Nuna RAVA Convertible Car Seat Review
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You may already be familiar with the Nuna PIPA, Nuna PIPA Lite, and the Nuna PIPA Lite LX [if you haven't, you can read about them HERE] but now it’s time to introduce you to their older sibling—the Nuna RAVA Convertible Car Seat! The RAVA has been the talk of the town since its release here in Canada in early 2019, so today, we want to give you the lowdown on this second stage car seat.
The RAVA is available in three neutral, but gorgeous colour waves: Granite, Night, and Caviar. Parents looking for a modern car seat to match the interior of their vehicle are often drawn to this seat—but there is more to the RAVA than just its exterior.
What makes it so great?Well, a few things stand out.
At Snuggle Bugz, we recommend keeping your child rear-facing as long as possible, and the RAVA Convertible Car Seat allows you to rear face up to 40 pounds!
As a result of this weight limit, they have also designed the seat to allow up to 2 inches more legroom when rear-facing - this same design also provides more leg support for forward-facing riders.
They refer to this feature as "laid back leg room".
Easy InstallationSomething else that differentiates the Nuna RAVA from many other convertible seats, is the recommended Vehicle Seat Belt installation, as opposed to lower anchors. Nuna believes that this eliminates the confusion of when to switch from Lower Anchors to Vehicle Seat Belt, plus allows the seat to fit more vehicle makes and more seating positions. (Trust us – it’s also SUPER easy to navigate the vehicle seat belt path due to coloured belt path indicators!)
In Canada, this car seat has just 1 rear-facing angle option. If you have very sloped vehicle seats and plan to use this car seat with a child that has very little head control [think from birth], then there may be better-suited options - infants require a steeper recline in order to keep their airways open at all times in the vehicle. If you are using this as a true "second stage" or "convertible car seat", then just the one angle provides reassurance that you've got it in the proper position every single time!
Safe & Durable DesignSpeaking of reassuring parents…
You can rest easy when your child is buckled into the RAVA. This seat uses energy-absorbing foam and side-impact protection pods. The frame is made of complete steel and has a reinforced belt path. That means that this seat is heavy-duty.
Not only will your child be safe, but they’ll also be comfortable.
The RAVA is equipped with ventilation panels that are within the shell, and a breathable knit fabric – so your little one is cool and comfy on even the longest trips.
(Bonus – the fabric is removable and machine washable!)
Some additional bonuses:
- Nuna uses a “no re-thread” 5-point harness and has an easy to maneuver, one-handed, ten-position headrest. It also has a 2-position crotch strap to grow with your child
- Infant head and body inserts come with the seat and are removable to grow with the baby.
- The seat has flip open cup holders on either side, so no matter where in your vehicle or what position your child is seated in, they have access to their beloved sippy cup.
- The seat has buckle tongue holders on both sides of the car seat. Simply put, they are the convenient little doo-hickeys that can house the seat belt buckles while you get your child seated.
- Rear-Facing- 5 to 40 lbs | Up to 49 inches
- Forward Facing-
25 to 65 lbs | Up to 49 inches
- Seat size: h
27” x w 19” x l 27.25”
- Seat weight: 27.8 lbs
The seat is aircraft certified to travel everywhere and beyond. We know the appearance of car seats doesn’t matter to many, but if you’re looking for safety and beauty – this seat will not disappoint.
Let the Journey Begin!Head into any of our 9 Snuggle Bugz retail locations to dry-fit the Nuna RAVA in your vehicle before you buy! If you're feeling confident, shipping is free when you order online!
Please note that all car seats are final sale due to the nature of the product. For your protection, we do this so no one ever receives a car seat with an unknown history.