Britax Emblem Reviewed in 2019

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Britax Emblem Reviewed in 2019 Review Facts

It might seem a little bit difficult to purchase a car seat for your child, especially considering the fact that there are so many convertible car seats on the market. But the fact of the matter remains that there are some brands better known for all the features they have to offer than others. One of these is Britax. Well-known for its highly innovative safety features and premium products, lots of families across the world trust Britax with their child’s safety on the road.

The Britax Emblem is another highly-rated and trusted car seat manufactured by the brand. The Emblem is one of the brand’s more affordable options and is part of the ‘Essentials’ series, which is meant to ensure that all parents will be able to have access to the sought-after features offered by Britax without having to pay the usually high price.

In addition, this is a convertible car seat, which means that you will be able to use it from when your child is a baby to when they’re several years old. Just as is typical for the company, this seat is easy to install in your car, it has double-layered side-impact protection, there are multiple positions for the harness, and plenty more features.

So, let’s dive in and see all that this car seat has to offer.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Is convertible and can be used in two positions

Has SafeCell Technology for extra protection

Includes 10 no-thread harness positions

Cover is easy to remove and clean

V-shaped tether causes reduction in seat rotation

Easy to install

Cons

Still quite expensive

Not too much rear-facing legroom

Does not have ClickTight technology

Basic Features

First, it’s essential to discuss the capacity of this seat. Since it’s a convertible, you know that you will be able to use it for a reasonably long time before you’ll have to consider purchasing a booster seat. For example, there were even people who used it for their 5-year-olds, so you won't have to get a new seat for a while.

Overall, the seat can accommodate a child who weighs between 5 and 65 pounds. You will be able to place a child who weighs between 5 and 40 pounds in the rear-facing position, and between 20 and 65 pounds in the forward-facing position. Your child also can be up to 49 inches tall in order to use this product. The seat also has an infant cushion for children weighing up to 22 pounds.

If you want the seat to come with a more personalized touch, it has five different color options.

The Emblem also comes with many features that make it easy to adjust and assemble. For example, you will inevitably have to adjust the seat and harness as your child gets bigger, but since the harness does not require you to unthread it, the experience is a whole lot easier.

In addition to all of that, there are plenty of essential safety features that this seat comes with, which we will discuss in more detail in further sections.

Size

The Emblem is not too bulky in comparison to some choices on the market, but you still will want to consider measuring out the backseat of your car before purchasing it just to make sure that it will fit.

The dimensions are 26 x 18.5 x 21. If you have a smaller car, you might have difficulty fitting more than one seat across. Some parents mentioned that the rear-facing position does not provide a lot of legroom.

Ease of Use

Although the Emblem seat does not offer the ClickTight technology that is signature to many of Britax’s products, that does not mean that this product will be difficult for you to install in your car. In fact, that is one of the many things that parents liked about it. Being able to have a car seat that is easy to install in your car will not only make things much more convenient for you as the parent, but it also will make the ride safer for your child. Not having a properly-installed seat is one of the major ways in which children can get hurt.

First thing’s first, the Emblem has a 10-position harness that does not require rethreading. Having to rethread and unthread the harness is one of the most difficult parts of adjusting it as your child gets older, so the fact that this one does not require rethreading whatsoever was a major relief for many parents.

The seat attaches to your car using LATCH connectors, which many parents tend to have a love-hate relationship with. They can either make installation much easier or a major pain. With the Emblem, all you have to do is snap the lower anchors in and release them by pushing a button. It’s simple and will not require a lot of time. It also has a lock-tight seat belt system that works to make sure the seat belt is tight enough to keep the seat secure.

In addition, it’s inevitable that your child is going to have an accident or a spill at some point. So, being able to clean the car seat with ease is a concern for lots of parents. Thankfully, Britax has taken that into consideration when they made the seat cover easy to remove, which won’t require rethreading the harness.

But, keep in mind that you won’t be able to throw this in the washing machine and be done- you’ll have to use a spot cleaner in order to clean. But it’s said to clean very well and the material won’t absorb stains, so that might not be such a huge downside.

