04 Jun 2022 at 23:41
What is the best isofix car seat for babies? And which one has the best value for money? The Consumers’ Association answers.
By: Consumers’ Association
If you travel within the Netherlands by car, children up to 135 centimeters (that is about nine years old) must be in a car seat. Car seats are therefore available in different shapes and sizes. You have baby seats, toddler seats and child seats. You choose the right type based on your child’s weight or height. In addition, you can choose belt attachment or isofix attachment.
The Consumers’ Association tests car seats in various shapes and sizes for safety and ease of use, among other things. The Consumers’ Association test is more extensive than the legal admission test. A total of more than 195 car seats have been tested that are reasonably to well available.
The baby seats category is suitable for children up to one year old. Among the 42 tested baby seats with isofix attachment, a Maxi-Cosi seat comes out as Best in the Test. A Cybex chair is Best Buy.
NB There were more baby seats as Best in the Test. Here we highlight the seat with the lowest price.
Best in Test: Maxi-Cosi Jade + 3WayFix Base
The Maxi-Cosi Jade is more of a bassinet than a seat. The baby lies completely flat in the crib. The bassinet has an isofix chassis and is positioned transversely to the rear seat.
The Jade excels when it comes to safety. Impact protection is very good. The crib is suitable for babies with a length of 40 to 70 centimeters. But it is also a pleasant baby crib in use. You simply place it in the car and it is also easy to buckle your baby. The chance of doing something wrong is very small. However, the crib is a bit heavy.
The crib is comfortable for your baby and offers good support. Your baby has a lot of space. Visibility is somewhat limited. The cover of the crib can be washed in the washing machine and is easy to remove.
A downside is that the baby crib takes up a lot of space. The bassinet has been tested with 3WayFix chassis. This one is less readily available now. It also fits on the FamilyFix3 chassis.
Best Buy: Cybex Aton B2 i-Size + base One
This Cybex baby seat can be placed ‘looking back’ in the car. The seat is suitable for babies from 45 to 87 centimeters tall. That is a lot longer than the length at which you can continue to use the Maxi-Cosi.
The Maxi-Cosi scores higher than the Cybex on safety, but that’s not much of a difference. The crash protection offered by the Cybex is also very good.
The baby seat is also easy to use. Inserting and removing the seat is easy and your baby can easily be buckled in. As with the Maxi-Cosi, the chance that you will not secure something properly is very small.
It is a comfortable seat for your baby. The sitting position is comfortable and your baby can see out well. The support is good. The cover of the chair can be washed in the washing machine, but is a bit difficult to remove.
The seat also takes up a bit of space, just like the Maxi-Cosi.
In this column we write weekly about household and technological appliances that have been tested by the Consumers’ Association. This is a collaboration between the independent editors of this site and the Consumers’ Association.
The Consumers’ Association tests thousands of products every year, together with qualified technicians in specialized laboratories at home and abroad. The products being tested are store bought so they are not pre-manipulated by manufacturers.
New models are tested as soon as possible after introduction. How fast that is varies per product. The Best in Test is the product with the best test rating, which is readily available. This can also be a somewhat older model, because a newer model is not always better. The Best Buy is the product with the best value for money.
The stated price of a product is the lowest retail price currently known to the Consumers’ Association. But prices can vary per day. If no recent retail price is known, the target price is quoted.
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