This i-Size car seat rotates 360-degrees and has an extended rearward facing travel position to 4 years for added head and neck protection. It’s certified to be suitable from birth up to 105cm, rearward facing from birth to 105cm and forward-facing from 85cm to 105cm. It has multiple recline positions for comfort – 1 rearward and 5 forward. The cushions are soft and plush with a quilted effect, and removable for hand washing if needed. This seat is ISOFIX installation only, with a 5-point safety harness and removable newborn insert with a separate head cushion. Light and sound indicators on the base confirm that the installation is done correctly. The headrest and harness are easily fitted to the correct height using an adjusting loop system.
Here's what our tester Marie, mum to Felix, 11 months, thought of the John Lewis & Partners Swivel i-Size Isofix Car Seat...
How did this product make your life easier
The 360-degree swivel function is a game-changer for getting baby in and out of the car more easily. It saves any awkward wrestling to get my baby into the seat, and I can only see this becoming more useful the bigger and heavier he gets! It is easy to spin the seat when pressing the rotating button. The seat comes with a comprehensive vehicle fitting list, so it was easy to find my make and model of car to see which positions the seat could be used in – in my case, the two back seats, but not the front passenger seat. When my child is ready for forward-facing, the seat’s five recline positions will be great for finding the most comfortable angle for him.
Would you recommend this to other parents?
I would recommend this to other parents, provided their baby is on the lower-to-average range in weight and height. This i-Size seat has a rear and forward-facing weight limit of 18kg and a height limit of 105cm. While this is not unusual for the majority of seats on the market, there are 25kg seats available in this same price range (although none of them swivel), which is something to consider if you’d prefer to keep your child rear-facing for longer, and if you want a seat that stands a chance of lasting the full four years. The installation instructions are clear and easy to follow, giving a reassuringly sturdy fit in the car with electronic safety indicators. My average-sized 11-month-old fits well with the newborn insert in, but the headrest cushion removed, and so it’s clear that this seat would’ve been too big for him from birth. I would therefore suggest this would be a good follow-on seat after a baby has outgrown their infant carrier.
Would you choose this product above all others on the market?
As John Lewis & Partners are new to the car seat market, I would probably rather choose one of the long-standing respected brands, such as Axkid, Joie and Britax, but that’s not to say these seats won’t become more well-known and trusted over time. Having said that, I would choose it above any seat that doesn’t have a swivel function, because this makes getting the baby in and out of the car so much easier.
If I had a newborn again, I would need a seat with a wider range of newborn inserts to ensure a good fit, but with an older baby, this is a comfortable and supportive seat. However, I have paid extra for an insert cushion sold separately for my other car seat, so the fact that one is included in the box is a bonus. The seat is reassuringly heavy, which is great once installed but would be awkward to move if you need to switch cars regularly.
What changes would you make to this product?
To make it truly suitable from birth, it would need a smaller newborn insert. If the seat was lighter when detached from the base and had a carry handle, it would be more portable for the times when you want to take the seat out of the car with the baby in it. Others might prefer a choice of fabrics, but for me the black and grey colours are stylish and practical.