2019 Clek Fllo v. Clek FoonfIn this article, we will compare the 2019 models of Clek's two convertible car seats, the Clek Foonf and Clek Fllo.
Clek, a Canadian brand, is ahead of the car seat game. Besides being packed with safety features, Clek's rear-facing height and weight limits are among the highest around and are intended to allow your child to rear-face until the age of four. With one of the narrowest car seats on the market, Clek seats are consistently recommended for families who need to seat three across. If you're in the market for a convertible car seat, give strong consideration to both the Clek Foonf and Clek Fllo models.
Let's walk through the features of both convertible models as well as the differences.
Clek Foonf v. Clek Fllo Price & Fabric Choices
The 2019 Clek Foonf and Clek Fllo are available in many of the same fabric choices, however the Foonf costs more than the Fllo. This is due to the fact that the Foonf features a rigid LATCH and smooth recline, features the Fllo does not have.The 2019 Clek Foonf is available in the seven fabric choices ranging in price from $449.99 to $499.99:
- Shadow (Black) - $449.99
- Flamingo (Pink) - $449.99
- Slate (Dark Grey) - $469.99
- Thunder (Light Grey) - $469.99
- Cloud (Light Grey with White Shell) - $469.99
- Mammoth (Grey Wool) - $499.99
- Winter Mammoth (Grey Wool with White Shell) - $499.99
The 2019 Clek Fllo is available in six fabric choices ranging in price from $379.99 to $429.99:
- Noire (Black Microsuede) - $379.99
- Shadow (Black) - $379.99
- Flamingo (Pink) - $379.99
- Slate (Dark Grey) - $399.99
- Thunder (Light Grey) - $399.99
- Mammoth (Grey Wool) - $429.99
Clek Foonf v. Clek Fllo Dimensions
While many dimensions are the same, the Clek Foonf has a slightly bigger footprint and is heavier than the Clek Fllo.
|Car Seat Weight||Forward Facing: 33 lbs Rear Facing: 38 lbs||
25 lbs (28 lbs with Anti-Rebound Bar)
|Car Seat Width||16.9 inches||16.9 inches|
|Car Seat Base Width||13 inches||13 inches|
|Car Seat Height||
Forward Facing: 28 - 32.5 inches
Rear Facing: 25.5 - 28.5 inches
Forward Facing: 26 - 31 inches
Rear Facing: 25.5 - 27 inches
|Car Seat Length in Rear Facing Mode (front to back)||
32.5 in. (29 in. without Anti-Rebound Bar)
|Harness Slot Height||
8 - 17 inches
8 - 17 inches
The biggest difference between the specifications of the Clek Foonf and the Clek Fllo is the nearly 10 pound weight difference between the two models. This is due to the fact that the Foonf contains a smooth recline feature and rigid LATCH connectors, while the Fllo does not.
In addition, the Fllo is roughly 4 inches shorter in length without installation of the anti-rebound bar. This makes it a good choice for smaller vehicles that can't accommodate convertible seats with large footprints.
As mentioned above, both the Fllo and the Foonf are narrow seats, 13 inches wide at the base and 16.9 inches wide at the seat. Do a little research and you'll find that Clek is one of the narrowest car seats on the market, making it a great choice for families who need to fit three across, who want to bring their seat on an airplane, or who would like to provide other car passengers with a little more wiggle room.
Clek Foonf v. Clek Fllo Height & Weight Limits
|Rear Facing Height Limit:||23 - 43 inches||25 - 43 inches|
|Rear Facing Weight Limit:||14 - 50 pounds||14 - 50 pounds|
|Forward Facing Height Limit:||30 - 49 inches||30 - 49 inches|
|Forward Facing Weight Limit:||22 - 64 pounds||22 - 64 pounds|
The Foonf and Fllo have nearly identical height and weight limits - the only difference between the two is that the Foonf can be used rear-facing at 23 pounds while the Fllo has a minimum rear-facing weight of 25 pounds. The weight and height requirements on both models are reduced to 5 pounds and 19 inches, respectively, with the use of the Infant Thingy, an optional accessory for both seats.
One of the biggest benefits to the Foonf and Fllo is the rear-facing weight limit. At 50 pounds, the Clek Foonf and Clek Fllo have among the highest rear-facing weight limits on the market. Clek has long followed best car seat practices internationally which promote rear-facing until the age of four. The height and weight limits on their seats reflect this commitment.
