The Diono Radian 3RXT was a life saver for me recently. I had a huge problem, my home daycare was about to grow by one and my car is small. On top of all that, I have to drive my daughter to nursery school every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The solution was to buy a new vehicle and third car seat to be able to accomplish this. The situation was a bit desperate, as the change was only a matter of weeks away.
I went to visit my friend one day and she suggested that I look into the Diono Radian 3RXT, as they were the original 3 across car seat. So, with a great relief that I wouldn’t need to rush out to buy a minivan tomorrow, I set about on my journey to get 3 of these exact car seats.
They are fantastic in a lot of ways. The straps are easy to tighten and loosen, they have a memory foam cushioned seat, and they are air line approved. Those are just a few of the awesome features of this car seat. What really sold me were these three features:
- 10 Year Lifespan of Car Seat,
- Versatility Throughout Life Span, and;
- Fits 3 Car Seats Across.
10 Year Lifespan of Diono Radian 3RXT Car Seat.
As far as I know there are not many car seats that, like the Diono Radian 3RXT, have a lifespan over 8 years. Because it is so hard to find a car seat with a long lifespan (10 years is long), this was like the heavens opened and shone a light down on the Diono Radian 3RXT.
The original car seat I had in my Jeep was the Evenflo Triumph (which I was sold on because the crank style strap tightener) and the lifespan on this one is 6 years. Which, had I used the Evenflo Triumph from the birth of my daughter we would the car seat would expire before we outgrew it. As you can imagine the 10 year life span was pretty appealing. I will not ever have to buy another car seat again because the Diono Radian lasts so long and takes us through all the stages. Which perfectly leads to the next great feature of this car seat.
Versatility Throughout Lifespan.
Where most car seats are 3 stages, the Diono Radian 3RXT is a 4-in-one car seat. That means it goes from rear-facing to booster and that means (provided there are no accidents) only one car seat would ever need to be purchased. 10-year lifespan plus covers all stages? That equals a win!
Another car seat that offers the same two features as the Diono Radian 3RXT is the Graco 4Ever. Fortunately, it is a little bit cheaper (by approx $100). However, it is also much more bulky. I like to refer to these car seats as rocket ships because of the amount of space they take up. That is all well and fine if you have one kid to cart around. It’s a whole different story when there are three and a small car!
The need for a third car seat or a new vehicle brings up the next great feature of the Diono Radian 3RXT.
Fits 3 Diono Radians Across.
Definitely this was the biggest selling point and the whole reason I went with this brand. I drive a Jeep Compass, not exactly the biggest car around. At first, the decision was to buy a new vehicle, which seemed unnecessarily expensive. Then, I had that fateful conversation with my friend who suggested I look at Diono Car Seats. After all, they are the original sits 3 across car seat. Without much consideration, I began to look for a Diono Raian 3RXT. Luckily, we didn’t have to buy a whole new vehicle! As promised, when I went to install them to my glee all three car seats fit across the back of my tiny Jeep.
If you find yourself in a similar situation (small car – needs a third car seat) I hope you consider this car seat. Of all the car seats we have had (there has been a few) I like the Diono Radian 3RXT the best. They are pretty sleek car seats and totally worth extra money you might spend on one. Plus, in the long run you save money because this car seat will take you from infancy through to booster!