The Graco 4ever DLX Platinum and Graco 4ever DLX are seemingly separated from one another by a very thin line.

Which one is a better option?

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ideal use (us)


 

Graco 4ever DLX Platinum

Graco 4ever DLX

Rear-Facing Weight:

4 to 40 pounds

Rear-Facing Height Limit:

Up to 49 inches

The head must be at least

1-inch below the headrest adjustment handle

Forward-Facing Weight:

22 to 65 pounds

Forward-Facing Height Limit:

Up to 49 inches

High Back Booster Weight:

40 to 100 pounds

Backless Booster Weight:

40 to 120 pounds

High Back Booster Height:

43 to 57 inches/ At least 4 Years Old

Backless Booster Height:

I noticed a minor difference when I visited the respective web page for the DLX and DLX Platinum.

4ever DLX has a Quick Install Guide (wherein it is stated that rear-facing can be used as long as the one-inch rule is followed: the head must be at least 1-inch below the headrest adjustment handle). The 4ever DLX Platinum’s web page does not mention it.

will it fit in my car?


 

Graco 4ever DLX Platinum

Graco 4ever DLX

Width

21.5 inches

20 inches

Height

24 inches

Depth/Length

20 inches

21.5 inches

Neither seat is appropriate for a 3-across setup. You could set up a maximum of two of these seats in the backseat rows of a mid-sized vehicle. In a small car, however, the space for other passengers would become limited.


Graco 4Ever DLX:

The 4ever DLX was given a 5-star rating by a reviewer who said that it perfectly fits in their 2016 CRV. Installed in the middle seat, there was still enough room for the front seats to be extended back.

Other reviewers also complimented how they found this car seat to be easily installed in vehicles like GMC Yukon XL and 2007 Ford Taurus.

 

4Ever DLX Platinum:

Like the DLX version, many of the parents who have had the opportunity to try this product have given it high ratings. They said they were able to set up inside cars like Tahoe and Camry without encountering any issues.

Some parents who reviewed this product gave this product high rating as they were able to install it in cars like Camry and Tahoe with no troubling issues.

As you can see from its dimensions, it could be installed in small cars, although the space available for other passengers or other car seats you want to install might be compromised.

One parent reviewer said that the DLX Platinum they tried did not fit well in the middle of a Sorento car.

Placed in an SUV with three rows of seats, she said that she decided to just install the child restraint directly behind her when they needed it to be fully reclined so that the available space for other passengers would not be significantly diminished.

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Graco 4ever DLX Platinum

Graco 4ever DLX

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

No

Easy To Install Rear-Facing?

Yes, esp. with

EZ Tight LATCH

Yes, esp. with 

In Right LATCH

Easy To Install Forward-Facing?

Yes, esp. with 

EZ Tight LATCH

Yes, esp. with 

In Right LATCH

Easy To Uninstall?

Yes

# Of Recline Positions:

6-position recline:

Positions 1 to 3 rear facing;

Positions 4 to 5 forward facing;

Position 6 for  booster mode

Lower Anchor Weight Limit

45 pounds


This is the part where we can visibly see the thin line separating 4ever DLX from 4ever DLX Platinum: the latch system each car seat is equipped with.

4Ever DLX Platinum:

The “EZ Tight LATCH” feature of Graco 4Ever DLX Platinum involves 3 simple steps to achieve a tightly installed seat:

  1. Press the blue button to release LATCH and attach it.
  2. Push the grey button to retract the strap
  3. Push on the center of the car seat to tighten it.

Watch how EZ Tight LATCH installation is done in this video.

In essence, the “EZ Tight LATCH” is preferable than InRight LATCH because the EZ Tight system will automatically tighten once you push on the center of the seat. No straps to pull.

This EZ Tight LATCH is a definite superior feature of 4ever DLX Platinum over the basic DLX version of Graco 4Ever that only have InRight LATCH.

