As moms, I think one of the most important decisions we make for our kids is which car seat to use. There are so many out there, and for me, it comes down to the safety and comfort of my child. When I was sent a Diono RadianRXT car seat to review, I honestly feel that I got both of these qualities!
You may not recognize the name Diono right away. The brand used to operate as Sunshine Kids, so you may be more familiar with that name. I was thrilled the day the large Diono box showed up at our door! My son was getting too big for his current car seat, so I knew we’d have to replace it soon. I like that the car seat has a steel alloy frame, which is one of the reasons I knew it would be perfect for us. You can’t get much more durable and protective than steel alloy!
Upon removing the seat from the box, there were a few things we had to do to get it ready for the car. We had to put in the proper padding for a toddler and adjust the straps accordingly. The instructions were easy to follow and we had it set up in no time. I love the fact that there is SO much padding in this car seat! Seriously, it makes the previous car seats we’ve used look a bit uncomfortable and unsafe in regards to the padding.
Putting the Diono RadianRXT into the car was a breeze as well. We forward faced the carseat into the middle of the back seat, and my husband had it in place in less than 5 minutes. Then came the ultimate test: Putting the kiddo in it and seeing how well he liked it.
As you can see in the bigger photo below, he was a little unsure at first. It was something new, and he was very curious of the padding on each side of his head. He is able to sit up better than in his previous car seat, and I think that has made his car rides much more enjoyable. He can see out the windshield and know where we are going. He sat lower in his previous seat and couldn’t see much. Once he got used to it, I believe he liked being able to sit up more like a big boy!
I really love the look of this car seat as well as the safety and quality of it. The dark color, Shadow as Diono calls it, hides spills well…and it matches my husband’s car interior almost perfectly.
The fabric of the car seat cleans up SUPER easy, as we quickly figured out when my son got car sick on the way to a blogging conference this past weekend. It was able to be cleaned with lots of wipes until we could get to the hotel and remove it from the car to properly clean it…and there wasn’t even a smell left behind! Plus it dries quickly, so there was no wait before we put it back into the car.
Speaking of the road trip to the conference, the drive was 5 hours one way. On the way over, my son slept for almost the first 3 hours. He has NEVER done that in a car, so it must be really comfortable. Even after he woke up, he was content in the seat – until he got sick, of course.
The Diono RadianRXT is very narrow, and can fit three car seats easily into one row of seating within most vehicles. This is great if you have multiple children that still need the protection of a car seat. Also, when removing it from the car when the kiddo isn’t riding with us, there are several ways to transport it. I personally like folding it up and tossing it over my shoulder. It comes with one cup holder that can be moved to four different slots, depending on preference. More cup holders can be purchased separately for the seat.
Two other things I really like about the RadianRXT is, firstly, the ability to use this carseat from 5 lbs to 120 lbs. With this one, you probably wouldn’t have to upgrade, as your child can use it from birth until they are sitting in a regular seat! It’s the highest rear facing seat on the market, so it’s definitely safe for little ones. Oh, and there are tons of adjustments you can do to the car seat to accommodate your growing kid – so they are always comfy and well protected!
Secondly, I love that the seat has a 10-year lifespan, whereas many other car seats on the market only have a 5-year life. If we have a second child in the next couple years, we would probably use this seat for it and just get a booster for the kiddo, because it would be much cheaper than an infant seat that we’d eventually replace with this one anyway!
Disclosure: I received a free product from Diono in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% mine and are not influenced by compensation or any outside influences.
I would personally like to thank Diono for allowing us to review this car seat as well as for sponsoring Southern Girl Ramblings in the upcoming “Summer Solstice” giveaway event. If you would like to win a Diono RadianRXT in the color of your choice, please come back on Monday, June 18 to enter!