Let me preface this review by saying “Finally, something that Consumer Reports and I can agree on!” In case you missed it – they recently rated the KeyFit and KeyFit 30 as the two best overall infant carseats among the models they tested. Now, if you follow this blog, you’ll understand how unusual it is for me to completely agree with Consumer Reports on anything related to child restraints. However, the KeyFit is a well-thought-out, well-designed and well-constructed infant carseat and CR was right to load heaps of praise upon it.
The KeyFit and KeyFit 30 are infant carseats from Chicco (pronounced KEEK-koh). The original KeyFit model (aka the KeyFit 22) is generally only sold with the Chicco Cortina stroller as a “travel system” while the KeyFit 30 model is usually sold separately but can be paired with any compatible Chicco stroller (see table below) to create a travel system, if desired. The Chicco KeyFit Caddy is a great option if you want a snap-n-go type product that has many of the same great qualities found in a full-featured stroller.
|Chicco strollers compatible with the KeyFit infant carseat|
|Cortina; Cortina SE; Cortina MAGIC|
|KeyFit Caddy (stroller frame)|
|Cortina Together (double stroller)|
The original KeyFit is rated for babies from 4 to 22 pounds and 30” or less in height. The KeyFit 30 model is rated for babies from 4-30 lbs and 30” or less in height. Both seats are the same size and shape – the only differences are the maximum weight limit, cover options and a small price differential. With either model, you should discontinue usage once the child reaches either the weight limit OR the 30” height limit OR if the top of the child’s head is less than 1” from the top of the restraint. Current models of both the KeyFit and KeyFit 30 utilize the same base. These bases have a sticker on the side indicating that they can be used with either the 22 lb or 30 lb models.
The KeyFit 30 model used in this review is the “Romantic” pattern. It’s not a soft fabric like a cotton or plush microfiber but it does seem like it would be fairly resistant to frequent spit-up. This particular model comes with a seasonal boot cover, which is easy to snap on and off. It also comes with a newborn insert, a head support insert and harness strap covers. The KeyFit 30 retails for around $189.