Very heavy but we absolutely love it. I definitely feel like my daughter is safe when in this car seat. She seems extremely comfortable and we love the fact that it can grow with her. I will say it's a little cumbersome to take the cover off to wash it but it's nothing anyone couldn't handle.
I am going to keep this short. Yes is it heavy and not design to be taken in and out of cars. This thing is built to last. I have never felt like my daughter was as safe until this car seat purchase. I did a lot of research before buying and often people complain about the price, but I rather have a sense of security and make one big purchase, verses constantly buying less than exceptional car seats over the next five years. Once installed you know it is there to stay. It is very easy to adjust and clean. My daughter loves this car seat much better than her infant car seat. Long as she has a toy she can go on long car rides and sleep peacefully.
This is the second of this type of seat we have purchased. Our 4-year old has been using his ever since he turned forward-facing. We were happy enough with it that we purchased it for when our daughter grows out of her infant seat. Yes, this one is able to be used as a rear-facing infant seat, but it is still handy while she fits in her baby one to be able to take her in and out of the car/stroller without unbuckling her every time (esp. when she's asleep). The cover is nice and snug, and while it can be time-consuming to remove it to wash, the great thing is it stays in place very well. The built-in cupholder can also be removed if you need to rinse it, but at the same time it is very secure when attached to the seat, unlike some other seats with flimsy clip-on cupholders. The seat is pretty heavy, but what I like about hooking it in the car is that you take the seat off the base and hook the base in. It's a lot easier for my husband to install this seat than our old Britax Marathon, because he doesn't have to fiddle around with threading the belt through the tight holes in the back of the seat. We use the seat belt to install, so I can't comment on the anchor hooks. One other feature we have fallen in love with while using my son's seat is the reclining mechanism. Unlike most other seats that you have to loosen in order to recline, this one can be done while driving down the road, by simply lifting the recline handle in front, under the tightening strap.
We love this seat. My 2.5 year old loves the cup holder and the pattern is really cute. Easy to install and taking the seat off the base is a breeze. The seat is quite large though so keep that in mind if you have a small car. Very well made. The lever to loosen the buckle is very easy, easiest of any car seat I have owned.
Bought this 2 weeks ago and just got it, IT IS HEAVY but not super bulky. It fits in my 1993 Honda accord just fine with plenty of room for my 1 year old daughter. She loves it and actually took a nap in her car seat for the first time this weekend!! It was the easiest installation I've ever been through with a car seat and its very sturdy. It doesn't wiggle around like her infant one did even when it was properly installed- this bad boy isn't going ANYWHERE!!! I feel like if we were to get into a wreck she would be really protected too- VERY STURDY! there is enough room in the backseat for 2 kids to be back there with her so it didnt take up the whole back seat like I thought it would. THIS PRICE CANT BE BEAT!!!