Diono Radian R100 All-In-One Convertible Car Seat
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I have two of these. I bought them because we needed to put 3 seats across in a minivan and my car. This is the narrowest seat on the market. This price isn’t the best I’ve seen, but it’s also not the worst. I think it’s worth it.
The seat is heavy as it’s a metal frame. The padding is quite thick, moreso than the Graco, Evenflo, and other seats we have. It also folds flat and the straps can be used like a backpack for travel, but I haven’t used in that capacity to say how well it works.
The one in the van is forward facing. The one in the car is rear facing. It works well in both configurations.
All in all, a really good seat and a pretty good price.
I’m a big fan of Diono. I’ve been using my Radian RXT for over a year now and it is far superior to the one I had from Graco. The straps are very well designed and snap together without tangles. This is a huge deal when strapping a 2 year old down who doesn’t want to be there. I also thought that the LATCH system was a little bit easier to install as well. I’m usually able to switch cars in less than 5 minutes for front facing. It also should be noted that the Radian had the perfect footprint for Double Cab trucks.
My biggest gripe is weight. I’ve drug it through an airport. Trust me when I say it’s murder. That’s the downside of a metallic frame.
I’m not sure about the Radian R100, but this one looks pretty upright too… that means I would not recommend for infants. Only recommended for 1 yr and up.
So can I only use this when driving a Convertible!!!
Here is a pretty thorough review of the Diono Radian R100:
Wow, $300 car seats. We’re many many years past the car seat era but likely not far from needing them again for grands.
I recall the seat to have being, of all brands, Fisher Price.
It was solid, with a steel sub frame, easy to install (this was before the eminently logical latch system was required in vehicles), and the integral child belts were easy and didn’t get tangled.
While it wasn’t the cheapest, it was still reasonably priced.
But our litigious society caused Fisher Price to exit the car seat market.
Those F-P seats were fetching a premium in the secondary market long after F-P cancelled them.
For infants it comes with an attachment to put it in the proper rear facing reclined position for up to 35 lbs as well as a tether. I have 9 of these (3 kids, 3 cars), and paid about 200 per. Wish I’d had this price when I needed them.
We switched from a Chicco NextFit to a Diono for the same reason mentioned above - being able to fit three car seats in a row in an SUV. While we could technically squeeze it with the NextFit, the narrower Diono with a lower lip around the base was much easier. Overall we’re very happy with the Diono and will probably pick up a couple more when our twins get older (they’re currently in Chicco KeyFit 30s which we really like).
These make sense for all the reasons mentioned above. And although they are heavy, I found them to be the easiest to carry through airports because they fold up and fit into a backpack especially made for them. I’m basing this on a model that was several years ago, but they don’t look to have changed much.