by Amy Venzke November 14, 2020 13 min read

Every parent wants the safest ride for their new baby, but that's not all they're looking for in an infant car seat. Ideally, your car seat should also be easy to use and install, lightweight to carry, breathable with soft fabrics, and compatible with your car seat—and it wouldn't hurt if it looked nice, too.

For years, the Nuna PIPA has checked all of those boxes—and now, so does a newer competitor from one of the industry's leading car seat brands.

The Clek Liing is the first infant car seat from Clek, a Canadian manufacturer known for the strength and safety of its convertible and booster car seats. 

The Nuna PIPA and Clek Liing share a number of similarities, with both showcasing top safety features, premium materials, and compatibility with the leading strollers on the market. Both are rated "best" in crash protection by Consumer Reports, while the Clek Liing ranks as the organization's overall No. 1 pick for an infant car seat.

In this in-depth comparison, we'll review all the features, benefits and drawbacks of the Clek Liing and the six models in the Nuna PIPA series.

See this Nuna PIPA series comparison for the differences between the Nuna PIPA, PIPA RX, PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite R, PIPA Lite LX and Nuna PIPA Lite RX.

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Series Infant Car Seat Comparison

Clek Liing

Founded by veterans of the automotive industry, the parents behind Clek set out to make their children's convertible and booster seats just as safe as the seats in our own vehicles. 

Now, the Canadian manufacturer is applying its safety technology and modern design to the littlest Clek, the Clek Liing (get it?)

The Clek Liing, rated the No. 1 infant car seat by Consumer Reports, includes leading safety features like a metal load leg that stabilizes the base in a collision and "rigid" metal LATCH connectors that provide the strongest connection to your vehicle.

Unlike most car seat bases, the base of the Clek Liing can be adjusted to seven positions to ensure a safe angle for your baby and a secure fit in a variety of vehicles. Made in Canada and available in three fabric choices, the Clek Liing is compatible with most of the leading stroller brands.

Nuna PIPA

Beloved for both its safety and style, the Nuna PIPA is one of few infant car seats to earn a "best" crash protection rating from Consumer Reports. The PIPA features a steel load leg and rigid LATCH connectors to prevent the car seat from rotating or rebounding in a crash.

In addition to Nuna strollers, the PIPA is compatible with dozens of strollers from top brands. Unique to the PIPA is a "Dream Drape," a magnetic cover that provides full sun protection and conveniently zips into the canopy when not in use.

In recent years, Nuna has expanded its car seat lineup to include two types of bases and five car seat models. The four PIPA Lite versions (PIPA Lite, PIPA Lite R, PIPA Lite LX and PIPA Lite RX) are the lightest on the market, while the PIPA RX, PIPA Lite R and PIPA Lite RX seats come with Nuna's upgraded and more-adjustable RELX base.

The RELX base is similar to the base of the Clek Liing, offering four recline positions and adjustable LATCH connectors that help you achieve a tighter fit against your vehicle seat.

See our PIPA series comparison for a full overview of all six PIPA models.

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Series Price

Both the Clek and Nuna car seats are available at a range of price points, with prices varying based on the materials used in each seat (for Clek) and the materials and features (for Nuna).

The Nuna PIPA series ranges in price from $319.95 to $499.95, while the Clek Liing varies from $399.99 to $469.99.

Clek Liing Price

The Clek Liing offers three choices of fabrics, all of which are free of brominated and chlorinated flame retardants.

The lowest-priced fabric, Soft Jersey Knit, is a stretchy polyester/spandex blend that feels like a soft cotton.

For $50 more, the Tailored Crypton C-Zero protects against stains, moisture and odor-causing bacteria. The Crypton fabrics are free of fluorine chemicals and are certified by GREENGUARD, which means they meet the most rigorous chemical emissions standards.

For $100 more than the starting price, the Clek Liing is available in two colors featuring 100% merino wool: Mammoth and Twilight. In addition to being free of all added flame retardants, merino wool naturally helps regulate your baby's body temperature, keeping her cooler in warm weather and warmer in cool weather.

