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Evenflo Tribute LX Review

Inexpensive choice with impressive crash test results
evenflo tribute lx convertible car seat review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $90 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Budget-friendly, better crash test results, narrow
Cons:  Thin padding, harder to install, lower quality
Manufacturer:   Evenflo
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Dec 21, 2021
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  • Crash Test - 35% 8.0
  • Ease Of Install - LATCH - 20% 4.9
  • Ease Of Install - Belt - 15% 5.1
  • Ease Of Use - 15% 6.6
  • Comfort / Quality - 10% 3.4
  • Weight / Size - 5% 9.5

The Skinny

The Evenflo Tribute LX didn't manage to break into the top third of the products, but it does offer a combination that we think is worthy of recognition. This seat sports one of the highest scores in the group for crash testing and ease of use and it is the least expensive in the review. These factors make it unique; parents can purchase a very budget-friendly car seat that achieves high scores for two of the most important metrics next to the ease of installation. We think this makes the Tribute a Best Value for parents who want a simple seat they can afford without sacrificing safety or ease of use.

Editor's Note: This review was updated with more information about sub-tests with the overall metrics to help caregivers make comparisons between products. The review was updated on December 21, 2021.

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Pros Budget-friendly, better crash test results, narrowGreat crash test results, easy to use, attractive price, lighterBest crash test results, rear-facing till 50 lbs, pricePrice, easy to use, best head sensor crash testPrice, easy LATCH installation, easier to use
Cons Thin padding, harder to install, lower qualityHarder to install using the vehicle beltNot the best quality, harder belt installationLess padding, somewhat harder to install using vehicle beltAverage crash result analysis
Bottom Line Inexpensive choice with impressive crash test resultsA lightweight, easy to use seat with excellent crash test result and priceBest crash test results on a budget-friendly seat that lets little ones sit rear-facing for longerBetter crash test results make this easy to use, inexpensive seat a winnerSlightly better than an average seat with no real standout features
Rating Categories Evenflo Tribute LX Britax Emblem Graco Extend2Fit Britax Allegiance Graco SlimFit All-i...
Crash Test (35%)
8.0
8.0
8.5
8.0
6.0
Ease Of Install - LATCH (20%)
4.9
7.2
6.6
7.2
7.9
Ease Of Install - Belt (15%)
5.1
6.0
7.0
6.0
6.6
Ease Of Use (15%)
6.6
7.6
7.3
7.6
7.4
Comfort / Quality (10%)
3.4
7.4
5.8
6.8
5.8
Weight / Size (5%)
9.5
5.5
5.0
5.5
5.0
Specs Evenflo Tribute LX Britax Emblem Graco Extend2Fit Britax Allegiance Graco SlimFit All-i...
Crash Test HIC Score 251.2 218 214 186 320
Crash Test Chest G Clip 42.7 42 40 43 43
Min/Max Rear Facing Passenger Weight 5 - 40 lbs 5 - 40 lbs 4 - 50 lbs 5 - 40 lbs 5 - 40 lbs
Min/Max Forward Facing Passenger Weight 22 - 40 lbs 20 - 65 lbs 22 - 64 lbs 20 - 65 lbs 22 - 65 lbs
Max Rear Facing Passenger Height 37" Child's head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the head restraint Child's head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the head restraint Child's head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the head restraint 40" and the child's head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the child restraint.
Max Forward Facing Passenger Height 40" 49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the head restraint. 49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the seat shell. 49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the head restraint. 49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the seat shell.
Measured Rear Facing Seat Weight 9.3 lbs 18.8 lbs 18.7 lbs 18.5 lbs 18.6 lbs
Measured Forward Facing Seat Weight 9.1 lbs 18.8 lbs 18.7 lbs 18.5 lbs 18.6 lbs
Width 17" 18.9" 19.6" 18.8" 19"
Recline Positions 1 Rear Facing
1 Forward Facing
1 Rear Facing
2 Forward Facing
4 Rear Facing
3 Forward Facing
1 Rear Facing
2 Forward Facing
4 Total
2 Rear Facing
2 Forward Facing
1 Booster
Max Recline Angle 45° 42° 51° 42° °
Shoulder Harness Positions 4 10 10 10 10
Crotch Strap Positions 2 2 2 2 3
Built in Lock Off No Yes No Yes No
Anti-rebound Device No No No No No
Head Support No No No No No
Newborn Insert No Yes Yes Yes Yes
No Rethread Harness No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Onboard Manual Storage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Level Indicator On Seat Line Molded onto Shell Line on Decal Ball in Tube. Line on Decal Ball in Tube.
Foam Type EPS EPP EPS EPP EPS
Seat Lifespan 6 yrs 7 7 yrs 7 10 yrs
Warranty 90 Days 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Evenflo Company, Inc. is headquartered in Ohio and is a product of a merger in 1995 of Evenflo Juvenile Products and Evenflo Juvenile Furniture Company. However, their roots go back as far as 1920. Evenflo began by producing products for baby feeding. In 1947, they expanded beyond nipples to manufacturing glass baby bottles. In 1960, they created nursing kits and went on to develop products for bottle feeding, breastfeeding, various kinds of car seats, economical strollers, and home goods.

