When reviewing this infant car seat my intention is give you, the parent, all the salient information you need to make an informed decision. The main areas covered are; Safety and Security because that is your priority above all else.
Ease of installation because there is nothing worse than struggling to fit an infant seat in a car in the pouring rain or a howling snow storm! Size and weight of the seat because some of us have small cars and/or travel frequently on airplanes. Style and Fabric because, let’s face it, you want to show your new baby off and finally, the features offered because we all like value for money.
Safety and Security
For a seat in this price range it was designed by Evenflo to exceed Federal Crash Test Standards by double the criteria laid down and it has withstood independent tests with excellent results. All the Embrace LX models are manufactured with energy-absorbent foam and side-impact protection.
The Evenflo Embrace LX has a convenient base that can remain in the car, making installation easier than some seats that need to be installed and uninstalled at the beginning and end of each trip. The harness is easy to adjust, making it a breeze to keep your little one snug in his or her seat. It is a rear-facing only seat. The car seat itself can be installed in any car without the base and comes with full instructions on how to do so. This seat is compatible with the LATCH system and there are several videos on YouTube that will give you instructions on how best to install your seat using this method.
Size and weight
Because it weighs only 7.5 lbs. (3,40 kg) without it’s base and 13 lbs. (5,3 kg) with the base, it is easy to move from one car to another (ideal if you are fortunate enough to have someone offer to babysit so you can have a night in on your own!) It weighs 25% less than some other similar seats on the market. It is certified to FAA standards for use on a airplane, making it an excellent choice for parents who travel by air.
The Embrace LX is rated for children from 4 to 35 pounds (1.8-15.8kg) which makes it ideal for low birth weight babies. The handle is ergonomic and easy to carry, perfect when you are taking everything but the kitchen sink with you on your outings. The top of the baby’s head must be at least 1 in (25 mm.) below the top of the child restraint seat back.
The car seat comes with a reassuring installation indicator which allows you to place the seat in the perfect position for your baby’s weight. Once the harness is adjusted, the adjuster for which can be a little stiff, your baby will be held in nice and snug for your trip.
This model also comes complete with a sun canopy, although it may not be sufficient to completely shade your baby on their travels, so an additional form of sun protection may eventually be needed. This product is included in four travel systems offered in the Evenflo range; the JourneyLite, the FlexLite, the Epic and the Vive.
It is a stylishly designed baby car seat, which comes in several colour choices; Raleigh (a monochrome grey and black) or Monaco (a jazzy blue and grey) (available at time of writing on the manufacturers website) and Penelope (a pretty pink flowery print), so there is bound to be something to suit your particular tastes. There is a pillow that curves around your baby’s head giving added protection to the most delicate part of a newborn.
The pillow and all the surrounding padding are fully machine-washable and, amazingly, they can be tumble dried (only for 10 to 15 minutes on low but hey whose complaining?) which means no more dripping car seat covers littering up the radiators! The harness can be wiped clean with water and a mild soap. There have been some complaints about the roughness of the fabric, but this is down to personal preference.
Some niggles have been reported about the fabric (too rough) and the coverage of the sun canopy and some might put this down to personal preference, but given the award winning nature of this product and the rigorous testing procedure it has undergone it represents
great value for money especially or first time parents who have already invested significant finances on all the other essentials of new parenthood. It offers a safe and secure ride for your child at a reasonable price.