Diono All in One Car Seats – Introduction
If you are looking for the best Diono all-in-one car seat, you need to take a close look at the Diono Radian 3Q range.
The Diono Radian 3Q series of all-on-one car seats was introduced to the US Market as a replacement for the older 3R range of seats, although you can still buy those older models.
The newer 3Q series of all-in-one seats have not been completely re-designed from scratch and contain many of the same features as the older models, they do incorporate some new safety and convenience features. The new features are explained within my comparison reviews (see below for links).
If you already know a little about child car seats, you will have heard about Diono. You will already be aware that they are considered to be one of the most well-respected manufacturers of premium child car seats for the US and Canadian markets.
Their Diono Radian car seats have probably been the most popular all-in-one car seats for a long time.
The Diono Radian seats are genuine all-in-one seats.
They can be used as convertible car seats initially, before being converted into harness to booster seats, and finally used as belt-positioning booster seats during the final stages of use.
This means that they can be used from birth right up until your child no longer need to use a child car seat at all, which means that one of these seats may well be the only seat that you ever need to buy for your child.
So, which is the best Diono All-in-One Seat to buy?
Diono All in One Car Seats – The 3 Latest Models
There are 3 different models in the Diono Radian 3Q range of all-in-one car seats.
The most basic seat is called the Diono Radian 3QX. This seat comes with plenty of safety and convenience features, but it lacks some of the additional features that can be found on the other 2 seats. It is a great option for those on a tight budget or who simply don’t see the need for the extra layers of side impact protection that come with the other 2 seats in the range.
The mid-range seat is called the Diono Radian 3QXT. This seat looks almost identical to the Radian 3QX, it comes with 2 extra layers of side impact protection, which include the Side Impact Management Pods that you can see on the sides of the seat (see below).
Finally, the top-of-the-range seat is called the Diono Radian 3QXT Plus. This seat is pretty much exactly the same as the Radian 3QXT seat apart from the fact that it comes with It has the same enhanced side impact protection features, but also enjoys the benefits of the 2-in-1 Anti-rebound Panel instead of the standard Anti-rebound bar.
If you would like to read my full and in-depth side-by-side comparison reviews of the 3 different models of seat, you can find them here:
So, which is the Best Diono All in One Seat to buy, and why?
Quite simply, the Diono Radian 3QXT Plus is the best Diono all-in-one car seat available to buy at the time of writing this post.
It comes with the most safety and convenience features of the 3 seats and so is undoubtedly the best if you can afford it.
One of the common problems with buying a top-of-the-range car seat is that the extra layers of side impact protection quite often make them a lot wider than the basic model.
The top-of-the-range Diono Radian 3QXT Plus, however, is exactly the same width as the basic Diono Radian 3QX seat. You get enhanced side impact protection and the 2-in-1 anti-rebound panel without the seat being made any wider.
All of the Diono Radian seats are just 17 inches wide. This makes them the narrowest premium all-in-one car seats on the market at the moment, and this makes them the perfect choice for fitting 3 seats in a row.
Of course, the extra features on the Diono Radian 3QXT Plus seat come at a price, but you need to bear in mind that this may be the only car seat that you will ever need to buy for your child.
Perhaps the more important question, therefore, is which of the Diono all-in-one car seats is the BEST FOR YOU, and the best for your budget?
Only you can decide whether or not those upgrades are both affordable to you, and important to you.
Here are some video reviews of the Diono Radian 3Q range of seats to help you make that decision.
Diono All in One Car Seats – The Videos
Where to Buy Diono All in One Car Seats
After purchasing any child car seat, you should always read the User Manual thoroughly before using it. It is also advisable to visit your local Fire Department or NHTSA Child Car Seat Inspection Centre to ensure that the seat is definitely suitable for your child’s specific requirements and that you have installed it correctly. These services are usually provided free of charge.
You can find your nearest NHTSA Centre here.
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