It can be difficult to choose between the Evenflo Triumph LX and the Graco Extend2fit. Although the Extend2Fit seems to be a more sensible choice, there are factors that make the Triumph LX a better one. However, I wouldn't go for either seat, if you ask me. Read on why.
Evenflo Triumph LX
5 to 40 pounds
4 to 50 pounds
|Rear-Facing Height Limit:|
19 to 37 inches
Up to 45 inches
22 to 65 pounds
|Forward-Facing Height Limit:|
28 to 50 inches
Up to 49 inches
Both have the same forward-facing weight limit.
Rear-Facing. You would prefer the Graco Extend2Fit than the Evenflo Triumph LX in terms of rear-facing capabilities.
Extended Rear-Facing. Extend2Fit can accommodate a child longer in the rear-facing position. (50 pounds vs 40 pounds)
Leg Space. Another attractive rear-facing feature of Extend2Fit is that it has a foot/leg extender. It is basically a tray which, when fully extended, can provide 5 inches leg space to help make a child feel more comfortable during the ride.
Minimum Weight Fit To Child. Both seats might not provide a snug and secure fit for smaller newborns and preemies 4 to 5 pounds. Based on user reviews, the harness systems of these child restraints can only fit babies starting at the average full-term newborn weight of seven pounds. However, such babies to be placed onto a Triumph LX seat might require a rolled-up washcloth placed behind the buckle to fill the gap between the child and the crotch strap. Apparently, Evenflo also offers a ProComfort model of Triumph* that comes with a lower-body insert that could address this problem.
Forward-Facing. Although the two child restraints have the same forward-facing maximum weight limit, they differ in terms of the maximum height limit (49 inches vs. 50 inches). According to BabyCenter, an average 6-year-old child weighs about 45 pounds and is 45 inches tall. At such age, the child can already be ready to use a booster seat, but it will be safer to have them in either of these harnessed seats. Based on testimonials from parents, children often outgrew the seats by height even before they can max out the weight capacity of 65 pounds.
Evenflo Triumph LX
These two car seats are wider compared to the usual 3-across car seats in the market like Clek Foonf, Diono Radian 3RXT and Cosco Scenera Next. Families with compact cars usually say that they had space issues when any (especially the Triumph LX) of these seats were installed.
Extend2Fit has been said to fit well inside Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Veloster, Honda Accord Coupe, Mitsubishi Lancer, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota Rav4, and Chevy Traverse.
One parent who installed the Triumph LX in their Subaru Forrester said that it took up more space than they have expected. This is most likely because this car seat is wide at the bottom so it will occupy more space on a vehicle seat.
Installed in a Chrysler Aspen with vehicle seats that are very much sloped downwards toward the back, one parent stated that she had to place a book underneath the back part of the Triumph LX to get the right angle of recline. Other cars where this car seat has been installed with no problems are Honda Odyssey and Kia minivan.
|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?|
|Easy To Install Rear-Facing by LATCH?|
|Easy To Install Rear-Facing By Seatbelt?|
|Easy To Install Forward-Facing?|
No, by LATCH
Yes, by the seat belt
|Easy To Uninstall?|
1 for rear-facing;
2 for forward-facing
1 to 4 for rear-facing;
4 to 6 for forward-facing
|Lower Anchor Weight Limit:|
For the vehicle seat belt installation, you'll find that neither child restraint comes with a locking clip or lock-off feature to keep them in place after seat belt installation.
Installation Assistance. Personally, I think that Evenflo has much better customer assistance in terms of the installation of their products. At https://evenflo.appointlet.com/, you could actually pick a live video installation schedule that is most convenient for you. This means you might not need to search online for video demos to use as a guide. Video installation guides are much easier to follow than worded instructions of manuals.
LATCH Installation. Extend2Fit is guaranteed to come with the much easier to use the LATCH connector, the push on style. With Triumph LX you might want to first ask the seller what kind of connector the product comes with to avoid confusion and disappointment. The manual states that Triumph LX may come with either the SecureRight hooks or push on Quick Connector. If you take time to read Q&A on Amazon for Triumph LX, you could read about how one parent received 2 Triumph LX seats with the SecureRight hooks although the advertisement said it comes with the Quick Connector.
Recline. Extend2Fit has 6 recline positions (vs 3 of Triumph LX). Not only do these positions provide more comfort and safety for the child passenger, but they also eliminate the need to use pool noodles and/or rolled towels.
Lower Anchor Weight Limit. In the manual of Triumph, it is written that the lower anchor weight limit is 50 pounds. I find this unrealistic since the lower anchor weight limit of most vehicles is 65 pounds. This 50 pounds plus the weight of Triumph LX will be over the 65 pounds mark.
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Evenflo Triumph LX
|Country Of Origin:|
|Side Impact Tested:|
|Approved For Airplane Use:|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?|
Country Of Origin. Evenflo is made in the USA. Extend2fit is China-made.
Steel Frame. Some parents believe that child safety car seats with steel frames can provide better safety and durability than those that do not. However, you can read further below that although Triumph LX has no steel frame, it still performs its job to keep young travelers safe especially in events of impacts.
