Choosing between the Graco 4ever DLX and the Chicco Nextfit can be a tough job to decide on. But with side-by-side comparisons, it gets easier to decide.

Check out what features are your priority to finally settle with just one.

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ideal use

 

 
Chicco Nextfit
Graco 4ever DLX
Rear-Facing Weight:
5-40 pounds
4-40 pounds
Forward-Facing Weight:
22-65 pounds
22-65 pounds
Forward Facing Height Limit:
Up to 49 inches
Up to 49 inches

The Chicco Nextfit can only be used until the above-mentioned limits - 65 pounds and 49 inches.

You can continue using the Graco 4ever DLX until booster mode with the following limits.

High Back Booster Weight:
40 - 100 pounds
Backless Booster Weight:
40 - 120 pounds
High Back Booster Height:
38-57 inches
Backless Booster Height:
40-57 inches

That’s a major advantage of choosing the Graco 4ever DLX against the Nextfit which is only good until forward-facing mode. 

will it fit in my car?

 

 
Chicco Nextfit
Graco 4ever DLX
Width
19 inches
21.5 inches
Height
29.2 inches
24 inches
Depth/Length
21 inches
20 inches

The Chicco Nextfit is narrower than the Graco 4ever DLX. However, it has “high sides.” This is for added side impact protection, but it also restricts the comfort of a growing child inside.

Some parents with small vehicles also find it hard to put their young babies in the Nextfit seat since they cannot position themselves in front of the car seat and the high sides are restricting the seat’s accessibility.

It’s not a problem for parents with bigger vehicles though since they can position themselves in front of the Nextfit.

instalLation


 

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

Although both of them are easy to install and uninstall, the Chicco Nextfit is particularly dummy-proof. Its LATCH tightener, for example, even has labels in them saying “pull this first” and “pull next.”

Chicco has designed the seat to be literally fool-proof.

safety

 

 
Chicco Nextfit
Graco 4ever DLX
Country Of Origin:
China
China
Steel Frame:
Yes
Yes
Five-Point Harness?
Yes
Yes
Side Impact Tested:
Yes
Yes
Approved For Airplane Use:
Yes
Yes
Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?
Yes
Yes
the seat

 

 
Chicco Nextfit
Graco 4ever DLX
Is The Material Breathable?
Yes
Relatively
Seat Weight:
25.5 pounds
23 pounds
Machine Washable Cover?
Yes
Yes
Roomy?
Yes
Yes
No-Rethread Harness?
Yes
Yes
Comes With An Infant Body Support?
Yes
Yes
Easy To Remove Cover?
No
Yes
Expiration
8 years
10 years
Comes With A Cup Holder?
Yes
Yes
Shoulder Harness Has Pads?
Yes
Yes
Leg Straps Has Pads?
No
No

Some of Graco 4ever DLX colors are said to be not very breathable. However, it is not the case for the majority.

Graco 4ever DLX is surprisingly lighter. I was expecting it to be heavier since it has a higher weight and height limit, but it’s lighter nonetheless.

Their covers are both machine-washable, but the Nextfit seat cover seems to be more challenging to remove than the Graco DLX 4ever.

It’s both hassle-free to adjust the seat harness height of both seats since they both have a no-rethread harness.

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conclusion


For the same price tag (most of the time), let’s see what the major advantages of the two seats are against each other.

For the Graco 4ever DLX:

  1. It has higher weight and height limits.
  2. The Graco 4ever doesn’t have high sides to restrict the seat’s accessibility for parents with smaller vehicles.
  3. Graco 4ever is lighter.
  4. It has an easy-to-remove seat cover.
  5. It has 10 years before it expires.

For the Chicco Nextfit:

  1. It is narrower.
  2. Its high sides are good for added safety, especially during side collisions.
  3. All seat colors/fashion are breathable.

The Graco 4ever DLX's higher weight and height limits are indeed tempting. But some parents would say that by the time you’ll be using it for a booster, it “might” not meet certain laws and regulations by then since laws are always updated. Though, it will still depend on which part of the world you are in.

