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I bought this seat as an upgrade to the britax prince. I have owned it for a few months now and have had no complaints from my child. I have tested it on a long three hour motorway drive and my child fell asleep in it without complaining. It is very easy to install, you just have to feed the seat belt through a red slot at the top of the seat and then click the belt in as normal. The head rest is adjustable to follow your childs height. I have three car seats side by side so the cup holders on this seat will not open and I have to say they do not open very smoothly. I struggled to open them when I first unpacked the seat. It is a little bit tricky clicking the belt into the socket as space is a little bit tight but I am slowly getting used to it. You need to pull the belt to get some slack, click it in then pull it tight over your child. It has not been involved in an accident yet so I cant comment on its effectiveness but I do recommend people to buy one of these seats as opposed to a booster seat as they do not provide any side impact protection.
My little boy had outgrown his forward facing baby seat, I bought the Britax Adventure Car Seat as I didn't like the thought of him going onto just a booster seat. He quite often has a little sleep in the car, I wanted something that would support him and give him some side impact protection if the worst were to happen.
This is a group 2-3 car seat for children 15-36 kg. Manufacturer states approximately 4 to 12 years. My boy was 3.5 when he went into this, but he was tall for his age and met the weight requirements.
This seat is mainly black with grey trim which seems pretty trademark of Britax. It has a reflective pattern all over the material area. I have seen this in other colours since.
The sides and head rest are well padded, perfect for a little snooze. They're actually there for side impact protection rather than sleeping, but of course that's an added bonus. There's a little padding in the seat, not a great deal which seems in standard with other booster seats I've used. It also has two little cup holders in the sides which pull out. My little boy thought it was brilliant that he could put his drink in there.
The seat is much lighter than a standard car seat, this makes transferring it between cars incredibly easy. Once the child is on the seat it feels secure.
So easy! This seat doesn't have it's own straps, it uses the car seat belt. You simply place the seat in the car, then thread the seat belt through the red loop near the headrest, the seat belt then goes across the child under the loops on either side of the lap and fastens in at the seat belt clip. As mentioned above, the seat is very light so it's easy to move around.
The seat can go in any seat in the car that has a diagonal strap (obviously not in the drivers seat!) passenger front included as long as there is no airbag or it's been de-activated.
The back of the seat moves up and down if needed, so it can grow with your child.
**Comfort and On-going use**
My little boy loves sitting in his seat. He's actually big enough for a standard booster now, which he has, but he prefers this seat as he finds it more comfortable. He doesn't often nap, but I make sure he's in this seat when he's on a longer journey.
The covers are really easy to remove for washing and re-fitting afterwards. They've been through a couple of times now and the seat still looks like new - given it's use it's pretty incredible really.
The only minor niggle is that it doesn't convert into a normal booster like some others in this range of seats do.
**Availability and Pricing**
This seat is widely available in stores including Argos, on-line on Amazon.
RRP £59.99, it's currently on Amazon for £29.99.
My mother in law bought this Britax high backed booster seat for our daughter a year or so ago, to be used in her car on weekends. Since then, my husband has passed his driving test, so she let us take it and use it in our car.
The first thing you notice about these car seats is that there are no straps or buckle. Stage 1-2-3 carseats look very similar to these high backed boosters, except they have fitted straps. This particular high backed booster is from stage 2-3. When buying a car seat, its best to find a store that has professionals that can help you find the correct ceat for your child, as there are many factors in which one is correct. This Britax seat says its is suitable for children aged 4-12, and weighing 15-36kg. The carseat laws I always find very confusing as age, weight and height are taken into consideration so its always best and safer to ask a professional.
Now this Britax seat sits on the seat with no attachments, and no fiddling about strapping it in with the seatbelt, as you sit the child in the seat, then strap them in using the seatbelt. There is a large headrest on the car seat, and underneath the head rest, on either side, are little plastic clips. Slide the seatbelt under the clip, and this ensures that the seatbelt sits on the childs shoulder and doesnt move about. Then just put the seat belt across and buckle in. The seatbelt will sit across the lap, just like being sat in a normal seat.
I have read other reviews on the seat from people who dont like the headrest on the seat as it is on the large side. This is because the seat has side impact protection, so if the car is struck from the side, instead of a childs head being whipped from side to side, the headrest protects the head and keeps it restricted, possibly preventing any serious head injuries. So to me thats an extra bonus. My daughter has never complained that its too uncomfortable, and the headrest is adjustable, so as she grows, we can raise the headrest with her.
As with most car seats, this can be used in the front passenger seat but only if the airbag is turned off. though we have never persoanlly used it in the front, but in my mother in laws car it wouldnt have fit as her front seats were quite narrow and they had like a leather trim 'lip' down the sides which would have meant the seat would not have sat straight.
The Britax seat is mainly black, with dark grey trim, white piping trim, and some red splaches in the form of safety clips etc. It is a pretty plain seat with no design, perfectly suitable for unisex use.
Its easy to keep clean too as the covers come and can be washed, and then the plastic bits can be wiped down.
This seat is currently on offer in Argos for £59.99, but look out at other places too, its been reduced as low as £29.99 in Argos before, and my mother in law bought it for £39.99 in Mothercare last year, so the price can vary hugely!
