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Best Car Seats for 2023 - When is the best time to buy?

Best Car Seats for 2023 - When is the best time to buy?

Babies are on strict arrival schedules and waiting for the newest car seat model can mean pushing your luck waiting for new releases.

The car seat industry exists in a constant state of flux. Every year brings new innovations and technology that have to co-exist with each nation's regulations. Obviously you want the newest and safest engineering to surround your tiniest family members. With COVID having limited and delayed releases across all industries, we finally starting to see big and small brands alike releasing new and/or updated car seat models.

So if you’re shopping for a car seat in 2022/2023 this article will help map out the best time of year to purchase your new car seat. Before I go into the specifics by make and model, I want to point out that there are two trade shows to pay attention to:

The Kind + Jugend (K&J) baby gear expo in Cologne, Germany is typically where huge brands like ThuleUPPAbabyBugaboo, and many others showcase their upcoming launches. K&J happens in September so manufacturers can launch new products the following March/April after Chinese New Year.

The ABC Kids Expo, in particular for US consumers, is the other trade show to watch. This American trade show is usually held in Las Vegas in May. While relatively few launches happened at ABC 2022 but we did see major debuts in the Veer Switchback convertible stroller and the UPPAbaby Mesa Max infant car seat.

Here are the major baby gear brands with the most recent updates for 2023, and what my predictions are for their changes!

Britax Car Seats 2023

Britax spent 2022 focusing on updating the majority of their car seat fabrics to more parent friendly materials. Gone are the cheap, slippery fabrics that caused kids to sweat so badly. The 2022 Britax car seats fabrics are softer than ever, free of flame-retardant chemicals, and often machine washable.

Britax Marathon 2023

Britax Marathon convertible car seat 2022
In Spring 2022, Britax updated their convertible car seats to three Safewash fabric colors for a much needed modern update. Each Britax Marathon 2022 Safewash fabric is naturally flame-retardant and can be tossed in the washer and dryer for easy cleaning. Britax tends to avoid annual updates to their engineering so we aren't expecting any updates on the Britax Marathon 2023 at this time. 
You can still see the current Britax Marathon 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Britax Marathon 2023 here!

Britax Boulevard 2023

britax boulevard 2022 safewash blueEarlier this year, Britax debuted five Safewash fabric colors on their Britax Boulevard 2022 while discontinuing most of their prior fabrics. Britax car seats don't have as many annual updates as other brands so I'm not holding my breath for any huge updates on the Britax Marathon 2023
You can still see the current Britax Boulevard 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Britax Boulevard 2023 here!

Britax Advocate 2023 

britax advocate 2022 safewashFive new Britax Boulevard 2022 Safewash fabrics debuted in the spring of 2022 in a major modern design overhaul for Britax convertibles. Britax makes smart mechanical updates every few years instead of annually, so far I'd be surprised if we saw any engineering updates on the Britax Advocate 2023.
You can still see the current Britax Advocate 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Britax Advocate 2023 here!

Britax One4Life 2023 

britax one4life booster seat 2022
The Britax One4Life 2022 debuted less than two years ago, at the end of 2019. Yearly fabric and color changes are the only updates to the Britax One4Life 2022 that we've seen since then. Britax doesn't make tons of major updates too often so I'd be surprised if they debut dramatic changes in 2023.
You can still see the current Britax One4Life 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Britax One4Life 2023 here!

Britax Grow With You 2023

britax grow with you convertible and booster seatThe Britax Grow With You 2021/2022 replaced the now discontinued Britax Frontier. Being such a new car seat model, I'd really be shocked if any mechanical changes came about in 2023. The Britax Grow With You 2021/2022 had several new fabrics debut in early 2022 and I'd expect more for 2023.
You can still see the current Britax Grow With You 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Britax Grow With You 2023 here
 

Bugaboo Car Seats 2023

Bugaboo Turtle Air 2023 

bugaboo turtle air infant car seat 2022The Bugaboo Turtle Air 2022 was created in close partnership with Nuna and modeled after the beloved Nuna Pipa car seat line. It was released in American barely 12 months ago and comes with the most up to date Nuna RELX Car Seat Base. Given how brand new the Bugaboo Turtle Air 2022 is, I'd be really shocked if any changes were made to it for 2023. The Turtle colors have always been limited to basic black and grey so IF any changes are made I'd bet it's color related.
You can still see the current Bugaboo Turtle Air 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Bugaboo Turtle Air 2023 here!

