As you may have noticed, I’m having trouble making decisions lately. The latest decision dilemma involves carseats. Now that we have two cars, we’d like to have two carseats so that David can pick Jack up from daycare when necessary. I’ve narrowed the choices down to the Graco Nautilus and the Evenflo Symphony 65. The seats are comparable with a few notable differences:
- pretty inexpensive at $144
- allows extended use of 5 pt harness (2.5″ taller)
- harness adjustment requires re-threading
- hook style LATCH
- cup holder
- buckle LATCH rather than hook (easier!)
- easy sliding adjustment of harness (no re-threading!)
- can be used for infants if we have another child
- a tad more expensive at $190
So, the Nautilus would allow us to use the 5 pt harness longer and save us money now. The Symphony, on the other hand, would be a lot easier to deal with and could potentially come in handy for another kid (although Jack would likely still be using it during a second kid’s infanthood…so that is probably moot).
Part of the reason I lean toward the Symphony, aside for the ease of installation and height adjustment, is that I loved the Evenflo Triumph (which Joe now has) except for a few features that have since been fixed. I’ve only dealt with the Graco SnugRide in the past (and the stroller/travel system) which was a nightmare to install properly, so I have a little something against Graco. Still, I like the cheaper price on the Graco and the ability to keep Jack that much safer for just a little longer…
Can you see my dilemma? Which would you choose? If it makes a difference, we currently have a Britax Marathon and yeah, it’s easy to install but so not worth the extra $100 in my opinion (which is why I’m not considering their Convertible/Booster option).