Top Convertible Car Seats of 2022

happy child with stuffed animal in Britax Boulevard Convertible Car Seat
Has the time come to transition your baby out of their infant bucket seat and into the next stage seat? [hint: if they have hit the maximum height or weight limit set out by the manufacturer OR their head is within 1” of the top of their seat, then it is time!] 

Now the research phase for your convertible [AKA “second stage”] car seat begins!

We’re here to break down the best convertible car seats available on the Canadian market heading into 2022 and, for all frequently asked questions about transitioning to the next stage, check out our article Transitioning From an Infant Car Seat!

Nuna RAVA

Let's begin with the Nuna RAVA – which came to the Canadian market a few years back and took the market by STORM. Parents everywhere rushed to get their hands on this stunning convertible car seat… and for good reason! For our detailed product review of the RAVA, check out this article before diving into the rest of our top convertible car seat picks. As for a few of our favourite features – the double cup holders, “buckle tongue holders” to keep your harness out of the way when putting baby in the car, no re-thread harness & bubble-free installation are just a few convenience factors that set this seat apart from the rest. We absolutely love Nuna's commitment to protecting your little one and cover all the features that make the RAVA so safe in this article here.

The Specifics:

Use From: 5-65 lbs
Rear-Face to: 40 lbs
Forward-Face to: 65 lbs
Highest Harness Height: 17”
No Re-Thread Harness: Yes
Crotch strap positions: 2
Load Leg or Anti-Rebound Bar: Anti-rebound bar
Recline Positions & Indicator: 1 rear-facing position, 5 forward-facing positions
Seat Width: 19”
Preferred install method: Seatbelt

BIGGEST PROS:

  • No re-thread harness
  • One of the most compact front-back seats on the market due to just one recline position in rear-facing mode
  • Thickly padded seat for added comfort
  • Complete steel frame
  • Buckle tongue holders keep harness out of the way when loading your child in and out of the car seat [it’s the little things]
  • All fabrics are naturally flame retardant without the use of added chemicals

BIGGEST CONS:

  • Only one recline position in rear-facing mode can make it sit a bit too upright for smaller infants. We recommend this compact car seat once baby has head control.
  • A bit of a complicated install – read your manuals carefully and make sure to lock off your seatbelt when using the True Tension door/seatbelt installation method!
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UPPAbaby Knox

The UPPAbaby KNOX Convertible Car Seat has officially been released on the Canadian market, and MESA owners are ecstatic. The KNOX has been available in the US for a while now, but it’s just gaining momentum over here in Canada. It does things a bit different than some of the other car seats that are on the market – for example, you might notice the bright yellow multi-directional tether that attaches to your vehicle seat back even when used in rear-facing mode! This tether acts like a load leg or anti-rebound bar would without adding additional cost, and is also manufactured using Koroyd technology. Read the full product review on the UPPAbaby KNOX here, and learn more about Koroyd technology!

The Specifics:

Use From: 14-65 lbs
Rear-Face to: 40 lbs
Forward-Face to: 65 lbs
Highest Harness Height: 17.5”
No Re-Thread Harness: Yes
Crotch strap positions: 1
Load Leg or Anti-Rebound Bar: Neither – the multi-directional tether is used in place of either of these options
Recline Positions & Indicator: 2 rear-facing positions & 2 forward-facing positions using a rolling ball level indicator located on both sides of the seat at the top
Seat Width: 18.75”
Preferred install method: Seatbelt

BIGGEST PROS:

  • No re-thread harness
  • Koroyd is a proven technology used in action sports helmets already, so you can rest assured that it will absorb crash forces away from your child in case of a collision
  • Jordan fabric is naturally flame retardant without the added use of chemicals
  • Included cup holder can be attached to either side of the car seat
  • Base fabric easily zips off for machine washing [the base of the seat is where there are most likely to be big accidents/spills]

BIGGEST CONS:

  • The multi-directional tether that is used in rear-facing mode can prompt children to play with it or pull on it – do NOT hang toys from this tether
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RAVA Convertible Car Seat
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15% off

Nuna

$282.19

$331.99

Britax Boulevard ClickTight

The Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat is definitely up there on the list of easiest to install car seats available on the market. The Britax patented ClickTight technology is a-m-a-z-i-n-g and makes caregivers’ lives less stressful and gives you peace of mind that your car seat is installed correctly every single time. For more info on the ClickTight technology, check out this article. One of the main reasons we love this seat is the ease of us, from the install, to the no re-thread harness, to the ability to be able to use it from birth this seat checks all the boxes!