Bugaboo Turtle One 2023 

bugaboo turtle one infant car seat 2022The Bugaboo Turtle One 2022 (originally released in 2019) is another Nuna partnership with the Bugaboo Turtle One 2022 and shares most of the features of a Nuna Pipa. But it comes with the older Nuna infant car seat base. If Bugaboo makes any changes to the Bugaboo Turtle One 2023, I hope it's updating to the newer Nuna RELX Car Seat Base.

You can still see the current Bugaboo Turtle One 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Bugaboo Turtle One 2023 here!

Clek Car Seats 2023

Clek is a wildcard. As the only brand to manufacture car seats in North America they have the unique benefit of proximity. Clek doesn't have to fly their design and engineering team to China, the world's car seat manufacturing hub. This means they can make quick updates to their lineup, can be more efficient, and are capable of surprising us with new products.

Clek Liingo 2023

clek liingo base free infant car seatThe base-free Clek Liingo 2022 is the newest infant car seat on this list. Design less than two years ago, it's still brand new and has only seen changes to its color lineup. It's a 50/50 toss up as to whether or not we'll see mechanical changes to the Clek Liingo 2023.
You can still see the current Clek Liingo 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Clek Liingo 2023 here!

Clek Liing 2023 

clek liing infant car seat Clek's very first infant car seat, the Clek Liing 2022, hasn't seen too many changes in its short 2-3 years on the American market. Because we haven't seen a large update, 2023 could be the year for it. But I wouldn't be surprised either way.
You can still see the current Clek Liing 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Clek Liing 2023 here!

Clek Fllo 2023  

clek fllo convertible car seat 2022Clek went through a massive fabric changeover two years ago but haven't made significant engineering updates in a while. The Clek Fllo 2022 is a reliable and safe car seat so it's not in need of frequent changes. I would be surprised if Clek made many changes to the Clek Fllo 2023.
You can still see the current Clek Fllo 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Clek Fllo 2023 here!

Clek Foonf 2023

clek foonf convertible car seat 2022The Clek Foonf 2022 is one of the older car seat models on this list. It's gone through its growing pains and has evolved into one of the industries most well designed and trusted safety devices. The Clek Foonf 2022 just doesn't have a lot of areas to improve. I'd be really caught off guard if the Clek Foonf 2023 was very different from the current Clek Foonf 2022.
You can still see the current Clek Foonf 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Clek Foonf 2023 here!

Clek Oobr 2023 &

Clek Olli 2023

The Clek Oobr 2022 and Clek Olli 2022 received pretty thorough fabric changes two years ago but like the rest of the Clek collection, haven't seen many updates recently. I'm guessing they won't see major changes for  their Clek Oobr 2023 and Clek Olli 2023 either. But it's Clek so anything can happen, and i wouldn't be mad if they did try something new for 2023.
Clek Oobr 2023 (high back booster) clek oobr high back booster seat
You can still see the current Clek Oobr 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Clek Oobr 2023 here!
Clek Olli 2023 (backless booster) clek olli backless booster seat
You can still see the current Clek Olli 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Clek Olli 2023 here!

Diono Car Seats 2023

Diono has made reliable and safe car seats for decades. But in the last few years they've created a crowded lineup of car seats that's nearly impossible to differentiate. 

Diono Radian 3R 2023 

diono radian r combination booster seat 2022The Diono Radian 3R 2022 is a jack-of-all-trades car seat, safe from infant to kid aged. Its narrow, shallow frame fits three across, in between other car seats, and in the smallest of cars. Diono hasn't changed the Diono Radian 3R 2022 much in its 10+ years and I'm betting that will stay the case for the Diono Radian 3R 2023.
You can still see the current Diono Radian 3R 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Diono Radian 3R 2023 here!

