Graco Atlas Vs Nautilus

If you are looking for a good child car seat, Graco Atlas and Graco Nautilus are the two best choices of harness booster seats for children. Both the models are from the manufacturing warehouse of Graco. Comparatively, Graco Nautilus is priced higher and is considered the high end model among the two for more features. Let us compare the two seats and learn why Graco Nautilus is priced higher.

Graco Nautilus

Graco Nautilus was introduced in the year 2015 by Graco as a harness booster car seat model. The seat model can be used as forward facing car seat with harness for toddlers in the weight range 22 to 65 lbs. The same can be converted into high back booster car seat for kids weighing from 30 to 100 lbs. Finally the car seat model can be used as backless booster car seat for kids weighing from 40 to 100 lbs when they outgrow the high back booster car seat mode. The Simply Safe Adjust harness system found in the Graco Nautilus helps in adjusting the harness and headrest at the same time. The headrest can be adjusted in five positions to cater to your child’s growth. The seat also has 3 recline positions to provide a comfortable seating to your child. The car seat features a durable and strong steel frame and it is finished with EPS energy absorbing foam to absorb the energy. Graco Nautilus complies with all the safety standards of US. The seat can be easily cleaned and the seat cushion, harness and buckle covers are washable in machine.

Graco Atlas

Graco Atlas is ideal for using in forward facing mode with harness for toddlers weighing from 22 to 65 lbs and serves as high back booster seat for older kids weighing from 30 to 100 lbs. Like Graco Nautilus, Atlas also has Simply Safe Adjust harness system, 5 positions adjustable headrest and meets all the safety standards of US. It comes with trouble free harness storage that holds back the buckle helping your child to get in and out easily. The seat is fitted with cup holder on either side to help your child to grab their drinks during the trip. The seat pad, harness and buckle covers are machine washable.

Table of Comparison

  Graco Nautilus Graco Atlas
Manufacturer Graco Graco
Model Car seat with harness booster Car seat with harness booster
Harness weight limit in forward facing mode 22 to 65 lbs 22 to 65 lbs
Weight limit in high back booster mode 30 to 100 lbs 30 to 100 lbs
Weight limit in backless booster mode 40 to 100 lbs 40 to 100 lbs
Simply Safe Adjust Harness system Available Available
Adjustable head rest positions Five positions Five positions
Recline positions Three positions Two positions
Fuss Free harness Available Available
Steel frame Available No
EPS energy absorbing foam Available No
Tested for side impact Yes Yes
Tested for rigorous crash Yes Yes
Cup holder Single Double
Machine washable Seat pad, harness and buckle covers Seat pad, harness and buckle covers

Final words

The key differences between the two models are that the Graco Nautilus offers additional backless booster mode. There are also differences in recline positions, steel frames and cup holders. Graco Nautilus is priced higher because of the feature of having additional backless booster mode. Graco Nautilus is a better choice because of the steel reinforced frame, backless booster mode and higher number of recline positions.