In choosing between the Graco Extend2fit and the Clek Fllo, I am tempted to just settle for one that will give you more value for your money - the Extend2Fit. However, spending a little more on the Clek Fllo isn’t a bad decision either. Learn more.
4 to 50 pounds
From 14 to 50 lbs (US)
From 14 to 40 lbs (Canada)
From 5 pounds with separately sold infant thingy*
|Rear-Facing Height Limit:|
Up to 45 inches
25 to 43 inches
22 to 65 pounds
|Forward-Facing Height Limit:|
Up to 49 inches
30 to 49 inches
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends extended rear-facing as long as possible. These two are what can help you follow this recommendation. Both can accommodate a child up to 50 pounds, which only a few car seats in the market today are capable of.
Both have a similar forward-facing limit of 65 pounds and 49 inches. If your child’s body built and growth is like that of an average 6 years old described in this article, then it is likely that your child could make the most out of either car seat.
Minimum Rear-Facing Weight. Extend2Fit’s minimum child weight limit is one pound lower than that of Fllo (4 vs 5 pounds, if you will buy the separately sold infant thingy* for Fllo). However, reviews will tell you that these minimum weight limits are almost useless since newborns and preemies with such weight cannot be held securely by the harness of either child restraint.
They observed these car seats to provide a good fit starting at around 7 pounds, which is actually the average weight of a newborn infant according to this article.
Leg Space. Most car seats promise to keep a child’s torso safe and comfortable, but they say Extend2Fit can do more than that. Its distinctive feature, the foot extender tray or panel can be extended up to 5 inches (from 3 extendable positions) leg space and it is appreciated by parents who saw their kids become more eager and compliant when seated on the child restraint. A downside of this leg extension panel, however, is that if you want to use it in its fully extended position, it could compromise the space for the front passenger or driver in a small, compact car.
23.5 to 27 inches (rear-facing)
26 to 31 inches (forward-facing)
32.5 inches (rear-facing)
12.5 inches (forward-facing)
Dimensions. Clek Fllo is a good choice for a narrow seat that can seat 3 across or provide ample space for other passengers in the car.
Seat Location. You would also not be too worried about where to place the Fllo in your car. Extend2Fit is ideal to place in the middle seat of the back row in order for the leg extension panel to be fully extended without eating up space for front passengers.
Fit In Car. According to reviews, parents have installed Extend2Fit in these cars with no problem: Toyota Rav4, Chevy Traverse, Hyundai Veloster, Honda Accord Troupe, and Jeep Cherokee. They have also installed Fllo with ease inside Subaru Outback, 2014 Forrester, and Prius C.
|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?|
|Easy To Install Rear-Facing by LATCH?|
|Easy To Install Rear-Facing By Seatbelt?|
|Easy To Install Forward-Facing?|
No, by LATCH
Yes, by the seat belt
|Easy To Uninstall?|
1 to 4 for rear-facing;
4 to 6 for forward-facing
|Lower Anchor Weight Limit:|
Rear-Facing – 35 pounds
Forward-Facing – 40 pounds
Using a pool noodle/rolled towel is not mentioned in the manuals of both seats. However, you can read from a support article on Clek’s website that a tightly rolled towel (not a pool noodle) can be placed under Fllo’s recline foot to achieve the correct recline angle particularly when you install the seat without the Anti Rebound Bar (ARB).
They both have the push button type of LATCH connector.
Lock-off Device For Seat belt Installation. Extend2fit features no lock-off device/mechanism for seat belt installation while Fllo has a built-in lock-offs for rear and forward-facing installation. A seat belt lock-off holds the vehicle seat belt tight and keeps the car seat in place. A lock-off device also simplifies the installation. If the car seat has no lock-off device, a locking clip may be used, but they say it to be cumbersome for parents to use.
With built-in lock-off, the need for a locking clip will be eliminated and the car seat’s ease of use will be increased. Ultimately, a lock-off device in a car seat like Fllo adds to its level of safety.
Recline/Level Indicator. Graco Extend2Fit offers a better ease of use to determine the correct recline or level because it offers an intuitive metal ball in a plastic bubble kind of indicator.
The level indicator of Fllo is a line that you should carefully look at and determine to be at the level with the ground.
Recline Positions. Extend2Fit has many recline positions (6 vs 2). 1 to 4 are to be used in the rear-facing. Position 4 in the forward-facing is for less than 40 pounds children, while positions 5 to 6 are for over 40 pounds children.
Recline Adjustment. With one hand to push on the recline bar at the front bottom part of the seat, use your other hand to push or pull on the seat to achieve the proper angle of Extend2Fit.
Fllo has a recline foot that must be used in the rear-facing. It also has an Anti-Rebound Bar that is optional to use, but installing it with the Fllo can help a lot in controlling the recline angle.
