Diono Rainier Convertible Plus Booster Car Seat Review


Diono Rainier Car Seat Review

Disclosures: I was provided the Diono Rainier Covertible + Booster car seat for review at no cost. All opinions are my own.

From the moment you hold your newborn baby in your arms, you want nothing more than to protect them from anything and everything bad in the world. Motor vehicle accidents are the #1 cause of unintentional deaths for children ages 0-19 in the United States, according to statistics gathered in 2007. While I consider myself and my husband to be pretty safe drivers, you never know what can happen on the road, and there are plenty of other drivers out there that I don’t trust! That’s why deciding on the car seat our children will ride in is of the upmost importance to us. Ever since our family had the opportunity to review the Diono Radian RXT, my husband and I have been huge fans of the Diono brand.  So, when I was offered the opportunity to review one of their newest convertible car seats, the Rainier Convertible Plus Booster (at no cost, to facilitate this review), I eagerly agreed!

Diono burst into the child car seat world in 1999 when they introduced the Mighty Tite, a device designed to assist parents in tightening the seat belt during car seat installation. They then released their first car seat, the Radian, in 2005, which was the first ever steel-reinforced folding car seat, designed to make travel and storage more convenient than ever. Today, Diono continues to produce innovative car seats, convertible boosters, storage solutions, stroller and travel accessories that consistently earn high ratings from industry experts and families worldwide.

The Rainier is taking Diono car seats to a whole new level thanks to their new, extra deep side walls, providing enhanced side impact protection. The aluminum reinforced headrest has 12 height positions for adjustable head support and additional EPS foam surrounds the child’s head and body for complete side impact protection. The Rainier is also NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions.

Diono Rainier Car Seat Review

Research has shown that children are safer in the event of a crash when their car seats are rear-facing and the Diono Rainier gives you extended rear-facing capabilities. In fact, your child can comfortably rear-face in this car seat from 5 to 50 lbs.!  When you are ready to forward-face the Rainier, it is approved for children weighing 20 to 90 lbs. in 5-point harness mode (up to 57″ in height). As of the date of this publication, this is the highest forward-facing capacity of any car seat with a 5-point harness. Additionally, it converts to a booster for children between 50 and 120 lbs. or up to 57″ in height.

This seat comes with a body support pillow (to be used for infants and toddlers) and a head support pillow (to be used for infants). As I’m typing this review, our new baby hasn’t arrived yet, but if we chose to use it for her/her, we could. To be honest, I prefer an infant car seat for the first few months because of the convenience of being able to take the infant car seat in and out of the car with ease. However, it is important to note that you CAN use this seat with your newborn (as long as he/she is at least 5 pounds). If you are on a budget, purchasing this seat to begin using at birth will save you money in the long run, since it would probably be the only car seat your child would ever need thanks to its industry-leading 12 year product life (from the date of purchase).

Diono Rainier Car Seat Review

Now that you know the basics of this seat, let’s talk about securing it in your vehicle. I can NOT stress enough how important it is to read the manual that comes with this car seat (or any other car seat you are using for that matter!). Every car seat is different and in order to achieve the safest installation, it’s important to read the directions and follow them. I have already flipped through the manual a dozen times for this seat. Like other car seats on the market these days, you have the option to install using LATCH or the seat belt depending on your vehicle. The manual gives clear, easy to follow instructions to install using the method of your choice. My son is 26 pounds right now and turned 2 in May. We practice extended rear-facing, so we installed the Rainier rear-facing using the LATCH system. As you can see in the pictures below, we also used a Diono angle adjuster to put his seat at a more upright angle and leave more room for the front passenger seat. It’s important to note that you can not use the angle adjuster for newborns or infants.

Here is what it looks like for my son ( 25 months and 26 pounds) and my daughter (age 4, 32 pounds) to rear face in the Rainier. My son will be the one using this seat (Maggie already has her Radian RXT) but I wanted you to be able to see how it looks for their size/weight.  They are both quite comfy and have plenty of room for growth.

Diono Rainier Car Seat Review

When you purchase your Rainier, it will arrive with a number of extra pieces and accessories. Included (and pictured below) are:

  • Additional set of harness pads to use only when the child is over 65 lbs in the 5-point harness
  • Angled cup holder
  • Head and body support pillows (as mentioned and shown above)
  • Detachable base (only used for rear facing)
  • Top tether strap for rear-facing installation

Diono Rainier Car Seat Review

The Rainier is approved by the FAA for airplane travel. It folds flat for easy storage and transport. If you plan to fly often with your Rainier, you can purchase a carry strap for your shoulder, or 2 carry straps to wear it like a backpack. You can also carry it by the red security strap, as my husband is demonstrating below.

Diono Rainier Car Seat Review

If you are debating between the RadianRXT and the Rainier, you are probably wondering what the differences are.  The main difference comes down to the weight of your child and the longevity of each seat position and the car seat itself. The new Rainier can be used in the rear facing position from 5-50 pounds, while the RadianRXT can only be used for 5-45 pounds. At the rate my children gain weight, the extra five pound weight limit would probably give them an additional 6 months to a year of rear facing time. Once you decided to forward face your child, the Rainier can be used from 20-90 pounds with the 5-point harness, while the RadianRXT can only be used for children 20-80 pounds. Again, this is giving your child an additional 10 pounds of growth before they need to change to a booster. The Rainier also has a product life of 12 years, while the RadianRXT has a 10 year life. There are 2 other differences I noticed between the RadianRXT and the Rainier: price (The Rainier is priced higher and sale prices are not as discounted right now) and available colors/prints..

Are they any things about the Rainier I would change? Yes, just one. When it is time to adjust the straps, you will need to rethread them. With many car seat manufactures switching to a norethread system, I hope that Diono will also do the same soon. This is certainly not a deal breaker for me, but one worth mentioning.

My son seems extremely comfortable riding in his seat, and the lower sides mean that he is able to climb in on his own now, without my husband or I having to assist him. Since I’ll be recovering from childbirth over the next few weeks, this makes me extra happy! I feel like my children are as safe as they possibly can be when they are riding in their Diono seats, and I love knowing that my son can use this seat for years to come. Overall, we are once again quite pleased with this car seat from Diono!

Connect: Visit the Diono website to find out more about the Rainier and all of the other car seats and accessories available from Diono. Then, make sure you “like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.

Buy It: The Diono Rainier has a suggested price of $359.99. You can purchase it through (my favorite) Amazon.com or use the Diono store locator to find a location near you.

Win It: I am pleased to tell you that one lucky reader is going to WIN a new Diono Rainier Convertible Plus Booster Car Seat!

Diono Rainier Giveaway

If you’d like a chance to win this fabulous car seat, just enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older.  The giveaway will end at 11:59pm EDT on July 9th, 2014 and a winner will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries received. Good luck!

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Disclosures: I received the car seat mentioned above at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours and/or Diono’s. Amazon links are affiliate links.

Janessa

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Hi! Welcome to my blog. My husband and I were high school sweethearts who married over 10 years ago. We now have 4 children: Maggie (age 6), Jacob (age 3), Zellene (age 1) and our youngest little guy Gideon born in February 2016. I love sharing about the great products I find that help to make our lives easier, while also talking about some of my passions like home birth & natural childbirth, travel, family life, and living a semi-green life.

