8 of the best rotating car seats

We've found the best swivel car seats and look at the pros and cons of using a rotating car seat

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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.

    Why should I buy a rotating baby car seat?

    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 usually 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. 

    What type of bases do rotating car seats fit into?

    Rotating car seats come with bases, and as they enable the car seat to rotate, you'll find that bases are all included in the price (apart from the Jane Matrix).  All the car seats listed in this article have ISOFIX bases, meaning you won't have to use a car 3-point seat belt.  

    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.

  • 1. Jané Gravity car seat, £349 (base is included) MadeForMums Awards gold winner (joint)

    i-Size compatible: Yes

    Installation in car: ISOFIX only

    Age suitability: Birth until 4 years

    Rear-facing until: 4 years

    A sleek rotating Group 0+/1 car seat with 360-degree swivel, it can be used from birth to 4 years and meets the latest i-Size regulations.

    Rear-facing up to 4 years, the ISOFIX connectors are integrated and the seat comes with a newborn insert as standard. The Jané Gravity also has a no-nonsense adjustable 5-point harness and easy-to-adjust headrest, which is why it scooped the gold medal in the MFM awards.

    What our MadeForMums judges say about the Jané Gravity car seat:

    I was amazed by how quick and ridiculously easy it was to install the Jané Gravity car seat. And I was equally impressed when it came to strapping the boys in. The harness was so simple to use, even I could work it out without reading the instructions. I also love that this car seat rotates 360° as it means I can switch between rear and forward facing should I need to use it for either of my boys.  The Jané Gravity costs £349. This sounds a lot but when you consider you don’t need to buy any extras, the ISOFIX is integrated and a newborn insert is included so you can use it from birth up to four years, it’s pretty reasonable.” Mum of 2, Maxine.

    “It's tall which is good for children who want to look out the window. It rotates easily but you do need both hands. It has a nice recline and the seat is well designed,” Mum of 1, Claire.

    “Innovative suspended design, looks futuristic and good for child to see out of car window. Love the non-slip inner side of harness. Good rotation but not one-handed. Great feature that base can be inclined using cog handles on sides, to fit different car backseats,” Mum of 2, Magda.

    See the full Jané Gravity review here

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  • 2. Joie 360 Spin car seat, £250 (base is included) - MadeForMums Awards gold winner (joint)

    i-Size compatible: No

    Installation in car: ISOFIX only

    Age suitability: Birth until 4 years

    Rear-facing until: 4 years

    The 360 Spin is a Group 0+/1 car seat, meaning it's suitable from birth to 18kg or until approximately 4 years.  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.  

    What our MadeForMums judges say about the Joie 360 Spin car seat:

    “The Joie 360 Spin is a fantastic product.  For its group stage and life span it’s pricier than most Joie seats, but if you use it for the full four years it’s a great investment.  However, I'd like it to recline further back,” mum of 1, Rebecca.

    “Easy to rotate the seat and the separate catches for rotation and recline make it more simple, but it doesn't lock into the side position - could be difficult when dealing with a struggling child! Well padded, comfortable, cocooned seat,” Magda, mum of 2.

    A great value car seat that has a whole host of good features, and when rotating it doesn't lock in the side position, so could swivel round if you're trying to get in a fidgety chlld,” Reviews Editor, Hazelann.

    Check out the full Joie 360 Spin review here.

    You can buy the Joie 360 Spin from KiddicareSmyths or Argos.

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  • 3. Cybex Sirona, £375 (base is included) – MadeForMums Awards silver winner

    i-Size compatible: No

    Installation in car: ISOFIX only

    Age suitability: Birth until 4 years

    Rear-facing until: 4 years

    This MadeForMums silver award winner certainly is 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 (around 4 years) - 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. 

    What our MadeForMums judges say about the Cybex Sirona car seat:

    “The overall look and design of this car seat is second to none, nice and fresh looking. I found it to be a little tricky install within the car although it is ISOFIX.  I liked the fact you can rotate easily to get your child in and out of the car, my daughter is 19 months and having her rear facing within this seat has not been an issue at all. Overall, I think the additional safety features are second to none,” mum of 2, Zoe.

