Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX Review

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX is one of several rear facing only seats in the Graco lineup.  We’ve been given the chance to give it a test run and have been pleasantly surprised by how it does.

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX

CSFTL Quick Stats

  • Weight range: 4-35 lbs
  • Height range: 32″ or less
  • Shell height: 19.5″
  • Lowest harness position: 5″
  • Weight (carrier only): 7.5 lbs
  • Expiration: 7 years
  • Handle position: Any locked position

 

 

 

 

 

Features

  • Two position adjustable crotch strap (5.5″, 7″)
  • No rethread harness
  • Infant insert for smaller infants (Can be used up to 12 lbs)
  • Adjustable recline foot
  • Push button lower anchor connectors
  • Multi-age level indicator
  • Seat belt lock-off on base

Unique Features

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX crotch buckle positions

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX crotch buckle positions

 

 

Two position adjustable crotch strap, measuring 5.5″ and 7″, helps keep both small and big infants comfortable without the crotch strap sitting either too far or too close to them.  Graco gives no recommendations for when is the appropriate time to move the buckle, but ideally the buckle should be as close to the child as possible.

 

 

 

 

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX no rethread harness

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX no rethread harness

 

 

The no rethread harness is adjustable by squeezing together two red buttons on the back of the car seat, then sliding the adjuster to the correct position.  The harness and head support move together when adjusting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX infant insert

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX infant insert

 

 

 

Infant insert for smaller infants can be used up to 12 lbs and does a great job of keeping little infants correctly positioned and comfortable.

 

 

 

 

 

Graco Click Connect 35LX recline foot

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX recline foot

 

 

Adjustable recline foot is adjustable with just the twist of a red knob on the front of the base.  This allows the Click Connect 35LX the ability to be correctly reclined in a wide array of vehicles.

 

 

 

 

 

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX push button lower anchor connectors & storage

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX push button lower anchor connectors & storage

 

 

 

Push button lower anchor connectors are stored on the underside of the base and easily push onto vehicle lower anchor connectors.  They are released by pressing the red button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX multi age level indicator

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX multi-age level indicator

 

 

Multi-age level indicator on the base allows the infant to be more reclined (under 3 months of age) or to sit more upright (3 months plus).  This allows older infants the chance the sit up more and look out the window and the younger infants to have the proper recline so there is no head slump.

 

 

 

 

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX seat belt lock off

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX seat belt lock-off

 

 

Seat belt lock-off on base helps with ease of seat belt installation by allowing the seat belt to be locked using the base, rather than locking the belt in another way.  Learn more about how to lock your seat belt in our Lock it Up article.

 

 

 

 

 

Installation

  • Expiration: 7 years
  • Handle position: Any locked position

With Base

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX base installation

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX base installation

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX can be installed with either seat belt or lower anchors.  To install via lower anchors, just thread the straps through the belt path over the seat belt lock off, connect the push button connectors to the vehicle anchors and tighten.

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX lower anchor strap button

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX lower anchor strap button

 

 

 

The only potential issue I had with lower anchor installation in my vehicle is the button to loosen the strap sits right under the belt path.  This could cause the base to potentially push the button.  I just made sure the button laid all the way through the belt path so it didn’t push on it.

 

 

 

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX seat belt lock off

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX seat belt lock-off

 

 

Seat belt installation is easy with a seat belt lock-off incorporated into the base.  To install using these lock-off you just unclip the red lever from under the gray clip, thread the seat belt through the belt path, tighten, then clip the red lever under the grey clip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without Base

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX baseless installation

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX baseless installation

Like most other rear facing only seats on the market, the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX can also be installed without the base.  This can help with tight 3 across situations, routinely switching the seat between vehicles, and traveling.  To install, set the car seat on the vehicle seat, line up the level to ground line to level, thread the seat belt through the plastic guides on the car seat, lock the seat belt, press your weight into the back of the car seat, and tighten.  The lap belt will be the only belt going through the belt guides on the car seat.  The shoulder belt will lay against the vehicle seat back.  It does NOT allow Euro routing, where the shoulder belt routes behind the car seat, like some other rear facing only car seats on the market.

 

 

 

 

Fit To Child

  • Weight range: 4-35 lbs
  • Height range: 32″ or less or 1″ from the top of the head to the top of the head support
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX Jo - Preemie, 4 lbs, 17"

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX Jo – Preemie, 4 lbs, 17″

Jo – Huggable Images Preemie, 4 lbs, 17″

Jo had a great fit in the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX.  The infant insert is optional up to 12 lbs, so it was kept in for little Jo.  The harness is just barely below her shoulders.

Graco Click Connect 35LX small crotch buckle positionThe crotch buckle is allowed to be threaded through the front slot, then through the slot closer to the child.  This pulled the buckle down nicely so it doesn’t sit awkwardly on her belly.  The large head support gave her ample support as well.

 

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX Fiona - Newborn, 7 lbs, 17"

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX Fiona – Newborn, 7 lbs, 17″

 

 

Fiona – Huggable Images Newborn, 7 lbs, 17″

Fiona had a good fit as well.  Ample head support and body support from the infant insert.  Her shoulders were just a bit over the bottom harness position and I left the crotch buckle at the smaller setting, like Jo’s.

 

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX Anders - 10 months, 23 lbs, 29" & 13 months, 23 lbs, 30"

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35LX Anders – 10 months, 23 lbs, 29″ & 13 months, 23 lbs, 30″

Anders
10 months, 23 lbs, 29″
13 months 23 lbs, 30″

Anders fits great in this seat!  Plenty of room to grow still.  He has plenty of harness length left still and a few more clicks of the headrest.  I don’t foresee it lasting him until the stated 35 lb limit, but will most likely hit the height limit before the 1″ from the top of his head to the top of the head support.  The head support fits him nicely as well.  The car seat is also wide so it accommodates his larger width very well.

 

Important Information: Where to Find

Graco Click Connect 35LX FAA

 

FAA certification can be found on page 42 of the instruction manual and on a sticker on the side of the seat.

Graco Click Connect 35LX date of manufacture

 

 

 

Date of manufacture can be found on the bottom of the car seat and on the inside top of the base.

 

 

 

Graco Click Connect 35LX Expiration

 

Expiration range can be found on page 7 of the manual as well as stamped into the plastic on the bottom of the car seat.

 

 

Overall Impression

I’ve been very impressed with the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 LX.  It fits my bigger child well, isn’t overly heavy, easily adjustable, and installs like a breeze.  The only downfall I’ve seen with it is that the harness can be difficult to tighten all the way.  This is due to the harness routing through both the head support and shell thus adding a little extra friction.  I’ve struggled with almost every no rethread harness rear facing only seat we’ve used with Anders though, so this wasn’t something overly different from normal.  I love the longevity of this seat and would recommend it as a great option for parents/caregivers looking for a rear facing only seat that will last them as long as possible.
Interested in finding out the differences between Graco’s SnugRide lineup of car seats?  More information can be found on our Graco Rear Facing Only Comparison post.

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Graco graciously provided the SnugRide Click Connect 35LX used in this review.  As always, the opinions are our own. Originally written by Angela Tastad. Edits maintained by CSFTL.