Product Reviews

Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat

$149.99 $109.98

41 in stock

With so many different children’s car seats on the market, it’s becoming harder and harder for parents to make an informed choice about which one they purchase. Nothing is more important than the safety and comfort of your little one, whether you’re just going to the shop around the corner or driving to the other side of the country. I’ve chosen to take a look at the Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat, featured as one of the best car seats of 2016 at


This seat is fitted with side-impact tested, energy absorbing foam to protect your child during any collision. It can be reclined in three different positions and is suitable for both rear-facing and forward-facing installation. For added comfort there’s a removable head support, a pillow, rotating arm rests and a cup holder to prevent any accidents with the little one’s drinks. The harness system can be adjusted to fit your child’s height, keeping him or her snug and secure.


In its rear-facing position, the Alpha Omega can support a child of between 5 and 35 pounds and between 19 and 35 inches in height. In the forward-facing position it can support a child weighing between 22 and 40 pounds, between 34 and 43 inches tall. For bigger kids there is a high-back booster which can be used by kids who weigh between 40 and 100 pounds and measure between 43 and 52 inches. The expiration on models made after December 2013 is for 10 years and by that point, your child probably won’t want to be sitting in a child seat anymore!

The good stuff 

Well, this is a pretty standard child’s car seat with a couple of niceties thrown in. The energy absorbing foam is a feature of every seat I have seen and the five-point harness is also another common (and great) feature of a lot of seats. The cup holder is very useful, too and a welcome feature that is not included in all child car seats.

The bad stuff 

There are quite a few aspects of the Alpha Omega Elite that I don’t like, some major and some minor. But we may as well start with the big one – it’s actually listed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety website as being not recommended. A few customers have noticed this and promptly returned the product.

More minor, but important complaints have been about the headrest being uncomfortable for the child and the difficulty in removing the cover in order to wash it.

Also, although it is by no means the largest of the child car seats on the market, some people have complained that, at 19.5 x 22 x 25 inches, it doesn’t fit in their vehicle in the rea-facing position. You might want to think about this if you drive an SUV.

My overall view 

Amazon customers currently rate the Alpha Omega Elite with 4.1 stars out of a possible five. So there are most definitely satisfied customers out there. If you’re interested, I would recommend considering the issues that I have highlighted in this review and consider if it’s still for you!