THE EVENFLO SYMPHONY ELITE REVIEW
The Evenflo Symphony Elite Convertible car seat debuted in 2008. Since then, a few revisions have passed, including the current model of Elite, also known as the prototype of DLX. This comes specifically for unique stores in a few other slightly different combinations. Here we’re going to focus on the Evenflo Symphony Elite review.
If you’re looking for a seat that will last from birth until your baby no longer needs a booster seat, you’re going to want to find the Elite chair. It’s packed with technology, it’s about as user-friendly as a convertible seat can get, but on the big side it’s a little bit. So maybe your choice depends on your vehicle model and/or if you need to mount next to other car seats. However, you should bear in mind that there is no portable infant carrier option like other convertible seats. So this is an install and leaves it alone like a chair.
As far as price goes, it is about $200 on average, but as you may not have to buy it as you would most single-function seats. It could save you money in the long run. But is this all-in-one comfortable chair the only seat you’re going to need? All the think we doing here today is help you learn moreThe Evenflo Symphony Elite review.
Let’s break down the stats so you can decide for yourself.
Key Features of the Evenflo Symphony Elite Review
- 6 colors: Paramount (black/gray), Concord (black/silver), Modesto (blue), Raspberry Sorbet (black/pink), Ocala (Red) and Porter (Green)
- Infinite Slide no-rethread harness
- SureLATCH self-ratcheting connectors
- 3 zone side impact protection
- 5-position adjustable headrest
- Steel-reinforced frame
- Lower anchor compatible for booster mode
- Buckle pockets (in 4 of 6 color options)
- Front 3-position recline
- 8-year lifespan
- FAA approved
- 2 elastic cupholders
- Made in the USA
A few things to note about some features: The colors of Ocala and Porter are somewhat older and do NOT come with buckle pockets. The two headrest places at the bottom are only for rear-facing. Only for rear-facing mode there is one recline position and two for forward-facing mode.
As with many other car seats, the cup holders are not fully enclosed. These are necessarily just elastic straps and are only going to hold huge cups of sippy or drink. So if you’re looking for something to carry nuggets of chicken or a juice box or even crayons, you’re not going to get that here.
Other models such as the gel-matrix engineering Platinum Symphony DLX and the Outlast quality fabric ProComfort Symphony DLX may only be available at different retailers. The Symphony LX is a less expensive version of the Symphony DLX (Elite), with differently shaped headwings and the regular push-on lower LATCH connectors rather than the SureLATCH self-ratcheting connectors.
What are the child size limits of the Evenflo Symphony Elite Review?
You get three configurations with this chair – a rear-facing infant seat and a forward-facing seat, both with a 5-point harness, as well as a high-back belt-positioning booster seat. The 40-pound limit is sufficiently generous to permit extended rear-facing well beyond the recommended two-year-old age.
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|5 – 40 pounds||19 – 40 inches||22 – 65 pounds||28 – 50 inches||40 – 110 pounds||44 – 57 inches|
Once your child is ready for booster mode, most parents feel that they are well above the 110-pound weight mark. So it may be better to get your child used to boosters once they no longer need a 5-point harness as a transitional chair.
The seat itself is rather short, and after a little while your child will probably be too tall for it. Then you might want to consider a comfortable, cheap backless booster seat. Nevertheless, in booster mode, the IIHS classifies the Elite as a Best Bet, so you can trust it to be secure.
Some parents noted that the crotch buckle is not adjustable so it may not be snug enough for smaller kids, which can cause the child to wiggle down too much so that the shoulder straps are loose.
How big is the Evenflo Symphony Elite All-in-One and will it fit in your vehicle?
It’s a tough one. Convertible (especially 3-in-one models) are notoriously voluminous. There is no exception to this one. The weight will benefit from wobbling side to side to support the car seat. But, unless you have a huge backseat, the length would probably not allow three car seats side-by-side.
Seat weight: 25 pounds
Seat height: 27.5 inches
Seat depth: 20.8 inches
Width at widest point (cupholders): 21 inches
Width at narrowest point (top of seat): 15.5 inches
Crotch buckle depth: 6 inches with infant insert
Lowest harness position: 6 inches with infant insert
Highest harness position: 16 inches
Highest booster belt guild position: 19 inches
For small and medium-sized vehicles, most parents had no problems fitting it. The recline angle needed for rear-facing makes the seat very long from front to back, which means that some leg room may be lost to your front passenger. Try calling Evenflo customer service at 1-800-233-5921 if you wonder whether it will fit in your car
How safe is the Evenflo Symphony Elite Review?
