Concord Air review

Our rating 
4.3 out of 5 star rating 4.3
User rating
£181.50 RRP
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In a nutshell

A stylish and unbelievably light Group 0+ car seat, though the feel of the fabric covers may not be to everyone's liking
Ease of installing
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Comfort
3.5 out of 5 rating 3.5
Safety features
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Style
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Durability
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Worth the money
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Pros: Light, stylish, removable washable covers, belted installation or optional ISOFIX base
Cons: Washable fabric used for the covers doesn't feel so snugly soft
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The Concord Air weighs just 2.9kg and offers belted installation or the choice of an ISOFIX in-car base. It has plenty of plus points, though the feel of the fabric may not be to everyone’s liking.

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Concord has a range of car seats, including a number of options to use from birth. The latest one to join the family in 2012 is the Air. As a Group 0+ car seat it’s suitable from birth to 13kg.

One of the Air’s main selling point is that it weighs in at a super light 2.9kg, and it’s possibly the most lightweight car seat of its kind that’s currently on the market.

The Air boasts more than a low weight however. The headrest height can be adjusted, it has a carry handle and includes a sun canopy and infant insert. The padded covers can be removed and machine-washed, too. It’s also travel system compatible with Concord’s Neo and Fusion buggies.

Safety features include having the inner surface of the car seat reinforced with a honeycomb structure (much like cycling helmets). The Air is fitted with your car’s seatbelt, or there’s an optional ISOFIX in-car base – called the ISOFIX-Base Airfix, it costs £135 and is designed to offer simple and secure installation of the car seat each time you need to pop the car seat back in the car.

What we love

The design and safety features are all highly reassuring, though it’s the weight of the Air that’s a big talking point. I confess, I’m a bit of a weed in the bicep department and when our firstborn arrived, I left the vast majority of baby-in-baby-car-seat carrying to my husband. At 2.9kg, I can actually feel how much lighter the Air is when compared to some other baby car seats (many tend to be between 3.2kg and 4.5kg). The difference is considerable and very welcome if you’re lacking a little in the muscle department.

Other plus points include option of ISOFIX, compatibility with both the Concord Neo and Concord Fusion (which I wasn’t able to test but the instructions assure takes one single movement to attach to), the fact you can recline the seat by adjusting the main strap underneath (which is away from your baby’s feet and makes for undisturbed snoozing) and removable, washable covers. So if you happen to have a sickly baby, you can take them off and clean them up.

The colours the seat is available in also gets the thumbs up from me, with Sahara and Candy being particularly easy on the eye.

What to watch out for

My main bugbear about the Concord Air is the fabric the seat covers are made from. While it’s definitely a plus point that they’re removable and washable, the material itself didn’t feel that snugly to me and if anything, I wonder if it might be a little on the sweaty side. This is quite a tough one to test, as babies do tend to get nice and warm when sat in their car seats. However, the fabric isn’t as soft as I’d like it to be.

Who is the Concord Air car seat best for?

Parents after a lightweight seat from a well regarded name.

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MadeForMums verdict

The Concord Air is noticeably lighter than many on the market, which does make for easier carrying. With its safety and user-friendly features, plus the option of an ISOFIX base, it has plenty to offer, however the feel of the fabric may not be as snugly as some parents may want. 

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Concord
Model Air
Price £181.50

Suitable for

Child age (approx) Birth to 15 months

Dimensions & Weight

Weight 2.9kg

Features

Car seat installation Isofix base
Travel system compatible Yes
Positions of carry handle 2
Removeable cover for washing Yes
Features
  • Weighs less than 3kg
  • 3-Point harness
  • New safety design developed according to the bicycle helmet principle
  • Double-wall shell concept designed to help offer high level of side impact protection
  • Multifunctional button for easy carrying handle adjustment and travel system release
  • Infant insert and removable pelvic support
  • Removable washable covers
  • Height adjustable headrest
  • Sun canopy (with uv 50+ protection
  • Water-repellent and washable)

Accessories

Optional extras ISOFIX-Base AIRFIX