Here at CarseatBlog we’re very familiar with the Evenflo Symphony which first debuted back in 2008. We’ve reviewed the first and second generation models of this popular 3-in-1 and we’re happy to report that the latest DLX version with enhanced “e3″ Side Impact Protection technology continues to impress!
First, let’s clarify that there are two versions of the Symphony that are currently available on store shelves. The Symphony 65 DLX (previously named the Symphony 65 e3) is the premium model with deeper headwings and “e3″ foam for enhanced protection in side-impact crashes. The Symphony 65 LX model has the more shallow headwings of the previous generation models, lacks the high-end e3 foam (but still has plenty of energy-absorbing EPP foam) and has nice push-on lower LATCH connectors instead of Evenflo’s patented, self-ratcheting “SureLATCH” connectors.
Both models are very nice although I personally prefer the e3 version with deeper headwings if your child is going to be riding in either of the outboard seating positions in your vehicle. If you plan on installing the carseat in the center position of your backseat (which is considered the safest spot in the vehicle since it’s the furthest away from any potential point of impact), then I think either model is fine. Of course it never hurts to have more protection than your child might need but if you’re drawn to the LX model because you prefer the standard push-on connectors, or the more shallow headwings, or if you’re just trying to stay within your budget – the LX model still has a lot of great safety and convenience features to offer.
The model provided by Evenflo for this review is the Symphony 65 e3 in the “Hamilton” pattern. Currently, the “Porter” and “Ocala” fashions (pictured below) available on Amazon.com may be the best Symphony 65 e3/DLX value.