Car Seat Showdown: Chicco MyFit Vs Britax Frontier Comparison
The SUV got sandwiched between two other SUVs while two kids were in the back…
There’s nothing to do about accidents. In most cases, it’s not your fault. Some reckless people run red lights, and there are drunk drivers. The only thing to do is to have the best protection possible.
Stick with me, and in a bit, I will tell you which one of these car seats was tested in a real crash. You have probably seen those lab tests.
Nothing prepares you for the real deal.
Here’s the bird’s eye view of the Chicco MyFit. It offers excellent protection for your child. There are no more floppy head issues.
Here’s the bird’s eye view of the Britax Frontier. It’s a safe car seat, and your kiddos are protected until they don’t need it. A 5-point harness will keep them safe.
Direct Comparison Chicco MyFit Vs Britax Frontier
|Safety|| EPS energy-absorbing foam
Duo Guard Protection
| Impact Absorbing Base
3 Layer Protection
|Size Limits||Harness Mode: 25-65 Booster Mode: 40-100 57”||Harness Mode: 25-90 Booster Mode: 40-120 62”|
|Installation||Lock Sure||Grow with You ClickTight|
|Fabric/Material||Machine Washable||Machine Washable|
|Cup Holder||2 Built In||2 Built In|
Breaking it down
The table above is my checklist whenever I’m looking at a new car seat. Everything is organized by priority. If you like it, you can copy it.
The first thing that I always check is the safety features. We’re talking about the life of kids, so there’s no reason to skimp out on it. Get the best that you can afford. The next item on the list is the size limit. Now, this is good to know so you can budget when you have to upgrade.
Also, this is the best place to save money. If you’re getting a few years’ worth of usage, then it’s money well spent. Installation is super important as well. Since I’ve tried and tested so many car seats, I can tell you that some of them are a real pain. And there are a few that are two men job.
The last in importance is the material, how easy it is to remove, and how easy it is to clean. Kids will be kids, so there will be spills and accidents.
Let’s get this Chicco MyFit Vs Britax Frontier comparison started. Just one more thing…
I have something special for you in the end. I have compiled a quick pros/cons list. The things I’ve found are quite interesting, to say the least.
Safety is the #1 thing that I check, and you should too. Now there is no such thing as a bad car seat. Because if there are issues, they are immediately recalled. Here’s something that most brands won’t tell you. There are car seats that barely pass the government rules. And there are those who not only pass but go beyond.
Luckily both car seats are in the latter category. They went the extra mile when it came to safety.
Chicco MyFit Booster Car Seat
You can end up in the ER if you pick the wrong car seat. And it’s not the reason why you would think.
My cousins have a boy who has breathing problems. If something blocks his airways, he ends up in the ER. Now here’s the thing there’s a problem with many of these car seats.
The headrest is not sufficiently tilted, so the head flops. With any normal child, this isn’t a problem. With my cousin’s son, it’s a big deal. Because if his head flops during sleep, he ends up in the hospital. They have tried and tested a bunch of car seats. And Chicco Myfit was the winner. They can drive safely without constantly looking in the mirror to see if their son is still breathing.
The frame is made out of steel to give the most protection possible. It has energy-absorbing foam, which takes the impact and protects your child in the meantime. The 5-point harness will keep your kiddo safe and snug. Of course, it has double-side protection.
Britax Frontier Booster Car Seat
This has happened with some friends of ours. They were in their SUV and stopped at a red light. The two kids 5 and 7 were well off in the back. Then suddenly another SUV rear-ended them going 50 mph.
The impact was so hard that both cars traveled 20 feet. They stopped when the duo rammed into another SUV. In that accident, two SUVs were totaled. Airbags exploded doing their job. Glass shards were everywhere.
The destruction was unbelievable. And you know what happened with the kids in the back? They were safe because of the Britax Frontier car seats. They were shaken up because of the accident, but they were unharmed.
