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Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat

LOVE: 55 NEUTRAL: 29
REGRET: 6 WANT: 29

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LOVE: 55 NEUTRAL: 29
REGRET: 6 WANT: 29
  • Average car seat for after baby grows out of infant seat and height adjuster makes this only seat need for a few years. Seemed comfortable but very hard to keep clean. Aug 30, 2020

  • I used this for my oldest son. It was ok but definitely not my preferred seat Aug 11, 2020

    • Terri L.
    • Staten Island, New York

    Bought this as a next step from the infant seat. Great as a rear facing seat and as forward facing. Big enough that my son rear-faced until after 3 years old in his seat with no complaints Jul 06, 2020

  • While this was recommended for smaller vehicles to fit 3 across it didnt fit well in our vehicle. There are no shoulder pads so it dug into my kids shoulders. Great for 1 or 2 kids but not 3 Jun 23, 2020

  • I like this carseat, but not love. I wish it was heavier and had more security whilst buckled in the car. It's hard to get it latched tight. Jun 17, 2020

    • Cathy M.
    • statesville, North Carolina

    Baby is very comfortable in this seat. Apr 15, 2020

  • Got as a travel seat... love that it is cushy and comfy, hate that it only has 1 recline level (which is pretty laid back) and older kids would hate. Good for the baby though! Apr 03, 2020

    • Liz P.
    • South Bend, Indiana

    I'm not impressed. Hard to get it tightened during install and a pain loosen should straps when getting baby/toddler out. Looking to upgrade to the 4-Ever and use this for the grandparents car. Mar 17, 2020

  • Use as a spare seat in grandmas car and it’s nice as an extra with built in cup holder Mar 16, 2020

  • Had this seat until my oldest was forward facing and he seemed really comfortable in it. The seat is pretty big, but fit in my Toyota Corolla well. Mar 12, 2020

  • We had this for both my boys and now one for my older daughter. The kids are very secure and it is easy to adjust the straps. I love that it has a high weight/height when forward facing. Feb 23, 2020

  • We have this carseat for my son. I love how safe it feels/looks but its pretty bulky . That is the only downside i can think of. Feb 17, 2020

  • Terrible car seat to get hooked in CORRECTLY. Purchased for my MIL, will forever regret it. Straps don’t tighten all the way no matter how hard you pull, which is dangerous!!! Poor quality. Jan 30, 2020

  • Bought this seat as a travel seat for when we visit family in Europe. Easy install on plane and a variety of cars, and, of course, with the safety assurance Graco brings! Perfect! Jan 20, 2020

  • We love this seat so much that we bought another one to replace the carseat in the other vehicle that we didn't like nearly as much! Jan 14, 2020

    • Ana T.
    • El Centro, California

    This car seat is great for infants and toddlers, it is comfortable, easy to clean, easy to install. Dec 02, 2019

    • Mona O.
    • Statesville , North Carolina

    Have two of these, they are simple but good and somewhat comfy, probably not for very long road trips. Nice and safe though. Oct 19, 2019

  • My daughter loved this seat. It was a great seat after the infant carrier. She was always so comfortable. Only drawback is that it is HUGE. We called it her throne.. Oct 15, 2019

  • Easy to use, lightweight, easy to clean, comfortable seat. Latch system a bit difficult to remove from car. Fair priced Oct 14, 2019

  • Very affordable car seat that’s easy to install and most of all safe. The cup holder is always great too. Sep 27, 2019

  • This is a good seat that doesn’t require a huge budget. We use it in my in-laws’ car, and it works great. Not as comfortable as other seats, though, and doesn’t have the button LATCH. Sep 22, 2019

  • Works well, but difficult to install and heavy! Our 3 1/2 year old is still comfortable in it, but it is a little bulky Sep 16, 2019

  • Bought this as a car seat for grandparents to have. Its good quality and doesn't seem cheap despite the lower price tag. Love the easy adjustable strap height and head rest. Sep 04, 2019

