The Graco 4ever Vs. DLX is almost the same, but DLX has the “Rapid Remove” cover, integrated belt lock-off, advanced safety tests, and fuss-free harness storage.

Which of them should you choose?

Read on.

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The Graco 4ever Vs DLX

ideal use (US)

 

 

Graco 4ever DLX

Graco 4ever 

Rear-Facing Weight:

4 to 40 pounds

Rear-Facing Height Limit

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

30*  to 100 pounds

Backless Booster Weight:

40 to 120 pounds

High Back Booster Height:

43 to 57 inches/ At least 4 Years Old

38** to 57 inches

Backless Booster Height:

40 to 57 inches

*40 pounds in Canada

** 40 inches in Canada


Graco 4-ever and 4ever DLX have four modes from infancy to preschool. Graco designed them to be ideal for infants weighing 4 pounds and preschoolers weighing up to 120 pounds.

This, however, does not apply to all mothers, especially those who gave birth prematurely. The fit of the newborn infant insert to a newborn seems to be “okay,” though, especially since the head and body support can be separated and adjusted to fit the head and body nicely.

As you can see from the comparison table, the rear-facing and forward-facing weight and height requirements haven’t changed.

The high back booster weights are also still up to 100 pounds and still up to 120 pounds for the backless booster mode. Both of them are good until 57 inches.

Both seats have six recline positions, with the first three positions designed for infants and the last three for toddlers.

will it fit in my car?

 

 

Graco 4ever DLX

Graco 4ever 

Width

21.5 inches

Height

24 inches

Depth/Length

20 inches


Both seats have the same dimensions. We can reduce the width to 19 inches without the cupholder. However, this should not be done, especially since Graco requires the installation of the cup holders before using the seat.

Graco claims these products have been tested in various cars  - compact, mid-sized, full-sized, and SUVs. They have been proven to fit in most cars.

Nonetheless, they are quite bulkier than other slim seats for a 3-across setup.

At most, 2 of these seats can be placed side-by-side in the back seat of a car.

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instalLation

 

 

Graco 4ever DLX

Graco 4ever 

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

No

Easy To Install Rear-Facing?

Yes

Easy To Install Forward-Facing?

Yes

Easy To Uninstall?

Yes


Everything is color-coded in the Graco 4ever DLX seat, just like the classic version. Use these color codes to install the seat from rear-facing up to the backless belt position.

Color coding is especially helpful as it can guide parents in installing the seat and ensuring that installation is correct. For instance, the level indicator in rear-facing should ultimately be within the blue range.

The 4ever seat’s manual repeatedly mentions consulting with the car user manual for many reasons. One is to be able to set up the seat in the required and most appropriate location. For example, if the middle seat of the car has a lap belt only, you cannot use this product in booster mode.

Some parents say that the length of the LATCH strap is NOT ENOUGH. Because the latch strap can get so short, it would sometimes not reach the hooks. This is because you must ensure that you insert the LATCH straps in the slot for rear-facing if you are installing rear-facing and put it in the forward-facing slot if doing a forward-facing install.

If your car is huge, you might find the attachment straps short. Call Graco customer services to send you longer straps.

The classic 4ever has no seatbelt lock off; the 4ever DLX has.

The LATCH belt can be used for up to 45 pounds. It was only up to 42 pounds previously. Once this limit is reached, the LATCH system should be stored accordingly within the seat.

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safety

 

 

Graco 4ever DLX

Graco 4ever 

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


4ever DLX is frontal-impact tested, side-impact tested, rear-impact tested, 2x acceleration car seat tested, roll safe tested, and tested for extreme car interior temperature. It is, therefore, more advanced in terms of safety tests.

While certified for airplane use, you cannot use them in booster mode because it would require shoulder belts, but an aircraft does not have them.

the seat


Graco 4ever DLX

Graco 4ever 

Is The Material Breathable?

Yes

Relatively

Seat Weight:

23 pounds

22.75 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)

Relatively

Expiration

10 Years

Comes With A Cup Holder?

Yes, 2

Shoulder Harness Has Pads?

Yes

Leg Straps Has Pads?

