The Peg Perego Viaggio convertible and the Graco Extend2fit, are not among the run-of-the-mill kind of child passenger safety products. Each of them has great features to offer, but if placed side by side, it could be Extend2Fit that you would choose. Continue reading below to find out why.
Peg Perego Convertible
5 to 45 pounds
4 to 50 pounds
|Rear-Facing Height Limit:|
Up to 45 inches
22 to 65 pounds
|Forward-Facing Height Limit:|
Up to 49 inches
- Maximum Height And Weight Limit. If you are out in the market for something that will let your child ride rear-facing in a car as long as possible (extended rear-facing), the Primo Viaggio convertible can allow you to use it longer height-wise but the Extend2Fit has a much better capacity in terms of weight (50 pounds vs 45 pounds).
- Leg Space. Children riding in a car just dangle their feet and this could cause them to feel uncomfortable. To solve this, they have designed the Extend2Fit with a special rear-facing feature, the foot or leg extension panel. It is a tray that can be extended to give the child up to 5 inches of the area where they could put their legs instead of just hanging them down. This feature helps make children more comfortable.
Peg Perego Viaggio
Both are too wide to fit 3-across in the back row seat of a car.
They say Graco Extend2Fit to have been installed well inside a variety of cars including Jeep Cherokee, Honda Accord Troupe, 2014 Toyota Corolla, Toyota Rav4, Chevy Traverse, and Hyundai Veloster.
They installed the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio convertible with no problem (according to reviews) in 2006 Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Camry, 2012 Honda CRV, Acura TL, and Toyota Sequoia.
|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?|
Yes, allowed according to the manual
|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?|
Between 35 to 45 degrees rear-facing
1 to 4 for rear-facing;
4 to 6 for forward-facing
|Lower Anchor Weight Limit:|
These two have a push-button style of LATCH or lower anchor connectors. The LATCH anchors in Graco Extend2Fit can be attached to the underside portion of the shell for storage. With the Primo Viaggio, the storage area for LATCH connectors is on the base underneath the seat pan.
Use of Pool Noodle/Rolled Towel. They do not allow such in Extend2Fit while they mention it in the Primo Viaggio’s manual that we can use these aftermarket products to further recline the car seat.
Lower Anchor Weight Limit. Extend2Fit has a higher weight limit for its lower anchors than Primo Viaggio. This means that if you install the child restraint using LATCH, you must monitor the child’s weight and ensure that once they reach the 45 pounds weight limit, you will re-install the seat using the vehicle seatbelt.
Seat belt Locking. It is said that if you will install Extend2Fit in a car that was made before September 1, 1996, or in an international car using the vehicle seatbelt, you need to request for a locking clip. Other Graco convertible car seats such as 4Ever DLX and 4Ever Extend2fit already come with lock-offs.
On the manual of Primo Viaggio, they state that the lock-off clips on either side of its forward-facing belt path are for stability and are not a replacement for the vehicle seatbelt’s locking mechanism. Thus, aside from using these lock-off clips, you also must have a lock for the vehicle seatbelt.
Recline Adjustment. While both car seats have recline adjustment mechanisms at the front, the exact placement and accessibility are different.
Extend2Fit’s recline adjustment bar can be easily seen as it is just below the foot/leg extension panel. Just pull on the bar to adjust the recline angle.
Primo Viaggio’s recline handle is located underneath the bottom of the seat. While the fabric cover has a label that reads “recline,” the bar is actually under the seat and it's difficult to access especially in the rear-facing position. This means you need to make adjustments prior to the actual installation.
Recline Positions. Extend2Fit has more recline positions than Primo Viaggio. Positions 1 to 4 are for rear-facing. Position 4 is for less than 40 pounds children in the forward-facing and Positions 5 to 6 are for over 40 pounds in forward-facing.
Primo Viaggio's backrest angle of 35 to 45 degrees is allowed for this seat in the rear-facing.
Level/Recline Indicator. Extend2Fit has an easier to use ball type-level/recline indicator than the line on decal indicator of Primo Viaggio.
