About the reviewer: mother of 3.5 yo and 8 mth Short Title: Never property fitted once older Review: This car seat fitted very well when my daughter was 1. As she got older, and the straps were moved higher, they were too inflexible to fit close to her body. I would have to pull over the car and be cross with her to make her stay inside the straps.
I would not buy this car seat again due to the safety aspect.
Short Title: Excellent value for money! Review: The Maxi-Cosi Tobi is one of the most well designed, thought out car seats on the market. The brilliant idea of having spring straps, for ease of use when placing your child in the car seat is genius. The generous recline also makes the Maxi Cosi Tobi perfect for Mum and baby. Definitley would recommend!
Short Title: for those with strap problems Review: I had the same issue with my son being able to loosen the straps after ive pulled them as tightly as possible! I contacted maxi cosi and I’ve been sent a brand new shell……surprise surprise they have changed the design so that once the straps are fastened they can’t be adjusted. I’m pretty sure they will have to replace any of the old ones so if you’re having this problem give them a call. (review is for the new one!)
About the reviewer: Mum of 2 Short Title: Fantastic Seat Review: I’ve had this seat for a while now, Willow is 2.5 and it seems to be a comfortable and very safe product. Some people have mentioned about the straps not tightening up evenly, the best way to do this is to put the seat in the reclined position and to pull the straps from behind the seat. This way, you will manage to get them tighter more evenly and is so much easier!! Great product! I wouldn’t hesitate in buying another for my 10 mth old!
About the reviewer: Mum of one Short Title: Great car seat Review: We wanted to get the safest car seat available that wasn’t an Isofix and this seat scores well with Which. It is a very solid seat and the fitting instructions were very straightforward. It’s easy to get our son in and out of the seat and the straps are a nice snug fit if you have the shoulder straps correctly positioned (very easily done by sliding the headrest up or down). The only negative I have found is the green indicator on the buckle to indicate that the straps are tight enough is difficult to see when your child is in the seat.
About the reviewer: Mother of Isaac Short Title: The Great Houdini Overall Verdict: A good carseat Best Feature: Raised Seat Worst Feature: Strap when wearing thin clothing Review: When ds rapidly outgrew his stage 0 carseat we decided to pop along to Halfords to try out some of the next stage ones and which fitted best in our car.
The tobi was the only car seat that fitted safely into both our cars and because the seat is actually raised on a base there is no concerns about buckle crunch.
It is a great car seat and ds is always comfy. The recline option comes in handy. He certainly has no trouble sleeping in it anyway.
It is also easy enough to swap from both cars, once you get used to fitting it, it can be done pretty quickly.
The only concern I have is that if he is only wearing a thin tshirt he can wiggle his arms out of the straps, I am sure he thinks he is houdini sometimes. However this isnt a problem if he is wearing more bulkier clothing.
About the reviewer: Mum of one Short Title: Safe seat, but straps are annoying Review: We bought this seat after checking loads in our car at the time (Nissan Primera) – it has one of the narrowest bases to I was pleased it fit the car as it was rated one of the safest non-isofix seats on the market.
We now have a Renault Scenic (54 plate) and it fits that car very well!
I do have to say though, althought straps are a good idea in the fact they move out the way to get the child into the seat, I feel it is a bit if a problem when tightening them. Unless my son has a jacket on (which in summer is not all the time!) then the straps stick out off his body and don’t lie flat against his chest. This means if he wants to, he can easily slip his arms out of them! Twice now I have had to pull over on the road to strap him back in…..when the child is older of course it’s a bit easier to tell them not to, but at the moment my toddler doesn’t have that understanding.
The seat is easy to belt in and move between cars as long as you are confident in how to check for buckle crunch etc in other cars.
Overall though this is a sturdy, well padded very comfortable seat and i would still choose it over other non-isofix for the safety of it (as tested by Which?)
One recommendation though – buy the “summer cover” for it – absolutely brilliant idea, has saved the seat getting covered in bits of food, sick etc – so easy to whip off and stick in the washing machine as the actual covers are a nightmare to get off!