642 comments on “Diono Rainier Convertible Plus Booster Car Seat Review

    1. I love that my child can do extended rear facing, she is only 20 pounds so we have many years to go before turning her!

    2. I love how it protects the child better then other car seats. I also loved the review, thank you for that.

    3. We have a radian RXT for one daughter and love it. We desperately need one for our other daughter. This would be perfect for us.

    4. The review was awesome. Really makes me wish i would have gotten this instead of the two britax we have now

    5. When picking a carseat/booster you want to pick the best one to protect your little loved one. I think this seat is the best one out there. I would put any of my family’s children in this seat. It would make feel better knowing that they are in a safe product that I can trust.

    6. Thank you so much for this great review! I am currently looking for my daughter’s next car seat and this looks like it could be it! I love that you can do extended rearfacing till 50lbs! That is unheard of!

    7. I love that this seat can fold unlike other this make for easy storage this would be perfect for me as I live in very tight quarters.

    8. I’ve been looking for another safe car seat for my granddaughters. I’m seriously looking into this one. Thank you for the review!

  1. These are amazing seats!!! I wish I would’ve just held out and gotten them for my twins. I like what we have but we have a smaller vehicle and our current seats are so wide! We can’t fit a third person in the back which is awkward when you want to go somewhere with grandma/grandpa:(

  2. We love our rxt and guessing we would love this one also. Wondering if you can still get 3 across like the rxt?

    1. I did some research on the Diono website. According to them, it IS wider than the RadianRXT and will not fit three across.

      1. Thank you for the clear and concise review. It’s comforting to know all the features have been tested by a real live family. I love especially that my baby can use this from rear-facing all through booster stage!

  3. I have the Radian RXT. I love this seat and would love and opportunity to have the rainier for my new baby 🙂

  4. Love the stroller fan! Where I live it is VERY unpredictable how hot it will be, could be nice and cool on a walk to the library, then go to leave and it’s scorching hot!

  5. Love the review, thanks for sharing pictures! I love the extended rear facing weight, as well as the additional padded straps, for the 5 point harness to be used over 65 lbs! This looks like it would be a good fit for either one of my 4 kiddos (all 6 and under!)

  6. We love our Diono Radian but after reading the review here I think our next car seat needs to be the Ranier for its extended rear facing and harnessing capabilities.

  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE what they have done with this carseat! I had a Radian RXT and we loved it when my son was young! I love everything Diono makes! The Pacifica is quickly becoming one of my favs!

  8. I love that it’s a convertible model and grows with them. It looks really safe and I love the way it folds for flights!

  9. Very cool looking seat. I like that it folds up too. We move our seats back and forth between our car and my in laws and they are so bulky.

  10. I have done a lot of research on these because they are so thin. We have a Prius and I have heard you can get three of these in the back seat. That would be great for when we have baby #3 🙂

  11. I love it, so neat how it folds up. I haven’t seen a car seat that does that until now. Would make it better for storage or taking it out of one vehicle to another.

  12. The other thing on their site I want are the buggy hooks. I wish I had bought some in Japan because my new stroller has less space and I could really use some.

  13. I love that it is FAA approved AND easy to transport. We could really use this in September when we fly across the country for a wedding, (not to mention my youngest is outgrowing her current seat).

  14. I love this review, lots of good info. Love that this seat holds a higher weight for rear facing and foward facing. I love car seat that can be used as my child grows.

  15. I love the safety features of Diono. I’m glad the Rainier has support pillows up to toddler age and that this would be the only carseat I would ever need for my little girl.

  16. I love that it folds up for easy storage and all that extra padding! I’d love to win this awesome seat for my little guy.

  17. Diono manufactures, in my opinion, the absolute best car seats available. After we purchased our first one, which is the Radian RXT model, we instantly could see the extreme difference in impeccable quality and sturdiness. My child at the age of 2 1/2 can completely buckle herself in with ease BUT can NOT unbuckle herself, which is a win-win for convenience and safety. With another baby on the way, I will need to purchase another car seat and after reading this valuable and informative review, I am excited to hopefully get this Ranier model. It sounds fantastic!

  18. Oh wow, this is like the Lexus of carseats. I have 2 grandbabies due this summer so I am looking to purchase (or win :0) 2 of these bad boys

  19. Another product I’d love to try is their sun shades, could definitely use them here in Phoenix! The Stow n Go organizer looks awesome too!

  20. I love that it’s has an extended rear facing feature! I want my baby to be rear facing for as long as possible.

  21. Lots of info in this review… Definitely putting this carseat at the top of the list when we getnour son’s new seat.

  22. What about the strap padding and crotch buckle? I remember people requesting smaller pads and a longer buckle. Are those still an issue?

  23. I love the 50lb weight limit for rear-facing. I’m not sure that people understand just how important it is to stay rear-facing for as long as possible. I’m looking to buy an RXT or Ranier very soon, but couldn’t decide between the two- still not 100%, because I’m sure my son will outgrow by height before weight. The 90lb limit might be swaying my opinion-you’re right, at the rate my son grows, that extra 10lbs forward facing could be a year or more.

  24. I love the fact that it has a 12 year safety guaranty as well as rhe extra padding. Having traveled by airplane with my kids makes the feature this seat has to a real highlight. Im amazed that it is foldable and can be carried on the back with the added straps. It’s a great seat. I would love to have one for my little love. <3

    1. I love the fact that it has a 12 year safety guaranty as well as rhe extra padding. Having traveled by airplane with my kids makes the feature this seat has to a real highlight. Im amazed that it is foldable and can be carried on the back with the added straps. It’s a great seat. I would love to have one for my little love. <3…the Pacifica car seat is great too.

  25. thats awesome that they came out with a longer lasting seat…keeping my baby rear facing as long as possible is my only option. we love our radian rxt which we just got a few months ago! hopefully they will figure out a better cup holder next. that would be fabulous!!!

  26. Wow a car seat that really does go from birth and up. I love the deep sides and that they have thought of the side impact. I was surprised at the stats but am pleased someone is paying attention and making a car seat that is safe and reliable as well as comfortable for the child! Thank you for the fantastic review!

  27. It feels like an amazingly safe car seat if you were to get in a car crash, plus very well built and comfortable with the Side impact walls, and the way it’s built and how it reclines!

  28. This looks like such a safe seat! I love that it has lower sides so my grandson would be able to climb in on his own and I won’t have to lift him in anymore.

  29. This is the part that I absolutely think is great.The Rainier is taking Diono car seats to a whole new level thanks to their new, extra deep side walls, providing enhanced side impact protection. The aluminum reinforced headrest has 12 height positions for adjustable head support and additional EPS foam surrounds the child’s head and body for complete side impact protection. The Rainier is also NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions.
    How wonderful for Grandparents as we are so conscience of them while we have them in our car. Hope to win.

  30. This carseat looks amazing. I love the ability to keep my older daughter in a 5 point harness. As mentioned in my Facebook comment the safety of my girls is the most important thing to me. And my oldest daughter has needed a safer carseat for to long now. It would truly give me piece of mind to have her in this seat especially after reading your review! !

