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This car seat is for ages around 3 years plus depending upon the size and weight of your child. We have had one of these since one of our grandchildren was about 3.5 and grew out of the previous size. We bought it from Mothercare for about £85 although I have seen recently that they are more like £125 now so I'm not sure if it's just gone up in price or if we got it on an offer. When we bought it the member of staff showed us how it worked using a fake car set up system and showed us how to fasten our granddaughter in it. I felt like we were given a proper demonstration and felt very confident with this seat.
It says it's suitable for children around 4-12 years old although our granddaughter was under this when she needed this as her head was popping over the top of her previous one so I think £125 is a good price seeing as it can last so long. It cam in various colours but we bought it in grey.
This seat is so, so easy to fit in the car I am amazed by it. Other car seats I've had to fiddle with bases and struggle to get the base to fit but this is very easy to use so when i need to transfer it to a different car or pop it in the front seat instead then I can do. It fastens in using the seatbelt and the areas in red on the chair show where the seatbelt needs to go. You simply thread it through and then slot it in the seatbelt holder ad it's secure. This is very, very easy to use.
It is well padded and seems plenty wide enough. At first I thought that my granddaughter would look lost in it but she isn't at all because of the well padded sides and now that she's six she still fits in it perfectly fine. The neck section raises so that as she grows taller the seat will grow with her and will still protect her. Around the head area is the padded sides which are great for when she falls asleep she rests her head against them and looks comfortable.
Because this seat is secure with the seatbelt at the bottom and at the neck area it makes it very secure so if you break the seat will remain in place although it isn't rigid, it will give a little as it has a hinge at the base so it will move forward with your child in a gentle manner so that your child won't be flung forward then hit their head on the back, instead the neck area will move with your child whilst the seat remains securely in place.
In terms of keeping this clean it can be difficult, the material is 100% polyester and when we've had accidents in this car like our granddaughter being sick it was very difficult to clean it because of the fabric. We found a lot of hot, soapy water was all that really worked and then trying to dry it off as quickly as possible to stop it from going damp. But that is the case with all car seats we have had, they are not easy to clean but it is safety that matters rather than how easy to clean it is.
This is a great chair and it's good that it will be used for so many years. We've had it about 3 years now and it still remains in good condition and does seem to grow with our grandchildren. It is getting to the point now where we need to buy another one of these and I will not hesitate at all in buying another one of these seats, they are just brilliant.
We bought this Maxi Cosi seat after reading the Which report online (the online version of Which? Magazine). As with all previous car seats safety has been of upmost importance. We have not been in a crash but trust the vigorous testing of our Which? gurus. I find this seat stylish and (being black) hides all the scuffs that have accumulated over the years. My son has been in this seat since about 2 3/4 and just turned 5 and still fits in it fine with the back/head rest - plus he's big for his age. What we have found useful is the fact that when he nods off in the car his head is supported and not hanging uncomfortably forwards - another reason for this purchase. It also reclines a little - and when I say a little I mean a little. It barely makes a difference so if you're keen on this product for that feature don't get too excited! We're very rarely used it - basically it's comfortable enough to sleep in in it's upright position.
We were really pleased with our group 1 Maxi cosi car seat and our next stage car seat - the Maxi Cosi Rodi XR hasn't disappointed us either. It is incredibly easy to fit into our car and can be easily transferred into the Grandparents car when they need it.
The seatbelt is fed through a loop on the side of the car seat and then you simply place the seatbelt over your child and into the seat belt clip in the usual way. There is an additional clip that you place through the headrest to secure the seat in place.
It comes in a range of colours - ours is the black reflection which looks great in the car and hides any dirty marks well. The cover is removable to washing as well.
The headrest is adjustable and grows with your child and the side wings give good protection for your child and also move as your child grows. The car seat can be used from 15 - 36kg (approx 4 - 12 years) and looks very durable and long lasting so we hope to get many years of use out of it. The car seat did really well in the last Which report into Group 2/3 car seats.
I would recommend this as a good value car seat but shop around as prices do vary and we ended up saving £30 by shopping around once we had decided on this one.
