5 of the best rotating car seats

Britax, Cybex and Maxi-Cosi - we look at the best products, plus the pros and cons of the new style of swivel car seats

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  • From rear to forward-facing with a simple turn

    With the introduction of iSize car seat laws, we're seeing a growing trend in rotating car seats.

    While these swivel car seats, which can turn 360 degrees, are great for getting your baby or toddler in and out of the chair easily, they're also all about safety. 

    This is because they offer the flexibility of a rear-facing seat for longer. Historically, Group 0+ car seats (which last from birth to 13kg or around 12-15 months) are rear-facing, Group 1 car seats are forward-facing from 9kg or around 9 months.  But most car seats in this list allow little ones to sit in the rear-facing position until they are at least 2-years-old.

    And when you and your child's ready, you can simply rotate them to forward-facing position. So you have one future-proofed car seat. 

    If you're thinking about buying a rotating car seat, we've got the pros and cons here.

    Click through to see our pick of the best rotating car seats on the market.

  • Maxi-Cosi AxissFix, £350

    i-Size compatible: Yes

    Installation in car: ISOFIX only

    Age suitability: 9 months to 4 years

    Rear-facing until: 2 years

    The updated version of the Maxi-Cosi best-seller the Axiss, this was one of the first rotating car seats available. 

    The original version mainly focused on the ease of getting kids in the car and only swivelled 90 degrees. But this i-Size car seat now rotates a full 360 degrees, is rear-facing until little ones are 85cm tall or around 2 years old.

    The AxissFix also grows with your little one expanding from 61cm to 105cm with the adjustable headrest. 

    Here's the review of the Maxi-Cosi Axiss car seat

    You can buy the Maxi-Cosi Axiss from Mothercare or John Lewis

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  • Orbit Baby G3 Infant car seat, £399.95

    i-Size compatible: No

    Installation in car: ISOFIX only

    Age suitability: Birth until 12-15 months

    Rear-facing until: 12-15 months

    This car seat isn't iSize compatible or rear-facing for longer, but it is the only rotating car seat that’s travel system compatible. The Orbit Baby G3 is an infant Group 0+ making it suitable from birth until 13kg, which is roughly 12-15 months.

    The G3 has a unique ‘dock and rotate SmartHub’ car seat base, 5-point harness, soft carrier handle, ISOFIX connectors and adjustable Rebound Bar and Load Leg.

    And being made by a Californian company and much-loved by celebs, of course it comes with a convenient ‘Paparazzi Shield’ sunshade extension!

    We've got the full Orbit Baby review here

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  • Britax Dualfix, £340

    i-Size compatible: No

    Installation in car: ISOFIX only

    Age suitability: Birth until 4 years

    Rear-facing until: 4 years

    Featuring a 360 degree swivel, 3-position recline and ISOFIX base, the Group 0+/1 chair comes with side impact protection and 'performance chest pads'.  It's not been tested under the i-Size law, but it has rear-facing up until 18kg, which is around 4 years. 

    Check out the complete Britax Dualfix review here

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  • Cybex Sirona, £375

    i-Size compatible: No

    Installation in car: ISOFIX only

    Age suitability: Birth until 4 years

    Rear-facing until: 4 years

    A multi award-winning chair, the Sirona is certainly one of the most stylish rotating car seats on the market.

    While it's not i-size, it is rear-facing for longer - from birth up to 18kg - has a safety design called telescopic Linear Side-impact Protection (LSP) system and can be fitted in the car with ISOFIX.   

    Your child can sit rear-facing up to 4 years with this seat, and there's also an adjustable safety cushion for forward-facing, which can be used from 9 months. 

    Here’s the full Cybex Sirona review

    You can buy the Cybex Sirona from John Lewis or Natural Baby Shower

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  • Joie 360 Spin, £250

    i-Size compatible: No

    Installation in car: ISOFIX only

    Age suitability: Birth until 4 years

    Rear-facing until: 4 years

    The newest car seat from much-loved manufacturer Joie, who already have the i-Anchor, Stages and Everystage car seats on the market. 

    The 360 Spin is a Group 0+/1 car seat, meaning it's suitable from birth to 18kg or until approximately 4 years, and if you've not guessed it from the name, it rotates 360 degrees.  Babies can sit rear-facing up until 4 years, or parents have the option of facing little ones forward from 9 months, if they want to.

    It also features a Grow Together™ multi-height headrest and harness system that adjusts simultaneously, meaning there's no re-threading of the harness and has five recline positions; three rearward and three forward facing.

    And as we've come to expect from Joie, the 360 Spin will be sold at an affordable price.  

    Check out the full Joie 360 Spin review here.

    You can buy the Joie 360 Spin from Kiddicare, Smyths or Argos.

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  • The pros and cons of rotating car seats...

    If you're thinking about buying a rotating car seat, we've got the pros and cons:

    Pros:

    • Easier to get little ones into the seat
    • Usually rear-facing for longer
    • Most new rotating car seats are usually I-Size compatible
    • Usually multistage

    Cons:

    • Expensive
    • Quite bulky
    • Limited leg-room when rear-facing
    • Not usually travel system compatible
    • Usually heavy in weight, not easy to move between cars

    Rear-facing for longer: Research shows that rear-facing car seats are 75% safer than forward-facing ones when involved in an accident.

    Two hour rule: It's recommended that babies don't stay in car seats for no longer than two hours at a time, we explain why here

    We've got more rear-facing car seats...

Last updated on 4 September 2016

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