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Britax Roundabout 55
 
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$50.00 - $199.99
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Summary: One of the group of "next generation" convertible models from Britax.
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Type: Greater than 40 lb. harness capacity car seats
About - Britax Roundabout 55

The Britax Roundabout 55 is part of the car seat test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, convertible car seat models like the Roundabout 55 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


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About This Brand

A British company that now manufactures seats in the U.S. as well. Britax seats are often considered a high-end product and incorporate many safety and ease-of-use features but often also have a higher price.

Features & Specs - Britax Roundabout 55
info Rear facing weight range (lbs.) 5-40
info Forward facing weight range (lbs.) 20-55
info Height range (in.) 46 or less
info Seat weight (lbs.) 18
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User Reviews - Britax Roundabout 55
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Great Car Seat, But Worth The Price??
7/13/2013
Pros
Comfortable
Easy to Adjust
Easy to install
Lightweight
Sturdy
Stylish
Cons
Best Uses
Infants
Toddlers
Comment:
Right now our daughter is 18 months and typical height and weight. We bought the Roundabout 55 based on the price, quality, and weight limit, and figured 55 lbs should give her plenty of room to grow since she was probably 18-20lbs back when we started using it regularly. The trouble is that now she's only about 24 lbs and already needs the shoulder harness on the tallest setting, so I'm worried she's going to grow too tall for it way before she's anywhere near even 40 lbs which is pretty typical weight limit for other less expensive seats. We still use it rear-facing, so it's possible that once we turn it around the recline etc reposition her in a way that she'll be able to use it longer than I'm expecting but use up to 40 or 45 lbs (i.e. 5 or 6 yr old) seems like a stretch.<br /><br />Just be aware that you can spend a lot of money to get car seats rated for 55, 65, or 70+ lbs, but if your child grows too tall you may not quite get the return on investment you thought.<br /><br />Otherwise, it's really a great car seat. We swap it back and forth a lot between a mid-size sedan and small SUV; it's easy to install securely, and the baby seems to be comfortable. She has even slept through whole nights in it (I think 4 times; non-consecutive) when we drive through the night cross-country to see grandma.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Wonderful!!!
1/28/2012
Pros
Comfortable
Easy to Adjust
Easy to install
Safe
Sturdy
Stylish
Cons
Heavy
Best Uses
Infants
Toddlers
Comment:
I did a lot of research and I really wanted this carseat, but couldn't afford it until a couple of retailers had a good sale and I am so glad they did!<br /><br />This carseat was by far the easiest rear-facing installation I have ever done! I did it by myself in about 10 minutes and I feel very comfortable with the safety of it. It is a little heavy, but not bulky at all. It's in the middle of my midsize SUV and there is plenty of room on either side for the older kids and still room leftover between the seat and the back of the front seats.<br /><br />Baby seems comfortable and after a little adjusting to the straps it's getting easier to get him in & out. There are even little velco strips to keep the harness out of the way while you get baby in the seat. It's the little things like this that make this seat so great!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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