Evenflo Symphony Convertible Car Seat, Porter

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Reviewed by Brankica Ivanova
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We like

Made in the USA

Sure LATCH system for easy installation

Easy installation

Three layers of foam for side impact protection

Adjustable headrest

High-quality fabric

No-rethread for the harness

We don’t like

The seat is pretty wide and bulky

It can be pretty short in booster mode

How it works

If you are in a search of a car seat which you can use for your newborn and you can continue to use it up to the period when there is no need of a car seat for the child, you should look at the convertible “all in one” seats that can be used in all three different positions available and recommendable for a car seat. When looking throughout the lists of recommended convertible seats we came across the Evenflo seat called Symphony.  

Evenflo Symphony is an extremely user-friendly seat that you and your child are gonna love it, as it is simple to install and use and kids enjoy it because of the comfort and because it is relatively high so when they seat on it they can enjoy viewing from their position safely and securely during the car rides. It is a convertible seat that appeared for the first time in 2008 and has undergone some changes and different versions and models.  

Product specifics

Product specifics

This car seat is one of the top-rated seats and there must be reasons based on which it was declared as such. Families often look for an option of purchasing one car seat that will last from the birth of the child until there is a need of one and they gladly welcome every option of such a seat. Evenflo Symphony is definitely one of these seats that have been popular among parents because of its extreme practicality. The Symphony car seat comes in the following dimensions: 19.5 in height, with the wideness of 21.5 inches and length of 28 inches. The seat is around 21 lbs heavy. It is not a very tall seat so even though it meets certain requirements for the child, what might happen is the child to overgrow it in the context of a height. As this is a convertible seat with three positions or modes as all the other similar seats this seat is pretty bulky. The weight always contributes and is welcomed in reaching stability for the seat not to move, but on the other hand being a wide seat can be an issue for small vehicles or if you want to reach 3 in the back seat of the car. This might become a real issue for some vehicles when the seat is used in a rear position and because of the reclining installed position the seat is long and there might be a need for additional space that is usually taken from the leg room of the front seat co-driver’s seat. The seat comes with a lifespan of 8 years from the date of manufacturing and is produced in the USA.
Height and Weight requirements

Height and Weight requirements

This versatile seat will offer everything you need for the safety and the comfort of your child. When used from the birth of the child this seat will be used in a rear-facing position according to the law regulations and requirements for the safety of the child. This means that rear-facing position can be used with a minimum 5 lbs and can be used pretty extensive, or up to 40 lbs. This is a plus because pediatricians recommend the use of rear-facing position for the child as long as possible. The requirements regarding height are that the child should be a minimum of 19 inches and a maximum of 40 inches tall. According to the manufacturer’s notes when the child is older than two and weighs more than 22 lbs you can convert the seat from the rear into forward-facing position, although as mentioned according to the experts you should not hurry with the decision of changing the rear position. The maximum weight for the forward-facing is 65 lbs and the child’s height should be in a range of 28 to 50 inches. Once the child grows up and is four you may think about changing the forward-facing position into a booster mode. To use the seat in a booster mode the child needs to be at least 40 lbs and weigh the most up 110 lbs and regarding the height, the restrictions are in a range of 44 inches and up to 57 inches. So according to the requirements, this seat is convenient for use for every child that grows and can suit the varying weight and height specifications of kids throughout different developmental stages.
Design

Design

This Evenflo seat features compact and sleek design. The particular model that we are looking at today is in the design called Porter that features neutral colors, which are usually the first choice of the parents. The seat looks trendy with the silver, grayish and green shades of the cover. The same seat is also offered in 8 different designs so we are sure it will be easy to find the favorite one among these. All of the designs feature nice neutral colors that can fit any car's interior. There are two cup holders that are elastic which means that they are in a form of an elastic strap which is convenient only for bigger cups for drinking or sippy cups. The fabric of the seat is soft and high-quality so the seat looks and feels luxurious. It is attached to the seat by straps so if you want to remove it you will have to unsnap it, which makes it extremely practical and easy for cleaning. The fabric is also breathable and what is more important does not get heated but in the summer months, it keeps cool. It can be machine washable or spot-cleaned for regular maintenance.
Installation