  31. I also use a stroller in the mall to mall walk the grandchildren and this stroller acsessory look convenient for us. It keeps all your essentials organized and within reach when you’re out for a walk. With its zippered pocket for valuables, insulated drink holders and insulated cargo bin, it’s the perfect way to carry snacks, drinks and everything else.

  32. This carseat looks amazing. If I haf to pick another product from their website I would love any of the other models because they all seem so safe. I also love the purple covering if it is available for this model. If not then I would choose the fan.

  33. Great review. Practical for all. I am now very interested in this seat for both of my little ones & any more (if we have them) 🙂 I love how thorough you were in the description & any possible downfalls of the seat. Thank you.

  34. Love the lower sides hefting the children up and oer is taxing on your back. I also like it’s compactness for carrying!

  35. My 7 month old will be outgrowing her infant carrier soon. This looks like a great next step for her! Who doesn’t love free?

  36. This is awesome! I love that it accommodates even more weight rear facing!!! Keep those babies safe 🙂

  37. There is so much info in this blog! I love the way it folds up and all the other features! This would be a wonderful prize to win because hopefully we will be adding another little love to our family!

  38. I would love to have this for my daughter. I couldn’t normally afford one so nice, but would definitely utilize this for her.
    Thanks!

  39. I love how long it allows kids to rear face! My 3 years old is about max out on the height requirements in his seat to rear face.. I would would live to win one of these!

  40. The height of the Diono seats are a huge pro for me! My babies are long and need a car seat that has a high height allowance 🙂

  41. I love that a child can comfortably rear-face in this car seat from 5 to 50 lbs. My biggest concern is keeping my daughter rear-facing for as long as possible.

  42. Ithe review is very detailed. My daughters will really enjoy the seat and since it lays down they will really like it because they sleep in the car all the time.

  43. Thanks for the review! We are currently looking for our first car seat and there are just so many options! I really like the safety features of this one and that like you mentioned it can save you money by only having to purchase one car seat (if baby is 5lbs) instead of an infant and then convertible. As a first time mom, I also really appreciate knowing the extreme emphasis the company puts on safety so I know I am getting a solid product. Thanks for the review!

    Amy

  44. This car seat sounds amazing. I would love to have a seat that rear faces for so long. Not only that, but I have been struggling to find a new seat for my son that still has the five point harness. Something he could be in for a while. He is in no way ready for a belt-positioning booster, but is about to outgrow his MyRide 65.

  45. I’m excited to see Diono’s new car seat! We have the Radian and absolutely love it. Diono is definitely my favorite car seat company for many reasons.

  46. I am a grandma who believes in extended rear facing. It is great to see a car seat that is made to rear face as long as possible. With occasional use with my grand kids, I love that you can use it for 12 years!

  47. I think the review is as good as it gets. It did not leave me asking any questions. It was great to see so many clear pictures.

  48. I really loved seeing the pictures of your children in the seats. We had my daughter in a rear-facing but she outgrew it in length (30 inches only as per the manufacturer) very quickly (about a year old). I also love how this seat has a 12 year life span – it could literally be the only seat a child needs. Excellent review, thank you.

  49. I LOVE that the weight limit is so high to extend rear facing. Also that it can be used from birth up ! Really nice looking carseat- I hope to win:)

  50. We fly a lot! I think the best feature is that it folds up and I would definitely order the carrying straps for the back so I could still carry the baby up front.

  51. I love that it folds flat – would be great for having to take it in and out of the car at daycare so my husband can do pickup!

    1. Lisa,
      It does not say on the website if it will fit three across and we only currently own the Radian RXT and the Rainier so I can’t really try it out. Looking at them however, they appear to be about the same width so I would *think* that they would fit three across, I just can’t guarantee it.

  52. This does seem like a great car seat. I love the extra deep side walls, providing enhanced side impact protection and the aluminum reinforced headrest. I also appreciate the additional things they provide both for infants and for kids over 65 lbs.

  53. I have been researching trying to find a car seat that has extra side impact protection. I’m impressed that this does. I also like that my kids could stay rear facing so long. In my research I haven’t seen a car seat that folds up. I like that feature as well.

  54. Diono really does put out high quality products. I love that this converts to so many sizes and stages of kids!

  55. I love that my children could be in a five point harness longer. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome seat!

  56. My husband and I were looking into the diono carseats for when our twins grow out of their chicco keyfit30 carseats and I think you just sold me on Diono!

  57. I have the radian ext although mine is one of the last branded sunshine kids. We always loved it. I am currently storing mine in the bottom of my closet until January when my new baby is born. Then my middle boy will be in the radian and the baby will get the infant seat. At the rate my current youngest is growing he will be able to rearface in this new seat until second grade. Really hope I win it.

  58. I do not have this carseat now but I would love to have this one. It looks so comfortable and very safe. I love that it comes with all the accessories and that you can order things to go with it.

  59. We have a Radian that we got with my oldest and since their expiration dates are so long, we are able to use it with our youngest too! These new seats sound even better than the one we have, and I love all the new patterns.

  60. More like what don’t I want. I want an angle adjuster, seat protector, stroller shade and stroller fan. I stopped looking when my list hit four so there is probably more I want.

  61. This seems like such a great seat!!! Longevity, Side Impact, Folding and nice looking to boot!!! This would be awesome for my boys!!!

  62. What a fabulous review! Thank you. I especially loved the pictures showing each child in the seat, and the way or can be carried once folded. Honestly if I am in the market for a new car seat anytime soon this will be the one I choose. I like that they can be in the harness longer and I love that blue color! I would love to get one for my sister-in-law, her car seat was a hand me down, and I would love for her to have something like this. I really like the extended life on this one. 12 years! Awesome.

  63. I am so glad you compared this to the Radian RXT because that was my first question! I think its great Diono is increasing the weight limits for both rear and forward facing. I do wish there were more color choices, but I’m pretty boring and often indecisive so that’s probably a good thing lol!

  64. This seems like a solid car seat and with the way my niece is growing she is gonna need a new one soon. This would be great for her to grow into so she can enjoy those rides to the lake to feed the ducks. Thanks for the chance to win!

  65. I really like that the care seat folds flat for easy storage and transport. My wife live far away from our family, so a car seat like this would be perfect for when we fly to see them. I also like that there is optional carry straps so that you can carry it like a backpack.

  66. I would love to get the stow N go or the scuff protector for the back of the seat. My niece is a kicking machine!!

  67. I love that my son could use the Rainier rear facing for such a long time! Thank you for comparing the Rainier to the Radian RXT-so helpful!

  68. Love the car seat! What are the rear facing/ front facing height limits? I’m on mobile, so you may have mentioned, but part of the review is cut off for me.

  69. I love our radians and would love to try the new seat for our 3rd bebe. My 7 year old is still in her radian and 5pt harness. I love the life of these seats.

  70. What a great review! this is an amazing seat we would love it for our almost 3 year old. So many awesome things I love about it. I love the rear facing ability. Love the safety features and that the seat can grow with him, that means we won’t have to buy anymore! Also love the extras like the cup holder (which we don’t have on other brand seat its an “extra buy”) and the fact that it folds up thats amazing!!!
    Thank You for the opportunity to win a great prize!!!

