What Car? test: Child seats - 3rd Recaro Young Profi Plus £94.50
Colour schemes Eight
Weight 4.3 kilos
RRP Seat £94.50, ISOFIX £74.50
This feels like the plushest place to lay your baby, with soft fabrics, plenty of padding and comfortable straps. The handle is easy to adjust, but the sun-shade doesn't cover much of the seat. All of the covers can be removed to give them a clean and keep them looking good.
Ease of operation
The lap section of the seatbelt goes over the top of the Young Profi, and it's also easy to feed the diagonal section into the slot around the back. The buckle felt stiff on the seat we tried, but the straps tighten with one tug and the whole system has five easy adjustments for child size. This is a relatively heavy seat, around the same weight as the Graco or Mamas and Papas Primo Viaggio.
Recaro seats aren't as commonly available as other products, so you've got more work to do if you want to drive the price down. Still, the price of the seat and the base aren't outrageous.
The soft fabrics of the seat give an instant feel of quality to the Recaro, although the sun-shade on our seat was bent out of shape. Plastics, straps and buckles all also feel like they're made from sturdy stuff, however.
The ISOFIX base is solid, but feels a bit agricultural with a metal handle for releasing the seat. It's not difficult to fit it into the car, but slotting the seat into the base took a few attempts to get right.
- The ten commandments
- 1st Britax Cosy Tot Premium £94.99
- 2nd Mamas and Papas Primo Viaggio £110
- 3rd Recaro Young Profi Plus £94.50
- 4th Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix £105
- 5th Graco Logico S £89.99
- 6th Bebe Confort Streety £250
- 7th Bebe Confort Creatis.fix £99.99
- 8th Britax Rock-a-tot Plus Si £69.99
- 9th Mamas and Papas Pro-Sleep £130
- 10th Red Castle Sport £149.99