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Our Top 6 Nuna Car Seats & Travel Systems: Pros & Cons Of Each Model

Updated on 15 June 2022 • 10 minute read

 

What’s So Special About Nuna?

Nuna strollers and car seats are certified to be naturally flame resistant using materials free from toxic fire retardant chemicals

Plus, these baby gear are GREENGUARD Gold-certified, ensuring that your baby doesn’t inhale toxic chemicals such as VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are associated with higher cancer risks. (1)

Nuna offers different car seats and travel systems, but which one should you pick for your baby?

 

Our Top 6 Nuna Car Seats 

  • Nuna Pipa Lite RX Infant Car Seat ($499.95) – Lightweight (6.9 lbs) rear-facing car seat compatible with all Nuna strollers
  • Nuna Exec All-in-one Convertible Car Seat ($699.95) – Can be used in rear-facing, forward-facing, and belt-positioning booster modes
  • Nuna Rava Convertible Car Seat ($399.95) – A luxury car seat that can be used in rear-facing and forward-facing modes
  • Nuna Aace High Back Booster Car Seat ($249.95) – High-back and no-back booster seat
  • Nuna Revv Rotating Car Seat ($599.95) – Rotating car seat used in rear-facing and forward-facing modes
  • Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat ($319.95)Rear-facing infant car seat with a lower price tag than the Nuna Pipa Lite RX

 

Continue reading to learn more about each Nuna car seat.

 

Nuna Pipa Lite RX Infant Car Seat

(source: nunababy.com)

 

Price

  • Nuna Pipa Lite RX Infant Car Seat + Pipa RELX Base – $$499.95
  • Nuna Pipa car seat adapter (UPPAbaby Vista and Cruz) – $49.95
  • Nuna Pipa car seat adapter (Bugaboo Fox) – $49.95
  • Nuna Pipa car seat adapter (Bugaboo Cameleon 3) – $49.95

 

What Makes It Special?

  • Conversion Options: Rear-facing infant car seat compatible with all Nuna strollers
  • It’s lightweight enough (6.9 lbs) to tote while shopping or walking around
  • Magnetic buckle holders
  • No-rethread harness
  • Height-adjustable headrest (exclusive feature to PIPA Lite RX)
  • Four bubble-free recline positions (using the RELX base)
  • UPF 50+ sky drape pulls down to cover the seat
  • Connects with all Nuna strollers for a stylish travel system
  • Connects with UPPAbaby and other stroller systems using adapters (sold separately)
  • Luxe leatherette carry handle
  • Machine washable seat fabrics and infant inserts
  • FAA certified for aircraft use
  • Available in different colors and prints, including Caviar (black), Lagoon (green), Brushstroke Dot, and Hazelwood

 

Key Features 

  • Material: Lush Merino wool fabric and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton infant insert
  • Safety Features: Five-point no-rethread harness, side-impact protection, and a 5-second steel-reinforced True lock base with a crumple zone in the stability leg
  • Ease Of Installation: Seat belt path or RELX base installation with colored installation indicators 
  • Product Dimensions: 27.25 x 17.5 x 23 inches
  • Product Weight: 6.90 lbs
  • Recline Positions: Four positions

 

Other Specifications

  • Capacity: Up to 4 to 32 lbs, up to 32 inches, or around 18 months old
  • Warranty: One year
  • Car Seat Expiration: Seven years
  • Extra Features: GREENGUARD GOLD certified

 

Product Recall

  • None

 

Cons

  • It can be pricey.

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews

When carrying this car seat it feels like your holding nothing. The thin handle fits well into anyone hands and doesn’t hurt your forearm if you hold it there as well. Super easy to install when using base, and so easy to use without base.” – Reviewer on Dillard’s.

 

Negative Reviews

Poor quality? For a $500 car seat they aren’t quite selling me on the quality. Maybe this is a fluke but Im not convinced. Really wanted to love this car seat. I I should have just gotten the uppababy.” – Reviewer on Nordstrom.

 

Nuna Exec All-in-one Convertible Car Seat

(source: nunababy.com)

 

Price

  • $699.95

 

What Makes It Special?

