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Besafe izi combi x3 or Britax Dualfix?

(6 Posts)
Superking Sat 28-Jun-14 19:23:38

About to move my 13 month old into his next stage car seat. Have decided on ERF and narrowed it down to these two. Tried them both in the car today and the besafe was quite a tight fit for the front seat passenger (but doable). Dualfix was more compact, giving more legroom to the passenger in front, and I like the swivel feature (salesman told us that putting kids in car seats is one of the top causes of slipped discs!) Also like the fact that it is isofix both rear and forward facing - hope that DS will stay rear facing as long as possible but if he suddenly starts to hate it when he gets older I want the option to be able to switch him round and would prefer isofix both ways (besafe is only isofix in the rear facing position).

I prefer the higher seat position of the besafe though, and I thought it looked more comfortable for DS. Also - shallow I know - I really didn't like the off white shell of the Dualfix.

Would be very grateful for any advice or experiences with either of these seats.

HappyAsASandboy Sat 28-Jun-14 19:34:57

I have IZI Combi seats for my kids, and my sister has a dual fix for her DC.

I would go for the dual fix. The swivel is great, and the isofix forward facing is useful (as long as you don't ever wat to belt fix? In a taxi/hire car/relatives car?), but crucially, the polystyrene 'wings' of the seat are within the plastic casing of the seat. The BeSafe wings overhang the plastic casing quite a lot and it's easy for you/DC to lean on them when getting in and out, and then they snap. £35 to replace.

I do like the height of the BeSafe seats, but don't remember the dual fix being particularly low? Your DC will soon get taller too smile

SomeSunnySunday Sat 28-Jun-14 19:41:20

I can't compare, but we've been very happy with our BeSafe IZI combi. We bought ours from John Lewis, and they have organised replacement wings on a number of occasions for free (I agree that they are quite easy to snap). It's very high, so DS has a good view, and at 3 is still very happy in this seat. I wouldn't use it forward facing though. The no isofix is a drawback, and it's just a big and bulky seat. I plan to swap him into a high backed booster at that point. From memory, I don't think that the safety reviews were anywhere like as good used forward facing as rear facing.

Superking Sat 28-Jun-14 19:45:30

Hmmm that is really useful, two things I hadn't even thought of! I might well want to have the option to belt it in at some point. More pondering to do...

Superking Sat 28-Jun-14 21:04:39

Thanks sunnysunday, interesting to hear JL have replaced wings for you. They are not the cheapest seller I can find but I have always had great customer service from them.

I've just got the besafe izi combi for my dd. we went for that one as she's a very long girl and she has lots of legroom in it. We want her to stay rf for as long as possible so went for the bigger seat in the end.

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