  • Soft Jersey Knit: $399.99
  • Polyester / Linen Crypton C-Zero: $429.99
  • Tailored Crypton C-Zero: $439.99
  • Merino Wool: $469.99

Nuna PIPA Series Price

The price of a Nuna car seat ranges from $319.95 to $399.95, depending on the type of included base, the materials and the features. All versions of the PIPA are among the few car seats on the market that are free of flame-retardant chemicals.

What accounts for the higher prices? The PIPA Lite versions are made with a proprietary type of foam that's lighter and more flexible, while the PIPA RX, PIPA Lite R and PIPA Lite RX come with Nuna's upgraded RELX base. The RELX base offers four recline positions, as well as greater adjustability to help the base fit in a wider variety of vehicles.

Like the Mammoth version of the Clek Liing, the PIPA Lite LX and PIPA Lite RX versions are made with merino wool, a fabric that's more breathable, moisture-wicking and hypoallergenic. Additionally, the PIPA Lite LX and PIPA Lite RX include the magnetic "Dream Drape" cover that protects baby from the elements.

  • PIPA: $319.95
  • PIPA Lite: $349.95
  • PIPA RX: $379.95
  • PIPA Lite R and PIPA Lite LX: $399.95
  • PIPA Lite RX: $499.95

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Series Infant Car Seat Comparison

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Weight

While all Nuna car seats are light among car seats, the Lite models are the lightest on the market. The Clek Liing weighs 9 pounds, making it similar in weight to the original Nuna PIPA.

See the weights for each model below, noting that Nuna lists its product measurements without the inclusion of the canopy or infant insert (which can add 1 to 1.5 pounds).

  • Clek Liing: 9 pounds
  • Nuna PIPA: 8 pounds
  • Nuna PIPA RX: 7.5 pounds
  • Nuna PIPA Lite: 5.3 pounds
  • Nuna PIPA Lite R: 5.3 pounds
  • Nuna PIPA Lite LX: 5.7 pounds
  • Nuna PIPA Lite RX: 6.9 pounds

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Series Infant Car Seat Comparison

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Weight and Height Limit

All infant car seats can be used for approximately one year, depending mostly on the height of the baby. 

  • Liing: 4 to 35 pounds, 32" height limit
  • PIPA Series: 4 to 32 pounds; 32" height limit

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Safety Features 

The Clek and Nuna car seats provide the industry's leading safety features: a load leg that stabilizes the base and metal LATCH connectors that provide the most secure connection to your car.

Only a handful of car seats on the market feature a load leg, a metal bar that extends from the base to the floor of your car. The load leg absorbs energy in a collision and prevents the car seat from rotating or rebounding, reducing the risk of head injury by 46 percent, according to a study by Consumer Reports.

Check out the crash test video below for a look at how the Clek Liing load leg prevents the car seat from moving or rotating in an accident.

The Clek and Nuna car seats include steel components that are commonly made of plastic for other brands. The base for both car seats is steel, as are the LATCH connectors, which are called "rigid."

Rigid LATCH makes the car seats easier to install, as the base slides into the LATCH anchors in your vehicle in only a few seconds. Rigid LATCH also makes for a steel-on-steel connection that's stronger and more secure than plastic LATCH connectors, making the car seat like an extension of your vehicle.

So which is safer: the Clek Liing or the Nuna PIPA? Consumer Reports, which conducts independent testing, rated both seats "best" in crash protection. But the Clek Liing has a higher overall score of 90, factoring in ease of use and vehicle fit, while the Nuna PIPA has an overall score of 68. (The organization did not test each Nuna model).

The federal government's ratings are based not on crash testing, but on ease of use—an important safety feature in itself. The National Highway Safety Transportation Administration awarded 4 of 5 stars to both the Clek Liing and Nuna PIPA Lite LX (other Nuna models weren't rated).

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Installation with Base 

Both Clek and Nuna bases feature rigid (metal) LATCH connectors that make installation as easy as sliding the base into the lower anchors in your car. For both brands, you'll also adjust the length of the load leg until the indicator turns green, signaling a secure connection.