  • Conversion Options: Rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, and belt-positioning booster
  • All-steel frame and reinforced belt path
  • Adjustable anti-rebound panel and leg rest combination for added safety
  • Fits three across (most midsize vehicles)
  • No-rethread five-point harness
  • Ventilation panels with breathable, washable knit fabric
  • Aircraft certified
  • Available in mostly dark colors, including Caviar (black), Ocean (dark gray), and Lake (dark, bluish-gray)

 

Key Features 

  • Material: Merino wool, GOTS-certified organic cotton fabric, and dye insert without fire retardant chemicals
  • Safety Features: Adjustable anti-rebound panel and leg rest combination, Aeroflex side-impact protection, energy-absorbing foam, all-steel frame, and reinforced belt path
  • Ease Of Installation: LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) or car seat belt installation
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 18.5 x 26-33 inches
  • Product Weight: 26.6 lbs

 

Other Specifications

  • Capacity: Up to 35 lbs for rear-facing mode, up to 40 lbs for forward-facing mode, and up to 120 lbs for booster mode
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Car Seat Expiration: Seven years
  • Extra Features: GREENGUARD Gold Certified

 

Product Recall

  • None

 

Cons

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews

This convertible car seat comes with all the bells and whistles your heart could ever desire for your most precious cargo. Not only is it really sleek and very well designed as far as the aesthetics, it’s also very safe and easy to install and use.” – Reviewer on Nordstrom.

 

Negative Reviews

For a backwards facing child, it is WAY more cramped than the Rava. Because of the angle you have to keep the footrest/rebound bar up at (basically flush against the back seat), my sons now has less room in this exec than the Rava. His feet basically have no where to go, other than up.” – Reviewer on Nordstrom.

 

Nuna Rava Convertible Car Seat

(source: nunababy.com)

 

Price

  • $499.95

 

What Makes It Special?

  • Conversion Options: Rear-facing and forward-facing modes
  • Preferred installation method using the car’s seat belt
  • All-steel frame
  • Reinforced belt path for superior protection
  • With 2 inches of extra leg room for the rear-facing configuration
  • No-rethread, two-position crotch strap
  • Removable infant head and body inserts
  • Ventilation panels with washable, breathable knit fabric
  • More color options than the Nuna Exec, including Rose, Frost, and Oxford

 

Key Features 

  • Material: Flame-resistant, child-safe foam and fabric without toxic fire retardant chemicals
  • Safety Features: All-steel frame and reinforced belt path for superior protection, energy-absorbing foam, and side-impact protection pods
  • Ease Of Installation: Simply secure installation with colored belt path indicators
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 19 x 25.2-31 inches
  • Product Weight: 27.2 lbs

 

Other Specifications

  • Capacity: Up to 50 lbs for rear-facing mode (with seat belt) and up to 65 lbs for forward-facing mode (with seat belt)
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Car Seat Expiration: Ten years
  • Extra Features: GREENGUARD Gold Certified

 

Product Recall

  • None

 

Cons

  • It can be used as a rear-facing infant car seat but doesn’t attach to a stroller like the Nuna Pipa series infant car seats.

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews

I love the Nuna RAVA. I have the Nuna Pipa and nuna mixx which I also love so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. Although pricey it’s totally worth it. Top quality product and seems as though it will last forever. Very easy to install and I love that the preferred method of installation is just the seat belt.” – Reviewer on Nordstrom.

 

Negative Reviews

The straps are much shorter than other car seats. This may not be a problem when the user is a newborn or small baby, but it becomes needlessly difficult to buckle the child in once they near toddlerhood. They might not work at all for a larger toddler.” – Reviewer on Nordstrom.

 

Nuna Aace High Back Booster Car Seat

(source: nunababy.com)

 

Price

  • $249.95

 

What Makes It Special?

  • Conversion Options: High-back and no-back booster seat
  • Eight recline positions
  • Nine headrest positions
  • Three depths for the seat to support and accommodate your child’s growing legs
  • Built-in arm rests
  • Ventilation panels with breathable, washable knit fabrics
  • Includes a dishwasher-safe cup holder

 

Key Features 

  • Material: Flame-resistant fabric and foam without using toxic fire-retardant chemicals
  • Safety Features: Energy-absorbing foam and side-impact protection pods
  • Ease Of Installation: Lower anchor connectors, colored belt path indicators, and belt positioner aids for shoulder seat belt routing
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 22.5 X 33 inches
  • Product Weight: 15.6 lbs

 

Other Specifications

  • Capacity: Up to 110 lbs as a high-back booster and up to 120 lbs as a no-back booster
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Car Seat Expiration: Ten years
  • Extra Features: GREENGUARD Gold Certified

 

Product Recall

  • None

 

Cons

  • It can be pricier than other booster seats.
  • It doesn’t convert to a standard rear-facing or forward-facing car seat like other convertible options.

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews

This booster seat is way better than others on the market. First it had a latch system (which not all booster seats do), the back comes off for when they are big kids, and it’s very sturdy and well made.” – Reviewer on Nordstrom.

 

Negative Reviews

I will agree that it seems very comfortable & the fabric seems like it would wash nicely & is high quality. The actual car seat, however is so flimsy! Most of the “frame” is made of cheap, flexible plastic. I’m not able to see any part of the frame that is metal or steel (as compared with the britax and peg perego which do). Extremely disappointing, given the price point of this seat.” – Reviewer on Nordstrom.

