Recaro Performance RIDE Convertible Car Seat Review & Giveaway – ends 3/28

Disclosure: Everything Mommyhood received the product mentioned below in exchange for our honest review & giveaway.


RECARO is Safety. RECARO is Performance. RECARO is Ease-of-Use.

Car seat safety is so important to myself and my family, and RECARO makes that possible. RECARO sent me the RECARO Performance RIDE Convertible Car Seat in Midnight, which is only available at Babies ‘R Us, to review for you as well as host a giveaway! I’ve actually been looking for another RECARO for my SUV as my 6 year old is still harnessed in a RECARO, so I was happy to have two RECARO’s in my vehicle. I will tell you not all car seats are created equal (even though they all pass the same safety tests), and RECARO continues to come out on top for me. They are the best seats I have had the pleasure of reviewing.

The very first thing, right off the bat, that I love about this car seat is it’s made right here in the USA. It seems this is becoming less and less common, and I’d rather buy from a USA made company than overseas.

My daughter fell asleep within the first hour of the first car ride in our new RECARO Performance RIDE.


The RECARO Performance RIDE is a convertible car seat, which means you can rear-face AND forward-face this car seat. The best thing about this seat is the higher limits for rear facing, which I’m a firm believer in extended rear-facing (why you ask? because the longer you rear face, the safer your child will be..before you jump to conclusions on a possible leg break, do your research, I promise it’s safer). I wasn’t a huge car seat crazy person until I had my second child, so we have done so much more with her. She rear faced until age 3, which she was 23lbs and 36 inches tall. Extended rear-facing is so easy to do with the RECARO Performance RIDE!

First off, let me jump right in and tell you the limits of this lovely convertible car seat, that’s only available at Babies ‘R Us!

Rear-facing: 5-40 lbs; up to 22.5 inches seated height (this means the height of your child’s torso, from their bottom and up. Don’t get this confused with total, standing height)
Forward-facing: 20-65 lbs; up to 49 inches standing height (my 6 year old is just 48 inches, so she actually still fits in this seat)

perfRideGraphicHere are some of the great features that sets this car seat apart from competitors:

HERO technology harness with a no twist harness

Easy Adjust No-Rethread Harness

“PUR” Foam in head restraint for maximum comfort

Racing Inspired Side Impact Protection


One of the most convenient features is the No Re-thread system. You don’t have to take you baby/toddler out of their seat and re thread the harness, and then reinstall the car seat. The RECARO Performance RIDE has simple knobs you can turn that will raise/lower the harness straps as well as the back of the seat.

Recaro Knob

There’s nothing more than making a mommy’s life easier, and this feature alone makes this car seat a great buy. It saves you time and stress!

Let’s talk installation!

Installing this seat is a breeze. I had this seat installed in under a minute. I’m a huge fan of LATCH (plus the seat belts in my car aren’t just regular seat belts, they have air bags in the actual seat belt), especially with the easy to use LATCH connectors on the RECARO.

RECARO Installation

Once you install this seat, make sure you install the top tether (only if you’re forward-facing) to the anchor. Mine is located on the back side of my seat down at the bottom. (I drive a 2013 Ford Explorer with 3 rows.)

My daughter was in the Evenflo Symphony DLX Platinum before installing this seat, the first thing I noticed when I installed the RECARO Performance RIDE was how high up this seat sits! It sits up a lot higher and it’s easier for me to see my toddler in the rear-view mirror now, and she can easily see out all of the windows too.

***Something very important to remember when installing via LATCH. The RECARO Performance RIDE weights 24lbs, so if your child weighs OVER 41lbs, you will need to install via seat belt instead of LATCH. LATCH limits are only 65lbs (the weight of your child and the seat).***

If you’re looking for more information about car seat safety, please read our in depth Car Seat Tips post.


You can purchase this car seat exclusively at Babies R Us, check out their store locator, or you can purchase online for a retail of $279.99.

For more product updates and information please follow/like RECARO on Facebook and Twitter.
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Now for the giveaway!