Diono Radian 3RXT 2023 &

Diono Radian 3RXT Luxe 2023

The Diono Radian 3RXT 2022Diono Radian 3RXT Luxe 2022 are the same  car seat model, with the latter coming in a graphic and camo fabric options and with two cup holders. The differences between the MANY Diono car seas  are so small that there can't be many changes year to year. I'm guessing these two will stay the same in their Diono RadianDiono Radian 3RXT 2023 3RXT 2023 and Diono Radian 3 RXT Luxe 2023 models.
Diono Radian 3RXT 2023 
You can still see the current Diono Radian 3RXT 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Diono Radian 3RXT 2023 here!
Diono Radian 3RXT Luxe 2023 Diono Radian 3RXT Luxe 2023
You can still see the current Diono Radian 3RXT Luxe 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Diono Radian 3RXT Luxe 2023 here!

Diono Radian 3RXT Safe+ 2023

diono radian 3rxt safe+The Diono Radian 3RXT Safe+ 2022 is extremely similar to two other Diono car seats (Diono Radian 3QXT 2022 and Diono Radian 3QXT+ 2022). The biggest difference is that Diono Radian 3RXT Safe+ 2022 does NOT have the outer side impact protection layer by the head. I can't imagine at this time that the Diono Radian 3RXT Safe+ 2023 can change without it becoming too similar to other existing Diono car seats.
You can still see the current Diono Radian 3RXT Safe+ 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Diono Radian 3RXT Safe+ 2023 here!

Diono Radian 3QXT 2023 &

Diono Radian 3QXT+ 2023

The Diono Radian 3QXT 2022 and the Diono Radian 3QXT+ 2022 are essentially the same car seat, except for one significant difference. Each comes with every feature and accessory imaginable, but the Diono Radian 3QXT+ 2022 has an added leg rest that also acts as an anti-rebound panel. The differences between these car seats and other Dionos is small enough that any significant changes would risk it mimicing another Diono car seat model too closely.
Diono Radian 3QXT 2023 
You can still see the current Diono Radian 3QXT 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Diono Radian 3QXT 2023 here!
Diono Radian 3QXT+ 2023
You can still see the current Diono Radian 3QXT+ 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Diono Radian 3QXT+ 2023 here! 

Diono Cambria 2 Booster 2023 &

Diono Everett NXT Booster 2023 &

Diono Monterey 4DXT Booster 2023 

Diono doesn't make changes to their lineup often. These three highback boosters are reliable and safe but aren't quite as high tech as the Diono Monterey 5 iST Booster 2022. I would be surprised if Diono made any changes to the Diono Cambria 2 Booster 2022Diono Everett NXT Booster 2022, or Diono Monterey 4DXT Booster 2022 just because they are so simple compared to the Diono Monterey 5 iST Booster 2022.
Diono Cambria 2 Booster 2023 
You can still see the current Diono Cambria 2 Booster 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Diono Cambria 2 Booster 2023 here!  
Diono Everett NXT Booster 2023
You can still see the current Diono Everett NXT Booster 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Diono Everett NXT Booster 2023 here!   
Diono Monterey 4DXT Booster 2023
You can still see the current Diono Monterey 4DXT Booster 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Diono Monterey 4DXT Booster 2023 here

Diono Monterey 5 iST Booster 2023 

diono Monterey 5 iST Booster 2023 The Diono Monterey 5 iST Booster 2022 hasn't seen many updates in a while. Its adjustable head rest and should wings make it the most gadget-like booster seat on this list. If Diono continues their tradition of letting years pass in between product updates, as I predict they will, then we won't see any changes in the Diono Monterey 5 iST Booster 2023
You can still see the current Diono Monterey 5 iST Booster 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Diono Monterey 5 iST Booster 2023 here!

Diono Solana 2 Backless Booster 2023

Diono Solana 2 Backless Booster 2023A simple backless booster like the Diono Solana 2 2022 isn't as overly engineered as other car seat stages. This could mean the Diono Solana 2 2022 could see its first updates in a few years, but I doubt it. 
You can still see the current Diono Solana 2 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Diono Solana 2 2023 here!

