Diono Radian RST Convertible + Booster Car Seat
Car seats are one of my biggest concerns as a parent. It is the one thing that will protect your child in the event of a car accident. I worry not only about my own driving, but about all of the other drivers on the road and you just never know when the weather or anything else may cause an accident. As parents we want our children to be as safe as possible and we want to provide whatever it takes to make sure that safety is achieved. Diono’s Radian RXT Convertible + Booster Car Seat is definitely a top of the line, safe seat that has numerous features that I love and appreciate as a parent. Product was received for review purposes and this post may contain affiliate links.
The Radian RXT could be the only car seat you will ever need. It accommodates rear-facing children from 5-45 pounds and forward facing children from 20-80 pounds! There’s more – it can also be used as a booster seat for children up to 120 pounds! The Radian is also the highest rear facing car seat on the market! Can you believe that? All in ONE car seat! That amazed me and then I learned even more and was blown away!
This car seat has a steel alloy frame, reinforced sidewalls, an adjustable head support, and a five point harness for safely restraining your little one. If you have multiple children in car seats/boosters you will be happy to know that you can fit THREE Radian car seats across in most cars! How incredible is that? The Radian RXT has also been NCAP tested and has some impressive results. Click here to read more about the detailed safety testing and results. You won’t be disappointed! It also folds flat for storage and travel – how convenient!
We received the Diono Radian RXT in Storm (a grey/black color) to review. The seat is heavier than others, but I am sure it’s only because of the added safety features like the streel alloy frame and aluminum reinforced sidewalls. I’m happy to use a few extra muscles (or my husband’s muscles- haha) to lift this seat into the car for the added safety. I actually tried installing this seat in all three positions in the back seat of our car. We have a Dodge Journey and unfortunately we had difficulties installing it in the center because of the Journey’s plastic in the bend of the seat for folding down the seats. This hard plastic is located in the place that the Radian needs to fit into the bend of the seat and posed a bit of a problem. This is nothing that occurred because of Diono’s car seat, it’s simply because of how our car is. Forward facing I am sure this wouldn’t even be an issue and since we have to have two car seats soon, the middle isn’t a big issue for us as we’ll have one seat on each side. I was able to easily install the seat on both of the sides, however, because we have a Journey (smaller type SUV) and because the Radian has an extra tall back to accommodate bigger kids it does allow for less leg room to the person sitting in front of where the seat is installed. Diono is a brilliant company though and they have come up with a solution for this problem when using the car seat for a child older than one. They have an Angle Adjuster that allows for up to 4 inches more leg room in the front seat! GENIUS! I am loving Diono, aren’t you?
The seat does feel incredibly comfy for little ones and it’s safety is a definite plus! It also have an infant head support and added body support that can be removed for bigger kids. The adjustable head support is very easy to adjust but does stay in place when you get it where you need it. I love, love, love this feature because an adjustable head support should be mandatory on all seats if you ask me. It can grow with our little ones for added safety no matter what age they are. I would highly recommend this car seat to anyone in the market for a new one and another great point? It’s the only one you will ever need so it is WELL worth the money you spend on it. Diono, who some of you may remember as Sunshine Kids, has created an incredible seat that has certainly passed my standards as a parent. I feel comfortable knowing that my little boy is safe and secure in his Diono Radian RXT car seat.