About the reviewer: Mother of one 1 year old Short Title: Is there an in-built tickling machine in this seat? Review: We cannot fault this car seat. The first time I put my 1 year old Flynn into this seat and started driving, he went into fits of giggles! He laughed all the way home, which is why I say has this seat got an in-built tickling machine that we don’t know about?! He always appears comfortable and sleeps in it with no problems. It supports his head well whether he is awake or asleep. It is very easy to do up and its great to have the green indicator to reassure you that the belt is done up securely. I have to admit that I am terrible at fitting car seats or doing anything technical and always leave it to my husband but when I had to fit this seat one day on my own, I found it quite easy. I would recommend it to anyone.
About the reviewer: mother of three Short Title: must have product Review: i brought this iteam as the old maxi cosi was to wide for my new car when i had to have two booster seats as well but when it arrived i fell in love at first sight mine lovely and pink which is great but also i can get it in the car myself easily and i know that it not going to move as soon as we go round a corner a the way the straps just pop out means no fighting with my daughter clothes every time i try to get her in i really think it the best out there.
About the reviewer: Mother of two Short Title: Stylish, Safe but One Word of Warning Review: Picking the second stage carseat is a big decision due to how long your little one will be using it for. We have isofix in one car but not the other so we had to pick a carseat without isofix but one that equalled safety. After doing research we decided on the Maxi Cosi Tobi and we are thrilled with our choice. This car seat is easy to fit and secure in your car and is substantially made providing safety and comfort to your little one. I used to find swapping car seats between the cars a daunting experience but this one is so simple and takes no longer than a couple of minutes to secure. The car seat has different positions which are easy to adjust, allowing baby to recline to sleep as well as sit up and have a good view out the window above the sunshade at the world passing by. The harness is superb, it is great to sit India in her carseat and not struggle to find the straps as they are positioned to stand out and not be lost under baby and all their clothing. The harness has an easy to adjust tension strap with an indicator on to advise whether little one is secure or not and this is my only word of warning, please pull the tension strap away from the car seat and not upwards as this can cause the surrounding plastic to split as my husband found out. And on a final note the Maxi Cosi Tobi comes in a variety of styles and colours and not one other mum I know has failed to mention how stylish and good looking the seat is. Overall I would not hesitate to recommend this seat due to safety, functionability and style but just be careful which direction you pull the tension strap for the seat harness in.
About the reviewer: Mum to Will 8 mnts and 2 Teenagers Short Title: Tobi or Priori XP?? Review: After having a Maxi-Cosi Cabrio, we knew that the next stage seat would have to be either a Priori XP or a Tobi. I had read loads of reviews and was in a real dilemma over which one to buy. I read the XP had a better recline than the Tobi for sleeping, which is so important on long journeys.I tested both in my car, and placed Will in each of them and they looked the same.However, I thought the Tobi looked easier to take in and out of the car, as we use my husbands car for longer trips away. Overall, a great fit, very secure and Will loves facing forward. No price can be put on peace of mind for your childs safety.
About the reviewer: mother of daisy, aged 1 year Short Title: Maxi Cosi Tobi – style over substance! Review: I loved the safety and styling of the Maxi Cosi Tobi but could not get on with it and had to return it to the shop.
I simply could not get the shoulder straps to match up. Pulling them both out to their fullest extent before putting Daisy in the seat (as instructed), I always found that the strap furthest away was always longer than the one closest. Despite my best efforts to pull them evenly, this was always a problem and meant that one strap was very tight to her shoulder, the other up by her ear!! This could affect her safety in the event of an accident as her weight would not be evenly distributed.
Another draw back is that the central strap is very difficult to tighten and I often hurt my wrist when pulling.
It is also impossible to see the green arrow under the padding/cover – rendering it useless.
Although it is very innovative, it seems that the Tobi is simply style over substance – and safety!!!
About the reviewer: Mummy to Daniel, 9 months and expecting another! Short Title: WOW!! I love it, but he loves it more! Review: I bought this car seat for my son and I love it, but he loves it more! It is so comfy for him he falls asleep in it almost straight away. It is so easy to fit and feels so secure in my car. It is wonderful putting him straight into the seat without having to faff around with the harness and move it out of the way. I would recommend this car seat any day. You may think it is expensive, but I personally can’t put a price on the safety of my son.
About the reviewer: Mother of One Short Title: Suitably Impressed Review: When it came to choosing our daughters next stage car seat , their was little doubt in our mind that we would be sticking to the same make of her first stage car seat, we had been suitably impressed with the maxi cosi cabrio to go ahead and buy the Tobi, and I have to say we are really impressed. Our daughter looks comfortable in it, loves facing forward, the seat is nicely padded with a great headrest and the straps are just ingenious. The traffic light system for tightening the straps is really useful too.I have to say, we were worried after reading several reviews about the straps loosening , but we have had no problems with this ourselves. All in all a great buy.