  71. I think The aluminum reinforced headrest that has 12 height positions for adjustable head support is great!!

  72. Great review! Very helpful in determining how much I’d like to get a Rainier for my 15 month old daughter.

  73. The stuff n scuff is something I’ll be needing/wanting when my nugget is forward facing since I plan on keeping my van for a long time and want to keep it nice.

  74. I like the fact that it goes up to 90 pounds and 5 point harness. Doesn’t seem like it takes up a lot of room in the car either.

  75. What a thorough review! Thank you! I love that this has a TWELVE-YEAR life, and that the weight and height limits are so much higher. We are a very tall family, and our little one will be out of her infant car seat because of her height LONG before she hits 30 lbs. Having a seat like this that can accommodate her long legs would be awesome.

  76. I love that it has 12 adjustable height positions! I’ve looked into these car seats before and have been impressed with their construction and reviews.

  77. I love that it goes through all the stages of a car seat and will last your child until they can drive themselves! Even if I don’t win, spending the money for one would totally be worth it!

  78. The seat has so many positives. I would love to win this for my 7 month old. We plan on starting adventures as a family so the neat feature for air travel is a plus. Would be so grateful to win!

  79. I like how this seat lasts so long with the weight and height specifications. I also like that it folds for easy storage and carrying.

  80. My favorite part of this carseat is how it can grow so much with your family. I also really like that you can do the extended rear facing so much easier with this carseat.

  81. This seat is so cool. First I have seen that folds up. My son is getting big quickly and my daughter is not yet out of the seat that he needs to move into soon, this seat would be amazing for him!

  82. I love this car seat. I have two 2 year old little girls and car seat shopping is one of the most difficult things. You don’t know all the features of the seat. I love this seat. especially the pack and go feature.

  83. Awesome review! I love our RXT for my son and would love the Rainier for my daughter coming in a few months!

  84. love the idea of using this from birth to booster….and being able to only buy one chair….12 years for one seat is the best i’ve ever heard of. Would save a ton of money with 3 kids.

  85. I LOVE THE FACT THAT THIS CAR SEAT CAN GO FROM NEWBORN ON UP. SEEING THE ADJUSTABLE SIDE HEAD PADDING LIKE THEY HAVE IN RACE CARS IS A REAL PLUS. I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS FOR THE NEW GRANDBABY COMING IN NOV. THANKS

  86. We have a Diono Radian R120, but I absolutely love all the extra bells and whistles that the Ranier includes. Especially the configurable pillows as the child grows and the headwings!

  87. After visiting the Diono site, I would definitely like to have the angle adjuster! Since we tend to leave our kids rear facing as long as we can, that would be very helpful to save some space in the car.

  88. The Diono Rainier car seat looks comfortable and looks like a quality brand. I also love the blue color you have posted! I love the way it folds up, i always have to take out the car seat out!

  89. I couldn’t agree more with you on the importance of extended rear-facing! Our daughter will be 4 in July, and she’s still RFing in her Diono Radian RXT!

  90. Wow, I am completely sold! I would LOVE one of these for my little girl who arrives in 6 weeks! I would actually return the Britax seat that I bought and just use this from day one. Either way I think we will be saving up for this seat! Thank you for the review I really enjoyed it!

  91. Very informative review! I have always wanted a diono seat and it seems that every review praises their products! Hopefully I can get one for my daughter some day soon so I can experience the ease and safety of their seats first hand!

  92. The other product I’d be interested in is the Stuff ‘n Scuff! After reading the blog & website info, I really like that it goes up to 50 lbs for rear facing!

  93. I love that this is the highest forward-facing capacity of any car seat with a 5-point harness. And that it converts to a booster for children between 50 and 120 lbs. or up to 57″ in height.

  94. I can’t believe the capabilities of car seats these days! To be able to use it forward-facing to 90 pounds is amazing. This looks like an incredible product. Is it recyclable?

  95. I love that the car seat folds up quite compactly, making it great for travel. We are a traveling family so this seems like something that would be great for us!

  96. Great review. We are in the market for a new seat so even if we don’t win one these reviews are helpful!

  97. There are so many great qualities about this car seat! I love the blue color in particular….it looks super comfortable and I like how easily it folds up and is portable!

  98. I am an extended rear facer myself my. My son is 3 1/2 rear facing. I really like that the Diono has increased the weight for by 5 pounds. I am preggo with #4 and will rear face this one as long as possible as well. I would love to have the new Diono for the new little.

  99. i think this is a very safe looking and cool looking booster seat i would love to have one . Me and my husband have been looking for a safe and dependable car seat and i think we have found the one we have been looking for this is such seems very safe and dependable

  100. This car seat would be great for my 10 month old! I have been looking at different rear facing car seats and the reviews on this one, make me want to buy it! I love to save money but my child’s safety goes first before anything!

  101. Thank you for such a detailed review! I didn’t know that a carseat could last to 90 pounds! I was 90 pounds in high school lol. But this looks like a great carseat and I am really starting to love the Diono company! I know I would not have to worry about safety and they look comfortable for extended rear-facing.

  102. I can’t believe all the features this seat has to offer! I love that it folds up for storage or taking along with you. I really like that an older child can continue riding rear facing for longer comfortably.

  103. Thanks for spelling out the difference between the Rainier and the RadianRXT. I have the RadianRXT for one of my sons and love it, but the Rainier has a higher weight limit!! Even better! Great post

  104. This is a very informative review. I like that the booster seat is NCAP tested and that it conveniently folds for easy storage. But the best feature, I think, is the extra padding and head rest positioning…so the booster seat can be adjusted as your child grows. Best seat I have seen. Thank you for the review.

  105. Oh wow!! I have been desperately wanting a Diono Radian RXT for a long time for my son who will be one tomorrow <3 I really want to extended rear face for as long as possible because of how much safer it is but just simply cannot afford to buy one 🙁 We've been saving but aren't anywhere close to the cost. I would love to win this, and would be incredibly grateful as well! Thank you so much for the chance as this is the best carseat on the market today, and what an amazing seat it is!!

  106. Seems like the design was well thought out. How many car seats fold and doesn’t seem bulky. You want the best for your children its hard when price comes into play.

  107. I love this carseat because of how long it can be used for. I am glad that they increased weight limits, but sad that you still have to manually re-thread it as the kid gets bigger. I would still love this carseat for my baby. Thanks for the review and giveaway. <3

  108. I don’t own a Diono car seat but I love this brand, what impressed me most about Diono is that you can fit 3 Radian XTs across a back seat of a sedan.
    I love that there is a 12 yr product life for the Rainier and that a child can rearface in it up to 50lbs. If I had a Rainier my 4 yo would still be rearfacing right now.
    Do you know if you can fit 3 Rainiers in the back seat of a sedan?

  109. Thank you for specifically preparing the RadianRXT and Ranier. I have been struggling back and forth. Thank you for all of the pictures!

  110. This is an amazing seat! Really, the only one you’d ever need. Rear-facing to 50lbs is a huge plus and I love all the safety features – aluminum re-enforced head rest, memory foam, deep side walls…the list goes on!

  111. The Shade Maker Canopy for strollers would be nice. Out small stroller has such a tiny canopy that it’s pretty much useless.

