Diono Radian RXT ~ One Carseat for All your Needs

The name Diono is well-known among parents. When researching a great car seat, we found that few others come close to the quality and safety that the Diono Radian RXT boasts. This car seat can take you from FIVE POUNDS to 120 pounds. Birth to Booster. Pretty impressive. The Lexus of the car seat world. So, this gal was stoked to install a Radian RXT in cobalt (blue) into her car recently!

Truly, the feature that made the decision for our family, screaming that we needed to try one of these awesome seats in our car was that there are travel straps to all you to fold-up and carry the seat for traveling! The Radian RXT is FAA regulation and is a mere 17" across, so they fit into plane seats easily. That's also what allows them to be "three deep" in the back seat, as you may have seen in photos of the remarkable logistical heroics. Many folks have probably seen the images of the three shiny red Radian RXT seats in an SUV--it came up a lot in my searching.

We decided to rock the Cobalt color option.

Totally Rocks our Socks:

  • really plush, soft straps and head rest area
  • toddler cushioning makes it more comfy for longer trips
  • LOVE the fold and carry feature, and the slim base
  • the user manual was wicked EASY to read
  • quick installation took less than five minutes
  • Child Safety Information pocket - genius and if I'm not available to comment (like I'm knocked out) then hopefully EMS would look there!
  • buckles and large and sturdy, velcro is as well
Could Use Improvement:

  • It seems no matter how much adjusting we do, the padded plush straps rub a bit on our kiddos neck area. This irritates him and him voicing his irritation in turn irritates all of us on long trips--and makes us feel bad that he's not comfortable. 
  • A tad heavy, but hey, you aren't backpacking with your car seat, so it's a minor inconvenience.
  • Though we adjusted the height, we originally wanted to use the seat REAR facing, since it provides for extended rear-facing--up to 45 lbs.--which we LOVE to advocate for. BUT, in my Subaru, with the seat rear-facing even in its' shortest setting it was still really HIGH-backed and was level or higher than my seat, making things just too crammed and hard to maneuver while backing, etc. So, we became forward-facing parents to err on the side of caution.
You can get the Diono Radian RXT for your own vehicle from  select retailers for $339.99. You can also currently get it on Amazon for  $269.99. For all the updates, products and promos, make sure to like Diono on Facebook!

*I received complimentary product for the purposes of this review. All opinions are 100% my own and I did not receive any other compensation.*

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this review! I'm looking into car seats and Diono was one that caught my eye. I was surprised to see that Diono can fit three across in the backseat to accommodate three kids. We aren't having another, but extra space in the backseat is always a plus!!