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Joie i-anchor child seat and anchor fix base, reviews please

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DevonLulu Fri 04-Apr-14 21:03:11

Does anyone have any experience of the joie i-anchor child seat and anchor fix base please?

DS is currently in the besafe Izi go and we love it. However, he is approaching 6 months and about to go to nursery. I will be doing the drop offs and my DH will be picking up. So I am looking at car seat options as we will need to accommodate two cars. I am looking long term, once we have outgrown the current seat.

Both DH and I are keen to ERF given the safety data. Initially I had assumed that we would move to the besafe izi kid X3 as we have been happy with the izi go, but we would have to buy two rather expensive seats, one for each car.

I have been drawn to the Joie i-anchor child seat and anchor fix base, as we could buy two bases, take the seat out and leave it at nursery, saving us buying two seats. Has anyone tried this seat? I would be keen for first hand reviews please and thoughts re other options. Is it really as portable as the you tube video would suggest!? Is this a good brand - ERF is still rather a mine field to me!

I drive an Audi Q5 and my DH currently a mini, although it is dying and likely will be replaced in the next few months.

Many thanks in advance.

DevonLulu Tue 08-Apr-14 19:58:15

How about opinion or hearsay! Someone must know something about this car seat and base.... please!

Many thanks

Ihateparties Tue 08-Apr-14 21:36:31

There are some goods pics on the rear facing car seats for toddlers Facebook page... That's as much hearsay as I've got! I think it looks good. You can also apparently get separate bases for the hauck varioguard.

AliceMum09 Wed 09-Apr-14 17:45:21

It's quite a new seat isn't it? I expect there are not many people who have actually bought one yet.

katandkits Sat 19-Apr-14 17:34:12

Would the nursery let you store the seat there? It appears to be larger than an infant carrier, I can't imagine they have space to store everyone's toddler sized seats?

Lora1982 Tue 22-Apr-14 20:27:43

Im looking at getting this kit too. So I hope some reviews get here soon.

DevonLulu Wed 30-Apr-14 20:03:01

Just wondering.....

Demerara26 Tue 06-May-14 01:11:30

Hi, I narrowed it down to this one too as it seems to be the only ERF which can be installed using a seatbelt. I cant find reviews anywhere but its only just come out.

However, I did log on to Which and found that the previous Joie carseat, the Joie Stages has the worst "Dont Buy" reviews for safety!! Major put off but I cant find a better one which can be used with just a seatbelt :-(

Demerera, loads of ERF seats can be installed with a seatbelt.

Britax Multitech, Two Way Elite, Hi-Way II are 3 I can think of off the top of my head. The seat in my profile is of a multitech which installs with a belt. However I'm using my TWE at the moment which is fixed jn with just the seatbelt.

If you have a look in the In Car Safety Centre website, they have loads of seats.

OohQuack Tue 03-Jun-14 19:40:24

I went with joie stages instead because the i-anchors only til he's. Around four, but stages is upto 7

bananas4kate Mon 09-Jun-14 13:07:40

I bought the i-anchor back in March and it really is a lovely seat - very comfortable, 7 recline positions and it is easy to install. The seat is quite a bit bigger than an infant carrier but it should still be light enough to swap from car to car if you have two bases.
The only problem I have encountered is that my DD can reach the button to loosen the straps and has been able to get herself out of the seat.
I am currently in contact with Joie to see if they can come up with any solutions but not having much luck so far.
To be fair to Joie the design of the strap tensioning button is very similar to most other seats so we may have had the same problem whichever seat we bought.
DD appears to be a criminal mastermind at 15 months!

SqutterNutBaush Tue 10-Jun-14 16:28:50

Most ERF seats get a which don't buy because they are "difficult" to fit.

This is why which reports are about as reliable as an underwater hairdryer.

There was a recall on the Stages but it was oy because of a strap tensioning issue which was easily sorted IIRC.

SqutterNutBaush Tue 10-Jun-14 16:28:50

Most ERF seats get a which don't buy because they are "difficult" to fit.

This is why which reports are about as reliable as an underwater hairdryer.

There was a recall on the Stages but it was oy because of a strap tensioning issue which was easily sorted IIRC.

lisared Fri 13-Jun-14 15:46:37

I have an i-anchor too and my 20 month dd is loving being RF. We have a Vauxhall Vectra is there is plenty of room for it in the back and an adult to sit comfortably in the front too.

She seems very comfortable and sleeps at the drop of a hat which I take as a good sign!

We bought it to have as the one seat in our main car but really liked that we could buy another base and then I could leave her seat at nursery if OH needed to pick her up. My nursery are fine with keeping car seats and my DS school sometimes keeps his booster seat so it shouldn't be too much of a problem for you.

Bodicea Mon 17-Nov-14 20:39:15

We have just got the joie - so far so great. Contemplating whether to buy a second one or just a second isofix base. One of us does the drop up and the other does the pickup from the childminder every day so wondering I it is just too much of a faff to have just one seat. How easy is it to transfer?

RedToothBrush Mon 17-Nov-14 21:16:35

We've just bought one. There seem to be stock issues with it, as the first place we tried had none in, and the place we did get it we had the last one (there was someone in the store buying one at the same time who had similar problems).

I probably can't give you a lot of helpful feedback though. DS is only 11 weeks old. He seems to be very comfortable and happy in it though! My car is a Kia Picanto - so about as small as you can get. Its fine with the exception that 6'2" DH can't quite put the seat back fully. We are pleased with it so far.

It was easy to install according to DH. I've not attempted it myself.

I think we will eventually get another base for DH's car but we haven't at this stage.

thfdave Mon 16-Mar-15 21:44:13

@bananas4kate, did you have any joy with Joie? We have the same problem with our little escapologist!

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