Top 10 child car seats revealed by Which?Our expert pick of the safest child car seats

19 April 2014

Mother putting child in car seat

We've analysed our lab test results and found the 10 best child car seats for safety, comfort and ease of use. Find out which brand and model will be the safest for your child by checking out our top 10.

Whether you have a newborn, toddler or older child, it's vital that they are protected by a quality child car seat for as long as possible.

However, we understand that time is precious and it can be difficult to know where to start when looking for the best option for you, your child and your car. That's why we've analysed our research so we can reveal the 10 best child car seats for Groups 0+, 1, 2 and 3, including both Isofix and belted models. 

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Fitting a child car seat

You can buy the safest child car seat in the world, but if it hasn't been installed correctly it can still fail to protect your child in the event of a crash.

We've just produced a downloadable checklist illustrating 10 important child car seat checks which you can print out and take to your car, or - if you are buying a new seat - to the shop to check that you (or the shop assistant) have installed your new car seat safely and correctly.

For further advice, read our guide to fitting a child car seat.

How Which? tests child car seats

When we test child car seats, we subject them to far stricter safety tests than required by UK law. We use a real car and state-of-the-art crash dummies to measure how well a car seat protects a child in a 40mph head-on collision, as well as a side impact at 17.5mph.

We also check how easy the seat is to install and adjust in a range of cars, looking at whether there's any difference between the seat's Isofix or belted modes.

This means you can rest assured that our Best Buy child car seats really are the safest - and easiest to use - on the market.

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