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You could read about how safe and effective each of these car seats was during road accidents that happened in real-life. These testimonials can help you feel certain that either car seat has safety features that will really work during times of need.
One mother was very thankful that the Extend2Fit she bought on sale has kept her daughter unharmed after their car got totaled (and was even laughing and playing as their car spun during the accident). In another review, another mother was grateful that her two sons did not get even a minor injury when their vehicle rolled over during a 70 mph crash.
A parent recalled how she was then driving at 60 mph when they collided with another SUV on the highway. The only injury her baby had was minimal bruising from the shoulder straps of the Primo Viaggio convertible. Another mother said that her 3-year old son was in perfect condition although with light bruises after an accident with another vehicle.
Other Safety Concerns. You ought to also consider that some parents raised their concerns regarding a safety flaw in Extend2Fit. This involves the screen-printed warning label on the seat cover, which they claim can be a burn hazard on the child’s skin if the weather is too hot.
The warning label of Primo Viaggio, on the other hand, is well-appreciated by parents. One reviewer even noted that although the label is sewn into the fabric of the cover, there are no rough edges on the label and seat cover itself that can cause harm to the baby.
Top Tethering Rear-Facing. The Primo Viaggio convertible allows top tethering in rear-facing, which can further make the seat safer. Incidentally, this can only be done if the vehicle where you will install the Primo Viaggio also allows rear-facing top tethering. If you can use the rear-facing top tethering, make sure you take advantage of it because it can serve as an anti-rebound device that will prevent the child restraint from moving towards the back of the vehicle in a collision.
Peg Perego Convertible
|Is The Material Breathable?|
|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?|
Yes | No
|# Of Headrest Positions:|
|# Of Crotch Strap Positions:|
When not in use, the buckle/harness of Extend2Fit can be stored in its "Fuss-Free pockets." In the same manner, Primo Viaggio also has convenient loops that are meant to serve the same purpose of holding the buckle/harness when not in use or during buckling/unbuckling.
Breathable Cover. Even though Extend2Fit is marketed to have a breathable cover, you would read from reviews that it could not keep this promise, but Primo Viaggio has a lot of reviews where parents gave it high ratings for having a breathable cover.
Removing The Fabric Cover. A major complaint about Extend2Fit is its hard-to-remove cover while Primo Viaggio is even praised by some for having a cover that can be easily removed although it has none of the zip covers of other car seats.
Lifespan. Extend2Fit has a longer lifespan of 10 years while Primo Viaggio only has a useful life of 7 years.
Cup Holders. There are no cup holders included in the box of Primo Viaggio. Although there are 2 cup holders that come with Extend2Fit, be informed that they are square in shape so there could be some cups and bottles that will not fit in them.
Crotch Pad. With the crotch pad present in Primo Viaggio convertible, there would be fewer instances of seeing bruises or slashes on your child’s legs even if you dress them up in shorts on hot weather.
There is an approximately USD150 price difference between the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio convertible seat and the Graco Extend2fit. The Extend2fit is cheaper.
With Graco Extend2Fit, you will have a child restraint that:
- can be used longer weight-wise in extended rear-facing.
- has a leg extension panel that helps make children comfortable in the leg area.
- doesn’t require pool noodles or rolled towels.
- is easier to install by a seat belt in the forward-facing mode.
- has more recline angles.
- has a more intuitive ball in bubble level/recline indicator.
- has a higher lower anchor weight limit.
- is lighter.
- has a longer lifespan.
- comes with cup holders.
With the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio convertible seat, you'll have a seat that:
- has a higher rear-facing height limit.
- is made in Italy.
- has highly-rated breathable covers.
- has an easy to remove seat cover.
- has a smooth and streamlined exterior.
- allows top tethering in rear-facing that can act as an anti-rebound mechanism.
- comes with lock-off clips.
The competition can indeed be tough. Yet, enumerating the best features of each seat, Extend2Fit can be a little better than the Primo Viaggio convertible.
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