Performance Comparison



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The Evenflo has EPS foam on the inside of the shell for energy absorption in the event of a crash
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Crash Test


The Evenflo Tribute has some of the most impressive crash test data results for this group. The testing data taken from the sensors placed in the head and chest regions of a crash test dummy in a sled crash test indicate that using this seat results in the second-lowest amount of G-forces on the body than the other product we tested.


While all the products in the review meet or exceed the federal minimum safety guidelines outlined in the FMVSS 213, this seat is a bit of a stand-out for having the best results in the head sensor and better than average results for the chest sensor. This seat's head and chest crash test sensor data is significantly lower than the allowed maximum. We commissioned crash tests with the same specifications as those used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The test data for the Evenflo indicates that it offers an additional margin of safety over most of the competition in this review.

The chart we prepared shows the crash test data from the sensors for the chest in the dummy used in the Evenflo (shown in black). The crash test data for the product with the least amount of G-forces for the chest sensor (Clek Foonf) is green for comparison.

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The chest sensor data for the Evenflo compared to that of the Clek that has the lowest recorded G forces in the chest sensor during crash tests
Credit: BabyGearLab, MGA Research
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The Evenflo was the best HIC sensor winner until the Essentials by Britax Allegiance knocked it out of the water with a difference of 65 where a lower number is better.
Credit: BabyGearLab, MGA Research

The Evenflo has the second-lowest amount of Gs recorded in the head sensor out of all the products we tested. The Britax Allegiance has the lowest. The chart below shows a comparison of all the HIC sensor results in the group.


The chart below includes the test result data for each seat's chest sensor. You can compare the actual results from one seat to the next for a better idea of crash test performance and how we determined the overall crash test analysis score by reviewing the chart above and below. You can see how the Evenflo has lower results in each test, indicating a potentially better margin of protection overall.


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The Evenflo isn't the easiest to install with LATCH or with the vehicle belt
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Install - LATCH


The Evenflo's ease of installation using the LATCH system is not great for a method designed to be easier than using the vehicle seat belt.


The Evenflo seat is about as barebones as a seat can get and still call itself a car seat. The LATCH anchors are simple clip-style anchors that are relatively easy to get on but require some pushing, twisting, and finagling to unhook. However, that is not what hurt this seat in the scoring.



We had to use a towel in the rear-facing configuration to install this seat in a few test cars. The LATCH strap threads through different spots for forward-facing versus rear-facing, and you will need to remove almost the entire seat cover to move the strap. A plastic retainer clip also seems poorly placed and makes it difficult to tighten the belt effectively. Once we got it installed, it didn't feel secure in every vehicle. Rear-facing was somewhat more stable, but forward-facing seemed a little loose. It took two people to get the strap tight enough and two to get it loose as well. The button used to loosen the belt is so stiff it hurt our fingers when we finally managed to press it hard enough to work. On the upside, you hopefully won't be installing this seat very often. However, if you live in a city and take taxis frequently, you might be drawn to this option because it is the lightest; keep in mind that you will need extra time to install it and a towel for rear-facing in most cars. These facts may ruin its potential despite the attractive weight.