About the reviewer: mum to Findlay with another on the way Short Title: Not sure about this one Review: I was excited about trying this car seat as I’d heard so many people raving about it, however there were a few elements to it that we simply couldn’t get on with.
Starting with the good points, this seat provides a rock solid fit in the car. After installation, I couldn’t believe how sturdy and safe it felt – so much more secure than Fin’s current seat, the Maxi Cosi Priori. It’s also got a lot of padding around the head and neck and provides a good amount of support for your child whilst in the car. Additionally, the colour indicator which tells you when the seat is fitted correctly is an innovative touch that provides reassurance for parents who are fitting the seat for themselves without the trained eye of a car seat fitter.
The one main thing that bothered me was the harness. We simply couldn’t get to grips with it and no matter how much we tightened/adjusted it, Fin still seemed to be able to worm his cheeky little way out of it. I think a simple belt clip across the harness would resolve this problem but the fact that the straps simply didn’t lay flat across his chest was an issue for me.
He’s now back in the Priori and loving having his old trusty car seat back. It’s worth it’s weight in gold!
About the reviewer: Mum to Xander, 2, and babyworld’s e-commerce manager Short Title: Best seat for non-isofix cars – Seriously impressive! Overall Verdict: Superb in terms of safety, child comfort and ease of fitting Best Feature: The seatbelt routing that makes for such a firm fit Worst Feature: The tension indicator can get obscured by the buckle’s fabric Tested for: 3 months Review: Having had a demonstration of the seat before buying it for the bw shop, I was already impressed. However, living with it in the car is even better. Fitting it is different to every other car seat out there, so takes a little bit of getting used to but it is actually so easy to get a superb fit. The belt routing is in my opinion its best feature as it makes the seat almost as safe as Isofix seats (I have an old car so Isofix is not an option). It also has a brilliant harness system and provides a really high ride for your baby. I was also extremely impressed with the head support which when adjusted, also adjusts the height of the shoulder straps. The is the what I miss most in the XP now that we’re back using that. Xander has looked so comfortable in the Tobi from day one and interestingly tends to sleep more in the Tobi than the XP. As a Mum, it’s features are everything you could want in a seat of this kind. As a trained car seat fitter, it is awesome in its design, ease of use and of course safety.
About the reviewer: mother of one Short Title: Caution in a picasso Review: I bought this car seat to upgrade fron the mamas and papas pro tec. I had it in the car (a citreon picasso) for a week and the heat wave struck, after a day in work I noticed on return to the car that the base was badly warped and looked very unsafe. I contacted Dorel and they said noone else had had the same problem so I assumed it was a fault with that seat and returned it. The second one had a brocken button on the tensioner, the third when I fitted it the base began to seperate immediately and I just didn’t trust it to not warp in the heat again so I took it back. The seat is really comfy, generally well desighned and easy to fit but I wouldn’t recommend it if you have a citroen picasso!
About the reviewer: Mother of one 11 month old and expecting Short Title: brilliant seat Overall Verdict: A great buy for saftey-conscious parents Best Feature: Practical harness function Worst Feature: A bit on the pricey side Review: I’ll admit that the price did put me off a bit at first. But since it was a Which? best buy this year for belted group 1 seats I decided that it was worth it. The seat fits in my car VERY tightly. There is virtually no movement. A checkup with my local road safety officer confirmed this. he thought it was the best fitting group 1 he had seen and was very impressed. he said he’d be recommending it.
Anyway, it has the BEST gadget. With my sons group 0+ seat, I would often put him in and then realise he was sitting on the harness and it needed extended. He would then wriggle and it would be such a fight to do. With this seat, the harness pops up when open leaving the straps out to the side ready to put your baby straight in. The straps also extend when unlocked simply by pulling on them – no need to press a button at the same time or anything.
There is also a little gauge that goes green when the straps are tight enough around the baby. Although I don’t trust this completely as sometimes it turns green but a bit of shuffling of bulky clothes can make it slip back int the red. However it is a good general indicator.
Instructions are clear and fitting it in the car is easy.
Overall, the safety is the most important thing to me. But the harness that pops up is simply brilliant! I can’t get over how such a simple invention could make such a difference!
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