The Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat ($120) is also available as part of the Evenflo Aura Travel System.
Together the Aura Select Stroller and the car seat are just $170, a great deal in this economy, considering that many infant car seats alone cost more than that!
The Embrace accommodates infants from 5 to 22 pounds in the rear-facing position. The handle doesn’t have any rubbery, grippy stuff, but it is articulated so parents’ arms don’t have to twist sideways to carry it.
The fabric is removable and washable and a removable infant head support also works with the stroller. It’s not a cushy, luxurious seat but it is side-impact tested and is compatible with the Aura stroller.
The sun shade is not big enough for my taste, though it meets the stroller’s sun shade for 100% coverage when it is mounted in the stroller.
Installing the car seat isn’t as easy as more expensive models with more bells and whistles, but it only took a couple of minutes to get a good fit. It installs with the LATCH system or using the car’s seat belts, then the seat easily clicks into the base. The carrier can also be used in the car without the base, which is useful for occasional trips in a second car or a taxi.
Pros: Great value as part of the Aura Travel System. Comprehensive safety testing includes side-impact tests.
Cons: Feeble sun shade and a less-than-cushy seat pad.
Final Verdict: For the short time that infants use infant seats (usually only six or eight months but technically as long as they don’t exceed the weight and height limits) this is an affordable option that works well with the full-featured Aura stroller.