Winner of Best Car Seat | Junior Design Awards 2023
Best Car Seat: GOLD
WHAT: BeSafe Stretch B
WHY: Judges were impressed with the seats lifespan - it's suitable from birth to 7 years and that this style of seat has a distinctive installation with a car seat belt, so is not dependent on ISOfix. They also commented on it being rear-facing forever, with its unbeatable leg space of up to 26cm (maximum 36kg weight limit), 5 recline positions, and 10-step adjustable headrest (wow think us adults need one for ourselves!). It's also worth noting in addition, BeSafe have simplified the changing of parts, so that the seat can be repaired if needed or given a refresh. This enables this Stretch B to keep many children safe throughout its usage time all while keeping your child rear facing until approx. 7 years, which is 5 x safer.
While some people will look for an isofix seat for an easy installation, having seatbelt-only installation does make this a versatile option, (especially if you are using it in an older car that doesn’t have isofix points). It picks up points for offering a clever, extended rear facing option with generous legroom (a common concern for parents considering ERF), and has passed the Swedish Plus test.
Best Car Seat: SILVER
WHY: This all new Axkid Spinkid is a swivel car seat that offers incredible safety and comfort for everyday adventures. The comfortable 180 swivel function makes it easy to handle, whilst still featuring the huge safety benefits of rear-facing travelling. With R129 approval and innovative Swedish technology, travelling in the car has never been safer. Over recent years, rigorous studies have proven that rear-facing travel is up to 5 times safer than forward facing, and should be enforced for much longer than most seats allow. The Axkid Spinkid removes the temptation to turn your child around too early, encouraging this safer mode of travel all the way up to 4 years, thus ensuring your little one is as safe as possible.
This is a great option for parents looking for ERF with Isofix installation. A huge benefit of having a rotating seat (the brand’s first), is that it's so easy to get your baby and toddler in and out of the car. This seat offers less legroom (14cm), but is designed for a younger age limit. The fabric is sleek and soft, and beautifully padded.