The Nuna Rava is a high-end quality convertible car seat with impressive attention to detail and lots of extras for comfort. This car seat has impressive crash test results with the best-combined sensor results giving it an additional margin of protection over most of the competition in this review. This sleek and stylish seat is easy to install, easy to use, and sports thick but firm padding with soft fabric for an excellent seating configuration that makes longer trips a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, the Rava is expensive making it a no-go for families on a budget. It is also heavier than average making it a poor choice for those who travel or will need to move the seat frequently. This seat has great crash test scores and is one of the most comfortable options, but the higher price prevented it from earning an award. However, if you are looking for comfort that doesn't sacrifice safety, and money is no object, it could be a contender.
Nuna RAVA Review
Pros: Great crash test results, easy to install, high quality and comfy
Cons: Expensive, heavier, stiff buckle
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|Pros||Great crash test results, easy to install, high quality and comfy||Easy to install and use, cozy comfort, nice quality||Great crash test results, easy to use, attractive price, lighter||Best crash test results, rear-facing till 50 lbs, price||Price, easy to use, best head sensor crash test|
|Cons||Expensive, heavier, stiff buckle||Average crash test results||Harder to install using the vehicle belt||Not the best quality, harder belt installation||Less padding, somewhat harder to install using vehicle belt|
|Bottom Line||Comfortable with better crash test results but this quality option comes with a higher price||Impressive option with quality features and super easy installation parents will love||A lightweight, easy to use seat with excellent crash test result and price||Best crash test results on a budget-friendly seat that lets little ones sit rear-facing for longer||Better crash test results make this easy to use, inexpensive seat a winner|
|Rating Categories||Nuna RAVA||Boulevard...||Britax Emblem||Graco Extend2Fit||Britax Allegiance|
|Crash Test (35%)|
|Ease Of Install LATCH (20%)|
|Ease Of Install Belt (15%)|
|Ease Of Use (15%)|
|Comfort Quality (10%)|
|Weight Size (5%)|
|Specs||Nuna RAVA||Boulevard...||Britax Emblem||Graco Extend2Fit||Britax Allegiance|
|Min/Max Rear Facing Passenger Weight||5 - 50 lbs||5 - 40 lbs||5 - 40 lbs||4 - 50 lbs||5 - 40 lbs|
|Min/Max Forward Facing Passenger Weight||25 - 65 lbs||20 - 65 lbs||20 - 65 lbs||22 - 64 lbs||20 - 65 lbs|
|Max Rear Facing Passenger Height||Not Listed||Childs head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the head restraint||Childs head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the head restraint||Childs head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the head restraint||Childs head must be at least 1 in. below the top of the head restraint|
|Max Forward Facing Passenger Height||49"||49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the head restraint.||49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the head restraint.||49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the seat shell.||49" and the child's ears must be below the top of the head restraint.|
|Measured Rear Facing Seat Weight||25.8 lbs||29.5 lbs||18.8 lbs||18.7 lbs||18.5 lbs|
|Measured Forward Facing Seat Weight||25.4 lbs||28.4 lbs||18.8 lbs||18.7 lbs||18.5 lbs|
|Recline Positions||5 Rear Facing
5 Forward Facing
|7||1 Rear Facing
2 Forward Facing
|4 Rear Facing
3 Forward Facing
|1 Rear Facing
2 Forward Facing
|Max Recline Angle||40°||51°||42°||51°||42°|
|Shoulder Harness Positions||10||14||10||10||10|
|Crotch Strap Positions||2||2||2||2||2|
|Built in Lock Off||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|No Rethread Harness||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Onboard Manual Storage||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Level Indicator On Seat||Indicator on base||Ball in Tube.||Line on Decal||Ball in Tube.||Line on Decal|
|Seat Lifespan||10 yrs||10 yrs||7||7 yrs||7|
|Warranty||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Nuna company began with the idea of bringing a baby closer to the dining table with the creation of the ZAAZ™ high chair in 2007. The Amsterdam company believes parenthood should be "practical and beautiful with clever, design-thoughtful" solutions to get you through babyhood. You can find Nuna internationally selling baby gear from car seats to strollers.
The Nuna Rava (in blue) is an expensive convertible car seat that scored very well in our review; see chart below.
The details on how the Rava compared to the competition in this review can be read below.
The Rava has an excellent crash test score thanks to a combination of impressive head and chest sensor results which helped it earn an 8 of 10 for crash test results. Every product in our review must meet or exceed Federal guidelines outlined in FMVSS 213. Meeting the guidelines means the car seat is considered as safe or offering a basic level of protection. In a side-by-side comparison of crash test results using identical methods (BabyGearLab uses the same testing methods as those used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA]), we can tell if a seat offers an additional margin of safety if it exceeds the Federal minimum requirements and the results of the competition.