One lucky winner will receive a RECARO Performance RIDE Car Seat in Midnight, retail $279.99.
US Residents only, 18 and up.
One entrant per household. Void where prohibited by law.
Winner will be chosen randomly via the Giveaway Tools entry form and will be emailed.
Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize before a new winner is chosen.
Giveaway ends 3/28/2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Disclosure: Everything Mommyhood received the item mentioned above for the posting and promotion of her review and this giveaway. This blog didn’t receive any monetary compensation for the promotion of this giveaway All opinions are 100% our own and were not influenced in any way.  Everything Mommyhood is not responsible for prize shipment. RecaroUSA is responsible for prize fulfillment. This post MAY contain affiliate links. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions, please email


  1. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I would love to win this awesome seat for my little grandbaby we are having! I am so excited because it is my first and to have an awesome car seat that is so nice would be wonderful!

  2. I would love to have one of these seats for my grandson.Thanks for the review.

  3. I know so many people who are having babies now. If I don’t end up using it, I’m sure one of my friends or family members could. I love that the car seat is convertible and seems to have good safety features.

  4. Thanks so much for the Terrific Review on Recaro Performance RIDE Convertible Car Seat Review! WOW! This car seat sounds wonderful! I love the look of this car seat as well! It looks like it is pretty easy to use and that it connects snuggly to your car seat with the seatbelt too! My kids are way past car seat age and I don’t plan on any more kids, at least at my age anyway! I always look forward to seeing my Grandchildren and they ar both in car seats as well! Thanks so much for sharing your review, the pictures, and all the information on the Recaro Performance RIDE Convertible Car Seat! I honestly appreciate it! Thanks again! Michele 🙂

  5. I love that it has the HERO harness system. Love straps that don’t get twisted! I would love to win this for my new niece!

  6. Amanda W. says:

    Thanks for the excellent review. I love that it looks so comfy for the child, also looks easy to use. I am currently pregnant with my 4th baby and this would be a great help.

  7. I’d love to win this car seat for my son. I like how it’s convertible, which means we’ll get plenty of use out of it.

  8. Deborah D says:

    I would like to win this car seat for my sister. She has three kids and could use this.

  9. I love the design of this car seat. I would love it for my son.

  10. I have a Recaro and love it !! It’s a great car seat !!

  11. I love the fact that the head rest is made to be comfortable as well as protecion. I love the fact that it is easily placed in car and that the harness system does not get twisted up. This would be wonderful for this nana to have, I have my grandson at least 3 to 5 days a week and if I don’t think about getting his car seat we are stuck playing around the house all day.

  12. Charlotte Mathews says:

    I love all the added safety features, the fact that it would not be hard to install and that comfort is also at the top of this car seat. I would give this to my daughter and son in law for my 2 yr old grandson that will be a big brother in Aug.

  13. Deborah Caudill says:

    Thanks for another excellent review. My only child is 25 so I am not in the market for a car seat, but I sign up for these giveaways sometimes anyway. I will donate it or give it to someone who needs one if I amlucky enough to ever win. I just like to keep up-to-date on the car seats because I’m hoping to have grandchildren one day in the not too distant future and the safety regulations seem to change very often and I like to keep up with the bew regs.

  14. Cynthia C says:

    I would love to win this for my friend’s daughter. I just found out she is expecting her first and will need one.

  15. Lesley F says:

    I would love this for my granddaughter!

  16. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    This Recaro car seat sounds awesome. I would love to have one for my grandson.

  17. I would like to win this car seat for my newest nephew. with a bunch of your kids, my sister will need the extra seat!

  18. I would like this for myself. My baby girl is now 9 months old and will soon be outgrowing her car seat, and this would be so helpful, as we don’t have much extra money to buy this!

  19. Mandee Gary says:

    I love how easy it looks like it adjusts. No more fighting with those crazy straps. And they don’t get twisted! Baby #5 is due in August. I am in need of another car seat and it begins at 5 lbs! Love it. This would be such a blessing.

