Want to keep your child rear-facing until 2 years for safety? Almost any current convertible carseat in the USA will allow that for most kids. A decade ago, Extended Rear Facing meant keeping a baby rear-facing beyond 1 year AND 20 pounds. Britax set the trend of ERF convertibles over 10 years ago with the original Britax Marathon and Wizard that allowed kids to remain rear-facing well beyond 2-years old. Today, other models have set the bar even higher.
Here are some of the top contenders for Super-ERF carseats that have among the highest weight and/or height limits in the USA. They can all accommodate even the tallest and heaviest kids rear-facing beyond 2 years old and many kids rear-facing until 3, 4 or even 5 years old. These aren’t the only great ERF carseats; we update our complete list of rear-facing convertible carseat height and weight limits periodically. In no paritcular order:
Diono Rainier, currently around $340 at Amazon.com. Diono’s new upscale all-in-one carseat. Check out our preview of the Diono Rainier. Up to an industry-leading 50 pounds rear-facing and up to 44″ tall. Includes a tether that can be used rear-facing to reduce rebound. The Diono Pacifica has similar ratings. The Diono Olympia and slightly narrower Diono Radian RXT have a 45 pound rear-facing weight limit and above average rear-facing height limits as well.
The Clek Foonf, currently starting under $380 at Amazon.com. Matches Diono’s Rainier with a 50 pound rear-facing weight limit, a narrow profile and an anti-rebound bar. It has a taller shell and rear-facing seated height limit than the Diono models, but a slightly shorter 43″ standing height limit. Please see our full review of the Foonf. The new Clek Fllo will have similar ratings.
Graco Size4Me 65, around $150 at Amazon.com. A more typical 40-pound rear-facing weight limit, but arguably the tallest usable rear-facing seated height limit on the market. Here is CarseatBlog’s full review of the Size4Me (Previously known as the Size4Me 70). The Graco Headwise 65, Graco MySize65 and Graco Fit4Me 70 have similar ratings. All are great values for Super Extended Rear-Facing. The new Graco 4Ever All-In-One has similar ratings as well.
Safety1st Elite Air 80
Safety 1st Elite Air 80, under $220 at BabiesRUs. While rated to 40 pounds rear-facing, it probably has the tallest seated height limit currently available. Unfortunately, that limit is somewhat hampered by a 43″ standing height limit that may reduce its rear-facing potential for the tallest children.