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Best 360 spin car seats, as recommended by Mumsnet users

Struggling to strap your wriggly baby into a fixed car seat? Want the flexibility to choose between a rear- and forward-facing seating position? We’ve researched the best 360 car seats that swivel full circle for safe, stress-free travel.

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Jan 26, 2023

360 car seats

Buying a baby car seat, a toddler car seat or car seat for an older child can be a bit of a minefield. Whether it’s getting the right size car seat for your child’s age or height, selecting between a forward- or rear-facing seating position or researching the latest i-Size regulations and safety ratings, it can be difficult to know where to start.

360 swivel car seats have grown hugely in popularity and it’s easy to see why. Not only can the seat swivel and rotate towards you, helping you strap your baby into the car with ease, but they come packed with innovative safety features too. 

With quick and easy ISOFIX installation or the option to have your child in a rearward facing position for an extended time, there are a wide range of 360 car seats to choose from. We’ve thoroughly researched the best 360 car seats you can buy right now, including tried-and-tested recommendations from the Mumsnet forums

When it comes to transporting your little one, we've got all the important products covered with our roundups of the best pushchairs, best lightweight strollers, best travel systems, best double buggies, best baby carriers and best baby carrier backpacks, all featuring products that Mumsnetters love. 

Best 360 car seats: Editor's picks

1. Best overall 360 car seat: Joie i-Spin 360

Joie i-Spin 360

Price: RRP £250 | Buy now from John Lewis

Tested by parents: Joie i-Spin 360 full review 

Key specs

Suitable from: Birth to 105cm (or four years old); rear-facing from birth to 105cm and forward-facing from 15 months to 105cm | Safety credentials: R129, Smart Ride™ lock-off, Guard Surround Safety™ panels for side impact protection and Tri-Protect™ headrest | Fixing system: ISOFIX | Weight: 13.9kg | Guarantee: Two years

What we love

  • Extended rear-facing (till 105cm / 4 years) 
  • Quick and easy to install using ISOFIX 
  • Six recline positions, including lie-flat 
  • Infant inserts and strap pads for comfort 

What to know

  • Due to size, better suited to larger cars or placed behind the passenger seat 
  • Not the easiest option to get in and out of the car due to shape and size

What Mumsnet users say:

“We have the Joie i-Spin 360 and it's brilliant. It lasts until they are about four, so good value too” - recommended by Mumsnet user, Cosybelles 

“We have a Joie 360 and it's great. We had it since my daughter was six months. She’s three and a half now and still uses it and is still happy going rear-facing” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, FrugiFan

Our verdict 

A great all-rounder, the Joie i-Spin 360 is a popular choice among Mumsnet users thanks to its design, ease of installation and rearward-facing longevity.

Suitable to use from birth, this 360 swivel seat comes with a ‘Grow with me’ insert made of three individual pieces that adapts to your child’s size and body shape as they grow (up to 105cm or approx 4 years). 

While it’s a tad bulky to be moved regularly between cars, the ISOFIX provides the added peace of mind of green light indicators that ensure you’ve fitted it correctly. It also has strong side impact protection, so you can be sure your baby will have a safe and comfortable ride. 

Read next: The best baby car seats, as recommended by parents

2. Best budget 360 car seat: Graco Turn2Me

Graco Turn2Me

Price: RRP £150 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Suitable from: Birth to approx. 4 years (0-18kg); rearward-facing from 0-18kg (birth to approx. 4 years) and forward-facing from 9-18kg (approx 1 year to approx. 4 years) | Safety credentials: R129, side impact protection, no-rethread harness | Fixing system: ISOFIX | Weight: 13kg | Guarantee: 2 years

What we love

  • Similar design to the Joie at a cheaper price
  • Shoulder strap hooks help place your child inside with ease 
  • Integrated colour indicator to show the seat is installed correctly
  • 10 recline settings (5 forward and 5 rearward) 

What to know

  • Some reviewers feel the padding isn’t ideal for newborns 
  • Some reviewers state that the straps tend to get twisted

What Mumsnet users say:

“We have just purchased this as a second car seat for my partner's car as it’s virtually identical to the Joie Spin 360 that we already have but cheaper”  - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Anna9433

Our verdict 

If you like the style of the Joie i-Spin 360 but have a smaller budget, the Graco Turn2Me is a cheaper alternative with a similar design. While the safety features aren’t quite as extensive, this seat still boasts a four-star safety rating with ADAC (the German car seat tester that goes beyond European safety credentials). 

