Britax Pinnacle Review – Is it the right choice?

Britax Pinnacle ClickTight Harness-2-Booster Car Seat Review

The safest car seat you can buy for your child…

There are a few different brands to choose from. Some pass the minimum government standards and those who go beyond.


Child safety is not where people should look to save a buck. The more protection you can get, the better for the kids. Britax is one of those car seat brands that have the highest safety ratings. They got there by doing more than the minimum required.

Besides safety, this car seat is a lifer. Some prefer to buy a car seat for each development stage. There’s nothing wrong with that. And some parents invest in the future.

The Pinnacle is a 5-point harness seat that can be transformed into a booster seat. By getting these two in one solution, you will be saving money compared to buying two different car seats.

This is rarely talked about, but getting one car seat instead of two or four, you will be saving time. You only have to learn to install one car seat, not more. The major selling point for the other seat is that it might offer more comfort, and this comes at a price.

Before we get any further, let me give you a quick preview. This car seat comes with the ClickTight tech. It means that you will be able to install it in less than five minutes. There are two functions for the Pinnacle, which are harness and booster seat mode.

It’s one of the safest car seats you can buy. When it comes to side impact protection, your child will be kept safe by 3 layers. Not to mention it comes with SafeCell tech, which absorbs energy. As you have seen in the picture, there are two cup holders included.

Let’s get this Britax Pinnacle review started. If you stick with me until the end, I will tell you the pros/cons. Some of them are unexpected, to say the least.

Who is the Britax Pinnacle ClickTight Booster Car Seat?

This car seat is for parents who like to save money by investing in the future. Also, it’s for parents who want to keep their children protected in the 5-point harness as long as possible.

With Britax, you can’t go wrong. It’s made in the USA and has the best safety ratings.

What can the Britax Pinnacle car seat do for you?

I don’t know who invented that Clicktight tech, but it’s a real lifesaver. In the meaning that you don’t have to have acrobatic skills to get it installed. Neither you need super strength. It’s simple and efficient.

From toddler age up until your child gets their license, this car seat will serve well. If you want to use the maximum out of the 5-point harness, you can do it until your child reaches 90 pounds. That’s unheard of in this industry.

The headrest can be easily adjusted. Plus, there’s no need to manually rethread the straps ever. This is a major selling point for me because I can never get it done. So I always had to ask my husband to help out. Not anymore. It’s automatic.

I have to mention the customer service. The team is exceptional. If you have any questions, do reach out, and they will sort you out quickly.

Now this car seat is heavy thanks to the steel frame. It offers the best protection possible. Besides the typical front and rear impact protection, the Pinnacle comes with side protection as well. They went overboard with it. Other brands have one or two protection layers; meanwhile, Britax has three.

It’s super comfortable, and it’s easy to sleep thanks to the recline options. The car seat is a bit higher than the rest, so your kiddo can see more.

Last but not least, I want to mention the fabric. It’s durable, washable, and keeps your child cool.

Britax Pinnacle shortcomings

There’s no such thing as the perfect car seat. I haven’t found one that doesn’t have flaws. I will share with you the flaws so you will get the full picture. Let’s dig in.

With all two in one solution, this car seat is heavy. After you have installed it, you won’t have the motivation to haul it from one car to the next.

It’s not just heavy but wide as well. 3 across is not possible.

Some parents reported that the seat tends to rattle. And in most cases, it happens when the seat is empty. I haven’t experienced it and thought I would still mention it.

One of the biggest issues with the Pinnacle is that it’s hard to get those straps tight. For some, even with the strength of Hulk, they didn’t manage to get it tight enough.

So these would be the shortcomings of the Pinnacle. What do you think are any of them deal-breakers? If not, let’s get to the next chapter.

How To Get The Most Out Of Britax Pinnacle ClickTight Booster Car Seat?

Once you get the car seat, you need to decide where you will install it. The safest place is in the middle of the car. Now I know for some this is not a good fit so here’s the second safest place which is behind the driver.

Once that’s decided, it’s time to install it. The Clicktight tech makes it super easy. Now, if you want to be on the safe side, ask a second opinion from a licensed professional. Here’s a good rule of thumb the wiggle room should be less than an inch.