The Specifics:

Use From:  5-65 lbs
Rear-Face to: 40 lbs
Forward-Face to: 65 lbs
Highest Harness Height: 18.65”
No Re-Thread Harness: Yes
Crotch strap positions: 2
Load Leg or Anti-Rebound Bar: Anti-rebound bar
Recline Positions & Indicator: 7-position bubble level indicator
Seat Width: 18.5”
Preferred install method: Seatbelt

BIGGEST PROS:

  • Ease of install for peace of mind
  • No re-thread harness
  • Multiple recline positions to fit in a variety of vehicles & for a variety of ages and stages [nice recline for newborns with no head control if using from birth!]
  • High harness height in forward-facing mode for longevity of the seat [child is less likely to outgrow it by “fit” requirements – AKA when the shoulder straps no longer come from at or above your forward-facing child’s shoulders]

BIGGEST CONS:

  • Anti-rebound bar can be finicky to install in rear-facing mode

For a breakdown on the differences between Britax ClickTight convertible car seats, check out this article and, if you are loving the Britax Boulevard but are looking for an option that can be used PAST harness mode into booster mode, make sure to check out our next favourite...

Britax One4Life

Technically, the Britax One4Life is an all-in-one car seat rather than a convertible car seat, because it can be used PAST life in harness mode and all the way through to booster mode when the time comes! [For more info on Booster seat readiness, check out this article here]. For a deep dive on all stages that that One4Life can be used on, you’ll want to check out this article here with tons of custom images and close up shots of the seat being used at every different stage.

The Specifics:

Use From: 5-65 lbs in harness mode and up to 120 lbs in booster mode
Rear-Face to: 50 lbs
Forward-Face to: 65 lbs
Highest Harness Height: 19”
No Re-Thread Harness: Yes
Crotch strap positions: 2
Load Leg or Anti-Rebound Bar: Anti-rebound bar [with mesh!]
Recline Positions & Indicator: 9 position with arrow and dial located on both sides mid-way up the seat
Seat Width: 19.5”
Preferred install method: Seatbelt

BIGGEST PROS:

  • ClickTight technology = Ease of install for peace of mind
  • No re-thread harness
  • Can rear-face to 50 lbs
  • Multiple recline positions to fit in a variety of vehicles & for a variety of ages and stages [nice recline for newborns with no head control if using from birth!]
  • High harness height in forward-facing mode for longevity of the seat [child is less likely to outgrow it by “fit” requirements – aka when the shoulder straps no longer come from at or above your forward-facing child’s shoulders]
  • Can be used in booster mode to extend the life of the seat after your child outgrows it in harness mode
  • Mesh on the anti-rebound bar prevents children from hooking their feet underneath
  • Included dishwasher safe cup holders on both sides of the seat
  • “Stay-Put” harness pads prevent the harness pads from slipping down and interfering with proper chest clip positioning [or losing one!]

BIGGEST CONS:

  • Seat is on the wider side, so not ideal for 3 in the backseat
Get Comfy
Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat
Sale

Britax

$399.99 – $549.99

$499.99 – $549.99

One4Life ClickTight All-In-One Car Seat
Sale

Britax

$479.99 – $699.99

$599.99 – $699.99

Britax

$34.99

Clek Foonf or Fllo

Let's get into these best sellers from a Canadian brand – Clek! Both of these convertible car seats are made right here in Canada and the brand is family-owned… which we love. Chris and Jen, the owners of Clek, have a background in automotive engineering and brought their years of knowledge to the car seat space when they had their own children. We’ll give you the deets on the Fllo here, but be sure to check out this article for the differences between the Foonf and Fllo if you’re stuck between the two.

The Specifics:

Use From: 14-65 lbs
Rear-Face to: 50 lbs
Forward-Face to: 65 lbs
Highest Harness Height: 17”
No Re-Thread Harness: No
Crotch strap positions: 2
Load Leg or Anti-Rebound Bar: Anti-rebound bar
Recline Positions & Indicator: 1 – level line on the base of the seat
Seat Width: 16.9”
Preferred install method: Seatbelt

BIGGEST PROS:

  • Sleek, narrow design 
  • Built in lock-offs for a secure install every time 
  • Rear-faces to 50 lbs 
  • Designed to provide maximum leg room for extended rear-facing 
  • Complete steel frame 
  • Merino wool options are naturally flame retardant without the use of added chemicals 
  • Made in Canada!

BIGGEST CONS:

  • Not a no re-thread harness
Travel in Style
Fllo Convertible Car Seat
Sale

Clek

$382.49 – $569.99

$449.99 – $569.99

Foonf Convertible Car Seat
Sale

Clek

$569.49 – $719.99

$639.99 – $719.99

Clek

$249.99

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