Essentials by Britax Emblem car seatConvertible Car Seat review: Britax Emblem

Price: $199 to $239

Type: Convertible seat.

Limits: 5 to 40 lbs. rear facing, 20 to 65 lbs.
forward facing. Height limit: 49″.

NHTSA ease of use rating: Not yet.

Pros: Extra layer of side impact protection.

Cons: None.

Comments: Convertible Car Seat review: Britax Emblem. One often heard criticism of the Britax brand are there high prices. It’s excellent car seat line often tops $300 in price point.

To counter that image, Britax has released a couple new convertible seats in the under $250 range: the Emblem and the Allegiance. The Allegiance is reviewed here.

The Emblem includes many of the same features as the Allegiance— a 10-position no rethread harness, three position infant recline and easy-to-remove, washable cover.

The big difference for the Emblem is the extra layer of side impact protection in the emblem. The headrest also includes more side impact protection. Yes, the seat is more expensive $20 to $40 than the basic Allegiance, but the extra side impact protection is worth it, in our opinion.

Early feedback from parents on this seat has been mostly positive, according to our readers—although it is still relatively new.

As for safety, the crash test data from both Consumer Reports and look good. Consumer Reports gave is a “better” in their three-tiered rating system  and BabyGearLab ranked it third out of 15 seats tested.

As a result of parent feedback and the good crash tests, we will give the Emblem our top rating. Rating: A