Getting the Graco 4ever DLX for air travel is a better choice since it’s "lighter." But it’s still not light enough to be lugged around. You would need a compatible travel cart, like the GO-GO BABYZ TRAVELMATE Car Seat Travel Stroller.* Getting the Nextfit for air travel would be needing another brand of compatible cart seat travel transporter, like the Brica Roll N’ Go.*

Its seat cover is easier to remove, but the Chicco Nextfit can compete with that aspect for an additional USD50. The Nextfit Zip* performs almost the same as the Nextfit, except that its seat cover is easily removed by just unzipping them (Here’s my detailed side by side comparison of the Nextfit and the Nextfit Zip).

While the Graco 4ever DLX has 10 years before it expires, it doesn’t make the warranty of the seat extend to 10 years as well. It’s two different things.

That makes the advantage of Graco 4ever DLX mainly the higher weight and height limits and the easy accessibility of the seat for parents who cannot position themselves directly in front of the seat or almost in front of the seat.

While the Chicco Nextfit is “a little more compact,” its high sides will be a problem for parents with small cars. If you plan to use the Chicco Nextfit for a bigger vehicle, then you will come to see the added safety advantage of the Nextfit’s high sides instead of seeing it as an everyday hindrance to access the seat.

Getting the  Nextfit would mean a guaranteed smooth installation as well as a comfy ride for your passenger since it’s more than padded enough and is made of breathable materials.

If we base on this height and weight chart for toddlers, a 49-inch toddler is already around 6-7 years old. By then, you would have already gotten the worth of your money even if you decide to get the more expensive Nextfit Zip version.*

Again, just some things to remember about the two seats…

The “high profile” of the Nextfit’s sides will restrict parents with small cars to easily access the Nextfit seat making it challenging for them to buckle and unbuckle their little ones.

The Nextfit’s ease of installation is a sure winner because of the intuitive design of the straps and the dummy friendly instructions.

Both seats are safe, no doubt about it. But the presence of the high sides in the Nextfit make it extra safer should there be side-impact collisions.

You don’t have to worry about the Nextfit’s seat material since it will not make your child overheat and is breathable. You have to be extra careful when choosing a Graco 4ever seat DLX color, particularly choosing light colors if you want to avoid a seat that is not breathable.

Graco 4ever DLX is lighter than Nextfit so it is easier to move it from one vehicle to another or lug it around with you should you need to bring it with you to the airport.

Both seats have the same price tag. While it seems that it is more practical to get the Graco 4ever DLX,* the Nextfit especially, the Nextfit Zip* seem to hold more advantages when it comes to safety, comfort, and ease of use especially when installed in a bigger vehicle.

 

Do You Need More Help To Decide Between

The Graco 4ever DLX Vs Chicco Nextfit?

Check Out My Chicco Nextfit Review

See My Graco 4ever Review

 

What do you think? Which of the two seats get your vote? I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments section below!


Cheers!

Pitin

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  1. Thanks for this awesome comparison of the two car seats. I just wonder looking at these two pictures though whether the Chicco would be more comfortable for a child when sleeping? It looks like the Graco is much more upright. My kids always fall asleep in the car so I like it when they can lie back a little.

    1. Hi Lynn,

      You are right. The Chicco Nextfit comes with 9 recline positions while the Graco 4ever only has 6 recline positions.

      If a more reclined seat is what you are looking for, then the Nextfit is a better choice.

      Regards,

      Pitin

  2. Hi Pitin,

    A very informative and detailed review. As a parent, selecting a suitable seat for our son is a difficult task. There is so much information out there, but you have presented the pros & cons of these two seats extremely well.

    I like that the Graco 4ever is designed to be used through to booster mode.

    How big is the problem of overheating with the Matrix Graco 4ever seat color? What alternatives would you recommend?

    1. Hi Brendan,

      I don’t think that majority of the parents who got the Matrix seat complained about the seat material being hot. In fact, before writing this comment, I counted the parents (from Amazon verified reviews) who got the Matrix color and only around 40 percent of them mentioned it. It’s better to be safe than sorry, I think, so getting a different fabric would be ideal.

      I noticed parents who got the Azalea, Studio, and Cougar doesn’t have such feedback on the seat fabric.

      Regards,
      Pitin

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