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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
Could anyone who has acess to Which reports please advise what their recommendations are for 4 years plus car seats and what the Dont buys are please.
Or personal experience of good seats would also be appreciated
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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Best Buys -

Britax Kidfix XP Sict High back Group 2/3 Isofix and belted £165 76%

With this car seat, both the seat and the child are held in place by the adult seatbelt, and you can also attach the seat to Isofix mounts - a more stable option.

The adjustable side protection means it's excellent in side-impact crashes, while the front-impact safety is good too.

Find out more - read our Britax Kidfix XP Sict review.

Britax kid plus sict child car seat
Britax Kid Plus Sict High back Group 2 Belted only £95 75%

While they do make the seat quite wide, the side impact cushions on this child car seat are a great feature, absorbing crash energy if the car is hit sideways on.

We found it really easy to install thanks to the clear instructions and it's easy to carry, too.

Find out more - read our Britax Kid Plus Sict review.

Recaro monza nova 2 seatfix child car seat
Recaro Monza Nova 2 Seatfix High back Group 2/3 Isofix and belted £160 74%

This high-backed booster seat is made safer when used with Isofix mounts, offering excellent side-impact protection and satisfactory front-impact protection.

It's relatively light but the seat does take up quite a bit of room in the car and may require you to remove your car's headrest, so make sure you try before you buy.

Prices checked 1 April 2014


Don't Buys in your category -

Easycarseat - Inflatable

Which? score: 7%
Price: £57.00
Launch date: Sep 2011
Type: Belted installation only

The Easycarseat Inflatable is a novel idea - as the name suggests, it's an inflatable booster seat. It's forward-facing and designed for children weighing between 15kg and 36kg (around four to 12 years old). Both the seat and the child are secured using the adult seatbelt. How does it compare with more traditional seats in Which? tests?

This seat offers good leg support and carries clear warning labels, but it fails to offer adequate protection in either front or side crashes, so we've given it a Which? Don't Buy rating.


Safety 1st - Tri Safe

Which? score: 34%
Price: £87.00
Launch date: Sep 2008
Type: Belted installation only

The Safety 1st Tri Safe is secured using a seat-belt and is a Group 1/2/3 child car-seat. This means it is suitable for children weighing between 9 and 36kg (around one to twelve years-old). To find out how it fared in the Which? Child Car Seat tests, read the full review.
Safety

Front crash protection is acceptable on three stars, but in side crashes, it could expose the child to a risk of injury, with a poor two star rating.


Britax - Max Way

Which? score: 31%
Price: £215.00
Launch date: Sep 2012
Type: Belted installation only

The Britax Max-Way is an extended rearward-facing child car seat designed to keep your child rearward-facing as long as possible and protect them from more severe head and neck injuries in a crash. Unusually, the harness can be used until the child weighs 25kg, protecting their delicate chest until they are around six or seven years old. But how safe is it in a crash? We sent it to our lab for crash testing to find out.

This child car seat has passed the regulatory tests required by ECE R44/04 to be sold as suitable for children from 9-25kg. In our own more rigorous tests it achieved a good overall safety rating, but the seat is so difficult to install that there's a danger of installing it incorrectly which, along with other drawbacks, means that we've made it a Don't Buy.


Volvo - Convertible

Which? score: 28%
Price: £158.00
Launch date: Sep 2008
Type: Belted installation only

The Volvo Convertible child seat is secured using the adult seat belts and aims to cater for children between nine and 25kg (from about one to seven years old), travelling rearward-facing up to 18kg (around four) and forward-facing thereafter.

Its design comes from Britax's Nordic range, and it was subsequently launched as a Volvo seat available through UK Volvo main dealers. For group 1 it is installed rearward-facing or forward-facing, and for group 2 use, it fits forward-facing.


Joie - Stages

Which? score: 26%
Price: £130.00
Launch date: Sep 2012
Type: Belted installation only

The Joie Stages is three child car seats in one - a rear-facing Group 0+/1 and forward-facing Group 1/2. It's designed to last your child from birth to 25kg (around seven years old). Is it a great buy, or too good to be true? We sent this seat to our car seat lab for crash testing to find out.

This child car seat has passed the regulatory tests required by ECE R44/04 to be sold as suitable for children from 0-25kg. But in our own more rigorous tests, which we believe are more representative of real-life crashes, the Joie Stages provided such bad crash protection in one test that we have made it a Don’t Buy.


