I was intrigued from the first moment we saw the prototype model at the ABC Kids Expo last fall. But I was also a bit skeptical. Could Dorel really make a budget-friendly infant carseat that would be easy to use correctly, have all the important features and also fit smaller-than-average babies really well? And could they really keep the price under $100? Yes, yes they can. 🙂
Introducing the Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite Plus (CCEP). It’s a mouthful but it’s important to ask for it by its full name because there are multiple versions of this seat and only the Elite Plus has all the features that you really want to have in an infant carseat. Unfortunately, the models of this seat that are currently sold in stores like Wal-Mart, KMart, Sears & Target are usually not the “Elite Plus” model and are lacking some key features. The good news is that you can purchase the Safety 1st Elite Plus model from Amazon and in most cases get free shipping too! Hopefully some retail stores will start to carry this particular model in the near future.
Here is a breakdown of the differences between the Comfy Carry models:
- Cosco Comfy Carry $69.99 – rear harness adjuster, non-adjustable base, no head support insert
- Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite $79.99 – front harness adjuster, non-adjustable base, head support insert
- Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite Plus $89.99 – front harness adjuster, adjustable base with recline foot, head support insert with velcro sides for easy removal
The model provided by Dorel for this review is the Wildflowers pattern (model # IC030AYG). Let’s take a closer look at all the features, specs and measurements of the Comfy Carry Elite Plus: