Diono Radian rXT Convertible Car Seat Review + Giveaway!

*I worked with Diono on this post. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*

As a parent, there’s nothing more important to us than our children. From the day our little ones are born until the day they leave the nest (and onward) we make it our personal mission to care for their needs, emotional or otherwise. One aspect of being a parent that seemed a little more challenging was keeping my children safe. Safety isn’t just about teaching them to look both ways before crossing the street or not talking to strangers, there’s so much more to managing their safety than just the basics. A great example of this would be choosing a car seat.



When I had my firstborn, I thought picking a car seat would be a breeze. Boy, was I wrong! I thought it would be as easy as running to the store, picking one and installing it. Turns out, there are tons of different brands, models and sizes to choose from. It isn’t a simple matter of one size fits all and not every brand/model is made equally; some have far better safety ratings than others.

For example, the Radian rXT by Diono is, in my opinion, one of the best money can buy and you can rest assure that it’s also one of the safest on the market. Although it is a little on the pricey side, I can tell you that is it worth every penny if you’re looking for a multi-functional, safety seat for your precious cargo. This car seat provides little ones with unmatched safety from infancy to the booster stage. This means that instead of running out and upgrading your old car seat every time your kiddo moves up in weight or height, you can save big on the cost of a new seat by converting your Radian rXT to the needed stage for your child.

Available in 7 lovely colors, I was able to partner with Diono recently and was able to review their Radian rXT in Black Mist. Since receiving it, I’ve loved being able to put it to use. Although a little on the heavy side, 18lbs, I wouldn’t trade our new car seat for anything. It also utilizes a steel alloy frame and aluminum reinforced walls for safety and has a reinforced adjustable head support to help keep little heads from jostling in the event of an accident.Diono Car Seat

Additional benefits of the Radian rXT include but aren’t limited to: 

  • Energy Absorbing EPS Foam
  • The ability to fit 3 seats across in most mid sized vehicles
  • Extended rear facing from 5-45lbs
  • Forward facing up to 80lbs
  • Booster accommodates children from 50-120lbs
  • 5 point safety harness
  • Angled cup holder
While the price tag might seem overwhelming to some parents, I can attest to the fact that it is indeed worth every penny. After all, you can’t put a price tag on the safety of your little ones and when you factor in the fact that your new Radian rXT has a 10 year life expectancy, you’ll rejoice in the fact that you’ll only need one car seat for your child instead of several as they hit each milestone in their growth.
If you’re interested in purchasing one of the Diono safety seats, then there are a few accessories that I would also recommend in conjunction with your new convertible seat.

The Car Seat Travel Bag: Trust me when I say you’ll want this one. I mentioned before that the car seat itself is heavy, 18lbs, and speaking from experience, trying to lug it around or switch to another car, can be tiring. It’s a beast! So, you’ll thank me when you purchase a Car Seat Travel bag to help transport your new car seat. It can be adjusted to be worn as a backpack or single strap to be used as a duffel bag option.

The Ultra Mat: Is ideal as an added layer of protection to your vehicles upholstery. The mat itself is full length so it covers your seat as well as the back of the seat as well and can be used while your car seat is either rear or forward facing. Car seatinstallation can bring about scratches in your upholstery, so I’d definitely recommend you invest in the Ultra Mat as well!
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GIVEAWAY: One winner will receive this car seat. To enter this giveaway, simply click more to see the rafflecopter. For the mandatory entry, please click this link: Diono and tell me your favorite feature of the car seat in the comment section proceeding this post. While the other entries are optional, I highly recommend filling it out to increase your chances of winning. US only! Good luck!

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  1. Valerie Mabrey says

    I love the fact it goes up to 80 pounds and also the fact that you can keep it reversed longer.

  2. Ashley says

    I love that it’s an extended rear facing! I plan to keep my daughter rear facing as long as recommended. I also love the look of the car seat!

  3. Ada Miller says

    Love that it has a steel frame and can be folded up for transporting. Wow! The ones we have are so big and bulky. This one looks awesome!

  4. vickie couturier says

    extended rear facing
    Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5-45 lbs for maximum safety. Premium plush head and body support cushions included for newborns and infants.

  5. Billie R says

    There are a lot of great features including that it has energy absorbing foam. Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Kirsten says

    I love the longevity. First it can remain reversed for longer anyplace then the child can weigh up to 80 lbs. Awesome!