  112. i love how your little ones look so cute and happy in the car seat, and i love how you provide pics with the description written on the pics! very informative!

  113. I loved your comparison between the RadianRXT and the Rainier. I love Diono but it can be so overwhelming and confusing to go back and forth between the pages to figure out which one to choose from. I also love that you mentioned the one negative you found in the seat. I’m looking for real, honest reviews and so often they’re all rainbows and butterflies. The strap re-threading is a minor factor for me, but it helps with the credibility of the whole review. Thank you!

  114. I would love to try the Little Tikes® by Diono® Car Seat Mat. Anything to help protect my car from goldfish crumbs is a must!

  115. This is a very thorough review and I couldn’t have read it at a better time. We are planing a trip and have to fly, I did not know there were car seats that fold up!! That is amazing. I’m going to try to find one (or two) locally. Thank you.

  116. I am in love with Diono! I researched and researched carseats and love the Diono. Except I simply couldn’t afford two at once. I have two boys – one year and one day apart. The older one was a preemie and came home just a few months before my second one was born. My older son has some muscle weakness due to extreme amounts of time in the hospital over the last few years and we are keeping him in a five-point harness for longer than most . It’s been hard to find a carseat that will adjust for his height since he is so tall. Diono would be perfect for him!

  117. I LOVE that this seat folds and has the adjustable side supports! A seat that really grows and conforms to a growing child is so handy!

  118. Needing to replace my current Diono RXT after an accident and saw that Diono has updated their line with these – except they’re all on a 4-8 week backorder everywhere! This is a great review, and I love all of the updates to the chair.

  119. This carseat looks super nice! I like that it is good for babies & toddlers, after all, car seats are expensive!

  120. This is an awesome convertible seat. We have been looking for one for our coming baby. This would be perfect!

  121. Thank you very much for you detailed review! My child is only 7 months old and small for her age (I guess she gains about like your children do) so we are still using an infant seat right now. I love that this one can stay rear facing longer than other convertible car seats. Thank you for reminding everyone about the importance of facing the rear as long as possible. This seat also looks nice and comfortable for any age or size.I would very much appreciate the opportunity to use it.

  122. This looks like a very safe and comfortable car seat, plus it would last for a long time with the weight limits too. Thanks for sharing.

  123. I would also love to have the Stuff ‘n Scuff item to keep the back of my car seats clean and have extra storage.

  124. Wow this is cool, I can honestly say that I have never seen something so advanced for a kids seat! Woah! : ]]

  125. I LOVE the weight limits on it! I especially like that you can keep them in the harness forward facing up to 90lbs! Dd has just about outgrown her Britax and most other carseats that are convertible from harness to booster have pretty much the same 50-60lb weight limit for the harness system

  126. This car seat gives your child an additional 10 pounds of growth before they need to change to a booster. The Rainier also has a product life of 12 years! WOW! I hope to own two one day for my sons.

  127. I need a car seat for my granddaughter in my car to end the hassle of taking the car seat from my daughter’s car. This Diono car seat has great features (new, extra deep side walls, providing enhanced side impact protection, aluminum reinforced headrest has 12 height positions for adjustable head support and additional EPS foam surrounds the child’s head and body for complete side impact protection). On top of all that, it has a 12 year product guarantee.

  128. I like that it folds up for easy transport, as well as the increased longevity of the Rainier vs the RadianRXT. Baby stuff is expensive, so looking for products like this to stretch ever dollar is essential.

  129. Diono also offers a a Shade Maker Canopy that looks like it provides significantly more sun cover compared to shades that most strollers have. Can’t have too much protection for our loved ones!

  130. Such an amazing looking car seat! I would love to have one of these for my daughter! I love hat it folds for transport!

  131. I like their Super Mat. My kids can always use extra pockets to keep snacks and activities in to keep them busy.

  132. The seat capabilities of the Rainier is unbelievable! The life of the seat is also fantastic as it will grow with my baby until he is big enough to truly no longer need a carseat. Love this seat!

  133. So many great features to this car seat! Love that it folds up too, that seems a little rare for car seats, but sooo convenient!

  134. I own two of the stow and go back seat organizers and they are great ! Perfect to keep all my older kids stuff off the floor of the car.

  135. I wish I would have known about this wonderful seat much earlier. It may be a bit pricey compared to other seats, but you can’t put a price on safety.. or extended rear facing! 🙂

  136. This looks amazing! I was not familiar with this seat and appreciate the info! I like that it can rear face a long time too! My almost 2 year old son is quite small for his age.

  137. We love our Radian RXT that we currently have for our son, but I really like the prospect of the extra rear-facing time that this seat offers. With our second child on the way I really like all that this seat has to offer including the extra 2 years before expiration as well. Though I agree that Diono really needs to figure out how to keep the straps threaded when adjusting.

  138. Hello, What a fantastic product! I love that it’s super safe and comfortable at the same time. The fact that it adjusts from newborn to toddler and up is great. Thank-you for the information & review!

  139. I hear wonderful things about this product and I can’t wait to have one for myself! Just to know your child is safe is comforting! This would be perfect for us since we travel often.

  140. Diono carseats are my favorite. I love that they’ve made my favorite carseat even better. The higher weight limits and the deeper side walls are wonderful. My favorite feature is one that you didn’t mention: the SafeStop. My kids tend to be really small; my 4.5 year old is only 32 pounds and wants to forward face. This is the only seat I feel comfortable letting him forward face in because the SafeStop would let him ride down a crash without his head flying forward.
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  141. It’s hard to find the perfect seat. Especially one that is both safe and comfortable. Looks like it’s also easy to carry. I would love to win this!

  142. I love all the Diono seats, I would love to have a Diono RXT in the plum color for my daughter – love the purple!

  143. I love that the Diono brand of carseats can do extended rear facing. Thanks for sharing photos of what older toddlers look like riding in the seat. 🙂

  144. What impresses me is how long this would last. I have 3 kids and I’m looking for a good Grandma/backup seat, something that would cover newborns to booster-aged kids, and this is it. The fact it folds up would make it easy to store as well.

  145. I love that it has extra deep sidewalls for better side impact protection! With 3 seats across the back, someone has to be next to the door. 🙁

  146. We love the Diono car seat, we have one already for our oldest who is almost 3 and still rear facing. We also have 7 month old twins and we plan on putting them on the same car seat. We love being able to fit 3 across! Awesome car seat!

  147. This carseat is fantastic, seems Diono thought of almost everything, I like that it can be used for more years as the child grows.

  148. I love that it compresses and you can use it for planes!!!! We are moving 12 hours away from our family in August. Our daughter will only be 3 months old. That’s an awesome feature I would never have thought of, and would be extremely useful!

  149. I love that the seat goes to 90#. My kiddo is just a tiny thing and I know that he would benefit from being in the seat for as long as possible

  150. I love everything about this car seat! I’ve been wanting one for my daughter since I first saw one. I love the fact that it can be rear facing up to 50lbs and you can compress it, so nifty!

  151. I have heard many great things about this brand and wish I had discovered it sooner. Thanks for the pictures! That makes it easier to picture my own child in a seat. I am in the market for a new convertible for my daughter and this is at the top of my list! Thanks for the great review!

