This is a very worthwhile investment if you plan on driving with your baby in the car very often. It is very easy to follow the installation instructions and it has a green/red indicator to show whether it has been put in correctly for ease of mind. Once installed, you can then just place your maxi cosi cabriofix car seat on top and push it down to click in. It really couldn't be easier. Again, there is a red/green indicator for peace of mind that the seat is fixed to the base. This seat saves time and effort when getting baby in and out of the car which is great if you are on a busy road or if baby is crying. Also, the ease of taking the seat out means it can be done without waking a sleeping baby to transfer them into the house. Apart from making life easier, it also gives added peace of mind from a safety point of view. The seat feels so much more secure when used on the base compared with when it is strapped in using seatbelts. Only downside is the weight of the unit. If you need to switch it between cars, it is very heavy. Apart from this one minor point, I would highly recommend this product.
I purchased this isofix base along with the maxi cosi cabriofix after doing a lot of research of infant carrier. I chose an isofix compatible car seat for the safety reasons and also the ease of use.
When the isofix base we immediately installed the base in the car to try it out as we were excited and also wanted to ensure it correctly installed before the baby arrived. The installation of the isofix was a very simple process, firstly we had to find the isofix points located in our car and the base just simply clicked onto these bars which are down the back of the seats, the leg on the base was then extended to correct length. One of the best bits about this base is how it has little lights that change from red to green when the base has been installed correctly, this leaves no excuse for a wrongly installed base.
Once we had the base correctly installed (which look 5 minutes at the very most!) we decided to give it a try with the car seat, you literally just place the car seat onto the base, it makes a clicking sound and the car seat is now attached to the base! Again there is more lights that change from red to green to say that the seat is attached to the base correctly. The process actually couldn't be any easier.
Since having the base we have changed cars and also had to remove the base from the car, the removal of the base is just as easy as the installation of the base and now we've done it a few times we can do it in literally seconds.
Highly recommend the isofix base to everyone and anyone!
When we first starting looking at car seat for our babies and how to fit them into the car we decided pretty quickly that we wanted an base that fit permanently in the car that we could then clip the car seat too so we didn't have to worry about re-attaching car seat belts around the seat. I had read up on it and the Maxi-Cosi Easyfix base seemed the best way to go as it provided a solid steady base that would not move around and would keep the car seat nice and safe.
We purchased a Maxi-Cosi car seat and this meant that it was compatible with the Maxi-Cosi EasyFix Car Seat Base, making it suitable from birth to 13 kg or approximately 12 months. The thing I really liked about the base was that you can install it using IsoFix. What exactly is IsoFix? Well, according to an article I read, "IsoFix (International Standards Organisation FIX) is widely recognised as the safest way to install a child car seat. It is estimated that a two-thirds of car seats are incorrectly fitted, but IsoFix is so user-friendly, it makes it almost impossible to get the installation wrong. Most modern cars come fitted with IsoFix connection points located at the back of the vehicle seat. These are permanently connected to the body of the car and your IsoFix car seat attaches securely to these connection points. Some very new cars even come fitted with a third point that prevents the seat from tipping forward. "
If you look at the back seat in your car you will see metal loops that are attached to the back of the seat. These are so strong and basically in order to fit the Maxi Cosi Easy base you just hook the back clips onto them and secure them and the the base unit is firmly in place, it's that simple. My husband had to do it as it was a bit fiddly but basically once we had attached it this base did not leave our car for the next three years.
The front of the Maxi-Cosi easyfix base has a metal support leg that then reaches down to the floor. This is adjustable so will fit most cars and you know it is in place when the little indicator on the side is the colour green. It will show red until it snaps properly into place and when it is green you know you have put it to the right length and it is hard to the ground, providing downwards support.
The car seat then fit into this base and locks into place. Again a little green indicator colour will be shown to tell you that you have put the seat in the right position and until that time it will show red. The seat is really easy to get in and out and saves so much time it's unbelieveable. To release the seat on ours there is a little bar at the back of the seat that you pull outwards and it releases the catch.
To me this is the safest and only option I would have considered for my children in the car and I think it is well worth spending the extra money for. Look around because prices do vary but you can purchase one of these in the £80-£100 region.
Before our little one was born, we decided for one of the safest car seats available - Maxi Cosi Cabriofix, and were kind of tricked into purchase of a base for it by quite a few of our friends who all swore by it and were saying it's a must-have if we tend to drive a lot. The idea is that you keep the base installed in your car, so when you need to leave you just attach car seat with the baby without losing time with seat belts. So, is it really worth it?
Well, let's start with plus points:
- it's very robust, heavy weight item that attaches to a car seat using car seat belts or Isofix anchor point. Mounting is really quick and easy. Even though we were told having a car seat with and without base, and having it fixed by belt or Isofix are all equally safe, I must say my strong preference is base fixed with Isofix. It just feels better...
- Cabriofix (or Pebble, but this I have not tried) car seat attaches very easily, it literally just clicks on, hence fit for the purpose as it saves time I would otherwise be fiddling with seat belt. There are markers on each side of the base - they are red, but change colour to green once car seat is securely attached. Detaching the car seat is, well, easy in theory - there is a plastic lever that requires pulling, however you need to lift the car seat at the same time. Counting on weight of the car seat + weight of the baby, let's say it's an advantage if you need to lose some baby weight :)
And now the disadvantages
- firstly, the position of the car seat in the base is fixed. If you're only fixing car seat in the car using seat belt, you can pretty much choose the angle your baby stays in. With the base it's not possible, and the angle is quite steep. My baby doesn't really mind, but he's just 3 months old so he may find it uncomfortable a bit later...
