We’ve being putting the Britax DUALFIX car seat to the test for the last few months as part of the Mumbassador scheme. Little Mr has travelled a fair few hundred (if not thousand) miles in it and we have thoroughly tested its many features.
The DUALFIX car seat is a group 0+/group 1 car seat and can used both rearward and forward facing making it a great choice for newborns, toddlers and young children up to the age of 4 (or 18kg). The seat should be used initially in its rearward position for newborns (the seat comes with a newborn insert so keeps small babies very safe and snug) up until they weigh 9kg and then parents can choose whether they want to turn the child forward facing or keep them rear facing. I was keen to keep Little Mr rear facing for as long as possible as I believe it’s the safest way for him to travel.
The DUALFIX has an in-built ISOFIX feature which easily connects to the backseat of the car for maximum safety and has installation indicators that allow you to see if the car seat is installed correctly. The support leg is adjustable to fit the height of the car seat and again this has an indicator on it that turns green when in use correctly which gives peace of mind when making sure the seat is safe enough for my precious cargo.
The best feature of the DUALFIX is that it has the ability to rotate 360° easily so that parents can switch between forward facing and rear facing easily without taking the car seat out of the car. I really like that the car seat has a grey safety button which must be pressed when changing between the group 0 and group 1 features. This prevents the car seat being used in the wrong group for the child. This is a really clever feature and is reassuring for parents knowing that they are using the correct group for their little one.
I really love how I can swivel the seat using the built in handles, to face the car door and get Little Mr out easily and without fuss.
One of the best features of the DUALFIX is the ability for the car seat to recline in multiple positions to suit the needs of the child all achieved by simply holding a button and moving the seat to the desired position. Little Mr has found it much easier to fall (and stay) asleep on long car journeys when he is full reclined. I found that he would drop his chin forward when falling asleep in the upright position and he would wake easily.
I love the deeply padded sides on the DUALFIX, it provides maximum side impact protection and appears to be rather comfortable for little ones to sit in. The DUALFIX has a 5-point safety harness which keeps Little Mr safe and secure and with the one-pull adjustment I can easily adjust the straps to suit the thickness of the clothes he’s wearing. The straps have chest pads for additional comfort and a belly pad to protect tummy’s from the harness.
I would recommend testing the DUALFIX out once fitted in the car to get used to the various positions it can be moved into. I can highly recommend seeing the car seat in action at a demonstration or show where one of the Britax experts can show you how to get the best from the seat. I took full advantage at the Baby Show last October to be shown by one of the Britax team how to use the various features correctly which has helped me use the car seat with Little Mr in it since.
Other features that shouldn’t be forgotten include the height adjustable headrest and harness which grows with the child and no need to re-thread the harness resulting in it always been installed correctly and the ability to throw the car seat cover in the washing machine quickly without disturbing the harness.
Overall the Britax DUALFIX gets a huge thumbs up from us. It’s a comfortable seat with brilliant features that means whatever journey we take in the car, Little Mr is always safe and always comfortable.
The DUALFIX retails at approximately £340 with most baby product retailers. As an initial outlay, it may seem quite expensive but if you divide the total cost up by how many times it will be in use over the lifespan of the seat it really is worth the money. Not only because the car seat can last for up until the child is 4 years old but there are so many features that are included, it really is worth the price. If you value the safety of your child when out and about in the car whether on short or long distances, you really can’t go wrong with it.
Disclosure: We were sent the DUALFIX to review as part of the Britax Mumbassador scheme. All words and images are my own. This post contains an affiliate link.