  152. The ERF ability with this seat is awesome. I have always wanted a Diono, but never could afford one. Would LOVE to win one.

  153. I LOVE this seat! I cant get over that the seat will fit a 5 lbs baby and go to a 120 kid. It is the perfect all in one car seat a parent will need!

  154. I have been pining over the RadianXT for a while, but I think I have now fallen in love with the Ranier. I love how it folds flat for transport! So handy!

  155. I love the extra weight limits! I have a chunky guy so that means we will be able to rear face longer 🙂

  156. I’ve been looking at all the Diono products. Thanks for the review on this one. I’m just wondering if its back is so tall that my rear view mirror would be blocked when rear facing and riding in the middle seat, or if it would fit on one of the sides.

  157. I love how easy it is to switch between RF and FF, as well as the ease of installation. Grandparents have one for our littlest and it’s easy for them to install and remove without us, and I don’t have to worry about an incorrect installation. Plus, there’s still room in their backseat for two other people!

  158. The angle adjuster is a ‘must have’, and I think I’d also like to have the Pacifica, it comes in my favorite color – orange! 😉

  159. i like the position adjuster – We have the RXT and i think we will get it to get some more space for the front seat drivers.

  160. Love, LOVE the extra padding and that this can be folded up for convenience. Parent convenience was taken into consideration without sacrificing safety.

  161. Thanks for the review. I’ve been looking at the RXT but I might have start scoping out good deals on this one instead! I just love the practicality of these seats. They cost pretty equivalent to other popular brands yet you only need to buy just this one seat which isn’t the case for the other brands. I also love the fact that I may even be able to fit in the back seat next to two car seats!

  162. Thanks for the through review. I love the removable pads, that feature is something I wanted in the seat we have now. Might need to upgrade, but hopefull to win.

  163. Thank you for your detailed review! I am looking for a seat that will allow my LO to rear face longer and this one would definitely work!

  164. I have been looking for a comprehensive review of the new Diono Rainier, and this one was fantastic! I didn’t think it could get much better than the Radian RXT, but I am LOVING the new specs of this seat as well as the deeper sidewalls and the aluminium reinforced headrest. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to win one of these amazing seats! 🙂

  165. Thank you for your review on this car seat. I have heard lots of good things about this seat. I’m pleased to know that this seat can comfortably rear-face my kiddo up to 50 lbs! And that it can also ff from 20 to 90 lbs. in the 5-point harness mode and up to 57″ in height!! This is pretty awesome too that the booster can go from 50 to 120 lbs. or up to 57″ in height! Love it!!

  166. Thank you for this review! We are about to switch my youngest from an infant seat to a convertible seat, and this looks like a great option!

  167. I love the fact that you can use this car seat for a very long time. 5-120 pounds! Thats awesome. Also the fact that the longevity of the seat is 12 years. Plus you can fold it up for easy traveling. Thats a plus in my book! The truck we have now only has 4 back seats 2 up front next to the doors and 2 in the very back. So having to put my daughter next to the door always worries me and a car seat with side impact is always a must. Overall this seems like an amazing seat.

  168. Like how it folds for easy transport and that it can be used long-term. Just discovered we’re expecting our 5th so this would definitely be a great addition. Thanks for the review!

  169. I love that it has 12 height adjustments and a 12 year life. Most carseats expire so quickly it seems like. This is definitely worth the money seeing as how it would be the only seat needed from infancy up into childhood. I would have like to have heard a little more about the cup holder. Does it fit a sippy cup well, is it deep enough and easy enough for the little ones to use? overall it seems like a wonderful seat that i would love to have in my home for my son.

  170. I like the larger photos! It really shows what a beautiful, vibrant blue this is! I also love how safe this car seat is, the fact that it will probably outlive my cat, and adjustable head support.

  171. Im loving how it can fold in half! Also the fact that it accomidates the Taller children and still capable of ERF.

  172. Thank you for this review! I just started my search for a convertible carseat and reading this has helped me a lot in my research. I love how practical this seat is, there are so many features I like.

  173. I love that it folds flat! Having to travel by myself and my daughter plus her car seat was not fun since that thing was so bulky.

  174. I love how this basically is a 3 in one. It will definitely save money in the long term. I would also love to try out their Warm n’ Go baby bottle warmer

  175. I love it, I’m having a child soon and I am now torn between the Chicco Nextfit and the Diono Rainier. I think I’m going with the Rainer now, now I have to convince my DH to invest in it lol but I found a cheaper price on another website

  176. What a great review – I am looking for new carseat right now! Do you know if they treat their seats with fire retardants or other chemicals?

  177. I love the extra deep sidewalls and adjustable head support! I really, really want this car seat for my daughter. I feel like it’s the safest one we could put her in.

  178. Thank you for the review. I just purchased the Radian RXT for my son and was looking at purchasing another for my daughter. Since Diono just came out with the Rainier, it is great to see the similarities and differences.

  179. I love that you stressed the benefits of extended rear facing and forward facing up to 90 lbs in a 5 pt harness!! Car seat safety has come so far!! I also love that your husband demonstrated easy carrying for travel 🙂

  180. I love the extended rear-facing of the Diono seats and the slim sides. They’re a “Very useful Engine” to quote Thomas and Friends.

  181. I want the Radian Travel bag to keep our seat safe on our upcoming flight. Our little girl is big enough to fly without the seat on the plane – but it makes me nervous to check it!

  182. Love, love all the safety features. That alone makes me want one of these. Very nice car seat. Also, pretty great it stays rear facing up to 50 pounds!!

  183. Thanks for a great review!! I’ve been looking at Diono carseats for a while now and just couldn’t make up my mind about them. I think this review really addressed so many of my concerns, especially the child being able to get in and out on his own without needing the parent to lift him up and put him in! I’ve always loved the ability to do extended rear facing with Diono car seats too!

  184. Another thing that Diono makes that is of interest to me is their ever popular Radian RXT seat! I love the built and is narrow yet very safe and comfortable for the child to ride in!

  185. We LOVE our RXT, and this one looks even better! We want to rear face as long as possible, so the extra five pound limit sounds great! Our RXT has gotten a lot of use in multiple cars and planes. The ability to fold it up and go is invaluable.

  186. I love that this brand of car seats is so safe and that they expanded the weight limits both rear and forward facing.

  187. I love that my daughter would be able to climb in and out on her own. I am currently pregnant, and it is not easy to get her in her current seat!

  188. I really love how it would grow with my child and the beautiful bold colors. It’s really cool that it can fold flat and would last a really long time for my son!

  189. I like that it has enhanced side impact protection. And the aluminum reinforced headrest with 12 height positions sounds both extra safe and extra comfortable!

  190. I love all of the safety features this convertible car seat has to offer. I espcially love that it can remain rear facing up to 50 pounds and that it can be used with babies that weigh as little as 5 pounds. It’s seems like it could be used from birth until the child no longer needs to be in car seat or booster anymore. It’s definitely has a long life unlike many other car seats!

  191. I love all of the safety features this convertible car seat has to offer. I especially love that it can remain rear facing up to 50 pounds and that it can be used with babies that weigh as little as 5 pounds. It’s seems like it could be used from birth until the child no longer needs to be in car seat or booster anymore. It’s definitely has a long life unlike many other car seats!

