Comfort and safety are arguably the two most important features when looking for a car seat. As one often comes at the expense of the other, it’s important to look for products where you don’t have to compromise – look no further than the Maxi-Cosi Axiss Car Seat.
Although seemingly difficult at first, installation is a lot easier than it appears. Once it’s installed, the seat has great structure and stability meaning your child isn’t jerked around and the harness is also easy to adjust; a factor that should definitely be noted by other car seat manufacturers. The shoulder straps are somewhat bulky, but are well crafted and will no doubt stand the test of time.
The seat is well padded-out and the fact that it reclines into a number of positions is always a positive, so you never have to worry about keeping your child comfortable on the car journey. Materials are good-quality and although fairly simple, the design is effective. The seat also swivels, which helps a great deal if you are constantly taking your child in and out of the car, helping to reduce the back pain that often results from this task.
It’s worth mentioning that the Axiss is more of a seat to keep in one car instead of moving it between vehicles, with the main strengths being its ease-of-use and safety features.
The Axiss comes with a belt tensioning system, which tightens the car seat for a more secure fit and its colour indicator also lets you know when the seat is safely locked in the forward-facing position. Knowing whether you’ve set everything up properly can sometimes be a struggle with a new car seat – particularly for new parents – but this handily tells you straight away if you’ve done it correctly or not.
In terms of safety, the seat has a Side Protection System meaning it’s especially resilient and protects against side impact. The belt also hooks-on to keep the harness out of the way which is quite useful when you’re putting your child into place; these extras are really well thought-out and you can tell Maxi-Cosi have gone the extra mile the make this seat as safe as possible.
When it comes to practicality, the swivel feature is the star of the show, allowing the seat to turn 90 degrees and simplifying the process of strapping your child in and then taking them out, meaning you can actually face your child when doing so. This an excellent addition which lots of car seats seem to overlook in their designs and is certainly a feature you’ll appreciate more and more over time.
The seat can be adjusted into 8 different positions from sitting to sleeping, which along with the padded seat and belt pads ensure your child’s journey is as comfortable as possible. With the last thing any parents want being an uncomfortable toddler in the car, the Axiss definitely delivers everything you need and more.