Despite the renaming and advertised “enhanced” features, there are still several parents and consumers out there who express their concerns and reservations regarding the Diono Radian 3RXT, 3RX and 3R.


Would you also have the same doubts about these seats? Keep reading to know if you would.

The Diono Radian 3RXT

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Vs Diono Radian 3RX

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Vs Diono Radian 3R

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ideal use

 

 

3RXT

3RX

3R

Rear-Facing Weight:

5 to 45 pounds

5 to 40 pounds

Rear-Facing Height Limit:

Up to 44 inches

Forward-Facing Weight:

20 to 65 pounds

Forward-Facing Height Limit:

57 inches

Booster Weight Requirement:

50 to 120 pounds

50 to 100 pounds


All three can be used in rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster mode.

Out of the three, 3R has the least weight limitation in rear-facing mode and booster mode while the 3RX and 3RXT share the same weight limitation.

will it fit in my car?

 

 

3RXT

3RX

3R

Width

16.5 inches | 16 inches

Height

28.5 inches

28.4 inches

Depth/Length

16 inches

instalLation

 

 

3RXT

3RX

3R

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

No

Easy To Install Rear-Facing?

Relatively

Easy To Install Forward-Facing?

Relatively

Easy To Uninstall?

Yes

safety

 

 

3RXT

3RX

3R

Country Of Origin:

USA

Steel Frame:

Yes

Five-Point Harness?

Yes

Side Impact Tested:

Yes

Approved For Airplane Use:

Yes

Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?

Yes


For safety purposes, they have a fully-integrated steel frame and shell that is lined with EPS energy-absorbing foam.

These seats can be used in airplanes, yet, they can be challenging to carry unless they are placed in a bag or equipped with straps.

These Radian seats sure are easy to fold, but they are quite heavy to carry. Perhaps Diono has received such feedback because it also offers travel accessories.

If your budget allows, be ready to spend a little money on the carry strap.*



the seat

 

 

3RXT

3RX

3R

Is The Material Breathable?

Yes

Seat Weight:

28.1 lbs

26.8 lbs

23.5 lbs

Machine Washable Cover?

Yes

Roomy?

Yes

No-Rethread Harness?

No

Comes With An Infant Body Support?

Yes

No

Easy To Remove Cover?

Yes

Expiration

10 Years

Comes With A Cup Holder?

Yes

No

Shoulder Harness Has Pads?

Yes

Leg Straps Has Pads?

No


All of them are said to offer a comfortable ride to the young passengers because they have plush premium fabric and memory foam padding.

3R is the lightest while 3RXT is the heaviest. The difference in their weight resulted from the components and features they possess.

3R has no head support and no infant cushion, so it is the lightest. 3RXT is the heaviest because of its aluminium reinforced head support.

Overall, these seats are considerably heavier than other car seats in the market. Another note regarding weight is that these seats might be trouble for anyone who plans to move them frequently from one vehicle to another.

Be sure to take your calcium supplements and have your pain relievers ready as they can be backbreakers, LOL.

All three seats also have low profile sides that can be expanded to accommodate the growing child and allow easy boarding.

The infant support cushion or infant insert that comes with 3RX and 3RXT is not present in the 3R.

They all come with 10-year expiration.

If you are only after a car seat that you can decently use for your baby, then the 3R would be a good choice. If the cup holder is a big deal for you, you should go for 3RX or 3RXT.

Nevertheless, if you are planning to use these seats in a 3-across setup, you should know that you might need to forego the cup holder because they eat up extra space necessary for the proper installation of three car seats in the back seat of a vehicle.

Therefore, 3R would be a better choice in this scenario.

most distinct Differences


Head Support With Reinforced Aluminum Tubing and With Energy-Absorbing Foam:

 

3RXT

3RX

3R

 

Yes

No


Only the 3RXT has head support.

At first, I would be compelled to choose 3RXT instead of 3R or 3RX because of this head support. After all, extra safety features are always welcome.

The child’s body built and height will affect if they can use the seat’s booster mode. It is quite apparent that the head support is meant for bigger or older kids, likely in booster mode.

There have been write-ups from some parents that the headrest of 3RXT often falls from its place, so the shoulder belt also goes wayward.

If this is the case, then the seat might be rendered useless for the safety of the child passenger. I might need to look for another booster seat.

More reviews also claim that the head support is challenging to manipulate. For this situation, I would once again opt instead for 3R or 3RX.

Now, if the baby is indeed within the average size range and their weight, height, and body built are within what these seats can accommodate, I will put my money on the 3RXT since it has the side impact protection features to keep my baby safe while traveling.

price


Just like the weight difference among three seats, their price is also commensurate to the features they offer. If you love this Diono line, but your budget is tight, then you could choose the 3R even though it lacks the infant cushion.


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