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Graco SnugRide SnugLock Extend2Fit 35 Infant Car Seat Review


By Melanie Pierce 
Last Updated: February 17, 2021

This infant car seat goes above and beyond the competition! The Graco Snugride Snuglock Extend2Fit allows you the convenience of an infant “bucket-style” car seat for longer. It can handle a baby from 4 lbs up to an amazing 35 pounds and 35 inches tall!

Plus, because it is designed to allow for extended rear-facing, it also has the added feature of a 4-position (up to 3.5 extra inches) pullout extension tray for their feet and legs so that as they get taller, they have more room to stretch out and get comfortable.

Graco SnugRide SnugLock Extend2Fit 35 Infant Car Seat | Ride Rear Facing Longer with Extend2Fit, Haven

Because this is an infant car seat, it comes with a base designed to be installed in your vehicle that allows you to click the seat into and out of with just a quick motion. Installation is a breeze with the InRight LATCH system, just click in and tighten easily!

The base can also be installed with the vehicle’s seat belt or you can even install just the seat, with no base, with the vehicle seat belt. That might come in handy if you are traveling or switching vehicles and can’t carry the base along.

This seat features a 4-position recline with an adjustable foot on the underside of the base to help you get the perfect position as your baby grows from newborn to toddlerhood. With the bubble indicator it is easy to see at a glance when it is just right.

A great feature of this seat is that it comes with a built-in, anti-rebound bar on the base to help reduce movement and rotation of the seat in the event of an frontal impact accident. (If you install without the base, you will not be using this feature.)

The harness system on this seat is fully-adjustable with just one hand. No need to ever remove and rethread the straps! Just push the lever and pull (or push) to get the harness straps aligned perfectly. (Remember they should be at or just below baby’s shoulders.)

The fabric on this seat is plush, stylish, and comfortable to give your baby a comfortable ride, plus it has a silent, sturdy sunshade canopy that can be adjusted to keep their eyes protected or to provide them a little more privacy without making any noise.

Since babies can be quite messy, it is noteworthy to point out that the cover on this car seat is super easy to remove, just unsnap, unhook, and lift it away! Plus it is machine-washable, so easy just got easier.

If you are looking for a travel system that allows you to snap the car seat out of the base and into a stroller frame, this car seat also has you covered for that. Graco’s Click Connect strollers are designed to accommodate this seat so that you can be on the go!

In order to bring you an unbiased but information-packed real-world Graco SnugRide SnugLock review, we bought and tested this seat with our vehicle and child. See our list of pros and cons to get a better feel for our personal impressions.

We hope that our experience can help you find exactly what you are looking for and help you narrow down your options.

General Info & Product Overview

Specifications:

Graco SnugRide SnugLock Extend2Fit 35 Infant Car Seat | Ride Rear Facing Longer with Extend2Fit, Haven

Weight range for rear-facing

4-35 pounds

Height range for rear-facing

Up to 35 inches

Weight range for forward-facing

N/A

Height range for forward-facing

N/A

Car seat weight

10.5 pounds (w/o base), 19.5 (with base)

Car seat dimensions

16.6 x 18.1 x 30.1 inches

Car seat expiration

7 Years

Harness Type

5-poin

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Pros of Using Graco SnugRide SnugLock Extend2Fit 35

To help you get the most out of this Graco Snugride Snuglock review here is a list of all the “pros” that we have compiled based on our real-world experience with this seat, such as extending rear-facing and an easy-to-remove cover and more!

1. It has extended rear-facing weight/height limits.

Most infant carrier seats max out at 30 pounds, so this seat is unique in that it has a max limit of 35 pounds (and 35 inches). This allows you to continue to have the convenience of a bucket-style “carry-and-go” seat for longer, while encouraging extended rear-facing.

2. It has a unique pullout legroom tray extension.

This 4-position tray can give your child up to 3.5 extra inches of leg space as they grow from babyhood into toddlerhood. This is handy for making your child even more comfortable as you enjoy the benefits of extended rear-facing.

3. It features InRight LATCH on the base.

This type of LATCH hook makes installation super easy and fast. Just click into place and tighten for secure and perfect install every time. Please note that this feature only is for when you are installing with the base. (It can also be installed with the vehicle seat belt, if desired.)