When I was expecting a baby and first looked into car seats, I had no idea quite how complicated it was, or indeed how many different models the average child would get through before a seat could be dispensed with - when I was a child seatbelts weren't even obligatory in the back. My mother, with absolutely no irony, fondly tells the tale of how someone shunted the back of their Morris Minor showering my carry cot with broken glass, which I apparently found quite funny. Luckily since those days things have moved on somewhat!
The law in Britain now requires children to have a car seat up to age 12 or until they are 135cm tall. When my eldest child turned 4, and realising that if she turns out as vertically challenged as I am that she would need a seat for a while, I researched and bought this particular seat, from Maxi-Cosi.
Reasons for Purchase:
I chose this model as it had scored highly on the "Which" reports, and also as it had a reclining feature, allegedly, more of which later. I did check that it was the right fit in Halfords, where it is currently on offer for £84.99 (rrp £100 ish) - actually I am ashamed to say that having availed myself of the excellent fitting service at Halfords I then bought this exact seat on offer for £49.99 from Boots.com , as it was too good a price to miss (sorry Halfords). No doubt though I will return to Halfords shortly to buy the same seat for my second child who is due an upgrade, as although there are a few things about this seat I don't like, overall it is a good buy.
The seat itself:
The seat consists of a booster cushion and a back, with and adjustable headrest. The seatbelt fits into the red fittings, for safety there is no seperate harness as you may find on some other manufacturers' alternatives, such as Brittax, so if looking at this seat you may like to consider whether this suits your needs.
The back can be removed once your child is taller, for smaller children it does provide quite a safe looking platform - the side protection on the head is good and was indeed praised in the report I read. It weighs about 5 kilos, so is quite easily transferred between cars, and the cover is removable for washing at a low temperature, which is a handy feature.
The upholstery itself is two-toned, as you can see from the picture, and looks quite innocuous; I have found that the black fabric has ruched a litttle on the bottom seat over time, and also on the headrest it has become quite badly sun-faded, which is not the case with a black Brittax stage 2 seat I own, so this is a little disappointing.
Still safety is the main priority with this seat, and I do find the way that the base attaches to a bottom plate which hooks under the seat back of your actual car seat (ie the one the car comes with!), quite reassuring. As mentioned earlier apparently this seat should recline somewhat, a selling point for any parents with any children like mine who nod off on long journeys, however I would have to say that the reality is that the promised recline is minimal and in no way avoids the child's head lolling forward once asleep - we have bought a cushion that attaches to the seat belt seperately for this reason.
The seat is wide enough for most children I would say the dimensions are:
Height of seat: 555 mm + 160 mm
Internal dimensions - (W)270 x (D)330 x (H)555 - 160mm
External dimensions - (W)430 x (D)410 x (H)675 - 160 mm
( figures according to the manufacturer), that internal width of 27cm is reasonable enough, I have only transported one child home on a playdate who looked anything like crammed into this - but it might be an idea to check prior to purchase in any case you should also really check that your child is tall enough and that the seatbelt, once in place, is not too far above the child's shoulder - an expert fitter should advise you. The seat is more comfortably padded than others - we have a spare graco booster which is a lot less appealing to my "princess and a pea" daughter so overall we are pleased with it comfort and safety wise.
I think that safety in the car is one area that it is not worth compromising in, and for me I am confident that this seat is safe and comfy and should last, albeit faded, until no longer required in another few years.
This seat is available in a range of different colours, and in my opinion is an excellent choice of stage 3 carseat, I've just taken off one star for the appearance of the upholstery after 2 years' use, but I do believe this to be a good, and more importantly safe car seat.
The Maxi Cosi Rodi XR is a group 2/3 high-back booster seat suitable for children weighing between 15-36 kg (about 3.5 years - 12 years). Both our previous car seats, group 0 and group 1, were Maxi Cosi models and, as we were very satisfied with them, we decided to stick with this brand for the next stage up.
I was agonising for weeks over the decision to transfer our son from the safety of his old seat that had its own integral five-point harness into a booster seat which uses an adult seatbelt. Unfortunately, I'd seen a number of crash test videos showing how unsafe some of these booster seats can be for young children. But I had no choice, as he was getting dangerously close to the weight limit of 18kg for his group 1 seat - I had to make a quick decision about buying a new one. I searched the Internet for days trying to find a group 2 seat with a five-point integral harness - well, I can tell you now, it doesn't exist. The only model I could find was a special needs seat made by Britax costing upwards of 600 pounds. That wasn't an option, so we just had to take the plunge and order a regular high-back booster. In the end, I chose the Maxi Cosi Rodi XR, as we trusted the brand and it had good reviews all over the Internet.
