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The best car seats on the market

Finding the right car seat for your child is an important moment in the life of any parent. You will want the seat to be safe most of all, to be comfortable for the child, perhaps to be versatile as they grow and be easy to set up in your car. There is a plethora of car seats currently available, however, and it can all be a bit overwhelming without a helping hand. In this guide, we have highlighted a handful of the best car seats currently on the market, letting you know their various features so you can make an informed decision.

Nuna REBL plus


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The Nuna REBL plus is a Group 0-1 car seat, meaning that it is suitable for children from birth to four years of age. Nuna, who also provide pushchairs, has a number of car seats on the market and the REBL plus really is a standout. The seat rotates 360 degrees which makes life far easier when it comes to getting your little one in and out. It is also convertible, which means your child can ride rear-facing until they are 105cm tall. It includes a headrest, ergonomic footrest, nine anchor points for stability, and comfortable memory foam.

Mummy blogger Jodie Alice Fisher has used a Nuna REBL car seat for her child and has a very positive impression: “I don’t think I have words to describe just how amazing this car seat is. Full of helpful functions like the swivel, the little pockets to put the straps into making it easier to get in and out, and there’s even a footrest of all things to help older children get in and out of the car seat themselves!”

Recaro Zero.1 Elite


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The Recaro Zero.1 Elite is another Group 0-1 car seat and one of the best currently available. Like the Nuna Plus, it rotates 360 degrees, making life a whole lot easier for parents who struggle to extract their child from the car. With a 3-point harness and inlay for infants, the seat can be rear-facing for children up to 105cm. While, as a car seat alone, it’s a winner, what really helps the Zero.1 Elite standout is the fact that it can also be used as an infant carrier and be secured into a stroller. This lovely feature will certainly help when it comes to days out.

Mum Laura from the blog 9 Months & Forever, says that she has found the ideal seat for her daughter Sophia in the Recaro Zero.1 Elite, praising its high standard of protection, easy installation, and 360 spin feature: “After using the car seat now for a couple of weeks, we have found travelling so much easier, Sophia is so content in the car seat and us as parents are at ease knowing our daughter is protected and secure.”

Joie Every Stage


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The Joie Every Stage car seat by award-winning child gear provider Joie is another product to consider and comes in the Group 0+/1/2/3 bracket. As its name suggests, it is suitable for every stage of your child’s development, providing a safe and comfortable car seat right from birth until 12 years of age. Having a seat that grows with your child is certainly a sensible investment, converting from a rear-facing seat from birth until 18kgs and then forward-facing from 9-36kgs. With six recline positions and side impact protection, this is a nice bit of kit, indeed.

Rhi, from the parenting blog Mummy of Four, has used the Joie Every Stage car seat with her kids and reports that she is “extremely pleased with this car seat” and that, while its quite bulky, “My 4-year-old daughter is very comfortable in her new seat and likes the fact that it positions her much higher than her equivalent seat in my husband’s car, meaning she can see more out of the window.”

Silver Cross Discover


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Next up is the Silver Cross Discover, a very well-received car seat that sits in the Group 2/3 category, meaning that it is suitable for children from three to 12 years old. With nearly a century and a half of experience crafting prams, nursery furniture and car seats, the team at Silver Cross certainly know what they are doing. Their knowledge and experience have certainly come to fruition in the Discovery seat, which features expanding side impact protection so that it will grow with your child. Finding the most comfortable position for your child isn’t a problem either thanks to its ergonomic seat and adjustable headrest.

Describing the craftsmanship that went into creating this excellent seat, Silver Cross explains: “Discover features soft natural bamboo fabrics which have thermo-regulating properties to take moisture away from the skin, keeping your child warm yet dry. Bamboo fabric is also anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic.”

Ickle Bubba Solar Car Seat


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The Ickle Bubba Solar Car Seat is a perfect option for when your child has outgrown their Group 0 seat and is looking for an upgrade. This well-reviewed car seat is in the Group 1-2-3 category, meaning that it is very versatile, suiting children from nine months to 12 years old. Coming with integrated Isofix connectors for stability and easy installation, as well as two sunshades for those bright days on the road, your child will certainly be travelling in style and comfort. With a two-tone fabric designed to keep kids cool and a reversible headrest cushion, this high-quality product is also a practical one.

Lauren, from the lifestyle blog Scrapbook Blog, has experience with an Ickle Bubba Solar Car Seat with her child Arlo and has great things to say: “We’re fans! Apart from a slightly fiddly process to take the un-needed padding out, installation was easy with the Isofix fittings. The seat is really comfy for Arlo, and we’ve now been using the seat for a few weeks with no head-lolling during car naps.”

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What are the best children’s car seats on the market?

  • Nuna REBL plus
  • Recaro Zero.1 Elite
  • Joie Every Stage
  • Silver Cross Discover
  • Ickle Bubba Solar Car Seat

Finding the right car seat for your child is key, even if you are someone who simply borrows a car from time to time, making use of quick day insurance. Hopefully, one of the above strikes your fancy. Your child deserves the best after all!

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