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There is so much to love about the Evenflo EveryStage, it's no wonder that it keeps on winning awards and rave reviews. This convertible car seat is a 4-in-1 with incredible longevity, protecting children from an amazing 4-120 pounds, 57 inches, or the 10-year lifespan of the car seat.
It has extended rear-facing, simple installation, and safety features that are double federal standards. Even better, it's actually an affordable 4-in-1, backed by the great support and 100 year reputation of Evenflo.
Who is the Evenflo EveryStage Most Suitable For?
The Evenflo EveryStage may be the only car seat you need for the first 10 years of a child's life, from an impressive 4 pounds through 120 pounds. The back is angled to prevent head slump in newborns, allowing them to sleep safely, and extended rear-facing protects a child for longer without taking up much adult leg room in the front seats.
The ratcheting system allows parents to get an incredibly secure, tight fit with less effort than other LATCH systems. That makes it a great choice for adults who need a secure installation with one hand, or without the physical exertion of climbing into the vehicle and leaning over/pressing on the car seat.
This simple installation helps older adults or those with physical disabilities securely install the Evenflo EveryStage in a wide variety of vehicles, although the harness system is a bit counter-intuitive and usually requires both hands to secure the child.
Pros and Cons of the Evenflo EveryStage
Overview of Evenflo EveryStage
The Evenflo EveryStage converts from rear-facing to front-facing to a booster seat, keeping kids safe until they are big enough to use an adult seatbelt. It has a simple installation and one-hand height and harness adjustment, and thoughtful design features throughout that ensure a child's safety and comfort.
It's surprisingly light weight and small in size for a 4-in-1, at 22 pounds and 19 inches wide. And it's offered at a very reasonable price for car seat with all these features.
What are this model’s NHTSA ratings? All car seats sold in the US must meet or exceed strict federal safety standards, so the NHTSA does not rate car seats for safety. Instead, they offer ratings and evaluations for ease of use. According to the NHTSA, the Evenflo EveryStage has earned (for the rear-facing installation):
- Side impact protection? Yes
- Energy-absorbing base? No
- Metal frame? No
What is this model’s child height limit?
What is this model’s child weight limit?
Ease of Use
Does this model have:
Ease of Installation
Comfort and Quality
Video Overview of Evenflo EveryStage
Evenflo EveryStage Specs
Rear-facing child weight
4 -50 pounds
Rear-facing child height
17 -43 inches
Child's head must be 1 inch below the handle in rear-facing mode
The tops of child's ears must be below the top of the child restraint headrest in forward-facing mode
Booster seat child weight
Booster seat child height
44 - 57 inch
The tops of child's ears must be below the top of the child restraint headrest in booster mode
Car seat dimensions
19 inches wide x 26.5 inches high x 22 inches deep
Car seat weight
Evenflo EveryStage Features
Ease of use
Quality and comfort features
What's Included with the Evenflo EveryStage?
The Evenflo EveryStage comes with a newborn insert pillow. The car seat also has built-in cupholders with removable, dishwasher-safe cups.
Because it's designed for years of use and the ratcheting system gets the seat installed so tightly, a car seat protector is a particularly good accessory with the Evenflo EveryStage.
The thick padding and lifetime guarantee of the Sunferno car seat protector are a good choice for the Evenflo EveryStage, and parents love the two front storage pockets for snacks, toys, or baby wipes.
Evenflo EveryStage installation
The CarseatBlog's YouTube channel has a quick overview of how Evenflo's EasyClick installation works, which you can see here:
While there aren't many helpful videos online showing installation of the many modes and installation types of the Evenflo EveryStage, we love that Evenflo offers real-time video support chats. Simply schedule a video call, and an Evenflo professional will help you install the car seat in real time.
Evenflo EveryStage Manual
The Evenflo EveryStage owner's manual is available here:
Evenflo EveryStage vs. Evenflo Symphony
Both the Evenflo EveryStage and the Evenflo Symphony are long-lived, 4-in-1 car seats with reliable Evenflo quality. They have a similar installation, similar specs, and similar usage.
Both seats exceed federal safety standards, have been side impact tested, and are FAA approved. They both have integrated cupholders on both sides, the simple Infinite Slide Harness system, and machine-washable seat pads.
However, there are a number of slight differences between these car seats.
Rear-facing child weight
Forward-facing child weight
Booster seating child weight
Car seat dimensions
19 W x 26.5 H x 22 D inches
21.5 W x 19.5 H x 28 D inches
Car seat weight
Car seat expiration
EasyClick LATCH system
QuickConnector LATCH system
The Evenflo EveryStage also has some nice comfort and usability features, like the angled back that prevents head slumping in infants, 10-position recline, and an easy-to-read bead level.
Depending on your fabric choices, both models are extremely close in price. Since the Evenflo EveryStage has a larger weight range, longer life span, easier installation system, and has been rollover tested, it seems worth a few extra dollars to choose the Evenflo EveryStage over the Evenflo Symphony.
However, the Evenflo EveryStage is a taller, narrower car seat than the Symphony, and may not fit well in smaller vehicles, where it may block a driver's rear view in forward facing mode. The Symphony is several inches shorter, and so it may be a better choice for vehicles with lowered roof clearance, where extra visibility is needed.
Evenflo Gold EveryStage User Review
The Evenflo EveryStage is an award-winning all-in-one car seat that has rave reviews from parents and experts alike. It's been tested and proven to exceed safety standards, and has a weight range that will protect and care for children from infancy through their first 10 years.
It is easy to install securely, with a simple ratcheting system. It also has thoughtful design features to care for the comfort and protection of a child, and is offered at a very affordable price for an all-in-one car seat in its class. It's no wonder that this high-quality car seat is so popular, and tops so many recommended lists.
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