Britax Advocate ClickTight

Last updated date: October 3, 2020

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8.2

Britax Advocate ClickTight

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We looked at the top Convertible Car Seats and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Convertible Car Seat you should buy.

Update as August 24, 2021:
Checkout The Best Convertible Car Seat for a detailed review of all the top convertible car seats.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 88 expert reviews, the Britax Advocate ClickTight placed 13th when we looked at the top 17 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Advocate ClickTight convertible car seat has the patented ClickTight Installation System, three layers of side impact protection, Click & Safe Snug Harness Indicator, and SafeCell Impact Protection for peace of mind while you're on the go with your child. Car seat installation is easy as buckling a seatbelt thanks to the ClickTight Installation System. In the Advocate Car Seat you are surrounded in safety. This convertible seat features the patented Britax SafeCell Impact Protection system which includes a steel frame, energy-absorbing base, V-shaped tether to minimize seat rotation and staged-release stitches that slow and reduce forward movement in the event of a crash. Britax designed the Advocate ClickTight Car Seat with 3 strong layers of side energy absorption; a deep foam-lined shell, side cushions and head protection will shield your child from the most severe type of collision. Plush foam padding and fabric, along with 7 recline positions ensures premium comfort for your child. The 14-position easy-adjust harness grows along with your child and you can change the height of the seat with just the push of a button - no rethreading necessary. Have peace of mind knowing your child's harness is within range of proper tightness. With the sound of a click thanks to the Click & Safe Snug Harness Indicator you will know it’s correctly adjusted. The Advocate car seat can be used rear-facing 5-40 pounds and forward-facing 20-65 pounds, child standing height 49” or less. Car seat dimensions 20.5” W x 23.5” H x 23” D. 14-Position harness slot heights 8.35” to 19.4”. FAA approved.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.9
7 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.7
874 user reviews

What experts liked

Secured click tight installation, triple layer side impact protection, safecell steel frame and padding throughout. Convertible toaccomodate newborn to toddlers.
- BestReviews
ClickTight seats make it SUPER easy to install with a seat belt. The seat base is made of SafeCells, which compress in a crash to minimize the risk of head injury and has Integrated Lock-offs - Convenient for seat belt installations.
- Lucie's List
July 1, 2018 | Full review
ClickTight feature provides excellent installation in vehicles forward and rear facing. Dual range recline indicator. No rethread harness.
- Consumer Reports
The Britax Advocate ClickTight ARB is a high-quality car seat with the Britax ClickTight technology that takes the guesswork out of car seat installation. This top performing option includes LATCH and belt installation both utilizing the lower seat bottom to obtain a tight and secure attachment.
- Baby Gear Lab
The installation with the seatbelt could not possibly be easier. This would be an ideal seat if you knew you’d need to move your car seat around pretty frequently. It’s just nearly fool proof. The ClickTight compartment acts as is a lockoff also, so you don’t need to understand how your seatbelts lock and you don’t need to switch the retractor to locked mode if you do understand how to they lock.
- Car Seat Blog
If you want to protect your child while riding in the car, this is the car seat that does it the best. This seat is second to none when it comes to comfort, safety, and ease of use.
- Best Car Seat Hub
The Britax Advocate ClickTight is easy to install. The Advocate can be installed in about five minutes. There is no guess work to install it quickly. It is comfortable. There is adequate padding to enable naps on long trips. The straps are easy to adjust. The height adjustments can be adjusted with one hand.
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August 1, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Does not have cupholder like some other models. Very heavy and some users feel like it is bulky.
- BestReviews
Does not come with cupholder.
- Lucie's List
July 1, 2018 | Full review
Lows: Crash Protection. - ClickTight feature can be diffcult to open when removing seat.
- Consumer Reports
Its lower crash test results were disappointing compared to the other seats and the similar Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB, which makes this particular option, a product we would not choose over its brother.
- Baby Gear Lab
Realtively heavy and bulky. Rear-facing leg room for bigger kids isn’t great. It’s wide because of the additional side-impact cushions. If it’s too wide for your situation, the Boulevard CT ARB offers essentially the same interior, but a narrower exterior.
- Car Seat Blog
It has a high price, heavy and not part of a travel system.
- Best Car Seat Hub
The Advocate has seen quite a few recalls, even if they do offer replacements, it is still disconcerting.
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August 1, 2018 | Full review

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An Overview On Convertible Car Seats

Maybe your baby has outgrown his or her infant car seat. Or perhaps you don’t like the idea of having to buy several different types of seats or boosters. Either way, it feels like the time to consider purchasing a convertible car seat.

All children ages 8 and younger — depending on their height and weight — are generally required by law to use some form of car seat or booster. You are probably familiar with the infant car seat, also called the bucket or pumpkin seat. It’s a rear-facing seat that is detachable and clicks into a base that stays in the car. Infant car seats typically have a carrying handle, may have an adjustable shade and can usually be used with a stroller.