  192. This is a seat I really need. I need to fit three across in my minivan and three of these would fit perfect. I like that it has side impact protection as well. It seems like a really well made seat. Thanks for the helpful and thorough review.

  193. My son is about to outgrow his car seat so I was happy to come across your review of this one! I really like the Padded head rest & sides, I want him to be comfortable because we go out of town alot. I know my husband would like the ease of the carrying straps as well! And it’s got a cup holder! How cool! Thanks for the review

  194. This is an awesome booster seat! My grandson will be needing this soon. He definitely needs this seat!

  195. This seat sounds even better than my Dion RXT. I am the owner of two and absolutely love them. So I won, I can use it towards my older son. 🙂 Very convenience with more padding.

  196. I love everything about this car seat its great that it can be used as a booster seat i also love how easy it looks to take off the cover and wash it this would be important to me and the safty features are great

  197. I just found out that Diono has this new line of carseats and I’m so happy to have found your review!

  198. I would love to have this. I’ve got my nieces alot and my brother only has them in backless boosters when they should be in 5point harness and rear facing still. this would help alot and fit in the car along with my daughters carseat.

  199. wow, i love the sleek look of this carseat and that you can use it with a newborn, all the way to child

  200. I love that the seat can be rear facing in the car for a long period of time. However, it looks rather large. Do you know if it can fit into smaller cars, rear facing for the same amount of time or if the height gets to be too much? This would be an awesome thing to win!!

  201. I love how headrest pillows adjust I love that its 3 in 1 seat I love that ots folds up Ilove how comfy and supportive it looks kinda wish there was an adult version I love that it has angle adjuster I love the seat covers are removable and washable I can go on and on about everything I love about this car seat I hope I win my son is growing out of his carseat

  202. My four year old is 45 pounds and 50 inches tall. She will out grow her car seat soon. I’ve been searching the internet trying to decide which would be the best for her next seat. The Rainier sounds perfect. That way she can be harnessed for as long as possible.

  203. I would love to get the Little Tikes® by Diono® Sit & Play Bouncer for my niece that is due in August.

  204. Thank you for sharing your review! I love that it has super deep side walls and all the different positions for the head rest!

  205. Thanks for your review! We just bought the RadianRXT for my car, but we need another carseat for my husband’s car. My LO is really uncomfortable in his carrier car seat, although you’re right, it was very convenient to get it in and out of the car when he was tiny. He’s 10 months old now and ready for something bigger!

  206. I really enjoyed reading your review on the Diono Rainier. It was very informative and I like how you were honest about what you didn’t like.

  207. I love that it’s so versatile! There are so many things kids/babies need, it’s refreshing to have something that will “grow” with them.

  208. I love both this and the Radian. I like the extended weight limits and that you can use it for a baby too. My little one due in August would love it!

  209. Thanks for the awesome review! I love seeing the pics of your kids in the seat! It really helped me to visualize how a child that is 4 could still be rear facing. I always thought that if their legs touched the back seat, it was time to forward face them, boy was I ever wrong! I also really love that his seat folds flat for carrying on an airplane. That would be awesome when flying! I tend to take the seats on the plane b/c my kids will sleep the whole flight. It would be really nice to be able to fold this seat flat and then have the two straps and wear it like a backpack, especially if I’m traveling without my husband.

  210. Love love love this carseat looks amazing its so hard to find the carseats that support the bigger kids the support and padding is great would so love to win this

  211. Diono makes such a great seat! We have one for our 2 year old and plan to get another for the next baby due any day now. Great review of the Rainer..it helps the decision making of which diono seat to get easier!

  212. Love that this seat will truly grow with ypur child and not having to buy 3 different seats. Does anyone know how well this seat will fit rear facing in a Toyota Prius C? Im looking for a convertible to fit in the husbands commuter.

  213. I love that this car seat is convertible so that it can be used for years instead of wasting money and buying several different sizes.

  214. Wow, this seat would be so great! Expecting baby #2 soon, and with both space and safety to consider, this seat would be ideal!!

  215. Oh how I wish I knew about this seat. My son is big for his age..52lbs & 42inches tall at 4 years old. We’ve cycled through many car seats to accommodate him that its ridiculous! I like that its a 5-point harness all the way up as I don’t feel very comfortable driving around with my son in just a seatbelt (I feel even at his height & weight) he should be in a 5-point. Now that we had my daughter (she’s 4 months) this would be great considering a few of our seats may expire before she grows into them.

  216. Love the added impact protection. You are absolutely right that you can never trust other drivers to do the right thing. Hopefully car seats like this will also encourage people to use them longer.

  217. What an incredible seat! Sounds like it is totally worth the investment! I especially love the extended rear facing!

  218. Wow this car seat seems to be a winner! From the latch system, extended rear facing, side impact and all the other features make this a good buy! Looks stylish as well.

  219. I love that it folds flat. I don’t travel a lot but I live in NYC and only use a car on occasion so this would be great for storage when not in use.

  220. This looks like A Very convenient car seat to Have… I Think It is A must Have!!! I really Enjoyed Your Review on this & It makes me understand even More about The Importance of A Car Seat… I Have Two Kids… One is jn A Booster seat & The other is in The Front Facing seat… & I Am 8 Months Pregnant Again & Will Have An Infant in A Infant Car Seat… Sooooooo, this would b Very Helpful!!! Thank You for The Great review!!!

  221. I like the fact that the car seat has 12 height positions for adjustable head support and additional EPS foam surrounds the child’s head and body for complete side impact protection.

  222. Thanks for such a detailed review. The accessory package, safety measures, airline portability, and length of use are desirable features in my book. Looking into this seat for Daddy’s truck.

  223. I enjoyed your thorough review of this Diono Ranier Convertible Plus Booster Car Seat. I had not heard of this company before and this car seat is by far better than many I have seen out there. I think my nephew would benefit from this car seat as well as any new nephews or nieces on the way. 🙂 I love love the extra protection features. Safety is a must for me at all times but most especially when moving your most precious cargo to and from places. Thanks again for sharing this new to me company. 🙂

  224. It is very important that it has the side impact protection!! I also like that it is so big and roomy. It looks like a great car seat, and I just love the color!!

  225. I love how long they can use this single car seat for! My newborn never liked her infant car seat and hated being carried in and out in it so we always ended up just taking her out of the car seat instead of clicking her seat in and out.

  226. this car seat looks amazing. I am a huge fan of Diono and when we move to the ext size will definitely be looking at them for options.

  227. I have heard great things about the Pacifica. Wouldn’t mind having that also. Shoot I would love them all lol

  228. Looks SAFE and Secure My Nephew and His Fiance just found out they are having a Baby….
    I Know they would just Love this when its a Bit Bigger

  229. I like that they improved the seat with extra deep side walls. The bright, blue color fabric is beautiful too.

  230. I would love to win this for my baby since he’s growing so fast. A couple more pounds and he will need a new one—

  231. I would love to win this seat. I just wish that the booster mode was more useful than it is, but considering how long this seat can keep kids harnessed, it’s almost irrelevant.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  232. Why are all car seats not required to be this good. Oh how I wish I knew about this seat when I purchased my sons. I almost feel guilty that my daughter will have this seat and not him. Winning might mean he could have one too.

