Britax B-Safe 35 Elite Britax Endeavours
The Britax Endeavours Seat is Here!
The new Britax Endeavours infant car seat has finally arrived on the US market.
The reason that the Britax Endeavours Seat looks almost identical to the older B-Safe 35 Elite model is that it comes with all of the great safety and convenience features that can be found on the B-Safe 35 Elite. This is very much an upgrade to the B-Safe 35 Elite rather than a whole new product.
The Endeavours seat does, however, come with 2 extra features that you won’t find on the B-Safe 35 Elite. I am going to discuss those 2 extra features within this comparison review so that you can make a fully informed decision when choosing between these 2 seats.
So, what exactly are the similarities and differences between the Britax B-Safe 35 Elite and the Britax Endeavours car seat?
Is the Endeavours car seat worth the extra money?
Britax B-Safe 35 Elite vs Endeavours – The Similarities
#1 Child Weight Limits
The B-Safe 35 Elite and Endeavours seats both come with maximum child weight limits of 35 lbs.
#2 Child Height Limits
The maximum child height limit is 32 inches for both seats.
Consequently, both 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 Endeavours seat, however, has a different option to consider when installing it using the vehicle seat belt rather than LATCH connectors – see below.
#5 Side Impact Protection
Both seats come with exactly the same premium Side Impact Protection features that exceed the federal minimum safety standards.
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 (see video below)
#6 Seating Adjustments
Both seats have the same seating adjustment features, which 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.
#7 Seat Weight
They are both relatively lightweight, weighing in at approximately 11.5 lbs.
#8 Harness Adjustments
Neither seat requires you to re-thread the harness when you make adjustments to them. Their harnesses can be adjusted very simply and without needing to re-thread it.
Any parent who has had to deal with an infant seat that does require re-threading each and every time you make adjustments to the seat will tell you that this is a massively useful convenience feature.
#9 Integrated Steel Bars
The B-Safe 35 Elite and Endeavours seats both come fitted with integrated steel bars.
These integrated steel bars are designed to strengthen the connection between the vehicle and the seat, thereby reducing forwards flexion of the child seat during a collision situation.
One of the biggest risks of injury to your child during a collision is as a result of their body hitting part of the internal fittings within your vehicle, such as the back of the front seat. Reduced seat flexion as a result of integrated steel bars reduces the risk of this happening to your child.
Other similarities include:
- 5-Point Harness
- Comfortable Energy-absorbing Foam Inserts
- Easy to remove seat covers
- Newborn Insert Cushion
- Stroller Compatible
- Certified for Aircraft Travel
Britax B-Safe 35 Elite vs Endeavours – The 2 Differences
Here are the 2 differences between the Britax B-Safe 35 Elite and Britax Endeavours Infant Car Seats.
#1 Anti-Rebound Bar
The Britax Endeavours comes with an anti-rebound bar, but the B-Safe 35 Elite does not.
The anti-rebound bar (seen on image above) is designed to press into the back of the car seat during a collision and is said to absorb energy and reduce rebound rotation by up to 30% during such an accident.
This is a nice extra safety feature to have on an infant seat and Britax seem to be adding anti-rebound bars to as many of their seats as they can, including their convertible car seats.
#2 European Belt Path
The Britax Endeavours 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 Endeavours 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.
Some Useful Videos …
Here is the Britax B-Safe 35 Elite Promo Video:
Here is the “BabyGizmo” Video Review of the Britax B-Safe 35 & 35 Elite:
Here is the HotMamaTravel Review of the Britax Endeavours:
Buy the Britax B-Safe 35 Elite & Endeavours Seats
The B-Safe 35 Elite and Endeavours are almost identical premium infant car seats, but the Endeavours has a couple more safety and convenience features. The 2 important upgrades on the Endeavours seat are worth paying a little extra for in my opinion. The European Belt Path Installation method takes a little getting used to if you haven’t used it before but, once mastered, it makes installation without LATCH connectors very simple.
Although the added belt path option is a nice convenience feature, the most important upgrade is undoubtedly the anti-rebound bar. If you can afford to buy this extra safety feature then it’s a no-brainer when choosing between the B-Safe 35 Elite and the Endeavours.
The anti-rebound bar brings a little extra protection with no obvious downside.
If you remain undecided, you can read more user reviews of these seats here:
Britax B-Safe 35 Elite & Endeavours 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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