need it for younger babies who doesn’t have a proper head and neck control yet. Their heads can fall forward chin to the chest which can be dangerous in a more upright seat like the Boulevard G4.1.

      To be safe, choose the Boulevard G4.1 for older kids who can sit more upright.

      Regards,
      Pitin

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