5 thoughts on “Britax TWE & BeSafe izi Plus in our Ford Mondeo -04

  1. Hi, We have the besafe izikid but DD is approaching the weight limit (she is 3 and 3mths), I want to keep her rf. Do you recommend the twe? Your daughter looks fairly happy in it! I saw you mention the axkid, would this be a better choice? Thanks,

    • Hi Nicola! πŸ™‚

      I really like the TWE, it’s a cheaper option then the Axkids. I am however buying an Axkid minikid as the next car seat (the TWE that is in use is our travel seat, and our current rental car does not have isofix for the BeSafe) because it’s a newever seat, it has a leg, it’s got integrated harness attached to the headrest, and the headrest moves up and down with the harness so the positon of the harness will *always* be perfect. The tether straps are automatically tightening as well, so that makes sure they will always be very nice and tight. The Axkid Minikid is also PLUS test approved. The TWE is not a bad seat at all and is a very safe option, especially if you have underfloor storage compartments and don’t feel safe with putting the leg into them, or they can not be filled. It’s also a very nice seat to use if you need to move it a lot. I’ve never lifted the Axkid Minikid, so I wouldn’t know how it compares, but it takes me just a couple of minutes to install the TWE in different cars, and it does fit in any car. πŸ™‚

      So yeh… the best thing to do is to try them both really and see what you feel most comfortable with and what fits best in your car. Next weekend I’m thinking of going to the ICSC in MK and try the Axkid Minikid in my car along with a couple of others, for photos and to see how it fits as I have only tried my daughter in it on the livingroom floor in a friends house. And I really do like it! πŸ™‚

      The TWE retails at Β£220 and the Axkid Minikid retails at Β£295

      Also the TWE is manually reclined (very “american” hehe) while the Axkids have 3 recline position using a bar. πŸ™‚

    • Also, the TWE can be installed with lapbelt, and has 3 belt routes, while the Axkids can only be installed with 3 point seat belt. πŸ™‚ And have I belive only one belt route. πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks for all your info. The minikid does sound good, we won’t need to move the seat and have no issue with underfloor storage etc. However do you think there is much of a difference in height of seat for longer rearfacing time? or are they similar? We will actually need two seats so may get the twe for the second car which is not used as much. Will arrange go to our nearest store (2 hours away!) and try them out. Was going to just go for a ff booster for the second car but after reading your blog have decided its not worth it just to save a few euro!

    • Hi again Nicola! πŸ™‚

      The difference in hight of the TWE and the Axkid is quite small. My good friend’s all most 7 year old still fits in both of them. Theoretically there will be a tiny bit more room in the TWE as it doesn’t have a headrest. You can see some very good comparison pictures here: http://on.fb.me/1iJmPPV
      She also sells the seats, but the only place that sells the TWE is the In car safety centre or you can get it online from carseat.se πŸ™‚

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