Evenflo Gold Revolve360 Rotational All-in-One Car Seat: Gimmick or Must-Have?
- Value: 19/20
- Functionality: 20/20
- Ease of Use: 20/20
- Aesthetics: 19/20
- Quality: 19/20
- TOTAL: 97/100
OK, so I won’t lie: When I heard that Evenflo created a 360-degree swiveling car seat, the first thing that popped into my head was how will this be any different from the Cybex Sirona S? 360-degree rotation? Check. Loaded safety features? Check. Ability to grow with your child for up to 10 years? Um, hold up—now that’s something new. Turns out the Revolve360 has a few tricks up its sleeve. I tested out the seat on my 20-month-old nephew, and here’s what had my head metaphorically swivel.
No More Wrestling with a Squirmy Toddler
Although he’s not technically my child, I spend a fair amount of time with this active little man, and I’ve learned the struggles of the pick-up and drop-off dance. It’s truly incredible what a 360-degree rotating seat can do to change that. It doesn’t matter if you place it behind the driver’s seat, the passenger’s or in the middle—you can easily pivot the Revolve360 to get the angle you need, all with the push of a handle (no yoga moves required). And once it’s locked in place (forward- or backward-facing, depending on the age and weight if your child), it stays locked.
Install It Once and Use It for 10 Years
Yep, same seat for the same kid. This puppy goes all the way from a rear-facing infant to booster seat for children up to 120 pounds. When I took it out of the box, I was a bit intimidated at first—the base and back of the car seat look very different from anything else I’ve dealt with. But as soon as I took a peek at the manual, I realized it was extremely easy to understand. The Sure360™ Safety Installation System, including LockStrong™, allows parents (or aunts!) to push down to lock the car seat base into place for an easy one-time installation. (P.S. There’s a QR code to follow directions on your phone.)
Aside from the swivel, my second favorite feature has to do with the installation. This seat has a bar in the base that releases so you can put the seatbelt through, and when you snap the bar back down, it will display red for “unlocked” and a green for “locked.” At first, I got red, letting me know that the base wasn't right. I readjusted the seatbelt, and it quickly showed green. Grateful for that peace of mind.
It’s Got All the Amenities You Love (and Expect)
On-the-go recline and 14 headrest settings mean a more comfortable ride for your little one. Two cup holders give you plenty of room for drinks, snacks or toys, and the cup holders are top-rack dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. It’s also easy to remove the inserts, and the material dries quickly should you need to wash them.
Finally, It Costs Over $100 Less
Compared to the Sirona S, this seat is a steal. And considering it lasts even longer, I’d say that makes the cost per use pretty darn economical. I still knocked off one point for value, but that’s simply because you can only use this as a car seat. If you’re someone who was hoping for a stroller attachment or as a means to tote around your newborn in this seat, it’s probably not the one for you. (This chair is heavy!) But if all you need is a car seat—and one that grows with you, at that—the Gold Revolve360 is tops.