Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Review of the Graco Argos 80 Elite 3-in-1 Car Seat
Disclosure: I was given the item above at no cost to me in order to facilitate this review.
Having four children of my own, I have come across my fair share of car seats. With my first child, we bought the forward facing car seat, then the booster seat, and finally graduated her to the backless booster. But with the Graco Argos 80 Elite car seat, I now have three car seats in one! This same seat that my child fell in love with will be the same seat he uses through out his car seat years - and I won't be out searching for a new one every time he grows to the next stage. What a way to travel! With family in Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota, and even as far as Texas, our family does a lot of traveling. Right away, I was amazed at how much cushion and support this car seat offered to my 2-year-old son, Levi (and I was immediately wishing I had this much cushion on my tush when I traveled)! There seemed to be opportunity for comfort everywhere, right down to the padding on the arm rests, and cloth protection over the harness. The head rests are very sturdy and plush and keeps his head from falling to the side when he falls asleep. There's even extra padding in the seat that can be removed as he grows. This car seat offers all of the comfort and style, without sacrificing any of its safety. With its 5-point harness system, steel reinforced frame, EPS energy- absorbing foam, and certified side-impact testing, I have peace of mind knowing that my child will be safe and protected in this car seat.
My 5-year old son, Elijah, is not the tallest of giants, but as he grows taller, I am able to adjust the height on the belt-positioning booster and raise it to his level. One of the things I love most about the belt-positioning booster is, unlike most belt-positioning boosters, it gives me the option to continue using the built in harness, for a much longer period of time. I want to keep my child in the safest an most comfortable position, for as long as I possibly can, and this car seat gives me that opportunity.
I could talk about the features of this car seat all day! When our family grew to six members, we decided we needed to find a vehicle we could all ride in. We also wanted to watch our budget and find a vehicle we weren't going to have to make monthly payments on. We found a great used SUV. Because we weren't looking to break the bank, we settled on an older model which unfortunately did not have the built-in-"latch system" for car seats. Though this car seat has the latch equipped system, for months, we didn't have a choice but to use the belt and shoulder strap to keep the car seat in place. It did the trick of course, but I always wished there was a way to hold the car seat tighter against the vehicle. I absolutely LOVE Graco's answer to this problem with the seat belt lock-off. With this feature my car seat fits much more securely in place and I no longer wonder if the my car seat will shift or move should I need to slam on the breaks, or take a sharp left. Now you don't have to buy a new car in order for your new car seat to fit like you want it to - you just have to buy a Graco Argos 80 Elite! I don't know about your kids, but mine enjoy taking a sippy cup and a snack along for the ride. It's usually only a matter of time until my car seat is riddled with sticky finger prints and bits of smashed goldfish crackers. Now, with the Graco Argos 80 Elite, I don't have to take apart the entire car seat cover just to wash the soiled spots on the arm rests. The plush arm rest covers are easy to remove and throw in the wash and the sturdy plastic of the cup holder is easy to wipe clean. Levi and I both love that this car seat has several built-in pockets for extra storage. I can tuck in an extra pacifier, books, sunglasses, and more so that in the event he would happen to drop one, another is there waiting - no more reaching behind the seat while trying to drive. Graco really thought of everything with this car seat! With all the safety features you have come to know and love with Graco, plus the added features of storage, the easy to clean padding, and the new seat belt lock, there is nothing you, and your child, won't love about the Graco Argos 80 Elite!
You can purchase the Graco Argos 80 Elite from Graco.com for $219.99 or shop Amazon to find one for a better deal