Doona Car Seats 2023

Doona Infant Car Seat 2023 

Doona Infant Car Seat 2023 in tealThe Doona Infant Car Seat 2022 brought with it several broad updates including a new black frame, black fabric, with a better tailored canopy. Updating car seats is expensive so I would be shocked if there were any non-color updates on the Doona Infant Car Seat 2023.
You can still see the current Doona Infant Car Seat 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Doona Infant Car Seat 2023 here!

Nuna Car Seats 2023

Nuna has released a slew of car seats in the last 2 years. Currently they have a whopping SIX versions of the Pipa infant car seat. It's too many, and creates riddles for a demographic of people already experiencing "pregnancy brain". 

Nuna Pipa w/ Pipa Series Base 2023   

Nuna Pipa w/ Pipa Series Base 2023   The Pipa Series Infant Car Seat Base is several years older than the newer Nuna RELX Infant Car Seat Base, which offers far more safety and comfort features. Nuna Pipa w Pipa Series Base 2022 is one of thee Nuna Pipas still using the older base. The older Nuna Pipa Series Base is probably on its last legs. I'll be surprised if it remains part of the Nuna Pipa 2023 (and truly shocked if it was part of the eventual Nuna Pipa w Pipa Series Base 2024).
You can still see the current Nuna Pipa w Pipa Series Base 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Nuna Pipa w Pipa Series Base 2023 here!

Nuna Pipa Lite w/ Pipa Series Base 2023

Nuna Pipa Lite w/ Pipa Series Base 2023The Nuna Pipa Lite w/ Pipa Series Base 2022 is the second of three Nuna Pipas sold with the older Pipa Series Base. It's hard to predict what a Nuna will do with SIX similar infant car seats, but eventually Nuna will have to make some cuts. I'll be surprised if the Pipa Series Base last through 2023, or 2024.
You can still see the current Nuna Pipa Lite w/ Pipa Series Base 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Nuna Pipa Lite w/ Pipa Series Base 2023 here!

Nuna Pipa Lite LX w/ Pipa Series Base 2023  

Nuna Pipa Lite LX w/ Pipa Series Base 2023  The third car seat still using the old Nuna Pipa Series Base is the Nuna Pipa Lite LX w/ Pipa Series Base 2022. The Nuna Pipa Lite RX weighs just as little and it comes with the Sky Drape and newer Nuna RELX Infant Car Seat Base. There's less and less reason to have the older Nuna Pipa Series Base going into the future.
You can still see the current Nuna Pipa Lite LX w/ Pipa Series Base 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Nuna Pipa Lite LX w/ Pipa Series Base 2023 here!

Nuna Pipa RX w RELX Base 2023 

Nuna Pipa RX w RELX Base 2023 The Nuna Pipa RX w RELX Base 2022 had some gorgeous new colors added for the 2022 model. But there haven't been too many changes (frankly I don't think there's much that needs updating). I'm not betting on many changes for Nuna Pipa RX w RELX Base 2023.
You can still see the current Nuna Pipa RX w RELX Base 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Nuna Pipa RX w RELX Base 2023 here!

Nuna Pipa Lite R w/ RELX Base 2023 

Nuna Pipa Lite R w/ RELX Base 2023 The feather-light Nuna Pipa Lite R w/ RELX Base 2022 also saw a slew of new colors in 2022. I'm not predicting changes for the Nuna Pipa Lite R w/ RELX Base 2023, and will be surprised if Nuna makes any.
You can still see the current Nuna Pipa Lite R w/ RELX Base 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Nuna Pipa Lite R w/ RELX Base 2023 here!

Nuna Pipa Lite RX w/ RELX Base 2023 

Nuna Pipa Lite RX w/ RELX Base 2023 The  feather-light Nuna Pipa Lite R w/ RELX Base 2022 also saw a slew of new colors in 2022. I'm not predicting changes for the Nuna Pipa Lite R w/ RELX Base 2023, and would be surprised if Nuna makes any.
You can still see the current Nuna Pipa Lite RX w/ RELX Base 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Nuna Pipa Lite RX w/ RELX Base 2023 here!

