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.
A rating of the potential for each seat to limit injury and movement of a child in a crash based on simulated frontal crash tests using child sized dummies.
Ease of use:
Our judgment of how easy each seat is to use including the clarity of labels and instructions, adjustments of clips and buckles, the transition of the seat from rear facing to forward facing and installation features such as LATCH connections and top tethers.
Rear facing fit-to-vehicle:
A rating of how easy it is to securely and correctly install each seat using both the vehicle belts and LATCH in a variety of vehicles in a rear-facing orientation and how well they fit each vehicle once installed.
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
Rear facing weight range (lbs.) Maximum weight (lbs.) allowed for child in rear facing orientation.
Rear facing weight range (lbs.)
Forward facing weight range (lbs.) Maximum weight (lbs.) allowed for child in forward facing orientation.
Forward facing weight range (lbs.)
Height range (in.) Range in inches of children allowed by seat.
Height range (in.)
46 or less
Seat weight (lbs.) Weights listed are to the nearest pound.
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Aurora, CO
(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
Easy to Adjust
Easy to install
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!