Installation

This seat is extremely easy to install and it has a feature called Sure LATCH that makes the installation of the seat simple and quick. The installation can also be done with a seat belt and a tether for forward facing position of the seat. In all the cases compared to other car seats this one is indeed easy for installation and use as well. Parents really like this feature and they claim that the installation can be done within minutes. The installation of the seat can be done according to the instructions in the manual which are easy to follow and understand. The connectors that are part of the Sure LATCH system make the installation effortless and position the seat firmly and the seat cannot move and is well balanced and secured for safe rides. In case you need to remove this seat from the car you will also be surprised to learn that the detaching of the seat is as easy as the installation. Although not as easy as with the LATCH, still the use of the seat belt in installation also is quite handy and does not take much time to complete. The seat has a place for storage of the LATCH system or tether when you have installed the seat with a seat belt.
Safety

Safety

Safety is a top priority when you are looking and purchasing a car seat for your child. Parents whose kids had been involved in car accidents are really thankful for the safety features of this car seat and have replaced it with the exact same one. The seat has a 5 point restraint system and unlike many car seats where the customers complain against the buckles, this seat is also fine with it too. The harness straps do not involve rethreading and as the child grows the seat will grow too together with the harness that is easily adjusted. The height of the harness can be adjusted for eight inches and this provides sufficient space for the child to use the seat in the years to come. The harness is also easy to tighten properly. The safety is also guaranteed with the safe and proper installation of the seat that can be guaranteed with the Sure LATCH feature. This seat in the mode of harness only is approved for use on aircraft.
Comfort

Comfort

There are three positions for reclining. The first one is used when the seat is in a rear-facing position and the second and third can be used with the forward position of the seat while the third reclining position is for the booster mode. There is a lever for this at the front side. The three positions are suitable and comfortable for the child who might take a nap in the seat. The seat is also advertised to have E3 protection for side impacts which means that the sides of the seat consist of foam that is in 3 layers and this besides the safety it also influences on the comfort the child. When you use the seat for the youngest there is an insert made of plush and it gives extra comfort and padding for the baby. The fabric of the seat also adds to the comfort of the child who is seated because it feels soft on touch. The headrest is also adjustable in 5 positions for comfortable resting of the head and there is a great amount of padding. The cup holders are also easily adjustable to different sizes of cups and bottles because they are elastic but as parents recommend when you put snacks then you have to find a suitable container for the snacks and then place the container in the holder.
Maintenance

Maintenance

The seat cover can be washed in a machine and it is indeed easy to maintain the seat as it is stain resistant. The cover is attached to the seat with snaps and when removed all you have to do is to unsnap it. Only the cup holders will present a little more challenge for the removal of the cover and its installing it again. There is a metal frame which is reinforced by steel and all the plastic parts should be wipe-cleaned. You can dry them with a dry and clean cloth. The harness is attached to the body of the seat and cannot be removed, so it can be spot-cleaned. The lifespan of this car seat as we already mentioned is 8 years which is also pretty long compared to other seats whose span is approximately 6 years of lifespan.

Price

The price tag of the seat is in the middle-range but when talking about the cost and the value one has to take into consideration that this might be the one and the only seat that you are going to need to buy. For this price, you get guaranteed not only safety but also comfort for the child is seated in this car seat, that has so many good features and thus it is very popular and much appreciated among parents. If you divide the use and the cost you will come to the conclusion that the seat has an affordable price. It is extremely valuable and worth the cost for those who are looking for a convertible seat that is easy to install and use and at the same time it is proved to be safe and extremely comfortable.

Bottom line

If you are interested in the car seats that have been advertised as “all in one” and would be interested in buying a seat that will be used for your newborn and will last until there is a need of a car seat then you might well consider Evenflo Symphony as many rated as the best among the convertible seats that can be used since birth in rear-facing position, then forward position and at last as a booster seat. Parents are in love with this seat because of many reasons. One of the first is definitely safety that is provided by the restraint system and side protection that is strengthened by layers of foam that reduce the impact in case of collision and definitely the other reasons are ease of installation and the comfort of the seat. The seat has three reclining positions and 5 adjustable positions for the headrest that are easily achieved and that besides safety offer comfort for the child, too. The comfort is provided by the padding of the seat and the seat is extremely soft and nice for sitting. This seat is extremely popular and we agree with the majority of the customers who recommend this seat that it provides safety and many other features that are important for parents when buying a car seat that is intended to last from the very start and throughout the whole period of childhood.
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