- Top Review
I bought this car seat because it is compact and highly recommended; however, I find it very difficult to use and have concerns regarding safety.
The main issue I have is with the seatbelt straps.
1. They don't have enough slack so it is difficult getting my newborn into and out of the seat comfortably (even with padding removed). And she's a small baby!
2. The straps have also become twisted and it is hard to now tighten them enough so I worry about the safety of my baby. It is not a secure fit.
I also find the seat coverings hard to take apart and reassemble for cleaning, which is problematic since my baby is a spewer. The manual and Britax website are no help in this regard. If I hadn't spent so much on this seat, I'd be looking for an alternative.
Purchased in at Baby Bunting.
- Car Model: Audi A3
- Top Review
Excellent well designed car seat
Our newborn enjoys using the Britax Safe n Sound Graphene carseat. We ordered this from Baby Bunting in December 2018 and have found it to be very sturdy, well built and offering excellent protection. The car seat is designed to be both rear and forward facing with the necessary adjustments available to grow with your bub. It's not too large so depending on your car, you may still be able to fit two people alongside in the rear seat. I really appreciate the little touches like the seat belt holders which keep the two pieces in place whilst you are putting bub in/taking out, as well as everything being easily removable and washable for when (not if) those types of accidents occur. The seat is easy to use and fits into ISOFIX mounts. Price is reasonable and whilst not "cheap", it's not too expensive and feels like it will last a while.
Purchased in at Baby Bunting Online store for $447.
- Car Model: Mercedes-Benz C-Class C250 W205
Fabulous car seat
We've had this seat 2 years and used it rear facing and forward facing for my son. Great seat, easy to install and sons are comfy. I took all the fabric covers off and washed them in the washing machine ready for our second son. They washed well and all went back on easily. We have the Brava for my car and the Graphene is slightly more plush but otherwise very similar. Both are great seats, the Brava a bit cheaper.
Purchased in for $450.
Re-think before you buy this
Before you read, yes we havehad this insatlled properlt by baby bunting and had them recommen this product.
My issues with this product are
1:The Belt that goes on the side with the grey button to loosen is extremely hard to use, which means instead of being bothered to fiddle around with this for couple of minutes while my baby cracks it I put her over it, not covenant not ideal!! Tried this car seat at all ages Newborn and 8/9 months
At the start: Unusable for a newborn it says it is but it was extremely difficult to get baby in and out ev
Purchased in for $800.
- Car Model: Volvo XC60
the best car seat in the market for its price, safety and easy installation
This is the best car seat in the market for its price, safety and easy installation. This can be best for small or big cars, this doesn’t occupy much space. I would highly recommend this car seat to anyone planning to get a car seat for newborn. As being a first time mom it is very hard to choose what is right or wrong. Trust me you won’t miss on this one. I switched from maxi cosi mico plus capsules to this after many research. It was worth it. Only regret is I should have gotten earlier instead of the capsule as bub seems so comfortable on this car seat.
My small recommendation to company would be to create like a video version of installation particularly on this model. It would be a great help for first time parents.
Purchased in for $469.
- Car Model: Lexus ES 300h Sports Luxury
Its very comfortable, very easy to use, great adjustment belts, stable sturdy isofix , memory foam was the deal breaker for me)) also the beautiful look, i got the grey one so it doesnt get too hot in summer))
Separate thanx to baby bunting Frankston for helpful advice (regarding small/big space in the car), so we picked the right fit car seat
Purchased in at Baby Bunting Physical store for $550.
- Car Model: Nissan Navara D40
Quality and safe
Has been a good car seat since my son was about 6 months old. The few issues I have encountered are, the cover is sometimes difficult to remove and wash, the tightening mechanism sometimes gets stuck and you aren't able to fully tighten, the chest/waist straps sometimes get twisted within the seat itslelf and are difficult to untwist quickly.
All in all, it has been a quality product and I could recommend this to other parents.
Purchased at Baby Bunting for $449.
- Car Model: Mitsubishi Triton MQ
The new v2 is narrower?
We have two Graphene, one we purchased last year and one this year which appears to be the new v2 which doesn’t appear in any photos at all. I actually had to call to check because on comparing to our other it’s different. I love the one from last year, bub is super happy and comfy, it seems to be easy to strap him in. The v2 he hates, cries and cries, it seems narrower and shorted? The straps are very stiff also and difficult to tighten. Can’t compare specs because no where seems to say these, all still displaying the older ones on websites. T... Read morehere is a noticeable difference in his position, the space in the seat, and strapping go him in compared to last years and I really don’t like this new one. I’m annoyed I never got given the older one given it’s what I purchased online
Purchased in at Baby Bunting Online store for $464.
- Car Model: Volkswagen Golf Mk.7
Faulty and dangerous
Upon putting my rear facing daughter into her seat I noticed the harness straps were super loose. They released on their own. Pulled strap to tighten and nothing, back to loose. The mechanism to hold the belt tight had failed. Thank goodness it didn’t fail while driving or in an accident! Super dangerous.
So I messaged britax and their solution was to return it to them and forfeit having a seat for my child.
Not really good enough. I’m so disappointed in the seat to begin with (compared to infasecure Quattro it’s just not even in the same ball park) given it failed in its most basic job, to restrain. But the customer support is lacking. Sending my seat away and being left with nothing isn’t good enough britax.
Purchased in .
- Car Model: Kia Cerato Hatchback
2 thumbs up for fitting 3 across the back seat!