  7. Colleen Maurina says

    I really like that this car seat is the only one you will need because it suits a child from 5 to 120 pounds. I also appreciate all the safety features!

  8. wen budro says

    My favorite features are the 5-point safety harness and that it can be used up to 80 lbs. This looks like a very safe car seat.

  9. Samantha Martin says

    I like the energy absorbing material. That’s a clever safety feature. Being a mom you have to think of their safety first. Another great feature forward and backward facing… It grows with your child!! It just takes this One car seat to grow with them :)

  10. Nikki says

    That it folds up easy and you can carry it! I have 4 car seats for my twins and taking them in and out of cars so they can stay with Nana and Papa every once in a while is killer!

  11. elizabeth miller says

    My favorite feature is it is an all in one from birth to booster. No more spending 100′s of dollars from one seat to the next.

  12. Bianca Munoz says

    I like that Radian car seats fit 3-across in most mid-size vehicles. And I LOVE the extended rear facing options. Thank you!

  13. Lauryn R says

    My favorite feature of this Diono is its steel reinforced frame! I also love that it goes all the way up to 120lbs, that’s is amazing! :)

  14. Stacey Roberson says

    I love that the seat accommodates a newborn through a booster for older kids. This eliminates the need of buying multiple car seats. Our daughter is 1 and growing our of her infant seat. We have the Diono for our 4 year old and love it!

  15. Marie Lowther says

    I love that this carseat allows you to use it from their first carseat ride up until they are 80 lbs!

  16. Anne Higgins says

    Reinforced sidewalls and washable is most important. I like that it can be used for many years as the kids will grow quickly. It is well made and seems to be VERY SAFE. Thanks for this chance to win.

  17. Paula Adams says

    I want a car seat that supports both rear-facing and front-facing, and that will last through toddler-hood. So great to see that the Diono Radian rXT Convertible has a 10-year life !

  18. Marti Tabora says

    I really love that you can use it for up to 10 years, that to me is what makes it worth the price.

  19. Lindsay Bade says

    I love that it is a 5 point harness up to 80 lbs! I am not comfortable with my daughter being out of a harness seat yet so this is perfect!

  20. Heather W says

    I love the weight limits for rear facing! Oklahoma has some strict car seat laws & this would work great here!

  21. Sherrie Cruson says

    I like the room to grow feature but the most important one for me is the Energy absorbing EPS foam and side impact protection

  22. Marilyn Nawara says

    I like that it folds flat for storage and travel. Also like that one seat works from 5 pounds to 120 pounds. I’m a grandma and it’s great being able to use the same seat for all of my grandkids.

  23. Dawn Monzu says

    I absolutely love that it accommodates children from 50-120lbs! My granddaughter is 4 years old, so this would be able to be used for quite awhile! I also love that it has a cup holder. Very cool!

  24. Terra Heck says

    There’s lots of great features. I really like that the reinforced adjustable head support provides additional side impact protection. Thanks.

  25. JEN D says

    My favorite feature is the years that this seat will span – infancy through the booster seat stage…that saves a lot of money and also time.

  26. Diana Anderson says

    THE BEST carseat ever. We got one for my toddler son when my infant was born because 1 car with three kids, we have to maximize SPACE and we’ll need another for when my little gets bigger!

  27. Hayley says

    My favorite thing about this car seat is that not only is it very safe but I can keep it until my daughter doesn’t need a seat anymore. I made a big mistake buying a Safety 1st car seat. It feels cheap and flimsy and I can’t afford a new one, but also in the next year my daughter will need an upgrade anyway. So I’m still hopeful that I can acquire one of these awesome Diono seats.

  28. aaron reck says

    I love that it includes room to grow. Accommodates forward-facing children up to 80 lbs in a 5-point harness and converts to booster mode for kids 50-120 lbs. The reinforced adjustable head support provides additional side impact protection. That’s what I’m talking about.

  29. Carly Daring says

    I love that it is an all in one so I don’t have to keep purchasing upgrades! I also like the weight limit for rear facing since it is so much safer!!

  30. Em Mahr says

    My favorite feature is that it can go rear-facing up to 45 pounds! I also really like the Low-sitting profile and that the cover is machine washable.


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