What is it about car seats that make it easy to buckle up except when it’s raining and it suddenly becomes like a Rubik’s cube!
Car seats are an essential bit of kit for anyone with a baby, unless you don’t have a car… So it’s no wonder that there seem to be more choice of car seats than anything else. Buying a car seat is not an easy purchase and usually quite expensive so you have to get it right. Before we get stuck into the Maxi Cosi AxissFix, that we’re reviewing, you should definitely read through our extensive guide to buying a car seat. It will cover all the technical jargon, the laws and even some great deals.
A few weeks ago we were sent the Maxi Cosi AxissFix to review. We’ve reviewed car seats in the past and really enjoy putting them through their paces.
This car seat is a swivel seat, so when putting your baby in, it faces outside, making it in theory, easier to load your baby in and out. Therefore it’s a really good car seat if you have back pains or pregnant or you just want an easy-to-use car seat. It swivels round 360 degrees to the left or right so you can use it on either side of the car; ingenious. You know those chairs from The Voice? It’s just like that, but without Tom Jones. You might be thinking that having the swivel aspect is just another mechanism to go wrong and have to fiddle about with, which is a fair point and a concern that I also had but the fact is, it’s super easy to use, with just a simple lever to swivel, so these concerns for me were eliminated quickly.
As you now know, from reading our ultimate guide to buying a car seat, the new i-size legislation is coming in to play, which means having a car seat where you can choose rear or front facing, is a real help. It means that whatever the legislation says, you can accommodate it and meet the requirements with this seat. This is a Group 1 car seat, so it’s suitable from 4 months to roughly 4 years so really does grow with the child.
Out the box, the car seat is ready to install. It has Iso-Fix fittings making it simple and straight forward to install so no faffing about. It also feels fairly weighty (9.9kg to be precise), which I like. It’s not like we lift the car seat in and out of the car often, so isn’t a problem, but if you do a lot of car seat changing, the weight of this one is something to consider. To me I think the heavier the stronger and therefore, nice and secure.
Maxi Cosi Assixfix system has a brilliant indicator that tells you when the seat is locked in place; you wouldn’t want to pull away with the seat swivelling round! Safety is obviously paramount and Maxi Cosi have thought of everything to give you peace of mind.
With 4 reclining positions, we found Ted had plenty of options to make sure he was comfy and helped for those longer journeys where a nap was inevitable. The padding is excellent and he certainly seems to be well held in place. I found as well that the buckles, restraints and clips were very easy to adjust and clip together. No Rubik’s cube with this car seat!
The price of this car seat is £350 and so could be out of some people’s budget. For us, you can’t escape the fact that car seats are expensive and they are an investment.
Overall, we really like this car seat. It’s strong, safe and incredibly easy to use, not to mention the fact that it grows with your baby. There’s not much more you’d want from a car seat!
The Maxi Cosi AxissFix receives an official Dad Network star rating of 4.5 / 5 and receives our award of recommendation.
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