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Joie Every Stage FX Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2018 Bronze Best Forward Facing Car Seat
  • 2017 Gold Best Car Seat Group 1+
Mother & Baby 2018 Bronze Award Winner

At a glance:

When it comes to great value for money, Joie have it covered with their Every Stage FX car seat – lasting from birth to 36kg. Light enough to transfer easily between cars and quick to adjust, making this clever car seat a great option if you want to easily alter one car seat for two children. 

What they said:

"The ultimate transporter with forward facing group 1 ISOFIX install. With easy install options and growth every way for every stage. An every group child seat starting as a reward facing seat from birth to 18kg, and converting to a forward facing seat from 9-36kg. As the headrest adjusts up AutoAdjust™ side wings expand to custom fit growing little ones all the way up. The Every Stage FX has an easy and exact ISOFIX installation when forward facing in group 1, plus ISOSAFE connection to keep seat securely in group 2/3 booster mode."

Tested by mum Sharley Phillips for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would yes! I love that because this car seat is every stage, I will be able to use it for years, which makes it amazing value for money. It has an ISOFIX base and had really simple instructions on how to adjust the seat for it to ‘grow’ with your child. The only downside for me was getting it set up in my car for the first time, as I found it pretty difficult which put me off a little.

How did this product make your life easier?

I love that it is for all age groups and so can be used for all of my children. I have been using it for my seven-month-old twins mostly, but I have also used it with my four-year-old and once with my six-year-old. They have all seemed to like using it which is a big plus. That said, it didn’t particularly make my life any easier when installing it in my car as I found the instructions a little tricky to understand and follow.

Would you choose this product to win?

As I have twins, I am very tempted to buy this for them once they grow out of their first car seats. It looks high-quality and like it will last me for a long time. The only worry for me is that the seats are quite bulky, so I’m not sure I would be able to fit two of them in my car! 

What changes would you make to this product?

I would change the instruction manual as I found them quite difficult to understand. I wish Joie thought about providing a DVD or a YouTube link so you could watch the steps, as this might make installation easier. Otherwise, I was really happy with the car seat.

Tested by mum Sarah Panter for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this car seat to parents who wanted to watch their money, as it grows with your child and means you won’t need to buy several car seats for your children. I also think it offers a great deal of comfort and protection. That said, I wouldn’t recommend this car seat for mums with a newborn, as I think having a car seat you can click on to a travel system really does make life so much easier.

How did this product make your life easier?

I don’t think this did really make my life easier as a mum, especially compared to the travel system I was using before. I also think a swivel car seat would really make my life easier, as it would save a lot of time and energy getting my baby into the car, but this car seat doesn’t have that option. That said, it really does save me the time and cost of researching and buying more car seats as my child grows, so this is a big plus.

Would you choose this product to win?

I feel the value for money on this product is amazing. My first child was a little awkward when I changed her car seat, so having the same seat all the way through would have been a real bonus for her. It also seems very comfortable as it is so padded and my youngest seemed very settled in the seat. My eldest also loved being forward facing and seeing out of the window as we moved.

What changes would you make to this product?

I would like the comfort cushions on the straps changed as they stuck to my daughter’s skin during the hot weather, which I think was quite uncomfortable for her. This could easily be resolved though! I also had issues when trying to recline the seat with one hand, but I hope that this is just me and I just haven’t go the knack of it yet!

Tested by mum Rachel Strange for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would definitely recommend this car seat to a fellow mum who was looking for a car seat that had great flexibility and catered for every stage. It is such good value for money, plus my son gave it a big thumbs up and said it was comfortable. He also really liked the storage pocket on the side of the seat. On the whole it seems very safe, especially with the increased side impact protection. It was, on the whole, easy to use and very well designed.

How did this product make your life easier?

Having a car seat that can last a child for years saves money in the long run, as well as time – both with the actual usage and in not having to research seats for each different stage, which is a definite bonus. We used the seat for both our children separately, who are of different ages, as the seat can be easily changed to fit either child. This adds greater flexibility and means less having to swap car seats around, which is a definite plus and 100% makes life easier as a parent.

Would you choose this product to win?

Whilst it adds a lot of flexibility and saves time and money in the long run, I wouldn't choose it above all others on the market as it is quite big and bulky, and I found it much harder to get my two-year-old son into than our usual car seat (a Nuna Rebl). It certainly didn't do my back any favours and I prefer car seats that can rotate for stage one. Whilst the flexibility is great, and it would definitely be a great car seat for a grandparents' car, I'd prefer to get separate seats that better cater for each stage for everyday use. What you gain in flexibility, you lose in specificity.

What changes would you make to this product?

The main thing I would change about the seat would be for it to have ISOFIX installation both rearward and forward facing for the earlier stages. Whilst it seemed very safe and secure in the forward-facing position, we had less confidence in it in the rearward facing position and would personally opt for ISOFIX over a seat belt installation.

