Combi Shuttle

The Combi Shuttle is built to provide protection for larger babies. It can handle up to 35 pounds and has a maximum height limit of 33 inches. Additionally, it is safe and convenient to use.
The Combi Shuttle has met safety certifications and comes with additional safety and convenience features to keep your baby safe and make your life a little easier. It has a higher weight and height limit than other infant carriers, which makes it a good fit for larger babies. The maximum height is 33 inches, and the maximum weight is 35 pounds.
You can choose between five different compatible strollers to find the one that fits your budget and lifestyle best. The cushions are machine washable so you can focus your time on more important things. The canopy is a little noisy, so there is the possibility that moving it could wake a sleeping baby. Unlike some other products, this car seat cannot be used without its base. As for safety features, it uses energy-compliant foam, LATCH connectors and level indicators to keep your child safe and help you install it correctly. If you lose the instruction manual, you can easily find it online. Combi’s customer support is easy to reach and gives you answers quickly, so you shouldn’t hesitate to contact them if you have questions. This infant car seat comes with a one-year warranty, which is pretty standard for this kind of product.
There’s an indicator window that changes from red to green to let you know the base is correctly installed and an auto-retracting LATCH system that makes it easy to tighten. The reclining base has a finished bottom that helps protect your car’s upholstery. The fabric in the car seat is made from Merino wool that is both comfortable and it’s the only car seat we evaluated that doesn’t use fire retardant chemicals to pass federal safety standards. The Mesa supports children as large as 35 pounds or 32 inches tall. For infants: add an infant cushion insert to fit newborns as light as 4 pounds. It is also compatible with the UPPAbaby Vista and Cruz strollers, and comes with the stay-in-car base.
The base is equipped with a side impact protection system and an anti-rebound bar to offer better protection in the event of front and rear collisions. The dual stage cushion accommodates a 4 pound infant, a 35 pound baby and every size child in between. The unique handle is short and compact, making it easy to move in and out of your vehicle. The base has color-coded belt paths that help guide you through the process of attaching it to a seat belt. The Italian-made upholstery is soft and durable, but you can’t remove the cushions to wash them. The Primo Viaggio has a large hood to protect your baby from the elements with a UPF 50+ rating. The hood is easily adjustable and removeable to make it easier to load the seat onto the stay-in-car base.

While we didn’t conduct crash testing ourselves, we chose to only evaluate products whose manufacturers had thoroughly tested each device for safety. Since being a parent is a full-time job, we wanted to find products with convenience features to make your life a little easier. We looked at user reviews, safety certifications and convenience features to compare the products in adjustability, durability, ease of use and overall safety.

We also evaluated products based on price. Less expensive car seats scored extra points, but to rank among the best they must have all the safety features combined with essential convenience features. Products with longer warranties also scored higher.

Safety
We chose to evaluate only car seats that had undergone thorough crash testing and were certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Keep in mind that the NHTSA does not require manufacturers to publish crash test results. We looked for rear-facing car seats that had high weight and height limits to accommodate growing children. Car seats that could account for larger babies scored higher. We also awarded more points to car seats that could convert to face forward when your child is old enough.

Adjustability
We looked for center-pull adjustments, since you can typically tighten these safety restraints with one hand. We gave more points to car seats with adjustable handles and moveable canopy shields, as these allow you to use the car seat and move your baby around easier.

Durability
We wanted to make sure that the car seats in our comparison would stand the test of time. The only time your car seat will be fully put to the test is if there is a crash, but there are certain features that can add to its durability. We only chose car seats that offered side-impact protection, LATCH connectors and energy-absorbent foam, as these features raised the durability of a carrier. The length of a car seat’s warranty can often portray the confidence the manufacturer places in the product. For that reason, we gave more points to car seats with longer warranties.

Ease of Use & Convenience
In our assessment, we considered how easy it was to install and remove the device. We gave more points to car seats that included stay-in-car bases as these helped save time. For these same reasons, we scored a device higher if it had an adjustable carrying handle, could be used on a variety of strollers, came with machine-washable cushions and could be installed without the base.

How Much Should I Spend on a Baby Car Seat? 

Price is an important factor, but when it comes to baby car seats, safety is always first. The more expensive car seats in our comparison are between $200 and $350, but they have innovative and safe design features that make it easy to properly install in your car. The more cost-effective models in our guide range from $100 to $200 and are certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but are missing some convenience features like a stay-in-car base and machine washable cushions and canopy.