No


With the breathability of the seat cover, Graco Consumer Services stated that the lighter colors are more breathable than the darker covers. The Matrix color* of classic Graco 4ever seems to be made of unbreathable fabric, which can make your child sweat a lot, as reported by some parents from the seat’s Amazon reviews.

If you ever purchase one with a problem, Graco can send you a replacement chair with a different fabric that will immediately solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to contact Graco customer service, as they are highly regarded as prompt and have excellent customer service.

If you need to transfer them from one car to another often, note their weights - around 23 pounds on average.

Unlike some seats strictly for hand-wash only, we can throw Graco 4ever and 4ever DLX into the washing machines.

Note that some parents say that putting back together the classic 4ever seat cover after washing can be time-consuming.

One of the four noted differences between the 4ever DLX and the classic 4ever is the Rapid Remove cover, allowing parents to easily remove the seat cover for cleaning in just one minute.

Unlike the classic version, the hectic working parents would highly favor taking off and putting back the cover of the Graco 4ever DLX version.

We can adjust the headrest in any ten positions by pulling a lever.

The harness storage (the new feature for 4ever DLX) will make it easy to place the child in and out of the car seat and ensure that no straps and buckle tongues are in the way as you place your child in the seat.

The cup holders are a great addition. Some seats will require you to pay extra for them.


One thing to note is that the drinks there can get in the way when strapping your child in the seat. The location of the cup holders is also a bit too far for younger kids, who might have difficulty reaching their drinks.

The cup holders are also easy to remove. Even a child can remove them and throw them in or outside the car when the window opens, LOL.

With a ten-year expiration, it would be great if every part of the seats remains in its best form despite being handed down to other siblings in the family or relatives.

Any parent knows how things can get messy with children around. Thus, the cover and other appropriate parts will go through frequent washing. Padded components are bound to get tattered, so replacements will be necessary.

Graco offers these replacement parts, but you must provide your seat's exact manufacturing date and model number.

Ordering a replacement part can be more complicated than other brands like Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Convertible,* where you can choose the replacement part and the color of the car seat you are replacing.

conclusion


For the same price, you can probably buy cheap rear-facing, front-facing, and booster seats separately. But some cheap seats aren’t as safe as steel-reinforced frames, all-in-one seats like the Graco 4ever and 4ever DLX.

While the car seats have six recline positions, they are still inadequate for children, especially the younger ones, regarding neck and head protection.

I feel that they are great to use once your child has learned to support their head (around eight months plus) since, just by looking at the fit-to-newborn recline, it is way too upright.

Also, the headrest might not be deep enough to support the head of the child, so some parents reported they got worried when their children’s heads fell while asleep in the car seat.

The promise of accommodating a child until they have reached 120 pounds and 57 inches (booster) is not something you can ignore.

The 5-star verified reviews on Amazon are amazing about how the car seats proved their worth.  

One father said that their car rolled over five times, with the baby daughter ending up 50 feet from the car while still strapped in the car seat. Although with some injuries, it is still remarkable that the car seat (and pure luck) made the child survive.

Another review told about their car resulting in an upside-down position, but the son remained unharmed in his Graco chair. The seat served its purpose.

Regarding a car collision, these seats could probably serve as the cradle of safety for the young ones, provided that we install them correctly.

Maybe I could purchase a more suitable car seat for my younger child, like an infant seat, and use any of these seats when my child gets bigger/older, but that beats the idea of these products being the car seats I would forever need.

The LATCH straps of some of these car seats were reportedly stiff and hard to tighten. The focus word here is “some.” Surely, not all parents who bought the car seat experienced such a problem.

A reviewer claimed that they have 4 of these car seats, and the straps of two seats work fine, but not the straps of the other two. The main issue is quality control.

The Graco 4ever and 4ever DLX car seats surely seem promising with their features.

But between the two, I’d choose the improved version, Graco 4ever DLX.*



What do you think?


Cheers!

Pitin

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    1. Hi Oliva,

      The forward-facing LATCH (isofix) installation of Graco 4ever can be used up to 42 pounds only. If your vehicle has no isofix, it’s okay to use a forward-facing seat belt installation since you’ll need to do a seat belt installation anyway when your child is 43 to 65 pounds forward-facing.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Pitin

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