 

Nuna Revv Rotating Convertible Car Seat

(source: nunababy.com)

 

Price

  • $599.95

 

What Makes It Special?

  • Conversion Options: Rear-facing and forward-facing modes
  • Integrated rebound bar for added protection
  • No-rethread five-point harness
  • Spins 360 degrees
  • Total of 10 positions
  • Five recline positions
  • Integrated magnetic buckle holders
  • Ventilation panels
  • Two dishwasher-safe cup holders 

 

Key Features 

  • Material: All-steel frame, top-of-the-line plastics, GOTS organic cotton infant head & body inserts, and micro-knit fabrics that are flame resistant but without added fire-retardant chemicals 
  • Safety Features: EPP energy-absorbing foam, integrated rebound bar, no-rethread five-point harness, and Aeroflex side impact protection system
  • Ease Of Installation: Simple installation
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 to 22.5 x 18.5 W x 22.5 to 29.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 32 lbs

 

Other Specifications

  • Capacity: Up to 40 lbs for all modes
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Car Seat Expiration: Ten years
  • Extra Features: GREENGUARD GOLD certified

 

Product Recall

  • None

 

Cons

  • It’s pricier than other convertible car seats.

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews

This is THE best. A little smaller than the rava. LOVE the swivel feature. Makes it so much easier to get baby in and out (especially for those tight parking spots).” – Reviewer on Nordstrom.

 

Negative Reviews

The features of this carseat are great BUT it Rattles. Sounds like I had metal chains in my back seat regardless of having a child in the seat or not.” – Reviewer on Dillard’s.

 

Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat

(source: nunababy.com)

 

Price

  • Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat with Pipa Series Base – $319.95
  • Nuna Pipa car seat adapter (UPPAbaby Vista and Cruz) – $49.95
  • Nuna Pipa car seat adapter (Bugaboo Fox) – $49.95
  • Nuna Pipa car seat adapter (Bugaboo Cameleon 3) – $49.95

 

What Makes It Special?

  • Conversion Options: Rear-facing infant car seat compatible with all Nuna strollers
  • Sky drape
  • Mesh peek-a-boo window
  • Protective UPF 50+ canopy
  • Can be installed using a PIPA series base or the car’s seat belt
  • Aircraft certified 
  • At 7.9 lbs, it’s still lightweight enough to tote around

 

Key Features 

  • Material: Premium flame-resistant micro-knit fabric and foam but without added fire-retardant chemicals 
  • Safety Features: Side impact protection, heavy-duty shell, and protective UPF 50+ canopy
  • Ease Of Installation: 5-second True lock base installation
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 17 x 22.6 inches
  • Product Weight: 7.9 lbs

 

Other Specifications

  • Capacity: Up to 32 lbs
  • Warranty: One year
  • Car Seat Expiration: Seven years
  • Extra Features: GREENGUARD GOLD certified

 

Product Recall

  • None

 

Cons

  • It’s a pricey car seat that can only be used in rear-facing mode.

 

What Customers Say

Positive Reviews

We love this car seat its light weight and our little baby seems to be very comfortable in it as well as it feeling very safe. We also love the dream drape it was what pushed me to this one vs other infant car seats.” – Reviewer on Magic Beans.

 

Negative Reviews

I really wish/hope they will change the car seat base. It’s easy enough to install but the LATCH system arms aren’t long enough/too rigid to allow for it to sit well in my car. I need to the height adjustment feet out for it to be level, but then the arms can’t reach the right angle to click into the LATCH system.” – Reviewer on Dillard’s.

 

Summary & Recommendations

Nuna offers a wide range of car seats to suit your needs.

 

Choose Nuna Pipa Lite RX Infant Car Seat ($499.95) if:

  • You’re looking for a lightweight (6.9 lbs) rear-facing car seat compatible with all Nuna strollers

 

Choose Nuna Exec All-in-one Convertible Car Seat ($699.95) if:

  • You prefer a convertible product that can be used in rear-facing, forward-facing, and belt-positioning booster modes

 

Choose Nuna Rava Convertible Car Seat ($399.95) if: 

  • You want a luxury car seat that can be used in rear-facing and forward-facing modes

 

Choose Nuna Aace High Back Booster Car Seat ($249.95) if:

  • You only need a high-back and no-back booster seat
  • You don’t mind that it doesn’t work as a standard rear-facing or forward car seat

 

Choose Nuna Revv Rotating Convertible Car Seat ($599.95) if:

  • You prefer a rotating car seat that can be used in rear-facing and forward-facing modes

 

Choose Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat ($319.95) if:

