This article will review Clek Fllo, a quality, highly safe convertible car seat by reputable Canadian producer Clek.
We’ll look at its best features, pluses, and minuses as well as answer the most commonly asked questions about the product.
Weight, Dimensions, and Weight Limits
Clek Fllo’s weight limit is up to 50 pounds when facing rear. When facing forward, the maximum weight allowed is 65 pounds. Like the Clek Foonf, a similar product, the Fllo includes durable Crytpon fabric.
However, its (optional) Anti Rebound Bar is one thing that sets it apart. Another is the less featured base. The seat weighs 28 lbs., 25 lbs. forward-facing without the Anti-Rebound Bar. Here is more data on dimensions and weight limits:
- Rear-facing weight range, Canada: 14-40 pounds and the child can sit unassisted
- Rear-facing weight range, United States: 14-50 pounds
- Forward-facing weight range: 22-65 pounds, 2+ years old recommended
- Rear-facing height range: 25-43.99 inches tall
- Forward-facing height range: 30-49 inches tall
- Lowest harness position: 10 inches
- Shell height: 27 inches tall
- Highest harness position: 17 inches
- Rear-facing lower anchor weight limit: 35 pounds
- Expiration: 9 years
- Forward-facing lower anchor weight limit: 40 pounds
Anti-Rebound Bar Feature
You can remove the optional anti-rebound bar if you want. However, we recommend leaving it in place for safety reasons and if you have a bigger car. When you get rid of it, you’ll have additional room to move the seat closer to the vehicle seat at the back. Once you remove it, you can recline to the under 22-pound line on the passenger side of the van, but not the driver’s side.
Between the car seat and the vehicle seat in front, there is an extra 2″. You can only use the bottom five headrest positions in full recline mode. In upright recline mode, a person can fit in the front, but they’ll be right up against the dash. We don’t recommend this seat if your car is smaller and you routinely have a front passenger.
- Push-button lower anchor connectors
- 4- and 6-inch crotch buckle slots with the option for a longer buckle
- Steel reinforced frame
- Seat belt lock-off
- Crypton fabric is odor, bacteria, and stain repelling (except Drift)
What We Like
- Water-resistant fabric
- High rear-facing weight limit
- Optional anti-rebound bar
- Narrow enough for three across
- Dual length crotch strap
The seat is very narrow. The widest part of the seat is 17 inches. The base of the seat measures only 13 inches. The narrowness is helpful if you need to buckle in boosters next to the seat. It can be perfect for a three across where required. Three across means the Fllo, Evenflo Big Kid, and Evenflo Sureride.
Easy To Install
You can install the Fllo facing forward with either the lower anchors or the vehicle seat belt and lock-offs. The producer recommends using the top tether whenever possible for forward-facing installations.
The top tether is needed when the Fllo is installed with a lap or shoulder belt for a child who weighs more than 40 pounds. You have to use the vehicle seat belt in this case. If the child weighs less, you can install with lower anchors only.
Move the recline foot to the forward-facing position to convert the Fllo from rear to forward-facing mode. Either store the lower anchors, if you’re installing the seat with a vehicle seat belt, or move them to the forward-facing belt path.
To move from rear to forward-facing position, move the strap on the right side of the seat when you are facing it, then thread the strap through the forward-facing belt path.
What We Don’t Like
No product is without its shortcomings. Downsides of the Clek Fllo are that it is rather bulky and warranty is limited to one year.
Bulky and Large
Unlike most other products in this category, Clek seats need some assembling, including putting the headrest on. This is quite annoying. You need to adjust the harness manually using a splitter plate tucked behind a panel in the seat.
You need to store lots of parts and pieces separately from the seat when it is not being used. There are some limitations on use. The lock-offs are hard to open and close. They can break easily. Installation can be hard for some as the seat is heavy and cumbersome. You can’t remove the cover once in place.
The producer warrants that the seat will be free from defects in material and workmanship for one year from the date of original purchase. We believe this warranty period is too short.
The company also reserves the right to change or discontinue parts, fabrics, products, or models or to replace the seat with a comparable one or comparable product.To validate your warranty, you need an original receipt from an authorized retailer. The buyer is responsible for shipping charges.
This product has never been recalled. The Clek Foonf convertible car seat has been recalled for non-compliance with Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. There have been no recalls in the US.
How Does It Compare to Other Car Seats?
This section will compare the Fllo to several major brands and other Clek products in this product category.