Axkid - Duofix

Which? score: 25%
Price: £365.00
Launch date: Jun 2013
Type: Isofix and belt installation possible

The Axkid Duofix is a Group 1/2 child car seat suitable for children who weigh between 9-25kg. It can be used in a variety of ways, including as an extended rear-facing seat for children up to 25kg and can be installed with Isofix or the adult seat belt. This model replaces the Kidzofix which we made a Don't Buy in 2013 due to poor safety results. Will this car seat fare better? Find out below.

The Axkid Duofix child car seat has passed the regulatory tests required by ECE R44/04 to be sold as suitable for children from 9-25kg. However, in our more stringent tests we saw severe weaknesses in frontal impact safety when used as a group 2 forward facing seat - the adult seat belt moves upwards in a crash and there's a high risk it would cut into the child's neck. For this reason we don't recommend that you buy it.

Graco - Logico L

Which? score: 20%
Price: £40.00
Launch date: Sep 2011
Type: Belted installation only

The Graco Logico L is designed to carry children weighing between 15kg and 36kg (around four to 12 years old), forward-facing. Both the seat and the child are secured using the adult seatbelt. It can be used as a high-back booster seat or a backless booster cushion. Find out how it compares with other booster seats in Which? tests.

The Logico L is fairly easy to use and offers acceptable front-crash protection, but we'd advise you to steer clear of this seat. It's been rated a Which? Don't Buy as its protection is poor in side crashes.



Graco Junior Maxi

Which? score: 20%
Price: £25.00
Launch date: Sep 2011
Type: Belted installation only
Find lowest price

Graco - Junior Maxi

The Graco Junior Maxi is designed to carry children weighing between 15kg and 36kg (around four to 12 years old), forward-facing. Both the seat and the child are secured using the adult seatbelt. It can be used as a high-back booster seat or a backless booster cushion. Find out how it compares with other booster seats in Which? tests.

The Junior Maxi is fairly easy to use and offers acceptable front crash protection, but as the seat's protection is so poor in side crashes it has been given the Which? Don't Buy rating.



Axkid Kidzofix

Which? score: 0%
Price: £365.00
Launch date: Jan 2013
Type: Isofix and belt installation possible
Find lowest price

Axkid - Kidzofix

The Axkid Kidzofix is versatile Group 1/2 child car seat that can be used as an extended rear-facing car seat for children from 9-25kg (approximately nine months to six year old). Travelling rear-facing reduces the strain on the head and neck in a crash, but the Kidzofix can also be installed forward facing. Is rear-facing better? We sent it to our car seat crash test lab to find out.

This child car seat has passed the regulatory tests required by ECE R44/04 to be sold as suitable for children from 9-36kg. However, in our own more stringent tests we saw severe weaknesses in frontal impact safety - the Isofix connectors detached when the car seat was installed rearward facing, which led to a down-rating of the overall test score.


I think you should treat yourself to a £1 trial though as I have (to find my new washing machine) as just this month there is a whole article on how almost all car seat fitters were really bad. You don't want to fork out a lot on a car seat then have it fitted wrongly! Here is one paragraph of the article -

The worst car seat fittings

We visited branches of Mamas & Papas, Babies R Us, Halfords, Kiddicare, Mothercare and John Lewis, as well as a range of independent retailers.

Three chains performed particularly badly: Babies R Us and Mamas & Papas each failed 11 of the 12 fittings, while Kiddicare failed nine. All are in the bottom three because mistakes were made during fittings which could have had dire consequences if the seat had been used as fitted and the car had crashed.

But it’s not just these three retailers that did badly: all the stores we visited have room to improve. Halfords managed just two successful fittings, Mothercare just three, and John Lewis – the best of the major retailers – still failed a worrying two-thirds of the fittings.

Don't forget that as well as installing the car seat correctly, it's important to buy one that's passed rigorous safety tests with flying colours. The models we've named Best Buy child car seats are the best on the market.