The Rava has G-force test results that are better than average for both the HIC sensors and the chest sensor, indicating that it offers an additional margin of protection.The charts below show the test data from the test dummy sensors in the Boulevard (shown in black) and the test data for the seats in this review that have the lowest recorded G forces (shown in green) for comparison.
The Britax Allegiance head sensor result is the lowest in the group with a 186 where the maximum allowed is 1000 and a lower result is better. The Rava result is only 292, far below the maximum allowed and better than the average for the group of 351. The Clek Foonf has the lowest (best) chest sensor results compared to the competition in our tests with a 33 where the maximum is 60 and a lower number is better. The Rava chest sensor result is 40.
The Nuna has a feature they claim is designed to provide additional side impact protection (SIP) located on both sides of the Rava shell in the head region. We love any improvement that translates to increased safety, but it is difficult to determine what if any benefit this feature has. We were unable to find any testing data or third-party confirmation that the feature improves SIP. Because there is no industry standard or agreement on testing for SIP we caution parents to avoid making their buying decision based solely on these claims. While safety is important, this kind of undefined and untested feature should be viewed as a nice addition and not the end all be all.
Ease of Install - LATCH
LATCH installation was created to provide an easier car seat installation method; the Rava LATCH method earned an 8 of 10, which is the same result it earned for belt installation.
The Rava has the easier to use push-style LATCH connectors. In some of our test cars, the LATCH strap wasn't as long as it needed to be making it difficult to get the connector onto the car anchor. However, for others, it was plenty long enough.
We were able to get the connectors attached every time and the strap wasn't too difficult to tighten. The push button connectors (above left) are easier to release than their clip style counterparts. The Rava has a press and select angle recline with color coding for forward and rear facing so you can find the right angle for installation.
Ease of Install - Belt
The Rava earned an 8 of 10 for installation using the vehicle belt making it one of the most straightforward options in the review.
With only four seats earning a higher score, you can rest assured the Rava is easier than most of the competition if you need to install it using the vehicle belt.
When the seat is rear-facing the belt path goes under the lower portion of the car seat (above left) with a lock off under the seat padding (above right). This configuration can make it more challenging to complete, but the lock-off isn't hard to use.
Installing the Rava forward-facing includes the belt path on the back of the car seat behind the back padding (above left). If the seatbelt is too tight, then the lock-off can be hard to close and the harness straps can get in the way of the back lock-off (above right).
Ease of Use
The Rava is easy to use earning a 7 of 10 where the high is only 8.
Five seats scored higher than the Rava and four others tied with it.
The harness on the Rava is a non-rethread style harness which means you can adjust the shoulder height by moving the headrest assembly (above left) and without removing your baby from the seat. The buckle is stiffer than some of the competition and harder to release. The chest clip is also stiff but not difficult to mate up.
The harness is easily tightened by pulling the strap at the foot of the seat which moves smoothly and without a hiccup. The release button (above left) is located right on the surface and is easy to access and use. The harness can be kept open by using the harness restraint system on either side of the shell (above right).
The LATCH connectors store under the lock-off under the seat. There is plenty of room to secure the anchors and straps. The manual also tucks in a designated pocket on the bottom of the seat. A folded or crumpled manual will be hard to slide in place, but it is easy to access.
The cover on the Rava is removable and can be machine washed. it is somewhat difficult to remove because it tucks into the shell, but we think the finished look of the tucked cover is worth the extra effort it takes to remove it.
The Rava earned the highest score for comfort and quality with a 9 of 10 for this metric. This result indicates that the Rava is of higher quality than the competition with features designed specifically for comfort.
The Rava has medium to firm padding that is supportive and comfortable. The seat cover is comprised of two different soft fabrics that are machine washable to keep things clean. The hard plastic shell back is easy to wipe clean and cuts down on locations where dirt and grime can collect. The fabric fits the shell well without looking frumpy or undone.
The overall fit and finish are clean with a well thought out placement of features. The bottom is smooth without rough edges to damage your vehicle. The impact foam is the more common Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) style that is more brittle and less environmentally friendly than Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) foam, which does not off-gas. For the price, it would have been nice to see EPP foam on the Rava.
The Rava is one of the heavier seats in the group but it is relatively narrow for its weight.
With a score of 5 of 10 for this metric, the 19-inch wide seat weighs almost 26 lbs depending on its configuration. The weight makes this seat one you probably don't want to use for travel and the width may be too wide for 3 car seats across but could be narrow enough for two seats and one person.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz