Best toddler car seats

We put the UK’s best car seats for toddlers through their paces, and after weeks of strapping, switching and securing, the Recaro Zero. 1 came out on top

Best Baby and Toddler Car Seat 2018

Recaro Zero. 1

With a 360-degree swivel, ultra-comfortable padding and a longer lifespan than its competitors, the Recaro Zero. 1 is our winning car seat for both toddlers and babies. The swivel transforms travelling with your little one, saving you back pain from having to twist into awkward positions. At £350, we think it's excellent value for a seat that could last for over four years.

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Best Car Seat for Value 2018

Joie Every Stage

Joie’s car seat adapts to each stage of your child’s development, suitable from birth all the way up to age 12. This long life span makes it an excellent choice if you're looking to stretch your pennies further, making the Joie Every Stage car seat a winner across the board.

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Best Shield Toddler Car Seat 2018

Cybex Pallas M-fix

If faffing around with straps is causing you stress, you could opt for a car seat with an impact shield. While we'd recommend reading up on the pros and cons first, if you do opt for a shield seat, the Cybex Pallas M-Fix is the one to watch.

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Best Toddler Car Seat for Comfort 2018

Cozy N Safe Merlin

Cozy N Safe’s 0+/1 size Merlin car seat has a 360-degree swivel and, though it can be used from birth, we think it’s also a great choice for parents moving on from a carry seat. With soft, T-shirt-like fabric and comfortable padding, this seat was our mini-tester's favourite of the bunch.

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Best Easy Adjustment Toddler Car Seat 2018

Graco Milestone

The Graco Milestone is an excellent workhorse, with an ease of adjustment that’s second to none.Whether you’re frequently converting it to suit different age groups, or adjusting the recline, straps or facing direction, it’s easy to move the seat from one state to another.

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How we test

Each of the car seats was thoroughly tested, including a range of ‘real world’ and standardised testing. Here's what we did to find the Best of the best.

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Toddler car seats

Buyer's guide

Everything you need to know about buying a car seat for your toddler, from age range, seat position and impact protection to how it's going to look on your back seat.

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