We have been testing out the Cozy ‘n’ Safe Excalibur car seat for Amelie over the past couple of months, so we have put together our first impressions.
The Excalibur is a Group 1,2,3 car seat with 4-point recline suitable for forward facing from 9 to 36kg (9mths to 11 years approximately). Amelie had been using a rear facing seat up until a car accident we had two months ago, so when we had to replace the seat we decided to moved her up to the next stage. This seat stands out for me in particular as it has a 5-point harness that can be used in Groups 1 and 2 – up to 25kgs (6 years approximately). This means that children can be kept in a harness for longer when they might not be ready for a high back booster.
Here are our first impressions…
1. Fitting Instructions (4/5)
We have another Cozy ‘n’ Safe seat so I knew from prior experience that the instructions should be attached to the seat and that there should be a handy user guide on the seat itself. As expected we found them and I love that they are attached to the seat and also printed in case you can’t locate the instructions. I didn’t realise there were spare ones on the Cozy ‘n’ Safe website, so that’s useful in case we ever needed another set of instructions.
2. Installing the EXCALIBUR (4/5)
We have a Nissan 2016 Qashqai however we had a car accident so when we received this seat we were driving a Vauxhall Insignia. My husband installed the seat in both cars and found it easy to do. We installed it in both using the ISOFIX and top tether. It felt safe and secure in both cars and was a good test to move it from one to the other. As with the Merlin there are green indicators that show when it is installed correctly which is really helpful.
3. Adjusting the headrest and harness (4/5)
This is really easy to do and useful if we ever take Amelie’s cousin (who is two and not as tall as Amelie) in the car and swap seats. It easy to move up an down and definitely looks very comfortable.
We haven’t used the car seat with Evie as yet as she hasn’t been old enough, but it looks like she would be really comfortable in it as well if she needed two sit in it.
4. Comfort & Safety (4/5)
What I really love about this seat is how comfortable it seems, the padding seems soft and deeply padded. Amelie is always really happy in her seat and never wants to get out of her seat on long journeys – in fact she’s usually asleep before her younger sister!
The headrest stands out for me as she always looks comfortable in her seat, especially when sleeping.
I think this seat will grow with Amelie and she’ll be able to use it for years to come as a really comfortable way to travel.
5. Style, look and feel (5/5)
I really like the look of the Excalibur. We also have the Cozy ‘n’ Safe Merlin (which her cousin is sitting in below) and think they both look great in the car. My sister has her eye on one of these for her little one when she moves out of her current seat.
I really like that you can decide on colours, there is a choice of red and grey/black and for me the grey/black looks great in the car alongside the blue Merlin.
The covers so far seem of good quality and have been put to their paces with potty training, long journeys with snacks and drink spillages. I haven’t noticed any fading or staining, so I am really pleased so far with the durability.
6. Price (5/5)
I personally think this seat is great value for money. At most retailers you can find it for £149.99 so for something that could last Amelie for a number of years I am really pleased. It definitely delivers on the price point, on comfort and I have confidence that it will keep her safe, as the Merlin did for Evie when we had a car accident.
For more information: Cozy N Safe Excalibur
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Have you looked at the newt stage car seats for your older toddler? What did you decide on?
*We were kindly sent this car seat for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own*