The recline adjustment on the Evenflo is a flip out foot
The recline adjustment on the Evenflo is a flip out foot
The level line on the Evenflo seat must be parallel with the ground...
The level line on the Evenflo seat must be parallel with the ground for proper installation

The recline adjustment foot (above left) alters the angle of the seat to help find the proper angle for correct installation. The arrow line-level indicator (above right) on the seat is a basic style that works best when the car is level and you observe it from a distance.

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We needed a towel for the rear installation of the Evenflo Tribute to obtain the proper angle of the seat. This seat is not that easy to install, but it does offer higher than average crash test results.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Install - Belt


Using the vehicle belt with the Evenflo is marginally better than the LATCH system.


Given that this is a very basic seat, there isn't much to get in the way or cause issues when installing it with the vehicle belt. You will still need to use a towel when installing the seat rear-facing, and it is still kind of a pain to thread the belt, but it is easier to get the belt tight than using the LATCH strap.

The belt path on the Evenflow is easy to use and very simple with no...
The belt path on the Evenflow is easy to use and very simple with no belt lock off
The forward facing belt path way for the Evenflo is under the seat...
The forward facing belt path way for the Evenflo is under the seat pad. You don't need to lift the seat cover off unless you want to see what you are doing
The belt path on the Evenflo for the forward facing installation has...
The belt path on the Evenflo for the forward facing installation has large openings that are easy to use

The belt pathway for the rear-facing installation (above left) differs from the forward-facing belt path (above right). While we lifted the cover to reveal the track, you do not need to raise the cover to thread the belt for either method.

All testers felt this seat was easier to install using the vehicle belt, and some remarked that the larger belt pathway holes were more straightforward to use than some of the competition with small pathways. In general, no matter which vehicle we tested it in, the seat belt is easier, and we managed to get the seat installed tighter than we could with the LATCH method. This functionality might make it okay for travel or use in taxis, but don't forget that pesky towel you will need to tote as long as your child is rear-facing.



Ease of Use


Perhaps thanks to its lack of features that can sometimes make a seat difficult to use, the Evenflo managed a respectable score in the ease of use metric compared to the other products.


It is unique that such a budget-friendly seat is also easy to use.

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The buckle on the Evenflo Tribute LX is one of the easiest in the group to use. The sides pop out on their own when the button is pressed
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The buckle on the Evenflo is the easiest in the group to push, and it sort of pops open, releasing both sides of the buckle at once, which makes it a genuinely one-handed operation. We liked this buckle so much we wished all the buckles in the group were this easy. The chest clip on this seat is less user-friendly and somewhat difficult to open than the buckle, but it isn't the worst, and the operation is straightforward.

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The harness release button on the Evenflo is located on the foot of the seat above the tightening strap. The strap is so low on the seat it can be difficult to use when the seats is rear facing
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The height adjustment for this harness is the traditional rethread process of detaching the straps from a splitter plate in the back and unthreading them from slots and rethreading at the desired height, and then reattaching them to the splitter plate. This process is not complicated, but it is more involved than the non-rethread style of adjustment, and parents will need to remove the baby from the seat to do it and possibly remove the seat from the car. We worry that parents will inadvertently put off adjusting because they are busy, and it takes time they won't have when they first notice the problem. This design could potentially result in babywearing an improperly fitted harness that could cause crash injuries. Thanks to a lack of padding and material that can make threading hard, the slots are easy to thread through. The shoulder height has four positions, and the crotch strap has two. It is tightened using a strap at the foot of the seat and loosened using a lever button located on top of the fabric at the seat's foot.

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The LATCH storage on the Evenflo are simple attachment points on the side of the seat. This does keep the straps from dragging, but it doesn't really keep them totally out of the way
Credit: Abriah Wofford

LATCH Storage


The Evenflo has basic LATCH anchor storage with places for the anchors and tether to attach to the back of the seat. It doesn't keep the straps out of the way, so you'll also need to tuck the remaining material under the seat to make them inaccessible to little ones. This seat also has a foldable cup holder that can be kept closed to take up less space or open for use. However, it is kind of a useless holder, and we weren't impressed with it.