    “Eye-catching, curved design, looks great and the seat is well cushioned with an easy to adjust head rest and excellent safety features. Incredibly easy to rotate the seat, and can be done one-handed, very useful for avoiding back strain and muscle injuries!” Mum of 2, Magda

    Here’s the full Cybex Sirona review

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

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  • 4. Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus, £395 (base is included) – MadeForMums Awards bronze Winner

    i-Size compatible: Yes

    Installation in car: ISOFIX only

    Age suitability: Newborn to 4 years

    Rear-facing until: 2 years

    The updated version of the Maxi-Cosi best-seller the Axiss, this MadeForMums bronze winner 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 from birth until little ones are 87cm tall or around 2 years old.

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

    What our MadeForMums judges say about the Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus car seat:

    “We used the newborn inlay, which is made from a super-soft material. My daughter looked incredibly comfortable cocooned in the seat. It’s really easy to install and to use. The 360 degree swivel works beautifully. Compared to some other car seats, it’s fairly compact with no ISOFIX leg to anchor. I love the peace of mind this i-Size seat gives me and the fact that my daughter can travel rear-facing until she’s two years old. The product does have a fairly hefty price tag, but it will last from birth to four years old. It’s well worth the investment for the comfort and safety it offers, plus the swivel will save your back!” Mum of 2, Eve.

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

    Buy the Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus from Halfords, John Lewis, and Kiddies Kingdom.

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  • 5. Britax Dualfix, £340 (base is included)

    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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  • 6. Cozy ‘N’ Safe Merlin, £299 (base is included)

    i-Size compatible: No

    Installation in car: ISOFIX only

    Age suitability: Birth until 4 years

    Rear-facing until: 4 years

    A new car seat company that has launched recently in the UK is Cozy ‘N’ Safe, the British brand has a mission to make safe, high-quality and affordable car seats. 

    Cue the Merlin Group 0+/1 car seat, suitable from birth to 18kg (around 4 years), it has a rear-facing for longer option, meaning you’re little one can sit in the safest position up to 4 years.

    The Merlin features a very well-padded and deep seat, that’s sure to be comfy for any child, it has 4 rearward recline positions and 3 forward recline positions.

    Scoring an impressive 5/5 in our in-depth review, our professional tester found it safe, sturdy, easy to use, and just loved how deep and comfy the seat felt for her little one.

    Read our full review of the Cozy N Safe Merlin car seat here.

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  • 7. 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

    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 ‘dock and rotate SmartHub’ car seat base which is ISOFIX, and it comes with a Rebound Bar and Load Leg.  Featuring a 5-point harness and soft carrier handle, it’s made in California and much-loved by celebs, so of course it comes with a ‘Paparazzi Shield’ sunshade extension!

    We've got the full Orbit Baby review here

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  • 8. Jané Matrix lie-flat car seat, £270 - MFM Bronze Award Winner for best infant car seat

    Age: Birth to 13kg (approx 15 mths)

    i-Size compatible: Yes 

    Installation in car: ISOFIX base (additional £225)

    Rear-facing until: 12-15 months

    A lie-flat car seat that can also be used as a carrycot on Jane pushchairs and attaches to the Jane Matrix Platform base, which allows you to rotate your infant car seat in and out of the car.  

    With 4 recline positions, the Jane Matrix is suitable from birth to around 12 months, and the car seat is safe for overnight sleeping too!

    What our MadeForMums judges say about the Jané Matrix lie-flat car seat:

    “For a young baby, the lie flat design is an excellent feature. It looks and feels superb quality and I like that it can be transformed from lie flat into curved car seat,” mum of 2, Magda.

    “Very easy to install, quite heavy but pleasingly sturdy, and with a reassuringly well-protected lie-flat option so babies can sleep on longer journeys with no danger of oxygen depletion. In fact, you can take the seat out of the base into your holiday home, for example, and they can sleep in the seat laid flat overnight,” Tanya, mum of 2.

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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...

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