User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:High weight/height limits, long lifetime, easy to install/adjust, comfortable
Cons:Size and weight
The Bottom Line: The Recaro Como is absolutely worth the cost. It differs slightly from Britax seats but I prefer the features that Recaro offers.
I purchased two Recaro Como carseats in Blush for my daughters this past spring. My 3 year old had previously been in a Cosco Scenera (which lacked fancy features and comfort but was safe and we were very pleased with it) and my 1 year old was still in her Graco Safeseat. The only real reason we chose to move them to new seats was because we found a great deal on the Recaro Como seats at Albeebaby.com (for about $112 each) and because we were going to have to buy a convertible carseat for my younger daughter eventually anyway. But the advantage to snagging the great Recaro deal was that the weight and height limits on the Como meant the seats would likely last my girls until they were well out of carseats. We plan to keep our children in 5-point harness seats for a long time and it was nice to know that Recaro could offer us that option along with safety and comfort along the way.
Recommend this product?
The reason the seats were on sale was because they were last years seats (still brand new, but not purchased last year, meaning they had 1 less year to their expiration date). Recaro seats have an 8-year “lifetime” before they expire, so I still felt like I was getting a good deal to have another 7 years with them. I was also pleased to see the manufacture date when I received them- the dates were both at the end of the previous year, meaning that gave us even more time.
The height and weight limits on the Como are 59” and 20-70lbs for forward facing (rear facing they accommodate from 5-35lbs). This was a plus to me since many of the most expensive Britax seats only go to 65 lbs. My girls are both small so I don’t see coming anywhere near that weight limit while the seats are in use, but it’s nice to have that leeway anyways. I have heard the complaint that Recaro seats are not a good choice for taller, broad shouldered children since they do get slightly narrower at the top, but that won’t be a problem for us.
The installation of the seats was a breeze. I always found our Cosco Scenera to be easy to install, but the LATCH system on the Recaro seats is amazingly simple! Instead of having to actually “latch” a hook onto the LATCH bars in the car, you simple push and click the hook, then tighten the seat down. To remove them, you just push a red button and they unhook! The top teather is an actual manual latch, though. I did feel like I could get a more seatbelt installation with my Cosco Scenera as opposed to the Como, though. The Como has a “lock off” sort of system for the shoulder belt but I’ve never found it to seem very reliable.
The seat is about the same size, overall, as the Britax Decathalon, which my sister-in-law has her daughter in. The main difference, in my opinion, is the top sides. On the Como, they stick out much further- part of the Side Impact Protection. At first I thought that it might be a slight annoyance to the girls since they have to lean up a bit to see around them, but my husband who is an EMT and has seen many children in car accidents says he prefers our seat to his sister’s Decathalon.
The seat has a lot more padding that we’re used to and seems very comfortable for the girls. The cover is a heavy duty microfiber, which I wasn’t previously anxious about, thinking it would be more difficult to keep clean and nice looking, but it hasn’t been a problem. The headrest and the lower insert (for smaller children, goes underneath them and provides cushion for a better fit on either side of their legs) are both removable, the headrest being adjustable to 5 different positions as well.
The harness is a 5-point and has nice, sturdy buckles. I have found the straps to get twisted easily, which is annoying, but I know a lot of people complained about that with the Cosco Scenera (even though we never once experienced it in 3 years!). The harness can be loosened or tightened by pressing a button-type latch at the front base of the seat.
The seat is on a base that has a latch to pull that “reclines” it slightly in order to get the correct angle for either forward or rear facing. I have found this to be very convenient! It also has a snap on cover that protects little fingers from the harness straps in the back and prevents unintentional adjustments.]
Overall the seat is fairly heavy in comparison to our old Scenera, weighing in at around 21 lbs. Combined with it’s larger size, it’s a bit more difficult to get into a smaller car, like our Toyota Yaris, for example. However, it installs nicely in there and leaves a surprising amount of room once it’s in. I was quite impressed with that! It’s dimensions are wider than those of our Scenera, but it does not seem to take up that much more space in reality. Even when the seat is rear facing, we have several additional inches of more room than we had with the Graco Safeseat installed in the same place. That is a huge plus in a small car!
We have been very pleased with our Recaro Como carseats. They are clearly very sturdy, good quality, safe seats, and the fact that they’re quite user friendly makes them even more worth the cost. Although I bought mine on sale, having used them I can now say with full confidence that I would not hesitate to pay full price for one of these seats. The features and safety that you get for the price, along with the longevity of the seat, make it very worth it!
Amount Paid (US$): 112
Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years