The Britax Frontier has a steel frame, and this has kept the kids safe. Plus, the base absorbed most of the impact energy. The 5 point harness, which is slowly becoming the standard, kept them in their seat during the ordeal. The rear protection didn’t come into play in this accident, but it’s good to know that there are three layers.
Let’s face it. These car seats are expensive. So if you want to save money, this is the secret of how to do it. Get a car seat that lasts for a few years. The difference between them is just a few dollars more, but that will give you months of usage.
Chicco MyFit Harness Booster Car Seat
The Chicco Myfit has two functions. It’s a harness and a booster seat at the same time. So this car seat caters to small kids and pre-teen children. The harness mode is good until they reach 65 pounds. And the booster mode will be good until they get to 100 pounds or 57”.
That’s a lot of years of use.
Britax Frontier Harness Booster Car Seat
The Britax Frontier is similar to the Chicco Myfit. It has a harness mode and a booster mode at the same time. The only difference is that you get a lot more mileage out of it.
So from small children until they get their driver’s license, this car seat is good.
The harness mode top limit is set to 90 pounds, which is a lot more than Chicco. The booster mode is limited to 120 pounds or 62”. From the booster seat, your child will go to the driver seat.
This is where the rubber meets the road. If a car seat is hard to install, then it tends to be installed badly. According to a recent survey, 75% of car seats in the US are installed incorrectly. When the mounting is not correct, then the seat won’t be able to do what it was designed to do.
Chicco MyFit Car Seat
If you’re accustomed to a certain way Chicco does the installation, there’s some difference from the smaller models.
Now you have to lift the backrest, and there you will find the latches. You pull them out and connect them. After that, you pull on the straps. Once it’s tight and snug, you’re put back on the backrest. That’s it.
Also, you can secure it with the seatbelt. You will have to raise the backrest run the belt through make it tight and close the backrest. It’s super simple, and you can’t get it wrong.
Britax Frontier Car Seat
The installation for the Britax Frontier is very similar to the Chicco Myfit. The only difference is that you will pop the seat up. The rest of the procedure is the same.
It’s easy and intuitive. And again, you can’t get this wrong.
This is the last thing I check before I get a new car seat. Kids are messy, and they always tend to spill something. Also, if you have younglings, they are prone to accidents. This is why it’s super important to know how easy it is to remove the fabric. And how can you wash it? Some brands only allow spot cleaning. Which is ideal for bigger kids but smaller ones no.
Since both brands are similar, I won’t create a separate section for them. This way, I won’t bore you by repeating myself.
The Britax Frontier and the Chicco Myfit work similarly. Cover removal is easy. To be on the safe side, check the manual. In most cases, issues arise when it’s time to put it back.
Both materials are machine washable. And to get the most mileage out of them, it’s best to air dry.
As for the washing machine, it’s a good idea to use a mild program and cold water.
Bonuses and Features
In this last section, I usually take a look at the minor features. Sometimes my comparisons are a tie. And the tiebreaker is hidden in the smallest features.
To make these seats as comfortable as possible, they need to be reclined. The Chicco has 4 recline positions, so no wonder my cousin’s son was safe and comfortable while the Britax Frontier only has two options.
Now the headrest is adjustable as well. Both brands have 9 levels of adjustments.
The most important part of any car seat is the cupholder. Both brands have two of them, and they are built in. For smaller children can put a drink in one and toys in the second one.
Best of all, neither of the car seats has a rethread harness. This means that you won’t have to manually rethread the straps. I hate that with a passion.
To keep the kids as comfortable as possible and not to overheat the fabric is breathable. Both the Chicco Myfit and the Britax Frontier is like that.
Chicco MyFit Harness + Booster Car Seat
Britax Frontier ClickTight Harness-2-Booster Car Seat
The rest of the categories were a tie.
Chicco MyFit Vs Britax Frontier Verdict
Now we have a clear winner. The Britax Frontier tends to deliver on all major fronts. Even if the safety features look the same, it has been crash-tested. The Britax Frontier has saved the life of two kids. Not only that, but they also walked away from a horrible accident.
