- What Are The Differences Between The Graco Triride 3-in-1 And The Extend2fit 3-in-1?
- Table: Graco TriRide 3-in-1 VS Extend2Fit Specifications
- NHTSA Ease-of-Use Rating
- Tables: General Features Comparison – Graco TriRide VS Extend2Fit 3-in-1
- In-Depth Analysis of Graco Triride 3-in-1 vs Extend2Fit – Which is The Winner?
- Wrap Up: Final Decision Making
What Are The Differences Between The Graco Triride 3-in-1 And The Extend2fit 3-in-1?
The Gracos TriRide and Extend2Fit are both 3-in-1 car seats that can be used in three-seat modes – rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster seat, affording long-term usage for your child over ten years (expiration).
What then is the difference between these car seats?
The Graco Triride 3-in-1 car seat comes as a single model offering its unique features in one single product line, unlike the Extend2Fit, which comes in four product lines – the Extend2Fit 2-in-1, Extend2Fit 3-in-1, Extend2Fit Platinum 3-in-1, and 4Ever Extend2Fit 4-in-1 (includes backless booster seat mode).
Furthermore, the Extend2Fit 3-in-1, as the name goes, offers more extended usage in rear-facing (4 lbs. – 50 lbs.) and an adjustable extension panel that provides additional legroom of up to 5 inches for your baby.
Other significant differences between the Triride vs Extend2fit include the following:
- The Triride car seat is lighter in weight than the Extend2Fit by 3 lbs. (17.2 lbs. < 20.61 lbs).
- The Triride lacks easier installation features such as the InRight LATCH attachment and integrated belt lock-off, which are present in the Extend2Fit.
- The Extend2Fit, on the other hand, has more ease-of-use features, albeit at a higher price.
Continue reading to learn more in detail about the differences and similarities in both car seats, which can help you make insightful decisions based on the following:
- Ease-of-use ratings
- Safety and crash tests
- Budget, pricing, and needs assessment.
Table: Graco TriRide 3-in-1 VS Extend2Fit Specifications
|Specifications||TritRide 3-in-1||Extend2Fit 3-in-1|
|Product dimension (inches)||20D X 23.25H X 19W||20.75D X 24.5H X 19.0W|
|Product weight||17.2 lbs. (relatively lightweight)||20.61 lbs.|
|Seat modes||3-in-1||Platinum 3-in-1,|
4Ever® Extend2Fit® 4-in-1
|Extension panel (extra legroom)||❌||✔|
|Recommended weight range||5 – 100 lbs.||4 – 120 lbs.|
|Recommended height limit||57 in||57 in|
|Rear-facing weight limit||min. 5 lbs.; max. 40 lbs.||min. 4 lbs.; max. 50 lbs. (extended usage in RF)|
|Rear-facing height limit||min. 19 in.; max. 40 in.||min. 19 in.; max. 49 in. (extended usage in RF)|
|Forward-facing weight limit||min. 22 lbs.; max. 65 lb.||min. 22 lbs.; max. 65 lb.|
|Forward-facing height limit||min. 29 in.; max. 49 in.||min. 29 in.; max. 49 in.|
Highback booster seat weight limit
|min. 40 lbs.; max. 100 lbs.||min. 40 lbs.; max. 100 lbs.|
|Backless booster seat weight limit||❌||4Ever Extend2Fit 4-in-1|
min. 40 lbs.; max. 120 lbs.
|Booster seat height limit||min. 43 in.; max. 57 in.||min. 43 in.; max. 57 in.|
|Price||Check on Amazon||Check on Amazon|
|Price||Check on Walmart||Check on Walmart|
NHTSA Ease-of-Use Rating
The National Highway Transport and Safety Agency (NHTSA) provides a simple evaluation of car seats based on how easy it is to use different features in different modes. There is an overall ease-of-use rating for each seat to help you make a quick and informed decision.