If the InRight LATCH is preferred over the regular j-hook LATCH because they make lower anchor installation more straightforward, this EZ Tight LATCH system present in the 4Ever DLX Platinum version takes lower anchor installation to a much higher level of ease.

 

4Ever DLX:

The Graco 4ever DLX features the “InRight LATCH.” To achieve a tight and secure installation with InRight LATCH, you need to pull on the strap after the attaching the strap to the lower anchor connectors.  This feature is highly rated by parents who have used the Graco 4Ever DLX (and other Graco products with InRight LATCH). For a visual demo of this latch system, you may watch this video.

Both 4ever DLX and 4ever DLX Platinum can be installed with rolled towels or pool noodles to achieve proper recline angle (as per written in the instruction manuals).

However, the available recline angles in both seats are adequate enough in most situations that aftermarket accessories would not be needed.

A caveat with lower anchor installations, however, is that you have to make sure your child’s weight is still within the lower anchor weight limit so that the safety features will still work.

Both Graco seats have a lower anchor weight limit of 45 pounds, so once the child reaches this weight, the child restraint must then be installed with the vehicle seatbelts.

While installing these products using vehicle seatbelts does not involve the ingenious ClickTight trademark of Britax convertible car seats, there seem to be no significant issues encountered by parents who have installed these two car seats with vehicle seatbelts.

safety


 

Graco 4ever DLX Platinum

Graco 4ever DLX

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

They share a set of impressive safety features that can serve as utmost protection for a child during road accidents.

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Graco 4ever DLX Platinum

Graco 4ever DLX

Is The Material Breathable?

Yes

Relatively**

Seat Weight:

22.8 pounds

23 pounds

Machine Washable Cover?

Yes

Roomy?

Yes

No-Rethread Harness?

Yes

Comes With An Infant Body Support?

Yes

Easy To Remove Cover?

Yes (Rapid Remove Cover)

Expiration

10 Years

Comes With A Cup Holder?

Yes, 2

Shoulder Harness Has Pads?

Yes

Crotch Pads?

No

Headrest (# Of Positions):

10

# Of Crotch Straps Position

2

We can see another difference between the two in this section. The 4ever DLX Platinum is additionally padded than the 4ever DLX version. Also, to be sure that you get the most breathable fabric of the 4Ever DLX, avoid the dark colors.

4Ever DLX Platinum:

From the product demo of 4ever DLX Platinum, it is shown that this version comes with plush quilted infant body and head supports/inserts.

 

4Ever DLX:

**A 4-star review of the 4ever DLX claimed that given the price point of the product, it has a trade-off, which is mainly the stitching/fabric. According to the reviewer, the material is not the most excellent quality. It is acceptable, although not terrible.

Color options also differentiate the two versions from one another. The 4ever DLX has more color options than 4ever DLX Platinum, at least as of writing this review.

conclusion

There is an approximately USD 50 price difference between the Graco 4ever DLX Platinum and the Graco 4ever DLX. The 4ever DLX Platinum is more expensive.

Let’s see why is that so.

  1. It can save around 1.5 inches of space lengthwise, small, but should not be neglected especially when fully reclined and in the rear-facing mode.
  2. It has an EZ Tight LATCH system for easier installation - the main selling point.
  3. It has more plush seat padding.
  4. It is 0.2 pounds lighter.

Now let’s see what you’ll get aside from saving your USD 50 with the Graco 4ever DLX.

  1. It is a little narrower. Not much though, just around 1.5 inches less.

The Graco 4Ever DLX and Graco 4Ever DLX Platinum are like twins that could be hard to detect one from the other. Both have specifications that are designed to impress.

Both have been subjected to rigorous testing to ensure they will work effectively to protect the child from danger.

It’s tempting to point you to the one that will provide your child with much better comfort (from extra padding and extra plush fabric) and one that you can install with better ease. That’s is the Graco 4Ever DLX Platinum.

However, the lack of real-life user reviews (Amazon Verified Reviews), somehow tells me to just save my money and get the basic 4ever DLX version, since it has been working really well too, despite the “less superior” LATCH system.


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