Britax Marathon 70 Vs. Graco MyRide 65
If you are trying to decide between the Britax Marathon 70 and the Graco MyRide 65 in your quest for the best car seat, then here are some facts to consider while you make this car seat comparison:
- The Graco MyRide is ergonomically easier to get older rear-facing children into and out of than the Britax Marathon, due to the shape of its design. If you plan to ERF (extended rear face – keep your child rear-facing past the mandatory 12 months, which is much safer) then this is going to be a consideration. For babies under the age of 12 months, there was no difference because the children were smaller.
- The top harness slot of the Graco MyRide is slightly higher than that of the Britax Marathon. Since most kids end up outgrowing their car seats by height rather than by weight, you will probably get slightly more use out of the MyRide as your child grows taller. As the names imply, the MyRide can be used forward facing until 65 lbs, while the Marathon can be used forward facing until 70 lbs. However, practically, the vast majority of children will outgrow these seats when they are 50-60 lbs due to their height.
- The Graco MyRide’s seat is a bit deeper than that of the Britax Marathon, which can give an older or hefty child more sitting room in the car seat.
- The Britax Marathon is much easier to install than the Graco MyRide. If you plan to keep your car seat in the same car ALL THE TIME, then this may not be a big issue for you; however, if you might sometimes transfer the car seat between different vehicles (Mom’s, Dad’s, Grandma’s, the babysitters’, etc.) then you’ll probably want a convertible car seat that installs quickly and easily, like the Marathon.
- The straps of the Britax Marathon are much thicker and heavier than the straps of the Graco MyRide. The MyRide’s straps tend to get buried behind your child, and you have to fish them out fairly often; however the Marathon does not have this issue to to the convenient Velcro on the sides which holds the straps out of the way while you put your child into the car seat.
- If you need to have 3 car seats side by side, then the Britax car seats actually puzzle together at the bases and fit better than 3 MyRides would fit in one row of the car.
- The cover of the Britax Marathon is of higher quality, and stands up to repeated washings better than that of the Graco MyRide.
- The Britax Marathon has the ability to be tethered rear facing, which the Graco MyRide does not.
- The Britax Marathon has a no-re-theread harness adjuster, which means that you can simply squeeze a lever (I’ve done this with just one hand!) and raise or lower to head rest of the car seat, which raises or lowers the height of the harness straps. On the MyRide, you will have to manually re-thread the harness straps in order to raise or lower the harness height. This ease of adjusting the harness height is a significant consideration if you will use this car seat for various children of different heights – i.e. if you will use it for different siblings, cousins, play-dates, or car pools on a regular basis. You can re-thread the harness straps of the MyRide in the rear facing position without uninstalling the seat; in the forward facing position you must uninstall the entire seat to re-thread the harness straps.
- The shell of the Britax Marathon is slightly shorter than the shell of the Graco MyRide.
- The Britax Marathon has built in lockoffs, which the Graco MyRide does not have.
- The Graco MyRide comes with dual cup holders, which the Marathon does not have, although Britax does sell a cup holder accessory for a few dollars that can be added to the Marathon.
- Due to the cup holders on each side of the Graco MyRide, this car seat is wider than the Britax Marathon. Keep this in mind if you have a compact car and want to fit three car seats, or one car seat plus two large passengers into the same row.
- Some parents reported that the actual seat cover of the Graco MyRide can pop off the shell of the car seat at the edges, which has never been reported to be an issue with the Britax Marathon.
- The Graco MyRide comes with a splitter plate and 3 possible harness lengths, along with confusing instructions in the manual. If you choose this car seat, be sure to read the manual very thoroughly to ascertain that your harness is being used properly. The Britax Marathon has a much more straightforward harness and manual. This is a consideration if a grandparent or other caregiver may sometimes adjust the car seat – someone who may not take the time to read all of the instructions.
- The Graco MyRide does not feature an adjustable crotch buckle, so it may get tight on older kids, whereas the Britax Marathon has an adjustable crotch buckle which can be moved outward as your child grows.
- You can fit a newborn baby into the Graco MyRide. While the Britax Marathon claims that it can be used from birth, practically, most infants will be too short to fit well into the Marathon until around 3-8 months of age, because of the height of the lowest harness straps.
- The Graco MyRide expires six years after it is manufactured; the Britax Marathon 70 expires seven years after its manufacturing.