I personally think its a great car seat. My daughter is now 6, and she still has years of growing room left in it so value for money is great. It was used every weekend till we got our own car and now she uses it almost daily, yet the seat still looks as good as new.
I like to think that I'm a fairly savvy consumer, when I see something that seems like a bargain I will generally check on a review site like this that the product is, as fact, as good as it seems. When I saw this on offer from Tesco Direct for £27.50 (rrp is £59) I did check out the only reviews I could find on line, and, finding nothing negative and being reassured by the Britax name I decided to purchase this seat as a back up seat for our family's second car. Unfortunately this seat didn't prove to be a big success.
Description and Age Suitability of the Car Seat:
This is a so-called third stage seat, for children from age 4 or just under, up to 11 or until a booster is no longer required. According to the manufacturer the body weight range it is designed for is 15-36kg, it comes with a 2 year warranty.
Unlike some seats of this stage the back is not detachable from the base, it's designed to be used as seen in the picture and sits directly on the car seat. The back is height adjustable, via a lever incorporated in the back of the headrest, your car's seatbelt fits directly into the red belt hoops you can see in the picture.
The upholstery, which is black, and pretty inoffensive, is removable for cleaning and there are two cup holders incorporated in the base.
The Seat in Use:
The very first thing I noticed about this seat was that, compared to other car seats for this age range (we own a Maxi-cosi rodi xr and a Graco Logico L in our main car), the headrest seems rather excessively big. I had a compare to see and it's a good few centimetres deeper. This is, probably, a good thing, as far as safety is concerned but it does mean the child's head seems rather constrained. Certainly neither of my two children (age nearly 4 and 6) were actually very happy with the headrest, admittedly they are used to other seats, if you are considering this seat don't do what I did and blind buy, and do sit your child in the seat if you can.
The main issue we had with this seat however was the actual comfort of the base. Though the upholstery is of good quality, the padding in the base is meagre indeed, they seem to have put the bare minimum into the base and compared to the two other seats already mentioned the comfort level is noticeably less. I have to admit that I wondered if the littlest Princess was having a bit of a Pea in Bed moment when she complained that it was too hard from the first time she used it, but actually having in desperation actually sat on the base to see I would have to agree with her - it's like sitting on one of those really uncomfortable school chairs and not pleasant at all. It's clearly not designed for adult buttocks, but I have to question why the manufacturer has skimped so much on padding, whilst being pleasantly surprised that my rear end fitted into the seat.
Things are a little better on the seat's back as far as comfort goes, but the bottom line (boom boom) is that in our case that mattered not a jot as having experienced better comfort both my children complained vocally every time they put their little derrieres on this seat and no amount of bigging up the seat could persuade them that the seat was comfortable. In my opinion a more chunky child might also struggle to fit into the sides of the seat, which are again more curved than most stage 3 seats, and the older age group may well find the seat too small.
On a positive note, I can't fault the design for ease of removing the upholstery, and the headrest is easily height adjustable. The seat belt does fit well through the loops, and the plastic this is made of does appear to be of good quality, but overall this doesn't seem like an expensive seat, even though at full price it is one of the more expensive Stage Three seats.
They've saved on costs too by not making the whole base covered, and the cup holders too are very cheap looking and not easy for little hands to pull out, a poor effort really, it's questionable if you *need* cup holders in a car seat, but if you are going to have them at all, Graco have done a much better job, even on their entry level car seat the holders are much better.
So, to sum up, my kids hated this seat and I could see why.
In case you are thinking "should have made the kids get on with it", I'm inclined to agree with you, however when a series of unfortunate events meant that our second car became our main car for a while, greater use of this seat made it become apparent that, even as a back up, this seat wasn't going to cut it. After a particularly memorable journey involving the youngest point blank refusing to stay in the seat under every threat I could think of, and the eldest complaining vocally even after being bribed into the seat- and let me tell you she drove a hard bargain - I came to the conclusion that this seat had to go. Of course if your child isn't used to another seat they may well be fine with it, but though safe looking it undoubtedly is, I would argue that for longer journeys you probably want something with more padding, and the fact that the back isn't removable at all is a definitely negative point too.
If, like me you are swayed by a positive stage 2 Britax Car Seat experience (I really rate the Britax Renaissance), don't let brand loyalty persuade you into buying this seat, and definitely don't contemplate paying £60 or above for it, it's just not worth it, and even at £27.50 it is, in my opinion, pretty poor.
Looking for Alternatives:
Having now ditched this seat, I've bought a Graco Logico L to replace it, at £39.99 from Mothercare and with a further 10% off on promotion and a few pennies back from Quico to boot, I know that I am getting a much more comfortable seat that won't have the issues this one does. You could also pay £100 or so and get a Maxi-Cosi Rodi if you wish to have a back on your child's car seat.
I am sure it is clear by now that I don't recommend this seat, and why, but if - like me - you see it at a good price, and unless you have sat your offspring in it for more than a minute or two to no ill effect, my advice would be remember the old adage "buy cheap, buy twice", and move on. Your kids' bottoms probably deserve better.