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 to then 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 seem to have solved this problem, all while allowing for extended rear facing too!
A number of manufacturers have introduced a 360 degree rotation 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 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 the leading swivel car 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 on the market. They're all i-Size compliant, and offer rear-facing to at least 2 years or in most cases up to 4 or 105cm. For a wider choice of swivel car seats visit our dedicated rotating car seat page.
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 and energy absorbing foam makes it extremely strong in the event of a side-impact collision. The extendable ISOFIX leg and rebound bar prevent the seat from tipping forward or back in the event of an accident. 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 Nuna Rebl Plus also features ventilation panels to promote fresh air flow, and 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 in a more breathable fabric, perfect for the summer months. 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.
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 footwell. 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 boasts a clever 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.
Nuna are big fans of rear-facing for as long as possible due to the safety benefits that rear-facing travel provides for young children, being up to 5 times safer than forward-facing travel, which is why it's no surprise that they feature more than once in this post. The Nuna Norr is designed for rear-facing only all the way from birth up to 4 years of age, even including an amazing 7 recline positions during rearward travel. For extra comfort, ventilation panels and a removable mesh seat cover keep your baby cool during long journeys or hot days, as well as an adjustable headrest with an additional 7 positions, allowing the Norr to grow with your little one and ensuring comfort at every stage of their development. The 360 degree rotation makes loading and unloading your baby easier, as the entire seat can be rotated 90 degrees toward either door, saving your back and making it easier to buckle up, while the harness holders keep the straps and buckle out of the way until you have your little one properly seated. Installation with the ISOFIX base ensures secure fitting, with True Lock technology helping to minimise user error, and nine ISOFIX anchors that provide a truly custom fit and additional peace of mind when you're on the road. This is teamed with a super heavy duty shell, reinforced with steel that helps to absorb force away from your baby, while a crumple zone in the stability leg helps to direct force away from your baby in the event of a collision. Above all else, the Nuna Norr has been Plus Test approved, meaning it has gone above and beyond the usual government testing and succeeded in passing the most stringent safety test in the industry, exceeding even i-Size standard testing.
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 mean 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 features Cybex's trademark safety systems such as the patented reclining headrest and LSP, all the while remaining sleek, stylish and simple to use. Suitable from birth up to 4 years, the Sirona S can provide both rearward and forward facing travel positions, with forward facing available from 16 months (or 76 cm), Driving Directional Control prevents forward facing use before this time as a safety precaution. If you wish, you can choose to keep your child rearward facing for the entirety of the Sirona S's use, it's entirely up to you and your personal preference, and should you choose to make the transition simply swap from rearward to forward facing in seconds thanks to the 360 rotation. The integrated ISOFIX base comes with interactive feedback indicators that prevent you from installing your Sirona S incorrectly, making it super simple to use and ensuring you travel safe in the knowledge that your child's car seat is safe and secure. For comfort, the headrest comes with 12 different height positions and is fitted with E.R Technology (Energy Reduction), a clever system that reduces force placed on your little one's neck during a head-on collision by progressively sliding down and limiting impact, before locking into place and providing additional support. And for those on-the-road naps, your baby has a choice of multiple recline positions during both forward and rear-facing travel, so whichever way you ride your baby's comfort is never compromised.
The Cloud Z i-Size is a rear-facing infant carrier seat that's suitable from birth up to approximately 12 months, and the 360 degree rotation makes for easy access to both the seat and your baby for seamless loading and unloading. The seat can be installed using your car's 3-point seat belt, however as with all swivel car seats, the rotation function can only be achieved when attached to an ISOFIX base, in this case the Base Z.
The Cloud Z i-Size can be reclined to a near flat position, which allows baby to remain in their seat comfortably and safely for longer, which is great if you plan on using your Cloud Z as part of a travel system. It also means your little one can sleep comfortably when on the road or out and about.
The Cybex Cloud Z comes with a Linear Side-Impact Protection system which protects your baby in the event of a side-impact collision. This Safety feature is also teamed with an energy-absorbing shell which can help reduce side-impact force by as much as 25%.
There is also a removable newborn inlay which is great for small babies, and an automatic adjusting headrest to keep them supported as they grow.
The Sirona Z i-Size is designed with longevity in mind, and is suitable from birth up to 4 years. The 360 rotation feature when used with the Base Z means transitioning from rear to forward-facing can happen at the click of a switch, so there's no need to re-install your car seat when the times comes. There is also a stop at the door for quick and easy loading and unloading, and magnetic harness holders to keep everything out of the way during the process. As with the Cloud Z, the Sirona Z i-Size features the same Linear Side-Impact Protection system and an energy absorbing shell for protection in the event of a side-on collision, and because this seat can be used forward-facing, the Sirona Z also features Energy Reduction Technology. ER-Tech protects your little one's neck should you find yourself involved in a head-on collision while your little passenger is forward facing, and reduces the amount of force to their head and neck by more than 20%.
Another great safety feature is the Driving Direction Control. The Sirona Z is an extended rear-facing car seat, and is designed to be used rear-facing for as long as possible. To prevent users from forward-facing their little ones too early, the Driving Direction Control feature makes it impossible to forward face the seat until the headrest has been adjusted to fit a child over 76 cm. There are 12 different headrest positions which allow the seat to grow comfortably with your child.
Using the Sirona Z with the Base Z allows for super quick and easy two-click installation and provides that extra peace of mind that your seat is properly secured, as well as allowing for easy rotation. For extra security the seat is fitted with a 5-point safety harness.
Please Note: both the Cloud Z and Sirona Z are now available with Cybex's new SensorSafe technology, you can read more about this new safety feature here.
The Joie i-Spin is the updated version of the hugley popular Joie Spin 360. The new version has been tested and approved to the latest R129 regulations and incorporates advanced side impact protection which is deployed automatically when the harness is tightened. We found this seat easy to use and install with a good overall recline angle making it great for cars with sloping seats. The swivel lever was easily accessible from either side of the seat.
Overall we also found the Joie i-Spin to be quite compact once installed in the vehicle, making this an ideal seat for smaller vehicles. Suitable up to 105 cm or 18 kg, this is a great value rotating i-Size car seat.
Best Rotating Car Seat
The race for the top position for best rotating baby car seat is a tight one. With so many leading brands offering seats that swivel or rotate in both R44/04 (old regulations) and R129 (new regulations) there are lots to choose from. There are also other factors to consider like budget for example. The price of rotating car seats can vary dramatically between brands from around £200 to over £450.
To help you make a decision here are our top 5 rotating car seats
To see all of our 360 Rotating Car Seats take a look at our page here .
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