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To Foonf or to Fllo?

My Clek Fllo has arrived! Can you hear the excitement in my voice?! As soon as I saw this carseat I knew I had to test this bad boy out, and am I glad I did! Let me give you some background: I am a ride or die Clek customer. I purchased the Foonf for my daughter about seven months ago, and I have come to learn just how awesome this company is at making safe, comfortable, stylish, and easy to clean convertible carseats and booster seats. This company does not mess around…

So what’s all the hype about?

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The Fllo is very similar to its sister, the Foonf. I say sister because there are few differences, but enough to make the Fllo stand on it’s own. Clek’s Foonf has won multiple awards and for very good reason with it’s extended rear-facing use, up to 4th Birthday!, REACT safety system (Rigid-Latch Energy Absorbing Crumple Technology), and slim design for families with multiples.

Let me just tell you, I love my Foonf. It wasn’t even the first carseat I saw or even planned on buying. I went into a local store, Seedlings, to look at another carseat I planned on buying. Next thing I know, I have a Clek brochure in my hand. That evening I went home and started looking up everything I could about this carseat and carseat company. The more I read and watched, the more I knew this was the right carseat and company for my family. My daughter also loves her carseat. She is always very content sitting and sleeping in it, since it is so comfortable. A happy baby is always a happy Mom! And a happy Mom is always a happy baby!

Closer look at Foonf features
REACT Technology is much like the crumple zones in cars. Basically, when forward facing the Foonf is designed to absorb more energy in a collision, which means less force is transferred to the child.

Steel and magnesium sub-structure with energy absorbing foam layers on the inside and outside of the frame, and a foam lined adjustable headrest with deep side wings connected by steel rods

Rear facing steel anti-rebound bar that helps the carseats stability in a collision, and therefore limiting the carseat from rotating

A carseat that lasts forever, well almost forever; up to 50 lbs. rear facing (40 lbs. in Canada) and 65 forward facing

Children can sit rear facing up to age 4

Three position recline for safety and comfort

NCAP testing that simulates forces in even the most extreme collisions

Rigid LATCH makes for easy and proper forward facing installation

Only 13 inches wide at the base making it possible to fit three-across in most vehicles

Narrow width also allows for installation in the smallest of cars

100% recyclable, yes the entire car seat is recyclable!

Crypton fabrics provide protection against messes and odor-causing bacteria – not to mention it’s super easy to clean. This is one of my favorite features… Let’s face it, babies and toddlers are messy, and I can’t have a carseat with stains for the next four years! If, I mean when, my daughter spills food on it, a damp towel is all it takes to clean it up.

GREENGUARD Select Certified and free of brominated & chlorinated flame retardants –No harmful fumes to breath in!

FAA approved – With Clek’s Weelee, it’s even easier to travel with your Foonf or Fllo

As you can see, the Clek Foonf has plenty of safety features. So why would you even want another carseat? Well, one downside to this carseat is the weight, the Foonf weighs in at 38 lbs. rear facing and 33 lbs. forward facing. Now for me this isn’t an issue, because I very rarely need to take my carseat from the car. When I do have to, it’s only for traveling, and I use my handy Weelee to transport it. But now that Clek has come out with the Fllo, I will for sure use that for travel since it weighs in at about 10 lbs. less than the Foonf.

Closer look at the Fllo features

Much like it’s sister, the Fllo offers extended rear facing use up to 50 lbs. (40 lbs. in Canada), steel anti-rebound bar, narrow base measuring only 13 inches, FAA approved, NCAP testing, energy absorbing foam layers inside and outside of the frame on both sides, foam lined adjustable headrest with deep side wings, GREENGUARD Select certification, Crypton fabrics, integrated metal substructure with 3 layers of engery-absorbing foam, extended rear facing capabilities, and is also completely recyclable. I know, I know this is very similar to the Foonf. So what’s the difference?