The Evenflo cup holder is located on the side of the seat and...
The Evenflo cup holder is located on the side of the seat and unfolds for use
The cup holder on the Evenflo isn't the best in the bunch, but it...
The cup holder on the Evenflo isn't the best in the bunch, but it will get the job done as long as it lasts

While the Evenflo has a cup holder on the side of the shell, it isn't the easiest to use, and it doesn't feel like it will stand the test of time. The photos show the cup holder closed (above left) and opened (above right).

Cover


The fabric on this seat is effortless to remove and is held on with simple elastic loops that go around plastic prongs strategically located on the seat shell. The fabric is machine washable in cold water on a gentle cycle, and it is one of the few you can tumble dry (albeit briefly). This fabric is arguably one of the easiest to keep clean.

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The Evenflo earned the lowest score in our tests for comfort and quality
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Comfort/Quality


The Evenflo earned the lowest score in the group for comfort and quality. A large part of this is thanks to its lack of bells, whistles, and nods to added comfort like padding.


The Evenflo fabric feels slick like plastic and only covers a thin amount of padding. The lack of padding and plastic feel mean the material might not be very breathable, and children might grow sweaty quickly. The lack of padding means it isn't the coziest seat and isn't very cushy.

The back of the Evenflo has lots of nooks, crannies, and straps, but...
The back of the Evenflo has lots of nooks, crannies, and straps, but it doesn't have as many as some of the others
The bottom of the Evenflo does have some sharp edges and protrusions
The bottom of the Evenflo does have some sharp edges and protrusions

The bottom and the back of the seat are sturdy plastic that should be easy to clean. Unfortunately, the sides are more scratchy and have a texture to them that will make them more challenging to clean and seem like a poor design choice though they may have reasons we don't understand. The back also has a lot of crevasses, making it even harder to clean. The foam in this seat is Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), the standard foam often seen in car seats and bike helmets.

The simplicity of the seat makes it look tidy compared to many of the other options, but other things take away from the overall look. The fabric cover fits the shell frame and is held on by plastic clips. Unlike some of the competition that has the cover wrapped around the seat and frame, this style allows the edges of the plastic frame to remain visible. The only part of the seat bottom that is smooth is the recline adjustment portion of the seat. The other resting points that contact the vehicle seat are narrow edges of plastic that could catch on things or rub on the vehicle seat and potentially cause damage.

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The Evenflo is the lightest seat in the group and one of the most narrow at just over 9 pounds and 17 inches
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight


This seat came in as the most lightweight seat in the review at just over 9 lbs. This weight makes it a good candidate for parents who frequent taxis or Uber. Unfortunately, if your child is still sitting rear-facing, it means you will need to use a towel as well, and carrying a towel and car seat around might be a deal-breaker.


It is one of the narrowest seats in the review at 17 inches, the same as the Clek Foonf. So, if you need to place more than two seats across the back seat of your car, or if you want to fit an adult between two car seats, it may be a good option.

Should You Buy the Evenflo Tribute LX ?


Maybe. The Evenflo is not the best seat in the group, but we love that it fills a niche we think many parents might have, and that is why it is one of our favorites. If you have a very limited budget and want a seat with better crash test results, then the Evenflo is one you need on your list. This seat offers impressive crash test results in a group where most seats are far more expensive. We think this lightweight and smaller seat could be a good fit for those with the tightest budget, those who need a second seat, or anyone looking for a travel companion without sacrificing safety.

What Other Convertible Car Seat Should You Consider?


There are several high-ranking seats in our lineup and others with better scores in multiple metrics. As a result, it isn't hard to find a better option depending on your goals and needs. While we still maintain that the Evenflo is a good choice for certain circumstances, we think if your budget allows, there are better options for your primary car seat, even if you just want something with more cushion or it is easier to install. Bumping to the next price range in this lineup, we like the Britax Emblem. This lower-priced Britax option includes a similar crash test result but higher installation scores and points for quality and comfort. Also in this price range is the Graco Extend2Fit, offering one of the highest crash test results in the review. Both seats earned overall scores at least 10 points higher than the Evenflo.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team
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