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I wrote in a previous review about how, when I was pregnant I used my amazon vouchers to pick up a few baby bits and pieces - one of which was this Clippasafe Roller Blind to shield a baby from bright sunlight in the car. I looked at several different car sunshades before deciding to opt for one that could be rolled up out of the way when it wasn't sunny, as opposed to one that was always covering the window of the car.
This particular sunshade from CLippasafe is designed so that you can roll it up when it isn't sunny or when not in use. Although this blind usually comes as a pack of two, I only bought the single blind, which at the time cost £2.99 on amazon, as I wanted to be sure I liked it, plus I only need one sunshade on the car, on the side our baby's car seat is on.
The roller blind measures 35cm x 48cm so is an average size blind. We have a ford focus, and this blind covers approximately two thirds of the window, which light still being able to get through at the side. On the reverse of the packaging, it states that this blind is to be used as a way of protecting yourself and/or your child from the 'sun's harmful rays'. The manufacturers claim that this blind is easy to fit to your window, and can be used in a car, boat or caravan.
There are two options when it comes to fitting the blind. YOu can either attach the top of the blind over the top of the window, and then wind it up or you can use the suction cups that come with the blind and attach it that way. We chose the latter, as we were concerned that jamming it at the top of the window, would mean that the car may be easier to break into, since you could lever the window open more easily. We found absolutely no problem in using the suction cups and so far there has been no issue in terms of the cups losing suction or us having to re attach them.
The best thing about this blind is that when it is not needed, you simply press a little button at the side of the top of the blind, and it will automatically roll up out of the way of the window. I like the fact that when it isn't sunny, it isn't blocking so much light getting in the car, as a blind that remains over the window may. AS our baby gets older, I also think it will be better that this blind can be rolled up so she can look out and around her, but still brought down when the sun comes out.
All in all, I am very glad that I purchased this blind. I think it is a great price for a very useful accessory for the car. Having the button to rewind the blind is very useful, and can then be rolled up when the weather isn't sunny or when you don't need it. My only negative would be the size, in that, there are still some parts of the window that aren't covered by this blind, and so when it is very sunny, light still gets in and can shine on my baby's face, however, this may fit some cars better than others, and it isn't enough of a problem to make me regret buying it, or ever getting another one, and so for the small price of £2.99, I think it is a great budget buy.
I bought these car window blinds at the same time as a baby car seat while I was pregnant to help shield my baby from the sun. There are 2 blinds, one for each side window of the car. They stick at the top of the window with two suction pads and then you can pull the blind down and secure it at the bottom with another suction pad.
My son is now 2 so these have been in use for 2 years, they stay well attached to the window at the top, but the bottom is a different matter. On one the bottom suction pad has fallen off the blind and disappeared, the other one doesn't seem to stick very well so the blinds just hang off the window. The whole fact of them being retractable is fairly pointless for a baby or toddler as he's hardly going to pull them up and down himself so they are just down most of the time, but the button at the top you press to retract them works fine.
We have a Suzuki Liani which is a similar size to a Ford Focus and the blind doesn't cover the width of the window very well at all. There is also the problem that when he was in a rear facing seat the sun got in his eyes through the back window and now that he is forward facing the sun gets in his eyes through the front window. I wouldn't consider any of these design faults of the blinds as they are for side windows and have to be a size to fit most cars but as a concept they are very limited in their usefulness.
If you are planning on buying window blinds for your car I would recommend measuring your windows to get a blind which provides maximum coverage or looking for a sunshade that will attach directly to the car seat. Unless the person sitting next to the blind is able to pull them up and down then I think that feature is fairly pointless.
We are unfortunate (petrol wise) to have two cars in our house hold so we have two sets of car items for the girls, i bought the clippasafe roller blinds for my partners car as i was fed up moving mine into his car and back again little niggles like that get me down and take up my time.
The clippasafe roller blinds cost £6.99 from amazon with £2.99 postage on there too.
Clippasafe roller blinds come in a pack of two one for each side window in the back of the car. Their is instructions with the roller blinds but not needed very simple to fit.
The roller blind takes up most of the side window, the top of the blind has a bug suction cup as does the bottom, these can be stuck straight onto the window and they are solid simple.
The blind is black on the outside and cream on the part that faces inside the car, these are mesh blinds enough mesh to keep the sun out of the back of the car but still lets the light in however you cant see out as the mesh holes are so small. When you are finished with the blind it pulls off and rolls back up and can be stored very compact and small.
These clippasafe blinds are better than my car shades. They are easy to fit takes seconds to do, have stayed on the window without any fuss, and although you cant see out the window Hannah and Jess can still read their books or play ds consoles. The blinds also keep the car nice and cool even in the harsh heat. These are a great buy and i got a bargain.
I recommend the clippasafe roller blinds, reliable , durable, cheap.
