Graco SnugRide 35 LX Click Connect Review

Graco SnugRide 35 LX Click Connect Infant Car Seat

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX is one of the many car seats in the Graco family. There are several Graco Snugride 35 LX models available in several fashions, namely “Harris“, “Studio” and “Rittenhouse” .

Quick Stats

  • Height limits: 32″ or less
  • Weight limits: 4-35 lbs
  • Height of shell: 19.5″
  • Lowest harness position: 5″
  • Weight (carrier only): 7.5 lbs
  • Expiration: 7 years
  • Handle position: Any locked position

Base Compatibility.

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35 and 35 LX infant car seat carriers are only compatible with the standard SnugRide Click Connect™ infant car seat base (with no lock-off) and the premium SnugRide® Click Connect™ LX infant car seat base (with lock-off).

Stroller Compatibility

The Graco Snugride Click Connect 35 LX infant car seats are compatible with all Graco Click Connect strollers.  The car seat will easily click into the compatible Graco strollers to create a travel system for your baby.

The Graco SnugRider Elite is a great choice for a lightweight snap-n-go stroller.

The Graco Ready2Grow or the Graco Fastaction Fold Duo Click Connect are double strollers that accept two Graco SnugRide Click Connect car seats

What we like about the Graco Snugride 35LX Infant Car Seat

The Graco has an adjustable crotch strap, measuring 5.5″ and 7″. This two position strap helps keep your baby safe without the crotch strap being too far or too close to them. There aren’t any guidelines as to when’s the best time to adjust the crotch strap, but the buckle should be as close to your baby as possible.

The Graco snugride 35LX has a no re-thread harness that’s adjustable by pushing the two buttons at the back of the car seat together, then sliding it to the right position.

The Graco has an infant insert that is great for smaller babies. It does a fantastic job of keeping your baby comfortable and in the right position. This insert can be used up to 12 lbs

The 35LX also has an adjustable recline foot which allows it to to be correctly reclined in a wide array of vehicles.

The multi-age level indicator on the base allows your baby (under 3 months) to seat in a more reclined position and avoid head slump or to sit more upright (3 months+).  This nifty addition means older babies can sit up more and look outside, and the younger ones can be correctly positioned.

Seat belt lock-off on car seat’s base helps to ease installation by allowing the seat belt to be locked using the base, rather than locking it in any other way.

Installation

Installation of this car seat is a breeze, more so if you read your car seat’s instruction manual. The Graco Snugride 35 LX makes installation easy whether you install using LATCH or the seatbelt. Please note that you can only use one of these methods, never both.

Finding the correct recline angle in your vehicle.

Finding the right angle to install your car seat is dependent on the slope of your car’s back seat cushion. The SR35 LX has 6 recline positions. Use the red knob to switch between different positions.

Base installation using lower LATCH anchors:

To install the base using LATCH, ensure the base is in the right recline angle before you begin. Connect the hooks to your vehicle’s lower anchors, and check so that the LATCH straps are not twisted. Route the end of the LATCH strap through the belt path till the centre of the base. Finally, pull to tighten. The LATCH strap then goes over the closed lock off.

Installation with Base

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX can be installed with either seat belt or LATCH.

To install via LATCH, thread the straps through the belt path over the seat belt lock off, then connect the push button connectors to the vehicle anchors and tighten.

Seat belt installation is easy because the car seat base has a belt lock-off.

Base installation using seat belt.

The Graco base can be installed quickly and easily with a seat belt owing to its lock-off device. Using the lock-off is required if installing this base with seatbelt.

This video will help you install this seat quickly and correctly using LATCH or the seat belt.

Installation without the base

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX can be installed safely without its base, like most other infant car seats. This is particularly helpful if you need to occasionally switch between cars, or if you’re traveling by taxi or plane. So there’s no need to lug the base around.

To install, level the car seat on the vehicle seat and route the safety belt through the belt path guides on the car seat. Lock the seat belt, and tighten the car seat by pressing your weight against it.

This model doesn’t allow Euro routing (where the shoulder belt routes behind the car seat) unlike other infant car seats.

Fit to Child

The Graco Snugride fits most newborns and even preemies very well due to low bottom harness slots, the inner buckle position and the adjustable crotch strap length.

The insert is helpful for smaller babies and preemies, but should be removed once the baby weighs 12 lbs.

Care and Maintenance

The Graco Snugride has a machine-washable seat cushion and canopy. Spot clean the harness and clean the buckle with a damp cloth.

Cleaning the harness buckle

Remove the buckle from the car seat. Hold the buckle upside down and submerge it in warm water. Jimmy the buckle by pushing the red button a few times while the buckle us still submerged.

Do not immerse that harness webbing in water, and do not use soap fot this step. Only use warm water to rinse the harness buckle. When done with this, take the buckle out of the water, shake out any excess water and air dry it.

You’re all set. Reattach the harness buckle and check if the harness is correctly installed.

Cons

These aren’t really problems but here goes…

  • This is not a compact infant seat. It is a large car seat that takes up a lot of space in the back seat. Keep your receipt and the box handy until you’re certain that this car seat is a right fit.
  • Lacks premium push-on LATCH connectors
  • Not exactly lightweight but 10 lbs. is OK for an infant car seat of this size.
  • The harness straps can’t be removed or replaced.
  • Not compatible with older Graco strollers
  • The Graco is China-made – So are many other car seats in all fairness.