Maxi-Cosi Axiss Car Seat Review
Maxi-Cosi Axiss Car Seat Review
This model has now been replaced by the Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus car seat. See our review here.
The Maxi-Cosi Axiss is a Group 1, forward facing car seat that rotates to either side. For parents not able to lift their child up and over every time when putting them in the car, this seat is ideal. It is fitted using a 3-point car seat belt.
Product features and accessories
The seat cover is both easily removable and washable; it’s thick and comfortable to the touch. You can tell that this seat is going to last a very long time with a child inside. The great thing about a washable seat cover is that any mess just be thrown in the washing machine.
There is a 5 point safety harness that has both chest pads and a crotch pad. The Chest pads have a silicon-like material on the side that touches your child which helps prevent slipping off of their clothes. We like this little added feature as during the cooler months when waterproof clothes are uses they are not always the firmest material to grip onto.
The harness is tricky for children to figure out but easy for parents, this is a bonus when trying to strap a child in. To adjust the harness length there is a button located just above where the excess strap comes out, push this in and pull the harness to your desired length. To tighten, pull on the excess strap at the front.
On either side of the seat unit there are two grey belt hooks, when placing a child in the seat unit these come in extremely handy. Trying to the harness out of the way with a child in hand is not often easy, so these belt hooks are a great added extra.
To adjust the headrest, simply pull it forward and slide it either up or down depending on the size of the child inside. The harness also moves with the headrest so there’s no need of fiddling around trying to rethread it. We think this is great as it is super simple, and anyone could do it.
The seat has an 8 position recline, push the grey button at the centre of the seat (front, where the child’s legs would go) and the seat reclines. There great thing is that you’re bound to find a perfect height and recline position for your little one.
To rotate the seat unit there is a grey lever either side that needs to be opened, this allows the seat to rotate freely 90 degrees either left or right from the forward facing position. When the seat has been rotated, there is a green indicator that allows parents to see when the seat is back in the forward facing position correctly. We love this feature, it also makes a clicking noise for added security.
This is a Group 1 Car Seat that will take your child from 9 – 18kg (that’s approximately 9 months to 4 years). It is rearward facing and can only be installed via a 3-point car seat belt, if you have ISOfix points available in your car it is recommended that you use them and not just a seat belt.
The Axiss’ Side Protection System offers the best possible protection in side impacts. It uses car seat belt, clear and intuitive seat belt routing and a belt tension system that tightens the car seat belt for extra solid fit. It feels sturdy and strong in the seat unit and a green indicator on top of the seat allows parents to be rest assured the seat is fitted correctly. The Axiss is approved conforming the latest European safety standard ECE R44/04.
The Axiss is installed using a 3 pint car seat belt, it’s the easy and quick to do; no parent or relative should have an issue with this seat. First you need to decide in which seat the Axiss is going to go, it is recommended that a child’s car seat uses the middle seat in the rear however it is often easier to use one behind the passenger or driver. Remember this seat rotates, so make sure you pick a position suitable and easy for you.
First you must loop the lap piece of the belt through the indicators around the base of the seat unit, they have red stickers on and catch once slotted inside. Make sure that the belt is not twisted when doing this. Next, plug in the seat belt and pull tight around the base.
Swivel the seat around so it’s facing you then thread the chest half of the seat belt through the back. (just so it is currently loose).
Make sure you pull the seat belt from its fixed point in the car so that the belt will not give way any more.
There is a red disk like mechanism behind the seat unit, this needs to be turned so runs in line with the direction of seat belt. Loop the belt through this disk (you’ll see a tong like shaped bar – slide it through this). There is a grey handle which will tighten the belt, this needs to be pulled until the seat is secure and cannot be moved any further.
Lastly, chick it’s tight enough to the seat. Turn the seat forward facing and off you go. And that’s how you fit it. It’s extremely easy once you know how the tightening system works; the belt just seems to flow through the whole process.
For children always needing a juice cup in their hand, a Maxi-Cosi Pocket (from £14.99) slides onto the side on the seat. We loved it for when out on the go, or when our little one didn’t want to carry it yet we knew they’d need it. When in the car during the sunnier months, a Car Seat Sun Canopy (from £15) attaches to the head rest of the seat and provides full UV sun protection.
A Replacement Seat Cover (from £54) is ideal for when the original gets in a mess, or when you want a change of colour or even when your next child is going to use it.
Where To Buy
Maxi-Cosi Axiss Car Seat: £225
John Lewis (unavailable)
Prices found as of June 2016