Looking for an affordable but functional car seat is a tough job. And with all other things, first-time parents have to deal with, it can get overwhelming. I have been searching and compiling car seats that I think would do the job, but most of the time, I would find car seats that would probably be tough to deal with, too. The Graco My Ride 65 LX Car Seat, although mid-priced is something that you probably would not want to include in your baby registry.
Name Of The Product: Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat
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- Recommended Weight: 4 to 40 pounds
- Recommended Height: The head must be at least 1 inch below handle
- Recommended Weight: 20 to 65 pounds
- Recommended Height: Not over 49 inches
It Is Well-Constructed
Given that it is a combination of metal and plastic parts, it seems that it is durable enough and safe for the price-point. It also looks like it would keep your child well tucked in. The sides also seem very sturdy.
It Is Lightweight
Weighing only 15.8 pounds, it is relatively lighter than most convertible car seats out there. That means it would not be too heavy to lug around with you should you decide to bring it for air travel, for instance.
It Is Well-Padded And Comfortable For Some Colors
There is a seat color that you should avoid if you don’t want to end up with a sweaty passenger – the Asbury. It is made up of a material that is sort of a vinyl type and therefore gets hot when the weather is hot, too.
The Sonata color, however, is made with a microfibre which is soft. It would be best to get the latter if you are considering this seat.
There Are Two Cup Holders That Are Positioned Nicely
This one is probably not as crucial as safety concerns, but it deals with the comfort of your child. If your toddler can help themselves anytime with their drinks, that would be good for a fuss-free passenger. Also, because the positions are nicely put in a distance that is not very hard to access by your little one’s hands, they would be able to reach for their toy too should they decide to keep it the other cup holder. We know that’s always a possibility.
A Pain To Install
This one is probably the deal-breaker as it deals directly with the safety of our kids.
In rear facing mode and using the LATCH, it is not easy to secure the seat correctly. it is very hard to tighten the straps.
Loosening it is as hard as well. It is because of the inaccessibility of the lever which is supposed to release the straps. It is pressed against the back of the car’s seat.
While the leveling indicator is a ball bearing and is easier to see than a bubble level, in the forward-facing mode, it is still hard to tighten the strap.
This would have a snowball effect since it would mean that you will have a hard time to move this seat in and out of the car should you need to consistently change vehicles.
No Cushions In The Straps
The seat harness doesn’t have protective cushions so you might want to get it separately to avoid red marks on the neck of your little ones due to consistent rubbing.
Re-Threading Straps Means Entirely Removing The Carseat To Access The Straps
As your child needs more room height-wise, you will have to manually adjust the straps. While some convertible seats would just require you to slide up and down the strap in a few seconds, this seat would need you to remove the car seat as the straps are placed underneath some kind of plate. Yup! You will have to remove the chair just to change the strap position.
Too Big For A Newborn
While this would mean good because there is a lot of room for your child to grow, it would not be ideal to put a delicate newborn in it especially that the head rest is only held in place with a velcro.
Something To Remember:
Finding a good seat is one thing. Trying to fit it inside your car is another thing. Make sure you take note of this car seat’s dimensions to avoid returning it just because you cannot fit it inside your vehicle.
- Height: 26 inches
- Width: 20.8 inches
- Depth: 27 inches
While some mid-priced seats are “ok” given the price, it seems that spending less than USD 150 for The Graco My Ride 65 LX Car Seat is unjustifiable. Being on a budget should not mean enduring the pain of installation as well as risking the safety of your child should you not end up with a safe installation.
While you can always get a professional help with regards to dealing with the MAIN problem of this seat (installation), moving it from one vehicle to another should be avoided once a professional have already safely installed it. It is only ideal to get this seat if your case is something that would not require you to keep on installing and uninstalling this seat.
Since there are other options that are easier to deal with, I would consider to keep looking.
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