Edited By: therealslimkaty on Aug 01, 2014 01:29

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#1
Hi i dont have access to which but I have paid £1 several times to get trial membership for a month and had no probs cancelling.
#2
hi, I've just bought the kiddicare gro seat isofix. its group 1 2 &3. Its in the sale for £69.99. It got great reviews and I'm impressed with it. I bought it for my (very tall) 2 year old and my 4 year old sat in it and wants one too. He has a Jane isofix one (cant remember the name) but the kiddicare feels so much sturdier than it. I went for isofix for both my kids for peace of mind but its really up to your own preference...but worth checking out kiddicare! hope this helps :)
#3
Best Buys -

Britax Kidfix XP Sict High back Group 2/3 Isofix and belted £165 76%

With this car seat, both the seat and the child are held in place by the adult seatbelt, and you can also attach the seat to Isofix mounts - a more stable option.

The adjustable side protection means it's excellent in side-impact crashes, while the front-impact safety is good too.

Find out more - read our Britax Kidfix XP Sict review.

Britax kid plus sict child car seat
Britax Kid Plus Sict High back Group 2 Belted only £95 75%

While they do make the seat quite wide, the side impact cushions on this child car seat are a great feature, absorbing crash energy if the car is hit sideways on.

We found it really easy to install thanks to the clear instructions and it's easy to carry, too.

Find out more - read our Britax Kid Plus Sict review.

Recaro monza nova 2 seatfix child car seat
Recaro Monza Nova 2 Seatfix High back Group 2/3 Isofix and belted £160 74%

This high-backed booster seat is made safer when used with Isofix mounts, offering excellent side-impact protection and satisfactory front-impact protection.

It's relatively light but the seat does take up quite a bit of room in the car and may require you to remove your car's headrest, so make sure you try before you buy.

Prices checked 1 April 2014


Don't Buys in your category -

Easycarseat - Inflatable

Which? score: 7%
Price: £57.00
Launch date: Sep 2011
Type: Belted installation only

The Easycarseat Inflatable is a novel idea - as the name suggests, it's an inflatable booster seat. It's forward-facing and designed for children weighing between 15kg and 36kg (around four to 12 years old). Both the seat and the child are secured using the adult seatbelt. How does it compare with more traditional seats in Which? tests?

This seat offers good leg support and carries clear warning labels, but it fails to offer adequate protection in either front or side crashes, so we've given it a Which? Don't Buy rating.


Safety 1st - Tri Safe

Which? score: 34%
Price: £87.00
Launch date: Sep 2008
Type: Belted installation only

The Safety 1st Tri Safe is secured using a seat-belt and is a Group 1/2/3 child car-seat. This means it is suitable for children weighing between 9 and 36kg (around one to twelve years-old). To find out how it fared in the Which? Child Car Seat tests, read the full review.
Safety

Front crash protection is acceptable on three stars, but in side crashes, it could expose the child to a risk of injury, with a poor two star rating.


Britax - Max Way

Which? score: 31%
Price: £215.00
Launch date: Sep 2012
Type: Belted installation only

The Britax Max-Way is an extended rearward-facing child car seat designed to keep your child rearward-facing as long as possible and protect them from more severe head and neck injuries in a crash. Unusually, the harness can be used until the child weighs 25kg, protecting their delicate chest until they are around six or seven years old. But how safe is it in a crash? We sent it to our lab for crash testing to find out.

This child car seat has passed the regulatory tests required by ECE R44/04 to be sold as suitable for children from 9-25kg. In our own more rigorous tests it achieved a good overall safety rating, but the seat is so difficult to install that there's a danger of installing it incorrectly which, along with other drawbacks, means that we've made it a Don't Buy.


Volvo - Convertible

Which? score: 28%
Price: £158.00
Launch date: Sep 2008
Type: Belted installation only

The Volvo Convertible child seat is secured using the adult seat belts and aims to cater for children between nine and 25kg (from about one to seven years old), travelling rearward-facing up to 18kg (around four) and forward-facing thereafter.

Its design comes from Britax's Nordic range, and it was subsequently launched as a Volvo seat available through UK Volvo main dealers. For group 1 it is installed rearward-facing or forward-facing, and for group 2 use, it fits forward-facing.


Joie - Stages

Which? score: 26%
Price: £130.00
Launch date: Sep 2012
Type: Belted installation only

The Joie Stages is three child car seats in one - a rear-facing Group 0+/1 and forward-facing Group 1/2. It's designed to last your child from birth to 25kg (around seven years old). Is it a great buy, or too good to be true? We sent this seat to our car seat lab for crash testing to find out.

