With more than 60 years in the industry, Graco has established itself as a reliable brand with a portfolio of quality baby products. The company’s offerings include a range of products, such as car seats, play yards, high chairs, strollers, travel systems, and baby swings.
In this review, we will take a look at the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 infant car seat in detail. The product made its debut in 2005 and expanded the company’s wide range of child restraints. The product underwent a few alterations as newer models were introduced. This was primarily to customize the Graco SnugRide 35 to better suit premature babies with a minimum weight limit of 4 pounds, decreased from the previous lower limit of 5 pounds.
This version of the Graco Click Connect car seat lies in the higher price spectrum. The Click Connect technology makes it relatively easy to secure the seat to either a base or a stroller. Though the product may cost comparatively more compared to other similar seats on the market, it is important to note that that the Graco Click Connect car seat has a longer useful life and a longer expiration date of 7 years instead of 6.
The Graco Click Connect car seat will not become obsolete as your baby hits one or two growth spurts as the months go by. This longer expiration date will allow you to seat your baby in the rear-facing position for two years; this is in line with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) safety recommendations.
Is the Graco SnugRide 35 car seat the one that is right for you and your family? We will take a look at the product’s features and help you assess if the product is compatible with your lifestyle, requirements so that you can decide if it is worth buying.
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Car Seat Key Product Features
- The Graco SnugRide 35 has a 7-year lifespan.
- The product is FAA approved.
- Specially designed to offer optimum protection for rear-facing infants from 4 – 35 lbs. and up to 32″.
- The Graco SnugRide 35 car seat is easy to carry and lightweight.
- Removable cushion and head support for adjustments.
- Installation simplified further thanks to the easy-to-read level indicator.
- A stay-in-car base and LATCH system make installation a breeze.
- An adjustable front 5-point harness that allows you to get your baby in and out of the seat easily.
- 2 points that will help you adjust harness length.
- The Graco SnugRide 35 has 3 positions to adjust harness height.
- The Graco SnugRide 35 gives you 6 recline positions for a custom fit.
- Seat covers are machine washable covers (drip dry).
- The canopy is large and rotates.
Age, Weight Limit and Recommendations for the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Car Seats
You may have guessed the maximum weight limit of the Graco SnugRide Car Seat just by the name. The 35-pound limit has become quite universal when it comes to these kinds of car seats. Other iterations of the products had a lower weight limit of about 30 pounds. The main advantage of the 35-pound weight limit is that you get up to 2 years of extended rear-facing seating for your little one in compliance with AAP’s recommendations.
Weight range-rear facing position only: 4 – 35 pounds
Height limit: maximum height accommodation of 32 inches
Even though the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 has a decent height limit of 32 inches, some folks complained that the seat did not provide enough head support for their little one.
If you’re looking for something that specifically provides ample head support for bumpy rides, then you may want to do some research on the SnugRide 35 LX because it restricts head movement much better than the other models and s better suited for infants.
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Dimensions
Have a look at this information to check if the Graco SnugRide 35 will fit easily in your vehicle or not.
- Seat depth is 30.67 inches
- Outer Seat width is 18.66 inches
- Seat height is 15.59 inches
- Seat width is 11.75 inches
- Carrier weight is 7.5 pounds
- Weight with base is 14.17 pounds
- Lowest harness slot is 6 inches with the infant insert
- Harness slots without insert are 7 inches, 9.5 inches, 11.5 inches
- Width of the base at belt path is 9.5 inches
- The seat will probably fit in the backseat, but the weight might be an issue
Some users have commented that the weight of the seat as reported by Graco does not match the actual weight and have found the seat to be up to 2 pounds heavier than as advertised. It is unclear as to why this is happening. It may be because of some accessories that have not been accounted for.
Safety Features of the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35
The Graco SnugRide has been crash tested. It successfully meets and goes above and beyond the US federal car seat safety standards. The company has its own testing facility in Georgia and a Safe Seat Engineering program that focus on catastrophic crashes, side impacts, and extreme environments. This helps Graco produce products that meet and exceed safety regulations imposed by the government.
For dealing with extreme heat, the seat is tested at temperatures ranging from 0 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Though the seat has undergone temperature test, parents who have used the Graco SnugRide have noted that the seat fabric is not breathable and can you’re your child uncomfortably sweaty during the hotter months.
The Graco Connect has been engineered in a way that it exceeds US standard FMVSS 213. The product has also been side crash tested to check the effectiveness of the 5-point harness system. Rigorously crash tested to meet or exceed U.S. safety standards
The Graco car seat is padded with energy-absorbing EPS foam. This ensures effective energy management.
Installing the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35, Easy or Tough?
Whether installing the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 is easy or difficult depends on who you ask. The level indicator and Click Connect technology make it relatively easier to set up and first-time parents have expressed that installation went smoothly. The earlier versions of this product have some complaints regarding installation due to some design.
The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 car seat’s LATCH system leaves a bit to be desired. Parents have noted that the LATCH system for this seat may be more troublesome compared to other seats especially if you want to attach or remove from U-shaped vehicle anchors. If you do successfully manage to secure the seat, you may have trouble adjusting the straps to secure your child in the sea properly.
Some parents have complained that their baby cannot comfortably be seated in the chair as head support is lacking. This may happen if your child has little or no control of their head and neck movement. Users have solved this issue by using rolled up towels and placing them strategically. It has even been advised in the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35’s user manual.
Lack of a no-rethread means you will have to remove the harness straps and rethread them in the higher slots when your baby grows.
With the negatives out of the way, it is worth noting that the seat’s adjustable recline positions and color-coded guide will allow you to set the angle of the seat just right.
The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 has several positives, such as it is affordable, is suitable for most vehicles, passes safety standards, has adjustable recline positions and a large canopy. It is relatively easy to install as well, which is good news if you are a first time parent with no prior experience of using an all in one car seat.
The downs are the fact that the seat does not provide great head/neck support for infants, the LATCH system can seem more complicated, the harness needs to be rethreaded for adjustments and has fabric that is not breathable.
Keeping all of this in mind, it may be a better idea to look for more options on the market. The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 is compatible with most vehicles, that a major plus for the product.