  • This car seat is supportive for my child's head when he is sleeping. Its easy to lock into place, and we just love the cupholder. My child is big for his age, and this carseat is a great fit for him. Aug 11, 2019

  • This car seat is okay, it gets the job done for a good price. The cover is easy to remove and wash, however the seat is a little difficult to install Jul 18, 2019

    • Keri W.
    • Marthasville , Missouri

    A nice inexpensive option for grandparents or non primary vehicle. Serves its purpose without all the bells and whistles. Harder to clean but overall a good seat! Easy to adjust, difficult to install Jul 13, 2019

  • This seat is great for someone with a bigger vehicle. Easy instillation and easy to clean. Also has a great range of adjustments for height of child Jul 06, 2019

  • Great affordable seat! Super easy install and can fit quite a big kid. We have this seat in my husband car. Jun 18, 2019

  • I bought two of these car seats for both sets of grandparents they are good car seats but they are not my favorite model for Graco but they were at a great price and work great for the grandparents Jun 03, 2019

  • It's an OK seat. My daughter was uncomfortable and much preferred the 4 ever we got to replace it. I couldn't get the latch strap to release when it was in Grandma's car and we had to cut it. Apr 28, 2019

  • This is a great convertible seat. Not HUGE but also not too small either. Seems comfortable for my little as well. Apr 21, 2019

  • Works well but not an impressive car seat. Apr 10, 2019

  • Love how this car seat isn’t super bulky and that the cup holder is attached to the actual seat. I hate moving parts. Feb 20, 2019

  • We just purchase to transition my daughter love it and the extended leg room Jan 25, 2019

    • Erin G.
    • Robbinsdale, Minnesota

    Such a nice car seat for the low price. Easy to use and install only 2 downsides for me was that it didn’t have premium latch connectors and it didn’t have options to recline the seat Jan 25, 2019

  • I love the fact that this car seat grows with your child. However, I would buy other Graco convertible car seats that don't take as much space as this one. Jan 24, 2019

  • All around great seat for the price! Super comfortable for little one and lots of room to grow! Jan 16, 2019

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  • Average car seat for after baby grows out of infant seat and height adjuster makes this only seat need for a few years. Seemed comfortable but very hard to keep clean. Aug 30, 2020

  • I used this for my oldest son. It was ok but definitely not my preferred seat Aug 11, 2020

    • Terri L.
    • Staten Island, New York

    Bought this as a next step from the infant seat. Great as a rear facing seat and as forward facing. Big enough that my son rear-faced until after 3 years old in his seat with no complaints Jul 06, 2020

  • While this was recommended for smaller vehicles to fit 3 across it didnt fit well in our vehicle. There are no shoulder pads so it dug into my kids shoulders. Great for 1 or 2 kids but not 3 Jun 23, 2020

  • I like this carseat, but not love. I wish it was heavier and had more security whilst buckled in the car. It's hard to get it latched tight. Jun 17, 2020

    • Cathy M.
    • statesville, North Carolina

    Baby is very comfortable in this seat. Apr 15, 2020

  • Got as a travel seat... love that it is cushy and comfy, hate that it only has 1 recline level (which is pretty laid back) and older kids would hate. Good for the baby though! Apr 03, 2020

    • Liz P.
    • South Bend, Indiana

    I'm not impressed. Hard to get it tightened during install and a pain loosen should straps when getting baby/toddler out. Looking to upgrade to the 4-Ever and use this for the grandparents car. Mar 17, 2020

  • Use as a spare seat in grandmas car and it’s nice as an extra with built in cup holder Mar 16, 2020

  • Had this seat until my oldest was forward facing and he seemed really comfortable in it. The seat is pretty big, but fit in my Toyota Corolla well. Mar 12, 2020

  • We had this for both my boys and now one for my older daughter. The kids are very secure and it is easy to adjust the straps. I love that it has a high weight/height when forward facing. Feb 23, 2020

