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Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat

LOVE: 61 NEUTRAL: 36
REGRET: 6 WANT: 31

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LOVE: 61 NEUTRAL: 36
REGRET: 6 WANT: 31
  • Really great for an affordable price! I thought the install was easy. Only thing that is a little tricky is that the straps can can a bit twisted and tricky to tighten at times. Could be user error Aug 24, 2021

    • Lorna S.
    • High Springs , Florida

    Doesn't hold up I've had for four years. White pressure marks all over plastic. Doesn't come very clean in the washer. Back of seat pad falling apart not from washing. Aug 08, 2021

  • Don’t like this seat at all. The lower latch anchors are difficult to latch and difficult to get tight. The car seat itself is lightweight & the padding is minimal so it’s uncomfortable for my twins. Jun 22, 2021

  • Easy install and comfortable for my child Jun 15, 2021

  • This is a great budget seat. It's easy to use, comfortable and grows with baby. It's lighter than many so it's a great seat to travel with. The no-rethread harness is so easy to use. May 22, 2021

  • For me, this isn't worth the money. It is the same price as others which allow for weights over 65lbs. This one is limited in that capacity Apr 20, 2021

  • But this is a second car seat to travel with and to keep in my husbands car, it is not easy to get in and out the latch system, I ended up breaking my wedding ring doing so. Apr 06, 2021

  • My husband has no issues with installation/uninstalling. It could use more padding near the head and two cup holders instead of one. Otherwise, this is a reliable car seat that is easy on the wallet! Feb 20, 2021

  • my nephew has this seat and i feel i’ve used it enough to review. pros: light weigh, easy install, strap adjustment is fairly easy. cons: i’m not huge on the material and i’m not a huge fan of it RF Feb 09, 2021

  • Great seat. Affordable and safe. Jan 27, 2021

  • This is our car seat for the grandparents house it is nice enough they can easily install it and adjust it. It has held up well and my daughter seems to be comfortable in it. Nov 13, 2020

  • 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

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  • Really great for an affordable price! I thought the install was easy. Only thing that is a little tricky is that the straps can can a bit twisted and tricky to tighten at times. Could be user error Aug 24, 2021

    • Lorna S.
    • High Springs , Florida

    Doesn't hold up I've had for four years. White pressure marks all over plastic. Doesn't come very clean in the washer. Back of seat pad falling apart not from washing. Aug 08, 2021

  • Don’t like this seat at all. The lower latch anchors are difficult to latch and difficult to get tight. The car seat itself is lightweight & the padding is minimal so it’s uncomfortable for my twins. Jun 22, 2021

  • Easy install and comfortable for my child Jun 15, 2021

  • This is a great budget seat. It's easy to use, comfortable and grows with baby. It's lighter than many so it's a great seat to travel with. The no-rethread harness is so easy to use. May 22, 2021

  • For me, this isn't worth the money. It is the same price as others which allow for weights over 65lbs. This one is limited in that capacity Apr 20, 2021

  • But this is a second car seat to travel with and to keep in my husbands car, it is not easy to get in and out the latch system, I ended up breaking my wedding ring doing so. Apr 06, 2021

  • My husband has no issues with installation/uninstalling. It could use more padding near the head and two cup holders instead of one. Otherwise, this is a reliable car seat that is easy on the wallet! Feb 20, 2021

  • my nephew has this seat and i feel i’ve used it enough to review. pros: light weigh, easy install, strap adjustment is fairly easy. cons: i’m not huge on the material and i’m not a huge fan of it RF Feb 09, 2021

  • Great seat. Affordable and safe. Jan 27, 2021

  • This is our car seat for the grandparents house it is nice enough they can easily install it and adjust it. It has held up well and my daughter seems to be comfortable in it. Nov 13, 2020

  • 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

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