Clek Fllo vs Foonf
Clek’s Foonf and Fllo are both high quality and safe, as well as some differences.
Fllo has a flat base with an integrated rear-facing flip foot. Foonf has a removable wedge-shaped base so it can be used facing rear.
Both seat sections are the same in size. The bases make the overall dimensions a little different. Foonf is a bit bigger overall because of its additional detachable wedge for use when facing rear.
The forward-facing base’s design is different because this model has the Rigid-LATCH system, which needs to be accommodated. Fllo is more compact overall because of its smaller base.
Both seats can be used with your vehicle’s safety belt, facing either direction. Because of the Rigid-LATCH, it’s very easy to install the Foonf facing forward. For rear-facing installation, the standard latch is used. The Fllo’s standard LATCH attachment can face both ways.
Fllo has 1 recline position when forward-facing. Foonf has 2 recline positions when forward-facing.
Fllo weighs 28 lbs. (25 lbs. forward-facing without the Anti-Rebound Bar), while Foonf is a lot heavier at 38 lbs. (33 lbs. forward-facing without the wedge base or Anti-Rebound Bar)
Both seats have steel bars, advanced side impact protection, and structural headrests. They have the same height and weight limits and a steel anti-rebound bar for secure rear-facing installation and added stability.
Why Clek Fllo?
There are some things you just can’t compromise with. Your child’s safety is on top of that list. If you are not on a budget, then you should get this amazing non-toxic seat. Okay, you are still reading this review which means you are really interested in the Clek Fllo. The following paragraphs will bring out every nuts and bolt of the product.
I hope that my Clek Fllo review will help you to choose your pick more wisely. Perhaps you are thinking about best travel car seat for your growing child. This will be a great product. But first, I would like to remind you that it’s a secondary level infant seat. Your child needs a minimum weight of fourteen lbs.
Clek Fllo vs Diono Rainier
Both car seats are widely recommended. If safety is a priority, go with the Clek. The Diono offers the benefit of a 3-in-1 seat.
- More expensive
- 3-in-1 seat
- Max weight 90 pounds
- Easy boarding
- Energy-absorbing foam on sides
- Folds flat for easy traveling
- 2-in-1 seat
- Less expensive
- Max rear-facing weight 50 pounds
- Anti-rebound bar
- Energy-absorbing foam on sides
- Easy boarding
- Fits 3 across
Clek Fllo vs Peg Perego
Again, Clek fares better in the safety department. On the other hand, the Peg Perego has some features the Clek doesn’t, such as the extended forward-facing weight limit.
- Max weight rear-facing 45 pounds
- 5 lbs. min weight
- Max weight forward-facing 70 pounds
- Seat weighs 21 pounds
- Higher ratings
- Less wide
- Anti-rebound bar
- EACT safety feature
- Seat weighs 25 pounds
Clek Fllo vs Nuna Rava
The Nuna Rava is a very safe, luxury car seat with lots of options. It is not as safe and compact as the Clek Fllo, however. It’s hard to say which one is better. Here’s how they measure up.
- Maximum weight 65 pounds
- More expensive
- Side impact protection pods
- Rear and forward-facing
- True tension doors
- Less wide
- Extra side impact protection via energy-absorbing padding
Frequently Asked Questions
Our final section answers frequently asked questions about Clek Fllo. Look for the answer to yours!
Is the Clek Fllo non-toxic?
Yes. Clek was the first company to produce convertible car seats without flame retardant chemicals, which are toxic. All Clek seats made with “Mammoth” fabric use merino wool, which is naturally flame retardant.
How long is the Clek Fllo good for?
The expiration period is 9 years.
Is Clek Foonf really that much safer?
The Fllo has a unique safety feature: the Aluminum Honeycomb Safety System integrated into the base of the seat. It minimizes the impact on a child in a crash. Its EACT (Energy-Absorbing Crumple Technology) system transfers forces to the aluminum honeycomb deformable cores and away from the child. The installation also matters. If the seat is being installed facing forward with LATCH, the Foonf is safer because of its EACT Safety System.
Does the Clek Fllo recline?
The recline feature involves two different lines on the side of the seat, one for kids under and the other for kids over 22 pounds. Kids over 22 pounds can use any recline between the two lines.
How much does the Clek Fllo weigh?
Maximum of 50 pounds rear-facing and maximum of 65 pounds front-facing.