Best baby car seats
Top 10 best baby car seats for 2019
By Alison Potter
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Baby car seats help keep your bundle safe and secure from birth up until around 15 months/13kg. These 10 top-scorers impressed in our crash tests, are easy to install and use, as well as being comfortable
We reveal the best baby car seats for newborns and younger toddlers up to around 15 months old.
The best baby car seats have passed our tough crash tests and are easy to use and install.
The worst can pose a safety risk. We've seen car seats that detach from their base in a crash sending their occupants flying forward, as well as harnesses that fail.
Remember, not all car seats fit in all cars. Make sure the car seat you choose fits in your car before you buy it.
Best and worst baby car seats
You can see 10 of our Best Buy baby car seats in the table below. These are the top 10 highest-scoring models from our most recently tested models and those from recent years that are still available. You can also see three potentially hazardous car seats we strongly recommend avoiding.
Top 10 best baby car seats
This rearward-facing baby car seat scores an excellent five stars for overall safety, which equals a very low injury risk in a front or a side-impact crash and deserves its place in our Top 10 baby car seats for 2018, despite being tested back in 2016. There's also a low risk of installing this car seat incorrectly. It comes with a range of features, including added side-impact protection, a removable seat insert for newborns and very young babies, an extra-large sun canopy, and an eight-position height-adjustable headrest. Belt installation is possible, too.
This i-Size seat can't do much wrong: it gets an excellent five-star overall rating for safety based on the results of our unique crash testing. It's an extended rearward-facing car seat that's approved to the latest i-Size regulations, and is suitable for use with children from 61cm to 105cm, which is from about one to four years old. You can keep your baby rearward-facing all the way until he or she is four. Isofix installation only. It's expensive, but read our full review to see why it's in our Top 10 baby car seats list.
This well-made baby car seat is a Best Buy, and makes our 2018 Top 10 list, because our crash test results show that it provides an excellent overall level of protection. It's versatile, too, as it can be used in cars without or without Isofix (if you buy a separate base). And it's travel-system-compatible on a range of premium pushchairs, including the some which are Best Buy pushchairs - what a winning combo for your newborn.
This baby car seat come from the same stable as another popular brand. It's unique shape and distinctive chrome detailing will certainly win top marks for style. This baby car seat is approved for use from birth up to 13kg or around 15 months old, and it's travel system compatible with a range of pushchairs. Click on the link below to reveal how this stylish new kid on the car seat block set itself apart from the rest of the field in our tough crash tests.
This i-Size approved baby car seat comes with the impressive array of safety and comfort features we've come to expect from this brand, including a flatter 'lie-flat' position for your baby to travel in, side-impact protection and a large hood. It's overall safety score is impressive, too, with an excellent five stars for overall safety with a good four-star rating for front-impact protection and an excellent five-star rating for side-impact protection. It's easy to use and is travel-system compatible with a range of premium pushchairs.
This baby car seat is still around and earns its place in our Top 10 for 2018 thanks to the results of our tough crash tests, where is gains a good safety rating when installed with the Isofix base. It's approved to the latest car seat regulations, but can also be installed using the car's adult seat belt. This smart-looking baby car seat is also easy to install, as neither the seat nor the base is that heavy. It comes with some useful features to help get a comfy fit for you baby including an easily adjustable headrest, which moves the harness too, an infant insert, and padded harness covers.
One of our newest entries into out Top 10 list for 2018 is this basic rear-facing baby car seat which can be found in John Lewis. The seat itself won't cost you the earth, even though you'll need to pay extra for the Isofix base, so even if you're on a tight baby-budget this could be a good option to consider - especially given the good crash test results. It's approved to the latest i-Size/R129 car seat regulations, but can be also be installed via the car's adult seat belt. It can be used as part of a travel system on compatible pushchairs, too.
If you want a baby car seat that will keep your baby in a flatter position while you travel, then this could be the car seat for you. It gets a good overall safety rating, with excellent side-impact protection and good protection from frontal-impact crashes. It's easy to use and the seat can be adjusted to creates a flatter position for your baby in the seat. It's approved to the latest i-Size car seat regulations and it's rearward-facing installation only via an Isofix base.
Another new entry into out Top 10 list is this i-Size baby and toddler car seat. It's approved to the latest car seat regulations and has the added benefit of being used rear-facing until your child reaches four years old/105cm, which is around 18kg. It also features a handy 360-degree swivel design, which should make it easier to get your child in and out. Read the full test review to see why this baby to toddler car seat more than earns a place in our Top 10.
Not found the product for you? Browse all of our Best Buy child car seats reviews.
And here are three to avoid
You don't want to take any chances transporting your most precious cargo. Our testing has revealed the three baby car seats below to have serious safety issues. When shopping for your baby's car seat, these ones are best avoided.
Three baby car seats to avoid
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The poor two-star overall safety score from our tests shows that this seat fails to protect a child sufficiently, exposing the child to a higher risk of serious injury. It's difficult to install, too, and its low score makes it a Don't Buy and one to avoid. Read the safety banner for more information.
Concord Ultimax i-Size
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This child car seat and Isofix base has passed the regulatory tests required by ECE R129 to be sold as suitable for children from 40cm to 105cm. However, in our tests, which are conducted at higher speeds and forces than the standard requires, our crash tests found weaknesses in frontal-impact safety. The car seat shell broke during frontal-impact crash tests when used forward-facing. Due to this, the overall score is automatically downgraded to 19%. Any car seat that scores 45% or less will become a Which? Don't Buy. A good result in any of our other tests cannot compensate for this poor result. Read the safety banner for more information.
Check the rest of our Don't Buy car seats
How Which? tests baby car seats
Each car seat tested endures a front crash, equivalent to a head-on collision at around 40mph, and a side crash equivalent to two cars crashing at about 30mph, repeated again and again, in the different ways a car seat can be used.
We can go through as many as 20 samples of the same seat to get the final result.
Crash tests Our experts have specially designed the crash tests, making them more demanding than the legal minimum standard. They’re derived from Euro NCAP, which carries out crash testing on cars to show how well cars protect occupants in severe accidents. Our tests do a similar thing for baby car seats, as we feel this more accurately reflects what could happen in a real crash.
Crash-test dummies These are wired up to record the crash forces on the most vulnerable parts of the body and help to accurately indicate the risk of injury a real child could have in a crash.
Multi-group seats If a car seat can be used in a number of ways and attached by different methods (Isofix or a car’s seat belt) we crash test it in each format.
Find out more about how Which? tests baby car seats.