The Roundabout 55 may be the lowest priced in Britax range of convertible car seats, it is still packed full of most of the safety and comfort features found in its more expensive cousins! It is designed with the same 360 degree child car seat protection available in all Britax convertibles, and if you are looking for a compact car seat, the Roundabout 55 is the closest you can get in a Britax with its 55 weight capacity.
Available in 4 beautiful colors, there is bound to be a choice that will match your car interior.
We have reviewed the features in full so you are satisfied before making a decision to purchase.
Read the detailed reviews of Britax Roundabout convertible car seat below:
UPDATE ==>> The Rounabout G4 is a newer model of this range of Britax Car Seat. It has much improved safety and comfort features that will benefit you and your baby more than the earlier model. I suspect Britax Roundabout 55 will be discontinued. At the time of this update, it is not available for purchase on Amazon, and no indication that there will be new stock.
I have therefore, replaced the product links in this review with Britax Roundabout G4 wherever it previously pointed to the Roundabout 55.
Table of Contents for Britax Roundabout 55 Reviews (Jump ahead!)
- Child’s Safety Protection
- Child Age and Size
- Ease of Use
- Child’s Comfort
- Easy to Clean
- Other Features
- Consumer Reviews
- Pros & Cons
- Feature Summary in Video!
Britax Roundabout 55 Child’s Safety Protection
As with all Britax convertible car seats, the Roundabout 55 is designed with all the features of Britax 360 degrees protection. The SafeCell feature located at the base will compress the car in a crash, lowering a child’s centre of gravity and reducing forward rotation that can cause serious injury to the child.
The car seat connection to the vehicle is strengthened with integrated steel bar found in other models. The steel bar prevents the car seat from bending forward in a crash, while the energy absorbing Versa-Tether anchors keep the top of the car seat in place, again minimizing movements of the car seat.
The Side Impact Protection system is designed with rigid seat shell, and deep side walls that are lined with energy absorbing EPS form to further keep crash forces away from your child.
That in a nutshell is Britax 360 degree child protection found in all Britax convertible car seats. The safety features work together to reduce movement of the car seat during a crash, and minimise crash forces that can reach your child’s head and body to cause injury.
Britax Roundabout 55 Age/Weight
Britax Roundabout 55 is designed for children weighing 5 – 40 pounds in the rear facing position, and children over 1 year weighing 20 – 55 pounds in the forward facing position.
If you have a small or compact car, the Roundabout 55 is the Britax convertible car seat to consider. It is smaller and less bulky than the Marathon and the Boulevard, but the weight capacity is less with a maximum child’s weight of 55 pounds. Other models of Britax convertible car seats have a weight capacity of 70 pounds which means you can use them longer as your child grows. Something you may want to consider when before making a purchase.
Britax has stopped producing their range of compact convertible car seat with weight capacity of 40 pounds. The Roundabout 55 is the closest you can now get to the old Britax compact car seat.
Britax Roundabout 55 Ease of Use
The Premium lower LATCH connectors, again available in all Britax convertible car seat make it quick and easy to securely install the Roundabout 55 without guess work. It has a push button feature that is easily used to uninstall the car seat when necessary.
The base of the car seat is made of anti slip material that firmly grips and protects your vehicle car seat.
Britax Roundabout 55 Child’s Comfort Features
Made with high density comfort form, plush cover and reclining positions – whether your child is placed in the rear or forward positions, the Roundabout 55 is comfort away from home for children.
Matching belly pad and tangle free five point harness provides additional comfort and safety protection to keep your child enjoying the scenery while you drive. The buckle can be adjusted in two positions, and the harness set in four height positions to suit the growth of your child.
Cleaning is Easy with Britax Roundabout 55
The seat cover and matching comfort pads of Britax Roundabout 55 are easily removed for cleaning without uninstalling the car seat. Britax recommends spot cleaning, or hand washing the car seat cover with cold, mild soapy water, and line drying to prevent the cover from shrinking.
Clean the harness with a sponge in mild, warm soapy water, and towel dry after cleaning.
It is not recommended to machine wash, bleach, tumble dry or iron Britax convertible car seat covers.
The shell of the car seat can also be cleaned with a sponge in warm, mild soapy water; and wiped dry with a towel.
Britax Roundabout 55 is packed further with more great features available in other models of Britax convertible car seats like the Marathon and Boulevard.
- Built-in Lock-Offs that ensure a snug lap and shoulder belt installation with minimal effort
- Anti-Slip, Small Contoured Base that ensures tight installation in all cars.
- Front harness adjuster that is used to effortlessly adjust the front harness
- Convenient Harness Holders that keep harness straps out of the way when placing your child in the car seat.
- Britax Roundabout 55 is Certified for Aircraft Travel.
The FAA recommends that a child weighing up 40 pounds use a harnessed certified child seat when travelling in an aircraft. Most airlines in USA and Canada will allow Britax Roundabout 55.
Britax Roundabout 55 continues in the tradition of rave consumer reviews of Britax convertible car seats on Amazon. Very re-assuring reviews on the safety and comfort features of the Roundabout 55 as indicated in some of the snippets below:
“ … Safety, safety, safety! (Which perhaps I should have mentioned first) I think it’s pretty much accepted that Britax puts out great, quality products which have superior safety ratings. Like another reviewer said, check out their site for the rigorous safety testing they do …”
“…We have had the car seat for about 2 months now and I very happy with same. It is sturdy and very comfortable because of the cushioning (some of the other car seats we were looking at were very firm) …)
“ … After comparing all the varieties, I settled on the Roundabout due to its lower price point. It was a great choice. My son is much happier in this seat than he ever was in the infant seat …”
Average Amazon Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Amazon also includes free shipping in their sales which makes the Roundabout 55 even cheaper on Amazon than other online stores.
Pros & Cons
Britax renowned 360 degrees safety protection in child car seat.
Great comfort features for children
Priced lower than any other Britax convertible car seats
Smaller than any other Britax convertible car seat, if you are looking for a compact car seat
Lacks some of the ease of use features found in higher priced Britax convertible car seats, but consumers still find it easy to use.
55 pound capacity, less than the 70 pounds other models of Britax convertible car seats are designed to carry, but smaller in size if you are looking for a compact car seat.
Britax Roundabout in Video Review
Compare Britax Roundabout 50, 55 & G4
You will still find the Roundabout 50 & 55 available to buy, but the G4 for sure is the one to go for if you are looking to purchase a Britax Roudabout. You will get the better value for your money with the improved safety and comfort features for your baby.