Britax B-Safe 35 Elite Britax B-Safe Ultra
The Britax B-Safe Ultra Seat Arrives April 2018!
At the time of writing this comparison review, the Britax B-Safe Ultra infant car seat has not yet been officially released onto the US market.
It is, however, due to be released at the end of April 2018 and Britax are taking Pre-Orders now.
Although the Britax B-Safe Ultra seat looks almost identical to the older B-Safe 35 Elite infant seat (and it is in fact almost the same seat), there are a couple of notable differences for you to consider prior to making a purchasing decision.
So, what exactly are the similarities and differences between the Britax B-Safe 35 Elite and the Britax B-Safe Ultra car seats? Is the “Ultra” model worth the extra money?
Britax B-Safe 35 Elite vs B-Safe Ultra – The Similarities
#1 Child Weight Limits
The B-Safe 35 Elite and B-Safe Ultra seats both come with maximum child weight limits of 35 lbs.
#2 Child Height Limits
The maximum child height limit is also 32 inches for both seats.
So, both products are amongst the best infant seats available on the market when it comes to maximum child height limits. Children very often outgrow their infant seats by height before they outgrow them by weight and so this is a very important number to consider when choosing a seat.
NB: Looking at the maximum height limit is usually more important than looking at the maximum weight limit.
#3 Seated Shoulder Height
Again, both seats have the same seated shoulder height of between 6.5 and 11 inches.
#4 Built-In Lockoffs
For those parents that need to install their seat using the adult seatbelt rather than LATCH connectors, both seats come with built-in lockoffs to make it much easier to get a snug and secure installation.
The Britax B-Safe Ultra seat, however, has a different option to consider when installing it using the vehicle seat belt rather than LATCH connectors – see below.
#5 Dual Level Indicators
Both seats come with dual level indicators to confirm when the seat has been installed at a safe and correct angle within the car, which provides much needed peace of mind to parents of young babies.
#6 Side Impact Protection
Both seats come with Britax’s top-of-the-range premium Side Impact Protection features that significantly exceed the federal minimum safety standards.
The Britax B-Safe 35 Elite and B-Safe Ultra seat both come with Safecell Complete Side Impact Protection Plus.
This Safecell Complete Side Impact Protection Plus system comprises 4 elements:
- Rigid Shell (plus integrated steel bars) with Deep Side Wings
- Energy-Absorbing Foam
- Impact-absorbing Safecell Base
- Extra-padded Head Restraint
The impact-absorbing Safecell base found on both seats comprises a red “honeycomb” structure that help to absorb crash forces.
The extra-padded adjustable head restraint is not found on the cheaper standard B-Safe 35 model.
#7 Seating Adjustments
The Britax B-Safe 35 Elite and B-Safe Ultra seats both have 2 extra harness slot height positions over and above those found on the basic B-Safe 35 seat. They also have 2 crotch buckle strap depths.
The Britax B-Safe 35 Elite & Ultra options are:
- Harness Slot Heights at 5.5/6.5/8/8.75/10/11 inches
- Crotch Buckle Strap Depths of 4 & 6 inches
Britax have also re-positioned the strap-adjustment button so that it is no longer hidden underneath the seat fabric. The button is now very easy to find and operate without having to fish around underneath.
The benefit of having the extra harness slot positions is that you are more likely to be able to get the perfect fit to your growing child with the B-Safe 35 Elite and B-Safe Ultra seats than the standard B-Safe 35.
#8 Seat Weight
The B-Safe 35 Elite and B-Safe Ultra seats both weigh approximately 11.5 lbs, which is slightly more than the basic B-Safe 35 seat, but only by about 1.5 lbs. They are not particularly heavy seats when compared with other premium models on the US market.
These seats are heavier than some basic models largely due to the extra safety and convenience features. Unless you have physical limitations, this additional weight probably won’t make much difference when carrying the seat around.
#9 Harness Adjustments
Both seats come with a 5-point harness that can be adjusted very quickly and simply, and without needing to re-thread it every time.
Personally, I would always pay extra for the convenience of being able to make these seat adjustments without having to re-thread the harness each and every time, which can be a real pain for busy parents and other carers.
Other similarities include:
- Newborn Insert Cushion
- Easy Remove Cover for Easy Cleaning
- Stroller Compatible
- Certified for Aircraft Travel
- 6 year seat expiration
Britax B-Safe 35 Elite vs B-Safe Ultra – The Main Differences
#1 European Belt Path
The Britax B-Safe Ultra seat also comes with a European style Belt Guide.
This means that you have the option of being able to safely and securely fit the B-Safe Ultra seat in your vehicle without using the LATCH connectors. Whilst most modern cars are fitted with LATCH connectors and it is much more convenient to simply click the seat in and out of the seat base on every journey, there are situations in which this additional belt path option is very useful.
If you need to use the seat with multiple vehicles and cannot afford to buy multiple seat bases, or if you have grandparents or other occasional carers that need to transport your baby in their vehicles, the option to install the seat using an easy European style belt method is very convenient.
#2 Ultra Cool Mesh Fabric
The B-Safe Ultra seat is an excellent choice if you live in a place that experiences hot temperatures. Unlike the other Britax infant seats, and other competitor seats, the B-Safe Ultra comes fitted with a special cool mesh fabric that allows the hot air to circulate more freely around your child when they are seated.
This makes it much easier for them to remain cool, especially during long journeys.
The Ultra seat is a cool and comfortable option for your child.
#3 Flip-Forward Belly Pad
The Flip-Forward Belly Pad that comes with the B-Safe Ultra provides extra padding around the front part of their body for extra comfort.
It also makes it easier to access the harness buckle for easy loading and unloading.
A Helpful Video Review …
Here is the “BabyGizmo” Video Review of the Britax B-Safe 35 & 35 Elite:
Buy the Britax B-Safe 35 Elite and Ultra Seats
The B-Safe 35 Elite and B-Safe Ultra models are both premium infant car seats, but as you can see from my comments above, the Ultra has a couple of extra features. You will have to decide for yourself whether or not those extra features are important for you and your child.
If you live in a hot part of the country, the Cool Mesh fabric found on the Ultra model is going to be a big plus point. The other features are nice, but not essential, if you are on a tight budget.
If you remain undecided, you can read more user reviews of these seats here:
Britax B-Safe 35 Elite & Ultra Seats in Canada
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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