Graco Wayz Review – The Safest and Comfiest Car Seat?

Graco Wayz 3 in 1 Harness Booster Car Seat Review
It has good looks and offers quality of what else?

This car seat is super affordable. I was quite worried about getting a cheap car seat. So I asked a friend of mine who’s a police officer to share his thoughts.


He has seen his fair share of accidents. So I was curious about what does he have to say about getting a cheaper seat or blowing a lot on an expensive one.

His response surprised me, to say the least. He said that there’s not much difference in protection between a cheaper and an expensive car seat. If there were problems with a particular car seat, it would’ve been recalled. So there are only safe ones on the market.

So my next logical question was, why should I pay more if the protection is the same? This is where the main difference is. The expensive ones may offer more padding and might be more comfortable. Also, they might be easier to install.

That’s the difference. All in all, it’s perfectly safe to no shell out a bunch of money if a budget car seat is more affordable to you.

Before we get any further, let me give you a quick preview. This is the perfect car seat if you’re planning. It offers the popular 3 in 1 feature. This car seat can be transformed from a harness booster to a highback booster and eventually into a backless booster.

No more manual straps are rethreading. When you adjust the headrest, the straps get aligned as well. It’s light weight and portable. It also travels friendly—two cup holders. Plus, the fabric can be easily washed with your washing machine.

Let’s get this Graco Wayz 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 Graco Wayz 3 in 1 Harness Booster Car Seat?

This Graco seat is for kids who are older than three years old. And it’s for parents who want to save money in the long run by getting this car seat. It will grow with the child until it’s not needed.

Plus, it has a slim design, and you can do 3 across.

What can the Graco Wayz car seat do for you?

This is the most economical car seat for kids who are three and upward. Here are the main buying points. First of all, it’s lightweight so you can easily travel with it. Similarly, you can easily pop it in and out of cars.

There’s no 100+ page manual to read to assemble and install. There’s no assembly what so ever. The installation is fast and easy; you can get it done in three minutes or less.

Should I mention the looks? It looks cool kids love it. This car seat stands out from all those black and gray ones.

You know I have one kryptonite, and this is harness rethreading. I can’t do it. I usually have to ask my husband to do it for me. With this Graco, I don’t have to do it because it’s adjusted by the headrest. Since we’re talking about straps, here’s something you should know.

They are soft, so there’s no way that your little one would get burn marks in case of an accident.

The design is slim, and the base width is 19”. If you want to do 3 across, it can be done easily.

The installation is quite easy, thanks to the latch system. Best of all, you can’t get it wrong.

Graco Wayz shortcomings

Here’s my full disclaimer. I tried my best, and I’ve only managed to find a handful of things flawed with this Graco seat. Sorry to disappoint you. Either way, here we go.

The Graco Wayz car seat is modeled after the Ford T. It only comes in one color, which is red. You can choose to buy it or not. Those are your only options. A darker color is usually preferred if there are messy children, so stains aren’t an eyesore.

Many parents reported that their child got hot and sweated a lot. Probably the material isn’t that good in this regard.

They went overboard with the protection. Even as a parent, it is hard to press the release button. So no way your crafty one would be able to unbuckle.

So these would be the negatives. What do you think are they deal-breakers?

How To Get The Most Out Of Graco Wayz 3 in 1 Harness Booster Car Seat?

The Graco Wayz is front facing only. So after you got it, you need to decide where you will mount it. The safest position for your child is in the middle. I know for some that is not possible, so do for the second safest option. This would be behind the driver.

Now one of the biggest problems with car seats today is that they are not installed properly. Recent statistics show that 75% of all US car seats are not installed adequately. If the seat is not installed the right way, it won’t be able to do its job in case of a crash.

Even if it’s easy to install, you might want to get a second opinion just to be extra safe. The best person to turn to is a licensed professional.

Graco Wayz 3 in 1 Harness Booster Car Seat Review

  • It has a slim design and no assembly needed
  • It’s great value for the money since you can do three across with ease
  • No more manual rethreading of the straps
  • It’s like the Model T. You can have it in one red color
  • Many parents reported that their little one gets hot in this seat

Conclusion for the Graco Wayz  Review

As we have seen above, this is a great car seat for older kids. It’s slim and light so that you can do 3 across without issues. Plus, it grows with your child, so you don’t have to buy the next and the next car seat for each development stage. The price is quite okay; you’re getting a great deal. Also, it saves you money in the long run.

We have reached the end of the Graco Wayz  Review. I hope you found this article valuable. If you know that this car seat is a good fit, get it now. The stocks are running low, so don’t miss out.

Maybe you have used this car seat and have experience with it? Drop a comment below.

Catch you next time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Is Graco WAYZ FAA approved?

The Graco Wayz is FAA approved only in harness mode.

What is the difference between Graco WAYZ and Tranzitions?

There’s is no significant difference between the Graco Wayz and Graco Tranzitions. The only thing that differs is the color. The Wayz comes only in red and the Graco Tranzitions has three options. Otherwise, they are the same. If you want to read the full comparison Wayz vs Graco Trazitions you can do it here.

How wide is the Graco WAYZ?

The Graco Wayz is 19 inches wide.

Who is the Graco Tranzitions Wayz car seat for?

The Graco Tranzitions Wayz car seat is 3 years old, 4 years old and 7 years old kids.

What are the weight limits for the Graco Tranzitions Wayz?

First of all the Graco Tranzitions Wayz seat weight is 17 pounds. The bpb weight limits are 30-100 pounds. The ff weight limits are 100 pounds. The seat height is 26.5 inches.

What kind of safety features does the Graco Tranzitions Wayz?

The Graco Tranzitions Wayz has energy absorbing foam eps. They have passed all the safety standards. It comes with side impact protection and full body support. The 5 point harness keeps your child in the seat no matter what. By checking the state laws you will always be in the clear. It has a locking clip for the seat belt. It comes with a tether anchor for extra safety. It has earned high crash test ratings and was nominated for a safety award. The seat belt path is easy to use.

How do you clean the Graco Tranzitions Wayz?

The Graco wayz cover removal is easy. After that, you throw it in the washing machine and it will be good as new in no time.

Which is the best solution for an all-in-one car seat or backless booster car seat?

It depends on the age of your child. If they are small it might be a good idea to go with the all-in-one car seats because that gives you the most value for the money. If they are older you can choose a high back booster seat or a backless booster seat. High back boosters are known to be cheap and light. Also, highback boosters are a great choice for older kids. Backless booster seats are the last seat you will ever have to use. The backless booster seat are also known as simply just boosters. The high back booster seat taps out at 100 pounds while the backless boosters at 120 pounds. Other features worth checking out: harness straps, seat pad, bottom harness slot, harness slot, harness system.

How do you install the wayz Graco car seat?

There’s only one way which is the vehicle seat belt. With these belt guides you install it just as any regular car seat.

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!