I bought these sun shades for my mothers car as she often took my daughter on little trips while I was working and I wanted to make sure that my daughter would be comfortable during long summer days and not to have the sun shining in her eyes.
I bought these clippasafe roller blinds as part of a two pack for about 8 euro in a local pharmacy. I recognised the Clippasafe brand so I was confident that what I was getting was not a cheap alternative. The blinds can be purchased on Amazon now for about 6 pounds. I think this is great value because you are essentially getting one blind for just 3 pounds.
The blinds themselves consist of black mesh. You attach one end to the car window with the suction cups provided and then you pull down the blind and attach the bottom suction cup to the window. I like how there is support on both the top and the bottom and this prevents it from falling down. I have used cheaper blinds and this can be a real nuisance but these blinds rarely loose suction.
There is also an alternative method of putting up these blinds using hooks to stick to the car but this didnt suit us so we just kept with the suction cups. The hooks attachement might be a welcome feature to those of you who cannot fit the standard suction cup type sun blinds.
I found that they worked great against the sun rays and I would recommend these roller blinds to any parent wanting good quality protection.
After the diaster which was the Boots car sun shades I had to find something else to protect my daughter when travelling in the car. Whilst looking around on my trusted friend the internet, I came across the Clippasafe Rolller Blind on Amazon which was £4.99 for a pack of two and thought they would be good to try.
When the blinds arrived they were in a little blister pack which stated what they are andyou could also see them through the plastic covering. The blinds measure 35x48cm and when I tried them against the car window I was pleased to see that they fit perfectly. Hurdle number one out of the way!
There are two ways to attach these roller blinds to the window and that is either by the suction cups which are at the top and the bottom or the hooks which are again at the top and the bottom. Just for practicality, I use both at the same time! To get the blind to hold in place when it has been rolled down you can either add an additional suction cup or there are sticky backed velcro pieces which you can attach to the car door.
The blinds are made of a very tightly knitted mesh material which is black in colour on the side which faces inside the car and beige on the side which faces out. The blinds fitted the car window perfectly and when the sun has been really bright and beaming have done a really good job of keeping the sun out and keeping my daughter in the shade. They also helped keep my daughter very cool in that even though it was boiling outside the car at the back stayed nice and chilled. So much so that I joined my daughter in the back of the car!
The blinds have always stayed attached to the car window and never fallen down which is more than pleasing considering that most of the sun shades we have had have just fallen down!
The main issue with the blinds are that they really obscure your child's vision when looking out of the window as you can't really see through them though this wasn't an issue for us as my daughter tends to avoid looking out of the window because of her travel sickness.
All in all, really good blinds which stay attached and stay up! A must buy just on that quality alone! These are very well made and great for keeping your child shady and cool. Highly recommended.
In the summer we tend to take lots of trips which involve long car journeys. I had seen some of these roller blinds online and ordered a pack. Thy come in a pack of 2 and they cost £5.49.
The blinds measure 35 x 48cm and they are a good fit for a car window. They can be attached by hooks that sit over the top of the window or by suction cups that stick to the window itself.
The blind is easily pulled down and can be kept at the desired length by securing it with another suction cup. If you prefer not to use the suction cup for the bottom of the blind then velcro tags come included in the pack and this can be attached to the car door instead.
To gets the blinds to roll back up there is a small button to push which winds it back in. It rolls away easily and tidily, also if a child happens to pull on it it won't roll back up.
I found these roller blinds very useful when the sun is bright. They shaded the majority of the window and just left an inch all the way round which wasn't covered. The younger children didn't even bother to try and pull the blinds which was I think to the fact that the blinds are very plain and quite boring to look at. They are black on the side that faces into the car and a beige colour on the side that faces outside.
As well as keeping the children shaded the blinds also kept the car very cool. As the sun isn't coming through the glass the car isn't like a sauna! The children were nice and cool and there was no complaints about needing a window open.
The only downside I had with this blinds was that it was quite hard for the kids to see through so they did get a little bored. They resorted to looking through the tiny gap at the side, but it wasn't a major problem and most of the time we kept the blinds only half way down the window as it kept the sun out and also allowed the kids to see.
I would buy these blinds again, they are very practical and work well.
Whilst out and about on the open road during the summertime anyone who regularly carries rear seat passengers and doesn't have tinted rear privacy glass, could probably benefit from getting some kind of sun blind protection installed in the car.
The thing with being a rear seat passenger is that very often you end up being sat in direct sunlight during longer car journeys, which can be very uncomfortable and hot. Thats where this set of mini sunblinds made by Clippasafe may be able to help. You can either buy the Clippasafe blinds in single packs for around £3 each, or as a duo pack for £4.99 to £6.49 per pack depending on where you buy from.
We used to have 2 duo sets of these Clippasafe rollerblinds fitted and they lasted pretty well. They were very simple to clip into place and the black inner-side of the blind gave a relaxing mellow look and feel without enclosing the space around the rear sets too much.
