While the Graco 4ever Extend2fit Car Seat seems to be highly improved and promising, it seems that there are better options.
Learn what and why.
|Rear-Facing Weight:||4 to 50 pounds|
|Rear-Facing Height:||the head must be at least 1-inch below the handle|
|Forward-Facing Weight:||22 to 65 pounds|
|Forward-Facing Height:||27 to 49 inches|
|High Back Booster Weight (belt-positioning):||40 to 100 pounds|
|High Back Booster Height:||43 to 57 inches|
|Backless Booster Weight(belt-positioning):||40 to 120 pounds|
|Backless Booster Height:||43 to 57 inches|
Extended rear-facing capacity is one of the major selling points of the Graco 4ever Extend2fit. Not many convertible car seats can afford to have a child seated rear-facing this long.
Its rear-facing weight limit is 5 pounds more than the famous extended rear-facing seat Diono Radian 3RXT, which can only be rear-faced until 45 pounds.
The presence of the extendable footrest also gives additional legroom to your rear-facing passenger.
On the downside, this 4-position extension panel will surely eat up space and will need you to move the seat opposite it all the way to the front.
If your vehicle’s interior is on the larger side, it wouldn’t be an issue.
Although it’s not the most compact car seat available, it is also not the bulkiest. One thing is sure, you’ll need extra space to accommodate this seat in your car, especially with the presence of the extendable footrest.
|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?||No|
|Easy To Install With LATCH Rear-Facing/Forward-Facing?||Yes|
|Easy To Install With Seat Belt Rear-Facing/Forward-Facing?||Relatively*|
|Easy To Uninstall?||Yes|
One of the good sides of installing the Graco 4ever Extend2fit using the LATCH is its “EZ tight” feature. Once you have clicked on the LATCH connectors to your car’s Isofix, all you have to do is activate the retractor.
You can do it by pushing and sliding the button found on the LATCH strap. After which, you need to push on the seat. You will hear a “retracting” sound. Push until you no longer hear the sound. No more clicking means it’s properly tightened.
As a good practice, try to move the seat front to back and side to side using your less dominant hand. It shouldn’t move more than an inch.
You’ll need some time installing it using the seat belt. You can either use just the seat belt or the car seat’s belt lock-off with the seat belt.
|Country Of Origin:||China|
|Side Impact Tested:||Yes|
|Approved For Airplane Use:||Yes|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?||Yes|
The Graco 4ever Extend2fit has a steel-reinforced frame and provides good protection from all angles. It even passed with flying colors in car crash tests.
Tightening the seat harness is also easy to do as the adjustment can be found in the front and is easily accessible.
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|Is The Material Breathable?||Yes (except "Clove" colour)|
|Seat Weight:||25.8 pounds|
|Machine Washable Cover?||Yes|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?||Yes|
|Easy To Remove Cover?||Yes|
|Comes With A Cup Holder?||2 cup holders|
|Shoulder Harness Has Pads?||Yes|
|Leg Straps Has Pads?||No|
The seat seems to be well-padded and comfortable but there is one colour that some parents regard as not breathable - the Clove colour.
Some parents say that the Clove fabric is a little sensitive, too - especially the front where the baby’s feet rubs. The Clove colour, although machine-washable, also seems to be needing extra care when washing.
The seat can be reclined into 6 positions. Positions 1-4 can be used for rear-facing while positions 5 to 6 are only for the forward-facing mode.
Despite the generous amount of recline, it doesn’t seem to be enough for some parents.
Although highly comfortable in the rear-facing mode, the positions 5th and 6th, when used in the forward-facing mode, seem to be too upright to be comfortable.
Another common complaint is the rattling sound coming from the 10-position headrest - although it seems to be only making noise when the baby is not in the seat.
Also, make sure to attach the two cupholders properly so they don’t easily fall down. And if your child is using a bottle that has the same size as a Contigo Kids Autospout Gizmo Water Bottle,* it will not fit.
For the price point, the Graco 4ever Extend2fit has the following main advantages.
- You can use it from day 1 of your child until they no longer need a car seat.
- You can have your child seated rear-facing for as long as possible.
- The extendable footrest provides extra legroom for your rear-facing passenger.
- The LATCH installation is a winner.
- It has a steel-reinforced frame and has very good safety ratings.
- You just have to move the headrest up and down to adjust the seat harness as your child grows. No manual rethreading needed.
- It has a generous expiration date of 10 years.
- It has 2 cup holders.
On the downside, you have to take note of the following.
- Make sure it fits comfortably inside your vehicle. Consider the space left for the seat opposite it, especially when the extendable footrest is fully extended (+ 5 inches).
- Seat belt installation will need some time and patience.
- The Clove fabric is not a good choice.
- It’s not the lightest seat to lug around should you need to air travel with it.
One of the main reasons why I’d probably consider the Graco 4ever Extend2fit is its promise to have my child seated rear-facing for as long as possible. However, its size can be an issue for parents with smaller vehicles.
The Diono Car seats have good reputations when it comes to being able to fit nicely inside the car, not to mention that prior to Graco 4ever Extend2fit’s creation, these Diono Radians are the seats that parents go-to for the main purpose of extended rear-facing capability.
If that’s the main feature you are looking for in a seat, check my review of the Diono Radian 3RXT.
Otherwise, the Graco 4ever DLX model seems to be better than the Graco 4ever Extend2fit.
I highly suggest that you, too, check out the feedbacks of parents who got this seat to help you further.
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