It is hard to beat the convenience factor of the infant car seat for taking a sleeping baby in and out of the car easily — and for transporting them in general.  But they are generally only considered safe until your child is 35 to 40 pounds at most. Hence, the convertible car seat, which typically starts as a rear-facing car seat up to around 40 pounds, and in some cases, can then convert to a front-facing toddler seat and, later, to a booster seat around 120 pounds. Just remember, convertible car seats are bulkier, heavier and are typically meant to remain in the car. This means you will need to consider having a separate stroller or baby carrier when your child is young.

Convertible car seats attach to the car using either a LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system, which is part of your car, a seatbelt or a combination of the two. Some models have easy-to-use latch connectors to make installation a breeze.

From a safety perspective, each convertible car seat uses different materials and construction to bolster safety. The Graco SlimFit 3-In-1 Convertible Car Seat features a steel-reinforced frame. Convertible car seats also typically have a 5-point harness system that can be adjusted in various ways as your child grows.

Most importantly, convertible car seats allow kids to be rear-facing for longer and can accommodate children of various sizes. The National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration advises keeping a child rear-facing and in a car seat in general as long as possible, based on height and weight requirements for the seat. Car seats like the Graco Extend2Fit, for example, are being built to allow rear-facing for up to 50 pounds and include an extendable panel that provides more leg room. This combination of safety and maximized comfort is truly only available with convertible car seats.

Cost is an obvious final deciding factor for purchasing a convertible car seat. Instead of purchasing three or even four separate car seats and a booster, you are able to use one unit throughout childhood. This also lessens the impact on the environment since car seats expire and are only partially recyclable. While convertible car seats can be on the pricey side, you will hopefully only be shelling out money for them once or twice, depending on whether you have multiple drivers or caregivers.

The Convertible Car Seat Buying Guide

  • You will need a car seat starting on the first day you drive your bundle of joy home. All 50 states have laws requiring the use of a car seat until your child is at least 7 years old. Also, most states require the use of a booster seat until your child is a certain weight and height (usually between the age of 8 and 10). Since you will need some form of car seat or booster for a large portion of your son or daughter’s childhood, it’s not a bad idea to consider convertible car seats since they last longer.
  • Anyone who has seen how gross a car seat can get knows how important it is to take into account how easy it is to clean. Many car seats come fitted with covers that you can’t remove and can only spot clean. Ideally, all fabric should be able to be removed for cleaning. Better yet, look for machine washable covers.
  • It may seem minor, but when buying a car seat, consider whether or not a cup holder is important to you. Sometimes it’s better to have at least one so you aren’t distracted by handing your child water or a snack while driving. On the other hand, you may want to keep food and drink away from the seat. The Graco SlimFit 3-In-1 Convertible Car Seat and Graco Extend2Fit car seats both have two cup holders.
  • Lugging a car seat around is no fun for anyone. If you plan to switch your car seat between cars a lot or will be taking it with you while traveling frequently, you’ll want to consider the overall weight. For instance, some seats weigh in at 25 pounds, while others are only 18 pounds.
  • Even if you think you’re an old pro at installing a car seat, it may be worth getting it checked out after the first time you do it. Car seat designs change from year to year and each model can be a little different. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers locations where you can have your car seat and installation expertly inspected.
  • The straps of a car seat should always be snug, even if your child protests. You should only be able to fit one finger between the strap and your child’s shoulder and you should not be able to pinch any excess harness fabric between your fingers. Also make sure not to put your child in a car seat wearing a bulky coat, which could require you to make the straps looser than is safe.
  • In addition to the straps being too loose, another common mistake many parents make is placing the chest clip — sometimes called the retainer clip — too low or too high, which is actually a pretty serious safety concern. If it’s placed too high, it could cause choking or a neck injury. When placed too low, your child could be ejected from the seat in the event of an accident. The ideal placement of the clip is the middle of the sternum, lined up with the top of the child’s armpits. It’s worth reminding grandparents or other caregivers of this placement as well.
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a car seat should be installed facing the rear until your child turns 4 or outgrows the seat (based on the individual seat’s safety requirements for height and weight). Even if your child’s legs look cramped, they are still safer facing backward. The Graco Extend2Fit car seat is designed with rear-facing placement in mind and offers a little more space for taller kids.
  • It’s important that you use the LATCH system (lower anchors and tethers for children) in your car that your car seat is designed to work with. All cars manufactured after 2003 are required by the U.S. government to have at least two seats with lower anchors — usually positioned near the seat belts — and three spots with tether anchors, typically behind the headrests or seats. Even if your car seat model uses a seatbelt rather than the lower anchors, you should still use the tether when the car seat is front-facing.
  • Consider including “in case of emergency” information on your car seat for EMTs or other first responders. In the event that a parent or caregiver is injured or can’t talk, having the child’s name, contact information, allergies, medical conditions and pediatrician listed on the car seat can be a lifesaver. Simply attach a luggage tag with the necessary details or tape a note card securely to the seat in an easy-to-find area.