Now when it comes to mileage, the Britax Frontier is better than the Chicco Keyfit. You will be able to use the Britax Frontier for longer both in harness and booster mode. This is where the Chicco Myfit lost ground.
In the other categories, they faired similarly.
We have reached the end of the Britax Frontier vs Chicco MyFit. I hope that this article made clear, which is the best car seat for you. Now it’s your turn. Get the best solution soon because the stocks are running empty.
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Catch you next time!
- Toddler to Big Kid: Easily transition from harness to belt-positioning booster as your child grows
- Easy installation: Patented ClickTight makes car seat installation as simple as buckling a seat belt
- No rethreading, ever: Quick-adjust 9-position harness with headrest for a comfortable, secure fit
- Duo Guard 2-layers Rigid Shell with energy absorbing steel reinforcement PLUS 2 Zones Side Impact protection for Head & Torso
- Rest assured with 4-Position true recline and 9-Position headrest to support proper posture for every car ride
- Lock Sure belt-tightening system helps achieve a secure installation with vehicle seat belt
Frequently Asked Questions about Britax Frontier vs Chicco MyFit
Is Britax or Chicco better?
Britax has more car seats to choose from. Chicco has some cool-looking car seats. Which is better well check out my comparison between Britax vs Chicco car seats.
How much does the Chicco MyFit weigh?
The Chicco Myfit weight is 25 pounds.
Does the Britax Frontier Clicktight recline?
Yes, the Britax Frontier Clicktight has 2 recline positions to choose from.
What’s a convertible car seat?
A convertible car seat means that you can have multiple modes. For example, any of the combination seats above can be used as a high-back booster car seat and as a booster seat. Some can be used as a belt-positioning booster seat. So if it has more than one function it can be called a convertible. These booster seats are top-of-the-line. A convertible car seat can be called a combination car seat as well.
What is the weight limit for the frontier clicktight combination harness and the Chicco car seat?
The weight limit for the Frontier is 120 pounds while the weight limit for Chicco is 100 pounds. Even though the Frontier has a bigger weight limit it doesn’t mean it’s the best. The weight range starts out similar for the Frontier it’s 25-120 pounds and for the Chicco is 25-100 pounds.
How safe are these car seats?
They both offer vehicle seat-side impact protection. What you need to know is that side impact protection is an absolute must. The human body wasn’t designed to handle this type of impact so we need a bit of help. When it comes to child safety seats these two are winners. They both have passed the harsh crash tests. They are packed with safety features. Pick a safety feature and it will speak for itself. The more layers of side impact protection the car seat has the safer your child be. Both companies have high safety standards.
What kind of installation system do these car seats have?
First of all, they both have an easy installation system no matter if you pick the seat belt or the latch system. The Britax Frontier comes with a clicktight installation. This is the latest thing from Britax. With the clicktight installation, they made the mounting effortless. Before you get to the installation check out the bubble level so it’s in the right position. The Clicktight system makes the vehicle seat belt installation a breeze. You feed the seat belt through the right seat belt path and you close the lid and you’re done. The Chicco car seat doesn’t have a fancy helper for the seat belt. You have to remove the slack and tighten the seat belt manually. The latch system on the other hand is easy to use. All you have to do is connect the latch connectors to the latch anchors. There’s a bit of a tightening system needed to get the right fit.
How comfortable are these car seats?
They have done an amazing job in the comfort department. They come with adjustable headrest heights. The harness straps and the shoulder straps are padded so they won’t scratch your child’s neck. The shoulder pads are designed well so they don’t bother the passengers. They both have two cup holders. The headrest adjustment is linked to the harness adjustment so there’s no rethreading during a car ride. The harness height and the harness range are different for both the Chicco taps out at 57″ and the frontier at 62″.
Last Updated on October 27, 2023 by Brian Beasley