Selecting the right car seat for your child is a crucial decision that affects their comfort and safety during travel.
Britax, a reputable car seat manufacturer, offers two popular options: the Graphene and Graphene TEX car seats.
In this article, we will explore the key differences between these two models and discuss their shared features to help you make an informed decision.
Important note: This article is solely intended to provide a comparison of the features of these Britax car seats. It is not intended to be taken as advice or guidance on which car seat to choose. We recommend that you visit the Child Car Seats website to evaluate car seat safety and consult a professional installer for advice on installation. We also encourage you to consult the manufacturer for specific queries.
Key Difference: Fabric Technology
The primary difference between the Britax Graphene and Graphene TEX car seats lies in the fabric technology:
The Graphene TEX car seat uses a combination of Thermo5 High-Performance fabrics and Nanotex technology. This fabric combination is stain and moisture-resistant, providing comfort while maintaining cleanliness and convenience. The TEX Series features a liquid barrier technology that means spills roll off the seat without sinking into the fabric itself.
The standard Graphene car seat uses Thermo5 High-Performance fabric, which offers comfort and performance but does not include the Nanotex technology found in the Graphene TEX model.
Thermo 5 is used across most of the Britax car seat range, with the exception of the Compaq and Brava models.
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Both the Britax Graphene and Graphene TEX car seats share several features and specifications, making them popular choices for parents:
Both car seats comply with the AS/NZS 1754:2013 Standard, ensuring they meet the necessary safety requirements.
2. Age Suitability
The Graphene and Graphene TEX car seats are suitable for children aged 0-4 years. They both offer rearward-facing options for 0-12 months and extended rearward-facing options for 0-36 months. Additionally, both car seats can be used in a forward-facing position from 12 months to 4 years.
3. Size and Weight
The Graphene and Graphene TEX car seats have a small footprint, allowing them to nest between seatbelt buckles. They are also compact, making it possible to fit three car seats across the back seat. Both models have a weight of 7.8kg and share identical dimensions in both forward and rearward-facing positions.
Both the Graphene and Graphene TEX car seats can be converted between rearward-facing and forward-facing positions, providing flexibility as your child grows.
5. Installation Method
The Graphene and Graphene TEX car seats can be installed using a seatbelt or the ISOFIX system. However, neither car seat is compatible with the ClickTight installation method. Both models also feature a top tether and are aircraft compatible.
6. Side Impact Protection
Both car seats come equipped with EPS foam protection, an Active Head Restraint (AHR), and Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT) for torso protection. However, neither model offers additional SICT for head protection.
7. Hardware Product Features
The Graphene and Graphene TEX car seats have similar hardware features, including a rebound bar, forward-facing seatbelt lock-offs, and a hassle-free harness. Both models also have an adjustable headrest with a push-button mechanism. However, neither model includes a rear-facing level indicator, re-threadable harness, or adjustable backrest.
8. Additional Comfort Features
Both car seats come with buckle tongue holders, EZ buckle crotch pads, and shoulder pads. Although neither model includes a head pillow, both come with a newborn insert for added comfort. Storage pockets are available on both models, but neither car seat includes a vehicle seat protector.
When choosing between the Britax Graphene and Graphene TEX car seats, the primary difference to consider is the fabric technology. The Graphene TEX model offers the added benefit of Nanotex technology, providing stain and moisture resistance, as well as a liquid barrier that makes cleaning up spills easier. This advanced fabric can contribute to a more convenient and comfortable experience for both parents and children.