The ISOFIX connectors make the Graco Turn2Me quick and easy to install, with an indicator that changes colour to reassure you that it’s positioned correctly. With the option to keep your child rearward facing till the age of four, you can easily adjust the headrest to grow with your child without needing to rethread the harness. 

While some reviewers share frustration about twisting straps, this seat offers a good alternative to the Joie 360 car seat with a far more affordable price tag.

Read next: The best toddler car seats to buy, as tested by parents

3. Best 360 car seat for extended rearward facing: Britax Römer Dualfix 360 i-Size

Britax Römer Dualfix 360 i-Size

Price: RRP £350 | Buy now from Amazon

Tested by parents: Britax Römer Dualfix 360 i-Size full review

Key specs

Suitable from: Birth to 105cm (or age four) – forward-facing from 76-105cm | Safety credentials: R129, Stiftung Warentest (2.1), ADAC (2.1) and ÖAMTC (good) and side impact protection | Fixing system: ISOFIX | Weight: 15kg | Guarantee: Two years

What we love

  • Easily accessible rotation mechanism
  • 12 recline positions
  • Machine-washable seat cover
  • Can be used from birth right up to four years 

What to know 

  • Takes up significant space
  • Tricky to install
  • Short seat depth; if your child is tall, you may find they outgrow it before their fourth birthday

What Mumsnet users say:

“We love our Britax Romer Dualfix M i-size. Feels incredibly safe, their safety standards go beyond EU regulations. My son finds it very comfy” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, darcey87

“I’ve got a Britax Dualfix M i-Size and a Joie 360. I much prefer the Britax (we have one in each car), it’s much better quality than the Joie. The Britax harness is nicer and easier to adust, the swivel is easier and it just looks and feels better. If I only had one I’d have the Britax” - recommended by Mumsnet user, Megan2018

Our verdict 

Britax Römer's Dualfix i-Size is a great option for parents with a large car that want to keep their child rear-facing for as long as possible. Suitable from birth thanks to its tailored newborn insert, it can be used rearward facing till your child is around four years old. 

It’s a large and bulky seat, so while it takes up significant space, it’s a well-padded seat offering 12 recline positions to ensure a comfortable ride whether your baby is sleeping or wide awake during your travels. Some Mumsnet users find this seat tricky to install, but once fitted, they love the smooth swivel and easy-to-adjust harness. 

Read next: The best child car seats for kids aged three to 12

4. Best 360 car seat for toddlers: Cybex Sirona Sx2 i-Size

Cybex Sirona Sx2 i-Size

Price: RRP £314 | Buy now from John Lewis 

Key specs

Suitable from: From 61 to 105 cm (approx. 3 months to 4 years) or from birth (45cm) with the newborn inlay which is sold separately | Safety credentials: i-Size (R129), Advanced Linear Side-impact Protection and Energy Reduction Technology for safe forward-facing | Fixing system: ISOFIX | Weight: 14.1kg | Guarantee: 3 years

What we love

  • 5 reclining positions (for each direction)
  • Height-adjustable headrest 
  • Fast one-click installation 

What to know

  • Unsuitable for babies under 3 months unless newborn insert purchased separately 

What Mumsnet users say:

“We had the Cybex Sirona. Was a great seat, easy to use and sturdy. Lasted until my daughter was 4.5” - recommended by Mumsnet user, ISeeTheLight

Our verdict 

Cybex has a great reputation for safety, and the Cybex Sirona Sx2 is no exception. A strong and sturdy 360 car seat with simple ISOFIX installation, it offers enhanced side impact protection and an energy-absorbing shell that will protect your toddler in the event of an accident. 

