Unfortunately I do not have a large family and friend database to get recommendations from concerning baby products. A new mom said she got an Eddie Bauer carseat and she is satisfied with it but she is disappointed that she got two separate seats (infant and toddler). I picked this car seat based purely on style. I have been very satisfied with it. It is easy to install facing both rear and forward. I definitely like the design of this chair which was the selling point to me. I figured based on the cost and the name Safety 1st it had to be a good chair. I tried to research the product online and did not find any reviews making one carseat significantly greater than another product. Therefore I do not know any different product to compare this to so my opinion is great. This carseat is functional, cushy, and easy to clean. I would recommend this product to anyone reading this review.