The seat itself is quite light and easy to fit. In fact, there's not much to do in terms of fitting, just place it onto the backseat (I would never put my child on the front seat at this age!) and thread the seatbelt through the loop at the top. You actually fit the child into the seat rather than fit the seat into the car. It is the child's weight and the seatbelt together that will keep the seat in place. Always follow the instructions in the manual on how to do this properly.
My concerns about the safety of these types of seats have vanished eventually when I saw my son strapped into his Maxi Cosi XR. He always looks quite snug and comfortable in it. Even when he falls asleep, the seat keeps him firmly in place and the side wings support his head, although on a number of occasions I had to push his head back into the seat (obviously, when I wasn't driving!). This seat has a recline function, but we've never had a chance to use it. The problem is, you're supposed to recline the seat before you put your child in and most children would want to sit upright at the start of the journey, and you can't do anything once they are asleep. That's a definite disadvantage, and makes me wonder whether we should have bought the SPS version, which is much cheaper. The SPS comes without the recline function, but otherwise looks very much the same as the XR.
Another disadvantage is the tightness of the loop which the belt threads through. It is a bit of a struggle every time we want to swap the seat between our cars, so we tend not to do it very often. I fear, if we did it regularly, the seatbelt might get damaged and become unsafe with all that tugging. There's certainly place for improvement in this aspect. This is the only reason I will give this seat a 4-star rating instead of a 5-star one. Otherwise, I'm very happy with this car seat.
Some other features of the Maxi Rodi XR include a height-ajdustable headrest and width-adjustable side wings. The backrest is completely detachable, so it easily converts into a stage 3 booster seat as your child grows. The cover is removable and machine washable. It comes in various colour schemes. We have the Phantom version, which is in different shades of grey to match our car interior. The Maxi Cosi Rodi will fit most cars. We have a Volvo 850 and a Volvo V70 and it seems to fit both cars fine. The seat also has an attachment, which you can use to anchor the top of the seat to the headrest in your car. We've never used this as it makes swapping the seats even more difficult, but according to the manual, this doesn't affect the safety performance of the seat.
We bought the Maxi Cosi Rodi XR for £74.00 from the notorious Two Left Feet, who have since gone out of business (see my earlier review). It is currently available from Kiddicare for £76.00. The SPS version costs only around £50-£55. I'm considering buying an SPS for our other car, so we don't have to keep swapping all the time.
When my second child was 9 months, my eldest (then age 4) was evicted from the M&P Pratico as it was required for his younger brother. We then had to decide what type of seat to buy for him. We could have theoretically gone for 'just' a booster seat, but having read articles in Which? and other publications I decided I wanted a seat that had a 'back' on it, but still fixed with just a lap and shoulder belt. There are recommendations now that children have seats with backs on until they are at least 7. I found the Maxi Cosi Rodi only for £39.99 at Kiddicare.com, this was a reduced price. It is suitable from age 3.5 to 12 years, and the head rest is extendable to 'grow' with the child. It has a belt guide to ensure that the belt is corrrectly adjusted over your child's shoulder. The back is padded with smallish wings which is another reason I wanted a seat with a back, I have seen children just on boosters slumped all over the back seat when asleep, with this at least they have somewhere to rest their head. I decided this was perfect. It fitted in our car no problem, I was amazed at how light it is. It isn't as padded as some other seats but its a very good quality seat, I was amazed at the quality because even now, some 6 months, 20 packets of quavers, 15 lollipops, 12 spilt drinks and numerous chocolate buttons later it's still looking in great condition (less can be said for the state of the car!). Oh and by the way I don't usually feed the kids such junk...but you know, long journeys and all that ;o) Anyway, I am very pleased with this seat, the back even comes off it so it can be used as a booster if required, but me being neurotic paranoid mother will probably keep the back on it for some time yet.
For 3 to 5 year olds, with maximum weight of 36kg. Height adjustable backrest. Fits almost any car seat thanks to the reclinable backrest. Excellent side protection. Belt hooks offer the best possible position for car seat belt.