Maxi Cosi Rubi Review
Maxi Cosi Rubi Review
The Maxi Cosi Rubi is a well-loved seat belt installed Group 1 toddler car seat aimed at children between approximately 9 months and 4 years (9-18kg). With easy belt routing suitable for any vehicle with a three point seat belt, the Maxi Cosi Rubi is great for those without Isofix points in their car and therefore has universal appeal and is simple to use and install. With the added bonus of an adjustable headrest and harness, as well as recline options and side impact safety, it’s clear to see that this is a great all-rounder!
As we would expect from Maxi Cosi, the seat is made from a durable material with padding for extra enjoyment, meaning that the Rubi combines longevity with comfort. This toddler seat is designed to grow with your child for many years and there is a button at the top of the headrest to simultaneously adjust the harness and headrest as they get older. There are also four comfortable recline positions for added relaxation!
The Maxi Cosi Rubi has a 5 point harness and you can pop your little one in with ease thanks to the convenient harness hooks at the sides – we found this made life much simpler for us! The harness straps on the Maxi Cosi Rubi also have anti slip material on one side which is great for keeping the harness in place and avoiding friction with your child’s clothes.
Once the harness is securely fastened you use the one pull harness adjustment at the base of the seat to tighten. There’s also a handy button underneath the one pull adjustment strap which releases the harness and means you can easily lengthen the straps without having to fiddle around with mechanisms on the back of the seat.
Suitability & Protection
Group 1 car seats are designed to accommodate children between 9-18kg which means the Maxi Cosi Rubi is a great seat to move onto once you find you’ve outgrown your infant carrier and should last up to approximately 4 years of age. In terms of safety, the Maxi Cosi Rubi meets with the ECE R44/04 European safety standard and offers a side protection system to ensure better protection for the head and neck in the event of a side impact.
Whether you’re looking for a seat for quick visits to the shops or longer journeys, the Maxi Cosi Rubi offers convenience in any vehicle as it is manually fitted with a standard three point seat belt. We also love that the base is higher than average, giving your little one a better vantage point to watch the world go by on your travels!
The intuitive belt routing and clearly indicated red belt guides on the Maxi Cosi Rubi made installation using the seat belt super simple. We were fully installed and good to go in just a couple minutes and the design results in a very firm fit, with the seat holding very tight in place – we found this very reassuring! Here’s our quick 5 step guide to install in the Maxi Cosi Rubi in your vehicle;
- As with any seat belt installed car seat, always check the seat belt for wear when first installing as any damage could compromise the performance
- Guide the belt around the front of the base, following the red guide, and place the belt through the slots on each side
- Making sure there are no twists in the belt you can go ahead and buckle up!
- Bring the belt up to the top of the seat, placing the bottom hand side of the car seat belt through guide and ensuring the belt is flush against the side of the seat with no twists.
- Continue to feed the belt around the slot on the top of the car seat and once this is all in place, pull tight on the belt to ensure tension and pop down the clip in the top middle of the seat.
When it comes to price, the Maxi Cosi Rubi offers great value as you do not need to purchase any extras for the seat to be safely and successfully installed with your car seat belt. If however you are looking for some added extras to make life easier or to keep your little one entertained then we can recommend the following as our firm favourites; the Summer Cover (from £27) provides well needed relief from the heat during the summer and makes long car journeys that much more bearable for your little one as the soft terry cotton will keep them cool. The Maxi Cosi Pocket (from £14.99) offers practicality in the car as it keeps things to hand whilst on the go, whether it be a drink, a snack, or a cuddly friend to keep your little one company! There is even a Replacement Seat Cover (from £54) if you ever need to replace the it over the years of great use.
Where to buy
Maxi-Cosi Rubi Car Seat: RRP £140
John Lewis £140
Prices found as of August 2016.