If you get in a car with your child, you have to have a car seat. Which one do you buy? Is it worth the money? Is there really a seat that can transition from babyhood to big kid? What do you get when you spend the extra money? Our friends at Graco sent me 2 car seats to do a side by side comparison for you. You can watch my video comparison/review here.
I was actually in the car seat market myself and trying to decide between the Graco Milestone and the newly released Graco 4Ever. These two seats are extremely similar. This is Graco, so you can rest assured that both seats have undergone strenuous testing for both safety and durability. Especially living in the South, I was happy to see both seats are approved for extreme car interior temperatures. They are both side impact tested, and one of my favorite perks is that neither seat is ginormous. I don’t know if you could fit three of these across in a a car, but they are more narrow than some of the competitor seats. Here are some more features BOTH the Graco 4Ever and the Graco Milestone have:
- Rear Facing 5 Point Harness
- Simply Safe Adjust Harness Systmem (One hand, no rethread, height adjustment)
- InRight LATCH System (one second attachment)
- Washable Covers
- Recline Indicator Labels
- Harness Storage (for when using as booster)
After seeing all of these features, you can tell why I honestly can recommend either of the seats to anyone. You will have a happy, secure child with either seat. I especially love the easy to remove and wash covers and the no rethread height adjustment. Now for the differences. At a MSRP of $229.99, the Graco Milestone is approved for use in children 5 lbs-100 lbs. It works as a rear-facing 5 point harness for infants 5 – 40 lbs, a forward facing 5 point harness for children 20-65 lbs, and a belt positioning booster for children 30 – 100 lbs. There is one detachable cupholder and a red line indicator to help you with the level of the seat during installation.
At a MSRP of $299.99, the Graco 4Ever car seat is more expensive, but does offer more product. The 4Ever seat is actually approved for use for children 4 lbs – 120 lbs. The 4Ever actually transitions one additional time as compared to the Milestone. The back of the seat actually comes off transforming the car seat into a backless belt postioning booster. That is in addition to the other seat set ups also offered by the Milestone. The 4Ever car seat has 6 levels of recline. It also has an air bubble level indicator which I find to be much more helpful during the installation process. There are also 2 cupholders on the 4Ever as opposed to the one on the Milestone. In our family, it seems like you need two – one for drinks and one for toys!
I truly do not think you can go wrong purchasing either seat. I personally like the 4Ever a little better. I like the added cupholder and transition into the backless booster. Graco’s intent was to create a car seat that could last for 10 years, and I really think they’ve done it. Not only is the seat designed to transition through the 10 years of stages that your child will go through, but the 4ever car seats do not expire until 10 years after their manufacture date. For more information, feel free to visit Graco online.