Snugli™ Harnessed Booster Seat Review
With children one of the most important products that we need as parents is a car seat and with so many different ones out there it can be hard to pick on that works for our needs and with our cars. I was recently sent the Snugli™ Harnessed Booster Seat to review.
This seat is a 2-in-1 carseat and booster seat. It can be used as a 5 point harness seat from 22-65 pounds and then as a booster seat with the car seat belt up to 110 pounds.
One of the most important things with any car seat is how easily you can get the car seat installed properly. Car seats must be tightly installed in the car for them to do their job and the easier this is to do the more secure the seat is the more secure our children are in that seat. When installing the Snugli™ Harnessed Booster Seat I had no struggles at all. I used this car seat in my dads ford Taurus that has leather seats. If you have ever installed a car seat into a car with leather seats you know that is harder then cloth seats because of the slipperiness of the leather material. My son is over 48 pounds and so it needs to be installed with the seat belt and not the latch system and I was able to easily get the seat in the car and then sit in the seat to tighten it and have no wiggle room. I did test out using the latch to see if it was easy to hook in to the car – it was but not as easy as some of the seats I have used. For good reason and safety the latch pieces are a bit wider which makes getting it under the seat itself a bit of a challenge but that may have also been my dads car seats. Once I got the latch under the fabric of the seat in the car it was easy to make sure it was snug and latched.
Getting the perfect fit for your child is something that needs to be done and a child needs to fit properly for the carseat to do its job. I was able to adjust the Snugli™ Harnessed Booster Seat easily to fit my son. Adjusting the straps was easy, while you do have to undo them to change the position of them I had no issues with them tangling and having to fight them back in the slots of the seat. Changing the height of them is quickly done – just flip the car seat over and undo them from the bottom hook and pull from the front shoulder strap slots. Then reslide them in to the height level that you need and rehook them to the metal hook on the bottom. When adjusting for a larger child the head rest moves with the simple push of a button and then you slide it up and down. Making it really easy to get the perfect fit for your child.
It is also the small details that can make or break a carseat, they need to be functioning and safe for children but there are somethings that make life easier in general for us as parents that are important when looking at a car seat. The importance of a seat being easy for a child to buckle themselves in is one of my top ones. My older 2 children are 8 and 6 years old and while still in a 5 point harness they want the independence to not have to have mommy come and buckle them in. My son was able to buckle himself in and get the chest clip in the right spot with out any problems. He also really liked that there are cup holders – “Good I don’t have to hold my snacks on my lap” is what he said when he noticed the cup holders. It is the small things in life that can make a kid happy with their car seat 🙂
While my children are not yet to the booster seat stage I am really liking that this seat goes to 110 pounds as a booster! When using this seat as a booster you just remove the harness straps and it has no need to be taken apart. Once your child is booster seat weight you are not losing the important safety of the head rest and the seats side impact protection.
Technology in carseats is getting better and giving us parents more things to make life easier with. Snugli has also added new technology to their seats with OUTLAST® temperature management technology. This technology has the ability to:
- Actively absorb and store excess heat, helping to reduce overheating
- Allow the child to stay at a balanced temperature and prevent chilling during the cooler months; if the child’s skin temperature drops, the stored heat is released
- Reduces perspiration so the child stays drier
I think this is great because as I am sure many parents know sitting in a car seat can make a child warmer then just sitting in a seat like we do and there have been times my kids have been sweaty when it is humid and hot from sitting in their car seat- even with the AC on in the car.
Overall I like this seat – It is easy to install, easy to make sure your child is in it properly and its looks good. My son said it is comfortable to sit in, he likes being able to buckle himself in and he likes the cup holders. The only complaint my kids had was my youngest that they need to make a pink one for girls so she can have one (but that is an expected comment from a little 3 year old girl who is obsessed with pink!)
- 2-in-1 car seat that can be used either as a booster or in conjunction with your cars seat belt
- 3-layers of foam technology
- Lumbar support, providing your child with additional back support and padding
- Exclusive LATCH technology allows for a super-fast, super-snug installation
- Storage pocket for snacks
- Designed and tested for structural integrity at levels approximately 2X the federal crash test standard
- Side impact tested; meets or exceeds all applicable Federal safety standards and Evenflo’s Side Impact Test Standard
- Accommodates children ranging from 22-110 lbs. with an internal harness up 65 lbs.
Disclaimer: I was provided this product free of charge to review and give my honest opinion. No compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own.