It’s surprising to know that the Uppababy Mesa and Chicco Keyfit 30 are the same in width when placed in their car seat bases. All Uppababy Mesa’s campaign materials, and videos, make the Mesa seat look very sleek while the Chicco Keyfit 30 photos and videos all look very broad.
It’s good to know that you would need the same space in your car width-wise so if you are looking for a “narrow” seat, you are safe to choose any of the two.
Height-wise, the Mesa is an inch taller than the Chicco Keyfit.
The Uppababy seat is longer than Chicco Keyfit 30 by only 0.5 inches more. The passenger in the front seat will not need to move the seat a lot more to the front should you choose the Uppababy Mesa which is a bit longer.
They are almost as compact as each other, but if we want to get down to the very detail of their measurements, the Chicco Keyfit 30 is an inch more compact. I don’t think an inch is even noticeable, LOL.
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Chicco Keyfit 30
Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?
Level Indicator For Correct Recline Angle?
Aside from a level indicator at the side of the base, there is a visual indicator at the center of the base that should turn green as a “good-to-go” sign
Bubble level on both sides
Base: Easy To Install?
Carrier Easy To Install Without The Base?
Carrier Easy To Click In/Remove From The Base?
Click In: Yes
Remove From The Base: Yes
Click In: Yes
Remove From The Base: Yes
Installation-wise, the Uppababy Mesa is way easier to install than the Chicco Keyfit 30. The presence of the visual indicator in the middle of the Uppababy Mesa base makes it a fool-proof experience when you are installing it.
However, the Chicco Keyfit 30 is also very easy to install.
Whether you use the LATCH or lap/shoulder belt to install the base, you will not have any difficulty installing both.
Without the base, both infant car seat carriers are also easy to install using the car’s seatbelt. Should you need to travel overseas, you don’t have to bring their bases. Hopping in and out of a rented car will be a breeze even if you are installing them both without their bases.
This is probably where Chicco Keyfit 30 will have the edge over the Mesa seat: the handle of the Chicco Keyfit does not get in the way of carrying the carrier with bare hands. You will have to move the Mesa’s canopy out of the way to carry it comfortably.
Also, there are specific colors of Chicco Keyfit 30 that provide more coverage than Mesa canopy.
For almost USD 100 plus price difference between the Uppababy Mesa and the Chicco Keyfit, let’s see why the Uppababy Mesa has such increase in the price.
The Uppababy Mesa’s base has an additional indicator in the center to tell you that it is good to go. The label will turn green to ensure you that your installation of the base is indeed good.
The Uppababy Mesa has a no-rethread harness.
The Uppababy Mesa expires in 7 years instead of 6.
The Uppababy Mesa seat has higher weight and height limits.
Now, do you need the additional indicator at the center of the Uppababy Mesa’s base?
I personally think that you will just be fine without it. To know if your installation is tight enough, use your less dominant hand and move the base from side to side and front to back and it should move less than an inch. Otherwise, it’s not good to go yet.
The convenience of not having to manually remove the seat harness of the Mesa every time your child needs more room is a plus. But how often do you need to do it anyway?
In the case of Chicco Keyfit 30’s manually rethreading of the seat harness, it looks like it will be a tolerable job to do since you will not be adjusting it every day.
The additional 1 year in the expiration date of the Uppababy seat is another advantage ONLY if you plan to reuse the seat for other children.
Most children outgrow their infant seats height-wise first before even reaching the maximum weight limit. In this case, although the Mesa seat can be used for 5 pounds more, we can somehow “ignore” it and just look at the height limits of the two.
The Uppababy seat is good until 32 inches while the Chicco Keyfit 30 is usable until 30 inches. Is the two inches a significant value? Yes. But not enough for the added cost I feel.
The space between the canopy of the Uppababy Mesa seat and its handle is not enough to comfortably carry the Mesa seat by hands or arms. While it is best to click the Mesa infant seat to a compatible stroller to carry it around, Uppababy Mesa strollers are not the cheapest.
And because the Uppababy Mesa is a little heavier than the Chicco Keyfit 30, you will indeed need to put the seat in a compatible stroller since your child will be getting heavier every day. Add that to the expected cost.
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