The outside colour of the blinds is a slightly washed out cream, which might have looked better in the black, but then perhaps would not have been able to reflect the rays of the sun as effectively as the cream colour can. Either way they don't look too bad from either side and they do a reasonable job of keeping the heat of the sun away.
The duo pack is enough to cover the two main back windows of your car to a certain extent depending on the size and shape of your car windows. Plus you can also buy them to fit your cars rear window. They are small enough to fit two blinds together, yet still leave enough of a gap to be able to see out of your rear view mirror and windscreen glass.
They can be easily fitted to your car, by either a small velcro patch or with suction cups, both of which should come with the pack. We found the suction cups the best option as they seemed to hold the blind in place well.
One thing I would say is that opening and closing the windows is a limited option once you fit the blinds to your car, as they are attached with the suction cups, (if you use them) to the car window. This isn't a problem where you have air conditioning or climate control fitted to the car and I feel the benefits of the sunblinds are worth foregoing being able to open the windows in this instance.
Depending on the size of your car windows you may want or need to install the blinds either vertically or horizontally. Both ways offer reasonable sun protection when fitted. However if you are fitting these blinds to the rear windows and using them when a young child is present, then the vertical option may be a little safer, so that the blinds can just roll up if the bottom suction cup is removed.
Prior to fitting these we had some pop up mini blinds made from a sheer black net type fabric which had animal face designs on them. Younger children do seem to like those types of blind as they do look a little cuter with the animal designs on them. However, I would say that they do not block out as much light, heat or glare, as the Clippasafe roller blinds do.
In summary, these blinds are reasonable value for money and can be installed and uninstalled with relative ease. They do block out the heat of the sun reasonably well, but do not cover each and every window design ever made.
A restless and over heated child is an unhappy child, but these blinds can really help to minimize both glare and heat to a reasonable extent, so can be of great help. My rating for them is 4 stars as a complete tailored set of blinds is always the better option, but these can be a partial solution that is cost effective and works well.
Last year I had bought some sun shades for the car and found they went out of shape very quickly, and as soon as my daughter managed to reach one of the ends that were sticking out she pulled them off the window. This year I was determined to buy something that was going to last a bit longer, even if it meant spending more money on them.
Due to the design fault of the previous ones, I knew I was going to buy some roller blind style shades, and set off to have a look at what was available. I finally settle on the clippasafe two pack as I could then have one on each of my rear windows, and the price was very reasonable at £5.99 for 2, as opposed to some character designed ones I had seen were retailing at over £10. I didn't need character faces on the shade as it wasn't there to amuse my daughter; it was there to give her respite from the glaring sun whilst in the car.
When my parcel arrived, I quickly opened up and had a quick look at the shade. It was very simple to attach to my car which I realised straight away. You are provided with two suction cups that slot into the top bar of the shade. This attaches to the top of your window, or wherever you want to place the shade. You then have another suction cup to attach to the bottom of the shade which sticks to the bottom of the window or wherever you position the bottom of your shade.
There is also a double sided Velcro strip which you can stick to the window to hold the bottom of the shade up when not in use. I decided not to use this as I didn't want to stick it to my window. Suction cups are one thing but I didn't want sticky pads leaving residue on my windows. I had decided to see how the shade sat to determine whether I needed the extra pad or not.
I drive a Fiesta so have fairly small back windows. I found these shades to fit the windows quite well so something to bear in mind for these shades of you have a large car or large windows.
The suction cups stuck well and I rolled the blind down until it sat where I wanted it to be before adding the other suction cup to the window. I had plenty of blind left to unroll should I have wanted to so the design just appears to be on the thin side not short in length.
The blinds are double sided with the outer side being lighter in colour, and the inner side is black. The shade is designed to be see through to allow the driver to see through the back windows. I found when I had both shades attached that I couldn't see properly through the back near side window when I wanted to reverse out of my drive way. As my daughter is sat behind the driver's seat in the car, I removed the opposite blind and gave it to my partner for his car. He found the same problem when reversing, so again a point to remember. The shades are after all designed to keep the sun out so they can't be all see through or they wouldn't do their job properly.
Having one shade in the car hasn't affected my daughter in the slightest and she still gets protection from the sun through the window nearest her.
I have found that she can reach the edge of the shade and manages to pull more length out as we are driving along. She hasn't managed to get the suction cups off so all I have to do is press the quick release button that is on the top bar to put the shade back into shape when we stop.
Overall I am pleased with the shade. The design fits my car well, and my partner drives an Astra and the shade fits well against the back window in his car as well. The shades don't appear to be fading from the sitting in sunlight so they look co-ordinated against the car without looking old before their time.
The price I paid was very good for the product I have received. I am so pleased I chose a roller blind as opposed to a stick on blind now and will continue to buy this style in the future.
Fund design with permanently attached suction cups for safety. Foldable for easy storage when not needed.