Posted on October 3, 2012

Graco Nautilus Elite Review

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For the past year or so I have been an ambassador for Graco and have been sent a few items to review; my time as an ambassador has come to an end but not before I tell you about the gorgeous new Nautilus Elite car seat. We actually reviewed the Graco Nautilus a while back which we loved (review here) so we were excited to see what had changed with the new Nautilus Elite.

Graco Nautilus Elite

Firstly I absolutely love the new design! The black and red looks really great! I really loved all the little extras that are added to the car seat like the drinks holder & the little storage compartments. These are a must for any car seat in my opinion as we never go anywhere without drinks, snacks etc and making sure they are to hand for Bugs is fantastic!

What the website says –

Seat that grows with your child From 9 months to around 12 years (9-36 Kg)

• Reinforced Side Impact protection – added protection for energy absorption in a crash
• 5 Point Safety Harness – ensuring ultimate safety
• Lock off Mechanism – intuitive lock off mechanism for safe and secure seat belt installation
• One hand 5 position height adjustment – grows with child


• Position Adjustable headrest – provides additional safety protection for head injuries in the event of a crash for infants
• Padded Body Support – provides comfort and extra protection for younger children still in group 1
• Integrated cupholder – helps prevents spills and is easily reached by child
• Additional Storage compartments – handy space for snacks and toys
• Armrests – additional comfort for the child
• Reclining Base – extra comfort for the child


Ease of Use
• No Rethread harness – removes the worry and potential misuse from consumers of not properly re-threading the harness as the child grows
• Intuitive seat belt routing – ensures correct fixing for peace of mind installation
• Direct Access Recline Handle – can be reached and adjusted easily
• Can be used with/without harness – ultimate flexibility

Bugs in his Nautilus Elite – Such a big boy now!

As you can see from the above photo Bugs loves his new car seat! It is a brilliant sturdy car seat and fits really well into my VW Golf and I’ve also tried it in James’ Audi and it fits well in there too!  I cannot tell you how much I love the fact that you do not have to re-thread the straps; the harness just grows with your child! I have spent a lot of time cursing car seats where I have had to re-thread straps when they get too small; so that is a huge thumbs up for me!!

One thing that hasn’t been improved that I was hoping it had is the recline… The car seat still doesn’t recline as much as I would like it too – but as Bugs is getting much older now that doesn’t bother me as much as it did do! Please Graco take this on board when designing further car seats, we like our children to actually lie back at little when they are asleep so their poor little heads don’t wobble about everywhere 😉

I love the headrest, it is really well padded and adjustable so you can fit it to your childs height; you can also bring the sides in for added protection!

Overall we love this car seat just as much (If not more) than the Nautilus! I love the fact that it is the only car seat we will need for Bugs now and if we decide to have another child it will be perfect for them from around 9 months.

A huge thank you to Graco for providing me with this car seat to review, we have very much enjoyed being an ambassador for your products and we hope to work with you again in the future 🙂


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1 Comment

  • Reply Kara October 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Cutie pie, it’s a lovely looking car seat, our Maxi-Cosi’s have the same seatbelt system it is so much better than the old way, I love the drinks holder, that would be brilliant for Addy as she gets a little older x

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