The Fllo only weighs in at 25 lbs. rear facing and 23 lbs. forward facing making it much easier to transfer from car to car or to travel with. That is a whopping 10-13 lb. difference! Fllo also has somewhat of a different technology, Energy Absorbing Crumple Technology (EACT). Now, I say somewhat because it is basically the same as what the Foonf has minus the Rigid Latch. The Rigid Latch is the easy connection for forward facing use, remember that thing? I’m not going to act like the Rigid Latch isn’t super cool since I’m reviewing the Fllo now, but if you’re looking for a lighter and more affordable carseat that is still incredibly safe, you can definitely do without it.

The Fllo was relatively easy to put together and install. I say relatively because there is some work that goes into installing the carseat, and I would definitely recommend taking the instructional manual with you to install it. My daughter loves sitting in this seat. She’s only 13 months, so she still sits rear facing, but since the Fllo sits so high she can still see out of the window. From what I’ve seen kiddos that age love to know what’s going on at all times, and this gives them that opportunity.

Now I know I’ve given you a lot of information, here’s a breakdown of the major differences:

Fllo

EACT technology- basically no rigid latch

Weighs 25 lbs. rear facing (28 lbs. with the anti-rebound bar) & 23 lbs forward facing -I sound like a broken record with all this rear and forward facing

Integrated rear facing recline foot -You might be wondering what on earth that is, watch the video and I’ll show you

Price $350-$430 depending on the fabric and print

 

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Foonf

REACT technology- has Rigid Latch

Weighs 38 lbs. rear facing & 33 lbs. forward facing

Detachable rear facing base- you’ll see this in the video

Price $380-$500 depending on the fabric and print

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Having stated all of the facts and innovative features both carseats have to offer, my personal preference would be both. I know, I’m not being very clear, but let me explain. It really just depends on what your personal needs are. They are going to be different for each family, so I can’t tell you which one would be best for your family. They are both GREAT carseats, and the very BEST in my opinion. I know that all carseats have to pass the same test, but we all know that some go above and beyond the minimum standards and Clek does that. These are carseats that were built with your child’s safety in mind. It definitely makes me feel better knowing that if I were to get into a car accident my daughter will either be in a Foonf or Fllo.

So Fllo or Foonf? That is a question you’ll have to answer for yourself.

Thank you Clek for providing me with this Fllo for review. No other compensation was provided and the comments and opinions are entirely my own. Please refer to Clek’s website for installation and user info. I am by no means a carseat installation expert, so please always refer to your user manual for installation. If you’re unsure you can contact either St. Joes Kids or Clek directly for installation help.

Buy a Clek Foonf or Fllo now and get a FREE Clek weelee travel bag now thru October 11th!

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7 thoughts on “To Foonf or to Fllo?”

  1. Elena

    I tested Fllo myself and I absolutely loved it as well as my toddler. It is comfortable, looking great and has so many safety features! All stars car seat for 2015!

  2. Annette

    Thanks for your review. I also love Clek and already own a Foonf. I will be getting the Fllo for my younger child, though, for one very important reason.

    The crumple technology (REACT) in the Foonf does not engage if your child is rear-facing. It only works when you use the rigid latch. My son is still rear-facing so though he still gets a lot of benefits in the event of an impact (steel bar, e.g.) it will not crumple.

  3. Ana

    Hi,
    I’m trying to decide between foonf and fllo. My daughter does not like being in her carseat and I’ve heard the foonf lets kids look out the window which helps with boredom! My question is: can kids still look out the window in the fllo, or is not tall enough??
    Thanks a lot!

  4. Laura

    Thanks so much for the breakdown! Question about the comment above regarding the foonf REACT technology that only engages FF, will the fllo EACT engage if RF? Also, does the fllo also have steel construction? And lastly, are the cushioning and fabric comfy? Done seats I’ve felt, seem to only a thin later of fabric that let’s you feel the hard plastic underneath?

  5. Isabel

    Hi!!
    This is a great review. Thank you, I made the decision clearer! I just have one last question: How important do you think it is that the Foonf is taller?? Do you think it makes a huge difference for my child? I believe that’s the only reason I’d buy it instead of the Fllo.
    Thank again!

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