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Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 Review
Price: $110 List
Pros: Lightweight, inexpensive
Cons: Hard to install using LATCH, difficult to use
Bottom line: An uncomfortable option that is hard to install and use
All of the Graco seats in this review failed to impress us and the SnugRide Classic Connect 30 is no exception. This seat is difficult to install using the LATCH system, earned a lower score for comfort and quality, and has a below average score for ease of use. It is basically a disappointing seat from our perspective no matter what metric you are interested in. While is it inexpensive, we do not consider it a good value. With so many other seats earning higher scores overall, and in almost every metric, we would not recommend this seat to a friend.
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
The Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 protects rear facing infants from 4-30 pounds and up to 30 inches. Gracos' marketing touts that it is engineered to meet or exceed the US safety standards and has been side impact tested for occupant retention by the harness system (more on this below). It also sports a 5 point harness with front adjustment that helps get baby in and out quickly. It comes with a removable newborn body support cushion, 3 panel rotating canopy, and LATCH equipped stay-in-car base with on base level indicator. This seat is compatible with the Graco Classic Connect strollers.
The crash test data we use are sled crash tests designed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards to determine if a seat meets the Federal safety guidelines outlined in FMVSS 213. The Graco 30 exceeds the Federal safety requirements for crash tests by a significant margin, and thus can be considered safe, but its crash test scores indicate that most competing seats we reviewed offer an additional margin of protection when compared to the Graco 30.
The charts included here show the test data for the head and chest sensors of the test dummy for the Graco SnugRide 30 (shown in black). We have included the test results from the best scoring products in each test as well for comparison purposes.
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 had the best test results for the head region out of all 15 seats, while the Chicco Keyfit 30 data indicated the best results for the chest. These test results are shown in green.
Ease of Install - LATCH
Graco SnugRide Classic Connect with a 3. The high score is 9, earned by both the Chicco Keyfit 30 and the UPPAbaby Mesa.
Ease of Install - Belt
Evenflo Embrace LX scored the lowest in this metric with a 4. The high score is a 9 shared by Phil and Teds Alpha and Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35.
Ease of Install - Without the Base
Chicco Keyfit 30. The high score is a 10 for this metric earned by the Peg Perego.
Summary of All Ratings
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