  233. I love how compact this car seat it, I love the wide weight and height range that this seat can accommodate.

  234. I knew Diono was coming out with a new car seat and I’ve been wondering what the difference was between the Rainier and the Radian. Thanks for the comparison! This is great for extended rear-facing, and definitely a seat we’ll be looking at for #2!

  235. Your little ones looks so cute and comfy RF’ing! The seat is all around awesome, but I love the low profile. It makes it so much easier to get RF’ing kids in/out…

  236. Just about ready to make the transition out of our infant seat and I appreciate the good review! Thanks!

  237. I love that the Diono car seat has such excellent head and side impact protection.

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  238. Thank you for the review. I had wondered what the difference is, now we just have to decide if the extra weight limits are needed for our family as our kids tend to be taller in torso height rather than gaining eight quickly.

  239. This would be so great to have for my 2 boys since we could really use an extra car seat for my husbands vehicle there isn’t much space available.

  240. It looks like they really put a lot of engineering work into this seat. I especially like the extra deep side walls, providing enhanced side impact protection.

  241. After reading this review I would feel totally at ease giving this to my niece to use for my new great nephew who is due in November. It has lots of safety features and I love the fact that she can use it from birth till he no longer needs one as she is on a budget.

  242. I loooove all the safety features of this seat! We have been Graco peeps – but with all the recalls, we’d love to switch.

  243. Wow, this is like the best car seat I think I could possibly buy for my son. The 12 height positions just goes to show how versatile the seat is and the extra deep side walls are a big plus.

  244. i love this car seat because i have a 6 month old that weighs 21 lbs now and with him growing so fast and so big. this is the perfect car seat to help with his growing weight. I also love that the car seat folds up for easy carrying.

  245. I loved the review, especially with the pictures of the kiddos! I need this for my 3 year old grandson and it looks super safe!

  246. I am currently dealing with almost having to buy another rear facing car seat because my 5 month old is getting too tall for his current infant carrier. I appreciate this review.. It seems like this car seat would be a great investment. I like the features of it, and like that my child can stay in it for years to come.

  247. This is my DREAM come true! My 7 year old could still ride in a 5-point harness! What an awesome seat. I know he’d especially love the blue color.

  248. I love that I only need to buy this ONE carseat from birth through the time my child no longer needs a booster.

  249. How very impressive all of those safety features are! Equally impressive are the many adjustments to accommodate baby as he/she grows. Extremely attractive, this is the “Cadillac” of car seats; others definitely pale by comparison.

  250. The limits on this seat are awesome! Also the expiration date is the longest I have seen. This would be great for our family since we have foster children of all sizes.

  251. I love all the features of this car seat. Would love to have one for my daughter knowing it would last her so long.

  252. I’m glad that it’s non-rethread straps…. That means they are replaceable!! If they become overly wet, etc., they need to be replaced for safety.

  253. Love how this seat can convert from rear facing to booster. With 3rd child we are needing a new rear facing seat after she grows out of her infant carrier and would love a 2 in one model so we don’t have to get another booster too.

  254. Love the orange Pacifica! Cute seat and a beautiful happy color. We will be in the market for a new seat soon… Diono is definitely in mind.

  255. I love that it has the extended weight limit for rear facing and it is slimmer than some of the other big box company seats which means not so much crowding of the other passengers and baby is easy to get to when needed.

  256. This car seat definitely looks pretty amazing! I love that it allows you to have your baby rear facing up to 50 lbs! And how it also goes up to 120lbs, so it is pretty much a forever car seat for your lo. The folding storage/travel option is also pretty awesome, most are so heavy and bulky it’s almost impossible to travel with them!

  257. I would also love to try the Radian R120. I love that you are able to fit 3 of them in the back seat comfortably. I have 3 children, so this is a huge plus for me!

  258. We have a radian rxt and it’s awesome! Love the extra weight limits on it. Thanks for a great review!

  259. I have always had my eye on this carseat but was out of my price range at the time when I was buying. This would be perfect for my husbands car which is a sporty car and smaller in the back seat. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  260. I love the “supersized” side impact protection & the fact that it can be the only seat that my child ever has to use 🙂

  261. I love the fact the new car seat goes to a higher weight with the 5 pt harness. I wonder if I could still fit them 2 wide in the Pilot with enough space for another person to sit between them comfortably?

  262. Wow! This is fantastic. I have a grandson who is almost 2 and another grandchild due next February. This would be perfect for either of them! And looks comfortable and extra safe.

  263. We love our Diono Radian and would love to have a Rainier to our new addition! We love the look, easy cleaning, and most of all, the safety of Diono seats. Thank you for the chance to win!

  264. I am excited to try these! I have 5 year twins and one is really large and the other is really small. Excited that this will be our last car seat purchase.

  265. This is the first I have read much on the Diono brand. I like that it folds completely and that it can be converted to a booster seat. We will be switching from our infant seat soon and this is definitely one I will have to consider.

  266. I am expecting baby number 3 and we drive a Pontiac so to be able to fit my three kids in the back safely us priceless to me. I have a sunshine radian for my 2 yr old, 21.5 lb, and she LOVES it! Love the style and comfort of these!

  267. Only thing I didn’t care for about the Radian RXT was that the cupholder never stayed put… thoughts on this issue where Rainier is concerned?

  268. I love your reviews! love the many pictures and the detail. I like how the car seat has extra deep plush side walls for side protection and I love the colors this seat comes in 🙂

  269. I also like Diono’s Super Mat to place underneath, both protects the car and offers extra built in storage.

  270. LOVE this seat!!! I am so excited about the 12 year life of the seat, as well as so many other features. We have the R100 for my toddler currently, and I love that for the next baby I can purchase this seat and it will last us all the way to using the seat with no booster at all. Love the colors available, also!!

  271. As a Mom of 4 I Love that it is the last carseat I would need. It will grow with my youngest. I love that it folds! And the base is narrow making it an easier fit with multiple carseats!

  272. Love the honest review. And how easy it is to put the seat together. I also like how it folds up for easy carry

  273. Thanks for reviewing this car seat. Until I read this, I had never heard of Diono Rainier brand. I was excited to see the features of it. My baby girl would definitely be comfy in this car seat with all the cushions and settings available. Plus, the color choices are great! 🙂

  274. Some other Diono items I am interested in getting are the Solar Max sunshade and the Solar Stop back window shade. Looks like they would do a good job at keeping the rays off of baby.

  275. I LOVE how easy it looks to carry the car seat if used during a flight, very handy. This looks like a great next seat for my little ones.

  276. I love that this folds flat for easy storage and transport! I would probably buy two of the carry straps and wear it as a backpack for travel.

  277. My son has a hand me down graco car seat I would love to be able to get him something like this it would be more comfortable than what he has. The black one would last a long time. Being military we move a lot and do with what we have I would love to get this for him he’s about to turn one!

  278. Love the easy fold up for transportation, we travel to the city a lot and when taking cabs this seat seems like it would be easier to carry with my children.

  279. I absolutely love that you can rear face for such a long time in this seat. That’s awesome considering kids are 500 times safer in that position.