This rating is based on four categories:
- Evaluation of Instructions
- Vehicle Installation Features
- Evaluation of Labels
- Securing the child
- 5 Stars = Excellent features
- 4 Stars = Above-average features
- 3 Stars = Average features
- 2 Stars = Below-average features
- 1 Star = Poor features
- N/A = Does not contain any features that require a rating
|Rear-facing – overall rating||⭐⭐⭐⭐||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|Forward-facing – overall rating||⭐⭐⭐⭐||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|Booster – overall rating||⭐⭐⭐⭐||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
Tables: General Features Comparison – Graco TriRide VS Extend2Fit 3-in-1
|Side Impact Protection||✔||✔|
|5-point Harness System||✔||✔|
|Exceeds federal safety standards||✔||✔|
|Crash tested||✔|| ✔ |
|IIHS rating for Booster seat mode||✔✔ Best Bet||✔✔ Best Bet|
|LATCH/LUAS/ISOFIX system||✔ – standard J-hook LATCH system|
✔ + InRight™ LATCH attachment – easier installation with LATCH
|Safety seat belt|
✔ – standard method
The 4Ever Extend2Fit 4-in-1 features the Integrated belt lock-off – easier installation with belt
|Fits 3 Across Back Seat||❌||❌|
|Extension panel (extra legroom)||❌||✔|
(to hold harness back while getting your child out of the seat)
|Harness adjustment||✔ Simply Safe Adjust™ Harness System||✔ Simply Safe Adjust™ Harness System|
|No-rethreading of harness||✔||✔|
|Car seat cover||✔ Easy to remove||✔ Easy to remove|
✔✔ the Extend2Fit Platinum 3-in-1 features the Rapid Remove cover (easier)
|Headrest adjustment||10 positions||10 positions|
|Recline positions||6 positions||6 positions|
|Recline Level Indicator||Ball||Bubble (easier to read)|
|Rear-facing recline position|
|Forward-facing recline position|
|Booster seat recline position|
|Removable cups||2 (round)||2 (square)|
Comfortability of a Child
|Soft plush fabric||✔||✔|
|Removable newborn inserts||2||2|
Longevity, Suitability, and Compatibility
|Longevity & Suitability features||TriRide||SlimFit|
|Expiration||10 years (from Date of Manufacture)||10 years (from Date of Manufacture)|
|FAA Approved (RF & FF only)||✔||✔|
|Suitable country by law||USA||USA|
|Vehicle compatibility||Compatible with mid-size, full-size, vans and SUVs vehicles||Compatible with mid-size, full-size, vans and SUVs vehicles|
|Country of Origin||China||China|
|Body framework||Steel-reinforced frame||Steel-reinforced frame|
In-Depth Analysis of Graco Triride 3-in-1 vs Extend2Fit – Which is The Winner?
From the tables above, you’d have seen all the similarities and differences between the Triride 3-in-1 and Extend2Fit 3-in-1 across their specifications and features, including the 4-in-1 variant.
Which car seat, therefore, wins across board?
It is essential you understand beyond just what the tables show and know if there are extra benefits or not to whatever difference one car seat has over the other across the board.
As stated earlier in this comparison article, there are significant differences between the Triride and Extend2fit, as well as some similarities.
Product Dimension & Weight
Both seats are similar in width (19 inches); as such will occupy the same space in a vehicle and are suitable for compact cars. However, either seat will not fit 3 across in the back seat but will complement well as a third seat. The SlimFit3 LX 3-in-1 will fit 3.
On the other hand, the Triride 3-in-1 is lighter in weight than the Extend2Fit 3-in-1. This is important to note if you’ll be switching between cars often. You don’t want to deal with the soreness of lifting a bulky seat now and then.
On this, the TriRide 3-in-1 wins.
Seat Modes, Weight and Height Limits
In as much as both seats are primarily 3-in-1 car seats, the Extend2Fit comes in 3 additional variants – 2-in-1 (rear- and forward-facing), Platinum 3-in-1 (includes highback booster seat), and 4-in-1 (has backless booster seat).
This gives you a wide range of options to choose from while also enjoying additional features depending on your choice, however, at a higher price.
The 4Ever Extend2Fit 4-in-1 includes an additional seat mode, the backless booster seat, which will accommodate a child up to 120 lbs. The seat also features the integrated belt lock-off, which makes installing with the seat belt more effortless.
