Each of the car seats were thoroughly tested, including a range of ‘real world’ and standardised testing. We made sure to find out how easy it was to attach and detach each car seat, and how useful and effective each safety feature was.

We also put them through their paces for ease of getting a child in and out of the car, adjusting straps, padding and headrest height, and allowing children to buckle themselves in. We also considered how the car seats would work with multiple children – whether you could fit two or three car seats next to each other, and how easy it was to switch between vehicles.

We analysed the materials used for durability as well as looks, studying everything from the attachment to the padding, and we thoroughly checked out the safety features of each.

Last, but by no means least, we carried out a ‘comfort and joy’ test. This, in essence, was asking (and answering) whether the little testers were comfortable in the seat and seeing how each model could make every-day parents’ lives easier.

Having scored the car seats on the above criteria, we then added into the equation price and how long they would last (the maximum age or weight) to work out which model was the best of the best and which others deserved ‘honourable mentions’.

Why you should trust us

Mumsnet has been helping parents make their lives easier since 2000 and in those years we’ve seen, tried and reviewed thousands of car seats for all ages. We’ve watched safety features and engineering become more and more slick, as well as safety laws become more advanced. We tested each of the car seats with real children in real situations, and we’re confident that our testing left no stone unturned.


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