Top 10 best baby car seats for 2021
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.
The 10 best baby and 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.
(Table last updated February 2021)
Baby car seats 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.
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.