Price: $58 to $78; extra base $25.
Type: Infant car seat, five-point harness.
Limits: 5 to 22 lbs., 26”
NHTSA ease of use rating: Two stars out of five.
Pros: Lightweight carrier, affordable price.
Cons: Not easy to use.
Comments: This bare-bones seat is sold in discount stores like Walmart and online as Evenflo’s entry level infant car seat..
The carrier (at 6.5 lbs.) is one of the lightest on the market. And yes, Evenflo has added EPS foam to the seat (a few years after the competition). But . . . you don’t get many features with this seat—the base doesn’t adjust, there is just one crotch strap position and so on. Want to adjust the straps? You’ll have to do that from the back of the seat, a major pain.
And the list of negatives goes on: the handle must be in the down position when travelling in a car, an extra step that takes up extra space. Amazingly, a version of this seat first debuted in 1998, yet it is still on the market (albeit, in an updated form). Using a car seat with 90’s technology is not advisable in our opinion, considering all the advances in child passenger safety in recent years.
That probably explains why the Evenflo Nuture scored at the very bottom of Consumer Reports most recent report on infant car seats—that report weighed ease of use heavily in their rankings. And our feedback from parents is similar: yes, this seat is cheap, but in this case, you get what you pay for.
Bottom line: yes, this seat is cheap . . . but that is about it. The lack of upgrades and old technology here is disappointing. A basic low-end Graco SnugRide would be a better bet than this seat if you are on a tight budget.