Best baby car seats
Top 10 best baby car seats for 2020
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 most impressive have passed our tough crash tests and are easy to use and install.
The worst can pose a safety risk. We've seen newborn 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 baby car seat you choose fits in your car before you buy it.
Best and worst newborn 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
According to the manufacturer, this i-Size infant carrier promises ‘the best in safety, comfort and ease of use’. It’s suitable for babies measuring 40-85cm, which is birth to around 15 months. Read the full review to find out how it scored in our tough crash tests.
This Best Buy car seat enables your baby to lie flat, which is the safest position and best position for them to travel in. Its i-Size approved and installed using the Isofix base, which can be used with the next seat up, once your baby outgrows this seat. It gets an excellent five stars for safety in our crash tests.
This innovative i-Size carrier has been designed to make it lighter and easier to get your baby strapped in and safe to travel. Find out if it stands up to our tough crash tests, which go beyond the legal standard, and whether it scores well in other areas such as ease of installation and comfort.
This Best Buy i-Size car seat is suitable from birth to around 15 months, and it provides a good level of crash protection, getting four stars for overall safety. It’s easy to install and use, plus it has interesting features, including glow-in-the-dark seatbelt guides and a set of stroller adaptors which are compatible with most common pushchair brands.
If you’re looking for a baby car seat to use as part of a travel system, then this Best Buy baby car seat is worth considering. It gets an excellent five stars for safety in our crash tests, and when used on a pushchair this car seat can recline into a lie-flat position that’s better for babies. When used with the Cybex Base Z this seat can also swivel 180-degrees, making it easier to place and remove your child from the seat.
As with its predecessor, this i-Size car seat is a Best Buy. It’s extended rear-facing and gets five stars for overall safety, indicating a very low injury risk in a front or side collision. The seat is spacious and well-padded, and the adjustable Isofix connectors give your child more legroom and they enable the seat to have a secure and stable fit in the car.
This i-Size car seat gets a good four stars for overall safety. It has a 360-degree rotating base so it can be used rear or forward-facing, and the swivel feature also makes it easier to put your child in and remove them from the seat. The side-impact panels automatically pop up when the harness is tightened so you never drive off without them activated.
This baby car seat is approved for use with children measuring 40-75cm, which is birth to around 12 months. It’s a travel-system-compatible infant carrier that’s achieved great scores in our tough front and side-impact crash tests, and it’s also easy to strap your baby into. Read the full review to find out more.
This i-Size car seat is approved for use in aeroplanes and it’s compatible with a number of Best Buy pushchairs as part of a travel system. It’s suitable for babies measuring 45cm to 75cm, which is essentially from birth up to 12 months. It really impressed in our tough front and side-impact crash tests, plus it’s easy to install and comfortable for your baby.
(Table last updated June 2020)
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 newborn 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
Maxi Cosi Beryl
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This child car seat has passed the regulatory tests required by ECE R44/04 to be sold as suitable for children from birth to 25kg. But in our own tests, which are conducted at higher speeds and using stronger forces than the standard requires, this seat gets an average safety rating. Our lab experts spotted issues when testing it in group 2 mode (from 15 to 25kg). It’s also scored poorly for ease of use, and the risk of incorrect installation.
Hauck iPro Baby + iPro Base
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When used with the iPro Base and connected using Isofix, the Hauck iPro Baby scores poorly in our frontal-impact tests. Due to movement between the shell and the base, the head of our crash test dummy went beyond the shell of the car seat, which in a real-life situation means that your child's head could make contact with the seat in front.
Babystyle Oyster Carapace i-Size + Duo-Fix base
Babystyle has since recalled the Duo-Fix Base, after our crash tests found the Babystyle Oyster Carapace i-Size car seat detached from the base when involved in a collision. Used on its own and installed using the adult seat belt, the Oyster Carapace i-Size baby car seat is safe to use.
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.