The Graco Contender 65 and the Graco Extend2Fit are convertible car seats from the same well known brand that can be both forward facing or rear facing. Each model is intended for the same age group of growing child from newborn up to 65 lbs.
So which car seat should you choose? We have brought together some of the main points from the Graco Contender 65 and the Graco Extend2Fit to see which one fares better.
The Extend2Fit has the benefit of being able to be used in a rear facing position for longer, from a child weight of 4 lbs up to 50 lbs, compared to the Contender 65 which can only be used from 5 lbs to 40 lbs. Being rear facing is safer for your child so the Extend2Fit basically extends the safety for your child as they grow.
Both models have side impact crash testing and exceed the Federal Safety Standards. The Extend2Fit features a steel frame while the Contender 65 benefits from energy absorbing foam padding.
The Contender 65 and the Extend2Fit are slightly larger than some other models of car seats but they are still compact enough to fit two or more in the back seat of your car. In smaller cars the seats in a rear facing position might prove a bit tight if there are passengers in the front.
Both seats are the same height at 26 inches tall with the length and width of the Contender 65 being 20.75 by 27 inches. The length and width of the Extend2Fit are 22.29 by 19.28 inches, so is quite a bit narrower than the Contender 65.
The Extend2Fit comes with two built in cup holders, compared to the Contender 65 which has just one. The Extend2Fit also benefits from having a 6 position recline system to give your child extra comfort when either in a rear facing or forward facing position, whereas the Contender 65 has only a 2 position recline.
The Extend2Fit comes with a comfy removable seat pad and a 10 position headrest. The Contender 65 has an 8 position headrest and removable head and body support, so your baby will still be comfortable as they grow.
Ease of Use
Both the Contender 65 and the Extend2Fit feature Graco’s LATCH system and level indicator for easy installation and removal. They also both have a one hand adjustable harness so you can get your child in and out easily.
The Extend2Fit benefits from having a harness storage so you can get your child in and out of the seat without the straps getting in the way. Both the models have removable, machine washable seat pads for easy cleaning.
While both the Contender 65 and the Extend2Fit will fit a child forward facing up to 65 lbs, the Extend2Fit comes out on top for having the extra safety benefit of being able to place your child rear facing until they are slightly older.
The Extend2Fit has more practical features that make it easier to use when getting your child in and out of the seat and it benefits from having extra features that improve the comfort of your growing child, such as the recline and headrest positions.
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