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Cybex Cloud Z i-Size Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2020 Shortlisted Best Rear Facing Car Seat

At a glance:

Following the award-winning Cloud Q, the Cloud Z i-Size is now 15% lighter and will increase your child's safety on every trip out. Cybex has stepped up its game with a new ergonomic lie-down position, 180 degrees rotation, and side-impact protection. 

How did this product make your life easier?

Laura: The product was really easy to install in the car; we initially had some difficulty finding the instructions (hidden within the car seat), but there are informative youtube tutorials available online which provided clear installation guidance. As it’s not excessively heavy (approx. 5 kg), it wasn’t too difficult to get the car seat/baby in and out of the car. The harness mechanism allowed the quick securing of the baby once in the seat. As the baby seemed comfortable, car journeys were hassle-free and peaceful, which definitely makes life easier as mums!

Gemma: Not at all impressed with this car seat. My little boy is 9-months-old and he does not fit in the seat, he is too big. It states the seat is suitable for up to 18 months of age. Considering my little boy is only 9 months I would expect it to be suitable. It is also so heavy there was no way I'd be able to use it even if he did fit.

Roxy: The car seat is very easy to install with easy-to-follow instructions. My baby seemed comfortable and happy in the seat, which makes for a more peaceful and stress-free journey! The lie-flat position also makes life easier as my baby would sleep longer and better in the car. If I had the Isofix base (sold separately.) I imagine it would be very easy to place the baby in the car seat with the rotating base. Adjusting the backrest is very easy – in fact, it’s great that a car seat as this capability to offer better comfort for baby, especially for long car journeys or if moving the car seat onto the legs of a buggy (adaptors would need to be bought.)

Would you recommend this to other mums?

Natalie: Yes, we would highly recommend this product to friends/fellow mums. It was very easy to get baby in and out with a spacious seat, and she seemed comfortable and secure within the harness. The car seat was simple to install in the car without any Isofix attachment, and wasn’t too heavy – it also didn’t take up too much room in the car, and we were able to fit two car seats and a passenger in the back seat comfortably. We also liked the ability to extend the seat flat when out of the car for sleeping. This would be particularly handy when moving the car seat from the car to the stroller (possible with additional attachments not reviewed). The car seat comes in a wide range of colours, so it should appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

Samantha: I wouldn’t recommend this product to another mum with a baby the same age as mine, but I would recommend this product to a mum with a newborn baby (a baby that weighs less) as I can see that the seat would be very secure and safe for a smaller baby. I did like how the seat hood folded back to see the baby.

Jemma: I would not recommend this product to a fellow parent as I said it was not suitable for my nine-month-old let alone a child of eighteen months. it was heavy and bulky. Having a 3 door car I would never be able to get it in the back of my car, and definitely not with a child in it at the same time. I did not like the seat.

Would you choose this product to win?

Jemma: I do not think this product should win it was far too bulky and was unsuitable for my nine-month-old, it would not be suitable for an eighteen-month-old child. It is a lot of money and I would be very disappointed as a parent if I had actually brought this product. There are much better well designed, lightweight car seats that cost less and are more efficient. 

Roxy: The ability to change the backrest/lie flat is probably why I would choose this over other car seats available on the market. The adjustable height of the headrest means it has good longevity and could protect my baby until about 18-months-old (it is suitable for babies up to 13kg.) I like that the harness is particularly wide which means better protection and more comfort. The canopy, which has UV protection, is nice and large and offers better coverage and protection from sun, wind, and rain.

Laura: We understand that the car seat performs very well in crash testing… safety of the car seat will always be the top priority and on this basis, we would definitely choose this product over others on the market. In addition, other “nice to haves” like the variety of colours available, the ability to lie flat the car seat when out of the car for sleeping, the comfortable design which seems to leave baby happy, and the easy/quick installation in the car all make this car seat a very strong product in comparison to others.

What changes would you make to this product?

Natalie: The car seat has side panels that need to be opened for optimal side protection are fine to use, but we can imagine that it would be possible to forget to do this when in a rush to get going. For the best protection, it would be most simple to have a design that didn’t require this kind of parental intervention. This is a relatively minor criticism though, and there’s not much that sprung to mind that needs to be changed about the car seat, in our opinion.

Jemma: I am sad to say but I would change most things about this car seat. it was heavy, bulky and too small for my nine-month-old. I could not test this product so I cannot make a comment on fixing it in the car. I could not lift my child in the seat as he didn't fit and it made it too heavy. The look of the car seat was ok and it does look comfortable for a smaller child.

Samantha: Definitely not being able to carry the seat! But then it wouldn’t be very secure as it needs to be weighed in the car. I’d like to see the seat attached to a pram. I used my car seat a lot like that when my son was small and found it very useful. That’s really all I would change about this product. 

While training as a journalist at the University of Gloucestershire for 3 years, she was nominated for the Best Feature Category at the Midlands Student’s Media Awards this year, and Head of News and Social Media for the university’s radio station, Tone Radio. Ellie has been published by the likes of Heatworld, Heart, Gloucestershire Live, and ITV West Country. 

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