Your newborn infant is the world’s most precious cargo. When it comes to purchasing a car seat to carrying your little bundle of joy safely from point A to point B, you need a product you can trust that won’t break the bank.
When the market is flooded with products, it’s tiresome and time-consuming to sift through each one to find the best. Thankfully, you don’t have to. The good news is that we’ve done all the hard work for you.
Based off product safety, affordability, and ease of use, we’ve ranked these top ten Evenflo infant car seats.
That way, you spend less time sorting product listings and internet tabs so you can get buckled up and ready to go with your little one in no time at all.
When choosing your child’s first car seat, some of the most important factors are item weight, latch technology, size, compatibility, features, and weight capacity.
Here are the top Evenflo infant car seats, how they measure up against one another other, where they fall short, and where they shine.
Our First Choice: Evenflo Symphony Elite All-In-One Convertible Car Seat
Our first choice is the top-tier Symphony Elite. Designed with usability and convenience in mind, the Symphony is a popular choice for families who prioritize overall quality.
Price wise, it’s not the most affordable product on the list, but its features are worth the cost.
This model’s highlight is its SureLatch technology. It takes the push and pull out of installation and removal.
A life-saver especially for multi-car families, the Symphony Elite brags a 60 second installation time that takes all the drama and sweat out of installation and removal.
Besides all the bells and whistles of expandable cup holders and washable pads, this car seat has an impression range of use: it serves infants from 5-40 lbs all the way up to toddlers and children weighing as much as 110 lbs.
In short, it’s easy to see why this versatile, long-term use car seat is our number one pick for an infant car seat that will grow along with your child.
Our Second Choice: Evenflo Nurture DLX Infant Car Seat
As the lightest model on the list, the Evenflo Nurture DLX is an excellent portable car seat for families who travel often.
Using a separate stay-in car base, it can easily be transferred from home to vehicle.
Everything about this product is designed with convenience in mind. It includes easy-off machine washable pads as well as a pivot canopy.
Though this is definitely a model with glitzy additional features, it is one of the best values for the money
Though it ranks high in our guide as an excellent budget option for those who find luxury car seats a bit superfluous, it does have a couple cons.
One of which is that the base is not included and it tends to shift slightly with car movement. However, for the price, this one’s a steal.
Our Third Choice: Evenflo Stratos Convertible Car Seat
The Evenflo Stratos doesn’t have the muscle or features of some of its competitors, nor is it as affordable as models like the Nurture.
However, it is an overall balanced model that provides safety and minimal features.
One of the highlights of the Stratos is the seats built-in ventilation system that keeps an airflow to the child’s body, making it more comfortable and breathable.
The seat is rear-facing for infants up to 40 lbs, but can also switch to a front-facing car seat for children up to 65 lbs.
While it can’t boast the same ten years of potential use that the EveryStage can, it will be usable for much longer than many of its competitors.
The model also includes several standard features such as buckle pockets and a 5-position adjustable headrest.
It definitely doesn’t qualify as a luxury item, but it’s also a step out of the “budget” realm.
Our Fourth Choice: Evenflo EveryStage DLX All-in-One Car Seat
What sets the EveryStage DLX apart from its competitors is its EasyClick Latch, which aims to make your life easier.
Using an innovative ratcheting system, the EasyClick Latch allows for tighter, more secure placement that’s a breeze to install.
Like its counterpart the EveryStage LX, the DLX model is a great long-term investment as it can grow with and accommodate a child all the way to 120 lbs.
This makes both EveryStage models an excellent value for the money, as they’re potentially the only car seat you’ll need to buy for your child.
The downside of the DLX is that while it’s easy to install, it’s a bit harder to actually strap your baby in.
The chest connectors are a bit hard to wrangle, and their unideal design make it so you have to jostle and maneuver around your child to get the straps out..
The DLX is a bit heavier than the LX and slightly more burdensome to transport. However, it’s still an overall convenient and wonderfully safe car seat model.
Our Fifth Choice: Evenflo LiteMax 35 Platinum Infant Car Seat
This model, the Evenflo LiteMax 35 Platinum car seat, is one designed with comfort in mind.
Equipped with temperature-regulating fabric, ergonomic infant padding, and four positions from upright to reclining, it’s not only comfortable for your infant, but safe as well.
One of its most useful features includes a full-cover canopy that zips to provide full coverage against sun, rain, wind and whatever else Mother Nature has to throw down at your little one.
