In our latest road-testing feature, we put the Britax Romer car seat to the test. Lots of mucky little fingers and a road trip later, here’s what we found…
Any parent travelling abroad with a child will have most certainly wracked their brains over what to do when it comes to transportation. Bring your own car seat and you’ve got more kit to schlep everywhere, but at least you know it’s a safe product. Take the risk of hiring one abroad, and you don’t know what you’ll get.
Having tried both, I realised there’s no compensation for having your own seat and promptly got online to find us one that would last through the years.
Our criteria was something lightweight enough to carry but sturdy enough to withhold the bashes of transporting. A seat that would grow as baby grows, a brand with a solid safety record and something affordable, since it would just be for holidays.
All fingers pointed to the Britax Romer Eclipse. One of the bestsellers in this category, with a number of awards including ‘Prima Baby & Pregnancy’ for ‘Best Value’.
When it arrived, I was instantly impressed with how light it weighed. I could physically pick it up with one hand. At 7kg it’s roughly the average weight of two newborn babies!
I read the instructions and headed to YouTube to watch the installation video (I recommend this). I was once again impressed with how straightforward it was to install. The seat moves forward and the seat beat slips through fixing it into position. It can be used with both 2 point and 3 point belts. It can accommodate children from 9-18kg, so I’m hoping will serve our family for many years to come.
Time to put it to the test. I plonked my son in the seat and his little smile said it all. This is the first time he was sitting forward, and he loved it. He didn’t want to wriggle out, and looked very comfortable and happy. The sides of the seat are quite deep for protection, but can be a little restrictive for his view. The seatbelt straps can be adjusted, I found this took a few goes before I got the knack.
Our first journey was to Gatwick Airport in a taxi, and it proved very simple. We all enjoyed the ride and the car seat proved a hit.
A number of airlines accept Britax car seats on board, but please check with your airline first. With just a short flight to Greece we decided to check it in, albeit in oversize luggage (at no extra cost)!
The feeling of warm air on your skin that hits you when you arrive abroad is one my favourite things. Not wanting to waste a minute of pool time we hot-footed it to Europcar to pick up our wheels. Although we had a few teething problems, Holiday Autos customer service helped us out and we were ready to go. With a poorly child, I was actually quite relieved to have our own car should we need to make a midnight dash to the Dr. thankfully this wasn’t needed.
During out time in Greece, we took a few trips to the local marinas nearby. Along with our journeys to and from the airports, it proved an opportune time to road test our car seat, here’s what I concluded:
Simple to install, easy to understand and agile enough to take in and out of taxis when required.
Comfort level: 4/5
Judging from his smile, my little one was very happy in the seat and didn’t want to get out. The wide seats on the side can be a little obstructive of the view.
Suitable for travel: 5/5
Despite it’s size, it’s surprisingly light, without compromising any features.
The sturdy straps are well considered and it has a number of car seat awards.
Practical and functional, this car seat does what it says.
Value for Money: 5/5
At £79.9 it’s easy to see why the Britax Eclipse is one of the most popular models and is worth every single penny.
Overall Rating – 90%! The Britax Romer Eclipse offers exceptional value for money. It’s comfortable, easy to use and light enough to fly with anywhere. It gets top marks from our trip, and solves the problem of whether to fly with or without your own seat… with every time!
The Britax Romer Eclipse (TUV ID- Number 0000028802) car seat is suitable for children weighing between 9kg and 18kg. It starts at £79.99 and can be purchased online or at 01264 386034.
Milk Drunk Diary is an editorial blogzine based in the UK. We buy, borrow and receive products to test and review. Our opinions are always honest and our own.
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