Graco Extend2Fit 2-in-1 vs Extend2Fit 3-in-1 [Which is Better?]

In this comparison report, you are going to find out what exactly is the difference between Graco Extend2fit Convertible and Extend2Fit 3 in 1 Baby Car Seat.

They are both very popular and highly rated models, but what exactly is the difference between these 2 models except for the price?

Please take a look at the table below to find out what exactly it is that you get in the Extend2Fit 3-in-1 against the Convertible model. For a more detailed explanation, continue reading further to find out which of them is the better option.

Graco Extend2Fit 2 in 1 ConvertibleGraco Extend2Fit 3 in 1
Foot Extension PanelUpto 5 inches of Extended Leg RoomUpto 5 inches of Extended Leg Room
Integrated Belt Lock OffNoNo
Dimensions21.5″ x 19.5″ x 23.5″20.75″ x 19″ x 24.5″
5-Point HarnessYesYes
Adjustable HeadrestNo-rethread simple adjust – 10 PositionsNo-rethread simple adjust – 10 Positions
Cup Holder2 x Integrated2 x Integrated
Fabric BreathabilityYesYes
Front Facing Adjustment Options33
Front Facing Weight Limit22-65 lbs22-65 lbs
Rear Facing Adjustment Options34
Rear Facing Weight Limit4-50 lbs4-50 lbs
High Back Booster Weight Limit40-100 lbs
Backless Booster Weight Limit
Recline Positions66
SafetyGraco® ProtectPlus Engineered™Graco® ProtectPlus Engineered™
Side impact protectionYesYes
Stroller CompatibilityNoNo
Build MaterialSteel-reinforced frameSteel-reinforced frame
Installation LatchPush-button InRight™ LATCHPush-button InRight™ LATCH
Removable CoverYesYes
Washable CoverMachine WashableMachine Washable
Harness Storage CompartmentYesYes
Removable Plush Head & Body InsertsYesYes
Level IndicatorsYesYes
Average Customer Rating4.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Where to BuyClick here for best priceClick here for best price

The Similarities

Before proceeding to the part where we evaluate the differences and identify the best option between Graco Extend2Fit 2-in-1 and Extend2Fit 3-in-1, let’s take a look at what’s similar in both these models – what’s missing and what’s great.

Foot Extension Panel

As the name “Extend2Fit” suggests, this series of baby car seats come with a 4-step foot extension panel, that can provide up to 5 inches of leg resting space for children in the front-facing position. Imagine traveling in the economy class of an airline for more than 8 hours, the feet start feeling cramped. You need some leg stretching space.

It’s the same for children, and their energy levels make them restless in a matter of minutes, not hours, thereby making this foot extension a whole lot comfortable and calming for babies and toddlers – ESPECIALLY when the journey is long.

Installation Latch

The push button in-right latch is a plus point for the Graco Extend2Fit models since it saves a lot of time installing the baby car seat in the rear-facing position. Thanks to the built-in level indicator, this process becomes even more precise and accurate with the least bit of hassle.

The only missing feature in both Extend2Fit 2 in 1 and 3 in 1 is the belt lock-off which can be found in Graco Slimfit, 4Ever, and certain other models, which saves a lot of time installing the car seat in the front-facing position.

Removable Cover

It’s very important to remove the car to wipe clean or machine wash for hygiene purposes, especially with these car seats designed to be used for up to 10 years of the child’s life! Unlike other Graco Car Seat models, the Extend2Fit car seats do not come with 60-second quick remove covers that can be removed without removing the seat from the car.

It’s a more tedious process that requires the removal of the car seat from the vehicle and a few extra things to be removed before you can start pulling out the cover carefully. It’s not impossible but it does take some time.

If this is a no-no for you, then you might want to check out our comparison of the Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 against Graco Slimfit and Graco 4Ever DLX car seats, both of which come with 60-second quick remove covers that do not require unlatching the baby seat from the vehicle.

Level Indicators

There is nothing more dangerous than the doubt of whether the baby car seat is latched in perfectly safe. The built-in level indicators make sure you have the car seat perfectly aligned and angled at the respective recline position before you latch it to the backseat of your car.

This feature is not just in the Extend2Fit Convertible and the Extend2Fit 3-in-1, but you can find this level indicator in most Graco Baby Car Seats.

Build material

The Extend2Fit 3-in-1 and the Extend2Fit 2-in-1 are both built with Steel re-inforced frames that go through rigorous safety tests to exceed industry standards – making these models assuringly safe and secure for your child.

The material is made of breathable polyester fabric that is easy to clean, and padded with comfort for the child.

Headrest and Recline options

6 recline positions can be found in both the car seat models – 3 front-facing and 3 rear-facing positions. The headrest can also be adjusted to 10 different positions to adjust perfectly with the growing passenger.

The headrest is adjustable with a no-rethread feature which allows the harness and headrest to be adjusted with the click of a button. It’s that simple.

The Differences

High Back Booster Seat

As you may have noticed already, there is only one main difference between the Extend2Fit Convertible 2-in-1 and the 3-in-1 model. It’s already mentioned in the product name.

The 3-in-1 comes with a high back booster seat option which extends the maximum weight limit of the child to 100lbs, whereas the Extend2Fit Convertible 2-in-1 limits its weight support to 65lbs on front-facing mode.

The 2-in-1 does not come with a backless booster option, whereby ending its journey with your child by the time your child weighs 65lbs or grows beyond 49 inches in height.

Conclusion

By opting for a small price increment, the Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 is the ideal choice when compared to the Extend2Fit Convertible 2-in-1 since its better return on investment unless the booster option is not required, then the latter becomes a viable option.