Nuna Rava 2023

nuna rava convertible car seat 2022 in tealWhile the Nuna Rava 2022 hasn't seen huge updates in a few years, it's hard to say whether it will or will not have changes on the Nuna Rava 2023. Nuna isn't a brand who gives into frequent model makeovers, I would be surprised if any dramatic updates were made for 2023. 
You can still see the current Nuna Rava 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Nuna Rava 2023 here!

Nuna REVV 2023 

Nuna REVV 2023 in greyThe Nuna REVV 2022 is the newest car seat from Nuna. Given Nuna's history of waiting a couple years between updates, I'm not holding my breath for a new model or any major updates (if anything at all) on the Nuna REVV 2023.  
You can still see the current Nuna REVV 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Nuna REVV 2023 here!

Nuna Exec 2023 

Nuna Exec 2023 Several modern colors were added to the Nuna Exec 2022 lineup. Very little has changed in the Nuna Exec 2022 during its three years on the American market. I wouldn't blink twice if they do decide to incorporate updates into the Nuna Exec 2023 model, but this is just an estimation based on how long it's been on the market without updates.
You can still see the current Nuna Exec 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Nuna Exec 2023 here!

Nuna AACE 2023 

Nuna AACE 2023 in pinkThe Nuna AACE 2022 got a flame-retardant free update a couple years ago. Being the less intense car seat by Nuna, the Nuna AACE 2022 doesn't require frequent updates. I'm not expecting updates any updates to the Nuna AACE 2023 but would be pleasantly surprised if they happened. 
You can still see the current Nuna AACE 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Nuna AACE 2023 here!

UPPAbaby Car Seats 2023

Historically, UPPAbaby is a brand that likes to re-release each product every calendar year. Two new infant car seats debuting in the fall of 2022 Marking the furthest into the year Uppa has ever debuted a new product. 

UPPAbaby Mesa V2 2023

UPPAbaby Mesa V2 2023 in pinkThe UPPAbaby Mesa V2 2022 will replace the now discontinued UPPAbaby Mesa car seat. With such a late in the year release, I would be truly shocked if 2023 brought about any updates to the UPPAbaby Mesa V2 2023.
You can still see the current UPPAbaby Mesa V2 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the UPPAbaby Mesa V2 2023 here!

UPPAbaby Mesa Max 2023  

UPPAbaby Mesa Max 2023  The UPPAbaby Mesa Max 2022 is set to debut in America in the fall of 2022. UPPAbaby typically releases new products early in the calendar year, so fall is a new one for them. As such a new car seat for 2022, I'd be shocked if the UPPAbaby Mesa Max 2023 did have any new features over the UPPAbaby Mesa Max 2022.
You can still see the current UPPAbaby Mesa Max 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the UPPAbaby Mesa Max 2023 here!

UPPAbaby Knox 2023 &

UPPAbaby Alta 2023  

These two car seats were first released within the last two years. The UPPAbaby Knox 2022 went through a series of changes once already while the UPPAbaby Alta 2022 has gone relatively unchanged. Given that UPPA loves to re-release UPPAbaby Knox 2022 in blue most of their product at the beginning, there will almost definitely be 2023 versions of each. But whether or not any changes are made is still a 50/50 chance.
UPPAbaby Knox 2023
You can still see the current UPPAbaby Knox 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the UPPAbaby Knox 2023 here!
UPPAbaby Alta 2023 uppababy alta in teal
You can still see the current UPPAbaby Alta 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the UPPAbaby Alta 2023 here!

Wayb Car Seats 2023

Wayb Pico 2023 

Wayb Pico 2023 The Wayb Pico 2022 was just released earlier this year. It's expensive to make changes to car seats so it would be a surprise if anything mechanical changed on the Wayb Pico 2023
You can still see the current Wayb Pico 2022 here and sign up for alerts about the Wayb Pico 2023 here!

 

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