While choosing a car seat, you’re knee-deep in foam padding, buckle confusion, and that nagging fear you’ve picked the wrong one. I’ve been there and bought the overpriced giraffe print monstrosity just for the “bonus giggle feature” (spoiler alert: it didn’t giggle).
But hold on, the Nuna Exec car seat isn’t your average plastic prison on wheels. With this car seat, your little nugget snuggled in a plush cocoon of comfort. Moreover, this car seat grows with your kiddo, so you can skip all those “Ugh, gotta buy another car seat” moments. If you’re ready to treat your little one (and yourself) to some seriously next-level comfort and safety, join me in this Nuna EXEC review. I’m going to dissect every feature, test its ease of use, and talk about all the things you need to know.
Nuna Exec Specs
Here are the essential details about the Nuna Exec, ensuring compatibility with your car:
- Dimensions: 22.5” L x 18.5” W x 26-33” H
- Weight: 26.6 lbs.
- 2-year warranty
- Available in 4 colors
- Includes Merino wool baby and head inserts
- GOTS™ certified organic cotton fabric & dye insert, harness covers, and crotch cover
- Greenguard Gold Certified
- Designed to fit across most vehicles
- Equipped with ventilation panels
- Features a no-rethread 5-point harness
Pros and Cons of Nuna Exec
- Higher forward-facing weight limit and more adjustability options
- Plush, easy-to-install, and smooth harness
- Long-lasting in rear-facing mode
- Manual storage in a handy compartment
- Accommodates taller children compared to the Nuna Rava
- Excellent extended rear-facing, standard forward-facing, and early booster option
- Higher price point
Nuna Exec Review
I’m talking from day one, when they’re a tiny 5 lbs. bundle, up to a whopping 120 lbs. and 57 inches. It’s the only car seat you’ll ever need.
You know the American Academy of Pediatrics says rear-facing is the way to go, right? The NUNA EXEC gets it. My little one rode comfortably from 5 to 50 lbs., maxing out at 49 inches.
Then, bam, they’re ready for front-facing action. The harness keeps them snug from 25 to 65 lbs., hitting that 49-inch mark. Seatbelt installation is a breeze – trust me.
Confidence with the Booster
Now, when they outgrow even that, they enter booster mode. The NUNA EXEC’s got it all – 40 to 120 lbs., heights between 38″ and 57″, and age 4 and up.
I tried this seat with a squad of kids – of different ages and sizes. That 8-position recline? Pure genius. And the adjustable head support and anti-rebound panel? Comfort and safety are on point. Each kiddo found their sweet spot. So, yeah, I’m sold.
A lot of parents install car seats incorrectly. That is not just alarming; it’s downright terrifying, considering that road injuries are the leading cause of injuries to children in the United States.
One car seat that stands out for its easy installation process is the EXEC from NUNA. Their Simply™ secure installation, coupled with True tension™ doors, ensures an ultra-secure fit without the struggle.
Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to installing the Nuna Exec car seat:
- Open the True tension™ door.
- Guide the seat belt and buckle through the belt path under the True tension™ door.
- Secure the True tension™ door to install the Nuna Exec car seat.
- Tighten the seat belt and then close the True tension™ door to install.
- Finally, lock the vehicle shoulder belt. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for specifics on how to achieve this. Mostly, it is as straightforward as pulling the shoulder belt all the way out, and then it automatically converts to locking or ratcheting mode—a mode designed for child restraint use.
First off, the materials Nuna Exec uses are top-notch. It’s got these inserts made of merino wool that are just so cozy for the little ones. There’s even an extra organic cotton insert and a quilted slipcover. So, washing away those inevitable spills is super easy.
What really got me is how they’ve made it so compact. It fits into most mid-size vehicles without hogging up all the space. Also, the color options are quite sleek. You’ve got choices like Caviar, Granite, Lake, and Timber.
No-Rethread Five-point Harness
The EXEC comes with a 5-point no-rethread harness that’s a parent’s dream. Easy to use with just one hand, and let’s be real, that’s all we usually have available. Plus, it grows with your little one, fitting them like a glove as they grow.
Dual Flip-open Cupholders
Extra cupholders? Yes, please! These cup holders can be flipped down when not in use, giving you that extra space you always need.
Magnet Harness Keepers
Now, this is where it gets cool. The magnet harness keepers keep the buckles away from the seat, making it a breeze to get your kiddo settled. Quick and easy – my kind of solution!
Washable Covers for Easy Cleaning
Let’s talk about the not-so-fun part – cleaning. The seat cover, infant insert, and harness covers are all machine washable.
Spring Touch Shoulder Belt Guide
When your mini-me is ready for the booster seat and can use the shoulder belt, the EXEC has your back. The spring touch shoulder belt guide makes sure everything’s in place for big kids, making the transition super simple.
What To Know Before You Buy?
Nuna Exec Is super versatile for kids as they grow, but it’s not one of those car seats with an infant carrier. That means you’ll need to take your little one out of it each time you stop somewhere or get home. If you prefer the convenience of keeping the baby in the seat while you run errands, this might not be your best pick.
Also, it’s a bit on the pricey side. I mean, it’s one of the more expensive seats out there. So, if the budget is a big concern, it might not fit the bill.
However, if you’ve got some wiggle room in your budget, this car seat is a great investment. This seat’s built to last for, like, a decade of your kiddo’s life. So, if you’re in it for the long haul, it might just be worth every penny.
If you’re looking for a car seat that’s safe, comfortable, and built to last, the Nuna EXEC is for you. Now, I won’t sugarcoat things. As I said, the EXEC isn’t cheap. But here’s the thing: you’ll use this car seat for years (seriously, it goes from 5 pounds to 120 lbs.!). It’s like buying a car that you know will get you through thick and thin, and that is priceless. It’s not just a car seat; it’s a peace-of-mind package wrapped in a sleek, stylish design. And trust me, when you’re cruising down the highway with a happy, comfy kiddo in the back, that’s a feeling worth its weight in gold.