On the Clek Liing base, as well as the Nuna RELX base, the LATCH connectors are adjustable in length, allowing the base to fit more tightly against your vehicle seat and aiding installation when the LATCH anchors are hard to reach. The connectors are one length on the PIPA base.

Achieving a safe angle for a newborn is a key aspect of car seat installation. One unique aspect of the Clek Liing base and the Nuna RELX base (seen on the PIPA RX, PIPA Lite R and PIPA Lite RX models) is that it includes adjustable recline positions: seven options for Clek and four for Nuna.

The recline positions provide options for baby's comfort and help ensure that the base can be installed safely in every vehicle, making it easier to fit in tricky vehicle seats that are flat or sloped. The recline can be adjusted after the seat has been installed.

The original Nuna PIPA base seen on the PIPA, PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite LX offers less adjustability. A bubble indicator on the side of the base helps you check for a correct angle. If necessary, you can pull out a recline foot on the underside of the base to check the angle or adjust the height of the load leg.

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Series Infant Car Seat Comparison

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Installation with Seatbelt

Unless you're traveling or taking taxis, you'll want to use the base that comes with your car seat, as it offers an easier, faster install and additional safety features that protect your child.

But if you live in a city, take taxis frequently or are often traveling away from home, you may be installing your car seat with only a seatbelt.

The Clek LiingNuna PIPANuna PIPA RX and Nuna PIPA Lite RX can be installed either with the base or with a seatbelt. Three of the four PIPA Lite versions (excluding the PIPA Lite RX) require the base at all times, as the seatbelt guides were omitted in the design to reduce the weight of the seat.

Both the Liing and PIPA feature a European belt path, in which the seatbelt is routed through guides through both the front and back of the car seat for a secure fit. Other car seats use what's known as the American belt path, in which the seat belt is routed only through the front of the base. 

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Series Infant Car Seat Comparison

Strollers Compatible with Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA 

While Nuna makes a full line of strollers, Clek focuses only on car seats. However, both the Clek Liing and Nuna PIPA series are compatible with many of the same strollers from a variety of brands.

That's because the Clek Liing has a similar design to Nuna, Maxi-Cosi and Cybex car seats, which share car seat adapters across almost all brands. If your stroller brand offers a Maxi-Cosi adapter, there's a good chance that both the Nuna and Clek car seats will fit your stroller.

Strollers Compatible with Clek Liing

The Clek Liing shares a design with Maxi-Cosi, Nuna and Cybex car seats that enables it to be used with car seat adapters for these brands. These strollers have been approved for use with the Clek Liing.

  • Agio Z3 (with adapter)
  • Agio Z4 (with adapter)
  • Baby Jogger City Mini / City Mini GT single (with adapter)
  • Baby Jogger City Mini 2 / City Mini GT2 singe (with adapter)
  • Baby Jogger City Select / City Select LUX single or double (with adapter)
  • Babyzen YOYO+ / YOYO2 (with adapter)
  • Bugaboo Ant (with adapter)
  • Bugaboo Bee 5 (with adapter)
  • Bugaboo Cameleon3 and Cameleon3 Plus (with adapter)
  • Bugaboo Lynx (with adapter)
  • Bugaboo Fox / Fox2 (with adapter)
  • Bugaboo Donkey / Donkey2 / Donkey3 (with mono adapter and twin adapter)
  • Bumbleride Era (with adapter)
  • Bumbleride Indie and Speed (with adapter)
  • Bumbleride Indie Twin (with adapters - set of 1, or set of 2 for twins)
  • Colugo Complete (with adapter)
  • Cybex Mios2 (with included adapter)
  • Cybex Priam3 (with included adapter)
  • Joolz Day3, Geo2 single/double and Hub (with adapter)
  • Lalo Daily (with adapter)
  • Larktale Coast (with adapter)
  • Mamas & Papas Ocarro with adapter
  • Mima Xari (with adapter)
  • Peg Perego Book Cross (with adapter)
  • Peg Perego YPSI (with adapter)
  • Silver Cross Wave / Coast (with upper or lower adapters)
  • Silver Cross Jet (with adapters)
  • Stokke Scoot, Trailz, Xplory (with adapter)
  • Thule Urban Glide single and double (with adapter)
  • Thule Sleek single and double (with adapter)
  • UPPAbaby VISTA and CRUZ (with adapter)
  • UPPAbaby MINU (with adapter)
  • Valco Baby Snap Ultra Trend (with adapter)

