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The Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat is a versatile multi-stage model that can be used in rear- and forward-facing modes and as a booster seat.
True to its name, the Evenflo SafeMax is packed with safety features that include a sturdy steel frame and an anti-rebound bar that reduces the amount of movement caused by an impact.
This rigorously tested model performs above and beyond federal and industry standards for side-impact crashes and rollover accidents. It’s simple to change from mode to mode, and is suitable for children in a wide weight range of four to 35 pounds.
Parents who need help setting it up will appreciate the live installation support that’s available for free from Evenflo.
Overview of Evenflo SafeMax All-In-One
This three-mode car seat and booster is made for use by kids ranging from five and 120 pounds. Safety-minded features include a steel frame and an anti-rebound bar. Evenflo bills this model as the first rollover-tested car seat. The integrated belt lock-off system lets you know when the base is installed correctly. A helpful service provided by Evenflo is real-time video support with a technician for parents who need help with installation.
The moisture-wicking fabric of the SafeMax helps keep your child cool and comfortable, and this model’s two cup holders can keep a water bottle, sippy cup, or snack nearby. As for this seat’s padding, many parents praise how soft and cushiony it feels. The fabric can be laundered in the washer and dryer on delicate and low-heat settings. For parents who travel by air with their little ones, this seat is FAA approved for use on aircraft when used in the harness mode. It comes with a generous two-year warranty, which is longer than that offered by many other brands.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rated the Evenflo SafeMax as follows for aspects like labeling, directions, and installation:
Video Overview of Evenflo SafeMax All-In-One
Evenflo SafeMax All-In-One Specs
Child weight range for rear-facing mode
5 - 40 pounds
Child height range for rear-facing mode
19 - 40 inches
Child weight range for forward-facing mode
22 - 65 pounds
Child height range for forward-facing mode
28 - 50 inches
Minimum child age for forward-facing mode
Child weight range for booster mode
40 - 120 pounds
Child height range for booster mode
44 - 57 inches
Minimum child age for booster mode
26” tall x 22.5” wide x 19.75” deep
Evenflo SafeMax All-In-One Features
Ease of Use
Comfort and Convenience
The Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One boasts thicker padding than many others, with a moisture-wicking fabric. The cover is simple to remove and can be placed in the washer and the dryer when it’s in need of freshening up or stain removal. When it’s with the harness, handy pockets can hold the straps off to the sides when you’re loading and unloading your child, and the harness cover is kept firmly in place by magnetic flaps.
Note that the harness straps will need to be rethreaded when you need to move them from slot to slot. As for initial setup, this model comes with the lower anchor strap threaded through the forward-facing belt path. This means you’ll have the extra step of rethreading it to get it set up for the rear-facing mode.
Ease of Installation
Who is the SafeMax All-in-One suitable for?
This car seat can accommodate kids from five pounds to 120 pounds in weight, and those who are up to 57 inches tall. Due to its heaviness and bulk, this model works best for families who do not intend to move it between cars frequently. It also won’t likely work in a situation where three car seats need to be installed in a row.
Pros and Cons of the Evenflo SafeMax
Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One Installation
A video that walks through the features of this model is available at:
Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One Manual Download
A link to the instruction manual is available at:
Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One vs. Graco Extend2Fit 3 in 1 Car Seat
Both the Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One and the Graco Extend2Fit 3 in 1 are models that can be used for most of your child’s car seat years. You can bring your newborn home from the hospital in either of these seats and use them all the way up through the time your child is ready for a booster seat. Both are made with a steel-reinforced frame and with LATCH connectors that provide a secure installation. Both offer the convenience of dual cup holders and machine-washable fabric.
For parents who want to keep their child rear-facing as long as possible, the Graco model offers the benefit of a four-position extension panel that can provide up to five inches of added legroom. This seat also offers a leg up over the SafeMax in the convenience department, in that the harness does not need to be rethreaded when you need to raise or lower the straps, and the harness and headrest can be adjusted simultaneously in one motion. Another offering from the Extend2Fit that you won’t find on the SafeMax is a level indicator that lets you know whether it’s installed at the proper angle.
With regard to safety, both have been subjected to rigorous testing to help protect your child in the event of rollover, front, side, and rear crashes. Both choices meet or exceed industry standards for safety. In all, both of these models can be counted on by parents for reliable safety, comfort, and convenience.
Farhan K's Evenflo SafeMax All-In-One Review
If you are looking for a reasonably priced 3-in-1 car seat for your growing kid, the Evenflo SafeMax 3-in-1 lives up to its name and is safer than a lot of its competitors. It is a forward-facing car seat that transitions into a highback and then backless booster car seat.
The crash test and safety scores for the Evenflo SafeMax 3-in-1 are impressive. The rollover results are some of the best on the market. It has lots of foam and materials that absorb energy if there is a car accident. It also utilizes the Harness Protect System. You can use the LATCH connectors to secure it, so it does not move around in the backseat.
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The Evenflo SafeMax 3-in-1 is trouble-free when it comes to its use. The instructions and labeling is easy to understand, which reduces the chances of human errors. One of the only issues is the lap belt. It becomes less than ideal in the booster seat mode.
Parents with preschool and school-aged children benefit from the Evenflo SafeMax 3-in-1 combination car seat. It has a handy place to store the harness under the seat when not in use. Your little one will be comfortable, too, because of the various recline positions.
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