  • You want a rear-facing infant car seat with a lower price tag than the Nuna Pipa Lite RX

 

Other Nuna car seats you can try for your little one:

  • Nuna Pipa Lite LX infant car seat
  • Nuna Pipa Lite R infant car seat
  • Nuna Pipa Lite infant car seat
  • Nuna Pipa RX infant car seat

 

Factors In Choosing A Car Seat

  • Safe and durable fabrics 
  • GREENGUARD Gold-certified car seats – low chemical emissions are preferable
  • No recent recalls or safety issues 
  • Safety indicators – built-in leveling systems, safety indicators, etc.
  • Safety extras – additional shock absorption pads, anti-rebound bar, and high-quality materials without toxic flame retardants
  • Easy installation – with a regular seat belt or the LATCH system
  • Easy adjustments – no-rethread harness, if possible
  • Higher size limits
  • More conversion options
  • Size and fit
  • Higher rear-facing weight limits – the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) recommend putting your child in a rear-facing for as long as possible because it can be safer than being in a forward-facing car seat (2)
  • Comfort – padded neck support and inserts, leg rest, and breathable or ventilated seats
  • Other extras cup holders, etc.

 

FAQs

Is Nuna A Good Car Seat?

Yes. Nuna car seats are GREENGUARD Gold Certified and flame-resistant without using toxic fire retardant chemicals.

 

How Long Do Car Seats Last Nuna?

Nuna infant car seats have a 7-year expiry, while the convertibles and boosters last for 10 years.

 

How Long Can A Baby Stay In A Nuna PIPA?

The Nuna Pipa is an infant car seat suitable until your baby weighs 32 lbs. Babies grow at different rates, but those with this weight are usually around two years old.

 

Can You Use Nuna PIPA Without Base?

Yes. It can also be installed using your vehicle’s seat belt.

 

Why Are Nuna Car Seats So Popular?

Nuna is a luxury brand of GREENGUARD Gold-certified car seats with GOTS-certified organic cotton fabrics. 

That means that they’re a safe option for your baby because they’re certified to be free from toxic chemicals.

 

Why Is The Nuna PIPA So Popular?

Nuna Pipa car seats are compatible with Nuna strollers, so they can be used to make a luxurious and easy-to-use travel system.

 

When Should I Remove The Infant Inserts?

Removing these infant inserts is ideal when your little one weighs 11 lbs.

 

Other Car Seats To Try

  • UPPAbaby KNOX Convertible Car Seat
  • Doona Car Seat and Stroller
  • Bugaboo Turtle One by Nuna car seat stroller system
  • Britax Boulevard ClickTight ARB (Anti-Rebound Bar)
  • Clek Foonf Convertible Car Seat
  • Maxi-Cosi Pria All-In-One Convertible Car Seat
  • Graco SlimFit 3 LX 3-in-1 Car Seat
  • Graco Milestone All-in-1 Convertible Car Seat
  • Britax Allegiance 3 Stage Convertible Car Seat
  • Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Kinetic
  • Graco Contender Slim Convertible Car Seat
  • Britax One4Life ClickTight All-in-One Car Seat
  • Safety 1st Grow and Go Convertible Car Seat (All-in-1)
  • Evenflo Gold Revolve360 Rotational All-In-One Convertible Car Seat
  • Chicco NextFit Zip Convertible Car Seat
  • Diono Radian 3 RXT All-In-One Convertible Car Seat
  • Cybex Sirona S
  • Evenflo Tribute LX
  • Graco 4Ever DLX 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat
  • Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat 
  • Britax Marathon ClickTight
  • Evenflo Stratos
  • Clek Fllo
  • Cosco Scenera Next

 

Other Nuna Products

Here are other Nuna products for your baby’s nursery:

 

Nuna Strollers

  • Nuna Tavo Stroller ($449.95)
  • Nuna Tavo Next Stroller ($529.95)
  • Nuna Mixx Next Stroller ($799.95)
  • Nuna Demi Grow Stroller ($949.95)
  • Nuna Trvl Stroller ($449.95)
  • Nuna Triv Stroller ($699.95)
  • Nuna Ivvi Totl Stroller ($799.95)
  • Nuna Pepp Next Stroller ($349.95)

 

Nuna Cribs & Playards

  • Nuna Sena Aire ($379.95)
  • Nuna Aire Go ($349.95)

 

Nuna Rockers

  • Nuna Leaf Grow ($169.95)

 

Nuna High Chairs

  • Nuna Zaaz ($379.95)

 

 

 

References

(1) https://www.mychemicalfreehouse.net/2020/12/what-green-certifications-mean-for.html

(2) https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.gov/files/documents/carseat-recommendations-for-children-by-age-size.pdf

 

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