clek lling vs nuna pipa comparison 

Strollers Compatible with Nuna Pipa

Adapters are needed to attach a Nuna car seat to any stroller but are included with your purchase of a Nuna stroller (or, in the case of the Nuna TAVO stroller, adapters are not needed). For any other brand, adapters are sold separately.

One advantage of using a Nuna car seat on your stroller: For some strollers, Nuna makes a "ring adapter" that makes it possible to attach and detach the car seat with one hand instead of two hands—a major convenience when you're carrying a squirmy or crying baby. 

Ring adapters are available for these strollers: Nuna MIXX, MIXX Next, TRIV and Demi Grow, UPPAbaby VISTA and CRUZ.

Below are strollers compatible with the Nuna PIPA series.

  • Nuna Demi Grow, MIXX Next, MIXX, TRIV, TAVO, TAVO Next, PEPP and PEPP Next (with included adapters)
  • Agio Z3 (with adapter)
  • Agio Z4 (with adapter)
  • Austlen Entourage (with front adapter or rear adapter)
  • Baby Jogger City Select, City Select Lux and City Premier (with adapter)
  • 2018-earlier Baby Jogger City Mini/GT Single* (with adapter)
  • Baby Jogger City Mini 2/City Mini GT 2 Single* (with adapter)
  • Babyzen YOYO+ and YOYO2 (with adapter)
  • BOB Revolution Flex and Rambler (with adapter)
  • Bugaboo Ant (with adapter)
  • Bugaboo Donkey, Donkey2, Donkey3 (with mono or twin adapter)
  • Bugaboo Fox, Fox2 and Lynx (with adapter)
  • Bugaboo Cameleon3 (with adapter)
  • Bugaboo Bee3, Bee5 and Bee6 (with adapter)
  • Bumbleride Era (with adapter)
  • Bumbleride Indie and Speed (with adapter)
  • Bumbleride Indie Twin (with adapter)
  • Cybex Gazelle S (with included adapters)
  • Joolz Aer (with adapter)
  • Joolz Geo2 (with upper or lower adapter)
  • Joolz Day3 (with adapter)
  • Joolz Hub (with adapter)
  • Mima Xari (with adapter)
  • Mima Zigi (with adapter)
  • Silver Cross Coast (with upper adapter or lower adapter)
  • Silver Cross Jet (with adapter)
  • Silver Cross Wave (with upper adapter or lower adapter)
  • Stokke Xplory*, Trailz* and Scoot* (with adapter)
  • Quinny Moodd (with included adapter)
  • Thule Urban Glide 1 or 2 Single and Double (with adapter)
  • Thule Sleek (with adapter)
  • Thule Spring (with adapter)
  • UPPAbaby VISTA, VISTA V2, CRUZ, and CRUZ V2 (with ring adapter or post adapters)
  • UPPAbaby MINU (with adapter)
  • Veer Cruiser All-Terrain Wagon (with adapter)
  • Vidiamo Limo (with adapter)

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Infant Car Seat Comparison

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Colors

Clek and Nuna car seats are both offered in neutral colors, with colors varying by the model or fabric type. (See the previous pricing section for an explanation of why some fabrics carry a higher price point).