While many car seat canopies prove more of a nuisance than a help, the LiteMax’s cover is sensibly designed.
Like its non-platinum counterpart, this model is also moderately lightweight and easy to carry.
What sets it apart from the standard LiteMax 35 is the addition of its Outlast(R) Performance Fabric which regulates the baby’s body temperature in both hot and cold conditions.
From its ergonomic handles to its washable pads, the LiteMax 35 Platinum is definitely a car seat aimed at making your life a little easier.
It can also fit in a shopping cart and comes with a base. Overall, it’s a solid middle-of-the-lineo model.
Our Sixth Choice: Evenflo SafeMax Infant Car Seat
This product is named SafeMax for a reason. With its rebound bar design, it’s specially designed to absorb the impact of potential crashes (if there ever were one, heaven forbid).
As evidence of Evenflo’s continued eye on safety, the SafeMax was also the first car seat to be rollover-tested. It offers premium safety, but at a cost.
At $280.00 this car seat is far from the most affordable option on the list. However, if you’re looking for one of the safest, most thoroughly tested products on the market, then the SafeMax might be the winner.
Though it doesn’t have the same potential for long-term use as competitors like the EveryStage models, it’s just about as heavy.
The seat accommodates children ranging from 4 lbs to 35 lbs and includes a machine washable seat pad for convenience.
The product’s only con is that it’s not exactly easy to adjust, as it has shorter harness straps. If safety is the priority for your family though, you might not mind.
Our Seventh Choice: Evenflo LiteMax 35 Infant Car Seat
When it comes down to their specs, the LiteMax 35 and the LiteMax Platinum are incredibly similar—almost indistinguishable apart from a few key factors.
If the LiteMax 35 is an inferior model, it’s only by a very slight amount
This model is easy to carry with its ergonomic, overarching handle. It’s moderately lightweight and includes buckle pockets which help prevent burns.
The car seats fabric is breathable, but not nearly as efficient as the Platinum version Outlast(R) Performance Fabric.
The major complaint with this model is that the canopy which is intended to shield and protect your child is more a nuisance than a help.
Additionally, the car seat lacks a cutout that allows you to use it with a shopping cart. For these reasons, it falls lower on the list than its Evenflo’s Platinum version.
Our Eighth Choice: Evenflo EveryStage LX All-in-One Car Seat
The EveryStage LX is designed with long term use in mind. Boasting ten years of potential use, this car seat can accommodate children all the way up to 120 lbs.
Marketed as “the only seat you’ll ever need,” the EveryStage LX is the more affordable, less-flashy little brother of Evenflo’s EveryStage DLX.
The LX lacks the DLX’s high-quality EasyClick system in favor of a standard-click latch.
It takes significantly more time to install and has no ratchet system, but is slightly more affordable.
The seat can be installed forwards or backwards, but isn’t nearly as tight or secure as the DLX. Overall, it has a simple, straightforward design and surprisingly rugged durability, but a clearly lesser product to the superior DLX.
Our Ninth Choice: Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat
The Tribute LX is the second lightest car seat on the list and also one of the most affordable. With budget car seats, safety is of course a concern.
You might not require all the bells and whistles of models like the Symphony Elite, but you still want a product that ensures your infant’s safety.
What is impressive about the Tribute LX is that it’s slashed costs without compromising safety.
It meets and exceeds all federal safety standards and also has a latch system which makes it easy to switch between cars.
Unfortunately, this products downfall is that it lacks the possibility for long-term use that several of its competitors have.
Because it can only accommodate infants from 5 lbs up to toddlers of 40 lbs, your child is going to outgrow it pretty quickly.
If you don’t mind that, the Tribute LX Convertible makes for a safe and excellent budget car seat option.
Our Tenth Choice: Evenflo Nurture Infant Car Seat
The Evenflo Nurture car seat is a straightforward, drama-free product with no bells, whistles or complications.
It doesn’t have the versatility of other products or the potential for long-term use like the EveryStage DLX or Everystage LX, but it’s affordable enough that you may not mind.
The model includes a standard canopy and a semi-padded carrying handle. As one of the lightest products on the list, this is a great budget option for families who travel frequently.
The model includes a base, but the car seat itself can be used with or without it. This makes it ideal for airplanes, rental vehicles and taxis alike.
Overall, this model is only slightly cheaper than the higher-tier DLX model, so although it is a solid budget option it’s probably worth it to spring for the more developed design.