Tested by mum Sarah Edwards for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

The car seat was easy to fit in the car using the ISOFIX points and it felt very safe and secure once in the car. The seat allowed my toddler to sit up quite high to look out the window, which was a bonus, to keep him occupied on longer journeys! My toddler had no complaints about this car seat and seemed very comfortable. It is a stylish and robust car seat which appears to tick all the boxes as your child grows.

How did this product make your life easier?

The car seat was very easy to fix in using the ISOFIX points, using the handy instructions on the side of the car seat base. I used the car seat for my two-and-a-half-year-old so I had to remove the newborn inserts which was very simple to do. The five-point harness was easy to click together and fasten, however I found it very hard to tighten the straps to get a secure fit. The straps were easy to loosen and seemed well padded for comfort and the car seat has a lovely design. The seat as a whole appears comfortable and overall, I was very happy with this car seat and would recommend it to other mums.

Would you choose this product to win?

I do think this car seat should win a Mother & Baby award as the style and design of this product is great. It looks of good quality, it is easy to clean and it is very comfortable for a toddler to use. The head rest is adjustable which is a great feature for your ever-growing child. Lastly, the fact that this car seat covers all stages of your child’s development is a bonus and makes it a very affordable car seat.

What changes would you make to this product?

If the seat could recline a little more that would be an added bonus and would make sleeping much more comfortable for the little ones. I would also make the mechanism for tightening the straps easier, as I felt you had to pull the straps with quite force to tighten. If this was easier, the seat would have got a 10/10 from me.

Tested by mum Carolyn Graham for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I really liked the colour the seat came in as it hid dirt (and food) well and the seat itself was comfortable for my little girl. I would recommend this product as a simple way of transitioning from rear to forward facing from birth. The seat comes with different inserts to make the transition easy to do and it was really easy to heighten the headrest and fit the seat correctly to my child.

How did this product make your life easier?

I love the concept of not having to change from car seat to car seat every couple of years and this product fits the bill. The seat is made from a lovely comfortable material meaning my little girl is happy and comfortable with in the seat. The ISOFIX makes the installation quick and easy and means I'm not wasting time worrying about whether the seat is belted in correctly each time. My little girl loved having the drink bottle pockets on either side and that saved me from having to pull over to pass my toddler a drink.

Would you choose this product to win?

I wouldn't necessary choose this product to win as I tested it during the summer and the comfort padding on the straps had a plastic underside, which stuck to my child during the heat and made her complain. I also didn't find it easy to adjust the seat. That said, for someone who doesn’t like the idea of buying multiple car seats, I would recommend this seat as the value for money is amazing. It is also really light and easy to move, which is really handy when moving the seat between cars.

What changes would you make to this product?

The straps as they caused us some issues during the hot weather – it may not affect all children, but my little girl was not keen on the way the straps felt as the plastic underside stuck to her skin. Having more comfortable straps would make this seat a winner for me. I also found it quite hard to recline the seat, but the other installations and buttons were quick and easy, so I’m sure it just takes some practise. 

Tested by mum Maria Xydhias-mace for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?    

I really like this car seat and would recommend it to my friends that require one. The idea that the seat can be both forward facing and rear facing is a real bonus giving me both the safety option and the ability to change it depending on the vehicle I am fitting it into. It is relatively easy to fit into the car and only takes up one seat space leaving the rest for other passengers which is useful. The padding and support provide my child with great comfort and gives me the confidence that they are both safe and comfy. The harness is sound and clearly is designed with both safety and comfort in mind which has been achieved. The cover is easily removed and washed and the easy to get back on.

How did this product make your life easier?     

The car seat is easy to install into the car is not too heavy to lift and manoeuvre with 1 hand. The rotation of the seat means I only have to buy 1 seat that will last a lot longer than having to buy 1 that faces the rear and then another, later on, that faces forward. It is a comfortable and secure car seat that my child is at ease inside.

Would you choose this product to win?

The car seat feels robust and secure once fitted. The padding within the seat is supportive and provides comfort for my child during journeys in the car. The seat fits in the car well and does not take up more than one seat in the car leaving the other seats free. The pockets on each side of the seat are useful storage areas and the colour scheme is eye catching. The harness is secure although the 5 points seem a little excessive.

What changes would you make to this product?

i would not change anything about this product. It provides everything that i and my little one could possibly want in a carseat. It is sturdy, secure and safe and will last the duration that it was intended for as it has been incredibly well made. I have the confidence that this carseat will product my child incase of an accident

Tested by mum Sophie Scarth for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?    

I would recommend this car seat as it's just perfect, the design is amazing the fabric is lovely and it's very easy to use. It's so quick to install into the car and the frame is not heavy to lift in and out of the car. I normally struggle with how heavy they are but this car seat is the perfect weight.

How did this product make your life easier?     

