One of the questions you should keep asking yourself when shopping for a car seat is “Just how big is my car?”. Some seats take up more room than others, some can be more difficult to install in confined spaces, and of course you might need to consider whether you’ll need to fit more than one child on your back seat. If you drive a Smart car your options will be more restricted than if you drive a people carrier.
However, with the Maxi-Cosi RodiFix, you can put those concerns to one side. This Group 2/3 booster seat, with its 12 inch base width, will pretty much fit in anywhere, and you’ll still have room for a few more.
But is it actually any good?
Our first impressions were that, whilst the Maxi-Cosi Rodifix is a narrow seat, it’s been done without compromising on comfort. None of our little testers complained about feeling restricted, and everyone had plenty of wriggle room around the shoulders, hips and knees. That said, it is a narrow seat, so if your child is stockier than most you may want to consider a wider chair for their comfort on longer journeys.
In terms of safety, the RodiFix comes with IsoFix as standard, which provides your child with the highest level of protection during a collision. The Rodifix also comes with Maxi-Cosi’s proprietary Air Protection Technology, which they claim can reduce head injury risks in side impact collisions by up to 20%, and both headrest and the seat wings are packed with EPS foam, which will help protect your child in the event of a collision.
When it came to the installation, the narrow base and overall lightness made installing the RodiFix a breeze, as was moving the seat from one car to another. The IsoFix connections were easy to make, clicked audibly when they connected, and each side could be done separately. If you choose to use the seat belt installation instead the IsoFox bars just slide neatly under the seat.
There were, however, a few things missing which we felt detracted from the RodiFix. Firstly, the lack of arm rests – whilst this may give you the option of fitting more seats into a restricted space, its unusual to see a booster seat without arm rests, and for a good reason – it’s more comfortable! Secondly, there is no cup holder – whilst for some this might not be a big deal, we’ve found it’s always a handy thing to have.
So, to summarise – would we recommend it?
Whether you have a smaller car, or need to fit sever seats into the back – if space is at a premium then this may well be the seat for you. But if that doesn’t apply to you then we’d suggest you might want to shop around – you can probably get more for your money.
Where can I get it?
The best price we’ve found for the Maxi-Cosi RodiFix is £150 (with free delivery) on Amazon – click here to get the best deal.
We have also found it available for £150 (plus posting) at Uber Kids and at Halfords, and for £180 at Mothercare.
Maxi-Cosi RodiFix Air Protect£150.00
How easy is it to install?10/10
How comfortable is it?8/10
How long will it last?9/10
Value for money9/10
- Narrower seat makes it easy to install
- IsoFix compatible
- Can only be used as a high back booster, not a backless booster
- No armrests
- No cup holder