The Chicco Nextfit Vs Britax Marathon G4.1 are two of the most compared convertible seats nowadays. In a separate review, I have compared the Chicco Nextfit and the Britax Marathon Clicktight and it looks like they are somehow at par.

In this review, we will be comparing the Chicco Nextfit and the Britax Marathon G4.1.

Let’s get started.

 

Last Updated: October 31, 2017

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Chicco Nextfit  Vs  Britax Marathon G4.1

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Ideal Use


 

Chicco Nextfit

Marathon G4.1

Rear-Facing Weight:

5-40 pounds

Forward-Facing Weight:

22-65 pounds

20-65 pounds

Height Limit:

Up to 49 inches

Both seats have the same maximum limits when it comes to rear-facing weights as well as maximum height restrictions.

 

Will It Fit In My Car?


 

Chicco Nextfit Marathon G4.1
Width 19 inches 18.5 inches
Height 29.2 inches 26 inches
Depth/Length 21 inches 21 inches

The Chicco Nextfit is half an inch wider than the Marathon G4.1. It’s not much of a difference. They are as long as each other, too!

However, the Chicco Nextfit has high sides.

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Installation


 

Chicco Nextfit Marathon G4.1
Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel? No Yes
Easy To Install Rear-Facing? Yes Relatively
Easy To Install Forward-Facing? Yes Relatively
Easy To Uninstall? Yes Yes

Installing the Chicco Nextfit does not need to use rolled towels or pool noodles. It has enough recline adjustments – 9 to be exact.

The Britax Marathon G4.1 only has 3 recline positions. No wonder some parents don’t find it enough when trying to level it to the ground as well as when trying to install with a proper recline for a younger child who cannot support their necks yet. That is why they use rolled towels or pool noodles to get the needed recline adjustments.

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Safety


 

Chicco Nextfit

Marathon 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

When it comes to safety, both seats are made with steel-reinforced frames.

For the Chicco Nextfit, the high sides are to provide the added protection should there be a side impact collision.

For the Britax Marathon G4.1, the base has a protection that will compress any force of collision so that your baby is kept safe in the event of an accident.

 

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The Seat


 

Chicco Nextfit

Marathon 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

It depends on the color of the seat

Shoulder Harness Has Pads?

Yes

Leg Straps Has Pads?

No

Both seats are made with a breathable material.

There is a 6-pound weight difference between the two. The Chicco Nextfit is heavier.

You can wash the seat cover of the Chicco Nextfit in a washing machine while the Marathon G4.1 is strictly for hand-wash only. When you need to wash the seat covers, note that it is easier to remove the seat cover of the Marathon G4.1 than the Chicco Nextfit.

Both are roomy, but the presence of the “high sides” of the Chicco Nextfit somehow “restricts” the comfort of a growing child.

Both seats come with a no-rethread harness. That means you just have to move the headrest up and down and the seat harness height will go with it. That’s a particularly good feature to accommodate the need for more room as your child grows taller.

You will have to get a separate infant insert for the Marathon G4.1 since it does not come with it. Also, only selected colors of the Marathon G4.1 come with a cup holder

Chicco Nextfit has 8 years longevity while the Marathon G4.1 expires in 7 years after the date of manufacturing.

 

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Conclusion


 

The amount that you will save for getting the Marathon G4.1 can be used to purchase a newborn insert and a cup holder, two of the things that the G4.1 does not have in comparison to the Chicco Nextfit. Once you have these two, there is not much difference between the prices of the two seats.

The major concern I have with the Chicco Nextfit is the presence of the “high sides.” Yes, it is good for added side impact protection. But if you have a small vehicle where you cannot position yourself almost in front of the seat, it can be a challenge to buckle and unbuckle your little passenger.

Also, as your child grows, the high sides can also somehow restrict your child’s comfort. Washing the Nextfit can also be a pain since the cover is hard to remove. If you are considering to get the Nextfit, you should check out the Nextfit Zip instead since the seat cover can easily be removed since it is attached with a zipper.

Now for the Britax Marathon G4.1, the worry I have is the limited recline. If you are okay to utilize pool noodles or rolled towels so that it is not too upright for your child, then the Marathon G4.1 should be fine to acquire.

I feel it is best to use the Marathon G4.1 once your child has gained a proper head and neck control.

Also, since washing the seat cover of the Marathon G4.1 cannot be done using a washing machine, you should not be fussy about hand-washing. Forcing it in a washing machine would only make the seat cover edges fray.

If you are after a car seat that is super easy to install, the Nextfit is the way to go. Just don’t forget about the high sides warning that I have mentioned.

 

Do You Need More Help Deciding Between

The Chicco Nextfit Vs Britax Marathon G4.1?

 

Check My Chicco Nextfit Review

See My Britax Marathon G4.1 Review

 

What do you think?

 

Which of the two gets your vote?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

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  1. Hi there,
    I prefer the ones with high sides for extra protection from side impacts should they happen. It does make it harder to get the child in and out easily but I would rather have the extra protection.
    Thanks for the information.
    Regards, 
    Hailey

    1. Hi Hailey,

      That’s a good point. When your child is older and can already buckle himself up, you wouldn’t have to struggle as much. 🙂

      Regards,
      Pitin

  2. You mention that both seats are covered with breathable materials but I’m wondering if you can tell one to be better than the other when it comes to baby sweating and then sweat evaporating from the fabric (so that it’s not unpleasantly wet when you put your child back in after a short while). We don’t like to use AC too much and we have pretty hot summers…

    1. Hi Samantha,

      Both the Chicco Nextfit and Britax Marathon G4.1 doesn’t have that technology on their seats. I know the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 has that self-wicking fabric that draws liquids away from the skin, but its not a very good seat (you can read my review here).

      I have read some parents’ feedbacks about the Chicco Nextfit’s high sides that can possibly trap heat inside the deep seat. If you don’t use AC that often, then maybe you are better off with the Marathon G4.1

      Regards,

      Pitin

  3. It was funny, when I saw the pic of the Chicco Nextfit seat it was the higher sides I found appealing. To me, it looks more snug, safer. But reading your conclusion, you make some really good points, especially regarding the fact the bub is going to grow, and the ease at which you can put them in and take them out of the seat (especially in a smaller car, which I have). These things I never consider. Thanks!

    1. Hi Anglela,

      I feel there is no need to “snug” the little passenger so much. As long as the seat is correctly installed, both are safe seats. The Marathon G4.1 feels less restricted for an older child in my opinion.

      For younger children (newborns/infants), I’ll sure get an infant car seat instead.

      Regards,

      Pitin

  4. I think this one is pretty much a no-brainer to go with the Chicco Nextfit, but I guess it all depends on what someone is looking for. Really nice.

    1. Hi there,

      You’re right. While Chicco Nextfit can be a better choice, parents with smaller cars will not appreciate how high the sides of the Nextfit is, and therefore, a hindrance in putting in and out their kids in the car every time.

      Regards,
      Pitin

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