While you’ll need to buy the insert (sold separately) if using with a newborn, the Cybex offers 12 adjustable heights on the headrest, allowing it to easily adapt to your child as they grow. There’s also a choice of recline positions which can be adjusted one-handed; a real plus if your baby tends to nap in the car.

Read next: The best travel systems to buy

5. Best 360 car seat for small cars: Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus

Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus

Price: RRP £259 | Buy now from Kiddies Kingdom

Key specs

Suitable from: 4 months to 18kg/105cm (approximately 4 years); rear-facing until 87cm (approx 2 years) | Safety credentials: i-Size (R129), impact-absorbing materials and side impact protection | Fixing system: ISOFIX | Weight: 12.45kg | Guarantee: 2 years

What we love

  • Smooth and accessible 360 rotation
  • Easy one-handed height adjustment 
  • Simple ISOFIX installation

What to know

  • Only suitable as a rear-facing seat until 87cm (around two years of age)
  • Unsuitable for babies under 4 months 

What Mumsnet users say:

“I have a Maxi-Cosi AxissFix and wouldn't hesitate to buy the same again. The mechanism is still smooth after a lot of use (constant use for 4 yrs). It has a good deep recline and hooks to hold the straps out of the way” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Happycow

“I bought the Maxi Cosi Axxisfix and I wish I had it for my older kids (they weren't a thing when they were babies). It's so much easier, saves your back and is a dream for getting them in or out when they are sleeping. I wouldn't be without one again if we were to have another baby. I highly recommend one to everyone” - recommended by Mumsnet user, cookiemonster5

Our verdict 

With a sleek and compact design and a smaller footprint than many 360 seats, the MaxiCosi is a popular choice for those looking for a safe, accessible seat in a smaller car. 

With a central control panel for easy rotation and smart belt hooks, it makes getting your baby in and out of the car a breeze. With seven headset positions and four recline options, combined with a comfortable padded shoulder, belt and crotch pads, this is a comfortable seat for babies aged four months plus. The downside? Due to the smaller size, it's only suitable as a rear-facing seat until two years of age.

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6. Best 360 car seat for newborns: Maxi Cosi Pebble 360

Maxi Cosi Pebble 360

Price: RRP £230 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs:

Suitable from: Birth to 83cm (around 15 months old) | Safety credentials: i-Size (R129), integrated side impact protection | Fixing system: ISOFIX (with Family Fix 360 Base) or seatbelt | Weight: 3.9kg | Guarantee: 2 years

What we love

  • Travel system compliant (with Quinny or Maxi Cosi pushchairs)
  • Clear and simple fitting instructions (with a seatbelt or Family Fix 360 base
  • Lightweight and portable 

What to know

  • Base sold separately
  • Child may outgrow it quickly so consider value for money 

Our verdict 

One of the biggest frustrations of 360 car seats for Mumsnet users is that most are fixed to the base - not ideal if your newborn falls asleep in the car. The Maxi Cosi Pebble 360 offers a removable seat which is travel system compliant, allowing you to remove it from the base and attach it to a compatible travel system when you reach your destination.

With a padded newborn insert and integrated side impact protection, it offers significant comfort for your baby, while being a lightweight and portable option should you need to switch between cars. It does have a shorter lifespan than some 360 models, but you can upgrade later to the Maxi Cosi Pearl 360 which is suitable for up to four years.