This child car seat has passed the regulatory tests required by ECE R44/04 to be sold as suitable for children from 0-25kg. But in our own more rigorous tests, which we believe are more representative of real-life crashes, the Joie Stages provided such bad crash protection in one test that we have made it a Don’t Buy.


Axkid - Duofix

Which? score: 25%
Price: £365.00
Launch date: Jun 2013
Type: Isofix and belt installation possible

The Axkid Duofix is a Group 1/2 child car seat suitable for children who weigh between 9-25kg. It can be used in a variety of ways, including as an extended rear-facing seat for children up to 25kg and can be installed with Isofix or the adult seat belt. This model replaces the Kidzofix which we made a Don't Buy in 2013 due to poor safety results. Will this car seat fare better? Find out below.

The Axkid Duofix child car seat has passed the regulatory tests required by ECE R44/04 to be sold as suitable for children from 9-25kg. However, in our more stringent tests we saw severe weaknesses in frontal impact safety when used as a group 2 forward facing seat - the adult seat belt moves upwards in a crash and there's a high risk it would cut into the child's neck. For this reason we don't recommend that you buy it.

Graco - Logico L

Which? score: 20%
Price: £40.00
Launch date: Sep 2011
Type: Belted installation only

The Graco Logico L is designed to carry children weighing between 15kg and 36kg (around four to 12 years old), forward-facing. Both the seat and the child are secured using the adult seatbelt. It can be used as a high-back booster seat or a backless booster cushion. Find out how it compares with other booster seats in Which? tests.

The Logico L is fairly easy to use and offers acceptable front-crash protection, but we'd advise you to steer clear of this seat. It's been rated a Which? Don't Buy as its protection is poor in side crashes.



Graco Junior Maxi

Which? score: 20%
Price: £25.00
Launch date: Sep 2011
Type: Belted installation only
Find lowest price

Graco - Junior Maxi

The Graco Junior Maxi is designed to carry children weighing between 15kg and 36kg (around four to 12 years old), forward-facing. Both the seat and the child are secured using the adult seatbelt. It can be used as a high-back booster seat or a backless booster cushion. Find out how it compares with other booster seats in Which? tests.

The Junior Maxi is fairly easy to use and offers acceptable front crash protection, but as the seat's protection is so poor in side crashes it has been given the Which? Don't Buy rating.



Axkid Kidzofix

Which? score: 0%
Price: £365.00
Launch date: Jan 2013
Type: Isofix and belt installation possible
Find lowest price

Axkid - Kidzofix

The Axkid Kidzofix is versatile Group 1/2 child car seat that can be used as an extended rear-facing car seat for children from 9-25kg (approximately nine months to six year old). Travelling rear-facing reduces the strain on the head and neck in a crash, but the Kidzofix can also be installed forward facing. Is rear-facing better? We sent it to our car seat crash test lab to find out.

This child car seat has passed the regulatory tests required by ECE R44/04 to be sold as suitable for children from 9-36kg. However, in our own more stringent tests we saw severe weaknesses in frontal impact safety - the Isofix connectors detached when the car seat was installed rearward facing, which led to a down-rating of the overall test score.


I think you should treat yourself to a £1 trial though as I have (to find my new washing machine) as just this month there is a whole article on how almost all car seat fitters were really bad. You don't want to fork out a lot on a car seat then have it fitted wrongly! Here is one paragraph of the article -

The worst car seat fittings

We visited branches of Mamas & Papas, Babies R Us, Halfords, Kiddicare, Mothercare and John Lewis, as well as a range of independent retailers.

Three chains performed particularly badly: Babies R Us and Mamas & Papas each failed 11 of the 12 fittings, while Kiddicare failed nine. All are in the bottom three because mistakes were made during fittings which could have had dire consequences if the seat had been used as fitted and the car had crashed.

But it’s not just these three retailers that did badly: all the stores we visited have room to improve. Halfords managed just two successful fittings, Mothercare just three, and John Lewis – the best of the major retailers – still failed a worrying two-thirds of the fittings.

Don't forget that as well as installing the car seat correctly, it's important to buy one that's passed rigorous safety tests with flying colours. The models we've named Best Buy child car seats are the best on the market.



Edited By: therealslimkaty on Aug 01, 2014 01:29
#4
Thankyou so much!! for the suggestions and the review. Much appreciated.
#5
yayahotdeals
Thankyou so much!! for the suggestions and the review. Much appreciated.

You're welcome!

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