The Evenflo Symphony DLX is another all in one convertible car seat to make it on our list. It is rated for children from 5 up to 110 lbs. While it falls a little short of the 120 lbs of the Graco 4Ever, it does have a lot to offer both parents and kids that makes this an attractive alternative. Evenflo has their own proprietary side impact protection functionality that is included in this model as well as a host of other safety features that exceeds and meets all of the required safety standards for child seats. With excellent ratings from owners, we feel confident including this as one of the top convertible car seats worth your consideration.
- Rear Facing: This seat can be used for children 5 to 40 lbs. (up to 40 inches tall)
- Forward Facing: Recommend for kids 22 to 65 lbs (up to 50 inches)
- Booster Seat: Recommended from 40 to 110 lbs (up to 57 inches)
Being an all in one seat that can take care of your child from the time they are an infant through to when they are able to safely use your vehicle’s own seat belt means that this may be the only seat that you will need. This makes it an extremely economical solution to buying a car seat for your family.
Evenflo Symphony DLX Features
e3 Side Impact Protection: This is Evenflo’s technology to further protect your child from the forces of a side impact. This can help reduce the effect of these force by up to 50%. The main focus of a car seat is safety, and this feature further elevates the level of protection for its passenger.
Sure Latch: This tech ensures that the installation process of this seat is seamless and super quick. Convertible car seats are often heavy and cumbersome to install, but Evenflo has tried to make this step as easy as possible boasting the ability to be able to do it in under 60 seconds.
Infinite Slide Harness: This is another area that is often frustrating for parents, getting the harness to fit just right. With this system the harness slides easily, no re-threading required. This enables you to customize the fit of the harnes as your child grows.
All In One Engineering: This convertible car seat is designed to accommodate your child no matter their size. From a newborn to when they just about ready to use a regular seat belt, the Symphony DLX can handle the safety requirements. This seat serves as an infant, convertible, and high back booster to keep your kids safe no matter their size.
What Parents Like About The Symphony DLX
Easy Installation: The Sure LATCH system makes this one of the easiest convertible car seats to install. Most feedback we have seem from parents mentions this is some form or fashion, especially from those who have experience using other seats from different brands. If you plan on using one seat in multiple cars then this is something to keep in mind. Owners really appreciate this aspect of the seat and it is one of the main reasons why it gets such high recommendation rates.
Adjustable Harness: The ability to slide and fit the harness to the proper position easily is another aspect of the Symphony DLX that parents love. When you are fussing with a small child the last thing that you want to do is to sit there agonizing to get the straps right. This particular seat takes the guess work out of the equation and lets you get everything just right in a matter of seconds.
Padding: We have run across a number of positive reviews that mention how satisfied that parents, and kids, were with the level of cushion and padding that this seat provides. When compared to other similarly priced models, the Symphony shined. The level of comfort was extremely apparent to a few owners who have used other seats before trying this one.
Cup Holders: Yes, this is a small thing, but it is also a big thing. Getting a convertible car seat with a cup holder is going to save you a lot of stress and will help keep your child happy riding in the back seat. Fortunately this seat comes with two of them integrated into the design. Owners were also thankful for this simple feature.
Protection: This is the most important job of any child restraint seat and through unfortunate circumstances this seat has been put to the test in the real world. We came across a few stories about families who were in accidents and detailed how well that this seat had held up and protected their child. They were extremely grateful and wanted to share their experience.
No seat is going to be perfect for everyone, and there were a few issues that we saw mentioned when researching owner response to this particular model.
Size: Some owners found that this seat was a little too bulky to serve their needs. If you plan on using three of these in the back seat then it might be a tight fit. The size and weight were a couple of things that some owners wished could be improved upon.
Temperature: A few parents were concerned that the fabric used might not be breathable enough and they worried that their child was getting a little too hot. We didn’t come across this sentiment a lot so it might just be isolated instances.
Elastic Cup Holders: Having cup holders were great, but a few parents didn’t like that the design of the cup holders made it hard to keep bigger bottles secure. Some had some minor problems with them falling out occasionally.
If you like what this particular car seat has to offer then you might want to compare it to the Graco 4Ever All In One. They are very similar, including price. The Recaro Sport is another model that is also worth considering if you are in the market for seats that can do everything.
If this seat is a little outside of your current budget and you are just looking for a traditional convertible child seat then the Britax Roundabout or the Graco Size4Me 65 may be more suitable options.
Getting an “All In One” car seat has the appeal of only having to buy one seat for your child that can protect them as they grow and the Evenflo Symphony DLX can do just that, and do it well. There are several reasons that we decided to include it in our list of the top convertible child seats. It has been engineered with both parents and kids in mind. Installation is a breeze and it is the main reason why parents just rave about this model. Safety and comfort features also set the Symphony DLX apart from the competition. This is an excellent choice for parents looking for one seat to do it all. Ratings are superb from owners with scores typically in the mid to high 4’s out of 5 stars.