Rear-Facing Preparation. Extend2Fit’s foot or leg extension tray should be set at the desired position prior to installation. Fllo requires the recline foot and the (optional) Anti-Rebound Bar to be put into place before we install it.
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|Side Impact Tested:|
|Approved For Airplane Use:|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?|
Steel frame, 5-point harness, side impact tested and airplane use approval are the common traits these two child restraints share in terms of safety.
Real-Life Scenarios. There are a lot of reviews and stories to read on how effective Graco Extend2Fit is in keeping children safe during real-life road dangers while there are limited available stories or testimonials on Fllo. One mom who bought the Extend2fit bought a replacement for it from Amazon, where she shared how her 16 months old daughter just laughed after an accident they encountered.
Another mother’s two sons were not injured at all after their car rolled over during a 70 mph accident while safely strapped in the Extend2fit.
Safety Test Results. Even though you might not find many testimonials on how Fllo is in protecting young passengers during a crash and collisions, you would still feel that this is a great car seat to get in terms of safety because its manufacturer has been known to be transparent in publishing its products’ safety test results. For the Clek Fllo, visit the Clek site to read more about its safety testing.
Special Safety Consideration. A mother claimed that Extend2Fit is an awesome product, except for one big flaw, which is the screen-printed label on the cover that can cause burns on the skin of babies during sweltering weather. Fllo has none of such complaints.
Safety Feature. Fllo is one point better than Extend2Fit in terms of safety because of its Anti-Rebound Bar (ARB). From the installation section above, you have read that ARB can help in controlling the recline angle of Fllo, but this mechanism also serves a safety purpose.
Including ARB in car seats is not a federal requirement in the US (but a must in Canada), but more and more car seats offered in the market today have ARB, such as those from Britax that introduced ARB seats. The Anti Rebound Bar is a padded steel that can reduce the amount of rebound movement during a frontal or side collision.
|Is The Material Breathable?|
25 lbs rear-facing and forward-facing;
28 lbs rear-facing with Anti-Rebound Bar
|Machine Washable Cover?|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?|
Yes, body pads
|Easy To Remove Cover?|
No (unless it’s the RapidRemove version*)
|Comes With A Cup Holder?|
|Shoulder Harness Has Pads?|
|# Of Crotch Strap Positions:|
- They say the harness buckle of both seats is stiff (especially when new), but manageable to use.
- The covers of these two seats are both complicated to remove. Graco Extend2Fit is famous for its cover that can be stressful to remove, as you could see in this video.
Fllo’s cover is first thought as non-washable and non-removable. However, if you take time to do some research, you would discover that they can be removed and washed. Here is a video demo you can watch.
- Cover/Fabric Breathability.
They market Extend2Fit to have breathable cover, but you can see from reviews that it could not live up to its promise. Apparently, as one mother stated, the fabric patterns that are closest to the child’s body (when seated on the car seat) are seemingly made more breathable instead of the entire fabric cover. Thus, reviewers claimed that their children still perspired a lot when using the Extend2Fit.
Fllo and other Clek products are well regarded for their covers because they are made with “Crypton” fabrics that are known to naturally wick moisture away. Crypton fabrics are also known to resist stains, dirt, and bacteria.
You will like the Extend2Fit because it already comes with accessories like infant body support and cup holders. The cup holders, however, are squarish so it might not fit some cups and bottles with bigger diameters.
While Fllo has a harness system that you need to manually thread, they say it to still be easy to do. Still, you would prefer the no-rethread harness of Extend2Fit because it is not time and energy consuming.
Fllo is heavier than Extend2Fit and while this provides a sense of sturdiness, it can also be a disadvantage since its heavyweight can make it hard to maneuver and work with inside the vehicle for installation.
Compare The Price
There is an approximately USD 100 price difference between the Graco Extend2fit and the Clek Fllo. The Extend2fit is cheaper.
Graco Extend2Fit can give you a car seat that:
- has a higher rear-facing height limit.
- can make children more comfortable and at ease with the foot extender panel that provides leg space for its occupant.
- has more recline positions.
- has higher, lower anchor weight limit.
- is lighter.
- has a machine-washable cover.
- has a no-rethread harness.
- already comes with basic accessories (infant insert, cup holders).
- is easier to use with ball level indicator.
- has a longer expiration date.
Clek Fllo is a child passenger safety seat, that:
- can fit 3-across.
- can offer more available room for other passengers.
- is easier to install rear-facing by seatbelt.
- is easier to install forward-facing via LATCH.
- is made in Canada.
- has an anti-rebound bar for additional safety and for recline control purposes.
- has breathable, dirt-repelling cover.
- has a seat belt lock-off device.
- has crotch pads.
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