4.  It has an easy-to-remove cover.

One of our favorite features is that you don’t have to remove the harness straps to remove and clean the cover. Just simply unsnap, unhook, and lift away the fabric lining and then put it in the washing machine. An easy-to-clean cover is super great and this car seat delivers on that!

5. Easy to adjust for fit and recline.

With 4-recline positions, adjustable foot, and a one-handed harness adjuster lever, you can always get the perfect fit and position for your child as they grow. Plus it has a bubble level to make sure it is installed just right for the size and maturity of your child.  

6. It has an attached anti-rebound bar on the base.

An anti-rebound bar is a nice safety feature for reducing movement and rotation during a frontal impact crash. If you use the base of this seat for installation, this will give you that extra protection automatically.

7. It has a silent sunshade cover.

Don’t worry about waking your baby when adjusting the gorgeous sunshade, as it moves silently into the position that you choose. This sunshade provides excellent protection from sun, rain, and wind across your baby’s face.

8. It is plush and has high-quality fabric.

We love the neutral colors of the stylish, high-quality fabric. Plus is it plush and comfy. It definitely comes across as a high-end seat.

9. Can be used with Graco’s Click Connect strollers.

We really like the option to turn this car seat into a travel system by investing in one of Graco’s stroller frames. The Click Connect strollers are all compatible with the Snugride Snuglock car seats.

Cons of Using Graco SnugRide SnugLock Extend2Fit 35

Because we are unbiased in our review process, we also want you to know what cons we think are associated with this seat, but be aware, this section is a little sparse because there just aren’t many drawbacks that we experienced when we put this seat to the test in the real-world.

1. Somewhat heavy for a bucket-style infant carrier.

Though we didn’t mind the extra weight of this car seat while testing it, some consumers have found it to be too heavy to carry easily with baby strapped in. The bucket car seat alone weighs 10.5, which for an infant carrier is not lightweight. (It weighs 19.5 pounds with the whole base.)

2. Fairly expensive for an infant carrier.

Definitely not a budget car seat, the Graco Snugride Snuglock is a premium seat with great features, but a price tag to match. The one thing, however, that helps the value of the seat is that you will get longer use out of it simply because it has higher weight/height limits.

Conclusion: Do We Recommend Graco SnugRide SnugLock Extend2Fit 35?

Yes, we hope it is obvious after reading this Graco Snugride Snuglock review that we highly recommend this seat. It has a ton of great features, is very plush and beautiful, and most importantly allows you to get more use out of this seat than most other seats due to the limits.

So, if you are looking for an infant seat that can accommodate your child for longer (up to 35 lbs) and also gives them lots of legroom, you really cannot go wrong with this exceptional seat. It is quite pricey, but you can use it longer than other infant seats, so you do get added value.

Pros:

  • It has extended rear-facing weight/height limits
  • It has a unique pullout legroom tray extension
  • It features InRight LATCH on the base
  • It has an easy-to-remove cover
  • Easy to adjust for fit and recline
  • It has an attached anti-rebound bar on the base
  • It has a silent sunshade cover
  • It is plush and has high-quality fabric
  • Can be used with Graco’s Click Connect strollers

Cons:

  • Somewhat heavy for a bucket-style infant carrier
  • Fairly expensive for an infant carrier

FAQ

What is included with the Graco SnugRide SnugLock Extend2Fit 35?

This car seat comes with infant inserts that can be removed and stored when your baby no longer needs them. It also comes with a base with an anti-rebound bar that can be installed in your vehicle, which the car seat can snap in and out of easily.

Is it easy to install and use the Graco SnugRide SnugLock Extend2Fit 35?

Yes, the base of this seat is equipped with the InRight LATCH system that allows for easy installation. Just push the latches onto your vehicle’s anchors and pull the strap for a tight, secure fit every time. You can also choose to install with your vehicle’s seat belt, if desired.

How easy is it to clean?

It is very easy to clean. The cover can be removed easily by unsnapping and unhooking the fabric lining and lifting it away. Then you can simply throw the cover into the washing machine! We love the simplicity of the easy-to-remove cover, though there is a small learning curve.


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