The first thing I want to do is clear up any confusion that people might be having around the Chicco NextFit and the Chicco NextFit 65. They are exactly the same car seat. Part of the source of the confusion is Amazon. They have a listing for the Chicco NextFit at one price and another listing for the Chicco NextFit 65 at a significantly higher price. Yet, other than the color they are exactly the same seat. Chicco did revise this seat late in 2013 in response to quite a bit of feedback on a few different features. But this was a revision not a brand-new separate model. That having been said, let’s move on with this Chicco Nextfit review.
Updates for the past few years
First, let’s address the updates that were made in 2013. The first change is to the harness strap covers. Using these used to be mandatory, but it’s now optional. They’re a little bit smaller than they were initially and due to Velcro, are easy to remove.
One of the biggest complaints about the initial version of the Chicco NextFit was with regards to the crotch strap being too short. It’s been lengthened a little bit, and if you own the initial version of the NextFit, it’s now possible to get the newer size as a replacement.
The final change was made to the chest clip. You can now use it in the narrow or wider settings.
- With one hand easily adjust the ReclineSecure nine position leveling system so that it fits your vehicle
- whether in forward or rear facing you can find the correct angle for your car seat by means of the two RightSide bubble levels
- seat belt lockoffs in both rear and forward facing positions
- get a tight and secure fit by means of the SuperClinch LATCH tightener, with force multiplying technology
- headrest has a 6 position height adjustment
- get a secure fit every time with the one pull harness tightener
- easily reposition the LATCH strap by means of the integrated slide path when switching from rear to forward facing
- storage receptacles
- double removable cupholders
- newborn insert for infants up to 11 pounds
Chicco NextFit Stats
- Weight range — rear facing: 5 to 40 pounds.
- Height range — rear facing: under 49 inches
- Weight range — forward facing: 22 to 65 pounds
- Height range — forward facing: under 50 inches
- Weight limit — lower anchor: 40 pounds
- Lowest harness position: 5 ½ inches with insert
- Highest harness position: 17 ½ inches
- Shell height — fully extended headrest: 26
- Expiration: 8 years
Comfort and Fit
I’ve once again used my niece Susanna, as a guinea pig — I mean test subject. She’s eight months old, weighs 17 pounds and is 27 inches long. She fit perfectly and snugly into the seat.
And just a side note here, I have read other reviews of this seat, and they state that despite the fact that the minimum weight requirement is 5 pounds, tests have been done with preemie dolls and they have fit at the size of 4 pounds and 17 inches long.
Baby Jamal from next door was once again on hand as a test subject. Since I’m at looking for seats for my soon to be toddler Micah, I was most interested in how this seat fared as a toddler car seat. Jamal was happy and so was I.
Tyson, my five-year-old nephew, after being promised a form of payment, also agreed to be a test subject for this review. We now have the seat forward facing, as he has surpassed the rear facing weight requirement. At 44 pounds and 44 inches, he sat quite comfortably, and so would a much taller child.
I hope you became a bit wiser from this Chicco NextFit review, if you’d like more information or are ready to purchase this convertible car seat you can do so by clicking on the link below.