Graco SungRide 35

Last updated: October 12, 2021

It's easy-to-use LATCH clips, compatibility with affordable travel systems and lightweight design, make the Graco SungRide 35 well-loved by parents. While the fabric cover is machine-washable and comes with a built-in boot for the winter, the quality and seat comfort have some detractors.

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

Product Details

In our analysis of 102 expert reviews, the Graco SungRide 35 placed 11th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The SnugRide Click Connect 35 infant car seat is designed to protect babies rear-facing from 4-35 lbs and features a comfortable seat to keep baby safe and cozy. SnugRide Click Connect 35 is equipped with Click Connect technology providing a one-step secure attachment to all Graco Click Connect strollers making it easy to create a travel system that best fits your lifestyle.. Machine-washable seat cushion, Metal and plastic parts may be cleaned with mild soap and water, Buckle may be cleaned with a damp cloth, Rear-Facing Only. Weight- 4-35 pounds Height- up to 32 inches Head must be more than 1 inches from the top of the headrest Infant car seats made 2011 or after have an expiration date of 7 years from manufactured date. STOP using this car seat and throw it away 7 years after the date of manufacture. Look for date of manufacture label on back of the car seat. Infant car seats made prior to 2011 have an expiration date 6 years from manufactured date.(General Warnings) The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) and National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommend that children ride rear-facing until the age of 2 or until they reach the maximum rear facing height or weight rating for their car seat. Always remember to check your local or state laws regarding car seat usage.

Our Expert Consultant

Dr. Niket Sonpal   
Gastroenterologist and adjunct assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Niket Sonpal is an adjunct assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and clinical instructor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, who specializes in gastroenterology.

He is a graduate of the Medical University of Silesia-Hope Medical Institute in Poland. After completing his residency in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, he was selected to be the 2013‐2014 Chief Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital–Northshore LIJ Health System. Dr. Sonpal completed his fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Lenox Hill Hospital and continues his work in the field of medical-student and resident-test preparation. He now serves as the associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brookdale University medical center.

He is also the co‐author of several medical test prep books and serves as the chief operating officer for Medquest Test Prep and director of medical education for Picmonic Test Prep.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

It's also about $50-75 cheaper than the Chicco or Britax, so that's something to keep in mind. Like our top-ranked car seats, this holds babies as small as 4 pounds (with the infant insert) and goes up to 35 pounds, and has a 32" height limit (which is quite high).
Very good ease of use and LATCH installation Handle can be in any locked position during travel Adjustable crotch strap
The seat's lightweight design makes it easily portable between cars and strollers. Employs the simple Click Connect safety system. Has been thoroughly crash tested.
Graco has the clip style LATCH anchors that are a simple and effective.
SnugLock. 1-hand adjustable handle. Silent Shade™ generously-sized canopy. Deluxe push-on LATCH connectors. Euro-routing for baseless installs. Bubble recline indicator with recline positions for 2 age ranges. Deluxe base provides more legroom for older babies. Machine washable cover.
Babies require a lot of stuff. And thanks to this reasonably priced car seat, at least one piece of gear can be light. At just seven and a half pounds, it’s easy on the arm muscles (and easy to move in and out of the car). It also has a higher weight limit (35 pounds), so the seat will last a bit longer.
The cover is machine washable, the seat angle is easy to adjust, and a cold weather boot and detailed instruction manual are included
The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 is proven to perform safely in both crash tests and real-life crashes. The SnugRide 35 will most likely fit in your vehicle, which is a big plus. The price is decent for this car seat, and if you have a newer, smaller car, the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 could be a good option for you.
Overall the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat has excellent reviews and is well loved by many parents due to it’s lightweight and easy clicking features. Though there are downsides these can be limited with proper installation and a quick check to make sure the car seat is secure, which is something we should be doing every time anyway. I am 8 months pregnant and already have a rear facing infant car seat however I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase this for any future children we may have.

What reviewers didn't like

Still, we likely would have recommended the SnugRide as a budget pick had it not been for this seat’s performance in our commissioned side-impact crash testing.
One of our chief complaints about this seat is that it didn't seem big or wide enough to fit babies over 25 pounds baby, especially if the baby has broader shoulders. We also thought the fabric wasn't quite as breathable or comfortable as it could have been, and some of the plastics felt flimsy.
Even with a dual range level indicator this seat can be installed overly upright for a newborn infant Belt Locking clip is needed to prevent tilting in many installations
Fabric feels low-quality, particularly the headrest. Straps can dig into neck.
This seat is not the most comfortable or the best quality in our opinion.
Canopy is designed to be quiet, but this model has crinkly fabric along grab edges so it may still disturb sensitive infants.
As the name implies, this seat is snug. There’s plenty of cushioning for a cozy ride, and it comes with a removable newborn head support. While this infant carrier is compatible with all Graco strollers, you’ll need an adaptor for other brands.
The harness must be rethreaded when you adjust the height, and the straps are difficult to move through the small slots. Also, the canopy can get in the way when you're adjusting the handle.
Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a disappointment with some design and installation features. If you have a preemie, the infant insert that comes with this seat may not offer enough head support. The LATCH installation (and removal) can be a pain if you have an older vehicle with hidden LATCH anchors. Otherwise, it might be a good idea to shop around before deciding on this one.
False Clicking. Expiration Date. Small Canopy. Overheating Baby Risk.
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