Clek Liing

The Clek Liing in Soft Jersey Knit is available in:

  • Chrome (gray seat fabric with black canopy)

The Tailored Crypton C-Zero fabrics come in these colors:

  • Thunder Grey (gray seat fabric with black canopy)
  • Pitch Black (all black)

The Merino Wool option comes in a single color, which is a dark gray:

  • Mammoth (gray seat fabric and canopy)
  • Twilight (navy blue seat fabric and canopy)

Nuna PIPA Series

Colors for the Nuna PIPA are:

  • Granite 
  • Birch
  • Caviar 
  • Frost 

PIPA Lite colors include:

  • Caviar
  • Granite

The PIPA RX colors are:

  • Birch
  • Caviar
  • Granite

The PIPA Lite R colors include:

  • Caviar
  • Granite
  • Timber

The colors for the PIPA Lite LX are:

  • Granite
  • Caviar
  • Frost

The PIPA Lite RX is available in these colors:

  • Caviar
  • Granite
  • Frost
  • Timber

Benefits and Drawbacks

The Clek Liing and Nuna PIPA versions share a number of similar benefits, including:

  • Metal load leg that minimizes rotation of the base and absorbs forces in a crash
  • Rigid LATCH makes for an easier and more secure installation
  • Base with adjustable LATCH connectors for tighter install and recline options for level fit (for RELX bases on PIPA RX, PIPA Lite R and PIPA Lite RX only)
  • Machine-washable fabrics
  • Infant inserts with removable headrests
  • Compatibility with most of the industry's leading stroller brands
  • Oversized canopy (for Liing) and Dream Drape (for PIPA, PIPA RX, PIPA Lite LX and PIPA Lite RX) provide more sun coverage than most car seats
  • Similar weight (for Liing and PIPA)

So which car seat is better? Only you can decide which is best for your family, but here are the benefits and drawbacks we see.

Debating Nuna models? Check out our Nuna PIPA series comparison.

Clek Liing

Benefits

  • Base includes 7-position recline, allowing car seat to be safely installed in a wider range of vehicle seats, and recline can be adjusted after installation
  • Rated No. 1 overall infant car seat by Consumer Reports
  • All versions are free of brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, and merino wool version is free of any added flame retardants
  • Available in three choices of fabric: super-soft jersey, stain/moisture/odor-resistant Crypton and temperature-regulating merino wool
  • Three-position canopy provides SPF 100+ protection and nearly full sun coverage
  • Harness straps are designed not to twist during use
  • Has the longest expiration period on the market (9 years vs. 7 years for Nuna)

Drawbacks

  • Priced higher than Nuna car seats, depending on Clek color and Nuna model
  • Ring car seat adapters are not available for any strollers
  • At least 2 pounds heavier than PIPA Lite models

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Series Infant Car Seat Comparison

Nuna PIPA Series

Benefits

  • Comes in six models, offering a variety of features, price points, colors and fabrics
  • PIPA Lite versions are the lightest car seats on the market, weighing more than 2 pounds less than Clek Liing and original PIPA
  • Lower in price than Clek Liing, depending on Nuna model and Clek color
  • PIPA, PIPA RX, PIPA Lite LX and PIPA Lite RX models feature the Dream Drape, a magnetic cover that provides sun protection and tucks into the canopy when not in use
  • Ring-shaped car seat adapters for select strollers allow for one-handed attachment and detachment to the stroller and are included with some Nuna strollers

Drawbacks

  • Original PIPA base has limited angle adjustment features compared to Clek Liing
  • Three of four PIPA Lite versions (excluding PIPA Lite RX) cannot be installed without the base for taxis and travel, like Clek Liing and Nuna PIPA
  • Has lower overall rating by Consumer Reports
  • Has a shorter expiration period compared to Clek (7 years vs. 9 years)

Clek Liing vs. Nuna PIPA Infant Car Seat Comparison

Conclusion

With its safety features, wide-ranging stroller compatibility and stylish look, the Nuna PIPA has long been a leading car seat—especially now that the Nuna line offers six models including the PIPA Lite car seats, the lightest car seats in the world.

The Clek Liing is a tough competitor with its similar safety features and stroller compatibility, along with added bonuses like an adjustable base and array of fabric choices.

No matter which car seat you choose, you'll have one of the safest and most innovative options available for your baby.

Questions?

Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. If you have more questions about the Nuna PIPA vs. Clek Liing debate, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com.

Amy Venzke
Amy Venzke

Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. Contact the Strolleria team with questions at customercare@strolleria.com or 480-442-9433.


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