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Uppababy Mesa*


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Chicco Keyfit 30*


Which Of The Two Will Fit In My Car?


Uppababy Mesa Chicco Keyfit 30
Width 17 incheş 17 inches
Height 25 inches 24 inches
Depth/Length 28 inches 27.5 inches

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.

Size-wise, you are safe with the two.


2018 UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat - Jake (Black)
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Uppababy Mesa Chicco Keyfit 30
Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel? No No
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? Yes Yes
Carrier Easy To Install Without The Base? Yes Yes
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.

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Uppababy Mesa Chicco Keyfit 30
Country Of Origin: China China
Seat Material Lead-Free? Yes Yes
Steel Frame: No No
Five-Point Harness? Yes Yes
Side Impact Tested: Yes Yes
Approved For Airplane Use: Yes Yes
Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle? Yes Yes

Both seats are highly regarded as safe seats. Not only because they are easy to install but because of high-quality materials, they are built with.


Good Infant Car Seats


The Canopy


Uppababy Mesa Chicco Keyfit 30
Length Of Canopy Extends almost to the middle It depends on the colors
Does It Get In The Way Of The Carry Handles? Yes No
Is It Easy To Move? Yes Yes
Does It Stay In Place? Yes Yes

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.


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The Seat


Uppababy Mesa Chicco Keyfit 30
Is The Material Breathable? Yes (from 2015 model onwards*) Only For Specific Colors
Carrier Weight: 9.9 pounds 9.6 pounds
Machine Washable Cover? Yes Yes
Roomy? Yes Yes
No-Rethread Harness? Yes No
Comes With An Infant Insert? Yes Yes
Easy to remove Cover? Yes Yes
Expiration 7 years 6 years
Ideal Weight Of Passenger 4 to 35 pounds 4 to 30 pounds
Perfect Height Of Passenger Up to 32 inches Up to 30 inches


Uppbaby Mesa Is Compatible With:


The Uppababy Mesa seat is breathable as long as you get the models from 2015 onwards. With Chicco Keyfit, you have to take note of the specific colors.

Chicco Keyfit 30 is lighter than the Mesa seat, although not that much – only 0.3 pounds less.

A useful feature that the Mesa has that the Keyfit don’t have is the non-rethread harness. Every time your child needs more room height-wise, you don’t have to rethread the harness of the Mesa.

The Mesa seat also has the longer expiration date (1 year more than the Keyfit), as well as can be used for longer because of higher weight and height limitations.

Chicco Keyfit 30 Is Compatible With:



Compare The Price Difference


Uppababy Mesa

Chicco Keyfit 30

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. The Uppababy Mesa has a no-rethread harness.
  3. The Uppababy Mesa expires in 7 years instead of 6.
  4. 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.

In my opinion, I’d get the Chicco Keyfit 30.*



Do You Need More Help To Decide Between

The Uppababy Mesa Vs Chicco Keyfit 30?


Check Out My Review Of The Uppa Baby Mesa Infant Car Seat

See My Review Of The Chicco Keyfit 30


Which seat got your vote?


Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!



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    1. Hi Lisa,

      I honestly haven’t seen many reviews or parents recommending it. Even Amazon (which usually carries the most famous brands and models) doesn’t seem to carry it – at least as of writing this comment.

      I have seen a few good reviews on YouTube, though. It looks good actually. But I think parents tend to want to see more as proof that it indeed is worth to get especially that its price is on the higher end.


  1. I would be more inclined to go for the Chicco, purely because I am more familiar with the brand and have used them before. Going by your review, they are very similar, so I would probably just go for the cheaper one.

    1. Hi Craig,

      Choosing Chicco is okay as long as you know what colors to get in order to avoid what other buyers hate (not breathable material and the visor-type canopy).

      Both are safe seats, no doubt about it. But I think the additional price that Uppababy Mesa is asking is for the added convenience – such as the non-rethread harness, and its longer usability (7 years expiration instead of 6) as well as the higher height and weight limitations.

      Other than that, you are safe to choose any of the two.


  2. Hi there Pitin,

    Super informative post!

    Good to know you don’t have to have the bases for the car seats to function when they are newborns. They stay in their car seats so much, nice to be able to take them in other vehicles that don’t have the base.

    I especially found it helpful that you mention the canopy issue with the handles. We live in sunny Arizona, car seat canopy’s always up here, it would drive me batty to have the handles for carrying baby in the way of the canopy. That might not be a big deal for some, but it would be for me, so thank you for that tip.

    That being said, I’d probably get the Chicco Keyfit 30. Thank you again.

    1. Hi Kris,

      Yup, all infant car seats can be installed without the base. So if you also need to bring it to the airport, you don’t have to bring the base with you since you can have them installed just by using the lap/shoulder belt.

      There are two solutions for the Uppababy Mesa’s handle-canopy problem. First is by clicking it in a compatible stroller so that you don’t have to be carrying it around. The second one is by getting an infant car seat canopy cover which you can drape over the child seat. This significantly improves the space between the handle and the canopy so you can comfortably carry the infant seat with your arms or hands while still being able to give your child the proper shade they need.

      Infant Car Seat Canopy Cover


  3. My wife and I have the chicco keyfit car seat and we really like it. I love how simple it is to install the base in the car and then the seat easily locks into place. It’s just as simple to get the seat out.

    We also got the snap and go stroller that works with it as it fits that seat perfectly. We use it all the time, and it’s great, especially when the baby falls asleep, and we can easily transfer.

    1. Hi Matt,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂 Really appreciate it.

      What I like about the Chicco Keyfit infant seat and the Snap and Go stroller combo is that you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket to experience the day to day convenience you need.

      While the Uppababy Mesa probably wins out the Keyfit regarding the non-rethread harness, the “savings” you get for not getting it will let you buy the Keyfit Caddy Stroller, which is something practical.


  4. Rethreading the harness each time the baby grows a little bit sounds like a deal breaker for me! I would probably go with the Uppababy Mesa for this reason. Maybe it’s just because I grew up with a tall family 🙂 Thank you for pointing that out and for the great review!

    1. Hi Bret,

      The Uppababy Mesa sure wins in the case of being able to adjust the “fit” for your child height-wise quickly. But of course, that convenience comes with a price tag. For an additional USD100, you get the non-rethread harness.

      Alternatively, should you choose to be more practical with the Chicco Keyfit 30, the USD100 you saved can be spent on a compatible stroller, like the Chicco Keyfit Caddy.


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