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This Sunshine Kids Cool Shade is actually the third that we bought as the first two failed to stay attached to the car window. One was a "sucker style" shade and the other was a similar shade to this one that I am reviewing today.
We have two children and spend most of the year in a sunny climate, so having a form of car shade is very important for our family.
This shade is made from black, translucent plastic. As expected from such a product, it is designed to reduce the glare and direct sunlight on car passengers - usually young children.
This shade is very easy to use. It attaches itself to the inside of the car window via static. For this to work best, the window needs to be cleaned thoroughly prior to applying the shade in a wiping manner. This ensures that the majority of air bubbles are removed, and thereby improving the fix to the window.
This shade material is so thin that the window can be moved/wound down. That said, I would not and do not do this as our previous, different branded shade came off while the window was down and was irretrievable.
This sunshade works fine. However, it seems to be available only in black - the colour that attracts the sun and heat the most.
Available from several places including Amazon for £3 - £6 for a two pack, this cool shade comes recommended from me if you are after a simple, inexpensive shade.
Before the birth of my daughter, I was really organised and from a very early stage, I have nearly brought everything I needed. One thing I didn't factor in was that we had two cars so I needed to double up on some thing, sun shades being one of them.
I brought this from Amazon and it cost me around £4 which is inline with similar products on the market. It is also available from baby specialists such as Kiddicare and Babies R Us but the price is now around £6. For my money, I got two sunshades which measure approximately 45cm x 33cm each.The design of this sunshade is slightly different to others I had seen or used in the past, unlike others, this doesn't have suction cups or hook over the top of the window. This sunshade is simply attached to the car window by static alone.
The shade came pre-rolled up; pretty much like a roll of cling film except the centre piece it is wrapped around is foam. To apply, just unwrap, peel off the backing sticker and push against the window you want to shade, I find that is applies really nicely and I don't end up with wrinkles, crinkles or bubble underneath it. When it comes to removing, I just pull back and roll around the foam tube ready for next time. I must admit though that I tend to leave this in situ most of the time and only really remove when it comes to cleaning the car. I really like that when it does get removed, it doesn't leave any sticky residue or marks where is has been.
For me, this has been the most secure cat shade I have used, Lauren probably spends more time in my car than any other and she has never been able to pull the shade down (whereas this has happened with a suction cup one that is in my partners car).
The colour of the shade is black and does a really good job at blocking out those harmful rays (UVA and UVB) without casting darkness into the cask of the car. I like that shade is still quite see through and Lauren can still see out the window when we are out so she doesn't get bored in the back.
At first I was a little worried this would stay in place but I have been pleasantly surprised, over the years, this has never fallen down (unlike other sunshades I have used).
Overall, I was really impressed with the sunshade and I would give it 5 of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
WHAT IS IT?
A roll of black translucent plastic to be used as a sunshade to protect your baby or older child from the glare of the sun while they are travelling in the car. It helps protect from UVA and UVB rays but is not a replacement for sun block and other sensible sun care behaviour.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Clean your cars back window and press this shade into place. It is made of PVC and isn't sticky, the shade adheres to the glass but can be removed as many times as you need to in case you want to transfer it between cars or put it onto the other back window.
WHAT I THINK
This is a very good idea and is effective in keeping the sun off my daughters face and out of her eyes while we are in the car. The PVC is tinted and stops the glare without leaving my daughter in dim light, you can see through the shade and the effect is like looking through a pair of lightly tinted sunglasses. The shade comes wrapped round a stiff foam tube and the instructions tell you to use that to roll it into place but that was very awkward and it was a lot easier to do by letting the shade flop over my arm and put it into place gradual instead of trying to do it in one go.
You get quite a lot of bubbles when you first put the shade up but these are easy to get out by peeling sections of the shade back off and smoothing the bubbles out. I like that this is stuck flat to the window so I can still open the window to let some air into the car when it's warm, when I used the blinds that you stick to the window with suction cups it was not possible to open the window because it stuck out too far.
I was thinking about my oldest daughter when I put the shade up because she used to like peeling stickers off things and I think she would have been always trying to peel the shade off the window. I hope my new baby doesn't do that as well. I bought mine in a twin pack but have only used one on the side of the car where my baby seat is fixed, the other one I might put on one of the side windows in my conservatory because the late afternoon sun shines very brightly through that window and stops me seeing what I'm doing.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
We have tried out other car window sunshades before but none really measure up to this one and I've been very pleased with the performance we've had from this car shade.
In the past we have used sun shades that you need to hook over your open window and then close it so the sunshade stays in place but that never really worked very well because the windows seemed to still be open just a crack as the window could never fully close properly and then if you pulled on the shade it pulled at the window and didn't really stick that well to be honest. We have also tried shades that are stuck onto the window with suction cups but little hands find these very fun to play with and we always found that my little girl just enjoyed pulling it off the window and it never had a chance to stay there so this shade was a very good find.
Sunshades are such a good idea to have on your back windows in summer. We have the ability to put on sunglasses or to shield our eyes from the sun but little kids sometimes do not have this luxury and it must be really annoying for bright sunlight to be streaming into your eyes for a journey when you are stuck in the back of the car. We have a sunshade on both of our back side windows now, one for our little girl and one for our little boy. Our little boy is still in his maxi-Cosi car seat which does have a bit of a fabric sunshade over the top but this does not keep out all of the sun so we like to give him extra protection.
The shade is just a piece of black stickyish material that sticks to your window by static cling. It comes rolled up around a foam section of material so it doesn't stick to itself when you have stored it. In this way its very easy then to apply it to your window. You just roll it out (a bit like those ready made puff pastry rolls that come on some greaseproof paper on a roll) and it sticks to your window. The nice thing is that it goes on really smoothly and doesn't have any wrinkles or creases in it but if it does have or if you are unhappy with where you have stuck it you can just peel it off the window and start again. Once in place the shade will not move until you want it to come off and more importantly it cannot be pulled off the window by little fingers. What I also like is the look of these sunshades. As they're just a piece of material they do blend into the window and look a lot better in my opinion than a child's sunshade with cartoon characters or the like on which in my opinion makes a car look very uncool.
The nice thing is, once you are finished with the sunshade, say in the winter months, you can just easily remove it from your car window and store it again for next year. The sunshade doesn't mark the window or make it sticky in any way so its a fuss free way of protecting your kids inside.
The sunshade is made of a tinted PVC which reduces glare without affecting visibility and it also helps car windows filter both UVA and UVB rays for lower car temperature. For just £5 each I think these sunshades work well and are ones I definitely recommend.
Sunshine Kids Cool Shade