The Best 360 Rotating and Swivel Car Seats
The daily struggle. Awkwardly folding yourself into to the back seat of your car to try and lift your ever growing little one into their seat only then to have to hold the position while you continue to fiddle with the buckle for 10 minutes. Well, your back can heave a sigh of relief, as car manufacturers seemed to have solved this problem, all the while allowing for extended rear facing too!
A number of manufacturers have introduced a 360 degree rotating feature, which allows for extended rear facing, forward facing and, (the clever bit) a stop in between, so you can face the seat towards the door. This makes it a whole lot easier to get your little one in and out of the car. These innovative car seats feature mechanisms that make it simple for you to rotate the seat to any position you choose, most of them allow you to spin with just one hand and a simple button or lever motion.
So with the two most important issues solved, safety and simplicity, how do you choose which of these seats is best for you? We’ve assessed four seats to weigh up the pros and cons, so it’s easier for you to make an informed decision. We’ve chosen what we think are the safest seats for you. They’re all i-size compliant, and offer rear-facing to at least 2 years or more. For a wider choice of swivel car seats visit our dedicated rotating car seat page.
The Recaro Zero.1 Elite is the only car seat of its kind currently on the market. It features an innovative removable infant carrier that sits inside the larger toddler seat. This not only allows you to remove the seat, perfect for when they’ve nodded off, but also allows you to install the seat while facing the door. This is the only infant carrier that allows for 360 installation, so if you know you struggle getting the seat in and out of the car, this may be the seat for you. The double casing of the infant carrier teamed with the toddler seat also adds an extra element of safety. From 76cm, you can remove the lightweight carrier and use as a toddler seat in a rear facing position right up until 105cm (approx. 4 years). You can also choose to forward face from 15 months. It offers advanced safety features including Side Impact Protection and the Isofix base gives interactive feedback to prevent misuse. The Recaro Hero System keeps the harness open, so buckling up couldn’t be easier. The infant carrier can even be used as part of a travel system with some Recaro Buggies. While there are an abundance of pros, there are always some cons. The toddler seat and base is reasonably heavy, which when installed is not as issue, but it’s perhaps not the best seat if you plan on using it in numerous cars regularly. It’s also on the higher end of the price scale, but when you consider you are getting an infant carrier and ERF toddler seat, it is probably cheaper than most combined.
The Nuna Rebl Plus is a compact seat that also offers i-size compatibility and extended rear facing up to 4 years. It offers some of the most advanced safety features and highest quality materials, while remaining one of the comfiest seats for your little one. The frame is made from seriously strong steel and ultra-resilient plastics, combining to create superior protection. The patented tailor tech memory foam headrest and insert teamed with the all over SIP system with energy absorbing foam makes it extremely strong in the event of a side impact. The extendable Isofix leg and rebound bar prevent the seat from tipping forward or back in the event of a collision. It offers 7 recline positions, more than most other seats, and can also be adjusted with one hand when in a rear facing position, perfect if they decide to nap in the car, simply adjust to the desired height from the passenger seat. The seat features ventilation panels to promote fresh air flow. The ergonomic leg rest and highly adjustable head rest ensure your child is getting the appropriate support as they grow, as well as keeping them comfortable in a rear facing position. The Rebl Plus even includes an alternate seat cover, perfect for the summer months in a slightly more breathable fabric. The seat is easy to install thanks to its true lock Isofix technology, which anchors the seat in 7 positions and gives you interactive feedback to ensure it’s installed correctly.
The gb Vaya is a favourite here at baby & Co, and fast becoming one of the most popular seats on the market. Its innovative safety features and sleek design make it hard to beat. This i-Size compliant seat can also be rear faced throughout its use up to 105cm, it allows for forward facing but the driving direction control technology you prevents you from forward facing your child until the seat is adjusted to fit a child of 76cm (At least 15 months), so misuse is completely eradicated. As well as Side Impact Protection technology and an energy absorbing shell, it features a pioneering ‘ER-Tech’ System which slides the headrest down in the event of a head on collision, to reduce the force impacted on the head and neck. The deep set design of the seat teamed with the recline functions creates a near lie flat position, even in a car where the seats are not flat, creating an optimum position for your baby’s comfort, development and safety. The headrest even adjusts to 12 positions so it can grow precisely with your baby. The integrated Isofix base also includes interactive installation guides and an adjustable stability leg so you can be confident that the seat is stable and correctly installed in the car. It also comes in a range of attractive colours with a style-concious design.
Maxi-Cosi were one of the pioneers of 360 rotating seats, and the Axiss-Fix Plus builds on their original concept with an i-Size, Isofix seat. The Axissfix differs slightly to the other seats in that it is installed with a top tether as opposed to a stability leg. This allows for full floor clearance, ideal for cars with under seat storage or if items need to be placed in the foot well. It offers a high seating position thanks to the padded seat inserts, creating a comfortable, healthy position for newborns. In terms of safety, it also boasts safety features that exceed i-size standards, including energy absorbing materials and state of the art side impact technology. The AxissFix also features a A.S.B (Automatic Safety Belt) System to ensure the seat is always attached to the base, even in the event of a collision. While still extended, The Axiss fix only allows for rear facing up to 87cm (approximately 2 years), although more limited, this is still above the legal regulations for forward facing travel.
NEW and NOTABLE
The Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Air features the most innovative safety feature on the market, not only does it give 360 rotation and Extended Rear Facing, but is the first car seat to feature air bag technology. The harness houses an airbag like cushioning system which is deployed on impact to stop your child's head rotating forward, exerting damaging forces on the neck and head. With the AxissFix Air you know you're getting the safest protection for your child.
The Britax Romer Dualfix i-Size is the latest Extended Rear Facing favourite to receive an i-Size update, making it even safer, simpler to use and including the all important full rotation feature. The i-Size seat features a newborn inlay to keep them snug and safe from day one, the 12 recline potions means you can keep them as comfy as possible too. The adjustable impact shield allows you to create maximum leg room space, so you can rear face them for longer.
Cybex Sirona S i-Size is the highly anticipated Swivel Car Seat. This i-Size offering features Cybex's trademark safety features such as the patented reclining headrest and LSP system, all the while remaining sleek, stylish and simple to use. Sirona S i-Size really does tick all the boxes.
Until now, the only seats to feature the 360 rotation have been combination seats. But soon to hit the market, is the Cybex Cloud Z & Cybex Sirona Z, featuring the first rotating infant carrier. This lie flat carrier will remain rear facing, but will allow you to angle the seat towards the door, making it a lot easier to lift the seat on to its ISOFIX base.
To see all of our 360 Rotating Car Seats take a look at our page here.
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