  20. Jodi Armstrong says:

    Love that it is rear facing until 40lbs and forward facing until 65lbs. Wish the latch worked beyond a 41lb kiddo because the seat belt is always annoying to me. My daughter desperately needs a new careseat after the airline trashed our last one 🙁

  21. I like that the latches can be stored. I also like that there is a head restraint and memory foam in the padding. This would be for my great nephew as my niece needs a second car seat since her first car seat is used by my great niece 🙂

  22. I love the racing background of Recaro. Are there really other options in car seats? Not for me. Winning one would be simply phenomenal.

  23. I would love to win this! I’ve got a 7 month old, and this looks like it would be really safe for him once he is big enough to sit in it. He technically already is, but I would probably wait a few more months!

  24. I LOVE everything about this carseat from the ease of installation to the racing inspired side impact protection! It’s amazing and would flip if I won! Fingers are crossed 🙂

  25. Jeremy Croll says:

    I would love to win this car seat for my new born son, Han Leon, on March 12, 2015. I’ve been into the Subaru racing scene for quite a long time. Having this seat would help finish off the looks of my car and the added safety will keep my son into becoming the future racer he could be!

  26. Milinda Oberly says:

    I love our Recaro car seat! It’s the only brand I trust. I was in a bad accident with my son and he came out with no scratches or injuries. I would love to win one for our other car!

  27. Kasie Tillman says:

    I also love that Recaro is an American company and the seats are made here. I’m wondering if the memory foam makes the seat hotter compared to other seats.

  28. Lauren G says:

    I would love to have this car seat for my husband’s car. Recaro is the best!

  29. Cindy Kong says:

    I love this carseat and this company. They think safety first and that’s the most important thing when it comes to car seat. My sister owns a recaro car seat and I love it. I would get one for my daughter.

  30. Regina Wright says:

    I love love LOVE the No thread system. I’d like to give this to my 4 year old. I think Recaro is brilliant for every detail they put into this seat!

  31. Nicole Bear says:

    What isn’t there to love about this seat? I especially like the no-twist straps. My hubby just can’t seem to get my daughter in her seat without getting everything twisted!

  32. Love this! It would be great to be able to have a seat we couldn’t otherwise afford!

  33. My brother just had a baby and I want to win this for him. I love the higher limits for rear facing because I too believe that is important.

  34. Joey Wright says:

    I would like to give this to my 3 year old. She is short and this seat would definitely be in it for the long haul. I have my 7 year old in the Recaro Performance combination To harness seat. Its great!

  35. Jennifer M says:

    My baby #5 is ready for a regular car seat and this one looks perfect. I LOVE the no twist straps. I also like the head restraint and memory foam padding.

  36. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says:

    I really like the look of this car seat. I would love to win this for my sister. She is expecting her first child soon.

  37. I like the LATCH connection system, it seems very secure. This carseat has a lot great safety features, and I especially like the design of the harness. If I won, I would save it for our first little one 🙂

  38. Deborah D says:

    My sister could really use this. she has 3 kids.

  39. Theresa Smith says:

    I like how EASY it is. I have a hard time installing and adjusting a car seat for my granddaughter. If we had one of our own we could leave it in and not have to install it every time.

  40. Kristin Kleven says:

    I like that it is super easy and has many features! I would like to win this for my step-daughter. She just turned 21 and just had her second baby. She is a working single mother, and this would be great to be able to give to her.

  41. Hesper Fry says:

    I really like the comfort enhancing memory foam. Another feature I like is the easy adjust no re-thread harness. This would be perfect for my daughter.

  42. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    I love how safe this seat is, that’s very important to me after my teenage daughters were in a bad accident that almost cause me to lose them both. I would love this for my almost 2 year old daughter. I think we should do everything we can to protect them while we still can!

  43. Laurie Emerson says:

    I would like to win this for my son. I love the no twists straps and how easy it is to install.

  44. laurie murley says:

    I have a friend who just had her baby and this would be great

  45. I would like to win it for my niece who is having her first baby due in August.

  46. Sarah Hayes says:

    i think this looks like a great seat. I love the safety features i has. id love to win this for our second vehicle


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