Clek Foonf v. Clek Fllo Safety Features
While both touted for their focus on safety, the Clek Foonf and Clek Fllo have
Both the Foonf and the Fllo come with an anti-rebound bar for rear-facing installation. Rear-facing installation of the Foonf requires the use of the anti-rebound bar, while the anti-rebound bar is optional when installing the Fllo.
The anti-rebound bar limits rebound that occurs in frontal collisions and also prevents the car seat from rotating in a side-impact collision. Because the anti-rebound bar nests firmly into the vehicle's seat back, it also improves installation.
High Height and Weight Limits:
Both the Foonf and the Fllo are approved for use in rear-racing mode until your child reaches 50 pounds (or exceeds the height limit of 43 inches). Many other car seats on the market have lower rear-facing weight limits. However, Clek follows international best practices which recommend that children remain rear-facing until the age of four. The height and weight limit of Clek seats allows most children to do so.
In forward-facing mode, both seats are approved for use until the child reaches 65 pounds or 49 inches tall. This allows your child to remain in a five-point harness
Crumple Zone Technology:
Clek took the crumple zone technology found in cars and adapted it for use in its car seats. This technology absorbs energy in a collision which helps to protect passengers.
The Foonf uses a REACT system, located in its seat base, which works with its rigid LATCH. This system reduces forces transmitted to the child. Clek is one of the few companies that publish its safety performance - you can read about the Foonf's safety performance here. Clek boasts that the Foonf's safety ratings for forward-facing are comparable to rear-facing and set the Foonf apart from others in the industry.
The Fllo uses the EACT system which transfers force away from the child to four aluminum honeycomb deformable cores in the seat base during a collision.
Side Impact Protection:
Both the Foonf and the Fllo feature an adjustable headrest which is lined with EPP foam. Additionally, the seat frames contain foam layers both inside and outside. This foam which absorbs energy in a collision which provides side-impact protection.
The Foonf features a Rigid LATCH system for use when forward-facing - this is a feature the Fllo does not have. The Rigid LATCH not only makes installation quick and easy, it also prevents the car seat from rotating in a collision.
Clek Foonf v. Clek Fllo Installation Methods
The installation methods is where the Foonf and Fllo differ considerably.
In rear-facing mode, the Clek Foonf can be installed using the provided LATCH connectors or using your vehicle's safety belt.
In forward-facing mode, the Clek Foonf can be installed using the rigid LATCH connectors, the vehicle belt, or both the vehicle belt and rigid LATCH connectors. All three of these installation methods also require the use of the top tether.
In rear-facing mode, the Clek Fllo can be installed using the provided LATCH connectors or using your vehicle's safety belt.
In forward-facing mode, the Clek Fllo can be installed using the provided LATCH connectors or the vehicle belt. Both of these installation methods also require the use of the top tether.
Foonf v. Fllo Installation Method Weight Restrictions:
It's important to note that car seats have weight restrictions on installation methods. We always recommend learning ALL installation methods available for the car seat you choose. For the Foonf and Fllo, the vehicle belt installation method is always approved for use. However, the LATCH installation method does have an upper weight limit in both rear and forward-facing mode.
**DISCLOSURE: You should always consult your Owner's Manual for installation requirements. The information provided here is intended only to provide readers with an overview of both the Clek Fllo and Clek Foonf installation methods.
|LATCH Installation||14 - 25 pounds||14 - 35 pounds|
|Vehicle Belt Installation||14 - 50 pounds||14 - 50 pounds|
|LATCH Installation||22 - 35 pounds||22 - 40 pounds|
|Vehicle Belt Installation||22 - 65 pounds||22 - 65 pounds|
|Vehicle Belt & LATCH Installation (used together)||22 - 65 pounds||Not approved for use|
Clek Foonf v. Clek Fllo Additional Features
The Foonf boasts a built-in recline feature with three available recline positions. This makes it easy to obtain a secure fit and more comfortable riding experience for your child. The Fllo does not contain a recline feature.
Both the Clek Foonf and Fllo car seats come with an automatic 1 year warranty. However, Clek offers an additional 2 year warranty to customers who register their car seat online within 90 days of purchase.
Both the Clek Foonf and Clek Fllo have 9 year expirations. This is two years longer than most car seats which only have a seven year life-span. If you plan to use your convertible seat for multiple children, this nine year expiration could mean the difference between having to purchase one seat or two.
In sum, Clek makes some of the best convertible car seats on the market. The Foonf is packed with safety features that make it a great choice for a family who wants the additional safety features available in the forward-facing position. However, the Fllo is a great option for families who have a smaller budget or who need a seat that takes up a little less room. Either way, you can't go wrong with a Clek seat.
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