On the one hand, the Extend2Fit features an extended usage in rear-facing mode at 4 lbs. – 50 lbs., 49 in., and extra legroom, while the Triride is basic at 5 lbs. – 40 lbs., 40 in. You want to consider this greatly if you’ll be using the car seat for a newborn and if your newborn is tiny. On the other hand, the Triride will be suitable for an older or bigger baby.
The Extend2Fit wins in this comparison.
Making a choice between these car seats involves understanding their features and what makes them different.
The Extend2Fit and Triride are significantly different in features, just as we have seen in the specifications. However, many other features are the same. The following will highlight their features.
All car seats sold on the market are manufactured to pass very stringent federal safety standards. Therefore, all car seats are SAFE.
However, car seat manufacturers go overboard to carry out more safety and crash tests to guarantee their safety.
All Graco car seat models are made equally safe with exact safety features in every of their car seats, irrespective of pricing.
The Graco Extend2Fit and TrirRide are equally safe.
They both feature:
- Side Impact Protection,
- 5-Point Harness System,
- Exceeds Federal Safety Standards,
- Are Crash Tested, and
- Pass IIHS Rating for Booster Seat mode.
There is no winner here.
The Graco Triride features standard installation methods – J-hook LATCH attachment and seat belt.
While the Extend2Fit features the inRight LATCH attachment, which is easier than the conventional standard method.
Only the 4Ever Extend2Fit 4-in-1 features the integrated lock-off belt method.
The Platinum 3-in-1 features the Rapid Remove Cover, which makes removing the seat cover in under 1 minute, and the EZ Tight™ LATCH attachment, which makes LATCH installation easier. This LATCH attachment feature differs from the inRight LATCH attachment in the other 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 variants.
The Extend2Fit herein wins again.
What makes the Extend2Fit stand out from every other Graco car seat is the 4-position adjustable extension panel that provides extra legroom for your baby while rear-facing. This gives additional comfort to your child.
The Extend2Fit obviously wins here.
- Harness holders: This feature holds the harness back in place so it doesn’t get in the way when carrying your child out of the car seat. The Triride car seat lacks this feature, while the Extend2Fit has it.
The Extend2Fit wins in this comparison.
- Rapid Remove Cover: Removing the seat cover of a car seat can be a daunting task for some car seat brands/models. Graco includes a unique feature that makes it super easy to remove a seat cover in just 1 minute in their high-end car seats. Unfortunately, only the Extend2Fit Platinum 3-in-1 car seat comes with this feature. However, the other variants are easy to remove their seat covers.
There is no winner here.
- Recline positions: Both car seats have 6 recline positions for adjusting the car seat when installed so it can fit properly according to your car. These recline positions also offer more comfort to your child and help keep a newborn’s head in place.
However, the number of recline positions per seat mode differs in the Triride and Extend2Fit.
- The Extend2Fit offers four positions (positions 1,2,3,4) when rear-facing, while the Triride offers three positions (positions 1,2,3).
- The Extend2Fit offers three (positions 4,5,6) when forward-facing, while the Triride offers two positions (positions 5,6).
- While in booster seat mode, they are the same – position 6.
What this means is that the Extend2Fit will fit better in a wider range of vehicle types depending on the size than the Triride.
The Extend2Fit takes the win once more again.
- Level indicator: The Triride features a “ball” level indicator, while in the Extend2Fit car seat, it is the “bubble” indicator which is easier to read.
The Extend2Fit wins here.
- Removable cups: This is not a significant difference, so to say, but worthy of mention. The removable cups in the Extend2Fi car seat are square, while the Triride is the regular round shape.
No winner here.
Wrap Up: Final Decision Making
Wrapping up on this comparison review of the Graco Triride vs Extend2Fit 3-in-1 car seats, you may have decided on which of them to go for by now.
Nonetheless, if you are still thrown apart on which to go for, here are tips to help you decide on what will suit your need and budget.
If you are getting your second or third car seat and you’re on a budget for a safe and comfortable convertible car seat, the Triride 3-in-1 is an excellent option as it offers as much as a good car seat should have.
You only get to miss out on some ‘secondary’ features, which do not compromise on safety or comfort and still save money for other expenses for the family.
The Extend2Fit 3-in-1 should be your primary consideration if you have a preemie or a tiny newborn. The extended usage of 4-50lbs allows your child to ride long enough in rear-facing, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.