The good thing is that in real-life accidents this seat worked well. And we know that the seat can do what it should do. That is, if it suits your child as well as your vehicle well.
The main complaint by far was that there is only one recline position in the rear-facing configuration, which can leave the head of a child slumping too far. Once, this will depend largely on the angle of the backseat of your vehicle, which can vary widely from car model to car model.
But the right solution that many parents tried was to use a pool noodle below the bottom to get the right angle for rear-facing. Believe it or not, the user manual also mentions this. You can always give it to the local car seat technician or fire department to see if it’s safe enough if you try this and have some questions.
The side wings on the headrests included other issues, which some parents felt to be too flimsy. Many found out that the inside foam broke so the wing stayed loose. Other parents reported strapping belts that were frayed.
How easy is the Evenflo Symphony Elite to install and use?
It depends on who you are asking. Many customers reported a simple installation and liked the self-ratching straps of SureLATCH much better than the standard LATCH push-on connectors.
The biggest issue here tends to be the LATCH strap size. For all cars, the SureLATCH is not a sure thing. Several people reported that simply because they were too short of reaching, they could not attach the straps to the lower anchors. We note, however, that there are two LATCH systems sets–one for forwarding facing and one for rear-facing. Make sure that you use the right one. Such statements may or may not have been the case. But if you think the LATCH straps tend to be one thing to look for if you find that the LATCH straps seem too short.
In any case, if you can’t use the LATCH, installation with the vehicle belt works fine. The paths of the belt are easy to find and easy to use.
Unlike many other seats the rear-facing design does not have a clear level indicator. On the base side there is a line/arrow. You need to mount it so that the line is level to the ground which is somewhat disappointing given the other features on this chair.
There is no carrying handle, as with all convertible car seats, so there is no portable child carrier option.
BestCarSeatHub’s final verdict
ο Buckle pockets included in 4 of 6 color options
ο Proven record of safety in real-life crashes
ο SureLATCH self-ratcheting connectors for easier install
ο No-rethread harness
ο LATCH can be used in booster mode
ο Easy-to-see belt paths for seat belt installation
ο High quality fabrics that are as comfortable as they are stylish
ο Easy to adjust headrest and recline angles
ο Machine washable and dryable seat covers
ο Elastic cup holders hold larger sippy cups really well
× Front passenger may lose leg room when using rear-facing
× Child may outgrow height limit well before the 110 lb. weight limit
× Buckle pockets not in the Ocala or Hunter color options
× Elastic cup holders may not hold small cups well & won’t hold loose snacks, crayons, etc.
× SureLATCH straps may be too short to reach anchors in some vehicles
× Bulky and heavy – won’t allow for 3 car seats side by side
× May not recline enough in rear-facing mode without using a pool noodle or towel for support
× No bubble level indicator
The Evenflo Symphony Elite review prove that a good safety car seat option as far as convertible seats are concerned if you’re looking for a seat that will last at least until it’s time for a booster. You will want to pay special attention to the height of your baby to see if they outgrow the booster because they are likely to abandon it before they meet the weight limit of 110 pounds.
As far as the recline problems in rear-facing mode are concerned, if you’re all right to use a pool noodle or towel to change the angle this seat will do just as well. Also, consult your doctor, the fire department or car seat technician if in doubt. Or choose a different seat.
If you don’t have to accommodate more than two car seats or a third older passenger in the back seat, the seat would probably fit well. Because of the space requirements of the rear-facing mode, your front passengers can lose some legroom.
It would be difficult to beat this seat as far as comfort goes. The top-notch is the padding and fabric. The SureLATCH connectors and the easy-to-see belt path for seat belt installations should also be very easy to install. If the LATCH straps are too low, make sure that you use the correct settings. For forward-facing, there should be one for rear-facing mode.
Because the price is not high, we are sure that with this model you will get the cost of your money in a comfortable, long-lasting chair.