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SITS Fav SEAT

Graco 4Ever DLX Grad

In the past, we have made it known that the 4Ever seats are not SITS favorites due to the bulky backless booster mode. But now, with their 4Ever DLX Grad, Graco has added a 5th mode, with a seat belt trainer that’s very similar to the Graco Right Guide. This is a very low-profile backless booster that we really like. This version also features SnugLock, which makes the installation in the rear and forward-facing harness modes very simple.

Seat is good for you if
  • You have tall front-seat passengers and/or a vehicle with limited back seat space.
  • You travel internationally with your children.
  • You want to skip an infant seat.
Use caution if you
  • You need to fit 3 people in one row of the vehicle.
  • You want to use just one seat from birth until the child fits properly in the seat belt.
Stand-out features
  • Easy installation with the SnugLock lock-off
  • Seat Belt Trainer
  • Rapid Remove Cover
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Graco
4Ever DLX
Grad
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399.98

Our Review of the 

Graco 4Ever DLX Grad

In the past, we have made it known that the 4Ever seats are not SITS favorites due to the bulky backless booster mode. But now, with their 4Ever DLX Grad, Graco has added a 5th mode, with a seat belt trainer that’s very similar to the Graco Right Guide. This is a very low-profile backless booster that we really like. This version also features SnugLock, which makes the installation in the rear and forward-facing harness modes very simple.

Age

Our recommendation: From birth until the seat is outgrown (average 10-12 years old)

Type

A 5-in-1 car seat that can be used rear-facing, forward-facing, in high back booster mode, in backless booster mode, and in belt trainer mode

When

From birth or after you’ve used an infant seat for a few months

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SITS checks manufactures and retailers daily to ensure these are the lowest prices available for these models.
Graco
4Ever DLX
Grad
Buy Now
399.98
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Stand Out Features of this Car Seat

Easy installation with the SnugLock lock-off

This is an easy car seat to install. All you have to do is open the SnugLock lock-off, thread the vehicle seatbelt through the correct belt path, gently remove any obvious slack, and close the SnugLock lock-off. And that’s it!

Seat Belt Trainer

This is a very unique feature. Graco has previously sold this separately as the Graco RightGuide. It’s made for older kids who still need a booster, but it looks more grown-up. It’s far better than the 4Ever’s bulky backless booster mode. It has a 50-pound minimum, so it’s definitely geared towards older kids, and the 60″ height maximum is the highest that Graco has ever had. We love to see this as, in reality, we have found that only around 50% of kids pass the 5-Step Test at 57″.

Rapid Remove Cover

It’s very easy to take off the cover without even uninstalling the seat, thanks to the Rapid Remove Cover feature. Great for quick clean-ups!

Seat is good for you if 

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You have tall front-seat passengers and/or a vehicle with limited back seat space.

The Graco 4Ever DLX Grad is a fairly compact option front to back when you have it as upright as possible. If you are using it from birth, it will take up more space, though, since it has to be more reclined.

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You travel internationally with your children.

A car seat must be locked in place for safe installation, and outside of the US and Canada, vehicle seatbelts typically don’t have the same locking mechanism as US and Canadian vehicles do. But the great thing about the Graco 4Ever DLX Grad is that it has a built-in seat belt lock-off! This means you don’t need to worry about using a locking clip when traveling internationally. This seat will easily install in any vehicle that has seat belts! Contact the car seat manufacturer for a free locking clip.

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You want to skip an infant seat.

We’ve found this seat fits newborns pretty well! If you are expecting a smaller-than-average baby or a preemie, we would still recommend an infant seat instead, as that will have a better fit.

Use caution if

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You need to fit 3 people in one row of the vehicle.

The Graco 4Ever DLX Grad seat is 18″ wide. Many vehicles cannot accommodate a car seat this size in a 3-across configuration. Plus, once you get to the high back and backless modes, it would be difficult for the child to buckle themselves in. The seat belt trainer mode, however, does fit very well in most 3-across situations.

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You want to use just one seat from birth until the child fits properly in the seat belt.

If you use this seat from birth, there is a chance that it will expire before your child fits into the adult seat belt without a booster since it only lasts 10 years. Most of the time, the seat is a few months old already when you buy it. Kids need a booster until 10-12, depending on when they pass the 5-Step Test. This means that if you use it from birth and your child does not fit properly in the seat belt when it expires, you will need to buy a backless booster. The good news is that a backless booster is very inexpensive.

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Quirks to be aware of

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The cupholders are required.

Once the cupholders are clicked into place correctly, they can’t easily be removed! They must always be attached when the car seat is in use.

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It has some unusual rules for forward-facing

For kids under 25# who are forward-facing, you must use recline 4, AND you must use the lumbar support cushion. Hopefully, none of you are planning on forward-facing a 25-pound child, though, since the seat does have a 40 pound rear-facing limit. When your forward-facing child is above 50 pounds, the seat must be installed with recline 6, so make sure you pay attention to this rule when your child is getting close to that weight!

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Rear-facing insert limit

Unlike most of the inserts found on other Graco convertible car seats, the inserts on this seat have a limit. The head and back support can only be used until the child is 20 pounds. The lumbar support can be used anytime rear-facing but must be used forward-facing until the child is over 25 pounds, at which point it must be removed.

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Airplane Use

The Graco 4Ever DLX Grad is an FAA-approved car seat. At 24 pounds, it is not the lightest option available if you want a seat that has a seat belt lock-off, but it would work for international travel. For help with all things airplane travel and car seats, check out our Wheels Up Course and private Facebook group.

SITS Bottom Line

If you want a seat that will last for most of the time your child needs a car seat, the Graco 4Ever DLX Grad could be a good option. We recommend either starting with an infant seat or keeping in mind that you will likely need a backless booster for your child once this seat is outgrown. Out of the 4Ever versions, this would be our favorite, thanks to the seat belt trainer. We do still think that the backless booster mode is very bulky, and we don’t care for that mode of use, though it’s a perfectly safe option. Depending on your child’s weight, you may be able to skip that mode anyway and go straight from the high-back booster to the seat belt trainer.

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Graco
4Ever DLX
Grad
Buy Now
399.98

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Specifications

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4Ever DLX

Product Information

Weight: 24lbs

Width: 18"

Highest Harness Height: 18.5"

Rear Facing Limits

Height: 49"

Weight: 4-40lbs

Head Height Rules: at least 1″ below the headrest adjuster handle

Lower Anchor Connectors Weight Limit: 40 lbs

Forward-Facing Limits

Height: 49"

Weight: 22-65lbs

Head Height Rules: ears must be below the top of the headrest

Lower Anchor Connectors Weight Limit: 45lbs

No Back Booster Limits

Height: 43-57"

Weight: 40-120lbs

Head Height Rules: child must have vehicle head support to at least the top of their ears

Belt Trainer Limits

Height: 43-60

Weight: 50-120

Highest Belt Guide Settings

20.5"

High Back Booster Limits

Height: 43-57"

Weight: 40-100lbs

Head Height Rules: ears must be below the top of the headrest

Other Important Details

Newborn Fit

fits from birth

Expiration Limit

10 years

Crash Replacement Policy

replace after any crash

Harness

no-rethread

Lock-off

yes

Vehicle Seat Protectors

This brand allows a mat or thin towel or blanket