It's made my life easier as my son loves to get into this car seat he said it's so nice and comfy to sit and sleep in. It's given me much more time as its so quick and easy to install into the car. I have time now to do other things instead of getting hot and sweaty installing a car seat. This one is just amazing - I love this car seat.

Would you choose this product to win?

It has everything in one car seat and you don't need two different seats now. It's the easiest car seat I've ever installed into my car it's quick and is not heavy so I can carry it in and out of the car and house. The fabric and design are just so lovely.

What changes would you make to this product?

There is not one thing I would change about this car seat, I loved it . 

Tested by mum Sarah Hussey for the M&B Awards 2017:

Would you recommend this to other mums?    

This is an awful lot of car seat for your money, as it can be used for every stage of your child's car seat requirements from birth right through to 12 years old and there aren't many car seats that can claim to do that! But can a car seat do too much and therefore compromise on finesse for each specific stage? Maybe so and especially for certain stages. 

The major drawback of this car seat is the fact that it isn't travel system compatible so when your new born baby is snoozing peacefully, you can't lift the car seat out of the car and click it on to your pushchair chassis or carry it into your home. For me, this makes this car seat unusable for the newborns/stage 0. 

The other major drawback is that it has no isofix. Great if you don't have any isofix points in your car though but most do have isofix these days. 

The car seat is covered in a wetsuit like material which makes it look extremely comfortable but I found the padding layers quite excessive and after washing the covers, I struggled to put the extra inserts all back in the right place. The strap protectors work really well but my two year old kept undoing the buckle from the first time he used it! He has never done this before and I kept having to pull over to buckle him back in. Not safe and made me wonder if the buckle was easier to open that other car seats we have used previously. There is a buckle cover which is pretty useless, it kept popping off and served no purpose at all. 

The car seat is very simple to fit, reclines very easily, the fabric spot cleans really well and the head height adjustment works like a dream. I removed the covers to wash them (my son spilt milk on it and this left a stain!), they dried very quickly and were so easy to fit back on, there is poppers to click in which makes it a nice snug fit - great job! Would I use this car seat for 12 years though? No I wouldn't. I wouldn't use it for the first year and I am sure it would be changed after 4-5 years of use. That still makes this incredible value for for money. I think this is the perfect car seat for a child minder or for a grandparent to use.

How did this product make your life easier?     

Removing the covers was really easy as there was a panel by the main straps which simply unfastened so unlike other car seats, you don't have to unclip the straps which can be very cumbersome and then terrifying if you forget how to do it up again! They washed really well and were very easy to fit again.

Would you choose this product to win?

I wouldn't use it for a baby and found the padding to be too bulky. The fabric is easily marked, with milk drying to form a stain. My children often drink and eat in the car so I can imagine the covers would look very grubby, very quickly. At least the covers are easy to remove and do wash well.

What changes would you make to this product?

I could not use this car seat with my two year old as he thinks undoing the buckle is the easiest thing in the world and it simply isn't safe to drive with him in it. I would like to see the tension on the buckle slightly increased so it's harder to undo. I appreciate that this is a fine balance. If this wasn't possible, I think that the buckle cover needs to be rethought so that it is fixed to the main car seat cover, as this could really help prevent my son getting access to the buckle and unclipping it.

Tested by Kim Robertson-Hunt, mum to Henry (four), and expecting her second son. 

This seat is reassuringly sturdy from 0+ through to stage 3. It's extremely well padded and makes you feel that your child is as protected as they can be. As your child grows, the car seat grows with them. Not only getting taller for support but wider to ensure they still fit comfortably without compromising their safety.

It's really easy to install and has some great features for example the hidden button to extend the straps and the seat recline is brilliant along with a good choice of colour ways. I would 100% recommend this seat to other parents.

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Product Information
  • Suitable rearward facing from birth to 18kg/4 years
  • Suitable forward facing from 9kg to 36kg/12 years
  • 5 recline positions: 1 rear facing and 4 forward facing for tilt options at every age
  • Side impact protection provdes added security for the head, body and hips
  • Guard Surround Safety™ panels provide extra side protection and can be individually activated for extra room in vehicle
  • Reinforced steel inner seat shell increases structural integrity
  • AutoAdjust™ side wings widen as headrest is raised to accomodate growing children
  • One-hand, 10 position height adjustable headrest
  • Grow Together™ multi-height headrest and harness system adjust simultaneously and require no re-threading of harness
  • Custom Harness Hideaway compartments store the 5-point harness when using as a Group 2 booster
  • Grow-with-me infant body and head supprt are customisable for an ultimate fit at every stage
  • Built in side ventilation
  • Side, mesh storage pockets for child's must-have travel items
  • Well marked, colour-coded installation paths
  • Dual lock-offs for installing with vehicle's 3-point seat belt
  • 5-point harness with soft, padded covers keeps baby cosy and secure
  • One pull motion easily tightens the 5 point harness

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