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7. Best 360 car seat for side impact protection: BeSafe iZi Turn B iSize Car Seat

BeSafe iZi turn B iSize car seat

Price: RRP £499 | Buy now from Uber Kids

Tested by parents: BeSafe iZi turn B iSize car seat (non-360 model)

Key specs

Suitable from: Birth to 18kg (approximately 4 years) | Safety credentials: i-Size (R129), Dynamic Force Absorber (Side impact protection), forward-facing blocking mechanism | Fixing system: ISOFIX | Weight: 15kg | Guarantee: 2 years

What we love

  • Magnetic strap holders secure the belt when placing your child in the seat
  • Blocking mechanism prevents switching to a forward-facing position too soon 
  • Enhanced side impact protection and levelling technology to adapt to every car

What to know

  • Costly 
  • Heavy - not ideal if you need to switch between cars frequently

What Mumsnet users say:

“I have this one, it’s great. It’s heavy, but I don’t really take it out of the car so it’s not been a problem for me” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Dillybear

“If you have sloping seats in your car (and a £££ budget!) you might want to look at Besafe iZi Turn or iZi Twist. This is another really high performing one for safety, plus it has a slope-countering feature. It's the most solid Isofix seat I've ever come across or fitted and it has really well-designed straps with a little cut-out for the child's shoulders for comfort and big magnets which actually work to keep them out of the way” - recommended by Mumsnet user, BertieBotts

Our verdict 

If you’re prepared to pay a bit more for a premium seat, the BeSafe iZi turn B iSize car seat has some of the most impressive side impact protection we’ve seen, as well as levelling technology that can ensure a flat and comfortable ride, whatever car it’s fitted in.

Suitable from birth to around four years of age, you can remove the newborn hugger as your child grows, and simply pull one-handed to adjust the height of the headrest. We love the magnetic strap holders, which allow you to place your baby inside with both hands and no fuss.  

Read next: The best baby carriers to buy

8. Best 360 car seat for all ages: Silver Cross Motion All Size 360

Silver Cross Motion All Size 360

Price: RRP £325 | Buy now from John Lewis

Key specs

Suitable from: Birth to approximately 12 years | Safety credentials: i-Size (R129/03), side impact protection | Fixing system: ISOFIX | Weight: 14.4kg | Guarantee: 3 years

What we love

  • One seat from birth to age 12 - excellent value for money
  • Recently voted ADAC's best baby, toddler and child (multi-stage) car seat
  • Easy installation 

What to know

  • Heavy (better used as a fixed seat) 
  • Your child may prefer a booster seat 

Our verdict 

At the time of writing, the Silver Cross Motion All Size 360 car seat is the only R129 i-size compliant multi-stage 360 car seat, suitable from birth right up to 12 years of age. It has recently been named the best baby, toddler and child car seat in ADAC’s 2022 Autumn Test.

Made from natural bamboo fabrics, the seat quickly and easily adapts to your child as they grow, with a removable newborn insert, stow away harness and eight adjustable headrest positions. In terms of value for money, you can’t get much better, however, it’s best to keep this fixed in one car due to its weight and size. Older children may also prefer a more upright seating position, so there’s no guarantee it will be used for its full recommended lifespan.

Read next: The best baby carrier backpacks, as recommended by parents

9. Best 360 car seat for safety credentials: Nuna Norr i-Size Car Seat

Nuna Norr 360 Car seat

Price: RRP £425 | Buy now from Baby Planet

Key specs

Suitable from: Birth to 4 years| Safety credentials: i-Size (R129), steel strength technology and automatic side impact shield and voluntary Swedish PLUS test | Fixing system: ISOFIX | Weight: 14.30 kg | Guarantee: 2 years

What we love

  • i-Size compliant and passed additional Sweedish PLUS test
  • Enhanced side impact protection and steel strength to protect upon impact 
  • Premium ventilated fabrics 

What to know

  • Costly 
  • Large/bulky size and weight

What Mumsnet users say:

“I loved ours, lasted both kids and rear faced until four” - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, shouldbesleepingnotscrolling

“We have the Nuna Norr which goes from birth to 4 years. It spins 360 but only locks in place as rear-facing. I-size and Swedish road test approved so excellent safety credentials” - recommended by Mumsnet user, FightMilkTM

Our verdict 

If you’re looking for a 360 car seat with excellent safety credentials, then look no further, they don’t come much more extensive than the Nuna Norr. Not only does this seat offer i-Size ISOFIX technology, but it’s also been through stringent Swedish safety tests that go above and beyond European standards.

