January 13, 2011,
A.T. asks from San Clemente, CA on January 13, 2011
Britax Frontier - San Clemente,CA
We are looking to buy another carseat, that can also be a booster when needed. We already have the roundabout, which we love for our 3 year old. However, our almost 1 year old will need to go in that seat soon. Therefore, we need to buy another seat for the 3 year old. I would really like to buy the Britax Frontier, but I'm wondering if there is something comparible but less expensive?
M.J. answers from Sacramento on January 13, 2011
The Graco Nautilus is cheaper. Also, a heads-up on the Frontier. It doesn't convert to a real booster seat. We just retired the Frontier to the garage after only six months when we went to convert to booster and realized you're basically using a car seat with a seat belt instead of the harness (they think this is a booster). Still have the same massive, heavy seat, still have to attach it to the car, so the portability plus of a booster is lost completely with the Frontier.
ETA: A real booster is lightweight, doesn't require attachment to the car and can easily be transferred to another car. Pick it up and go. Trust me, I have two kids and know boosters and the Frontier is NOT a real booster. It's a convertible car seat that simply allows you to use a seat belt like a booster. I wish someone had told me in advance because we wasted a lot of money on the Frontier only to use it about six months. Ended up going out and buying a real booster in the end.
M.P. answers from Provo on January 13, 2011
I bought all of my son's expensive items, like his Britax Marathon on ebay. Brand new for about $170. I would suggest looking there. I wouldn't buy anything used since you don't know the real history. But there are some great deal going on right now since it's the new year and a new model year so last years models, which are perfectly fine, are now on clearance.
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K.O. answers from Atlanta on January 13, 2011
The graco nautilus is pretty similar and much cheaper.
R.M. answers from Dallas on January 13, 2011
I can't answer the exact question, because I did purchase the Frontier. Just wanted you to know we love it. Eventhough its a bit pricey. Watch for deals on daipers.com they have 20% of sales some times and free shipping.
B.W. answers from Minneapolis on January 13, 2011
The Frontier is a GREAT seat and yes, it DOES convert to a booster. A booster seat is one that uses the adult belt. It does NOT become a backless booster seat, but those aren't really necessary for most kids anyway as a high back should always be first choice for safety. So whether you are luggin around the Frontier as a booster or a regular high back booster.... I don't get why either is a problem.
The Graco Nautilus is $150 and a great seat, harness to 65lbs and then booster to 100lbs, eventually a no back booster. Its a great seat for about half the price.
R.G. answers from Dallas on January 13, 2011
L.C. answers from Raleigh on January 13, 2011
we have 2 of them, $239 with free ship on ebay, they r huge, but we like them. Elite car seat has them on sale now.
BTW Graco Nautilus only goes to 52" in 5 point harness and Frontier 85 to 57". So they r not really comparible.