In choosing between the Graco 4ever DLX and the Graco Extend2fit, parents looking to have their children seated rear-facing for as long as possible easily choose the Graco Extend2fit.

However, the downsides of the Extend2fit easily weigh it down, making the Graco 4ever DLX a better choice.

See why.

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ideal use

 

 
Graco 4ever DLX
Graco Extend2fit
Rear-Facing Weight:
4 to 40 pounds
4 to 50 pounds
Rear-Facing Height:
the head must be at least 1" below the handle
Up to 45 inches
Forward-Facing Weight:
22 to 65 pounds
22 to 65 pounds
Forward-Facing Height Limit:
Up to 49 inches
Up to 49 inches
High Back Booster Weight:
40 to 100 pounds
N/A
Backless Booster Weight
40 to 120 pounds
N/A
High Back Booster Height Limit:
38 to 57 inches
N/A
Backless Booster Height Limit:
40 to 57 inches
N/A


Graco 4ever DLX is an all-in-one car seat. That means you can use it from infancy until your child no longer needs a car seat.

The Graco Extend2fit is only a 2-way car seat. They design it to be used for both rear-facing and forward-facing mode. Once your child reaches the maximum height and weight limits of the seat, you must acquire a booster seat.

In this aspect, you “save” a little by going the all-in-one way.

Despite the obvious higher weight and height limits of the Graco 4ever DLX, parents seem to be still keen on going for the Extend2fit instead. The main reason is the promised extended rear-facing capacity of the Graco Extend2fit.

If the child is on the heavy side, they can still use the Graco Extend2fit rear-facing longer because we can use it for 10 pounds more.

Once your child reaches the maximum rear-facing weight and height limit of the Graco Extend2fit, the Graco 4ever DLX can be used for longer with no need to make an extra purchase.

will it fit in my car?

 

 
Graco 4ever DLX
Graco Extend2fit
Width
21.5 inches
19.2 inches
Height
24 inches
22.1 inches
Depth/Length
20 inches
25.2 inches


While the Graco Extend2fit is narrower, the Graco 4ever DLX is shorter. Space-wise, you’ll be needing more space in your vehicle when using the Graco Extend2fit, especially in the rear-facing mode.

That’s because, by default, the Graco Extend2fit is already longer. Add the extra 5 inches legroom from its extendable footrest and you must already move the seat opposite it more to the front to give way for the rear-facing seat.

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instalLation

 

 
Graco 4ever DLX
Graco Extend2fit
Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?
No
Easy To Install Rear-Facing?
Yes
Easy To Install Forward-Facing?
Yes
No
Easy To Uninstall?
Yes


With installation, the Graco 4ever DLX seems to be easier to install both in a rear-facing and forward-facing mode.

The Graco Extend2fit's forward-facing installation may need a little more patience.

safety

 

 
Graco 4ever DLX
Graco Extend2fit
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


Both seats have steel-reinforced frames and have good safety ratings. However, there are three main safety concerns with the Graco Extend2fit that some parents are talking about.

The first one is the Extend2fit’s seat harness. Some parents cannot make it tight enough to pass the pinch test.

The seat harness’ chest clip is also hard to unclip.

It’s good in a way since your child cannot release themselves from the seat easily, but what about emergency situations when even a parent will struggle to immediately remove the child from the car seat?

The third and final safety issue with the Extend2fit is its recline angle. Despite having a generous amount of recline, some parents find it to be still too upright, therefore, pushing a newborn or a young baby’s head forward.

This recline issue for a newborn is not only for the Extend2fit though. The Graco 4ever DLX also seems to be usable only as soon as your child has already learned to support their own head.

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the seat

 

 
Graco 4ever DLX
Graco Extend2fit
Is The Material Breathable?
Relatively
No
Seat Weight:
23 pounds
18.5 pounds
Machine Washable Cover?
Yes
Roomy?
Yes
No-Rethread Harness?
Yes
Comes With An Infant Body Support?
Removable head and body pillow
Yes
Easy To Remove Cover?
Yes (Rapid Remove)
No
Expiration
10 Years
Comes With A Cup Holder?
Yes
Shoulder Harness Has Pads?
Yes


Some of the Graco Extend2fit and Graco 4ever DLX seat colors, seem to make a child sweat a lot. When choosing a more comfortable seat, get lighter-colored ones for hot, long rides.

The Graco Extend2fit is way lighter to lug around for air traveling.

And for removing the seat cover for washing, the Graco Extend2fit can be more time-consuming to deal with.

conclusion


There’s an approximately USD 100 price difference between the Graco 4ever DLX and the Graco Extend2fit. The Graco 4ever DLX is more expensive. Now let’s see what the added cost is for.

  1. We can use it as a booster seat - both with a high back and backless mode until your child no longer needs a car seat.
  2. It’s a space saver, especially in the rear-facing mode.
  3. Wherever it faces, it’s easier to install.
  4. The seat harness is easier to tighten and the chest clip is easier to release and shut.
  5. It’s easier to remove and put back the seat cover.

Now let’s enumerate what you’ll get from the Graco Extend2fit aside from the obvious USD 100 savings.

  1. You can have your child seated longer in the rear-facing mode, especially if your child is on the heavier side. The longer they are rear-faced the safer they are.
  2. It is a little narrower. 
  3. It is lighter to bring with you for air-traveling.

It is tempting to choose the Graco Extend2fit because of its promised longer rear-facing capacity. However, the good points of the Graco 4ever DLX are difficult to ignore, especially that it can be installed easier in all modes.

Here, I'd choose Graco 4ever DLX.*


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What Do You Think?

Cheers!

Pitin

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  1. I have a 2018 Buick Encore and I am wondering what would be the best car seat to buy..so many to chose from between the “4 Ever” and the “Extend 2 fit”. Grandma needs as a 2nd car seat. Thanks.

    1. Hi Diane,

      Between the Graco 4ver and the Graco Extend2fit, I’d say use the 4ever as the primary seat but the Extend2fit as the secondary car seat. I assume that when you say secondary, it will be used less often and saving the approximately USD100 price difference between the two is not a bad idea, if grandma’s car can accommodate the extra space for the extendable footrest that Extend2fit needs.

      I’d double check the interior dimensions of the 2018 Buick Encore, against the width and total length of the car seat you decide to get, just to be sure.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind Regards,

      Pitin

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