With steel strength technology, automatic side impact shields and failsafe ISOFIX installation, your baby will be safe and comfortable from birth to around 4 years of age. 

This seat also boasts premium fabrics that are ventilated to ensure your child doesn’t overheat on mild days. If your baby is prone to nodding off in the car, the 7-position recline allows you to adjust the seat to suit their needs.

What is a 360 car seat?

A 360-degree car seat is a car seat that swivels or rotates a full 360 degrees. A 360 car seat allows you to turn the seat towards the door before clicking back into your chosen direction of travel - rear or forward facing.  

What are the benefits of using a 360 car seat?

The main benefits of a 360 car seat are accessibility. The swivel nature of the seat means it can be turned towards the door, making getting your child in and out of the seat a breeze - you won't have to stretch or place strain on your back. If you have mobility issues or are recovering from a c-section - this feature can be especially useful.

Unlike 90 or 180-degree swivel seats, 360 car seats allow parents to choose between forward-facing and rearward-facing seating positions, rotating the entire unit in a few simple steps without needing to unclip or reinstall the seat. 

Is a front-facing or a rear-facing car seat safer?

Having your child rearward facing for as long as possible is recommended as it offers greater protection in the event of an accident, particularly for your child’s head, neck and spine.

How to choose the best 360 car seat

  • What age is it suitable for? Most 360 car seats are suitable from birth, but some require newborn inserts (sold separately) or are only suitable for older babies (4 months plus). Check the age specifications carefully before you buy to ensure they meet your needs. 
  • Is it travel system compliant? Due to their weight and size, very few 360 car seats are travel system compliant (with the exception of the Maxi Cosi Pebble 360). Consider what’s more important to you - taking the car seat out of the car or being able to get them in and out easily as required. 
  • How long can your baby be rearward facing? If you intend to keep your child rearward facing for as long as possible, check the full specifications of each seat. Some 360 car seats, such as the Maxi Cosi Axiss Fix Plus can only be used rearward facing until two years, which may not meet your needs.
  • Is the base included? Most 360 car seats include the base and seat as one entire unit, but some have separate ISOFIX bases which you’ll need to factor into your purchase. 
  • How easy is it to rotate? How does the seat rotate? Does it have panels or levels on the side or at the front? Front panels are often easier to operate, but the more simple the mechanism the better.
  • How easy is it to install? Does the car seat have an ISOFIX base and are there colour indicators for peace of mind? 
  • How big is it? If you intend to move the seat between cars, or have a particularly small vehicle, it’s worth checking the size. 360 car seats tend to be larger and heavier than their fixed-seat counterparts. 

What’s the best 360 car seat to buy?

When it comes to the best 360 car seat, Mumsnet users really rate both the Joie 360 i-Spin and the Britax Romer Dualfix. It’s hard to separate the two, but with a slightly cheaper price tag and a less complex install, the Joie i-Spin 360 gets our vote as the best 360 car seat you can buy today. 

How we chose our recommendations 

We spent several hours sifting through Mumsnet's forums for our users' recommendations on the best 360 car seats that they have used and rated. We were also on the lookout for poor reviews of products to avoid.

We consulted recommendations from experts, consumer websites and print media and ensured we included brands that regularly appeared in the top 10 lists.

We then looked at reviews for our longlisted 360 car seats to check if those previous customers were satisfied with their purchases.

By doing this, we whittled our longlist down and chose a selection of products that we think offer something for everybody.

Why you should trust us 

At Mumsnet, we believe parents should be able to access impartial and honest advice about products and services they may purchase.

We consult real parents as well as experts so we can offer the benefit of honest experience and we don’t take payment for our reviews from companies.

Our team of writers is made up of experienced consumer and parenting journalists who between them have a wealth of experience and knowledge at their fingertips.

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