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Britax One4Life vs. Nuna Exec | Car Seat Comparison

Britax One4Life vs. Nuna Exec | Car Seat Comparison

   Do you have a little one at home who is quickly outgrowing their infant car seat? Maybe you’re not a fan of the idea of purchasing a new car seat for your baby every few years. You’ve probably found yourself sifting through the seemingly endless convertible car seats on the market to find the right one for you and your little passenger. Chances are, you’re comparing the Britax One4Life and Nuna Exec. Both are all-in-one car seats that will be with your child for the rest of the time they’re in car seats, so what makes them different?

Shared Features

   The Britax One4Life and Nuna Exec are both all-in-one car seats, so they do share quite a few features in common. Both car seats can be used from birth instead of an infant car seat and come with infant inserts to make the seat appropriate for babies as small as 5 pounds. They will grow with your baby through all their developmental stages until they reach a whopping 120 pounds. 

   The Britax One4Life and Nuna Exec are known for being extremely user-friendly and having many convenience features. They have an easily adjustable head support with a no-rethread five point harness that grows with your baby as you raise the headrest. This prevents you from accidentally twisting your harness while in the process of raising it up a notch and allows the harness to have a more custom fit for your child instead of adjusting to only a few predetermined notches. Both fabric sets are removable and machine washable for your convenience and are free from harsh chlorinated and brominated flame retardant chemicals. 

   The push-button recline feature on both seats allows you to get a more customized fit in your vehicle while making sure your child is more comfortable and riding at the proper angle for their developmental stage. The Britax One4Life and Nuna Exec both also have two cup holders that provide a convenient place to store drinks, snacks, or toys. 

   Both seats should be installed using your vehicle’s seat belt. Seat belt installation is just as easy as latch installation since the Britax One4Life and Nuna Exec have tensioning doors that remove excess slack for a super tight installation without the struggle. High strength steel frames keep both seats sturdily in place while installed. The reinforced belt paths add another layer of security to the installation. Both seats have extended rear facing capability and can be rear facing in the car until your child weighs a whopping 50 pounds! 

Britax One4Life with Anti Rebound BarFour Stages of Britax One4Life

Britax One4Life

   The Britax One4Life installs using Britax’s industry leading ClickTight technology. The ClickTight door opens the entire seat panel for easy belt access and closes with an audible click that lets you know it is securely installed. With the ClickTight installation, you don’t have to worry about your child outgrowing the ISOFIX latches in your car either. 

   In addition to its sturdy steel frame and ClickTight technology, the Britax One4Life also features a SafeCell crumple zone to further reduce and distribute crash forces. When the seat is turned forward facing, the Britax exclusive v-shaped tether helps slow and reduce movement during a crash. The Britax One4Life Anti-Rebound Bar is available as an accessory that adds stability in rear-facing mode (and helps protect your vehicle seat back as well). 

   We know car seats can get pretty nasty over the years, especially all-in-one car seats like the Britax One4Life. That’s why features like removable dishwasher safe cup holders and SafeWash machine dryable fabrics make all the difference. These conveniences make it faster and easier to keep the car seat clean for years to come. 

Woman bucking shild into Nuna ExecRear facing Nuna Exec

Nuna Exec

    While the Nuna Exec is similar to the Britax One4Life, it has a more chic look and a few extra standard features. It comes with an anti rebound panel built in that stabilizes the car seat during an accident and also helps protect your vehicle seat back from dirty feet. When the car seat is turned forward facing, this anti rebound panel becomes an adjustable leg rest to give extra support to dangling legs. The Nuna Exec has three layers of side impact protection compared to the Britax One4Life’s two layers, and is made with high grade EPP foam. EPP foam is less brittle and less likely to break or crumble over time or when in an accident. To add to the great safety features it provides, Nuna has chosen to source only natural materials free from any added fire retardant chemicals for the Nuna Exec, from fabrics to foams and beyond.

   Ventilation panels and knit fabric keep the seat cool and comfortable on long road trips, and dual flip open cupholders allow you to choose whether or not you want to dedicate space to cupholders. When the cupholders are stored away, it’s possible to fit three Nuna Exec car seats in the back row. Its narrow profile makes it ideal for growing families who may need to fit three car seats in the future. 

Four Stages of Nuna Exec

   The seat converts to a high back booster when your child reaches 4 years old, 40 pounds, and 38 inches tall. The five point harness stores away and spring touch shoulder belt guides make it easy for your little passenger to get themselves buckled in properly. 

   Still not sure which convertible car seat is the right one for you? Have any questions about the fit in your car? Reach out to us anytime via email at We’re always happy to talk shop! You can also contact our Baby Gear Gurus via phone (866-600-BEAN) during business hours (M-F, 9 am-5 pm EST), by utilizing the Product Expert Chat on our website, or by scheduling a video consultation. Finally, get all the advice you need by visiting our YouTube channel

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