Efficiency During Real-Life Accidents. In Amazon alone, you can already read many reviews about how parents appreciate that Extend2Fit has kept their babies safe from harm during accidents. If you ever decide to research online for more, you might stumble upon this news article. It is about an accident where the mother regrettably died from a car crash, but her 16-month old child survived because she reportedly chose a quality car seat, which is Extend2Fit.
Triumph LX, albeit not having the steel frame that its competitor has, also received many perfect scores from a lot of parents. One reviewer said that a year after they bought the Triumph LX, they were involved in a car accident where the side of their vehicle had been hit by a tractor-trailer. Thankfully, the young son did not endure even a bruise or a scratch. Another review by a mom was how their car has been totaled in a wreck, but the son was unharmed.
|Is The Material Breathable?||Yes|
|Machine Washable Cover?|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?|
Yes, body pads
|Easy To Remove Cover?|
No (unless it’s the RapidRemove version*)
|Comes With A Cup Holder?|
|Shoulder Harness Has Pads?|
|# Of Headrest Positions:|
It depends on the desired position
|# Of Crotch Strap Positions:|
- Both have buckle/harness storage that helps keep the straps and buckles out of the way when putting the child in and out of the car seat.
- They both have machine-washable covers.
- Both seats are roomy.
- They come with infant support and cup holders.
- They also have no crotch pads.
Breathability. They advertise both car seats to have breathable covers, but it is the Evenflo Triumph LX that was consistently praised (even recommended) for its fabric cover that helped keep babies cool even during hot weather.
Harness/Headrest. Although both car seats have a no-rethread harness system, they somewhat differ in terms of how they are positioned/adjusted.
To use any of the 10 positions of the Extend2fit, you adjust the headrest and harness together. The highest harness position is 17.5 inches, and the lowest harness position is 7 inches with the infant insert.
With Triumph LX, the headrest and harness are separately adjusted. We can slide the harness up or down to achieve the most appropriate fit for the child. The highest harness position is 16 inches and the lowest position is 7 inches.
Tightening The Harness. These two are different in terms of how their harness can be tightened.
Extend2Fit has a strap at the front that must be pulled to tighten (and a button to push to loosen). Apparently, tightening the straps is one of the commonly reported problems about Extend2Fit. Here is a video guide you can use to tighten the strap of an Extend2Fit in the rear-facing.
This technique will work in the rear-facing mode since you’ll have access to the back of the car seat. How about in the forward-facing mode where the Extend2fit’s back is firmly pressed against the vehicle seat? I think that’s where the main problem lies.
The Triumph LX features “Tension Right Adjusters” for strap tightening. These are actually knobs that can be turned to achieve the appropriate tightness. To loosen the straps, there is a red tab that can be pressed. When turning the knob, there should actually be clicking sounds to be heard, but some parents express annoyance to such sound. A small fraction of reviewers said they had difficulty turning the knobs, but you could watch many videos showing how easy (although a bit of effort may be required) to turn the knobs.
Cleaning and Maintenance. No car seat could probably please all parents and these two products have received reviews where parents said about something they did not like, particularly on their cleaning and maintenance.
Removing the cover of Extend2Fit is too troublesome and time-consuming, which is understandable if you watch this video.
As for the Triumph LX, some parents said that they did not like how hard it was to remove bits of dirt that found their way into the tiny spaces in the frame of the car seat. You can watch this video to see how a mother cleans her son’s Triumph LX. This video will show also how the straps, which cannot be removed, may be cleaned.
There is an approximately USD 50 price difference between the Evenflo Triumph LX and the Graco Extend2fit. The Triumph LX is cheaper.
Graco Extend2Fit is made unique by its foot extension panel that offers extra legroom for the comfort of your child. It also offers other amazing features like:
- extended rear-facing usage.
- requires no rolled washcloth to address the gap between the crotch strap and newborn baby.
- more recline positions so no aftermarket products will be needed to achieve proper angle.
- easier to install rear-facing by LATCH.
- easier to install forward-facing by the seat belt.
- steel frame.
- longer lifespan.
- shoulder harness pads.
What makes the Evenflo Triumph LX distinctive is its tension knob adjuster for harness tightening for more custom-fitting straps. It also has wonderful features to offer such as:
- higher forward-facing height limit.
- live video installation guide you can schedule with the manufacturer.
- made in the USA.
- breathable fabric covers.
- considerably easier to remove the fabric cover.
With these two car seats to choose from, one can be in a tight position because both seem to be great buys for the young passengers. I am tempted to choose the Graco Extend2Fit because I believe it is something that can offer a truly maximized usage with its extended rear-facing capability and longer lifespan. But I am deeply worried if I can come up with a technique to easily tighten the 5-point harness in the forward-facing mode, where I won’t have access to the back of the car seat to help the seat harness tighten and pass the pinch test.
With this factor alone, it seems that the Evenflo Triumph LX is not a bad choice at all. Although short-lived, it seems to offer a more trouble-free experience when it comes to everyday usage. However, the Triumph LX seat has a lot to improve on, too.
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