The Chicco NextFit and NextFit Zip are sibling convertible car seats. They are both great options to consider from Chicco.
So what do you get with the new and improved NextFit Zip? Let’s explore!
We looked at these four categories to determine what similar characteristics these models have, and what’s new with the NextFit. The four categories are: weight restrictions and product dimensions, safety features, price difference, additional features.
Weight Restrictions and Product Dimensions
The Chicco NextFit and NextFit zip have the same modes of use, rear-facing and front facing, and the same weight restrictions. The weight restrictions are: rear-facing 5 lbs. to 40 lbs., front-facing 22 lbs. – 65 lbs.
The product dimensions, however, are different. The Chicco NextFit weights a total of 15 lbs., with the dimensions of 19” x 26” x 20.5.
The NextFit Zip is larger, weighing 30.8 lbs., with dimensions of 26.7” x 20.6” x 19.1”.
The safety features that the Chicco NextFit and NextFit Zip share include a five-point harness with a 2-position chest clip, RideRight dual bubble level for proper installation, and a 9-position reclining level system.
The new safety features in the NextFit Zip include a ComfortFlex Harness and a LATCH system. The ComfortFlex harness has padding on the straps and positions the straps squarely on the child’s shoulder, without slipping in towards their next. This makes for an easy loading process.
The Chicco NextFit lands in a price range of $250 to $299 (depending on where it is purchased).
The NextFit Zip is approximately $30 higher, with a price range of $300 – $330 (depending on where it is purchased).
The additional features that both the Chicco NextFit and NextFit Zip share are:
- Removable cup holders
- Removable infant insert
- 6-position height adjust headrest
- Machine washable pad
The NextFit also features a seat pad that zips off for easy removal.
The Chicco NextFit comes in three fantastic colors:
- Mystique (Black, grey and red piping)
- Purple (dark grey, purple and white piping)
- Studio (dark grey, maroon and white piping)
The NextFit also has three great color options:
- Ibis (dark grey, peach and white piping)
- Notte (charcoal, medium grey and white piping)
- Sapphire (dark grey, dark blue and white piping)
Overall Product Recommendation
Since these two car seat models are siblings, the differences are slim. However, due to the price difference and weight difference, the overall recommended product goes to the Chicco Nextfit. With the NextFix Zip weighing double that of the Chicco NextFix, and minimal additional features, the extra $30 isn’t worth the purchase.
The one thing that the NextFit Zip has going for it is that the car seat pad zips off. This can be a huge convenience for parents in a hurry. Trying to wrangle car seat covers off of can be exceedingly difficult. Trying to get them stretched back on after a wash is even more of a challenge! The zip feature can give parents a sense of relief.
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