Best car seat bases 2017/2018


Pete Baiden

2017-10-20 08:45

If you want to ease the hassle of securing your car seat, then a car seat base could be for you. We pick out some of the best


It wasnt long ago that all child car seats were secured with your cars seat belt, but now ISOFIX anchor points are common and thats given rise to car seat bases. There are plenty of options on the market with all of the major brands now selling them, however to help you pick the right one weve rounded up the best car seat bases currently available.
Car seat bases have been designed to give parents a quick and easy way of securing their baby in the car. They work by fixing into the cars ISOFIX anchor points, with the infant or child car seat then simply clicking into the base. The seat can be quickly removed with the baby inside, while the base remains in the car ready for use next time. This removes the hassle of fighting with seat belts or ISOFIX points every time you want to take your child in or out of the car.
Best baby car seats on the market
Bases are typically compatible with Group 0+ and Group 1 car seats. This means they are suitable from birth to around 4 years of age, with Group 0+ covering to 13kg up to one year of age before being replaced by a Group 1 seat. However, some bases only support Group 0+ car seats, limiting their usage.
Child car seat categories

Group 0:Suitable from birth to 10kg birth to 6-9 months
Group 0+:Suitable from birth to 13kg birth to 12-15 months
Group 1:Suitable from 9kg to 18kg 9 months to 4 years
Group 2:Suitable from 15kg to 25kg 4 years to 6 years
Group 3:Suitable from 15kg to 36kg 4 years to 12 years

As your child grows older, bases become redundant as Group 2 and 3 car seats usually fix straight into your cars ISOFIX points. By 4 years of age your child will be more than capable of walking and therefore there is no real reason to remove the seat from your car every time.
Some bases are also i-Size approved. This new regulation was introduced in July 2013, offering significantly improved side impact safety in the event of an accident. However, the extra safety does come at a cost, with i-Size approved bases costing around 50 per cent more than standard bases.
Best child car seats
Its also worth noting that most child car seats bases are only compatible with the same brand of car seat. For instance, a Maxi-Cosi base would not work with a Britax infant seat. So before deciding what car seat base to buy, take a look at some of the best infant and child seats on the market to ensure you are buying the right package.
Of course, always head to a shop beforehand and check that the base you want to buy actually fixes into your car. Alternatively, most brands have an online checker tool.
Click below for our list of the best car seat bases on the market
Best car seat bases
BeSafe iZi Modular

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Price: Around 200
Weight: 6.2kg
i-Size: Yes
As with most BeSafe products, this is a light weight product. At just 6.2kg its one of the lightest bases on the market, however its also one of the most expensive at around 200. The iZi Modular base forms part of the brands modular system, which also features the iZi Go infant seat around 210 and the regular iZi child seat around 230, meaning its good from birth to around 4 years of age.
Britax Romer Baby-Safe i-Size Flex

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Price: Around 175
Weight: 8.7kg
i-Size: Yes
Most Britax infant seats are sold complete with the Baby-Safe i-Size Flex base, however its also possible to buy it separately, if needed. Although its quite heavy compared to some of the others on this list at almost 9kg, it features integrated handles to make carrying it slightly easier. It also boasts indicator lights to ensure the car seat is fitted correctly.
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Cybex Q-Fix

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Price: Around 110
Weight: 7.3kg
i-Size: No
Although not i-Size approved, Cybexs Q-Fix base can be fixed into position with either the ISOFIX points or your cars regular seat belt. Its compatible with the Cybex Aton Q infant seat around 120 and the Cloud Q infant seat around 220. The Q-Fix is also one of the cheapest bases available at just over 100.
Joie i-Base Advance

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Price: Around 125
Weight: 7.96kg
i-Size: Yes
The Joie i-Base Advance sits roughly in the middle of the price range for bases at around 125. Its fully i-Size approved and is compatible with the Joie i-Gemm infant seat around 130 and the i-Anchor Advance child seat around 200, meaning its suitable from birth up until around 4 years of age. It features a built-in rebound bar and colour indications to show when the seat is correctly fixed.
Maxi-Cosi 2wayFix

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Price: Around 200
Weight: 7.2kg
i-Size: Yes
The Maxi-Cosi 2wayFix is one of the newest products on the market and is fully i-Size approved. Although its quite expensive at around 200, its compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus infant seat around 200 and the 2wayPearl child seat around 225 making it usable from birth to around 4 years of age. It also comes with handy indicators to ensure the seat is fitted correctly.
Maxi-Cosi EasyFix

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Price: Around 130
Weight: 9.3kg
i-Size: No
The Maxi-Cosi EasyFix base shows the difference in price when not i-Size approved, as the 2wayFix above is around 70 more expensive. The EasyFix is compatible with the popular Max-Cosi CabrioFix infant seat around 135, meaning its suitable from birth up until around one year of age, and it can be fixed using either your cars seat belt or its ISOFIX points.
Mothercare Maine ISOFIX

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Price: Around 80
Weight: 4.7kg
i-Size: No
If youre on a budget, the Mothercare Maine ISOFIX base could be the one for you. It becomes an even more attractive proposition when fitted with the Maine infant seat as this only costs around 120, meaning you can have the complete package for around 200 the same price as some bases alone. However, it doesnt support a larger child seat, making it only suitable up until around 12 months of age. Its also not i-Size approved.
Silver Cross Simplifix

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Price: Around 100
Weight: 7kg
i-Size: No
The Silver Cross Simplifix base is compatible with the Simplicity infant seat around 150, allowing for quick and easy installation with one simple click every time. Its not i-Size compliant and is only suitable until around one year of age, but it does have indicators for correct positioning and is relatively cheap at around 100.
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Pete Baiden

