View Full Version : Britax Round for $149, is that decent deal?
04-15-2008, 10:56 PM
Amazon and Babyage have the Roundabout (collegiate theme) for $149
I just started looking, is that a decent deal?
also, the marathon is priced at 239 (shipped w/ no tax)
04-15-2008, 11:29 PM
I know there are those that love their RA's but unless you really have a need for a smaller seat I'd get the MA, it lasts so much longer than the RA which only goes to 40 pounds and most kids outgrow it by height even before and then you'll still need to buy another harnessed seat....I've seen the MA's for 229 free shipping at travelingtikes.com and they are a great site to order from.
04-16-2008, 08:10 AM
That's a good price on the RA, but you may want to call and ask them when they were manufactured. If they are more than 6-9 months old, it's not as great of a deal. The PP is right that a MA will last you longer and would be a better deal in the long run.
To give you an idea of prices, during the last sale, RA's were around $180 and MA's around $209. Albeebaby has at least one MA for $209 and several for $225. RA's for $190-195.
04-16-2008, 09:09 AM
I regret getting a RA instead of a MA. It's worth the extra $ for a seat that will last longer, imo.
04-16-2008, 04:30 PM
If you have two or three kids over the next four or five years, it might make sense. But if not, you are throwing away $149 because you will just need to buy a Marathon anyway when the child outgrows the Roundabout. I thought I got a great deal on a Roundabout too, but over the long term, it turned out to be a waste of money. I wish I had just passed on it and got the Marathon at that time.
If you have another kid, then you can hand down the Roundabout when the older one outgrows it, and by the time the second kid outgrows it and you hand it down to the third kid, the first kid is out of the Marathon and it hands down.
04-16-2008, 08:37 PM
I am also trying to figure out which Britax to get - and I am concerned about how far the front seat will have to be moved in order to fit the Marathon (or the Decathalon) since these larger seats are 3" taller.
I don't know what that 3" translates to when the seat is installed on the angle, etc. when rear facing. I have very long legs and sometimes ride in the passenger seat, so I want to make sure I don't have my knees literally in the front dash, or feel too crushed for a family road trip.
We have a Saab 9000 which I hope will last us another few years. FWIW, this is our last baby, so there will be no handing it down to other children. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
04-16-2008, 10:16 PM
When I install in my van, the MA takes up about an inch more than the RA when reclined for an older baby (say 6-12 months). You can have the MA slightly more upright and usually get them in the same space.
04-17-2008, 11:10 AM
Go to Babies R Us and try the seat out in your car. They'll let you take it outside and install it. You should be able to make the Marathon fit, and that will save you money in the long run because it may last until your child is ready for a booster.
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