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The best baby car seats

  • The best baby car seats on the market
  • Reviewed by Mother&Baby and real parent testers
  • Which car seats won the Mother&Baby Awards?
  • The best baby car seats on the market
  • Reviewed by Mother&Baby and real parent testers
  • Which car seats won the Mother&Baby Awards?

Buying a car seat for your baby is one of the biggest purchasing decisions you’ll make when you have a baby. Making sure you take your new bundle of joy home from hospital for the first time in the safest car seat possible is vitally important to any new parent.

Make sure you buy the best car seat for you and your new baby by checking out which models are ranked top by our sister publication, Mother & Baby.

Every year, the Mother & Baby Awards test hundreds of products with real parents, finding out which baby products you should be buying. Each car seat is tested in real life, going through the trials and tribulations that your own car seat will.

Here are the winning baby car seats from the latest Mother & Baby Awards 2018, split into rear facing car seats (for newborns) and forward-facing car seats (which covers up to 12-years-old).


The best rear facing car seat – gold: Joie Spin 360

The best rear facing car seat – gold: Joie Spin 360

Price: £250

The Joie Spin 360 is a group 0+/1 car seat, suitable from birth to 18kg (approximately four years old), offering an extended rear facing option to parents. As its name suggests, the seat can swivel 360°, making moving your baby from rearward to forward facing and getting your tot in and out the car, effortless.

The testers said:

“It makes my life so much easier as I am able to turn the car seat 360 degrees to fit my son inside. I find it so much easier now to get my son out of the car – if I have parked in a tight car packing space, I don’t have to open the car door, I can just swivel him round! A real game changer!”


The best rear facing car seat – silver: Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus and 2wayfix base

The best rear facing car seat – silver: Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus and 2wayfix base

Price: £340

This is an i-Size seat suitable for use from birth until around 12 months. You’ll need the Maxi Cosi 2wayFix base for ISOFIX installation. It’s travel-system compatible. The straps are particularly easy to adjust, and there’s a cosy, supportive inlay that offers a comfortable fit and good lie-flat position.

The testers said:

‘The seat is lightweight which makes it easy to carry when holding an infant. And the best feature is that the straps can only be loosened when the harness is undone. In addition to being compatible with Maxi-Cosi prams it is also compatible with Quinny, Bugaboo and iCandy prams making it a good choice for anyone with these prams looking for an infant car seat. It’s great quality, from a reliable brand, and the features are well-thought-out.’


The best rear facing car seat – bronze: Britax Römer Baby-Safe i-Size

The best rear facing car seat – bronze: Britax Römer Baby-Safe i-Size

Price: £190

An i-Size seat suitable from birth to 13kg (around 15 months), the Britax comes with a newborn insert and adjustable head rest, allowing it to grow with your baby. The car seat can easily be fitted onto any Britax pushchair or i-Size base. It’s a stand out car seat and has a lovely soft, padded seat.

The testers said:

 “Buying a car seat is a big deal as it is one of the most important products to get right when you have a baby, and to know that they are safe and secure in the car is crucial. This car seat fits snugly around my baby and the large sunshade helps keep the sun out of her eyes which is great! It has definitely made my life easier as my baby seems calm and happy on the move.”


The best forward facing car seat – gold: Joie Elevate 2

The best forward facing car seat – gold: Joie Elevate 2

Price: £70

Suitable from 9-36kg (or approximately 12 months to 12 years), the Joie Elevate 2 features full side impact protection and has a ten-position adjustable headrest. The five-point harness converts to a belted booster from 15kg (age 3). The seat comes with removable, washable covers and an integrated cupholder.

The testers said:

“This product has completely been designed with parents in mind, with the amazing price and the way it grows to accommodate your child until they no longer need a car seat. I would completely recommend this product to everybody, as my little boy was so comfortable and settled in the seat.”


The best forward facing car seat – silver: Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT

The best forward facing car seat – silver: Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT

Price: £210

Suitable from 9-36kg (or approximately 12 months to 12 years), the Evolva has been a popular choice for the last decade. The latest model comes with advanced Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT). It can be installed in most cars with ISOFIX and a 3-point seat belt, or the 3-point seat belt on its own. This clever car seat has a number of clever extras, such as auto-tension seat belts, a reclining seat and in-built cup holders.

The testers said:

“I feel that this car seat is well made; it is easy to install and great to use on a day to day basis, and it also looks fantastic. It has a number of extras that make a big difference, for example the seat belts which are auto-tension, ensuring your little one is secure, as well as handy features like the cup holder and the reclining seat for naps.”


The best forward facing car seat – bronze: Joie Every Stage FX

The best forward facing car seat – bronze: Joie Every Stage FX

Price: £250

Four seats in one, this is by far one of the most cost-effective car seats out there. Starting as a reward facing from birth to 18kg (approximately 4 years), the seat can be converted into a forward-facing car seat from 9-36kg (approximately 12 months to 12 years). The head rest and side wings can be expanded to accommodate your child as they grow, with side impact protection providing added security for the head, body and hips. 

The testers said:

“The car seat was easy to fit in the car using the ISOFIX points and it felt very safe and secure once in the car. It looks of good quality, it is easy to clean and it is very comfortable. The head rest is adjustable which is a great feature for your ever-growing child.”

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