How to choose a group 1 car seat

Many seats cover more than one group in order to extend their lifespan. Most parents plump for either a Group 0 or 0+, then for a Group 1 seat for a toddler, and finally a Group 2/3 model for a four-year-old.

Current thinking is that it’s safer to keep a child facing the rear of the car as long as possible and some seats enable you to do this well beyond the typical weight of 13kg (about 15mths).

Seats are fixed into place using either a seatbelt or the newer ISOFix mounting- points, which are fixed to the car chassis. ISOFix is considered safer but often involves a supporting leg that takes up a footwell.

All seats must conform to basic standards but that doesn’t mean they all offer the same level of safety. Check those crash-test results.

Always ask how easily the seat cover can be removed and whether it’s machine washable.

Finally, don’t overlook the importance of comfort – you’ll be glad you paid a bit more for plush padding on longer journeys.

THRONES maxi cosi LOVE

BEST FOR...  TRANSPORTING 

Maxi-Cosi PEARL
£149, maxi-cosi.com
Group 1
9mths–3.5yrs

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THRONES BeSafe iZi

BEST FOR...  REAR FACING 

BeSafe iZi Combi X3
£339, hts.no/uk
Group 0-1)
Birth-3.5yrs

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THRONES kiddy guardian

BEST FOR...  LONGEVITY 

Kiddy Guardian Pro 2
£225, kiddy.de/en
Group 1-2-3
9mths-12yrs

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THRONES britax trifix

BEST FOR...  LOOKS 

Britax Trifix
£319, britax.co.uk
Group 1
9mths–3.5yrs

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THRONES jane exo

BEST FOR...  INNOVATION 

Jané Exo
£310, janecarseat.co.uk
Group 1
9mths–3.5yrs

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THRONES cybex juno fix

BEST FOR...  RECLINING 

Cybex Juno-Fix
£185, cybex-online.com
Group 1
9mths–3.5yrs

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THRONES mothercare-sport

BEST FOR...  VALUE 

Mothercare Sport
£99.99, mothercare.com
Groups 1
9mths–3.5yrs

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Written by Alex Pell

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