Evenflo Maestro Sport Review – Cheap, but is it safe enough?

Evenflo Maestro Sport Harness Booster Car Seat, Crestone Peaks
It’s super easy to install if a 59-year-old granny can do it…

 

This is one of the biggest problems with car seats. They are so complicated. Even if you managed to figure out what goes where you will probably need the strength of Hulk to make it tight.

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This is where the Evenflo Maestro Sport comes into play. If a granny manages to fix the car seat, then anybody can do it.

Here’s a heads up don’t expect any miracles from this car seat. It’s less than $100, so it’s on the cheap side. Your child will be safe. If there would be any concerns, then you would’ve heard about recalls.

Another good to know the info is that this car seat is front facing only. If you are looking for rear-facing than I saved you a lot of time. If you’re still with me, let’s go on.

Before we get any further, let me give you a quick preview. As you have seen from the pictures, you can tell that this isn’t for infants. This car seat comes with two-mode depending on your child’s age and height. You can choose from booster mode or harness.

This car seat is good for kids from 22-110 pounds. So this car seat will serve you for the years to come.

 

Let’s get this Evenflo Maestro Sport 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 Evenflo Maestro Sport Harness Booster Car Seat for?

This is a light car seat which is perfect for parents on the budget or who are traveling. It’s easy to install, and since it’s light, you can carry it through the airport. It’s FAA-approved car seat.

Far cheaper to get this car seat, then rely on the uncomfortable ones provided by rentals.

What can the Evenflo Maestro Sports car seat do for you?

To my surprise, this car seat was super comfy. The kids loved it at first sight. When I’m reviewing a car seat, I base my expertise on multiple sources. For example, the Evenflo Maestro Sports car seat has a high safety rating.

Remember the good old days when you had to manually rethread the straps if you had another child in the seat or you had different clothing on? There’s no such thing with this car seat. Everything is done automatically. As soon as you adjust the hight, the straps follow along.

If your child is old enough, they can strap themselves in. The design is so good that kids can’t unbuckle by accident. The 5 point harness keeps them safe no matter what.

This car seat is long-lasting. It will be a good travel companion for three or more years. Now that’s what I call great value for money.

Evenflo Maestro Sports car seat shortcomings

Do expensive or cheap car seats get the most complaints? From my experience, cheap ones get the least because people don’t have high expectations for them. So let’s see what are the hangups for the Evenflo Maestro Sports car seat.

The biggest problem that most parents faced was that the instructional manual is bad. I mean, there are certain things you need to do in a certain order, and the manual says it otherwise. For example, you have to adjust the straps first and then mount the car seat.

The perfect solution would be a detailed video. If manufacturers would have a video library, refunds and complaints would be minimal. I wonder why don’t they make them?

There’s no beating around the bush;. It’s a cheap car seat. And you can feel it, and you can see it. Certain parts are made out of cheap plastic. This could be a turn off for some.

Here’s something that bothered parents, and this is the lack of head tilting. When your child falls asleep and drops his head down, you know that they are uncomfortable. Sadly there’s nothing to do about it besides having a small pillow?

There was some complaint about the cupholder. Well, I was surprised that it was included at this low price. Kids can and will knock it off, and it will be rolling around in the car until you stop and pick it up. There’s a simple solution for it. You need to screw it in.

Last but not least, I want to mention that a parent reported that seat is more for small girls than boys. And he didn’t mention this because of the color. I haven’t seen this issue.

Are you still with me? Good, let’s continue.

 

How To Get The Most Out Of Evenflo Maestro Sport Harness Booster Car Seat?

This is a front-facing only car seat. So your child has to be at least two years old. As you know, the back facing mode is the safest seating arrangement since this seat is meant for a bigger child than you can still pick the safest spot.

And the safest place to put your car seat is in the middle. Now there for some, this would be problematic. Here’s the second safest place, which is on the driver’s side.

The Evenflo Maestro Sport is a great value for the money. You’re not just getting one but two functions. If your child is big enough, it can serve as a booster seat.  All this for less than $100.

If you are traveling, this car seat is a great companion since it’s light and comfy. Also, it’s cheaper to have this than relying on those bad and expensive rentals.

Evenflo Maestro Sport Harness Booster Car Seat, Crestone Peaks

Pros
  • It’s so easy to use that a 59-year-old grandma can install it
  • It’s good for many years and eventually will end up as a booster seat
  • The price is unbeatable you’re getting great value for the money
Cons
  • The instructional manuals are not the best videos would be better
  • There’s no tilting so its uncomfortable for the head

 

Conclusion for the Evenflo Maestro Sport Review

It’s said that cheap car seats are not good. This Evenflo Maestro Sport proves those theories wrong. If there were issues, they would’ve been recalled or discontinued a long time ago.

And these car seats are comfortable. The only problem would be the lack of tilt. Otherwise, kids love it.

We have reached the of this Evenflo Maestro Sport review. If you have found your questions answered, you can go ahead and buy it.

If you have experience with this car seat, do share with the rest of us.

Catch you next time.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is Evenflo Maestro FAA approved?

Yes the Evenflo Maestor is FAA approved.

Does the Evenflo Maestro recline?

No there’s no decline for the Evenflo Maestro.

Is Evenflo a good car seat brand?

Yes the Evenflo is a good car seat brand it’s on the cheap side though.

How many cup holders does the Evenflo Maestro belt-positioning booster seat has?

With the Evenflo Maestro you’re getting two cup holders. These cup holders can be used for drinks and toys. Young darlings will love them because they can stuff these cup holders full with stuff.

How can you install these Evenflo booster seats?

This car seat can be installed with the latch system or with the vehicle belt. The seat belt is quite easy to install. All you have to do is utilize the belt guide or the belt path. In booster mode you can use the belt path or the belt guide. In highback booster mode it’s advised to use the shoulder belt guide. When you reach the highback booster mode it means that will be the last configuration before your child can go car seat free. The high back booster mode relies only on the seat belt. Also, it’s good to know that the latch system is not used above 65 pounds. Also, some car seats offer backless boosters. The booster weight is just 9.6 pounds. There’s no separate seat weight. The crotch buckle is adjustable so it’s comfortable for your child. Even at this stage, the Evenflo booster car seat has an adjustable crotch buckle.

Was the Evenflo maestro harness booster tested for side impact?

Yes, it has. It has protection against side impact. It has passed all the crash test standard and state laws.

What are the weight limits of this Evenflo booster seat?

For the Evenflo booster seat the weight limit is set between 22 pounds and 110 pounds. So any child who is at least 2 years old or 4 years old can ride in it.  The booster mode starts after 50 pounds. Yes this booster car seat taps out at 50 while others at 65.

Is it an infant car seat or it’s one of those all-in-one car seats?

Neither of them it’s a booster car seat. This car seat is suited for airplane travel. For protection, it offers a child restraint headrest.

Is the fabric machine washable?

Yes the cover is machine washable. The car seat pad is easily removable for the wash.

Does it grow with my child?

Yes the harness slots are exactly for that. By adjusting the harness slots you will be able to make it comfortable for your child. The harness adjustment was developed exactly for that purpose.

Is there an alternative booster car seat?

The Graco nautilus snuglock pops into mind as an alternative booster car seat. You can check out the review over here. It’s a good alternative back booster. There were no rollover tests for either of them. The harness straps with the chest clips are adjustable.

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