  • We have this carseat for my son. I love how safe it feels/looks but its pretty bulky . That is the only downside i can think of. Feb 17, 2020

  • Terrible car seat to get hooked in CORRECTLY. Purchased for my MIL, will forever regret it. Straps don’t tighten all the way no matter how hard you pull, which is dangerous!!! Poor quality. Jan 30, 2020

  • Bought this seat as a travel seat for when we visit family in Europe. Easy install on plane and a variety of cars, and, of course, with the safety assurance Graco brings! Perfect! Jan 20, 2020

  • We love this seat so much that we bought another one to replace the carseat in the other vehicle that we didn't like nearly as much! Jan 14, 2020

    • Ana T.
    • El Centro, California

    This car seat is great for infants and toddlers, it is comfortable, easy to clean, easy to install. Dec 02, 2019

    • Mona O.
    • Statesville , North Carolina

    Have two of these, they are simple but good and somewhat comfy, probably not for very long road trips. Nice and safe though. Oct 19, 2019

  • My daughter loved this seat. It was a great seat after the infant carrier. She was always so comfortable. Only drawback is that it is HUGE. We called it her throne.. Oct 15, 2019

  • Easy to use, lightweight, easy to clean, comfortable seat. Latch system a bit difficult to remove from car. Fair priced Oct 14, 2019

  • Very affordable car seat that’s easy to install and most of all safe. The cup holder is always great too. Sep 27, 2019

  • This is a good seat that doesn’t require a huge budget. We use it in my in-laws’ car, and it works great. Not as comfortable as other seats, though, and doesn’t have the button LATCH. Sep 22, 2019

  • Works well, but difficult to install and heavy! Our 3 1/2 year old is still comfortable in it, but it is a little bulky Sep 16, 2019

  • Bought this as a car seat for grandparents to have. Its good quality and doesn't seem cheap despite the lower price tag. Love the easy adjustable strap height and head rest. Sep 04, 2019

  • This car seat is supportive for my child's head when he is sleeping. Its easy to lock into place, and we just love the cupholder. My child is big for his age, and this carseat is a great fit for him. Aug 11, 2019

  • This car seat is okay, it gets the job done for a good price. The cover is easy to remove and wash, however the seat is a little difficult to install Jul 18, 2019

    • Keri W.
    • Marthasville , Missouri

    A nice inexpensive option for grandparents or non primary vehicle. Serves its purpose without all the bells and whistles. Harder to clean but overall a good seat! Easy to adjust, difficult to install Jul 13, 2019

  • This seat is great for someone with a bigger vehicle. Easy instillation and easy to clean. Also has a great range of adjustments for height of child Jul 06, 2019

  • Great affordable seat! Super easy install and can fit quite a big kid. We have this seat in my husband car. Jun 18, 2019

  • I bought two of these car seats for both sets of grandparents they are good car seats but they are not my favorite model for Graco but they were at a great price and work great for the grandparents Jun 03, 2019

  • It's an OK seat. My daughter was uncomfortable and much preferred the 4 ever we got to replace it. I couldn't get the latch strap to release when it was in Grandma's car and we had to cut it. Apr 28, 2019

  • This is a great convertible seat. Not HUGE but also not too small either. Seems comfortable for my little as well. Apr 21, 2019

  • Works well but not an impressive car seat. Apr 10, 2019

  • Love how this car seat isn’t super bulky and that the cup holder is attached to the actual seat. I hate moving parts. Feb 20, 2019

  • We just purchase to transition my daughter love it and the extended leg room Jan 25, 2019

    • Erin G.
    • Robbinsdale, Minnesota

    Such a nice car seat for the low price. Easy to use and install only 2 downsides for me was that it didn’t have premium latch connectors and it didn’t have options to recline the seat Jan 25, 2019

  • I love the fact that this car seat grows with your child. However, I would buy other Graco convertible car seats that don't take as much space as this one. Jan 24, 2019

  • All around great seat for the price! Super comfortable for little one and lots of room to grow! Jan 16, 2019

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