Britax Pinnacle ClickTight Harness-2-Booster Car Seat Review

  • Finally a car seat that’s easy to install thanks to the ClickTight tech
  • It’s super comfortable even on long trips
  • Every child wants to feel big, so this is the ideal “big kido seat.”
  • It’s heavy and hard to move from car to car
  • These car seats are wide, so 3 across will not be possible

Conclusion for the Britax Pinnacle Review

As you have seen, this Britax car seat offers a lot of protection. It went above and beyond the minimum government laws. This is why your kids will be safe in case of an accident. Also, we shouldn’t forget about the flaws. This car seat is a lifer from toddler age to young kids; it will keep them safe.

We have reached the end of the Britax Pinnacle review. I hope you have learned a lot about this car seat if you feel that this is the right fit for you to get it as soon as possible because stocks are running low.

If you have tips and ideas, do share them below.

Catch you next time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Is Britax Pinnacle worth?

Yes Britax Pinnacle is worth it. It has three layers of side impact protection which is priceless in car crashes.

How long is Britax Pinnacle good for?

The Britax Pinnacle is good for 10 years after the date of manufature.

What is the difference between the Britax Pinnacle and Frontier?

There’s only one difference between the Britax Pinnacle and Frontier. The Britax Pinnacle has 3 layers of side impact protection while the frontier only has 2.

Does Britax Pinnacle recline?

Yes, the Britax Pinnacle has 2 recline positions.

What are the Britax Pinnacle G1.1 combination seats?

The Britax Pinnacle G1.1 combination seats are the first generation Britax car seats on the market. In the review above I didn’t use the Pinnacle G1.1 since it’s discontinued so I went with the latest one which is the pinnacle clicktight system.

What are the weight limits and height limits for these Britax combination seats?

For harness mode, the lower weight limit is 25 pounds. While the upper weight limits are 120 and 90 pounds for booster mode and harness mode. The height limits for top harness mode and booster mode are 62 inches. The harness height limit is 58 inches.

What kind of safety features does the Pinnacle harness-2-booster car seat have?

These car seats have many safety features so I will cherry pick the best. First up is the safecell technology this absorbs impact so your little one doesn’t get hut. Another safety feature would be the side impact cushion technology also known as side impact protection. The earlier Britax seats used the side impact cushion technology. T-bone accidents are quite common these days and the side impact cushion technology will provide extra protection against crash forces. Last but not least there’s the pinnacle clicktight installation system  These would be the most important safety features.

How do you install the Britax Pinnacle?

You can choose from harness mode or booster mode either way it’s easy to use. Also make sure you check out the manual first. These booster seats rely on the clicktight technology so it’s easy to install. You can use the latch system or the vehicle seat belt for the mounting. Even though it’s the clicktight system you can only use the latch anchors in harness mode. When you move to booster mode you have to remove the harness straps and use the vehicle seat belt.

What is the Britax pinnacle g1.1?

The Britax pinnacle g1.1 is the early version of this pinnacle harness-2 booster seat. It’s one of the best seats on the market. Plus it’s easy to clean. Sadly it can’t be used as an infant seat.

What kind of modes does this pinnacle combination car seat have?

Well, the pinnacle combination car seat has the following modes: harness booster car seat, high back booster seat. It’s one of the best seats on the market today and one of the best child safety seats on the market. It’s highly recommended by safety experts because of the high safety standards and high user ratings. The car seat base has great airflow.

How do you install this pinnacle child seat?

You can use the seat belt installation or the latch straps. Now the vehicle belt comes into play when your child is above 65 pounds. Typically seat belts are harder to install. In this case, the vehicle belt is fed through the belt path. You remove the slack and you’re done.

What kind of safety standards does this Britax Pinnacle car seat have?

It has a comfortable head rest that provides true side impact protection. The tether anchor and the tether straps prevent forward movement. The 5 point harness keeps your child safe. It’s a good idea to get seat protectors because kids are messy. Other features you might consider looking at are: harness position, vehicle seats, shoulder straps, harness adjuster, harness buckle.

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Last Updated on October 27, 2023 by Brian Beasley

Written by Linda Reid

Hey there, I'm Linda, a mom of three cool kids. I've tried so many car seats, you could call me a "Car Seat Detective." Searching for the perfect car seat can feel like finding a needle in a haystack, but don't worry! I've committed to researching and reviewing car seats that are super safe, cozy, and great for growing kids. Together, we'll find the perfect car seat that keeps your child safe and cozy, and makes you feel like a super-parent!