Maxi Cosi Pebble vs Maxi Cosi CabrioFix Comparison Review
Maxi-Cosi Pebble vs Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix Comparison Review
It’s the question that’s been haunting parents since Maxi-Cosi first released the Pebble and the CabrioFix. What one do I choose! So we thought we’d help by explaining the similarities and differences between the two so that you can make an informed choice when purchasing.
Both car seats are a Group 0+ car seat, so are suitable from birth. They also hold from 0 to 13kg or up to 76cm in length (approximately 12 months), depending which your child hits first.
All covers are removable without having to dismantle the harness and they’re washable too – so both infant carriers are great for when things get a bit messy. Both the Maxi-Cosi Pebble and Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix have a standard 3-point harness that is manually tightened with the use of one hand.
Side Protection System offers optimal protection against side impact for both car seats. Both Car Seats can be installed with the use of a 3-point seat belt or using ISOfix – when used in combination with a base and only if your car has ISOfix points. When the Pebble or CabrioFix is used on the Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix Base, it offers extra upward position, giving baby extra legroom, allowing longer and safer rearward-facing travel.
The Pebble has been vigorously tested with the FamilyFix Base and has a top rating for safety, with a roll cage like structure in its base – making it extremely sturdy and great in any impact situation. It has been approved according to the latest European safety standard ECE R44/04.
The CabrioFix has also been vigorously tested when in use with the car seat bases – Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix Base and the Maxi-Cosi EasyFix Base. It also has excellent ratings and it has also been approved according to the latest European safety standard ECE R44/04.
Both Car Seats include a head hugger and a support pillow for a newborn (removable on both the Pebble or the CabrioFix for when your little one has grown). Both car seats also come with an integrated sun canopy, belt pads and a head support. The CabrioFix comes with an ergonomic carrying handle, keeping it extra comfortable and clean to hold.
The Pebble is ever so slightly thinner meaning it is airline approved. The Pebble also weighs 4.1kg compared to the lower 3.5kg weight of the CabrioFix, that’s 0.6kg more!
The harness on the Pebble is an ‘easy-out’ harness, which means that when you open it to get your baby out they stay in the open position- cutting down fuss time also when putting baby back in. Whereas, the harness on the CabrioFix does not have the ability to stay in the ‘stay open’ position – there are belt hooks instead to keep the harness out of the way.
The height adjustment on the car seats is slightly different. The harness on the Pebble is adjusted from the back of the seat (hidden compartment – can be used for storing a phone or purse if need be) and is a simple gliding procedure which moves both the straps and head hugger to a different height at the same time.
Compared to the harness of the CabrioFix which is height adjusted, also from the back of the seat (hidden compartment – can be used for storing a phone or purse if need be), by having to be done manually by re-threading the straps into the higher harness loop in the seat material.
Both the Pebble and CabrioFix have a sun canopy integrated into the top of the car seat. The Pebble’s sun canopy is covered by a rubber like material that acts like a “flap” which can be opened and unopened. Compared to the CabrioFix’s sun canopy which is covered by a piece of plastic (same material as the car seats base) that is slid out to reveal the canopy, and slid back in to hide it.
The loops on the sun canopy of the Pebble to attach it to the carry handle are made of plastic/ rubber-like material. This rubber material also stops the car seat from moving around to much as provides grip when installed with a 3-point seat belt. On the CabrioFix they are stitched into the material.
The Pebble, has slightly different shaped belt holes in which you thread the seat belt through. This should stop against fitting the seat belt the wrong way, i.e. putting the shoulder strap where the lap part should sit and vice versa. Compared to the CabrioFix which are just normal belt loops, that do have safety clasps to stop the seat belt from slipping.
The Pebble fits the Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix Base, 2WayFix Base or Maxi-Cosi EasyBase 2. When taking the Pebble off of a car seat base or stroller chassis, there are memory buttons which mean you only have to use one hand to release it – so will not click back onto the frame or base.
The Cabriofix fits onto the Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix Base, 2WayFix Base, Maxi-Cosi EasyFix Base or EasyBase 2. Light and sound indicators confirm correct installation of the Maxi-Cosi Pebble or CabrioFix on the FamilyFix Base.
Where To Buy
Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix Car Seat RRP: £135
Maxi-Cosi Pebble Car Seat RRP: £165
Prices found as of March 2016.