Suzanne Keane tries out the latest Axkid One
What is it? For anyone who has researched car seat options, Axkid needs no introduction. Founded in Sweden 10 years ago their focus is on child safety and promotion of extended rear-facing seats for families. The Axkid Minikid (read review here) is one of the most popular extended rear-facing seats on the market and Axkid moved towards the ISOFIX market last year with the release of the Modukid system (read review here). The new Axkid One is bringing extended rear-facing to a whole new market with innovative features and it’s the first ISOFIX seat to be Swedish Plus Tested to 125cm.
The Axkid One is certainly one of a kind with the highest weight/height limit for an ISOFIX seat on the market – 23kg and 125cm. Previously the Concord Reverso Plus i-size (read review here) could take a child up to 23kg but with a height limit of 105cm – while this is a great option for heavier children my son grew out of this seat before the age of 4.
Axkid’s aim is for the One (One+) to be the only seat you need for the first 6/7 years of your child’s life, being used from birth (with the newborn insert inn the One+) to almost 7 years old, in a lightweight highly adjustable frame.
What’s in the box? The Axkid One is available in 2 guises. We have the “One” to test and the “One+” also comes with an insert for newborn babies so whether you’re shopping for a newborn or older child will decide which seat is best for your circumstances. However, if you might be planning on having another baby in the future it would make sense to buy the One+ and just remove the infant insert until it’s needed.
The Axkid One Seat comes almost fully assembled in the box with just the ASIP to attach prior to fitting in the car.
Fitting? As you’d expect from an i-Size seat the One is extremely easy to fit and with practice, it should take less than 30 seconds. The rebound bar on the Axkid One is adjustable and once you have the ISOFIX connectors clicked in the bar can be adjusted forward to get a tight fit. Then you just need to drop the support leg and the seat’s installed – the leg will beep if it’s not in place correctly which is another nifty feature.
Finally, you’ll need to attach the ASIP to the side of the seat – whichever side is closer to the door – or if the seat is being installed in the middle seat the ASIP isn’t necessary. Remove the plastic cover on the side of the seat and apply pressure while sliding the ASIP downwards to get it into place.
Once it’s in place adjusting the seat for your child is incredibly easy. You can slide it back and forwards for legroom, tilt for recline and a simple button at the back of the seat will allow you to adjust the strap and headrest height – there’s a marking on the headrest to line up with your child’s eyes so you’ll always have it in the right place.
Watch the installation video
Daily use On first impressions the Axkid One is extremely light – an aluminium frame is the reason that the weight limit can be increased from the usual ISOFIX 18kg. The frame of the seat also seems quite small for moving between cars and storage but with the legroom extended and adjustable headrest, there’s plenty of space for older children.
If you need extra space for a front-seat passenger the Axkid One can slide back and forth so it really is suitable for the smallest and largest cars.
Strapping in is easy and adjusting the seat for different children took seconds – the seat was tested with Eoghan who’s almost four and Méabh who’s 14 months. The headrest is adjustable and the recline and legroom can be changed in a flash so it’s really easy to adjust regularly.
It really is an effortless seat for babies and children of all ages!
Safety The Axkid One has passed the coveted Swedish Plus Test (A test that guarantees you that your child is not being exposed to life-threatening high neck forces in the event of a frontal collision) and is suitable from birth to 23kg and 125cm.
Why you’ll want one
i-Size, lightweight, easily adjustable, one seat from birth to 7 years old. There’s a reason why this seat is winning awards!
Why you won’t
It’s expensive upfront, however, you need to consider the longevity and versatility of the seat
Seat: Axkid One i-Size (2020)
Height limit: 61-125cm (One+ Plus 40-125cm)
Weight limit: 23kg (approx. 7 years)
RRP: €699 for Axkid One, €799 for the Axkid One+ Plus
Stockists: Rearfacing.ie and Tony Kealys
Star Rating: 4.9* (one of the best seats I’ve used but loses a point as it won’t fit cars without ISOFIX)
Disclaimer – Wheelsforwomen was sent this car seat from Axkid to review, however all reviews are unbiased and honest. This is not a sponsored post.
18th January 2021