Accessories

When it comes to car seats, most of them will not come with any accessories, and that includes this one by Britax. It does have an infant cushion for smaller babies. But otherwise, anything else that you might want to have with the seat will need to be purchased separately. It is especially recommended that you consider getting a seat protector. This will ensure that the backseat of your car will remain protected from any spills or accidents that your child might have.

Safety

If we are going to discuss a Britax car seat, then it goes without saying that the seat will have some of the best safety features that are available out there. Before purchasing any car seat, for that matter, it is essential to give the safety features a review because this will matter exponentially to your child. While we certainly hope that you will never be involved in an accident, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

The Essentials line seats come with SafeCell Technology, which is localized mostly in the base. This makes the seat almost compress in the event of an accident, which works to absorb shock and prevent their head from jerking forward. The frame is also made out of steel, so you not only know that it will be durable and last a long time, but the seat will also remain stable no matter what happens. The base, in its entirety, helps to direct force caused by impact away from your child to leave them without any injuries.

In addition, the Emblem has an innovative V-shaped tether feature. This is not available in too many products on the market yet. It helps to prevent the seat from rotating in the event of a collision, so your child’s risk of being severely injured significantly decreases. It also prevents the chair from moving forward too much, further increasing the car seat’s overall stability.

Most seats that you can purchase have some side-impact protection features. This product also has side-impact protection, but it is double-layered. In the event where there is a side-impact collision, this could be the most dangerous for children who are in car seats. This is why companies need to make sure that the padding is shock-absorbant and will keep the child’s head protected. The Emblem is the only seat in the Essentials line that offers that extra layer of protection, which is a significant bonus.

This Britax product also has impact-absorbing chest pads on the harness, which are especially recommended when your child is in the forward-facing position. You may also opt to use it in the rear-facing position. It’s easy to install and remove them. As far as what these chest pads do, they help to prevent your child from moving forward too much in the event of a collision. They also help to keep your child’s chest safe in such instances.

Comfort

Considering the fact that the Emblem is a convertible style and meant for children who are between 5 and 65 pounds, it certainly must have all the features necessary in order to ensure that your child will remain comfortable. Although the main purpose that all the extra padding serves is to keep your child safe during the event of a collision, the padding will also work to keep them comfortable.

The seat can recline for extra comfort and, of course, we can’t forget about the harness. As your child gets older, it will become necessary for you to adjust the seat accordingly. The harness can be adjusted in 10 different positions, which means that your child will be comfortable no matter how tall they get.

Weight

There were quite a few people who were not pleased with how much this product had to weigh. It has generally been recommended that you purchase the Emblem only if you intend on keeping it in your car and not if you intend on traveling with it or taking it out. The seat weighs 19.5 pounds, which can make it a bit more difficult when you want to install it in your car or store it for future use.

However, again, this most likely will not be an important or deciding factor for parents who simply intend on installing the seat in their car and leaving it there.

Price

Even though the Emblem is part of the brand’s Essential line, which claims to be on the more affordable car seats end, it isn’t all that much cheaper than some of the other car seats offered by Britax. Quite a few parents were not pleased with the price they had to pay. It is currently available on Amazon for $219, which might be a bit expensive in comparison to other car seats, but it fairly decent for one made by this brand.

One thing to keep in mind is that Britax distinguishes itself from other brands due to its high-quality materials and innovative safety features that you likely will not be able to find in some of its competitors. In addition, if you decide to purchase this product, you won’t have to worry about getting another car seat for several years because it is convertible and can suit children weighing up to 65 pounds. Of course, it is up to you, but the price is meant to be more affordable than the other seats the company offers.

Key Features

It has double-layered side-impact protection padding
Has a 10-position no-rethread harness
The cover is easy to remove and clean
It’s convertible and can be used in front and rear-facing positions
Includes impact-absorbing base for protection
V-shaped tether prevents the seat from rotating

Bottom Line

Overall, Britax is one of the most trusted companies on the market when it comes to top-quality car seats. And even though this product might be a bit more expensive than anticipated, the Britax Emblem comes with all the necessary safety features to keep your child protected.

It’s convertible, so you can easily keep it for several years of use, and the fact that it can be easily installed in your car will make your life so much simpler. You will be able to adjust it accordingly as your child gets bigger, so you know that your child is going to remain comfortable. In general, according to lots of reviewers, the Britax Emblem is a seat worth considering.