2017-10-20 08:45

If you want to ease the hassle of securing your car seat, then a car seat base could be for you. We pick out some of the best


It wasnt long ago that all child car seats were secured with your cars seat belt, but now ISOFIX anchor points are common and thats given rise to car seat bases. There are plenty of options on the market with all of the major brands now selling them, however to help you pick the right one weve rounded up the best car seat bases currently available.
Car seat bases have been designed to give parents a quick and easy way of securing their baby in the car. They work by fixing into the cars ISOFIX anchor points, with the infant or child car seat then simply clicking into the base. The seat can be quickly removed with the baby inside, while the base remains in the car ready for use next time. This removes the hassle of fighting with seat belts or ISOFIX points every time you want to take your child in or out of the car.
Best baby car seats on the market
Bases are typically compatible with Group 0+ and Group 1 car seats. This means they are suitable from birth to around 4 years of age, with Group 0+ covering to 13kg up to one year of age before being replaced by a Group 1 seat. However, some bases only support Group 0+ car seats, limiting their usage.
Child car seat categories

Group 0:Suitable from birth to 10kg birth to 6-9 months
Group 0+:Suitable from birth to 13kg birth to 12-15 months
Group 1:Suitable from 9kg to 18kg 9 months to 4 years
Group 2:Suitable from 15kg to 25kg 4 years to 6 years
Group 3:Suitable from 15kg to 36kg 4 years to 12 years

As your child grows older, bases become redundant as Group 2 and 3 car seats usually fix straight into your cars ISOFIX points. By 4 years of age your child will be more than capable of walking and therefore there is no real reason to remove the seat from your car every time.
Some bases are also i-Size approved. This new regulation was introduced in July 2013, offering significantly improved side impact safety in the event of an accident. However, the extra safety does come at a cost, with i-Size approved bases costing around 50 per cent more than standard bases.
Best child car seats
Its also worth noting that most child car seats bases are only compatible with the same brand of car seat. For instance, a Maxi-Cosi base would not work with a Britax infant seat. So before deciding what car seat base to buy, take a look at some of the best infant and child seats on the market to ensure you are buying the right package.
Of course, always head to a shop beforehand and check that the base you want to buy actually fixes into your car. Alternatively, most brands have an online checker tool.
Click below for our list of the best car seat bases on the market
Best car seat bases
BeSafe iZi Modular

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Price: Around 200
Weight: 6.2kg
i-Size: Yes
As with most BeSafe products, this is a light weight product. At just 6.2kg its one of the lightest bases on the market, however its also one of the most expensive at around 200. The iZi Modular base forms part of the brands modular system, which also features the iZi Go infant seat around 210 and the regular iZi child seat around 230, meaning its good from birth to around 4 years of age.
Britax Romer Baby-Safe i-Size Flex

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Price: Around 175
Weight: 8.7kg
i-Size: Yes
Most Britax infant seats are sold complete with the Baby-Safe i-Size Flex base, however its also possible to buy it separately, if needed. Although its quite heavy compared to some of the others on this list at almost 9kg, it features integrated handles to make carrying it slightly easier. It also boasts indicator lights to ensure the car seat is fitted correctly.
Child car seat and booster seat laws explained
Cybex Q-Fix

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Price: Around 110
Weight: 7.3kg
i-Size: No
Although not i-Size approved, Cybexs Q-Fix base can be fixed into position with either the ISOFIX points or your cars regular seat belt. Its compatible with the Cybex Aton Q infant seat around 120 and the Cloud Q infant seat around 220. The Q-Fix is also one of the cheapest bases available at just over 100.
Joie i-Base Advance

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Price: Around 125
Weight: 7.96kg
i-Size: Yes
The Joie i-Base Advance sits roughly in the middle of the price range for bases at around 125. Its fully i-Size approved and is compatible with the Joie i-Gemm infant seat around 130 and the i-Anchor Advance child seat around 200, meaning its suitable from birth up until around 4 years of age. It features a built-in rebound bar and colour indications to show when the seat is correctly fixed.
Maxi-Cosi 2wayFix

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Price: Around 200
Weight: 7.2kg
i-Size: Yes
The Maxi-Cosi 2wayFix is one of the newest products on the market and is fully i-Size approved. Although its quite expensive at around 200, its compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus infant seat around 200 and the 2wayPearl child seat around 225 making it usable from birth to around 4 years of age. It also comes with handy indicators to ensure the seat is fitted correctly.
Maxi-Cosi EasyFix

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Price: Around 130
Weight: 9.3kg
i-Size: No
The Maxi-Cosi EasyFix base shows the difference in price when not i-Size approved, as the 2wayFix above is around 70 more expensive. The EasyFix is compatible with the popular Max-Cosi CabrioFix infant seat around 135, meaning its suitable from birth up until around one year of age, and it can be fixed using either your cars seat belt or its ISOFIX points.
Mothercare Maine ISOFIX

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Price: Around 80
Weight: 4.7kg
i-Size: No
If youre on a budget, the Mothercare Maine ISOFIX base could be the one for you. It becomes an even more attractive proposition when fitted with the Maine infant seat as this only costs around 120, meaning you can have the complete package for around 200 the same price as some bases alone. However, it doesnt support a larger child seat, making it only suitable up until around 12 months of age. Its also not i-Size approved.
Silver Cross Simplifix

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Price: Around 100
Weight: 7kg
i-Size: No
The Silver Cross Simplifix base is compatible with the Simplicity infant seat around 150, allowing for quick and easy installation with one simple click every time. Its not i-Size compliant and is only suitable until around one year of age, but it does have indicators for correct positioning and is relatively cheap at around 100.
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