Elite Features: 4-35 lbs.; up to 32″ tall. Includes almost everything the DLX model has but adds a 15-position no-rethread harness, visor extension on the canopy and a rapid-remove cover for easy cleaning. However, the Elite model lacks the one-hand adjustable handle found on the DLX model. If you want the SnugLock model that comes with ALL the available features, check out the SnugLock Platinum & Platinum XT (with cold weather boot) models.
Criticisms vary but are fairly rare with this seat. Besides the higher price tag and shorter expiration date (7 years), some reported their child could easily unbuckle the harness while others had issues with the recline angles and bulk when placed beside other car seats. Always do your research to make sure the seat will fit in your car or on an airplane seat, and thoroughly inspect all parts before using.
I have been on the hunt for the best car seat for my situation. I need a car seat that either has a detachable base (like infant car seat) so I can have multiple bases in cars and just have to switch the seat part or I need an extremely simple car seat to be able to remove daily. Having multiple car seats really isn’t an option in the situation so please don’t offer that suggestion. Also, I am not too concerned on price if it meets my needs. Thanks!