- the price, a huge minus! It retails at approx. £100-120, just as much as the car seat itself!
- if you don't always drive with a baby, but often take passengers, the base takes space in the car. Sure, it can be removed, but it then takes time and also space in the boot.
I'm glad I have it, but I don't consider it a must-have, definitely not at this price. We spent few weeks driving on holidays without a base, and after few days I mastered the technique of securing the car seat by belts only so that it only took me few seconds more than clicking it on to the base.
We had decided on the Maxi Cosi CabrioFix car seat because we wanted one that was compatible with an isoFix base. CabrioFix is suitable for babies up to 13kg Group 0+. We then had to choose between the FamilyFix or EasyFix base. FamilyFix also takes the next size up carseat but is more expensive, as we weren't sure which car seat we would want to move onto after the CabrioFix we decided on the EasyFix.
What is the EasyFix base?
It is a black solid plastic base which you fix in your car using either your car's seatbelt or it's Isofix points if it has them. Our car has Isofix and it is really easy to clip the anchor points in place at the back of your car seat. Once attached it stays in your car ready for whenever you go out. It is worth noting that this base is only compatible with the CabrioFix car seat and not any other car seat in the Maxi Cosi range.
How does it work with the CabrioFix car seat?
When you want to go out you carry baby to the car in the car seat and click it into the base. The seat has 4 points of attachment to the base, one in each corner. You hear it click in place and there are indicator windows on either side of the base that change from red to green when the seat is correctly attached. I like these simple indicator window as they give you peace of mind that baby is in properly. Being able to quickly click the car seat in place saves so much time and with twins anything that saves me time is great!
It is also really easy to get the car seat out of the base, there is a silver handle at the front of the base where it meets with the seat that you pull out to release the seat. I found I had to wriggle the handle the first few times to get the seat to release but soon got the hang of it.
The base has an additional floor support that easily pushes into place, this also has indicators that turn green from red when they are in the correct position. It provides an extra safety feature that you only get with these type of bases.
The combination of the EasyFix base with the Cabriofix car seat are quoted as being 'best on test' for safety. This was another great selling point for us.
Price and availability
We paid £101 for ours a couple of years ago and that was in the sale, but they have come down in price to £95 now. We bought ours from Halfords but they are widely available from sellers of car seats. As you also have to buy the CabrioFix car seat you are looking at a package cost of approx £200 for this option.
Would I recommend?
I have been really pleased with how easy these bases have been to use, they have been well worth the cost and I would recommend.
We have a maxi cosi carry cot for our little baby daughter, and before she was born I had just assume that I would keep her safe in her carrycot by using the seatbelt, as I had watched my sister do with her children. However, I was a little concerned to read online that the maxi cosi carry cot cannot always be secured properly using the seatbelts in all types of car, including our ford focus due to the length of the seatbelts depending on the age and model of car. There appeared to be contradicting information and I was getting a little worried about using this seat safely in our car. However, the more I read the more I found out about these bases that can be inserted in the car and kept in the car where the carry cot clips into and so you don't need to worry about seatbelts around the seat.
There are various bases that can be used with the maxi cosi but which one you use depends on your car and whether is has ISOFIX connector points. More modern cars come with these points now, although our car, which isn't that old, doesn't come with them, and so this was no use for us. There is also the option for using entirely without ISOFIX connectors using the easybase car base, but there is a third option, and the one we chose which was the Easyfix car base, which comes with both isofix connectors and belt connectors. Although we don't have isofix connectors at present, we wanted the option of having these should we change car in the future and it would have such connectors. This car base allowed us to use it in our car using the seatbelt at the moment, without having to worry about the length of the seatbelt, but with the option in the future, with a newer car of using the ISOFIX connectors.
The downside of these bases is the additional cost after already purchasing a carry cot. This particular base costs just under £90 on the likes of amazon, which is a pretty competitive price. Initially I hated having to part with that money, however I am so glad we did.
This carseat base is very easy to install, in fact the instructions are on the actual base, should you need to be reminded. If you don't have isofix connectors like us, you need to use the car seatbelt to attach this base to the seat securely. To do this, it is simply a matter of feeding the seatbelt through the designated gaps and the belt is then held in place further with a secure clip that is pressed down over the belt. To ensure further safety this base comes with a support leg that rests against the floor of the car that can be adjusted for each individual car.
In order to make sure the carrycot is attached securely and so therefore cannot move should an accident occur, there are colour indicators on both the support leg and on the base. When there is no carrycot or when it is not properly attached a red indicator will stay on, however once everything is in place properly, the red will switch to a green indicator on both the support leg and base.
As I said earlier, I originally felt this was a lot of money to be out, however even if your seatbelts are long enough to fit securely around the carrycot this is a brilliant piece of equipment that means transferring a baby in and out of a car soooo much easier and quicker, especially if it is pouring rain or your baby is crying sore! At these points you really don't need to be worrying about getting a car seatbelt around a carrycot, and instead all I have to do is clip the carrycot onto the base and go. If I had one minor little complaint, I do find it trickier to get the carrycot out than in. THere is a little handle that you pull out when you want to release the carrycot, and you really need to pull this out fully and lift at the same time, and many a time I have had to do this a few times to get the carrycot out properly from the base. It isn't a huge problem, and I think practice makes a big difference, but it can be a little frustrating.
All in all, I really do think, even at just under £90 this is a really good piece of baby kit for the car, and simply makes life a lot lot easier when moving a baby in and out of cars.