Graco Contender 65 8-Position Headrest Convertible Car Seat

Last updated: March 17, 2023


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Product Details

In our analysis of 88 expert reviews, the Graco Contender 65 8-Position Headrest Convertible Car Seat placed 12th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Graco’s Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat, in Sapphire, holds a rear-facing infant from 5 – 40 pounds. and a forward-facing toddler in its 5-point harness from 20 – 65 pounds. It easily grows with your child with the Simply Safe Adjust harness system, which automatically adjusts both the harness and headrest height. The included LATCH and easy-to-read level indicator offers you hassle-free installation. Contender 65 features a removable head and body support, machine-washable seat pad and two buckle positions to help keep your growing child snug and secure. This seat is Safe Seat Engineered which includes Side Impact Testing and features EPS foam.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

The Graco Contender 65 can support a child in the rear-facing position until your toddler weighs 40 pounds before switching to its front-facing position.
Highs: No rethreat harness. - Dual rangle recline indicator.
Provides the same basic safety features as its competitors for a much lower price.
This is an awesome budget convertible car seat that is versatile, safe, and has some great features, especially at this price point. It supports rear-facing from 5-40 pounds, and front-facing from 20-65 pounds, making it have a slightly higher upper weight end than the Britax.
8-position headrest with no re-thread harness. Easy-to-use harness. 2 crotch strap positions. Color-coded recline flip-foot for reclining carseat. Lightweight. FAA-approved: ideal for airplane travel. 7 year lifespan.
The Simply Safe Adjust harness system automatically moves both the harness and headrest in one motion, while energy-absorbing foam and side-impact protection minimize the feeling of an impact. Simply machine-wash the seat pad to keep it clean.
High rated safety. Easy to switch from rear to forward facing. Easy adjust harness and headrest. Cup holder. Machine washable.
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What reviewers didn't like

The Contender has straps and buckles that are difficult to tighten or unlatch.
Lows: Rear-facing installation may require a rolled towel to achieve a proper recline angle.
Some users report that this seat is a bit difficult to install.
Non-removable harness. Made in China
Only has 2 stages. Latches may not tighten all the way. Harness fit can be tough to get right. Doesn’t recline.
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