When we found out we were expecting twins, one of our many challenges was figuring out how to get three car seats across the back of our car. At the baby expo we spoke to a very helpful, informative sales rep who recommended the Graphene for being slimline and top quality. Baby Bunting let us try two in our back seat with our existing car seat, proving they could fit easily (rear and front facing), leaving plenty of legroom for the driver and passenger, and the rest is history.
With double the opportunities for soiling car seats we have washe... Read mored these many times - they are quick and easy to strip... ALL parts of material - a pretty key factor which we learnt from having a car seat on which the shoulder covers didn’t remove. Eeek. We used to joke these car seats were like baby clouds - as very little babies they were obviously quite comfortable in them, pooping every time we went somewhere. Every. Single. Time. At the time I remember reading on online forums that a number of other parents were having the same experience with the Graphene. Now that’s a comfy ride! Overall we’re very happy with them, and at over 2yo and still looking brand new, are more than satisfied with the quality, safety and functionality.
Purchased in at Baby Bunting.
- Car Model: Honda CR-V
Easy to clean and doesn’t take up to much space in a small SUV. (CX-5) And ( X1 )
Extra head support (Torso Side Impact Cushion Technology - SICT) was a winner for us!
Did you know!
This seat can be rearward facing up to 3 years, As Forward facing if you were in an accident baby neck would get hit with a force of 180kg plus?? Whereas if they were to be rearward facing that force would be 40kg - 60kg?
Been using for over a year with no issues!
Would highly recommend if your looking for a smaller car seat and want peace of mind on safety.
Purchased in at Baby Bunting for $420.
- Car Model: Cx5
Excellent quality and comfy
My daughter used to cry in her old seat and she enjoyed this one the moment we installed it. Got it from baby buntings and installed it on site. Safety features go without the saying. It is also of great quality. Easy to set straps aside and adjust. Have been using it for 3, 4 months now with zero problem. Highly recommend.
Purchased in at Baby Bunting Physical store for $427.
- Car Model: Subaru BRZ Z1 Hyper Blue
Easy to use and get baby safe and secure
Best car seat purchased so far. I have had other brands but are not so user friendly to adjust once you get baby in the seat. I would highly recommend this baby seat to anyone looking at purchasing one
Purchased in at Belrose super centre for $550.
- Car Model: Toyota Corolla E180 Hatch Levin ZR
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Excellent car seat , my baby loves it
My son loves this car seat - it's comfortable and I find that there is less crying. We got it installed professionally. It is easy to put him in it and out. Smaller version of the millenia which we were going to get but realised we wouldn't have much room for other passengers so we bought this one instead. Great price too as I bought during an eBay sale.
Purchased in at Baby Online Direct for $343.
- Car Model: Subaru Impreza
Love love love
my son use to scream every time we got in the car! From birth, this was concerning. We were told he was a baby who just didnt like the car..
We purchased the graphene and have not looked back! He sleeps so much, and just plays in the back while he is awake! Now 5 months old and big for his age (size 1) he still has a fair while left rear facing! We love it!
Purchased in at Baby Bunting for $529.
- Car Model: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ZK LS
My son sit so comfortablly in this seat. I purchased for the amazing safety features and the airbags in the seat. I wouldn't ever go past this seat if I were to need another.
Perfect for our little one
Seat was extremely easy to fit, affordable, easy to get bub in and out of and looks great. Very happy with this product. Would definitely recommend. Fits nicely in a small golf and Triton Ute.
Purchased in at Baby Bunting.
- Car Model: Volkswagen Golf
Questions & Answers
Hi I’ve just turned my 3yr old forward facing. He was right on the must be forward facing marker, however now he has dropped right down and is almost below the must be rear facing marker. Can I use the insert in the forward facing position, to lift him up a little?
Hi, thank you for contacting us, as long as his shoulders are above the "must be rear facing" marker it is safe to continue in forward facing. Please do not use the insert in forward facing, as this has been tested for rear facing use.
Kind Regards the Britax Team
I have a graphene in the forward facing position for my 3 year old. The back is raised so that the straps line up to his shoulders as is described in the manual. However, with the backrest raised it rattles significantly when driving. Is this meant to happen?
Hi Chris, thank you for your message, the head rest should not be rattling, can you please return your seat back to your store of purchase, the store will arrange to send your seat into our nearest authorized repair agent for an assessment. Check with the store is they have a loaner seat available for you. Kind Regards the Britax team.
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- Full, secure, well-rounded protection with Torso Side Impact Cushion Technology™ - SICT™ and Active Head Restraint (AHR)™
- A great, compact and slim-fitting design to work around large families and limited spaces
- A versatile convertible baby car seat that can be used from birth until 4 years of age
- THERMO5® Bamboo fabric to keep your child as comfortable as possible during long rides
Reviewers particularly loved:
Slim fit - for smaller cars, this is a great alternative to other Britax convertible baby car seats. People have found that they can fit multiple in their car in the case of twins or young siblings and still sit comfortably in the front passenger seat.
ISOFIX compatible - the installation and uninstallation process is very easy allowing for seamless transition between cars.
Like most Britax products, the car seat is made with the strongest regulations in mind and is extremely safe to use, providing full head and body protection in the event of a crash.
The Safe-n-Sound Graphene is very easy to clean as the covers can be detached easily.
The product is a convertible model with the ability to transition from rearward-facing to forward-facing as your child grows. In addition, the headrest and harness are adjustable.
Reviewers often comment that their toddlers fall asleep very easily in this seat and admire the comfort Britax Safe-n-Sound Graphene provides.
|Category||Convertible Car Seats|
|Maximum Age||4 years|
|Dimensions||730 x 465 x 455 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||Kohl Black, Pebble Grey, Midnight Navy|
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